On January 13, the MIA- Miami International Art Fair will showcase prestigious galleries from over 15 countries. A major contribution of the Fair is its support of the Miami art scene. Unlike any other Miami art fair, over 25 local galleries are participating, and partnerships have been formed with important Miami museums and emerging art organizations, such as the Miami Art Museum, the Lowe Art Museum, the Robert and Patricia Frost Museum, the Bass Museum, Auguari, The End/Spring Break. The Fair will also feature special student and alumni exhibitions from Miami-Dade College, FIU- Florida International University and the University of Miami Art School.

In addition MIA will introduce appropriate technology for the 21st century art fair, including an interactive iphone app for fair attendees and a live blog broadcast by “What’s Up Miami”, produced byEclectic Network Miami. In addition MIA celebrates women artists in a special exhibition, “A Celebration of Woman Artists”, works by Lorna Marsh (South Africa), Maria Bonomi (Brazil), Hyung Joo Kim (Korea) and Claudia Hakim (Colombia). Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts Gallery was selected as the recipient of the 2011 “Arts of Distinction Award”.

This year visitors to MIA will be able to view art on their mobile devices with the free MIA iPhone app powered by Collectrium. This app allows visitors to take a snapshot of any artwork exhibited at the fair and instantly receive extensive information on artist and piece, add their own notes, bookmark it for later, share with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email, they can even contact the gallery. The app’s features do not end there, users will further be able to view the entire Show catalogue on their smart phone, see a map of the Show and read all the programming and scheduling information about the fair.

MIA is organized by International Fine Art Exhibitions (IFAE) principals David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of Art Miami in the same Miami Beach venue in 1991, and directed by Associate Director Aldo Castillo.

For more information on special exhibitions and exhibitor lists, please visit our website at www.mia-artfair.com.