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Summer guide to the arts at the U

Explore arts-related events including the annual Frost Chopin Festival, a graduate student exhibition at the Wynwood gallery, and a film screening series at the Bill Cosford Cinema.
Yi-Mei Ciou, percussion student at the Frost School of Music
Yi-Mei Ciou, Frost School of Music percussion student pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts, performs at the Knight Center for Music Innovation. Photo: Joao Da Fraga/University of Miami

The summer months bring a change of pace to the University’s campuses, including events and programs available to the public. Be sure to check the full calendar of events to stay in-the-know this summer as we take a break from publishing the monthly arts guide.

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Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. | in person, free event

Family Art Workshop: Spanish Musical Storytime with Imago

Experienced artists and/or curious beginners can join the Lowe Art Museum for an artmaking experience working with various mediums, colors, and techniques. Part of a monthly program designed for intergenerational groups, this family workshop has been developed in collaboration with Imago Por Las Artes, facilitated by Adriana Díaz from Marimba Music for Kids, and Trina Oropeza from Imago Por Las Artes. Register for the workshop.

Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

On view through Friday, June 28 | in person, free entry

Mariana Espindola: ‘Saudade’

Created by Mariana Espindola, Master of Fine Arts candidate, “Saudade” presents a documentation of the artist’s experience with death, grief, the loss of her father, and the changing dynamics of her family. The exhibition is a series of large-scale photographs, along with three narrative photobooks and a circular photo-based sculpture depicting landscapes, people, and fabric. By showcasing the works in the exhibition, Espindola hopes to create an opportunity for people to understand the realities of the grieving process as well as a space where viewers may feel comfortable discussing their own sentiments. Learn more.

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

Sunday, June 9, through Sunday, June 16 | in person, purchase tickets

Frost Chopin Festival

The sixth annual Frost Chopin Festival brings unforgettable world-class music performances to the University’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall and Newman Concert Hall. Guests will experience leading artists performing alongside rising star virtuoso students of the Frost Chopin Academy. 

All attendees are invited to sit in enlightening workshops. The finale concert will shed a spotlight on Chopin’s works with orchestral accompaniment, where the concerto competition winners will perform with an orchestra led by David Kim, New York Philharmonic concertmaster and violinist.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Newman Recital Hall, Knight Center for Music Innovation, 5513 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Thursday, June 20, 2 p.m. | virtual, free event

Espérame Siempre: The Love Letters of Carlos Alfonzo to Luis Manuel del Pilar, 1976-1980

Luis Manuel del Pilar and Elizabeth Cerejido, curator for Cuban Collections at the Cuban Heritage Collection, will discuss the life and artistic impact of late Cuban American painter Carlos Alfonzo. The program will offer a rare insight into Alfonzo's personal life both in Cuba and in exile as well as his evolution as a visual artist—first on the island and subsequently in the U.S., where he became one of the most well-known Cuban American painters of his time. Register to attend the online event.

Classic and modern films at the Bill Cosford Cinema

Sundays at 1 p.m. through Aug. 11.

Selected films will explore different facets of culture, race, humor, history, and the art of filmmaking. Tickets are $5 per screening. University students can use the code UMSTUDENT at checkout and present a valid CaneID at the door to gain free admission to each screening. View the calendar and purchase tickets.

  • June 2 - True Love (1989)
  • June 9 - Umberto D. (1952)
  • June 16 - Rumble Fish (1983)
  • June 23 - The Handmaiden (2016)
  • July 14 - Nights of Cabiria (1957)
  • July 21 - Playtime (1967)
  • July 28 - City of God (2002)
  • Aug. 4 - Wild at Heart (1990)
  • Aug. 11 - Diva (1981)

Bill Cosford Cinema, Dooly Memorial 225, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Explore exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum

June 21 through Sept. 14 | in person

‘A Collector's Journey: Susan Grant Lewin and the Art Jewelry World’

Preeminent collector Susan Grant Lewin traces her passion for art jewelry back to her work in the 1980s and 1990s as a journalist and communications executive. Author of one of the premier books on then-rising American jewelry artists, Lewin has followed the careers of these artisans as well as those of their international counterparts and emerging talents for four decades. Although it is not the only exhibition to feature Lewin’s impressive holdings, this exhibition is the first to survey Lewin’s long-standing commitment to this phenomenon, which has evolved from isolated pockets of artists creating conceptual, mostly wearable statements made from mundane materials into today’s global movement. Find out more about the exhibition.

June 21 through Sept. 14 | in person

‘She's a Knockout: Sport, Gender, and the Body in Contemporary Art’

This exhibition features works by eleven contemporary artists from around the globe to explore how they engage with topics such as resilience, strength, labor, women’s rights, and queer aesthetics through athletic imagery. It also queries preconceived notions of femininity through a range of conceptual approaches, be they celebratory, humorous, or critical. Learn more about the exhibition.

Register to attend the opening reception for both exhibitions on Thursday, June 20. 

Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146