Examiner.com: DC artists bring local flavor to Prizm Art Fair in Miami

A talented group of creatives from the DC area are showing their work in the Prizm Art Fair at Art Basel Miami. Prizm is a curated exhibition founded in 2013 by Mikhaile Solomon, a Miami-based designer, arts advocate and producer. According to Solomon, the mission of Prizm is to promote artists of color and “expand the spectrum of international artists from the African Diaspora and emerging markets at one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world.”

The Prizm Art Fair, located at the Miami Center For Architecture And Design (100 NE 1st Avenue), is one of many events held during Art Basel week - an international showcase for contemporary art featuring over 300 distinguished galleries and attracting an estimated 80,000 visitors.

The participating artists from the DMV are: Wesley Clark , Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Shaunte Gates, Amber Robles-Gordon, Adrienne Gaither, Stan Squirewell and Holly Bass. Amber Robles-Gordon, an accomplished mixed media artist, also exhibited several pieces in last year’s inaugural Prizm show.

To celebrate the opening of Prizm, MoCADA and Rush Philanthropic co-hosted a VIP Preview on Thursday evening featuring music by King Britt. Many exhibiting artists attended the VIP soiree, including Adrienne Gaither, a painter and graphic designer who resides in the Trinidad section of Northeast.

“I am very excited and honored to exhibit with all of the talented and dynamic artists in the Prizm Art Fair,” Gaither said. “This opportunity has allowed me to foster successful working relationships with other DC artists.”

Also in attendance at the preview was Holly Bass, the brilliant multidisciplinary performance and visual artist. Bass expressed gratitude for the Prizm opportunity.

"It's really wonderful that Mikhaile Solomon opted to do a month-long exhibition and not just a week-long fair. The residents of Miami will have a chance to see our work and engage with it on a deeper level. The show connects artists from across the diaspora. It's beautiful to see the connections, not only with black artists from various regions of the United States, but also Africa and the Caribbean. This year, DC is repping really solid with seven artists, so there's a really beautiful sense of community happening."

Prizm will be open to the public from December 5th through the 22nd. For a complete listing of artists, and a schedule of special activities that will take place during the month, please visit www.prizmartfair.com.