The Fountainhead, founded in 2008 by collectors Dan and Kathryn Mikesell, mission is to enhance the lives and careers of artists, to infuse Miami's growing art and cultural community with artistic inspiration from around the world, collaborate with our local institutions, non-profits and businesses to support our city's growth, build a global family that transcends all borders and continues to give back, and cultivate new audiences for the arts through intimate engagements, education and unique experiences.

The Fountainhead Residency brings artists from around the world to live and work in Miami for up to two months. They host 3-4 artists at a time and between 30-40 artists per year.  To date over 300 artists from 36 countries have taken part in the residency. 

The Residency is centrally located in the historic neighborhood of Morningside.  It provides artists with an environment to take themselves out of their daily routines, find new inspiration, conduct research and create new work.  While artists are with us they meet the people that make Miami’s art community one-of-a-kind and gain critical feedback on their work.

The Fountainhead Studios provides Miami-based artists with affordable, flexible, and safe working studio space.   There are currently more than 30 artists working in every medium: painting, photography, sculpture, video, performance, and installation. 

The Studios is located in a 25,000 sq ft. warehouse in Little River.  More than just studio space we provide a community for a profession that is often solitary.   We open the doors twice a year to the public giving people an rare view into the artists' world.  

The Fountainhead Haus, was a temporary project from 2012-2014.  Artists Agustina Woodgate, Christina Lei Rodriguez, Clifton Childree, Manny Prieres, and Typoe transformed a home into collaborative studio, workshop and gathering space.  The work, experiences and stories mark this historic moment in time.


From the Founders Kathryn and Dan

Dan and Kathryn with their kids Skye and Galt

Dan and Kathryn with their kids Skye and Galt

On a very personal note, the artists that are a part of the Fountainhead family have changed our lives.  They have been a constant source of inspiration.  They have helped mold our children into open-minded, compassionate,  and confident individuals.   We are proud to say the artists that have joined us in the past years have said that their careers and their lives have been enhanced from their experiences here.   We think it’s safe to say we have all have fostered relationships that will last a lifetime.

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Fountainhead Resident Jean Smith, insisted I do a quick interview about why we do what we do.  I have to admit, it was a great idea.  I hope this provides a bit of insight.