The City of Miami Beach, in collaboration with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is pleased to announce the second edition of No Vacancy. No Vacancy is a juried art competition that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces. The No Vacancy 2021 Juror’s Choice Award has been presented to Lauren Shapiro and the Greater Miami Convention Center & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) People’s Choice Award has been presented to Chris Friday.
For the second edition of No Vacancy, $25,000 in prizes was awarded, divided between a $5,000 prize by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) determined by public vote and a $20,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Each selected artist has received a stipend of $10,000 to realize their project.
Installed at the Royal Palm South Beach, Lauren Shapiro’s Site R 16 Transect 1 merges natural and synthetic materials to create a physical incarnation of a lost coral reef, showcasing organic textures and colors of a marine landscape. With this work, she aims to encourage environmental stewardship by memorializing an ecosystem similar to South Florida’s own coral populations, cultivating an awareness of these fragile environments.
Chris Friday’s In/Visible Men/d investigates themes of identity, race, gender, and sexuality. Recognizing problematic perspectives and their origins, Friday dispels the notion that Black bodies should be covered up or hidden from view with large-scale depictions of Black figures standing, sitting, and existing undisturbed in various spaces at the Riviera Hotel South Beach.
No Vacancy is made possible with the support of The City of Miami Beach, The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, T-Mobile and The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.