Deering Estate Festival of the Arts

E-Catalog In Deep Exhibit 2014

Kim Yantis, the Exhibit Specialist and Cultural Arts Coordinator at the Deering Estate, talks about the Estate's Artist Village and the Artist in Residence Program. The video also features the installation of outdoor art for the 2014 Deering Estate Festival of the Arts, "In Deep" Exhibition. Video by JC Velazquez.

Experience, engage and explore the integrated relationship between people and the environment through site specific eco and environmental works in the visual, literary and performing arts during the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts, April 11-13, 2014, at the Deering Estate at Cutler.

The In Deep theme for this year's Festival is designed to immerse the senses with challenging performances and works that run the gamut from upcycled materials to activist statements; from sound installations to earth works. Events on Friday evening & Saturday after 3:30 pm are FREE and open to the public. On Saturday, April 12th, food and beverages will be available at the Culinary Café by the courtyard.

EXPERIENCE: From the moment visitors enter the Deering Estate at Cutler, they can follow their own path through historic and natural settings, and discover works and performances that are integrated into the man-made and natural landscape. Featuring 100 indoor and outdoor works of sculpture, performance and installation, the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts showcases 27 literary artists, 61 visual artists, and 122 performing artists in this naturally beautiful setting on the edge of Biscayne Bay.

ENGAGE: Part of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant project that created environmental interventions, interactions and residencies, In Deep is both a community wide engagement as well as a culmination exhibition that focuses on the Deering Estate at Cutler as a hub for environmental education, science and arts collaborations, and dialog.

EXPLORE: Visitors of all ages will start their artistic adventure as they wander through the indoor and outdoor exhibits and interact with performers, artists, and curators. On Saturday, April 12th, guests are invited to “Bring Their Own Perspective” (BYOP), and capture their experiences on film and in writing. Families are encouraged to go on an eco-scavenger hunt, hike along 7.2 miles of nature trails or take a mangrove boardwalk nighttime adventure tour!

Partner organizations include: Playwright partners Lost Girls Theatre, Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE Residency), Coralmorphologic, FIU FCE-LTER, Tropical Botanic Artists, Keith Waddington (University of Miami), Locust Projects, The High Waterline Project, National Water Dance with simultaneous activity at over 90 Universities, Miami Dade College Dance Department and Earth Ethics Institute, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, R.R. Moton Elementary, New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Artworks, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

Participating Artists include: Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program: Michael Gellatly, Robert Sparrow Jones, Natalya Laskis, Mia Leonin, Nancy Martini, Gerry Stecca, Aida Tejada. AIRIE Residency: Harumi Abe, Wendy Call, Mollie Doctrow, Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Karen Glaser, Judith Greavu, Joanna Kidd and Danni Downing, Deedra Ludwig, Gustavo Matamoros, Christopher Reiger, Anne McCrary Sullivan. Invited Exhibitors Karla Caprali, Martin Casuso, Coralmorphologic Artists Colin Foord and Jared McKay, Xavier Cortada, Ryan Farrell, Felice Grodin, Adler Guerrier, Babette Herschberger, Harry Duane Hudson, Courtney Johnson, Alejandro Mendoza, Deborah Mitchell, National Water Dance, Margi Nothard, O, Miami Poetry Festival, Laz Ojalde, Gustavo Oviedo, Jose Pacheco Silva, Ralph Provisero, Valeria Rocchiccioli, Samantha Salzinger, Colin Sherrell, Francisco Sheuat, Leandro Vasquez, and Keith Waddington, Eve Mosher and Heidi Quante - High Waterline Project, Tropical Botanic Artists; Margie Bauer, Kristi Bettendorf, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marjorie Brown, Marie Chaney,Jeanie Daniel Duck, Julio J. Figueroa, Bobbi Garber, Pauline A. Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Kathleen Konicek-Moran, Carol Ann Lane, Elsa Nadal, Laurie Richardson, Donna Torres, Jedda Wong. Spoken Soul Festival: SoulFlower, Deborah Magdalegna.

With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.


FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lost Girls Playwright Reading
Visitor Center Theatre
The reading of Messenger #4 depicts how a character's actions inadvertently change the world.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014   
10:00 am - 11:30 am    
Piano Master Class "Musical Seedlings"
Back by popular demand, master violinist and pedagogue, Charles Castleman returns to present a master class featuring South Florida’s finest young string players.

3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eco and Environmental Art Exhibit Opens
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm       
National Waterdance Performance
A simultaneous peformance and movement choir brings attention to the fragility of our waters.

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm       
Curator's Tour - In Deep
Lucinda Linderman, curator, guides guests through the indoor and outdoor exhibit that challenges local, national and international artists to create works that showcase the many facets of eco and environmental art.

4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Mangrove Boardwalk - Nighttime Adventure Tour

Ongoing Guided Tour
With flashlights in hand, explore a unique South Florida coastal mangrove forest.

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fire Circle Poetry

Spontaneous nature-based readings throughout the evening culminating at the fire circle with particpatory poems.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artists' Exhibit Tour - In Deep
Guided tour of indoor and outdoor artworks with presenting artists of this year's Festival.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Living Artist Concert Series - "A Spark of Genius: Nature's Prodigies"
$25 Adult; $12 Youth (K-12)
Guest violinist, Charles Castleman and founding members of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble present musical imageries of nature in early chamber music works by Felix Mendelssohn and Erich Korngold.


3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bring Your Own Perspective (BYOP) Photography Competition
Self Guided Tour
Bring your own camera or cell phone to capture images of the Estate. Email your image to for a chance to win a digital camera or a Deering Estate Foundation Membership.

3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eco-Scavenger Hunt

Self Guided Tour
Follow a Festival map to find eco and environmental art installations. Receive a Deering Explorer Certificate and a chance to win binoculars or a Deering Estate Foundation Membership.

Culinary Cafe by the Courtyard
A select group of food trucks will be onsite for a healthy, fresh picnic experience.

Onsite Shower Head Exchange
Save our Waters: Bring your old shower head and exchange it for a "free" water efficient shower head. 
Miami-Dade College Earth Ethics Institute & Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (Showerhead Exchange)