Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE, presents the pilot program for a newly established Mini Residency program, made possible with support from The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation’s CreARTE Award.
The Mini Residency takes place Thursday, December 12 – Sunday, December 15, 2019, and acts as a crash course in Everglades issues including restoration, water flow, history, archival materials, invasive species and more. The first half of the residency includes a full schedule of educational tours and talks in direct partnership with Everglades National Park. The last half will be open for independent exploration from the base camp at Flamingo Campgrounds at the southernmost edge of the Everglades ecosystem.
The AIRIE Mini Residency will be presented annually, and available only to local South Florida-based artists. Artists are selected via the main AIRIE application. Applications are available from April 1 – June 1 each year. More details about the application at airie.org/apply.
An Italian-born, Miami-based curator and environmental activist, Ombretta Agro brings more than twenty years of curatorial expertise with an international practice across non-profit institutions, commercial galleries, and art advisory pursuits with private clients. Ombretta has served across numerous boards including IKT, the International Association of Contemporary Art Curators, and the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Miami Beach. An avid swimmer, diver and kiteboarder, since moving to Miami in 2013, Ombretta’s passion and concern for the Florida waterways inspired ARTSail, a nomadic residency and research initiative that instigate creative and climate change inquiry.
Susan Caraballo has had a long career spanning over 20 years as an arts consultant, producer, and curator. After years of running an organization dedicated to supporting South Florida-based artists, she obtained a Masters in Arts Management at American University (2012). Upon her return, Susan served as Artistic Director at ArtCenter/South Florida (2012-2016) and co-founded FEAST Miami (2014-2017), a community-based initiative to raise funds for artists’ projects. Currently, she is researching and exploring the intersection of curating, directing, and collective artmaking while working on global issues including the ecological crisis. Her creative interests lie in film, movement/performance, and creative writing.
Barron Sherer is a time-based media artist whose experimental film/video and photography work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. His works have been featured in exhibitions at Art Center Berlin; Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin; and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Lerma, Mexico). Sherer’s first solo exhibition, MIAMI/MIAMI featured 16mm installations and video projections in 2018 at Walls Gallery in Queensland, Australia. Sherer was Curator at Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives where he programmed moving image festivals, public access activities, researched collections and managed photochemical conservation.
Fereshteh Toosi’s art work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. Her participatory projects take the form of guided walks, hands-on gardening activities, and watercraft excursions accompanied by audio and video. These intimate, contemplative performances take place in natural settings such as gardens, parks, and waterways. The live events often result in the creation of small sculptures, short films, installations, scores, and poetry.
Fereshteh is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides, a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation, and a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association.