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10975 SW 17th Street

Phone: 305-348-2890
Fax: 305-348-2762

Frost Art Museum

Housed on the Modesto A. Maidique campus of Florida International University, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (formerly The Art Museum at FIU) opened in 1977. Initially a small gallery of less than 3000 square feet, the Museum grew to achieve local, national and international recognition as one of South Florida’s key cultural institutions. The Frost Art Museum’s extraordinary programmatic growth during the 1980s and 1990s, qualified the Museum for designation as a Major Cultural Institution by both the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County. Grants from both sources, complimented by endowments, membership and private and corporate giving, provide stable funding for annual programs. In 1999, the Museum received accreditation from the American Associations of Museums (AAM) and in 2001 became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Following the groundbreaking for its new facilities in 2003, the Art Museum at FIU was officially renamed The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. The Frost Art Museum also became a unit under the new College. The museum gained a respected reputation for its innovative exhibitions, outstanding lecture series and educational outreach programs for South Florida’s diverse audiences. Through generous support from private donations as well as state and local government agencies, the Frost Art Museum is able to offer free admission to all exhibitions and public events.

The Museum’s growing collection has several notable donations of important groups of work. In 1989, the FIU leadership and the board of the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center in Coral Gables, ensured the intact survival of this importa... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The Frost Art Museum’s permanent collection includes three major categories: the General Collection, The Metropolitan Museum Collection, and the Oscar B. Cintas Fellowship Foundation Collection.
The general collection consists of 5,153 works on paper, with strong representation of American printmaking in the 1960s and '70s, including pieces by Gottlieb, Gropper, Hodgkins, Kelly, Oldenburg, Motherwell, Rosenquist, Rauschenberg, Indiana and Welliver. There are 256 photographs, including important works by Abbott, Coplans, Hassam, Algaze, Guerrero, Del Valle, Gomez and Eggelston.
A collection of 673 Pre-Columbian objects dating from 200-500 AD support exploration of the historic Maya and Inca cultures of Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
The growing painting collection numbers 857 works, including recent donations of 60 pieces by recognized Haitian artists, and Haitian and Brazilian folk art. In support of FIU's studio program, the collection holds 45 works by FIU students obtained through purchase awards since 1980. Many of these students are pursuing careers and have already achieved mid-career recognition.


The Fantastic World of José Gurvich
January 20, 2010 – April 11, 2010

José Gurvich
La creación en colores puros, 1968
Tempura on paper, 14 x 21 inches

José Gurvich was an extraordinary artist whose life bridged distant places and cultures. When he was six years old his family emigrated to Uruguay. His pictorial language developed from the diverse environments and art forms he was exposed to: intimate domestic scenes in Montevideo, rural life and religious festivities in Israel, New York's crowds and vibrant urban views. Each element in his paintings is carefully chosen from lived experience and condensed by his constant search for the fundamental and essential. His art speaks directly to the soul, addressing the need to see reality through the eyes of the spirit. In his work Gurvich paired the fantastic and the everyday in a way that appears effortless. So join us for the opening and come experience The Fantastic World of José Gurvich.

In Body and Soul: The Performance Art of María Teresa Hincapié
January 20, 2010 – May 16, 2010

María Teresa Hincapié
Vitrina / Showcase, 1989
Avenida Jiménez de Quesada-Carrera 5ta, Bogotá DVD Courtesy of Galería Casas Riegner

This exhibition, curated by Francine Birbragher, examines the work of well-known Colombian performance artist María Teresa Hincapié. Hincapié’s initial studies were in acting and she developed her work in performance art, where she stood in the vanguard of this artistic medium in Colombia.

Women's Work / Men's Work: Labor and Gender in America
in The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery
January 20, 2010 – April 11, 2010

Poster, “Teamwork Builds Ships...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama
October 9, 2009-January 10, 2010
The result of a collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation. We see this project as a unique opportunity to explore the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for peace. Through the artist's work, we also hope to broaden appreciation for the Dalai Lama and the principles he embodies. The project and exhibition title is an evocative play on words - peace will always be elusive, or missing, in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless. The word 'portrait' is used very loosely. Artists were given the freedom to explore the full life of the Dalai Lama; each 'portrait' was the result of personal interpretation.
The Missing Peace explores art as a catalyst for peace and inspires readers to engage in pursuing peace in their lives, both personally and in their communities by exploring the intersection of creativity, activism, and global citizenship. Eighty-nine artists from around the world have created their own answers or interpretations about considering the Dalai Lama through unique journeys and belief systems to create visual portraits. The result is a collective tapestry of images, themes, and media that mirrors the many roles the Dalai Lama plays within his world and ours. The exhibition includes work by Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Chuck Close, Marina Abramovic, and Michele Oka Doner, among others.

