Institute for Contemporary Art of Miami aspires to open in Miami's Design District by 2016

Miami's merging art scene to get a new haven in Design District


MIAMI – The Institute for Contemporary Art of Miami plans to open its doors by 2016.

The institute will open its doors during Art Basel Miami Beach week with an exhibit and a series of events at its temporary home --- the historic Moore building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., in Miami's Design District.

The institute is raising money through memberships, but Norman Braman has made a commitment to pay for the cost of the future building.

"Art has become an intricate part of the life in this community," Braman said.

Developer Craig Robins donated a property on Northeast 41st Street and North Miami Avenue in the heart of Miami's Design District. 

Architects from Spain have been commissioned to design the building. Renderings have already been released.


To become a member - $50

A family of four - $100

To become a contributor - $250

To become a VIP member - $365

To become a patron - $1,000

The invitation only opening celebration is Tuesday. It includes a Prince Rama performance and a DJ Twin Shadow set.

The institute plans to offer college-level seminar classes, a program for artists ages 13 to 17 and community outreach programs with a partnership with Miami-Dade public schools.

The institute also  plans to host lectures and workshops. Organizers plan to debut new works of merit on a global scale and special exhibits. Next year, Ryan Sullivan and Shannon Ebner works are already on the exhibit calendar.

The inaugural exhibit will feature international artist Pedro Reyes and Andra Ursuta and will be open to the public free of charge. For more information, visit IcaMiami.org.

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