Honors Dr. Carol Damian with a Farewell Reception Celebrating Her Leadership and Contributions.


More than 100 of Miami’s arts and community leaders attended a reception October 21st at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU in honor of
Dr. Carol Damian’s farewell, celebrating her leadership and contributions
as she steps down as director and chief curator at the end of this month.


In keeping with Dr. Damian’s passion for art from the Americas, the event also served as the launch of the Frost’s new endowment for Latin American and Caribbean art, announced by museum benefactor Tony Ulloa, who established the new endowment with his lead contribution.
The new Latin American & Caribbean Program (LA&C) at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum will create the nation’s preeminent university-based resource for Latin American and Caribbean art studies by combining academics, enhanced research and diverse interpretive techniques. 


FIU President Dr. Mark S. Rutherford and Provost Dr. Kenneth G. Furton both presented their accolades for Dr. Damian’s farewell and for the new endowment. The event was sponsored by Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, Bacardi and FIU’s Provost Office and Academic Affairs.


Luminaries at the event included Patricia Frost, Rafael Diaz-Balart, Ramon Cernuda, Jose Valdes Fauli, Cookie and Ralph Gazitua, Chris Damian, Jerry Lindzon, Dora Valdes-Fauli and Sergio Cernuda.
Mr. Tony Ulloa, founding donor, has established this endowment in support of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum to further the mission of the museum as a local and global center of knowledge and culture.

A new Director for the museum will be announced in November. Dr. Damian will remain as Professor at FIU’s Art + Art History Department, along with her numerous educational, leadership and civic positions as one of the country’s most beloved art leaders and visionaries. She joined the Frost six years ago when the celebrated new museum building opened, and is renowned for launching its mission into action.

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