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 sponsors.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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From the Bow Seat: Art, Advocacy & Ocean Conservation
May 19 through July 30, 2017, at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery
A meet the artist reception runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thirty winning pieces from the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program annual student art competition are on display in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery at Biscayne National Park from May 19 through July 30, 2017. An opening reception featuring Bow Seat Program Director Alyssa Irizarry and show artists, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The show and reception are free. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“From the Bow Seat: Art, Advocacy & Ocean Conservation” is a project of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, a Boston based non-profit that works to inspire the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science and advocacy. This exhibition features the visual art winners from their annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest which challenges middle and high school students from around the world to research, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans through art, poetry, prose or film. To date, nearly 4,000 students have participated, and over $100,000 has been awarded to students, educators and schools.
“The works make you think,” says Irizarry. “They also invite you to feel, and sometimes those are very tough feelings.” Some of the pieces in the show depict the impacts of marine debris on wildlife: an albatross feeding her chicks a plastic bottle cap, or viewers in an aquarium looking at plastic bags that initially appear to be jellies.
“Through their artwork, the students are expressing how they feel about the planet they are inheriting,” continues Irizarry. “They took what they learned about threats to our oceans, and they felt so much that they had to make something with it. That's hope! That's why we do what we do - by building skills through the creative process, we want our participants to be able to look at issues from new perspectives, pose meaningful questions, and discover and make innovative solutions.”
“From the Bow Seat: Art, Advocacy & Ocean Conservation” is part of the park Community Artists Program. The program began 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 the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support comes from ClubOne Athletics, Dr. Charles Palminteri, Catherine Grady Insurance and donations by park visitors.