ARTIST AS CURATOR AND CREATIVE ACTIVIST
In addition to her own artistic practice, Alette Simmons-Jimenez has developed an expanded practice that includes organizing, facilitating, promoting, and curating public events, performances, and exhibitions in Miami and abroad, under the working project name of ArtFormz. Simmons-Jimenez has always been inspired by bringing creative people together. Her first initiative was produced in 1978 and presented in the Galería de Modern Arte (currently the Museo de Arte Moderno) in Santo Domingo. This comprehensive and historic exhibition presented an overview of twenty-five women artists working in the Dominican Republic.
The artist is a strong supporter of collaborating with others in and outside the studio. Currently, Simmons-Jimenez serves as a mentor to three young women from the local arts community through a mentorship program run by the national non-profit ArtTable. The artist also announces that she is involved in the initial stages of co-creating a podcast, scheduled to launch early 2017 that will present raw and unscripted conversations on creativity and the arts.
Selected Supporting Institutions
Through Artformz, the artist explored unusual strategies that brought artwork of exceptional quality closer to the public and to create a larger dialogue by connecting art and community in new ways. The artist has been the recipient of several grants and has received support from many institutions that aided the Artformz projects to succeed.
2400 North Miami Avenue - Wynwood - 2011-2015
Artformz opened its first exhibition in 2004 in the Miami Design District. As a new and alternative addition to the burgeoning area, the space quickly became a popular destination and often served as a creative gathering spot that encouraged intellectual dialogue and collaboration among artists. Artformz established itself as an alternative venue with the mission to encourage artists to exhibit, develop, and advance innovative art of diverse media and content without constraints of current market trends.
Artformz in the Miami Design District - 40th Street Atlas Plaza - 2004-2008
In the 4 years Artformz resided in the Design District, 500+ artist portfolios were reviewed and 90 artist's works were exhibited. In its 5th year, Artformz relocated to the Wynwood Arts District. Located in the heart of the District the new space again became a community favorite renowned for its excellent exhibition design and the consistent presentation of quality artists.
Artformz in the Wynwood Arts District - 171 NW 23rd Street - Wynwood
In 2008 Artformz was awarded several grants from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, and a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant for the creation and development of the premier exhibit of "Giants In The City" at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. In 2009 Artformz partnered with Red Nomade in Valencia, Spain, to co-curate the Artist Invites Artist project. Through the fundraising efforts of Artformz, and with the support of the Cultural Affairs Ministry in Valencia, ten artists from Miami were able to travel to Spain and exhibit in 2010. In 2012 a reciprocal event was held and artists from Valencia exhibited in the Miami Design District with the support of the District Commissioner, the City Mayor, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
In early 2011, to balance time more efficiently between studio practice and project development, artist and director Alette Simmons-Jimenez closed the gallery space. The Artformz Office for Curatorial Projects was created based out of the artist's own studio, just a few blocks away from the former gallery. Today, the artist works in the Little River area just north of downtown Miami, where projects continue to be developed.
More than 150 distinguished artists have collaborated with Artformz projects. Here are just some in totally random order.
FROM SOUTH FLORIDA:
Barmey Ung & Kmang Kmang
Rolando dal Pezzo
George Sanchez Calderon
Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Dinorah De Jesus Rodriguez
The Oscar Fuentes Combo
Luis Garcia Nerey
Enrique Paterson "The Oracle"
Carlos de Villasante
Homo Sapiens Live
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL:
Cristina Ghetti (Spain)
Claudia Martinez (Spain)
Ana Garces Kiley (Colombia/Brooklyn)
Alfred McCloud (South Carolina)
Jaime Treadwell (Philadelphia)
Frank Hyder (Philadelphia)
Rosella Ramanzini (Italy)
Barbara Yontz (Nashville/New York)
Lourdes Penaranda (Venezuela)
Elizabeth Aro (Argentina/Italy)
Josep Escuin (Spain)
Vicent Insa (Spain)
Moisés Mañas (Spain)
Javier Marisco (Spain)
Sebastián Miralles (Spain)
Elías Pérez (Spain)
Ima Picó (Spain)
Andrea Racciatti (Buenos Aires)
Rebecca Newell (Portland)
Maria Caridad Perez (Mexico)
Yeon-Jin Kim (Korea/New York)
Heidi Jensen (Indiana)
Danny Mansmith (Chicago)
Ricardo Benaim (Venezuela)
Rebecca Bergman (Scottsdale)
Jessica Ann Peavy (New York)
Jesus Soto (Paris/Venezuela)
Ronald Gonzalez (New York)
Sabine Bretschneider (Munich)
Carls Cruz-Diez (Paris/Venezuela)
Angel Ricardo Rios (Cuba/Mexico)
Cheiko Tanemura (Japan/California)
Onofre Frias (Venezuela)