By Kristin Korolowicz, Knight Curatorial Fellow
As the first Knight Curatorial Fellow, I spent a year exploring the ecology of the Miami art scene. It was a unique opportunity to be a part of the evolution of the Bass Museum and growing local art community. I found that Miami—through the generous support of organizations such as Knight Foundation—advocates for experimentation and new voices in ways unlike many other cities.
The art community is at a critical point in its growth as more programming, publications and new curatorial voices surface. Not to mention, the majority of the city’s art institutions are in the process of reinventing themselves. The dynamics of the local art ecology are shifting in challenging and potentially rewarding directions, which will surely take shape over the next few years. Nevertheless, the artists who choose to call Miami their home are of the utmost importance to the state of the city’s art and cultural landscape. They need our continued support.
On that note, I want to share this link to an interview and chart outlining a prescription for a healthy art scene, which a former professor of mine Renny Pritikin created. I’ve thought about it frequently over the past year. It’s meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, since there is, of course, no definitive formula for such a thing. However, it pointedly draws attention to some of the apparatuses and conditions needed to sustain a community of artists.