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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Honors Dennis Scholl

Winemaker Dennis Scholl is launching a new wine in the U.S. from Australia
In addition to his longtime collecting of contemporary art, Scholl is the founder of Betts & Scholl, which he created with well known Master Sommelier Richard Betts.

Betts & Scholl wines from Australia, France and Napa received over twenty five scores of 90 or better from Wine Spectator including a score of 95 for their Barossa Valley Black Betty Shiraz (the company was acquired by a public company in 2009).  Scholl has recently returned to Australia to create a new wine – Mother Tongue Shiraz.

Crafted from 82-year-old vines from the Australia’s leading wine region, the Barossa Valley. The wine is aged in French oak for twenty months.

The first vintage (2014) has just been released in the United States.

      

The label art is by world renowned Aboriginal Australian contemporary artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and reflects his ancestral home of Lake Mackay in the central desert of Western Australia.  The wine is available from mothertonguewines.com

 

“We believe that art transforms lives, and this is why Dennis Scholl has been selected by the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU as our honoree for the Art Transforms award,” said the museum’s Director, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, at the recent Benefactor Impact event.


Dennis Scholl and Jordana Pomeroy

“His passion for the arts and philanthropy serve as an inspiration for our museum benefactors, and for the community.” As an alumnus of Florida International University (class of ’77), Scholl’s first experience ever inside a museum was at the original location on campus 40 years ago when he was a young student at FIU – the year the museum was founded.


Phillip & Patricia Frost, Dennis & Debra Scholl, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, and Daniel Perron, the Museum’s Board Chair

“Since then, the Frost Art Museum FIU has served as a cultural beacon for four decades, bringing new cultural experiences to generations of art lovers, students, patrons and visitors from all over the world,” adds Pomeroy.  The art museum’s patrons, Patricia & Phillip Frost, joined Dr. Pomeroy in honoring Dennis Scholl alongside Dr. Kenneth Furton (FIU’s Provost), and Daniel Perron (the museum’s Board Chair).

The Scholls invited guests on a personal tour of the exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia drawn from their own collection, which will continue its national tour after headlining at the Frost Art Museum FIU.


The Grand Galleries of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU hosted the exhibition from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl —  Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

MORE ABOUT DENNIS SCHOLLAward-Winning Filmmaker and Champion of the Arts

Honoree Dennis Scholl spoke passionately at the event about how as a young student at Florida International University in 1977 (the same year the museum was founded), his life was transformed after feeling compelled to walk into the campus museum that day. Since then, Scholl and his wife Debra have become nationally renowned champions of the arts.

They are recognized for their support of art and artists, and are holders of the largest private collection of Aboriginal art in the United States.

In addition to his longtime collecting of contemporary art, Scholl is a founder of Betts & Scholl, which he created with well known Master Sommelier Richard Betts. The Betts & Scholl wines from Australia, France and Napa received over twenty five scores of 90 or better from Wine Spectator including a score of 95 for their Barossa Valley Black Betty Shiraz (the company was acquired by a public company in 2009). Scholl has recently returned to Australia to create a new wine – Mother Tongue Shiraz.


Winemaker Dennis Scholl at the vineyards in Australia

The new wine that Scholl created, Mother Tongue Shiraz, is crafted from 82 year old vines from the continent’s leading wine region, the Barossa Valley, the wine is aged in French oak for twenty months. The first vintage (2014) has just been released in the United States.

        

The label art for the new wine is by world renowned Aboriginal Australian contemporary artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and reflects his ancestral home of Lake Mackay in the central desert of Western Australia.  The wine is available from mothertonguewines.com

Dennis Scholl recently stepped down from his leadership position at the $2.5 billion Knight Foundation, where he oversaw funding of close to $200 million to arts organizations across America. He created Random Acts of Culture, and with his team at the foundation developed and led the Knight Arts Challenge.

Watch the Emmy-winning video about the documentary Random Acts of Culture here

Scholl is a ten-time regional Emmy winner for his cultural documentaries, including films about Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Gehry. He is a producer, writer, and director whose second feature documentary, Queen of Thursdays, co-written and produced with noted Cuban filmmaker Orlando Rojas, was named Best Documentary at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival. Scholl is also known for Deep City — The Birth of the Miami Sound (2014) and the animated short, The Sun as a Big Dark Animal, an official selection of the 2015 Sundance International Film Festival. Scholl’s newest film is calledSymphony in D and is currently on the film festival circuit, showing at various cities.

