Recent Past Exhibitions


Surrealism was an art and literature movement founded in the 1920’s whose aim was to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. Largely influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories of dreams and the unconscious, Surrealists sought to express what they believed to be the actual workings of the mind, shaped by an absence of reason and control. The movement was an attempt to overthrow what was then society’s excessive focus on rationality, morality and logic. Incongruous and unnerving imagery and bizarre, unexpected juxtapositions, such as those found in dreams, were characteristic of artistic expressions, and were thought to be the true reality. Artists such as Salvador Dali, René Magritte and Max Ernst were on the forefront of the Surrealist movement.

Miami-Dade County Public School students (Grades K-12) were free to fantasize and to invent fantastic images, exploring the use of impossibilities, dreams and imagination as the springboard for their creations. This exhibit illustrates how, through the combination of unusual elements with creative thinking, even the most ordinary objects can be transformed into something mysterious and exciting.

Central TerminalE - North TerminalD
E-D Connector Gallery, just past security checkpoint

2014 - Journey of Giants

Photo credit: Alejandro Balaguer / Fundación Albatros Media
A photographic exhibition presenting images taken in the Pacific Ocean where humpback whales are born. Organized by Fundación Albatros Media, the exhibit seeks to foster an awareness of the beauty of these mammals and the urgent need for their protection and conservation. Fundación Albatros Media creates award-winning, high-impact campaigns, public exhibitions and multimedia productions on Latin America and the Caribbean. Lead by renowned photographer, journalist and author Alejandro Balaguer, the non-profit organization is made up of a team of independent producers, photographers and journalists.

South Terminal International Greeters Lobby,
3rd level


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Main entrance to Miami International Airport’s 36th St. Terminal,
January 1950, City of Miami Collection.



The Self as Image

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist drawn, painted, sculpted or photographed by the artist.  Nearly every artist in every medium, and especially since the invention of the mirror, has explored the self.  Some have used the self-portrait as psychological catharsis or scrutiny, others as a tool to investigate artistic techniques, but as a whole, images of the self are deeply intimate and revealing.  Some of the greatest artworks of all time, such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas, have been self-portraits.   Rembrandt produced over 90 self-portraits in his lifetime and what can be more revealing of interior anguish and pain than Vincent van Gogh’s serial portrayals of himself?  Other great well-known portrait artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and more recently, photographer Cindy Sherman, are just a few of the countless artists whose muse of the “self as image” has captured our attention.  



Arturo Rodríguez, Departures XXI, 2009, oil on canvas 

Arturo Rodríguez: Arrivals and Departures 

Arturo Rodríguez: Arrivals and Departures is a series of paintings capturing the poetics of airports.   Beautifully and sensitively painted, these works offer us opportunities to reflect on the experience of travel, one that can, as in all transitions, elicit the full range of emotional responses.   There is a strong feeling of melancholy and expectation in these paintings, a recognition that we are ultimately alone in the world, but, at the same time, we can also recognize that there is a beauty and urgency to the depiction of emptiness we see here - like a mirror showing us more of ourselves.



MAGICAL PERU: Between Worlds

Photo courtesy Gregg Woodard

This exhibition presents several different artistic traditions, reflecting the magic of Peruvian arts and culture. These artworks, although quite diverse, offer a visual glimpse of encounters with this and other worlds, with various levels of consciousness. Their purpose is to open the door to wonder and surprise, to a changed way of seeing.  Donna Torres’s paintings reflect the complex relationship between the spiritual and the cultural life of Amazonian people, a visual history of their lives and ways of perceiving the world. The Shipibo textiles offer another extraordinary view of the world, teaching us to see through the commonplace and to see that the world is meaningful and magical.   The pre-Colombian figures speak of relationships with deities and ceremonial cult and ritual practices. All of these works suggest imaginative possibilities, seeing through the literal to the metaphorical, envisioning and re-envisioning reality.

 20 photos10 years - palma photographs - click to enlarge

 20 photos 10 years
palma photographs

Over the course of ten years, Miami architect photographer James Palma entered photos into the National American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) annual photography competition.  A total of twenty photographs, for ten consecutive years, were selected as winners.  Each year the winning photographs were exhibited at the National AIA Convention in ten different cities in the United States.  The photographs were also included in the Architecture Calendar, three of them on the cover.


Silvia Lizama-Click to Enlarge

  Silvia Lizama

Hand-Colored Photographs

Image: Barbershop TV, Manaus, Brazil 2011

15" x 15" hand-colored, gelatin-siver print


 A selection of hand-colored black and white photographs from South Florida, Latin America and Spain.

Camera Works - Art Gallery at North Terminal D

February 2013
Gates 22 and Gate 25

Located in the heart of Miami’s Design District is the nationally recognized Design Architecture Senior High (DASH). Mia Galleries invited DASH to participate in an exhibition celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted this summer in Brazil.  Thirteen of the most talented seniors were selected to design + create a visual celebration of soccer’s most prestigious upcoming international event. The title “Show Your Colors” kick started the idea visually, while the students worked together to design each panel. The goal and challenge was to capture the World Cup’s atmosphere, emotion, and awesome sport of soccer.



Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

La Sirena A Call for Transformation

This invitational, composed of artists that have previously exhibited in mia Galleries, offers an opportunity to consider and discover the deeper meaning of the mermaid.   Real or fictional, this hybrid, imaginative creature has been roaming around our psyches for millennia, enduring symbolically in myth and culture, from oral folk traditions to high art, and continues to have a detectable role in contemporary society. - continue.

Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

Sirens of the Seas! Mermaids

Mermaids have long captured the imagination of mariners and artists alike. They inspired Sandro Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus (1486) and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid (1837). These curious creatures have been the subject of literary and visual works, appearing throughout history in Mesopotamian carvings and Greek vases to modern art, literature, music and film.  - continue.

Haiti Leaving A Legacy

Haiti: Leaving A Legacy

Leaving A Legacy presents a unique collection of high design handcrafts, showcasing an astonishing display of ingenuity and imagination.  Recycling is an important factor in these works as artists have found ways to utilize and transform discarded materials, incorporate found objects and develop natural resources responsibly- continue.


Inventory: It's About Time

Inspired by the idea that design responds to time-oriented changes in the environment, the works in this exhibition are a poetic allusion to the impermanence of existence, an acknowledgment that time is a human concept. Many of the works, which blur the line between art and design, encourage an examination of one’s own movements and place in space and time, while others incorporate the concept of time within the design itself. - continue.

Street Art

Street Art: Painting the Town 

Street art is the visual art that develops in public spaces – that is, “in the streets” – and the term can include sculpture, stencils, sticker art, wheat-pasting and street poster art, just to name a few. The term “post-graffiti” is used to distinguish contemporary public space artwork from vandalism and corporate art.  - continue.

The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen
Florida's Landscape Painters
featuring paintings from The Brewer Collection

Florida, from its earliest days, was seen as a tropical paradise where the brilliant sunshine and crystalline blue skies would dissolve away all of one's worldly concerns - continue.


Women of a New Tribe

Women of a New Tribe

A photographic exhibition created by North Carolina photographer Jerry Taliaferro, designed to honor the physical and spiritual beauty of the Black American woman, emphasizing her soulfulness - her spirit of hope, compassion, love and nobility - continue.

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Carnival Arts - Celebration and Transformation

Carnival Arts
Celebration and Transformation

Carnival is a time of celebration. For the past six years, the Carnival Arts program has helped teens living in youth crisis shelters across Florida celebrate life. The teens learn drum and dance traditions from West Africa and Venice to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. They make masks and costumes that hide their identities, and reveal how they feel about themselves and their world - continue.

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