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Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Miami International Airport
Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs



John Chen

Central Terminal Gallery

May 15- June 20, 2017


John Chen, Leonardo da Vinci, watercolor/acrylic on handmade rice paper, 2015, 28” x 32”


Artist couple John and Jean Chen, collectively known as John Chen, have devoted their life teaching and creating art. The title of this show, OO – SIANG ART is their personal art philosophy and embodies them both.

OO – SIANG ART literally translates as "Formless Art."  It originated from "concept and form" and "concept without form." Its ultimate goal is the combination of the Chinese Philosophy of Yin and Yang, harmony between Nature and Human Beings.  Part of their creative process involves painting on the same canvas, and is highly imaginative. 

Consisting of Chinese ink wash, watercolor and acrylic on handmade rice paper, these works created between 1986 and 2015, emphasize the remarkable artistry of traditional Chinese brush and ink paintings.  John Chen’s work integrates “traditional Chinese art methodology with Western style by emphasizing the tint and color into abstract varieties. Yet, at the same time maintaining the brush paintings with ‘Zen’ influence.” The artwork in this exhibition represents a coming together of Eastern and Western art traditions.

John and Jean Chen live and work in South Florida.


EyE has to Travel

 Gail Rieke

Zoom: Travel Journal Assemblage

The Eye Has To Travel Gallery

Opens May 2017

  The Eye Has To Travel Gallery

Image: Gail Rieke, Suitcase Wall installation at artist’s studio/gallery

 Gail Rieke’s travel journals are meticulous multifaceted inventions of drawings, writings, photography, collage, and bookmaking; an assemblage of handmade materials, combined with manufactured items and preformed natural objects often found during the artist’s travels.  Zoom: Travel Journal Assemblage consists of two assemblage travel journal suitcases, Serendipity Japan (2008-2009) and France Journal (2010-2017). Both are part of a broader work called Suitcase Wall, a large installation wall at the studio/gallery in the artist’s home.


Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/ assemblage/ installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, painter Zachariah Rieke. She travels nationally and internationally to lecture, teach workshops and experience other cultures.  Her suitcase travel journals are in depth responses to these adventures.



 A Century of Flight:
The Story of Aviation in Miami

In collaboration with HistoryMiami

Hall of Aviation

Terminal J, Internatonal Arrivals Greeters Lobby, 4th Floor
Opens March 23, 2017

History Miami Museum


HistoryMiami Museum and Miami International Airport’s Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs are excited to announce the creation of the Hall of Aviation. Envisioned as an ongoing partnership, the Hall of Aviation features exhibitions that explore various aspects of Miami’s long-standing fascination with flight. The inaugural exhibition - A Century of Flight: The Story of Aviation in Miami –features images, uniforms, model airplanes and other artifacts chronicling Miami’s rise as a hub for commercial aviation.

 History Miami Museum



Cheryl Maeder
Dreamscapes Series
Camera Works Gallery, Gate D22
Opens September 2016

Cheryl Maeder, Beach Series X (ed. 6/10), color photograph, 2006

Cheryl Maeder, Beach Series X (ed. 6/10), color photograph, 2006

Cheryl Maeder’s Dreamscapes Series is a collage of saturated memories from her early childhood infused with Maeder’s expanding adventures from her travels and everyday life. Maeder’s defining moment came while traveling through the Costa Brava coastal towns of Spain where she began experimenting using her camera as a painter uses a paintbrush.  Seeing the world through painterly eyes, she began to deeply explore the relationship between the familiar and the abstract. Her goal is for the viewer to see the world within a larger reality suggesting that what appears to be clear and in focus, is only our perception.  This gives tension and mystery to her images.

Cheryl Maeder is a fine art photographer & filmmaker born in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Her work is in permanent museum collections, and her photographs and video installations have been exhibited internationally at major art fairs and in public art installations. Maeder lives and works in South Florida.



Cartographies Tatiana Parcero
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 25
Tatiana Parcero, Re-Invento #18, 2005, acetate and giclee print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery

Tatiana Parcero is a photo and video artist whose work explores the corporeal as a map where she can relate to ideas as different as identity, memory, territory, time and migrations. Blending various techniques and visual media, the photographic work explores hand gestures and postures with ideas of mystical experimentation, contemplation and the human experience of various scientific and religious concepts. Using the technique of superimposing acetates onto photographs, the images have two layers of visual information that stimulate the desire to explore deeply into the pictures.
Tatiana Parcero has a BA in Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an M.A. with studies in Art Theory and Photography from New York University/International Center of Photography (NYU/ICP).  For the past 27 years, she has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: The Museum of Modern Art (NY); Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan); Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL); Houston Center of Photography (Houston, TX); Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA.); The Mexican Museum (San Francisco, Ca.); and the Biennale of Havana, Cuba, to name a few.  She currently lives and works in Argentina.

MIA Portrait Project
Concourse J, Gate 7
Opens December 2015

From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.
 From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.  
The MIA Portrait Project film series is the first original programming of the art-centric video site WAYPOINT, which debuted at CONTEXT Art Miami 2015. The portrait-making encounters between four diverse artists  - Jessie Laino, Christina Pettersson, Kerry Phillips and Kristen Thiele and their subjects, Miami International Airport employees  – are the focus of the new series of films.
WAYPOINT is a public electronic art exhibition project inaugurated at one of the world’s largest transportation hubs, Miami International Airport (with annual traffic of more than 40 million passengers). Its mission is to present and engage travelers with a rich and vibrant stream of programming that includes short documentary films about artists creating work and visually inspiring video artwork by established and emerging artists.

WAYPOINT was developed by the Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, Miami International Airport, in association with contemporary art filmmakers Wet Heat Project.



For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.