Exhibitions - 20 Years of Supporting Artists and Artistic Experimentation
Since 1998 Locust Projects has hosted over 150 exhibitions of more than 350 artists, and welcomed over 10,000 annual visitors to its current space in the Design District to see newly commissioned projects by emerging and mid-career artists who are encouraged to use their 2-8 week residency at Locust to experiment and expand their practice. We offer artists the space, budget, and public platform to create adventurous new site-specific work and the opportunity to engage in open dialogue with the public about their creative process while they are in residence. Locust’s 5,000 square-foot, warehouse-like space features a large Main Gallery, a Project Room and a Mobile Studio/R+D Lab in our window-front space available to a rotating roster of local artists, designers and curators to use as a co-working space. Locust Projects exhibitions can exist nearly anywhere an artist’s imagination takes them including beyond the interior galleries, onto our exterior walls, rooftop and windows.
Locust Art Builders - Inspiring the Next Generation of Creatives
For four weeks every summer we turn our exhibition space over to 20-25 selected teenagers from across Miami-Dade for a fast-paced, intensive program. In only four weeks, students plan and execute every aspect of their exhibition, beginning with the concepts and materials they would like to explore, to learning how to use tools and technology to realize their vision, and culminating in a professional-level exhibition. Students come from as far as Homestead and Hialeah for an intensive summer hands-on immersive experience session, during which they experience the practical aspects of being an artist and learn about arts careers through behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries, and studios. We have offered this program every summer since 2010, and have ongoing relationships with past participants who have gone on to win Scholastic and YoungArts awards, attend top art schools, and then intern, work and exhibit here at Locust and at galleries and museums across the country. LAB empowers and inspires the next generation to find creative modes of expression, use critical thinking skills, learn how to communicate effectively and work collaboratively, and gives them the confidence and self-actualization that supports a successful life path.
Art on the Move - Projects Beyond Our Walls
Art on the Move, Locust Projects' temporary public art program, places commissioned art projects in surprising locations throughout the city including billboards, bus backs and bus stops. Past participants include: Liam Gillick, Nicole Eisenman, Marcus Kiser + Jason Woodberry, Angel Otero, Carlos Rigau, Martine Sims, Augustina Woodgate. Art on the Move is a catalyst for community conversations on contemporary art and ideas placed in the context of everyday places and spaces.
Talks and Practice & Process - Artist-Centered Programming
Originally launched with Knight Foundation support in 2013, and now presented in partnership with ArtCenter/South Florida, the Talks lecture series brings leading curators and directors from diverse institutions across the country to Miami for lectures about topics impacting artists and their communities. Lecturers spend multiple days in Miami visiting museums, galleries and participate in scheduled one-on-one studio visits with local artists who have applied for the opportunity and are selected by a panel based upon the merits of their work and proposal. Practice + Process Talks offers behind-the-scenes public access to artists and their creative process and discussions on art and issues relevant to our community. All resident artists in our Research + Development / Mobile Studio (R+D / Mobile Studio) present a Practice + Process talk during their projects.
WaveMaker Grants & LegalLink - Critical Support for Artists
Originally founded and administered by Cannonball, WaveMaker Grants at Locust Projects brings critical support to the growing number of experimental, innovative, artist-driven endeavors that make up Miami-Dade County’s burgeoning cultural landscape.
Made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, WaveMaker Grants provides monetary awards to foster the development of non-commercial, non-institutional projects that are accessible to the public via process, presentation, production, or publication, and profoundly impact the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s vibrant arts community.
LegalLink is a program dedicated to providing artists with affordable and pro bono legal services, grants and educational opportunities. By empowering artists with access to legal and professional support, resources, and information, LegalLink creates opportunities and protections for Miami’s art community, fostering a generation of artists who are armed with the skills to legally protect their creations. LegalLink programming helps artists by creating a community both dedicated to and invested in their success. The program also benefits Miami’s legal community, providing Continuing Legal Education courses and creating mutually beneficial partnerships between legal and arts professionals. LegalLink services are made available free of charge to Locust Projects members at the pARTners ($60) level and above, and exhibiting artists.