63rd annual Beaux Arts Festival, Jan. 18 -19

The 63rd annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art presented by City National Bank will bring more than 230 fine art juried exhibitors to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus, Jan. 18 and 19.

Widely recognized as one of the region’s most popular outdoor art exhibitions and a South Florida tradition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors annually and offers works in 10 mediums for a variety of budgets.

Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Lowe Art Museum, which will be open to the public all weekend.

The festival will feature live music in the Main-stage tent, children’s entertainment — including free art activities for children ages 4-12 in the “Miami Children’s Hospital Art Park” — and a variety of dining options, making this event ideal not just for art enthusiasts but for families as well. In addition to artists selected by a panel of jurors, visitors will enjoy the popular “Student Artist Showcase,” featuring 150 pieces from Miami-Dade middle and high school students, on display inside the Lowe Art Museum throughout the weekend.

A celebration honoring the students’ art will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Lowe. Sponsors of the Student Artist Showcase include Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Neiman Marcus and Joanna’s Marketplace. The festival reaches beyond artists and visitors on the festival weekend. Funds raised from the festival help underwrite “Hands On!” – Beaux Arts’ signature program for children from underserved schools. “Hands On!” introduces these Miami- Dade students to the world of art and museums via field trips to the museum.Additional funds raised are used for Lowe Art Museum exhibitions, improvements and acquisitions.

The festival originally was called the “Clothesline Sale,” as Beaux Arts volunteers used clotheslines to display the works of local artists in front of the Lowe. Over 60 years later, the all volunteer-run, annual festival has evolved and is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the country.

Sponsors for the 2014 Beaux Arts Festival of Art include Presenting Sponsor City National Bank; Featured Sponsors Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, and Miami Children’s Hospital, and Friend of Festival Sponsors AON, Crispin Porter + Boguksy, Miami Dade County, and the University of Miami.

For sponsorship and general information, visit online at www.BeauxArtsMiami.org.

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