December 14, 2021
Oolite Arts Announces Partnership with Burnaway Magazine to Expand Coverage of Miami’s Visual Artists Beyond South Florida
Leading visual arts nonprofit hires local writer and educator to serve as digital magazine’s Miami contributing editor
December 14, 2021 (MIAMI) – Oolite Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with Burnaway, an Atlanta-based magazine of contemporary art and criticism in the American South. Oolite Arts and Burnaway will co-publish and produce arts writing focused on artists living and working in Miami-Dade County. This partnership further expands coverage of Miami’s talented visual artists beyond South Florida and demonstrates just how far the Magic City has come in being recognized as a major art hub.
“We’re very excited to collaborate with Burnaway, which has developed a wonderful platform for arts journalism and contemporary art across the South,” said Dennis Scholl, who is Oolite Arts president & CEO and was instrumental in helping to bring Art Basel to Miami. “Our new program is an opportunity to provide more critical discourse about Miami’s contemporary arts scene and additionally support our incredible visual artists by having their work reviewed and placed in the national spotlight. We look forward to working with our local editor and writers from both Miami and across the country to spearhead this spectacular initiative.”
At the helm of this partnership is incoming Miami Contributing Editor, Jason Katz, who is responsible for working with the Oolite Arts and Burnaway teams to identify relevant topics and commission three pieces per month to be written by local and national writers for inclusion in the digital magazine. Katz is a Miami-born and raised writer and educator. He publishes Islandia Journal, a printed literary magazine of (sub)tropical myth, folklore, cryptozoology and the paranormal. His work has been featured in the Miami New Times, Bitter Southerner, Saw Palm, Miami Magazine, Miami Rail, and the Seminole Tribune.
“We are thrilled to partner with Oolite Arts to expand our editorial footprint in Miami, a city with a long, storied cultural history that is home to some of the most exciting artists, curators, and spaces of the region,” said Erin Jane Nelson, Burnaway’s artistic director. “Having a locally-embedded editor with increased resources will allow us to represent the city with the depth and care it deserves.”
To launch the partnership, Oolite Arts and Burnaway have posted two new online articles. Read the articles here and here.
About Oolite Arts
Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage with their work. Established in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities and financial support they need to experiment, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamians learn about contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills.
Exhibitions and programs at Oolite Arts are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Funding Arts Network, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit oolitearts.org. Follow @oolitearts on social media.
Burnaway is an Atlanta-based magazine of contemporary art and criticism from the American South. The publication is published online weekly and in print annually. Since 2008, the magazine has brought vital critical dialogue to one of the most politically polarized, historically fraught, ecologically threatened, and economically disadvantaged parts of the United States. The issues facing Southern artists, institutions, curators, and writers often represent the country’s most pressing social and cultural challenges. Despite this, contemporary art in and from the region receives little national coverage or inclusion in major survey exhibitions, and even less internationally.
Through essays, artist projects, exhibition reviews and interviews, Burnaway both documents and participates in the vibrant cultural landscape of the South today – from Appalachia to Miami, Nashville to New Orleans. Visit burnaway.org.