Kicking off Miami’s New Year’s 2011 gallery season the Miami International Art Fair will bring together premiere Miami and international established and emerging galleries, curated exhibitions by guest Curator Gean Moreno, a full lecture series and artists conversations scheduled by leading luminary art experts creating a full weekend of not to be missed events. Timed during Wynwood-Design District’s Second Saturday the fair will promote city wide gallery and local art institution events.

The fair will take place January 14 – 17, 2011 from 12-7 p.m. and will be open until 9 p.m. on  January 14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall D located at 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Tickets can be purchased online: http://ifae.inticketing.com. A one-day pass is $10 in advance, $15 at the door; a multi-day pass is $15 in advance, $20 at the door; children under 12 accompanied by adult are free.

A preview event, sponsored in part by Black River Caviar will be held on January 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Preview tickets can be purchased online and are $50 per person in advance and $75 per person at the door. Preview tickets are also valid for unlimited admission to the fair.

A Collectors’ Invitational will take place on January 13 from 7:30-10 p.m., open to privilege card holders, global VIP members, and by special invitation.

A major contribution of MIA is their commitment to the support of the Miami art community. MIA will not only showcase prominent Miami art galleries but also innovative art projects by local art institutions.

“I’m excited to participate in a fair that is so invested in the City. And, we can even say, that it is invested in the right way – by juxtaposing Miami artists and dealers with their international counterparts in order to engage in broader dialogues. The main goal for Miami’s present cultural development should be to draw links with the outside.” Gean Moreno said. His curated exhibition “Improvising Architectures” will look at the meaning of proliferating precarious structures in our globalized world.

The weekend’s lecture series and panel discussions will begin on Friday, Jan. 14th with Adriana Herrera, art critic for El Nuevo Herald and ArtNexus Magazine leading a panel discussion of Miami artists.

Saturday the first session will begin with “Art and Education Outside of Schools” with Ruba Katrib, Associate Curator, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. Ruba will speak on educational initiatives started by artists through Latin America and Europe as part of their artistic projects.

Sunday’s highlights include offerings by Mary Kate O’Hare, Newark Museum, “Transcending National Barriers: Pioneers of Geometric Abstraction in South and North America.” Crossing all borders the fair will offer “A Conversation on Aboriginal Art, Language, Form and Substance” led by expert David Smith from Amsterdam and Alison Andersen, Aboriginal artist and the only Aboriginal member of the Australian Parliament.

“Miami International Art Fair’s mission is to enrich the lives of its residents through greater understanding of art and to promote the communities leading galleries throughout the South Florida region,” commented Lee Ann Lester, MIA organizer.

MIA is organized by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE). IFAE has been pioneering the Florida art fair market for over 20 years, establishing Art Miami in January, 1991, The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now AIFAF) in 1997, and Art Palm Beach in 1998. They have organized more than 65 international art fairs worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong. MIA is organized by Lee Ann Lester, David Lester and curator Aldo Castillo serves as Associate Director.