Our 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.

Our respected Artist-in-Residence program focuses on multidisciplinary works at the intersection of science and the arts and plays a vital role in the community through audience engagement and sustainable practices in art and conservation.

Studio Residents 

John William Bailly

John William Bailly is the Deering Estate’s first Artist in Residence Fellow. Bailly is a French–American artist born in the UK. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University, and has been a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College at Florida International University since 2004. His work explores history and culture, with an emphasis on the Transatlantic dialogue. His paintings explore the question of how we are who we are in relation to history, place, and culture. His works have been exhibited at University of Maine Museum of Art, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Texas State University, as well as other venues in the US and France. He was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists and a State of Florida Individual Artist Grant. In 2007, Bailly and critically acclaimed poet Richard Blanco produced a collaborative project, Place of Mind. At FIU, Bailly is the Faculty Director of Honors France, Italy, and Spain study abroad, annually leading students throughout Western Europe for three months. He has been awarded two Excellence in Teaching awards and a European Union grant for course development. John William Bailly is represented by LnS Gallery in Miami.

Alfredo Brito

Alfredo Brito is a renowned Cuban-American interior designer with more than 34 years of experience, who has been honored with numerous and important awards. Mr. Brito carries on the tradition of creating elegant interiors at his design firm located in Miami Florida where he focuses on residential and commercial interior design. He also specializes in showroom design for fine furniture’s companies, including the creation of spectacular store windows in great cities such as Buenos Aires, New York and Madrid. In all his interior designs to date, refinement and contemporary sophistication are strongly defined, focusing on quality and comfort. With access to the best in design, his interiors bear the indelible mark of this talented professional who fulfills the needs and manages the budgets of his clients, providing great service and personal attention to each design projects. “I like to design interiors which work well for many years that do not go out of fashion.” Because the beauty and creativity, his work is frequently solicited for publication by leading national and international magazines.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

Diana Eusebio

Born, raised, and based in Miami, FL, multidisciplinary artist, fashion designer, and photographer Diana Eusebio works across many genres to research the lived experiences and intersections of global Blackness and Latinx identity. From 2014 – 2020 Eusebio lived, worked, and studied in New York City, Florence (Italy), and Baltimore, receiving a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Fiber with a minor in Photography and concentration in Experimental Fashion. In 2016, from over 12,000 applicants, Eusebio was announced by the Barack Obama administration as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts– the highest national honor for a young artist in the United States. She went on to participate in Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship programs –at Red Hook Labs, New York, 2019; PRIZM Art Fair, Miami, 2019; and YoungArts, Miami, 2016– and has exhibited in prestigious national and international institutions –including the Museum of Modern Art, the Hall of Nations at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Rubell Museum, Parsons The New School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Visual Arts, and Palazzo Dei Cartelloni. Most recently, in October 2021, Eusebio was awarded an Oolite Arts Ellies Award, which supports her ongoing body of work “MIRROR: A Reflection of the Black + Latinx Diaspora,” expected to be exhibited at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (Miami) and self-published into a monograph in 2022. 

Marlon Johnson

Marlon Johnson is an eleven-time Emmy award-winning producer and director. A native of Miami, Marlon earned bachelor’s degrees in both Anthropology and Communications with a special focus on Motion Pictures from the University of Miami. He has produced award-winning documentary films exploring music, social and cultural issues. In 2005 he was commissioned by the Florida Film Consortium to produce and direct Coconut Grove: A Sense of Place which examined race-based gentrification in the West Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, the historic home of the first Bahamian immigrants. In 2006, The Ford Foundation commissioned Marlon to direct the short documentary Breaking the Silence which chronicled the rise of HIV infection in the Black-American South.      

Lee Pivnik

Lee Pivnik (b. 1995) is a Miami-based artist, working predominantly in sculpture, video and social practice. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Sculpture and a concentration in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies. In his artwork and curatorial projects, he attempts to help produce a more regenerative, biophilic, ecozoic world. Well aware of the scale of such an endeavor, Pivnik considers his practice as an opportunity for collaboration. In 2017 he started the Institute of Queer Ecology, a collaborative, decentralized organism that works to imagine and realize an equitable multispecies future. With interdisciplinary programming that oscillates between curating exhibitions and directly producing artworks/projects, the Institute of Queer Ecology lays the groundwork for a (bio)diverse utopia. 

Project Residents 

Keshia Abraham

Dr. Keshia Abraham is an international J.E.D.I (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) educator committed to facilitating personal and organizational development and intercultural growth specifically in international education. Keshia firmly believes in the transformative power of international education and the long term impact it has, hence her unwavering commitment to comprehensive internationalization especially at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).  An elected Council member at the Forum on Education Abroad, Dr. Abraham has collaborated on working groups, presented at forums, seminars, and conferences on both international education and African (diaspora) literature all over the world.  She is a Fulbright scholar and Mellon fellow in addition to other academic accolades. Dr. Abraham earned a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Postcolonial literature and culture (specifically African Diaspora Women’s Literature) and Popular Education at Binghamton University and her Bachelor’s degree in English (emphasis on Women’s Studies) at the esteemed Spelman College.  She is also a certified Ayurvedic yoga specialist and experienced wellness practitioner which informs her J.E.D.I work. 

Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez

Melissa Cobblah, born in Cuba and raised in Ghana and Cape Verde began her formal dance training at age 18. After graduating with her Associate of Arts from Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, she continued her dance studies at Florida State University from where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance. During her time at Miami Dade College she started working as a company member with Olujimi Dance Theatre in 2016. Ms. Cobblah has worked and studied under the direction of many recognized artists such as Michelle Grant-Murray, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Nia Love, A’Keitha Carey, Kehinde Ishangi, Jorge Luis Morejon, Millicent Johnnie, Tiffany Rhynard, Anjali Austin and Charles Anderson. She is a two-time leadership scholarship recipient of American Dance Festival for the summers of 2016 & 2018. She is currently dancing professionally in NYC with Urban Bush Women and Olujimi Dance Theatre. 

