Join us for a reception and party hosted by Trustee Myrthia Moore '79, Manolis Projects Studio/Gallery Founder J. Steven Manolis and The Ethel Walker School.

Soak up all of the art in this 5,000 sq. foot studio and hear remarks by Head of School Meera Viswanathan and art commentary by Bruce Helander, Former Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Join us for this amazing party!

20% of each piece of art sold will be directed to Walker's. 

For more information, contact Events Manager Madeline Cadwell at or

Friday, December 7, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Manolis Projects

335 NE 59th St.

Miami, FL 33137

About Art Basel

Art Basel an international art fair staged annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong, selling established and emerging artists. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, Art Basel in Miami Beach presents artworks from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate in drawing over 70,000 visitors each year, offering an exciting and inspiring week for artists, collectors, curators, critics and art enthusiasts (

Art Miami also kicks off during the first week in December, drawing thousands of collectors, dealers, curators and artists to this modern and contemporary art fair market (

Manolis Gallery

Interior view of Manolis Projects, the gallery and studio of J. Steven Manolis located in Miami, Florida (


J. Steven Manolis, Host

J. Steven Manolis

J. Steven Manolis is a painter in all mediums. His artistic concentration is focused on abstract expressionism with an emphasis on color and the creation of pleasing visual dimensions. He has been a private art student of the renowned artist Wolf Kahn for nearly twenty years. He works year round in his painting studio located in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Manolis is highly involved in the field of visual arts, and was past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Academy of Design as well as a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, which conducts the nation’s largest Artist Residency Program. Learn More

Bruce Helander, Art Commentator

Bruce Helander (Saatchi)

Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former White House fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and has won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts. He is one of two 2014 inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Florida’s most prestigious arts and culture honor (the other is musician Tom Petty). Learn More

Dr. Meera Viswanathan, Head of The Ethel Walker School

Meera Viswanathan

Dr. Meera Viswanathan joined Walker's from Brown University, where she was an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies. A lifelong educator and scholar, Meera holds her undergraduate degree, her M.A. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Meera was born in Madras, India and emigrated at age five to Los Angeles.

Meera joined Brown University as a Japan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies departments. Subsequently, she became an assistant professor and was promoted with tenure. Meera, who is fluent in seven languages including French, German, Latin, Classical Greek, Old English and Old Norse, received several National Endowment for the Humanities grants and awards while at Brown. Learn More

Myrthia Moore '79, Host


Miami sign


Miami International Airport (MIA) is the primary airport serving the Miami area.


The Brightline train service is a half-hour trip from Fort Lauderdale or one-hour trip from West Palm Beach and arrives right in the heart of Miami downtown. This is a great way to beat traffic and get to the event.

Uber and Lyft

Last year during Art Basel, Uber and Lyft exceeded capacity. Please plan accordingly for this year and we recommend staying in downtown Miami instead of South Beach. We suggest if you are staying in South Beach to come over to Miami earlier in the day and spend time in the Miami Design District, only a short ride away from the the studio.


Valet parking will be available at the venue.


Miami hotel poolWe suggest if you are staying in South Beach to come to downtown Miami earlier in the day and spend time in the Miami Design District, only a short ride away from Manolis Projects studio and gallery.

Hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible as they tend to book up quickly.

Area Hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132-1180

Hampton Inn and Suites Miami Midtown
3450 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
+1-786- 581-0600

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Hotel Beaux Arts, Autograph Collection
255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
+1-305- 421-8700

Intercontinental Miami (Good for Lyfts and Uber)
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
+1-305- 577-1000

JW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
+1 305-329-3500

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Kimpton Epic Hotel (Not good for Lyfts and Uber)
270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132

The Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33130

The Four Seasons Miami
1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

W Miami
485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131


Look Who's Coming

Myrthia Moore '79 and J. Steven Manolis, Hosts

Maria Casanova Aguero '54

Esperanza Alfaro '59 and Carla Piña

Sarah Gates Colley '75

Jenny Collins

Francesca D'Anthony '16 and Rosemarie Campbell

Lisa Dority '79

Yolanda Eleta de Varela '81 and Ximena Isabel Varela Eleta '83

Crystal Hoang Lee and Carey Metz

Christy Johnson P'21, James Johnson GP'21 and Gretchen Johnson GP'21

Susan Kostick '81

Sarah Chapman Lyden '81 and John Schmidt

Emily Mauldin '15

Molly and Jeff Morgan

Carolyn Espasas Muchacho '89

Alina Murphy '83 and Serre Murphy

Kelly O'Connor Pasciucco '79 and Gerry Pasciucco

Rocio Pellerano '82 and Irene Arreaza

Tom Regan P'13

Annabelle Reid '78, Juan Jose Avellan and Consuelo Avellan

Claudia Rocafort '87 and Daniela Vazquez

Kit O'Brien Rohn '82 and Rob Rohn

Audrey Jackson Ross P'88 and Dr. William W. Culbertson, IV

Pamela Safford '81

Suzie Safford '84 and Bill Charamut

Alexandra Silver '12 and Marshall Shear

Emma Simon '89

Karen O'Neil Stone and Jonathan Stone

Vanessa Valle '94

Holly Zickler P'19