The Arts at Deering Estate

At the Deering Estate, we engage the public through a diverse season of contemporary and historic exhibits, concerts, on-site Artists-in-Residence, and diverse theatre lab programming for professionals and students.

The Arts at the Deering Estate are an integral part of our mission as stewards of Charles Deering’s vision. We strive to include, educate, and enrich the lives of local communities through our dedication to the arts, and we welcome local, national, and international visitors and partnerships.

Exterior view of the artists in residence studio.

Artist in Residence Program

The Deering Estate seeks to continue Charles Deering’s legacy of art patronage by supporting artists who work in a multitude of disciplines and media. Artists-in-Residence receive studio space through a competitive application process where they can pursue personal artistic projects in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Artist in Residence John Baily painting.

Current Artists

The Deering Estate is an artist support organization that strives to include, educate, and enrich the lives of local communities, and welcomes local, national, and international visitors and partnerships.

a group of former artists in residence pose for a picture


The Deering Estate collaborates with partners from our local community and are maintaining and building relationships with international colleagues who were part of Charles Deering’s around the world. As a natural next step in our residency programs and initiatives, we have reached out to establish partnerships with international universities and institutions.

a view of our outdoor valentines concert
a cabaret concert artist playing the guitar


The Deering Estate offers an eclectic season of musical performances for diverse  tastes. Our signature outdoor Moonlight and Music Valentine’s Concert is a winter favorite, and in the summer, our Cabaret Series features jazz and world music.

Valentine’s Day Concert

The annual Valentine’s Day “Moonlight & Music” Concert at the Deering Estate offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love at a romantic, outdoor concert under the stars, on the edge of Biscayne Bay.

Cabaret Concert Series

Summer Cabaret features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the historic Stone House Ballroom. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show through Cliff Walker Entertainment, and guest organizations. Concerts are scheduled in June, July, and August. Spaces are limited!

an oil painting by one of our previous artists in residence


The Deering Estate offers seasons of specially-curated contemporary and historic exhibits and events that support our mission, create dialogue for our community, and represent our family of current and alumni Artists-in-Residence.

a sculpture art piece by one of our previous artist in residence

Spring Contemporary

The Deering Estate offers seasons of specially-curated contemporary and historic exhibits and events that support our mission, create dialogue for our community, and represent our family of current and alumni Artists-in-Residence.

The Spring Contemporary is our yearly exhibition and celebration of Miami arts and culture. In response to an annual curatorial theme, our Artists-in-Residence and other local artists interact with the Deering Estate’s unique history through site-specific works. With over a decade of contemporary arts collaborations, this event showcases artworks in the historic homes and throughout the bayside landscape.

a theatrical play hosted at the deering estate

Theatre & Literary Arts

As an extension of the Deering Estate Artists-in-Residence program, the Deering Estate offers unique collaborative educational and performative events blending Theatre and Literary Arts. Our visitor’s center theater, which was refurbished in 2013 with the help of a Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, presented the One Minute Play Festival as its inaugural performance. Since then, our collaborations with the South Florida Theatre League have expanded into our ongoing Playwright Development Program events, continuing support of the One Minute Play Festival, and through Artists-in-Residence who are pursuing the literary arts.


  1. Spring Contemporary: Homemaking

    April 17 - June 13
  2. Spring Contemporary Exhibit Opening

    April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Artists Open, presented by Fountainhead

    May 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

“There is no other parcel of land of greater historic importance in South Florida”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas


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The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Deering Estate, one of South Florida’s largest and most significant historical, archeological, architectural and environmental treasures.