Artists in Action! series

Artist Talks

local artists share their inspirations, influences, aha! moments, creative process and current projects

Limited Editions

affordable limited edition multiples are designed by each artist, available for sale at each artist talk and online

Artists in Action! is an ongoing series of artist talks and limited editions from prominent local artists. Each year four artists are invited to present at Girls’ Club and offer a glimpse into their unique methods of artmaking. Artists share their inspirations, career paths and ah hah! moments with the public. A lively atmosphere and stimulating discussion is guaranteed.

At each artist talk, a limited edition created in collaboration with the artist is released and sold to the public at a price of $100 or less. Editions come in various iterations and edition sizes with a goal to introduce the public to the work of local artists, inspire new and young collectors and facilitate relationships between community and artist.

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Artists in Action! 2016

during the exhibition Self-Proliferation, curated by Micaela Giovannotti

Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez was born in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her work provokes conventions of race, ethnicity, and gender encountered in Caribbean and Latin cultures and practiced universally.

Working across collage, print, video, installation, and sound, she adapts  stereotypes originating in corporeal notions of beauty and athleticism.
 She is represented by David Catillo Gallery in Miami.

Jillian Mayer

Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences.

Dara Friedman

Dara Friedman is an internationally acclaimed living and working between Miami and Germany. She is best known for experimental, non-narrative works that deconstruct the techniques of conventional filmmaking. Using the camera lens as an extension of her eye and body, Friedman strives for a heightened sense of subjectivity, distilling individual moments in time down to their emotional essence.

Rosemarie Chiarlone

Rosemarie Chiarlone is a visual artist who lives and works in Miami. She received her degrees from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. Her work addresses the physical and psychological boundaries of human connectedness and the impact of its loss in the several contexts, both individually and within a larger societal scope. This is explored in works on paper, artist books, installation and video.

Artists in Action! 2015

during the exhibition The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., curated by Michelle Weinberg and Sarah Michelle Rupert

David Rohn

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York, David Rohn studied Urbanism, Art and Art History at Colgate University and New York University, and Architecture at the Pratt Institute and Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. Rohn moved to Miami in 1992 and began exhibiting and and practicing performance art, incorporating interactive and situational elements with installation, self-portraiture and video tackling issues of identity, gender and social practice.

He formed Homo-Sapiens (art for evolution) Colab in 2008 with Danilo de la Torre, engaging in collaborative performance projects.

Natalya Laskis

Natalya Laskis was born in Miami, FL, in 1979. After graduating from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, she received a BFA from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. 
Laskis' works depict representational snapshots of socially exclusive groups by utilizing both abstracted and emotionally-tuned visual language. Her work takes interest in abstraction and the subjective, while analyzing those concepts trough a loosened application of paint.

Christina Pettersson

Christina Pettersson was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976, and currently lives in Miami, Florida.

Her work explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large graphite works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds.

Pettersson received a Fulbright Grant to return to Sweden in 2000, and attended the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. She has received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship twice (2006, 2011), and the Individual Artist Fellowship (2010). More recently she has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, and the Deering Estate.

Leah Brown

Leah Brown is a Fort Lauderdale-based sculptor and installation artist. Her work explores intricate narratives that weave together surreal characters, landscapes and storylines found in the space between reality and dreamscape. Her materials include a combination of plaster, found objects, human hair, and castings from life and from clay.

She received her BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design (2004), and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Miami (2014). In addition to her studio practice, Leah is co-curator of the FATVillage Arts District in Ft Lauderdale, FL, where she oversees the execution of art exhibitions at the 501c3 nonprofit gallery, THE PROJECTS Contemporary Art Space.

Artists in Action! 2014

during the exhibition I think it's in my head, curated by Monica and Natasha Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters.

Harumi Abe

A Japanese native, Harumi Abe is an artist living and working in Hollywood, Florida. She has been the recipient of grants and residencies including 2008 South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media Artists, Vermont Studio Center, full term artist in residence at Art Center South Florida, Everglades Artist in Residence and others.

Abe received a BFA from Miami International University of Arts and Design and a MFA from Florida International University. More information about Harumi Abe and her work available at

Dinorah de Jesus Rodriquez

Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez is a Miami-based artist and experimental filmmaker working with expanded cinema, public intervention, installation, and multimedia performance. Often incorporating nature and the outdoors into her work, Rodriguez probes such themes as ancestral bonds, history, ecology, the body, gender, and sexuality.

Originally from Cuba, Rodriguez has spent most of her life in various cities within the United States, with periods of extended residence in Latin America and Spain. More info at

AdrienneRose Gionta

AdrienneRose Gionta is an interdisciplinary artist, curator & visual arts educator from Brooklyn, NY, now residing in South Florida. She has earned a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has worked as the Assistant Director at the University Galleries at FAU.

Recently Gionta served as the Gallery Coordinator at the Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery. She is currently attending Florida International University in pursuit of her MFA in Time-Based Media & Photography while teaching courses in Digital Media, Video & Electronic Art at FIU.

