LegalArt’s Artist Residency is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary program that empowers Miami’s cultural producers and sustains the city’s position as a hotbed for contemporary art by infusing the community with artists and arts professionals from around the globe. In an effort to create a new model of cultural exchange in a city popular for its beaches, night life, and art fairs, the residency program offers artists the first, formal live/work environment in Miami. The primary focus of the residency program is two-fold: 1) provide long-term, affordable live/work space for Miami artists and 2) offer national/international artists and arts professionals year-round opportunities to research and respond to issues at stake in South Florida.
Founded in October 2010 and generously supported by major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Artist Residency is comprised of seven live/work spaces. Five of the studio spaces are dedicated to yearlong residencies for Miami artists, while two are for two-to-three month residencies by visiting national/international artists and curators, arts writers, scholars, museum professionals, and other cultural producers. Hosting approximately 17 residents per year, LegalArt compliments the residency program with a broad menu of educational and professional development services for artists. Through organized programs such as LegalLink and SeminArt, artists participate in monthly workshops, presentations, and one-on-one consultations with attorneys, gallerists, and arts professionals, empowering them with the tools and knowledge to elevate their careers. In addition, residency artists receive technical and administrative support as needed from LegalArt staff.
Housed in a former warehouse built in 1924, LegalArt is conveniently located in downtown Miami, Florida. Residents occupy the third floor of the building, which was renovated by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, partners at Snarkitecture, New York. Each live/work studio (measuring approximately 600 square feet) is outfitted with polished concrete floors, large warehouse windows providing ample natural light, modern amenities, and one dedicated parking space. In addition to the seven residency studios, the third floor features communal kitchen, dining, and lounge areas designed as an open flex-space to facilitate organic movement, use, and interactions among users. The second floor is also designed with an open-floor plan and accommodates LegalArt’s administrative offices, research library, and program space. LegalArt also utilizes the building’s ground-floor lobby as a temporary project space activated by residency and guest artists.
LegalArt is located at 1035 North Miami Avenue in downtown Miami. The transitional, urban neighborhood is home to commercial, residential, and cultural activities, including restaurants, bars, and night clubs. The cultural landscape is rooted by established arts organizations, such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Art Museum, and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). These amenities, coupled with nearby artist-run studios and exhibition spaces, enrich the live/work experiences of LegalArt’s residents.
The call for applications for 2014 residencies has been closed. Applications for the 2015 Visiting Residency program,are not yet being accepted. A call for applications for the 2015 Visiting Residency will be posted on this website in the near future. Please visit this site soon to learn about the latest updates.