Wolfsonian Visionaries’ 3rd Annual Gala: Art of Illumination

Miami’s art lovers and museum supporters came out ready to sparkle along with the light installations that were a part of the third annual Wolfsonian Visionaries’ gala, which also celebrated the Wolfsonian’s 17th anniversary. The glamorous evening’s theme was “The Art of Illumination,” with proceeds benefiting The Wolfsonian–Florida International University museum. The event focused on the power and beauty of light with LED light installations from local artists and designers, featured throughout the historic Moore Building in Miami’s famed Design District. Participants were invited to design an object using Lighting Dynamics LED strip lighting in a way that promotes ambiance, beauty, and innovation.

It’s never a typical museum event and Olga Granda-Scott, this year’s Chair of The Art of Illumination Committee called it a unique experience. “It was essential for the Visionaries to involve prominent designers and creative thinkers from our community in the celebration. We are expecting an impressive selection of one-of-a-kind installations to be displayed and ultimately auctioned at the event.”

The evening’s theme of illumination was inspired by the “Arts of Illumination: Illuminating the Arts,” an exterior facade project funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge grant with support also provided by the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The lively non-gala gala went from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM and featured signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, as well as top shelf spirits from Bacardi, music, and entertainment.

In addition to the installations and auction, there were dance performances inspired by art, architecture, and the idea of illumination by Dance NOW! Miami throughout the evening. Also a pop-up museum shop — the design and construction of the pop-up shop was donated by Bloom Interior Architecture.

The Art of Illumination host committee includes Susanne Birbragher, Rene Gonzalez, Iran Issa-Khan, Jaime Odabashian (Visionaries Co-Chair), Douglas Scott (Visionaries Co-Chair), Olga Granda-Scott (Event Chair), Michelle Areces, Nisi Berryman, Viviane de Kuyper-Verduyn, Joshua Dunkelman, Eunique Fowler, Michele Hanash, Sandra Montenegro, Erika Morales, Aimet Oberhausen, Quetsy & Aaron Puckett, Lucia Schito, and Jesse Stolow.

Participating designers include: AECOM, Matthew Anders, Architectonica Interiors, Johanna Boccardo, Rene Gonzalez Architect, rGLOBE, Alexis Cogul Lleonart, Lopez / Jaimes, NC-Office, and Chad Oppenheim. The Lighting Design Challenge is conducted in conjunction with, and with support from, FIU’s School of Architecture.

*Sponsors of The Art of Illumination include:
DACRA, VENÜ Magazine & Tracey Thomas, Petit Pois, Baggu, Bloom, Bubble, Lemon Yellow, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Elemis Spa, Bacardi, Bianca at Delano, Le Basque, Société Perrier, STK Miami, Sweet & Tipsy cupcakes, Michael E. Katz Design Consultant, Lluria Fine Art Services, LLC, and NIBA Home.

The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, and children age 6-12; and free for Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under six. The museum is open daily from noon-6 p.m.; Friday from noon-9 p.m.; and closed on Wednesday.
For more information call 305.531.1001 or visit the Wolfsonian online at www.wolfsonian.org

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