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In her current role with The Underline, Ximena Caminos is overseeing one of Miami’s largest public art initiatives to date.

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The Female Art Perspective

By Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Nick Garcia

11.21.18

It’s been a banner year for the arts in Miami and much of that has to do with the efforts spearheaded by innovative, gutsy women. Whether it’s by taking the spotlight or working diligently behind the scenes, our eight fearless female subjects elevate the city’s art scene one project at a time.

THE TRAILBLAZER
Ximena Caminos

Increasing Miami’s cultural profile on a global level

Before Ximena Caminos came to town, Miami was already a solid player in the contemporary art scene. Yet, almost immediately after she arrived in 2013 to serve as artistic director and chair of Faena Art—with a gilded mammoth skeleton from Damien Hirst in tow—our city earned a permanent seat at the International Table of Sway. “When I created Faena Art, it was to foster high art in Miami Beach and add value to the community,” she says. These days, she’s doing that again by overseeing the public art master plan for The Underline, a 10-mile-long linear park and urban trail spanning from the Miami River to Dadeland South that just broke ground in early November and is being hailed as Miami’s version of The High Line (albeit much larger). “The idea is to use public art as a tool for social activation, as the connective narrative tissue for the 120-acre initiative,” she explains. “The Underline canvas will be a cross-disciplinary space to amplify voices, with a strong mix of international, local and emerging talent.” While Caminos continues to build her commission wish list for 10 miles of art and lighting installations, the project’s first artist-designed Metrorail columns are already underway. It is impossible to tell just where in Miami Caminos’ brilliant mind will take her next, but she says one thing is certain: “Culture has always been at the center of all my adventures.”

THE CONNECTOR 
Dejha Carrington
Linking collectors and artists on a new platform

December is an especially busy month for Dejha Carrington. At YoungArts, where she serves as vice president of external relations and communications, it’s all hands on deck as the organization debuts the exhibition Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, which is inspired by author bell hooks’ book of the same name and is exclusively made up of works by YoungArts alumni. The month also marks the end of a successful first quarter for Commissioner, the insanely popular art subscription service Carrington launched in September. Designed to unite novice and future collectors with local, midlevel, emerging creatives, Commissioner offers two levels of membership. The first tier comprises 40 Collectors, who receive an original piece from a new artist every quarter by paying a $900 fee upfront and $300 every three months. The second tier is made of Patrons, who pay $50 annually and share in significant arts education opportunities. Though the latter group may not possess anything worthy of a Christie’s catalog just yet, Carrington is jazzed about providing a jump-start. “I got my first piece by doing a [public relations] trade,” she recalls. “There are so many ways to support artists that don’t necessarily involve a financial transaction. Art shouldn’t be relegated to the very few.”

Shoshana Resnikoff standing in the “Living with Modernity” section of the Art and Design in the Modern Age permanent exhibition at The Wolfsonian-FIU

 THE CURATOR
Shoshana Resnikoff

Interpreting decorative arts for a new generation

Prior to her first interview at The Wolfsonian-FIU, Californian Shoshana Resnikoff had only visited Florida once. Yet, while she worked toward a master’s in American material culture at the University of Delaware and pursued a fellowship at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan, she heard her mentors tout the storied museum. “I was starry-eyed at the thought of working at The Wolfsonian,” she admits. “Especially if you are interested in design, propaganda and the decorative arts, which I am.” Even now that she is the newest full-time curator at the museum and spent nearly her entire first year laboring on its Deco: Luxury to Mass Market exhibition, which runs through April 28 of next year, Resnikoff says she still feels like a kid in a design-centric candy store. She and her peers have already started curating a large exhibition celebrating the life of Micky Wolfson, the museum’s founder, who will turn 80 years old in September and, all the while, she continues to understand why her new town is such a force in the art world. “This is the most culturally diverse city I’ve ever lived in,” she says. “I find it really invigorating. You can’t help feeling inspired.”

THE ADVOCATE
Jamilah Sabur

Giving a voice to the disenfranchised through art

Born in Jamaica, Jamilah Sabur and her family moved to Miami when she was 4, then she left to pursue her education in visual arts and sculpture at institutions in Maryland and California before returning home in 2014. “Within the context of the art world, there are really dominant conversations or dominant places, like New York and L.A., but I feel there was a voice missing in Miami,” she says. “Mine.” Not anymore. At Parallels and Peripheries, an ArtCenter/South Florida exhibition (through Dec. 16), Sabur’s work will be shown in the company of other female artists determined to highlight how global art impacts disenfranchised communities. One of her pieces, “A derivation,” features a dissected rhombus, which, Sabur explains, is “a defining feature of my mother’s home in Jamaica. I always thought of it as a portal where the inside and outside merge.” She will also have a mural, “Actual, Infinity,” on view in the Design District’s Palm Court during Art Week (Dec. 3-9). As for 2019? Work in plaster, her new chosen medium, will be part of a group show at PAMM. “I can really feel time through this material,” she explains. “It keeps me aware.”

Shantelle Rodriguez, Lauren Fitzpatrick and Monica Quiñonez in front of “Make Your Mark On and In Society” by RISK at the Goldman Global Arts Gallery

 THE COLLABORATORS
Shantelle Rodriguez, Lauren Fitzpatrick & Monica Quiñonez

Championing Tony Goldman’s legacy together

Fifty years ago, real estate developer Tony Goldman used art as a tool to build community. His daughter and now CEO of Goldman Properties, Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, has ensured his legacy lives on with help from Lauren Fitzpatrick, Monica Quiñonez and Shantelle Rodriguez. Fitzpatrick, the director of business development and strategic partnerships, works to establish corporate relationships with a variety of hip brands and companies in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami Beach and Wynwood. Working in tandem with Goldman-Srebnick, Rodriguez, the director of arts, brings talented local and international artists to The Wynwood Walls and its Goldman Global Arts Gallery. At the moment she is coordinating GGAG’s first solo show featuring world-renowned Portuguese artist Vhils, which is opening during Art Week (Dec. 3-9). “This exhibition will, for the first time ever, allow the public to experience his groundbreaking [bas-relief] carving technique on a massive scale,” she explains. For her part, Quiñonez, Goldman Properties’ director of marketing and public relations, will spend 2019 spreading the word about the various ways Goldman Properties plans to celebrate its milestone, namely with activations and yearlong programming. “We are a very tight and very driven team, and that passion shows in our projects,” says Quiñonez. “Alone we are only one piece of a unique and important puzzle, but when we come together with Jessica’s guidance, we can create magic.”

THE EDUCATOR
Charity Von Guinness

Enabling tomorrow’s creatives today

Armed with a degree in art history from NYU, Charity Von Guinness arrived in Miami five years ago and began working as a development associate for the ICA, then as development manager with Locust Projects, and quickly found the local art scene’s female force to be impressive. “I love to see women leading,” she says. “Almost every job I’ve held has had a strong woman at the helm.” Now, as the Miami director for ProjectArt, a New York-based nonprofit that launched here in 2016, Von Guinness joins their ranks. Her goal for the next three years is to double the organization’s efforts, making it possible for more kids to attend its free art classes hosted by emerging artists in local public libraries. Until then, she will oversee ProjectArt’s eight resident artists, spearhead fundraising and development, and ensure students are deeply engaged and learning about identity, community, socialization and self-esteem. “We’re giving children a visual language to express their deepest selves,” says Von Guinness, who adds that she will be able to garner some attention—and much-needed funding—during ProjectArt’s annual benefit on March 15. “The goal of building up artists is a tall order, but it’s something ProjectArt can achieve. It just involves expanding our reach.”