Biscayne National Underwater Park, the park’s sole concessioner, has ceased operations.
Biscayne National Underwater Park, the park’s sole concessioner, has ceased operations. Boat tours and rentals are unavailable. We apologize for this interruption in service. The park is working to make options available to access and explore the park.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
While the harbor and campground are closed, University Dock remains open for day use only. The park approved a contractor to complete repair work. The contractor is in the process of acquiring necessary permits and hopes to begin repairs soon. More »
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery
Artists have always played a crucial role in increasing awareness and inspiring stewardship of National Parks. Opened in 2002, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery provides a space where contemporary artists, inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park and South Florida, can show their work. Past shows have included color and black-and-white photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, fiber, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Shows typically include a "Meet the Artist" reception, made possible by our sponsors.
The gallery is open from 9:00 to 4:30 every day.For more information, please call the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at 305-230-7275. You can subscribe to the Gallery's e-mail list by sending a message here with the words ART LIST in the subject line.
Through February 23, 2014
In the Park, Outta the Box
Presented in Collaboration with The Outsider Gallery of Cutler Bay
In collaboration with The Outsider Gallery of Cutler Bay, Biscayne National Park will host an exhibit of outsider art inspired by the park from December 6, 2013 through February 23, 2014. In the Park, Outta the Box will feature photography, paintings and fiber art. A "Meet the Artists" Reception — featuring refreshments, a silent auction and a talk by the artists — will be held from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at the Gallery located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida. The show is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 through February 23, 2013. Admission is free.
In the Park, Outta the Box presents the beauty and seldom-seen aspects of the park in both unique and traditional ways. A sunrise viewed through a discarded bottle becomes a composition reflecting both beauty and sadness. A close up of Elliott Key's rocky shoreline takes on the canyon-like appearance of one of Biscayne's sibling parks in the American Southwest. Shell-less snails are interpreted in fabric, revealing their intrinsic beauty in ways more traditional art forms miss.
The Outsider Gallery of Cutler Bay, established earlier this year, routinely hosts shows of art on the edge — "outsider art" — from both established and emerging artists. A portion of the proceeds from the Outsider Gallery's sales is contributed to various charities. "The artists from The Outsider Gallery are honored to have this opportunity to work with the park and show their talent at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery," said Brian Trainor, one of the artists coordinating the gallery."
In the Park, Outta the Box is part of the park's Community Artists Program, started in 1997 as an outlet for the works of artists who are inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Sedano's Supermarkets and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
For more details about the exhibit, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc or contact park ranger Gary Bremen at 305-230-1144, x007. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS , or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.
Other Upcoming Shows
Photography by Constance Mier
Pastels by Tom Weinkle
Mixed Media Painting by Linda Oldenberg
Piecing Together a Changing Planet
Ceramics by Anne Gorden-Vega
Did You Know?
For over 30 years, Biscayne National Park has been providing 3-day, 2-night residential camping programs for school groups on one of the park's islands. All equipment and boat transportation are provided free of charge. More...