Locust Projects

 Founded by three artists in 1998 in a warehouse in Wynwood, Locust is Miami’s longest running alternative space. www.locustprojects.org

MISSION

Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Mural Project by Bhakti Baxter, 2007

Mural Project by Bhakti Baxter, 2007 – First space, 105 NW 23rd Street, Miami

HISTORY

Founded in 1998 by a trio of Miami-based artists: Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and COOPER, the organization was among the first to open in a converted warehouse in Miami’s once depressed Wynwood neighborhood.

In 2000, Locust Projects became incorporated and organized its first Board of Directors. Locust Projects was officially recognized as a 501 (c) (3) not for profit institution in 2002.

A grant award from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2006 allowed the organization to hire its first full-time Executive Director and subsequently supported the relocation of Locust Projects to Miami’s Design District in May 2009.

Additional major grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs have supported our continued growth.

This once fledgling organization has burgeoned into a recognized art institution in Miami, presenting ambitious works by a diverse group of artists at critical stages in their careers and growing the organization’s reputation both nationally and internationally.

Locust Projects is proud to be W.A.G.E. Certified (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), ensuring that we have and we will continue to compensate artists fairly. For more information on W.A.G.E. certification, click here.

Installation by Drew Heitzler, 2010

Installation by Drew Heitzler, 2010 – Previous space, 155 NE 38th Street, Miami

 

About The Author

Sara Nardea is no stranger to the art world, selling her own paintings and curating exhibitions -- from pop art to abstraction and now to art journalism, she is bringing her New York success to the up-and-coming Miami scene. Sara is now a contributing writer and editor at L'Etage Magazine.

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