FIU’s CARTA to present annual Festival of the Trees exhibition


FIU’s CARTA to present annual Festival of the Trees exhibitionFlorida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) will present the 29th annual Festival of the Trees. This year’s theme is “Design DNA: Differentiators, Nuances, Attributes” and will feature works by some of the region’s premier design professionals.

The eclectic exhibit of holiday trees will open with a gala reception on Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the historic Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave. in Miami’s Design District.

“This is one of the most anticipated and celebrated holiday traditions in Miami’s design and cultural community,” said CARTA dean Brian Schriner. “The festival showcases our community’s preeminent designers while financially supporting our remarkably talented students’ education.”

Since its inception, the Festival of the Trees has featured work by some of the region’s premier design professionals in celebration of the holiday season’s shapes, colors, light and poetry. Each year the exhibit showcases the amazing creativity of the community by engaging top local, national and international designers in the design of spectacular holiday trees made from every imaginable material.

Art lovers and supporters who attend the opening night reception will be able to bid on the artistic tree creations. In its history, the Festival of the Trees has raised more than $150,000.

The exhibit and opening night reception are coordinated by FIU’s Interior Architecture Advisory Board. As in past years, net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will be used to support FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and help talented students pursue their arts education in CARTA. This year, the trees displayed at the annual event subsequently will be exhibited throughout Dadeland Mall for the duration of the holiday season.

Judges for this year’s exhibit include Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of The Fountainhead Residency; Kalyn Chapman James, host of art loft; Nathalie Cadet-James, president and CEO of Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, and Bill Iverson, Miami art curator.

This year’s sponsors of the Festival of the Trees include KEYSGRANITE, Daltile, Bacardi, and Simon Malls. Tickets to the exhibit are $85 per person and a $700 group rate is currently available for 10-person group and can be purchased at

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