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Delta to spotlight and elevate six emerging artists in Miami during art week

As a connector of people to places, passions and their own potential, Delta is partnering with six artists with deep ties to Miami to bring their art to life and elevate their work against the backdrop of one of the art world’s most sought-after and exclusive events.

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Delta is heading to the hot Miami art scene and bringing six up-and-coming artists along for the ride.  

Miami’s rich culture and energetic lifestyle will set the stage for talented artists from around the world to showcase and celebrate their work during the first week of December. As a connector of people to places, passions and their own potential, Delta is partnering with six artists with deep ties to Miami to bring their art to life and elevate their work against the backdrop of one of the art world’s most sought-after and exclusive events.    

“Delta is taking flight to the Miami art world, and there is no better way to connect with this city than through our talented artist partners who work in this community and call it home,” said Delta Chief Marketing Officer Alicia Tillman. “It is a privilege to showcase the work of these artists alongside our brand in a dynamic and vibrant environment like Miami and further our efforts to uplift and elevate partners with a unique perspective.”  

A preview of the art shown by the six emerging artists Delta is putting on display during Miami art week.

Alongside Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts Arthur Lewis, Delta will host events both in the air and on the ground, starting with an immersive charter flight and concluding with a bespoke open-air gallery event to close out the week.  

"As we embark on this artistic journey celebrating six Miami-based artists, we will elevate creativity to new heights through our bespoke airborne gallery and on-the-ground exhibition that mirrors the fusion of imagination and innovation, reshaping the art experience,” said Lewis. “Delta's dedication to uplifting local narratives resonates with Miami’s vibrant spirit, and I am honored to host this convergence, where art transcends boundaries and takes flight." 

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Delta will take flight to Miami on its invite-only, art-themed charter departing from JFK. The flight will carry members of Delta’s artist collective, along with creatives, journalists, curators and more. The plane will be turned into an immersive art gallery in the sky, projecting the artwork from each artist on the overhead bins throughout the flight, creating a new canvas for their work to be seen – this time 30,000 feet in the air. 

Once in Miami, Delta will celebrate these artists again at an open-air gallery showcasing their work. The gallery will feature pieces by each artist, created from decommissioned plane parts and reimagined through their unique artistic lens. It will open on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1111 Lincoln Road and be available to the public from 4-6 p.m. Set in an open-air venue suspended above the city, the event will draw inspiration from a variety of related brand touchpoints, including Delta’s planes, the spirit of the open skies and our enduring Keep Climbing philosophy.  

MEET THE ARTISTS

Art poster for Miami-born illustrator Derek Abella

Derek Abella

@derekabella  

Born in Miami and now based in New York, Derek Abella is an illustrator who pulls from his Cuban-American and queer experience to create dream-like representations of a variety of subjects, ranging from technology to politics to relationships between people, their surroundings, their memories, and each other. 

Art poster for Elliot and Erick Jiménez, first-generation Cuban-American, identical twin photographers

Elliot & Erick Jiménez

@elliotanderick 

Elliot & Erick Jiménez are first-generation Cuban-Americans and identical twins born and raised in Miami from Cuban immigrants, now living and working between Miami and New York. Their photographic practice began from an early passion for art history and influences derived from a theological upbringing. Inspired by paintings, their work portrays the ephemeral nature of light and color through movement and the composition of their subjects, typically rendering them like a painting. 

Art poster for Miami-based artist and designer Emmett Moore

Emmett Moore

@emmettmoore  

Emmett Moore is a Miami-based artist and designer known for a technically rigorous interdisciplinary approach that challenges notions of functionality and fluctuates seamlessly between design and art examining our relationship with the built environment. Moore’s work utilizes processes taken primarily from architecture and industrial design, working with found forms of everyday objects to speak to the universality and timelessness of the utilitarian and quotidian.

Art poster for artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer

Jillian Mayer

@jillian_mayer_  

Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker. Through videos, sculptures, online experiences, photography, performances, and installations, Mayer explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities by processing how our physical world and bodies are impacted and reshaped by our participation in various landscapes. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physical worlds and makes work that attempts to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two. 

Art poster for Olivia Pedigo, a 23-year-old Miami native, who is a 3D artist, animator, and graphic designer.

Olivia Pedigo

@oliviapedi  

Olivia Pedigo, a 23-year-old Miami native, is a 3D artist, animator, and graphic designer. Over the past four years, Olivia's work has evolved to reflect a dreamscape where comfort and isolation intersect, notably seen in her "bedroom pieces." These scenes, devoid of human presence yet filled with character, explore the relationship between individuals and their possessions, with a focus on technology. 

DELTA DURING ART WEEK 

Starting later this month, Miami residents and guests can catch a sneak peek of our artists’ work in several out-of-home placements, including hand-painted murals and digital displays across the city.    

Delta SkyMiles, American Express, and Resy will also be in Miami with Untitled Art at The Resy Lounge – their exclusive beachfront lounge featuring curated bites and a specialty bar program from world-renowned Chef Stephanie Izard.  

Additionally, in partnership with global fashion and lifestyle media brand Highsnobiety, Delta will co-host a dinner for small business owners to highlight their new SkyMiles for Business loyalty program, spotlighting experiential designer Harry Nuriev of Crosby Studios. 

DELTA AND EMERGING TALENT  

With a goal to support and uplift emerging talent on a global stage, Delta’s activation in Miami will build upon last year’s “Runway Runway” event during L.A. Fashion Week. That event – launched in partnership with multi-hyphenate artist Issa Rae – highlighted six small business owners and fashion designers through a collaborative fashion show and product showcase. With the exposure from the show, many of these designers grew their platforms, gained exposure to new audiences and sold out the special collections they presented at the show.  

READ MORE: Delta, Issa Rae launch collab at LA Fashion Week

Now, Delta is shifting its efforts from the West Coast to South Beach to continue supporting new talent and connecting their work to wider audiences – this time in the art world.  

DELTA IN SOUTH FLORIDA  

Delta offers more than 80 daily flights from South Florida’s three major airports (MIA, FLL, PBI) to 15 cities. From Miami, Delta offers more than 30 daily flights to 11 destinations in the U.S., and to an additional 13 cities throughout the globe through its partnerships with Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, LATAM Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. With more than 75 years of service from Miami, Delta and its people give back through a variety of organizations in the South Florida community.  

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