July 9 - 30, 2016

LAB (Locust Arts Builders)

Collaborative summer project by south florida high school students
Opening reception: Saturday, July 9, 7:30pm


Anastasia Anissmova, Design and Architecture Senior High; Glysed Barboza, Miami Arts Charter; Maya Benedetti, Design and Architecture Senior High; Wanda Carreras, New World School of the Arts; Daisy Chen, Design and Architecture Senior High; Gabriel Chez, Design and Architecture Senior High; Jonathan Cohen, Dr. Michael M. Krop High School; David Correa, New World School of the Arts; Christine Cortes, Miami Beach Senior High; Daniela Cruz, TERRA Environmental Research Institute; Natasja Enriquez, Design and Architecture Senior High; Maximillian Fuster, Ransom Everglades; Antonio Garcia, New World School of the Arts; Gabriel Garlin, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High; Maggie Gault, Miami Beach Senior High; Samantha Hafferty, Miami Beach Senior High; Caro Larrosa, New World School of the Arts; Francesca Peralta, Design and Architecture Senior High; Daniela Romero, Coral Reef Senior High; Noah Royal, Barbara Goleman Senior High; Catie Schwartzman, Gulliver Preparatory School; Luis Velasco, Doral Academy Preparatory School.

Locust Projects presents the 7th year of LAB (Locust Arts Builders). This year, 23 South Florida high school students selected from an open call will have the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition at Locust Projects in Miami’s Design District.

Under the direction of Miami-based contemporary visual artists Monica Lopez de Victoria (of the TM Sisters) and Francesco Lo Castro, students are given the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition at Locust Projects and manage all aspects of the show’s production during a three-week summer intensive. Students also visit art institutions on guided field trips and interact with invited members of the local art community at Locust Projects.

The LAB program extends Locust Projects’ longstanding commitment to experimentation and innovation in artistic practice to the next generation of South Florida artists. LAB promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while also helping participants to develop their communication skills. This unique initiative allows young artists to learn the practical aspects and experience the excitement of creating a public exhibition in collaboration with their peers.

The LAB exhibition project culminates with an opening reception where students’ parents, teachers, and friends are invited to celebrate and mingle with Miami’s art community.

LAB is funded by the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and The Children’s Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.