Jiae Hwang

Jiae Hwang was born in Seoul Korea in 1981, and grew up in Korea and Space Cost in Florida U.S.A. She

Her work investigates hypothetical and open ended structures that address issues such as technology, the past, the future and the viability of those notions in a time when the demand for “speed” has rendered them almost irrelevant. She explores different media (drawing, painting, video and Installation) in an effort to sustain her place as an artist in the present while analyzing and proposing post-ironic possibilities.


Artists in Action! 2012

during the exhibition Re-Framing the Feminine, curated by Dina Mitrani

Marina Font

Marina was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1970.. Her work explores issues of identity and concepts of memory and tradition through photography and installation. Often presenting objects, trinkets and furniture that pull the nostalgic chords of our collective memory, her work speaks to the spirit of family and cultural confrontations.

Peggy Levison Nolan

Peggy Levison Nolan is a mostly self-taught photographer and single mother of seven working in South Florida. She is a full time staff member of the Art and Art History Department of Florida International University where she received both a BFA and MFA. Her approach to art is to dissolve all boundaries between daily life and artistic practice, Glimpses of everyday events, places, people, her children, her kitchen – all are rendered precisely in her camera lens.

Odalis Valdivieso

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Odalis Valdivieso is a Miami-based artist who experiments with photography to go beyond its own discourse to a broader notion of the medium in the expanded field, focusing on the points of intersection between urban landscapes and spatial analysis. Her current system explores ideas of materiality and moments of process, questioning at what point is a moment a moment.

Ania Moussawel

Ania Moussawel is a Miami-born artist working in photography with an emphasis on contemporary portraiture.  Her work is profoundly influenced by her cultural background and how culture regards feminine identity.  Working predominately in portraiture, her work deals with an exploration of identity, self-image and gender roes influenced by her personal upbringing and expectations imposed from contemporary media.  Ania received her BFA in photography from Barry University in Miami Shores and is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York and lived between Miami and New York.

Artists in Action! 2011

during the exhibition Frances Trombly: Paintings

Jen Stark

Jen Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Her artwork mimics intricate patterns and colors found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity. Although Stark is most recognized for her paper sculptures, she has explored a variety of media including wood, metal, paint, plexi and animation.

Karelle Levy

Born in Paris, and raised in Miami, Karelle Levy is as much an artist as she is a designer. Drawn to creating fabrics, Karelle began knitting again, and created costumes for her own experimental movement performances. These daring and creatively progressive performances developed into the first fashion-forward pieces of a ready-to-wear line.

Kerry Phillips

Kerry Phillips has shown extensively in Miami including projects with Locust Projects, the Miami Art Museum, the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, the Girls’ Club Collection & Bridge Red Studios Project Space. In 2010 she won Best in Show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual All Florida juried exhibition. She has received other grants for her art making from public and private organizations as well as residencies and shows in Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Berlin, Krakow and France. Phillips lives and works in Miami with her dog, Tonta, who is, a little bit.  Her current studio is at the Fountainhead Studio complex in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami.

Susan Lee Chun

Susan Lee-Chun was born in Seoul, Korea, and lives and works in Miami. Since studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004, MA), Susan Lee-Chun has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. She is founder, investor, employee, and infrastructure of the Suz: a faux-corporation managing three distinct egos. The essence of the Suz– assimilation, independence, and mediation– form the trident of otherness that Lee-Chun addresses in her self-referential examination of race and identity politics.

Artists in Action! 2010

during the exhibition Set to Manual

Diane Arrieta

Diane Arrieta (aka Birds are Nice) is an American artist, born in Pennsylvania, currently working in south Florida. This interdisciplinary artist utilizes various printmaking techniques with cut vinyl, illustration, sculpture and animation. The work has a distinct urban feel, with a style rooted in the comic book genre, but also has strong influences from artist like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Daisy Youngblood.

Samantha Salzinger

Samantha Salzinger is a photography and video-based artist living in Broward County. Salzinger explores fictitious, super natural landscapes with her lens, creating surreal environs that stretch from a rural tornado scene to the the depths of deep space. She obtained her MFA in photography from Yale University and her BFA from Florida International University. Samantha was the recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in 2000 and again in 2009.

Margi Nothard

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Margi Nothard completed her Masters in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Over the past 13 years her primary work has been as the Design Director and President of Glavovic Studio, where she has led her team to envision over 50 projects. Prior to starting her own practice, Nothard worked at the firm of Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects in Los Angeles, while teaching at SCI-Arc and at University of California (UCLA).

TJ Ahearn

TJ Ahearn lives and works in Miami. Ahearn attended School of Visual Arts in New York as well as both the University of Miami BFA Program and Miami Dade Fine Arts Program. Ahearn creates imaginary environments through the inventive layering and juxtaposition of both banal and pop culture visual elements.


Funding for this series was originally made possible by Mini Grant from the Broward County Cultural Division, and approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

The series is continued with funding by Funding Arts Broward, Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and private donors.