Join Commissioner and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for "Get Your Art On," a virtual morning of art-making with artists Kira Tippenhauer (ceramics) and Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez (photography). The program is free and open to all and we're celebrating Commissioner's season finale while jointly reimagining ways to bring people together, creatively and in community.
Choose your adventure or join us for both sessions!
10–11am | Photography Workshop with Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez
Experiment with image transfers by using photographs found at home and transferring them to interesting new surfaces. Create unique collages or use this technique to transform your images into watercolor paintings. Learn more about the artist.
- Inkjet printer and paper
- Inkjet printed images
- Watercolor paper (cold press)
- Cotton balls
- Scissors (optional)
11am–12pm | Ceramics Workshop with Kira Tippenhauer
The Venus of Willendorf is one of the world's oldest works of art. Due to its small size, it has been suggested that she is a good luck totem and a mother goddess symbol. Use household items and kitchen ingredients to make your own clay and sculpt your own good luck charm. Learn more about the artist.
Find the recipe for clay here!
About Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez
Born in the village of Rancheria in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 with her parents fleeing effects of civil war. Her practice is currently focused on photography, fiber arts, and performance; creating work that often intertwines the three. She is a past ProjectArt resident, has lead photography workshops at the Biscayne Nature Center, and is a recent contributor to online publication UNAFRAID run by local artist Belaxis Buil. She is part of the duo that makes up the Cuentos Retablado project along with Carolina Cueva. She currently teaches photography at Florida International University. Ríos Campos y Gálvez creates works from a love of investigation, experimentation, and self-reflection. She looks to inspire a sense of inquiry in others. Through her artwork, she delves into themes pulled from childhood experiences, motherhood, and reflections on her mixed indigenous heritage. Her work stems from her desire to touch on delicate subjects in a way that provokes conversations and reflection. She believes art is medicine.
Ríos Campos y Gálvez received her B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts/ University of Florida and her M.F.A. in Creative Photography from Barry University.
She currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, four children, and retired greyhounds Mr. Darcy and Winston.
About Kira Tippenhauer
Kira Tippenhauer is a ceramic and fiber artist born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She immigrated to the United States from Haiti in 2004, and now lives and works in Miami, Florida. Beyond initial appearances, the layers of her family's past and present histories are profoundly overwhelming and complicated—a cultural history of conflicting identities she has inherited and a perpetual source for her work. Trained in visual arts, the artist works with stoneware and other materials often associated with traditional women's work, such as textiles, weaving, and braiding, to discuss beauty, fragility, femininity, resilience, intersectionality, identity, and personal history.
She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design. She has been the recipient of the Wavemaker Grant for Cannonball's Open Source Art, Pottery Workshop supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. This grant later inspired Tippenhauer to launch her project "Lakay Pottery Collective," which is a shared creative space in Little Haiti, where local potters and ceramic artists are offered hands-on workshops and open dialogue on the creative journey.
Tippenhauer has also been a teaching artist for many years. She has contributed to many outreach programs with local institutions and organizations, such as Arts-for-Learning, PAMM, Fairchild Gardens, the Haitian Heritage Museum, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Bakehouse Art Complex and her work is currently on view at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.
Commissioner is an art membership program that provides members with original commissioned artwork by contemporary artists, exposing people to unexpected spaces, collector homes, and artist studios in their city.
About PAMM Free Second Saturdays
One of PAMM's most popular education programs, PAMM Free Second Saturdays emphasizes families making art together. The program is particularly attuned to Miami's diverse populations led by experienced, multi-lingual teaching artists. PAMM Free Second Saturdays features hands-on activities for children and adults as well as guided tours, guest artists, films, performances, and more. Every Second Saturday program explores artwork on-view in new and engaging ways, aimed at inspiring visitors of all ages.