In 2008 the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum opened its doors to invite students, faculty, Miami-Dade citizens and the international art world to enjoy a new museum experience in Miami. The 46,000-square-foot glass building featured grand galleries with cathedral-like ceilings as well as an interactive children’s area. The inaugural exhibition Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum showed work of 1940’s and 50’s abstract expressionists including Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, and Louise Nevelson, among others.
In 2018 we welcome you to the the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum as we unveil the museum’s growing collection of art and peek into the museum’s vibrant history. In 1972, Florida International University opened its doors to the first class of South Florida students. The newly emerging FIU Fine Arts Department was in desperate need of a space for students and faculty members to showcase their work and, more importantly, an art space for the community. With help from FIU’s first president Charles Perry and his wife Betty, the fine arts faculty, chaired by James “Jim” Couper, enthusiastically founded the university’s art museum. In 1979, an industrious group of faculty members, architects, and contractors feverishly designed, renovated, and transformed a barely-furnished conference room in Primera Casa into FIU’s first art gallery. From its humble but solid beginnings, the museum took root and established a reputation for world-class exhibitions and lectures.
We continue to present quality exhibitions and educational programming that promote the values of a young and forward-thinking university. I came to the Frost in 2015 to lead a museum that would serve as an incubator for creative ideas. Three years later, we have presented exhibitions that have drawn international media attention, we have developed transformational educational programs, and the museum’s encyclopedic collection of art rapidly grows with the
A birthday celebration wouldn't be complete without a party, which we will host on October 27th to honor Steven and Dorothea Green as major benefactors of the museum. Please mark this in your calendars and I look forward to seeing you there!
Jordana Pomeroy, Ph.D.