James Herring

James Herring is a Miami based artist and designer with over 40 years of experience. He holds a B.F.A. in visual Arts from Florida International University where his focus was on ceramics. He was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina for 3 years and holds an M.A. in Asian Studies. His studies were focused on the Japanese Mingei movement and its impact on American ceramics of the post WWII era. His ceramic sculpture has been shown at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art New Orleans. His functional ceramics are included in the collection of Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in Jingdezhen, China. His awards include an individual grant in sculpture from the NEA/SAF, 2 Art Matters grants, New Forms Florida, and a Knight Arts Challenge grant.  

Amanda Keeley

Amanda Keeley is a visual artist, curator, Scorpio, and publisher based in Miami. She received her BA from the University of Vermont and her MFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Art & Design. Her practice utilizes the language of printmaking, sculpture, and text-based works which often take the shape of community collaborations and multimedia immersive installations. Her solo exhibitions include Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami), Villa Lena (Italy), Basel Liste/ Spencer Brownstone Gallery (NYC/Basel, Switzerland), Wolfsonian–FIU Museum (Miami), de la Cruz Collection (Miami), and Transformer Gallery (Washington) with group exhibitions at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami), AGA Lab (Netherlands), Frans Mastereel Centrum (Belgium), and Faena Art Center (Miami.) Keeley is the Founder and Director of EXILE Books, which activates public spaces in Miami with print culture. Keeley has received grants from Knight Foundation Arts Challenges, Florida Department of State of Cultural Affairs Grant, Wavemaker Grant, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Art’s Blackburn Printmaking fellowship. Her work is included in the MoMA permanent collection, New York Public Library, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Smithsonian Museum, de la Cruz Collection, and is held within other numerous private and public collections. 

Jessica Martin 

Jessica Martin is a visual artist working across disciplines including painting, sculpture, architecture, and design. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting from NWSA in 2016, and with an M.arch from the School of Architecture at Taliesin in 2021.  Among many things, her practice explores material ecology, erosion, and decay. She shares a collaborative design practice with Deon Rubi under the moniker NUN; their work operates within a wide margin that includes installation, furniture, and objects. She is also the co-founder of Cube, a music label and curated series of electronic music and live performances. Martin’s work has been exhibited at Design Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, CIFO, Locust Projects, Tile Blush, Sight Unseen, Bas Fisher Invitational, Spinello Projects, Noguchi Breton, and Jonald Dudd. 

Gustavo Matamoros

Gustavo Matamoros is a Miami based sound artist born in Venezuelan and educated in Music who dedicated himself to the investigation of sound and its relationship to the human mind with focus on experience and intuition. He has created extensively using contemporary techniques such as electroacoustics, intermedia, performance, sound installations, radiophony, multimedia spectacles and public art. Gustavo Matamoros has been the artistic director of the Subtropics Organization since 1989 and is the founder of the Subtropics Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art.

Michelle Grant Murray

Michelle Grant-Murray, choreographer, performer, educator, author, and social activist, is the Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble, and the Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Michelle has trained with prominent artists across the world and she has presented work in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree from Florida International University in African Diaspora Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Jacksonville University in Choreography. Grant-Murray is a current Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler, representing the first choreographer in Residence during the program’s eight-year history. 

Barron Sherer

Barron Sherer was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and is a time-based media artist with a background in moving image archival practice and research. He worked as a film archivist, and that practice eventually evolved into his art practice. Sherer moved to South Florida in the early 1990s and currently works in Miami, focusing on altering and repurposing archived films. In the early 2000s, Barron was curator at Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, there, he programmed moving image festivals, public access activities, researched collections, and managed photochemical conservation. 

Meg Wallace

Meg Wallace, an interdisciplinary artist native to South Florida, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Wallace explores connections between people, art, community, and the environment. She harnesses emotion, sound, movement, photographs, paint, texture, color, magnetic energy, and light in her creation process. The organic movements and images within her work challenge perception and engage imaginative dialogue. Selected Solo exhibitions include (“Mother Mangrove”, 2020, Stone House Museum at Deering Estate, Palmetto Bay, Florida) (“Pull”, 2020, Wirtz Gallery, Miami, Florida) (“Human Rights/Human Wrongs”, 2012, Artisan Lounge, Miami, Florida).  Selected group exhibitions include (“Natural Mystic”, 2022, The Frank C. Ortis Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida) (“Metamorphosis”, Pinecrest Gardens Gallery, 2017, Pinecrest, Florida) (“Future”, 2016, Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida). 

Mateo Serna Zapata

Colombian born, Miami raised, Mateo is a lens-based Artist. Keeping in mind the concept of collaboration as civilized progress, Mateo enacts his practice as a collective collaborative conversation between himself and his subjects with the intent of presenting multiple perspectives  on a reality that would otherwise go unnoticed. Working with dancers and utilizing anatomy as geometry, the artist captures movement and presents contradictory compositions that invite the viewer to question perception and engage with the compositions. His work has been exhibited in MOCA, Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation, Mindy Solomon Gallery and Coral Gables Museum. Mateo received his BFA from University of Florida through New World School of the Arts. In 2019, he received the Artist Access Grant to study Tintype printing at Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Mateo currently works and resides in Miami having a studio at The Bakehouse Art Complex. 

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