For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2014

Media Contact:
Greg Chin



(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

Passengers in Miami International Airport concourses D and E can now dive into the world of mermaids with La Sirena: A Call for Transformation, the airport’s newest art exhibition located in its Central Terminal Gallery just past the Concourse E security checkpoint.  The eclectic collection by 16 renowned artists, 11 of whom live in the South Florida area, illustrates the artists’ interpretation of the mystical sea creatures through different forms of mixed media.


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Local artists Ray Azcuy, R.F. Buckley, Bill Burke, Pablo Cano, Edouard Duval Carrié, Dina Knapp, Emilio Adan Martinez, Marie Mennes, Gary Monroe, Peggy Nolan, and Kristen Thiele make use of assorted materials such as cast aluminum, glass, wood, iron, crystals and vinyl for their contributions.

Eric Conrad presents a more realistic version of the mermaid myth while Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph, Damian Rojo, Carolina Sardi, and Gerry Stecca abandoned the typical sea creature model, instead using colors or elements of the sea in suggestive ways, taking certain parts of the conventional underwater being and creating unconventional forms. 

“All the artists have previously exhibited at MIA and were invited to explore the mermaid theme.  It is fascinating to see how they considered this feminine icon from different points of view,” said Yolanda Sánchez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division Director. “This exhibit gives passengers at MIA a sample of South Florida’s local talent and provides a mental and cultural escape during the travel day, which is one of the goals of our Fine Arts Program.” 

The exhibition runs through mid-summer and is presented by MDAD's Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division.  For more information, go to

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