ArtCenter/South Florida Is Selling Its Iconic Lincoln Road Gallery Building

Categories: Around Town, Art

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It's hard to imagine a cultural organization with an historic presence on South Beach letting go of a property that draws untold thousands of local and international visitors each year.

But that's what's happening with ArtCenter/South Florida which has today listed its 800-810 Lincoln Rd. building for sale to provide the organization with greater resources to expand its programming and services in the coming years.

The decision to sell the building housing ArtCenter's iconic bubble-shaped storefront gallery was unanimously voted on by the organization and supported by the artists in residence, according to a statement released by the organization earlier today. The Miami office of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate has been selected as the exclusive broker for the sale of the property.

See also: Van Dyke's Closing: Lincoln Road Has Become the Luxury Mall It Was Meant To Be

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the ArtCenter to expand its influence in the growing Miami arts scene and broaden its ability to offer the best-quality programs, impacting an even greater and more diverse audience," chair Kim Kovel says.

"The timing of this could not have been any better as the organization can now expand its exhibitions and educational outreach programs and increase the resources that are provided to the current and alumnae artists, enabling them to continue to thrive with ArtCenter's support."

ArtCenter's genesis sprung from the vision of Ellie Schneiderman, a Grove House ceramist, whose dream was to create an enclave for local artists. During the early 1980s, she persuaded some Lincoln Road property owners to lease space to emerging and career artists at significantly reduced rates.

Since then, ArtCenter/South Florida has provided affordable studios and workspace to more than 1,000 visual artists from its locations on Lincoln Road while presenting free exhibitions throughout the year.

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Christian Wells
Christian Wells

I was just waiting for this one; if anything, I'm surprised they didn't sell earlier.

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

Dismaying as this news may be, the decision seems to be one that is wholly supported by ArtCenter principals for expansion purposes. Lincoln Road Mall management could take it upon themselves to reserve the space, once vacant, for another art-focused endeavor, however, if they do not (which seems likely) who can truly lay blame at their doorstep in this dollars-and-no-sense world in which we live.

Diane Adams
Diane Adams

Don't we have enough generic malls and shopping centers ?! So sad to hear the eclectic, fun, interesting Lincoln Road I know is being phased out. I still miss "chicken man"...that was the beginning of the end I suppose.

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

LR needs Britto + the Art Center.

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

This board got rid of Ellie Schneiderman. Two bad moves.

Kori Williams
Kori Williams

The Lincoln Road we once knew is no more. It's a shame, really.

Erin Barber
Erin Barber

I read somewhere that they're going to open a Walmart at the east end. (jk)

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

Noooo! Van Dykes and now this? We dont want an outdoor Aventura Mall! Cut it out ,LRMall...for own sake!

Christy
Christy

@kirk_arthur 

As someone who once had a studio in the Art Center, I find that comment a bit narrow minded, and here's why. The Art Center functions because of the artists that work there, usually most of them are full time artists and I dont think I need to tell you how difficult that kind of living can be. So if the building itself can bring in a substantial amount of money, the new kinds of grants that this non for profit institution can apply for can be in a whole different category. They can now match huge grants and develop into an entirely stronger entity, one with better facilities for the artists, along with exposure and opportunities. 


The time of Lincoln Rd being a haven for the arts is long since gone, and I doubt it will return. The artists deserve more than a place where the occasional tourist stumbles onto it by accident and may purchase something before flying out of town. The Art Center can become a true cultural hub given the right space and location. Lincoln Rd is no longer the space. I hope you'll follow them in their new endeavor, because we need the locals like you to spread the love and support. 

Christy
Christy

Kirk_arthur, 

I think thats a very narrow minded view on the subject. As someone who once had a studio there, I can tell you that the artists and staff do their best to maintain a living while at the same time, constantly produce work. The surroundings now have become so commercialized that the Art Center and its artists would be missing out on a golden opportunity to take the proceeds from the space and utilize it in a new one only thins time the grants that they apply for annually can have a much stronger presence because they will now have the funds to match it. On top of that, think about the new facilities the artists can produce in. The time for the arts being the central focus on Lincoln Rd has come and gone. The artists deserve more than just tourists accidentally stumbling on their spaces, they should go to a place like the Art Center wtih there with a purpose.

kirk_arthur
kirk_arthur

So sad.  But of course greed had nothing to do with it....."expand our mission" in Non-Profit parlance means: bigger salaries and compensation for all involved. 

José Manuel
José Manuel

Cheesecake Factory? fits with the rest of the mall...

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

All tourist destinations will be corporate in 10 years I imagine.

miamicurator
miamicurator

Good News! I'm tired of seeing the same artists (mafia) for almost ten years . They should have a panel of professional curators to select new artists in residence. The Art Center needs a big change. 

Stetson Glines
Stetson Glines

Wow- Whatta a great opportunity to have a Hobby Lobby and their religious exemptions on Lincoln Road- NOT!!!

Devin Glines
Devin Glines

Looks like Lincoln Rd. will be the new Bayside- No one but tourists will go there because the locals will know there nothing worth going for. Those in charge don't care so long as it brings in that tasty tourism revenue. Lincoln used to be a must see when I had friends visiting from out of town, looks like those days are gone.

harrisart101
harrisart101

Well I'm very glad to hear that they are "exploring" ideas sounds like they don't have a plan.

One has to think that there would be no options on the Road....it will be interesting.

I would bet my last 5 bucks that the resident artists are not in support of the sale.

Julie Anne Isaacson
Julie Anne Isaacson

I have lived in SOBE for 21 years, and for the first time, I am thinking about moving away. >:( :'(

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

"...and the outrageous property tax?... please blame the greedy owners who are selling up!!!" ... ... ...

kirk_arthur
kirk_arthur

@miamicurator Of course now, there will be no artists there at all. Maybe a Cheesecake Factory, or a Chico's dress shop or whatever shlocky store or restaurant that can afford the rent. So I can see how you as a "curator" might be feeling gleeful, however now there are more reasons not to go to Miami Beach or Lincoln Road and the community loses. 

Maybe a Wyland shop? That's artsy.




kirk_arthur
kirk_arthur

Agreed. Such a shame. It's just a crappy mall now. Food is bad, stores are lame, and the people watching is just tacky Russian and Midwesterners waiting for their cruise ships.   I'll have to wait another 20 years for Lincoln Road to "reinvent" itself. 

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