Museum hosts digital artist exhibition Art After Dark

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The Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting the inaugural Art After Dark, the Treasure Coast’s first outdoor digital art exhibition, representing more than eight global artists from five different countries. The exhibition will be free to visitors and on view during the evenings of December 17th and 18th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg and Brett Phares, lead curator of Art After Dark, together viewed dozens of works to arrive at the selection of international artists, whose creations represent the combination of ingenuity in new immersive media arts and artistic vision for a unique showcase of works at play on VBMA’s neoclassical structure.

Outdoor projection art or digital art celebrates the possibilities found at the convergence of art and architecture. During the two-night event, digital artists from around the world will showcase original work utilizing the latest technologies projected onto the iconic white walls of the VBMA. Artworks will include illustrations, experimental film, motion graphics, and large-scale digital video projections with sound.

Asteraceae by David Montgomery

Lead curator of Art After Dark, Brett Phares, commented, “I’m thrilled to be bringing a different rhythm to the Vero Beach Museum of Art; for an inside-out perspective of art on the wall. The low ambient light joined with a genuine desire for the relatively new form of projection art makes me giddy; I can’t wait to set my lawn chair immersed among other Museum attendees.”

Admission is free on both nights. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Cash only for the bar. Bring your lawn chairs. The show will take place rain or shine.

For more information on Museum visitation guidelines, please visit the website

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is located at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32963. Directions: From I-95 (Exit 147), from U.S. One, and Indian River Boulevard, take State Road 60 east over the Merrill Barber Bridge to beachside, turn right at first traffic light into Riverside Park.

About Brett Phares

Brett Phares is a New-York based artist and curator working in immersive art and the built environment. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for both startups and international brands, all inescapably informing the visual syntax of his personal work. He earned his MFA from Hunter College in Integrated Media Arts, and MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook. He has shown his artwork internationally; has written and taught on our habituated blindness of the everyday; is co-founder of Alys Beach’s annual light art exhibition Digital Graffiti, named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of top five immersive art experiences in the world; and founder of lightStruct, an immersive art/tech startup.  

Museum programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, as well as the Holmes Family Foundation. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is a membership-based not for profit 501 (C) 3 organization pursuant to chapter 212, Florida Statutes.

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