Artists in Residence in Everglades, Inc. (AIRIE) partners with Everglades National Park to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of this subtropical wilderness through artist residency and public outreach programs.
AIRIE, Inc presents a 3 minute video describing the benefits of an Everglades National Park residency. Since being founded in 2001, this non-profit supporting organization has consistently placed the quality of the artists experience above all other goals. Our highly creative community outreach program ensures that the public has opportunities to learn from the interpretations shared by the artists.
The AIRIE Nest, our new gallery in the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This versatile space serves as a base for exhibitions, lectures, performances and workshops. Blooming World, the exhibition seen here, is a solo exhibition by Elisabeth Condon.
This video was created in 2017 by VOLTAGGE Factory, courtesy of a grant from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.
As a Fellow in the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program in early 2018, sculptor Robert Chambers focused on lands north of Lake Okeechobee in the headwaters of the Everglades. From this experience, he has created a new body of work combining elements such as biomimicry, 3D printing and principles of evolutionary biology to express the urgency of conserving the delicate relationships of natural phenomena and indigenous species that make up the Florida Everglades. Chambers’ work is inspired by the Serenoa repens, the tenacious plant commonly known as the saw palmetto, a symbol of the Everglades’ complex interplay of water flow, plant life, fire and weather. With the support of an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Chambers’ solo exhibition SEREPENS: Serenoa repens opens at the AIRIE Nest Gallery in Everglades National Park on November 18, 2018, and will be on view through April 14, 2019. The gallery is located in the Ernest F. Coe Visitor’s Center at the southeastern entrance to the Everglades National Park, outside of Homestead, FL (40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034.) During his residency, AIRIE organized a trip for Chambers to visit Archbold Biological Station (ABS) where its director and lead scientist, Hilary Swain, captivated him with descriptions of the remarkable tenacity of the Serenoa repens, which can live upwards of 5,000 years, thanks to its expansive root system that Chambers sees as both a power source and liminal subterranean presence that verges on the alien. A model of this root system, created with cellulose fibers and 3D printing, stylized to look like a gigantic open-ended Celtic knot, will be the gallery centerpiece, surrounded by sculptures, drawings and scientific graphs, which refer to other parts of the plant and its ecology.
AIRIE Wild Billboard project, with artwork by Franky Cruz.
Initiated with support from the Knight Arts Challenge, AIRIE began its Wild Billboards program in 2015 to bring impactful visual and verbal representations of the Everglades National Park to the urban core of South Florida.
In a dramatic change from the usual commercial messages, these billboards challenge pre-existing conceptions of the Everglades and awaken a heightened awareness of wilderness areas just beyond the city but out of sight and sometimes forgotten. This dynamic, high-visibility project targets visitors, commuters, and highway passengers, injecting a refreshing and 'wild' element into the concrete landscape of Miami's highway system.
Guests view work from AIRIE Nest Exhibition, The Unavoidable Twilight by Christina Pettersson curated by Deborah Mitchell. The exhibition was on view from January 28, 2018 - April 8, 2018.
AIRIE Wild Billboard project, artwork by Susan Silas
AIRIE’s main purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers and musicians who wish to be ambassadors for the Everglades by providing month-long residencies in the Park. Through an open and competitive application process, visual artists, scholars, performers, composers and writers gain both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring environment of Everglades National Park. Artists are provided a furnished apartment for the length of the residency, and assisted by Everglades Park rangers and scientists, AIRIE board and staff, to facilitate a meaningful and educational experience during artists' stay.
Since its founding in 2001, AIRIE has hosted more than 100 artists, writers, choreographers and musicians as artists-in-residence in the Everglades.
AIRIE Nest Gallery
With support from the Knight Foundation and Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs, AIRIE was able to open up the AIRIE Nest Gallery located at the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center in Everglades National Park. The art space is dedicated to displaying art work by AIRIE fellows and hosting education and public programs related to AIRIE mission. Shows such as Adam Nadel's "Getting the Water Right," Elisabeth Condon's "Blooming World," Harumi Abe's "I love you before, I love you now, I love you after" and the group show "About Florida Bay," allows visitors of the Park to view art work specific to the glades while visiting the Visitor's Center.
Sundays in the Park
Sundays in the Park brings multi-disciplinary events, performances, discussions, artist and curator-led tours and other events to Everglades National Park and beyond. The program gives the public an opportunity to learn more about AIRIE, interact with AIRIE fellows and partnering scientists and explore the myriad environmental issues facing our generation using the cultural arts.
Sundays in the Park are open to the public and encourage community involvement for the whole family.
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