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.

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.

 Maya Billig

Maya Billig was born in Miami, Fl, where she currently resides. Through research-based processes, she develops choreographic works for film, stage, and site-specific spaces. To name a few, her dance films have been selected by Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards, ADF Movies by Movers, and Screendance Miami. She is currently an Artist in Residence at The Deering Estate while she develops her latest work, ‘The New West.’ This past year, she has received a Locust Projects’ Wavemakers Grant for her interest in blending dance, film, and environmental studies. Her recent live works have been presented at the historical Kampong in Coconut Grove and Art Basel Miami, where she has begun collaborating with visual artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performances. Besides receiving her Bachelor’s degree in dance at New World School of the Arts, Maya has also trained heavily in contemporary dance, physical theater, and improvisational techniques throughout Europe, Israel, and Australia, using her travels as a primary artistic influence.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Amalia Caputo

Amalia Caputo (Caracas, 1964) is a photo and video-based artist, independent curator and art writer whose work focuses on memory, the archive, feminine identity and the study of photography itself. She holds a BA in Art History from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MFA in Studio Art and Photography from New York University and the International Center of Photography. Recent exhibitions include: Amalia Caputo: Senescere, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela 2019; Transferences 2.0, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL, 2019;  RCS  51-76 (Rocking Chair Sessions), curated by BaBa Collective, The Annex/Spinello Gallery, Miami,2019, Boss Lady, when female artists run the show, curated by Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg, Girls Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, 2019, Amalia Caputo & Pepe López, curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, In Focus, Cha.Co, Santiago,2018; Still Lives, Amalia Caputo, Bernadette Despujols, Tamara Despujols, Hayward Gallery, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami (2018); Femmes et révoltes dans la création contemporaine du Venezuela, curated by Rolando J. Carmona, Théâtre municipal Berthelot, Montreuil,2018; Caracas Reset / Cracking Videoart, curated by Erika Ordosgoittia, Theâtre La Colonie, Paris, 2018; Cuerpo, Medio, Poder, Video arte y performance, curated by Erika Ordosgoittia and Rolando J Carmona, Cinemateca Distrital de Bogotá,2018; Rèsistance, ToBe Gallery, Budapest, Hungary,2017; Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency, curated by Sarah Michelle Rupert, Girls Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale,2016; Self Portrait: Ve, curated by Rolando Carmona, Third Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland,2016

Susan Carballo

After over 20 years of working as an arts consultant, producer, and curator, Susan Caraballo is currently exploring her own artistic practice through the intersection of curating, directing, and collective artmaking. She is experimenting how these can find synergy to generate art projects through collaborative work with a focus on global issues, especially the ecological crisis. This interdisciplinary practice is grounded in her interests in film, movement/performance, and creative writing.Susan Caraballo

Becky Franco

Born in Havana, Becky Franco emigrated from Cuba as a child when her family resettled in Brooklyn. Exposure to American consumerism and Photorealism influenced her development as an undergraduate at the Pratt Institute and young painter rendering products larger than life on billboards throughout New York City. Breaking ground as the first female admitted into the Sign and Pictorial Display Union. When digital printing transformed the advertising industry, Franco established another successful career creating paintings and murals for private estates and public institutions. Franco applies her sharp eye in a body of work that has evolved since she earned a master’s degree at Queens College, a selective residency at The Queens College art center in the Rosenthal Library, and honors as a 2014 fellow finalist for the CINTAS Foundation’s competitive annual award showcasing top talents of the Cuban diaspora. Her exhibition highlights also include La Bienal 2013 at El Museo Del Barrio and its seminal survey of contemporary Caribbean artists curated collaboratively with the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Islip Art Museum on Long Island.

Jen Karetnick

The winner of the 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition for The Crossing Over (March 2019), Jen Karetnick is the author of eight other poetry collections, including The Burning Where Breath Used to Be, forthcoming from David Robert Books, 2020, and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. Her work has appeared widely in publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Salamander, Tampa Review, and Verse Daily. She is co-founder/co-editor of the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day. Jen received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She works as the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; as a freelance lifestyle journalist; and as a writer of cookbooks and guidebooks.

 Richard Moreno

Richard Moreno’s work lies at the crossroads of performance and sculpture. His work examines how ideas and objects can take on new meaning over time. Richard received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Painting in 2017. In 2019 he received a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. This fall he will attend residencies at The Wassaic Project and Millay Colony.

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.

Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Still Life with Mother and Knife, a New York Times “New & Noteworthy” book released by Louisiana State University Press in February 2019. Rathburn’s first full-length collection, The Shifting Line, won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, and her second collection, A Raft of Grief, was published by Autumn House Press in 2013.

Rathburn’s poems have appeared in the nation’s most esteemed journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. In a 2019 feature, NPR called Rathburn’s work “arresting” and “a gentle whirlwind.” In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

While she was born in Jacksonville and raised in Miami, Florida, Rathburn has deep roots in the state of Georgia, where her mother’s family has lived since the 1830s. Rathburn moved to Decatur in 2001 after completing graduate school at the University of Arkansas. Since 2013, she has lived in the North Georgia mountains with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. In March 2019, Rathburn was appointed poet laureate of Georgia.

Sterling Rook

Sterling Rook is a Miami native and holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Florida International University. His work uses interdisciplinary techniques from sculpture and painting as interpreted through fiber arts both to expand those fields and to connect to family histories of working with fabric. He also believes that cultural practices can be read as a kind of textile manuscript informing, sharing, and borrowing from each other- this concept motivates his practice. Currently, he is a resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex.

Donna Ruff

Donna Ruff’s art explores the effects of time and communication, in thematic and material ways. Working mostly with various papers, some of them repurposed from books and newspapers, she cuts or burns compelling, complex patterns to create a rich relationship between positive and negative space, and bring focus to our ability to take note of culture and events. Her work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Library of Congress, Smith College Museum, the Morgan Library, J.P. Morgan Chase Collection, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, as well as many private collections.

Julio dos Santos

Julio Arruda dos Santos is a capoeira master (known as Mestre Cabeção) and visual artist from São Paulo, Brazil, currently living in Miami. He has been practicing capoeira for more than 20 years and teaching and performing capoeira for nearly as long. He leads capoeira groups for adults and children focused on four pillars: fitness, martial arts, education, and community. dos Santos has been invited to teach capoeira workshops all over the United States and the world. He has also been a “cultural ambassador” for educational associations promoting capoeira and other Brazilian cultural arts in schools.

Lissette Schaeffler & Bill Cruz

Bill Cruz and Lissette Schaeffler are a husband and wife collaborative working in multimedia art. Their work combines photography, video, sound, and writing, and is characterized by a duality in perspective informed by their diverse artistic backgrounds.

Bill is a Miami-born composer, musician, writer, and visual designer. Lissette is a Cuban-born photographer whose work deals with the exploration of memory, place, and lineage. They live and work in Miami.


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