Aventura Mall is showcasing throughout February original works created by art students at Florida International University and sponsored by The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

The 10 unique images, displayed on 100 tables in the Aventura Mall food court, represent love in various forms.  They range from a playful photo of a puppy peering through a wrought iron fence to a tender image of two seniors holding hands.

The exhibition is being presented by Turnberry for the Arts, Aventura Mall’s dynamic cultural initiative combining contemporary art and education.

Jacqueline Fletcher, Director of Turnberry for the Arts, said the innovative program will allow hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life to enjoy artwork in a non-traditional way.

“We’re excited to launch this wonderful collaboration that brings community exposure to talented art students,” Fletcher said.  “The art is fun and whimsical – ideal for the spirit of Valentine’s Day.”

According to Carol Damian, Director and Chief Curator for the Frost Museum at FIU, the selections were narrowed down from about 35 submissions based on how the art complements the Aventura Mall environment.

“The students were enthusiastic about the project and found it quite challenging,” Damian said.  “We’re thrilled to partner with our art department at FIU, Turnberry for the Arts and Aventura Mall.”

Recognizing the positive impact art can have upon people of all ages and walks of life, Turnberry for the Arts enhances the experiences of Aventura Mall visitors.  Works on permanent display include Eye Benches by Louise Bourgeois, Walking Figure by Donald Baechler, Back of a Snowman by Gary Hume, Florida’s Soul by Jaume Plensa, Suzanne Walking in Skirt and Top and Julian Walking in T-Shirt and Shorts by Julian Opie, Untitled by Jorge Pardo, Columns by Daniel Arsham, Acquired Required Desired Admired All Within The Realm of Possibility by Lawrence Weiner, Tree of Knowledge by Tom Otterness and the interactive indoor playground Rainbow Valley that was created by Friends With You.

Aventura Mall guests can obtain a Turnberry for the Arts Walking Tour Guide at the Concierge Center near Macy’s. For more information, visit www.turnberryforthearts.com.

South Florida’s #1 shopping destination among international visitors, Aventura Mall was voted Best Local Shopping Destination by Miami Herald’s “Hot List” and ranks as one of the top five highest grossing malls in the country in sales per square foot.  The 2.7 million square-foot multi-level mall is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s Home Furniture, JCPenney and Sears, 300 stores and restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, and an artist-designed interactive playground, Rainbow Valley.

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