For emerging artists, being showcased in an exhibition is among the most prized highlights of their burgeoning careers. For a select group of local students, they are getting the opportunity to showcase their talents this summer in the Miami Design District. This summer at Locust Projects, 20 talented Miami-Dade County high school students are participating in a four-week long summer intensive called Locust Art Builders, one of the institution's most notable programs. During this time, these students who have a diverse array of backgrounds and disciplines come together to learn how to conceive and execute an exhibition from start to finish. During that time, they are mentored by arts professionals in a broad spectrum of practices to give them insights and lessons on how to pursue their passions and engage in field trips to galleries and artist-run spaces to further their knowledge of the local arts community. The exhibition is still in the works but past shows have touched on numerous topics; last year’s show dealt with the intersection of digital communication and human interaction while the show prior to that dealt with the phenomenon of “Florida Man,” or the ongoing antics of Florida residents that make the news for their crazy, sometimes criminal behavior. Also on view will be the LAB:MFA show, which supports the work of emerging, graduate-level artists. The show will highlight the work of Julian Gilbert-Davis, an MFA student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Titled "Neighbors," the exhibition will explore the connections between polling places in Miami and New Brunswick through their architectural and design commonalities and investigates the role of these sites in our civic democracy. Both shows will open on July 15 a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be on view until August 5.  To learn more about the LAB program, go to www.locustprojects.org.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is saying goodbye to its home in the Moore Building and will be temporary closed as it gears up to move into its new Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos-designed space (rendering above) this December.

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Design buffs, take note: renowned architect Daniel Libeskind will be coming to the Miami Design District on Tuesday, May 23 for an engaging discussion for the local community.

When Bernard Markowicz, a highly respected French gallerist, wanted to open an art gallery in Miami, nowhere made more sense than the Miami Design District. Known for its modern “pop” art, his gallery, Markowicz Fine Art, has housed everything from Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Carole Feuerman, to Alain Godon, Fernando Botero, Markus Klinko and Richard Orlinski. Equal parts curator, gallerist and artist, Bernard has mastered the art of finding and appreciating new and interesting artist. As he’ll tell you, it’s all about connection; connection to the artist, a connection to the art, and most importantly, a connection to the message the art communicates.

The Miami Design District has long been known as a must-visit shopping destination for fashionistas near and far, but more and more, the neighborhood is becoming a local hangout, too. On Wednesday, March 8th, head to the Miami Design District for its first-ever The Market #atMDD: a weekly farmer’s market with freshly-prepared local goods and live music, and your newest reason to stop by the Design District for a shopping spree on your way home from work.