Events: May 28, 2024

Kaleidoscope by Miami-based visual storyteller William Riera

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM - English

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, the Arts Connection Foundation proudly unveils the exhibition 'Kaleidoscope' by lens-based visual storyteller William Riera. Based in Miami, Florida, Riera's captivating work promises to mesmerize audiences.

William Riera's photographic project serves as a profound logbook of his soul and thoughts, capturing daily moments throughout the year 2023. Through 'Kaleidoscope,' Riera translates his moods, reflections, and daily life into a mesmerizing collection of 365 images, revealing the complexities of human existence. Each photo represents a convergence of experiences, memories, and emotions, accompanied by premeditated writings that provide insight into his spiritual and existential journey. This project also reflects Riera's ongoing dialogue with photography, as he delves into its influence on his creative practice and personal growth. 'Kaleidoscope' is not merely a collection of pictures but a rich symphony of reflections on life, death, ego, and the essence of being. It is an intimate exploration of self and surroundings, a transparent dialogue with the artistic medium that defines and motivates him. In looking back, Riera finds clarity for the way forward.

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About the Artist

William Riera is a Cuban American visual storyteller based in Miami, Florida, where he has resided since 1995. After graduating with the highest honors in Software Systems Engineering from Havana’s Technological University (CUJAE) in 1990, he transitioned to a career as a professional Software Analyst and Developer for the Miami-Dade County IT Department in 1998, he has since dedicated himself to this role.

Around the turn of the millennium, Riera discovered his true passion in life: photography and image-making. He honed his craft through studies in black-and-white analog photography at Miami-Dade College. He furthered his skills with a professional photography course at the New York Institute of Photography. Continuously seeking to refine his artistry, he has participated in various workshops and certificate programs at the PaÌgina en Blando Photography School in Mexico City, under the tutelage of esteemed critic, essayist, and curator of Cuban origin, Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. In 2022, Riera achieved another milestone by completing his Master’s Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art with top qualifications from the renowned Casa LAMM Cultural Center in Mexico City. His photographic works have garnered recognition through exhibitions in both solo and group showcases across several cities in the USA, Mexico, and Spain.

Since 2015, Riera has been actively engaged in cultural promotion, organizing numerous exhibitions in the vibrant city of Miami. In 2020, he founded the virtual platform South Florida Latin American Photography Forum (SoFLaFoto), through which he tirelessly champions Latin American and Latinx photography, featuring works by artists residing in both the US and Latin America.

About the Curator

Yenny Hernández is a Miami-based art researcher, critic, curator, and cultural manager. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History from the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. Her research focuses on critical analysis and exploration of visual arts, specializing in contemporary Cuban photography. Additionally, she excels in curatorial work, cultural management, and mediation.

About Arts Connection Foundation

Since its foundation in 2006, Arts Connection Foundation serves as a vital platform for fostering inclusivity, collaboration, and cultural appreciation within South Florida’s community. By providing a space where individuals can share cultural knowledge, enhance awareness, and develop sensitivity, the foundation aims to promote diverse and unique events that delve into crucial issues relevant to modern society. Through their initiatives, they play a significant role in transforming communities and fostering active citizenship by leveraging creativity, cultural practices, and integrating art into urban life.


Arts Connection Foundation
676 NW 23rd ST, Miami, FL 33127 (Map)

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The Machine in The Garden: Fall 2023 Laa and Arc Student Work

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 various times - English

Check out The Machine in the Garden exhibition to discover the collaborative efforts of the Fall 2023 joint FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design and FIU Architecture design studio. Led by Landscape Architect Roberto Rovira and Architect Cynthia Ottchen, the studio reimagines the factory typology within Miami’s “Lake Belt” industrial quarry district, aiming for a holistic approach that integrates social, economic, and environmental elements. With support from industry partner Jakob Rope Systems, the exhibit highlights the studio's innovative solutions merging industrial functionality with ecological and community benefits. Experience the research, design, and interdisciplinary learning that shaped the students' visionary projects. Free and open to the public.


FIU SoA MBUS, Design Gallery
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

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