Students Continue to Capture Miami in Photography Exhibit as Part of Downtown Art Days

By: Marcia Gomez

November 1, 2017

For the past three years, a selection of about 30 students from our BFA in Digital Photography program have been tasked with taking photography featuring Downtown Miami as its subject. The ongoing collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) tasks the students to capture Miami in all its glory, beauty and the growing pains that come along with a city in the middle of an artistic and cultural renaissance.

This third installment was truly the pinnacle between artistic expression and purpose in that the task was to capture all of the realities in Downtown Miami including the numerous sky high cranes and constructions sites that have become common place in our city. This year’s exhibit featured a combination of large and small scale prints showcasing these changes while highlighting student talent and perspective. The exhibit reception once again took place as part of Downtown Art Days, a weekend long celebration of the arts in Downtown Miami that took place October 13-15. “This collaboration has become one of those projects our students look forward to working on each year – it provides a platform for them to showcase their skill level, but also their creativity and inspiration,” says Erika Fleming, president of Miami International University of Art & Design. The final images will be made available to the DDA for use in their various publications and marketing collateral to maximize exposure and grow Downtown Miami as a cultural and business hub.

While any of the images was definitely worthy of an award, the top images were selected based on their overall technique, beauty and how well they conveyed the city. Below are the winning images and students (all from the BFA in Digital Photography program):

Sydney Drew

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography – Sydney Drew

Samantha Saavedra work                  Samantha Saavedra

The Capture Miami Award - Samantha Saavedra

Ivan Calderon                             Ivan Calderon image 

Excellence in Visual Communication Award – Ivan Calderon

Mariangel Dupre                              Mariangel Dupre image

Formal Design in Photography Award - Mariangel Dupre
Odeth Reinoso work                            web Odeth Reinoso

The Creative Vision Award – Odeth Reinoso

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By: Marcia Gomez

November 1, 2017