The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum's mission is to provide transformative experiences through art; collect, exhibit, and interpret art across cultures and advance FIU’s stature as a top tier research university.
Spark curiosity and dialogue through art.
One of the largest free-standing art museums in South Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum has welcomed more than 40,000 visitors per year since its founding in 1977. The Frost has a threefold mission: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community, to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians and to serve as a premier cultural destination for residents of and visitors to one of America’s most vibrant cities. Its Sculpture Park is open 24 hours a day.
The Frost Art Museum is a core component of Florida International University, the fifth largest university in the nation and the largest public university in South Florida. With more than 54,000 students and over 200,000 alumni, FIU is committed to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity.
Situated at the heart of FIU’s Avenue of the Arts, the Frost Art Museum’s lakeside building, designed by Yann Weymouth, opened its doors in 2008. Weymouth was the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project. With 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming space, the museum achieved LEED silver certification.
As the only academic art museum in the City of Miami, the Frost Art Museum is an exceptional regional resource for scholarly research and interdisciplinary collaboration, contributing to FIU’s position as the center of knowledge and culture in South Florida. In its role as the university’s main on-campus resource center for the exhibition of the visual arts, the Frost Art Museum permits FIU students of studio art, art history, arts education and architecture to study their disciplines in a more comprehensive and interactive fashion than what other universities can offer.
Miami is just 55 square miles large, but it anchors a region vast in its diversity. 65% of the population identifies as Latino, a percentage reflected in FIU’s student population. Two-thirds of Miami-Dade residents speak a language other than English at home. South Florida deserves world-class arts institutions on par with those global cities, and the Frost Art Museum is proud to fill that role through the preservation and exhibition of art as diverse as the Miami communities we serve.
Miami looms large in the world’s imagination as a center of culture and commerce—a fact underscored by the 15 million travelers who come to the city every year—and its reputation, as a global destination for the visual arts is second-to-none. In this space, the Frost Art Museum serves as an integral part of the Miami arts scene, with programming that attracts national and international visitors and media attention.
The Frost Art Museum complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational programs. Just as FIU is a national leader in the production of science, technology, engineering and math degrees for minorities, the museum plays a key role in the success of STEM learning in Miami’s most underserved elementary schools. The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series has featured internationally renowned artists, critics, curators and scholars including Christo, Susan Sontag, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage and Marina Abramović. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery serves as an innovative programming space that encourages children’s involvement in art through hands-on exploration. Arts for All, a museum experience geared toward families with disabled children, has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Associated Press. The museum also offers creative ageing programs for Senior Citizens.
The Frost has received commendation from a wide array of national leaders in the arts. As the only Miami art museum that is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frost is able to integrate Smithsonian collections into exhibitions, educational initiatives, and benefits from access to the Smithsonian’s expertise in conservation and development. Additionally, the Frost is proud to be one of just two Florida arts institutions with works chosen for inclusion in the Google Art Project, which enables internet users worldwide to view works from the Frost’s collection through the power of Google Street View technology.