Miami Art+Design to Partner with the Frost Art Museum for Inaugural Preview Gala

October 10, 2013, Miami, FL – The inaugural Miami Art+Design Fair (MA+D) is joining with a cultural mainstay of the local community to mark the Fair’s debut in downtown Miami. David and Lee Ann Lester, International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) principals and organizers of MA+D, today announced the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will be the beneficiary of the inaugural preview evening, February 13th, 2014. The Museum will also conduct special tours in conjunction with the fair.

“The partnership is a natural fit for the Museum,” said Carol Damian, Director & Chief Curator of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. “We are excited to collaborate with Miami Art+Design in marking the beginning of a new artistic institution for downtown’s burgeoning arts and entertainment district.”

The Frost Art Museum, located on the Florida International University campus, provides an exceptional resource for scholarly research and interdisciplinary collaboration, augmenting the University’s educational mission as both a local and global center of knowledge and culture.

“As long time art fair organizers and recent full-time residents of downtown Miami, Lee Ann and I are very appreciative of the cultural contributions of the Frost Art Museum and its presence in the community,” said David Lester.

MA+D will bring together 60-70 prominent international art and design dealers to downtown Miami from February 13-18, 2014. The Fair will take place during Florida’s peak season in a spectacular round pavilion surrounding the Noguchi-designed Fountain at Bayfront Park. This new Fair is meant to attract prestigious international dealers to Miami immediately after the 18th edition of our American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach February 5-9.

MA+D joins the prestigious roster of fairs organized by IFAE, including the 5th annual Miami International Art Fair (MIA), the 17th annual Art Palm Beach (APB), the 18th annual American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF), as well as many boutique fairs and events aboard SeaFair, the megayacht venue.

David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), have been the pioneers of the Florida art fair market, establishing Art Miami in January, 1991; The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now AIFAF) in 1997, and Art Palm Beach in 1998. They have organized more than 60 international art fairs worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, London and Hong Kong. For more information:

The Frost Art Museum opened its 46,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building in November 2008. Admission to the Museum is always free. The Frost is an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum and Smithsonian Affiliate and is located at 10975 SW 17thStreet on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit or call 305-348-2890. Follow us on Twitter ( and Like Us on Facebook (