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December guide to the arts at the U

View a list of arts-related events for this month, including events surrounding Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach and musical performances hosted by the Frost School of Music.
Ukhamba, an installation created by Germane Barnes, associate professor and director of the Community Housing Identity Lab at the School of Architecture.
Ukhamba, an installation created by Germane Barnes, associate professor and director of the Community Housing Identity Lab at the School of Architecture. Launched in downtown Miami during the Miami Book Fair, the exhibition will be on view through Feb. 24, 2024. Photo: Matthew Rembold/University of Miami

Explore a roundup of events this month, including film screenings, exhibition openings, and musical and theatrical performances. Visit The U Creates for more information on the arts and humanities offerings at the University throughout the year.

During Miami Art Week—Monday, Dec. 4, to Friday, Dec. 10—international crowds of artists and art aficionados descend upon South Florida to celebrate, support, and engage with artists from around the world. With a number of events, installations, exhibitions, and fairs, participants explore the art scene throughout Miami-Dade County, including works produced by University faculty members and students. 

Beginning Dec. 1, patients and community members visiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami’s health district will have an opportunity to enjoy “Science & Safari.” The exhibit blends photographs of Africa with the scientific research Sophia George, associate professor at the Miller School of Medicine, is conducting worldwide on disparities in cancer among those with African ancestry.

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University of Miami Art Galleries

On view Dec. 4, 2023–Jan. 19, 2024

In honor of Art Basel Miami, the Department of Art and Art History presents “New Works” featuring the artwork of students earning their Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A). Works on display include photography, printmaking, painting, and ceramics created by Mariana Espindola, Natalie Galindo, Zuyi Jin, Sepideh Kalani, Catherine Kramer, Anthony Magnetti, Monia Meluzzi, Julia Galvao Ramos, Alian Martinez, Rives Lucas Varnum, Alyssa Wood, and Cherlynn Zhang. 

Students in the three-year M.F.A. program earn a terminal degree that prepares them to enter the professional, studio art world and qualifies them to teach at the college level. This program is highly competitive and draws applicants from across the country and around the world.

Attend the opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

University of Miami Gallery, Wynwood Building
2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4
Miami, FL 33127

The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Get more information about the University of Miami Art Galleries and explore student and faculty exhibitions.

School of Architecture

On view through Feb. 24, 2024

Germane Barnes, associate professor and director of the Community Housing Identity Lab at the School of Architecture, presents Ukhamba, an installation commissioned by the Museum of Art and Design at the MDC Wolfson Campus. Launched at the Miami Book Fair, the exhibition was inspired by Barnes’s experiences working both in South Africa and Miami. The pavilion, resembling part basket and part traditional breeze wall, serves as a unique space for contemplation on our connection to the built environment, urban design, historical narratives, and cultural memories.

Learn more about the School of Architecture events, including the Technoglass Lecture Series.

Lowe Art Museum 

Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

“UM Student Program: Speed Portrait Making with UM Art Organization DISE at the Lowe”

DISE, a student-run University of Miami art organization, partners with the Lowe Art Museum to make art more accessible for students. We’ll have a “speed tour” through a few of the museum’s key portraits to get inspired for our own speed portrait-making in the wet/dry studio on site, led by teaching artist Kayleen Ramirez. This event is free and open to University students. Attendance is limited and materials are provided. Reserve your spot.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

“Bubbles and Brunch featuring RaMell Ross”

Part of Miami Art Week the Lowe will host the annual Bubbles and Brunch event followed by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation Lecture in Photography. 

Noted artist, filmmaker, writer, and “liberated documentarian” RaMell Ross discusses his latest body of work in the context of his distinguished career in this free public lecture. Earning degrees from Georgetown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Ross is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. His work is held in significant collections across the nation, and he is currently an associate professor for Brown University’s Department of Visual Art. His book, “Spell, Time, Practice, American, Body: The Work of RaMell Ross,” will be available for sale at this event, courtesy of Books & Books. 

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124

Tuesday, Dec. 12, noon

“Slow Looking with the Lowe: Snow and Spirit”

Attend a virtual program hosted by Tola Porter, Lowe Art Museum educator for academic and public programs. During this 30-minute mindful and interactive session, participants will explore selected artworks from the Lowe’s collection. Register now.

Explore the Lowe's events calendar.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

The Department of Theatre Arts presents “A Lie of the Mind” by Sam Shepard at the Red Road Black Box Theatre. The playwright’s narrative is a raw, unfiltered look at the American family. This heartbreaking story examines two desperate families connected by marriage and separated by jealousy, violence, and haunted pasts.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Reserve a seat.

6565 Red Road
Coral Gables, FL 33143

Learn more about the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and the Department of Theatre Arts.

Frost School of Music

Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. 

“Swingin’ for the Holidays!—Jazz Holiday Concert”

The annual holiday tradition continues with this big band extravaganza. Arrangements include holiday classics and a brand-new sing-along. Secure your seat.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. 

“Romanticisms—Frost Symphony Orchestra”

Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony paired with a work by American composer Peter Mennin and a world premiere by Lansing McLoskey, a professor of music composition for the Frost School. Purchase tickets

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Explore this season’s signature events as part of Frost Music Live—a series of concerts sponsored by the school. All live concerts can be accessed virtually. Find more events.

Bill Cosford Cinema 

Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Attend a free screening of “American Fiction” (2023), the story of a novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment. Admission is free but registration is required.  

5030 Brunson Drive, Suite 225
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Explore the Cosford Cinema’s events calendar, which includes a series of weekly film screenings this fall from the list of the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time.

University Libraries

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.

Attend this fall’s final mindfulness session for health and well-being. Open to the community, participants of the 45-minute online sessions learn about the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation and movement with periods of guided practice and opportunities for reflection and questions. Complete the registration form.

Find a calendar of events and explore a complete list of current exhibitions offered by UM Libraries.

Center for the Humanities

Explore the Center for the Humanities’ events calendar, including a series of book talks at Books & Books featuring University faculty members. The book talks will resume in January 2024.