Every few months, curator Jane Hart presents a new show, and every time, she hits the mark in quality. This past year, we saw "Rugs," a series of large tapestries hand-sewn from pieces of teddy bears by Miami artist Agustina Woodgate. Francesco Lo Castro showed his genius with "Advent," a cutting-edge geometric painting collection. And we got our comic fix when 70 original strips by the legendary Charles M. Schulz went on display in "Pop Culture in Peanuts." Visual arts aside, quality also marks the center’s arts programming, from education for kids and adults to live stage shows to artist talks like the recent Hot Topics series.
In that series, four contemporary movers and shakers in the art world gave talks. Among them, Wayne White spoke about his installation work on television and in music videos. He's had stints at Pee-Wee's Playhouse, did art direction for Peter Gabriel's 1986 hit "Big Time," and designed the set for Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight." Much respect to this little contemporary gallery that makes big waves.