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The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Frost Art Museum
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LocationFlorida International University
University Park, Florida, United States
Coordinates25°45′13.3″N 80°22′23.2″W / 25.753694°N 80.373111°W / 25.753694; -80.373111l
TypeArt museum, Sculpture park[1]
DirectorJordana Pomeroy

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (Frost Art Museum) is an art museum located in the Modesto A. Maidique campus of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1977 as 'The Art Museum at Florida International University', it was renamed 'The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum' in 2003.

The museum is recognized for its collection of Latin American and 20th century American art, Haitian paintings, and a growing number of works by contemporary artists, especially from Latin American and Caribbean countries.[2][1] In 1999, the museum received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and it is also a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations program.[3]

From the community, the Frost Art Museum has earned the accolade "Miami's Best Museum" (South Florida's New Times, 1996, 1994, 1993) and "Miami's Best Art Museum 2009 (Miami New Times[4])."

Principal collections

The Frost Art Museum's Permanent Collection includes nearly 6,000 objects from several distinctive collections: the General Collection, the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center Collection and the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Collection.


From 1977 to 2008, the museum was housed in less than 7,000 interior square feet of Primera Casa, an FIU administration building, located in the heart of the campus. In an effort to reach "the broadest audience possible," The Frost Art Museum expanded its premises to create an outdoor sculpture program, containing 57 works by contemporary sculptors.

New building

The new Frost Art Museum was designed by Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). The 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) facility opened in November, 2008.[6] The structure features a three-story glass entrance atrium with a suspended staircase leading to the second and third floors. In addition to the atrium, the ground floor houses a café and museum shop, the Dahlia Morgan Members' Lounge, as well as the Steven & Dorothea Green Auditorium and Lecture Hall.[7]

To protect the collection from potential flooding, the 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of gallery space is located on the upper two floors of the building, alongside room to store the collection and space for research, preparation, and conservation of artworks. The gallery lighting was designed by Arup Group Lighting and is noteworthy for the prominent use of natural daylight, which is collected through a system of skylights and diffusing petal arrays.[8] Three of the nine galleries are dedicated to the permanent collection, while the remaining six galleries feature temporary exhibitions.

The Sculpture Park located by the Frost Art Museum.

On its lakeside site, the new building frames the "Avenue of the Arts." Selected works from the museum's outdoor sculpture collection line the Avenue of the Arts, which connects the museum, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center and the Management and Advanced Research Center (MARC) on the Modesto A. Maidique campus.


As the new museum strives to develop its international standard, the Frost Art Museum has held exhibitions showcasing work from a variety of regions including: the Caribbean, East Asia, India and South Florida. The museum has also paid close attention to the wide range of styles in the world of contemporary art.


See also


  1. ^ a b "Frost Art Museum: About". ARTINFO. 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Communications, Florida International University-Digital. "About". Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  3. ^ Sonia Tita Puopolo (2011). "Robert Farber at the Frost Art Museum". Blog. Haute Living. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Miami - Best of Miami - Miami Diversions". Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Florida International University - Frost Art Museum Collections". 2012. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Florida International University Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum". HOK. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  7. ^ "Frost Art Museum | New Building". Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  8. ^ "HOK employs daylight in galleries at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, bringing sun to a normally dim room typology". Architect Magazine. November 11, 2008. Retrieved September 3, 2022.