Navjot Altaf: Lacuna in Testimony
Navjot Altaf
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Celebrated Indian artist Navjot Altaf uses photo...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (3)

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The Sculpture Park is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Opening hours

Museum Gallery: (during exhibitions)
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 12 am to 5 pm

Note: The Museum Gallery is not open on legal holidays

Sculpture Park:
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provided that the Florida International University campus is open.

Getting there

From East (Miami Beach, Miami International Airport, Downtown Miami)
Take 836 WEST (Accessible from I-95). Exit on NW 107th Avenue SOUTH. Continue South on 107th, past SW 8th Street. Turn right onto FIU campus at SW 16th Street. Continue straight through circle and park in Blue Garage on left.

From North (Broward and North Dade)
Follow the Florida Turnpike to exit #25 (SW 8th Street EAST). Follow SW 8th Street East to SW 107th Avenue. Turn right on SW 107th Avenue. Turn right onto FIU campus at SW 16th Street. Continue straight through circle and park in Blue Garage on left.

From West and South (Homestead and South Dade)
Take 826 North and Exit on Coral Way. Proceed West (left) to SW 107th Avenue and turn right. Turn left at SW 16th Street onto FIU campus. Continue straight through circle and park in Blue Garage on left.

From Downtown Coral Gables
Take Coral Way West to SW 107th Avenue. Turn right onto SW 107th Avenue. Turn left onto FIU campus at SW 16th Street. Continue straight through circle and park in Blue Garage on left.


The Frost Art Museum offers guided tours for groups of ten (10) or more of the current exhibition and the Sculpture Park. Tours are geared to the appropriate age level. Special tours may be designed around a particular theme or topic. Tours are free to the public; reservations are required.

Self-guided Tours
A map for self-guided tours of the Sculpture Park is available at the Frost Art Museum during regular museum hours. The Sculpture Park is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To make a reservation please contact the Department of Education at 305.348.6963. Reservations for guided tours must be made at least ten (10) days in advance.


The Frost Art Museum's education programs, designed to nurture and increase each participant's knowledge of art, honor its mission to serve people of all ages, means and backgrounds, including the culturally diverse FIU community and residents of and visitors to South Florida. The Frost Art Museum develops a significant series of public programs in conjunction with the major exhibitions it borrows and organizes each year.


The Frost Art Museum also offers the following regularly scheduled
"walk-in" guided tours.
Exhibition Tours: Tuesdays @ 1:00 PM (during exhibitions)
Sculpture Park Tours: Fridays @ 3:00 PM (weather permitting)

A map of the Sculpture Park is available at the Frost Art Museum during regular museum hours for Self-guided tours.


If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact the Museum Educator. All tours scheduled through the Museum Educator will receive free Bus transportation from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Museum Educator is available Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Private schools are welcome to arrange tours through the Curator of Education.


The Frost Art Museum offers a diverse array of programs for families and children. Visitors are encouraged to explore the impressive outdoor sculpture park and peruse through the current Museum exhibitions.


Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery welcomes families, students and guests with interactive activities designed to educate and entertain. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery is an integral part of every visit to the Frost Art Museum. There are exhibits that are high-tech as well as low-tech; exhibits that allow for individual exploration and others that require group interaction; exhibits that encourage physical activity and others for quiet contemplation. In the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery, visitors are able to build a modern sculpture with large interlocking shapes, use a touch screen monitor to create a self portrait, create patterns using the theory of positive and negative space, experience the printmaking process through a series of rubbings on low relief metal shapes, or collaborate with a friend on a drawing using a transparent easel.

Grounded in the belief that hands-on activities help children learn, the interactive gallery adds a new dimension to the Museum and will provide a powerful experience for parents and children working together. Through our educational publications and the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery, we will guide families through the arts and the Museum’s collection. We hope to make the museum experience more enjoyable and to engage the viewer by providing information and posing questions that promote creative thinking and observation.


To enhance The Frost Art Museum's exhibitions and educational programs, the Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series introduces art world luminaries to the South Florida community.
Since 1981, internationally renowned artists, museum curators, scholars and critics have spoken on a great variety of art topics to audiences of over 800.
Past speakers have included such diverse personalities as Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello, NPR host Terry Gross, writer Susan Sontag, architect/designer Michael Graves and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

Wednesday After-Hours, the Frost Art Museum’s Wednesday evening events program, gives visitors the chance to engage with the contemporary and confront the controversial with talks, films, live music and art until 9pm. Designed to compliment the museum’s exhibitions, guests enjoy learning through a variety of events including lectures, drum circles, dance performances, poetry slams, and performance art. Wednesday After-Hours provide an excellent opportunity to meet and socialize with other people interested in the arts while learning more about the museum exhibition and artists. Wednesday After-Hours are free and open to the public and take place from 7pm – 9pm.
Please see our website for details.


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For more information on how you can contribute to The Frost Art Museum, please contact Etain Connor at 305.348.1739 or

Venue hire

For more information on coordinating an event at The Frost Art Museum, please contact Lynn Garcia at 305.348.2890 or