Watch the trailer for Symphony in D here:

Watch the trailer for Deep City — The Birth of the Miami Sound here:

Scholl has served on the boards and executive committees of Aspen Art Museum, MOCA Miami, the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Linda Pace Foundation. He was named three times to the annual WESTAF list of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts, and along with his wife, Debra, recently received the National Service in the Arts Award from the Anderson Ranch Art Center.

The Scholls are highly regarded for their efforts to build the permanent collections of contemporary art museums and are founding chairs of the Guggenheim Photography Committee, the Tate American Acquisition Committee, and an acquisition committee for the new Pérez Art Museum Miami where they have donated 300 works from their personal collection.


The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University

Scholl is also co-founder of the award-winning wine projects Betts and Scholl and Mother Tongue Shiraz, and was a visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab and a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow.

This year’s Art Transforms Benefactor Impact event at the Frost Art Museum FIU drew Miami’s leading arts patrons and cultural leaders, including: Joan Johnson, Jonathan and Karen Fryd,celebrity chef Michael Schwartz and his wife Tamara Repsold Schwartz, Lisa and Gary Payton, Amy and Richard Kohan, Fred Snitzer, Ed Christin, Lourdes Tudela, Karen Escalera, Ellen Salpeter, Lorie Mertes and Alex Gartenfeld.

Guests joined Debra and Dennis Scholl on exclusive tours of the museum’s collection vault.  The event was sponsored by EWM Realty International, Bacardi and Rumbas Party Rental & Events. More photos from the event may be seen at this photo gallery link, and more images from the award ceremony continue below  . . .


Dennis Scholl with FIU Provost, Dr. Kenneth Furton


Dennis Scholl, Lourdes Tudela and Frantz Williams


Celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz and Tamara Repsold Schwartz


Frank Siberio, Flor Mayoral, Jordana Pomeroy, Joan Johnson, and Daniel Perron


Joan Johnson on an exclusive tour of the Frost Art Museum’s collection vault


Dennis Scholl and Ed Christin

About the Museum

One of the largest free-standing art museums in Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University was founded in 1977 and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami.

The museum’s new lakeside building debuted in 2008, designed by Yann Weymouth (the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project).

With 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming space, the museum was honored with LEED silver certification. The museum’s mission is three-fold: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community; to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians; and to serve as a premier cultural destination for the residents of Miami, and the 15 million visitors to one of the world’s most vibrant cultural destinations – home to global cultural events including Art Basel.

The Frost offers programming that complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational initiatives. The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series has featured internationally renowned speakers including: Laurie Anderson, Christo, Susan Sontag, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage and Marina Abramović. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery serves as an innovative programming space that encourages children’s involvement in art through hands-on exploration.

Admission to the museum is always free. The Frost Art Museum FIU is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is located on the campus of Florida International University at 10975 SW 17 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. The Sculpture Park is open every day. For more information, visit frost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890.

Content: Jose Lima

Tiny city vineyard produces first wine from a botanic garden By Andrew Spence

WINES made from grapes harvested in a tiny vineyard within a city botanic garden will be launched in South Australia in September.

Produced with the support of Jacob’s Creek winemakers, the limited edition wines are believed to be the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden.

The 1200 bottles of wine in two styles – a rose and a dry white – are the result of a partnership between National Wine Centre, Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Jacob’s Creek.

The CBD vineyard is located in the south-eastern corner of the Adelaide Botanic Garden on land owned by the University of Adelaide land and managed by the National Wine Centre.

The vineyard, which features 16 grape varieties including Shiraz, Merlot, Tempranillo and Riesling, has been used as a demonstration site for drought-tolerant vine varieties suitable for South Australia’s dry climate since 2011.

Botanic Gardens of South Australia Acting Director Janice Goodwins said the project was a unique and exciting partnership, and a reminder of the importance of plants to culture, the South Australian economy and our daily lives.

“Wine is intrinsically linked with South Australia – as a state we have some of the oldest grape vines in the world and we produce 75 per cent of Australia’s premium wine, bringing in just under $2 billion in gross wine revenue to accompany international acclaim,” Goodwins said.
“To be able to demonstrate this ancient process of cultivating a crop, fermenting its grapes and transforming it into a tantalising product for people to consume – all in the green lungs of our city – is a massive coup for all involved.”

National Wine Centre General Manager Adrian Emeny said the partnership had been a true collaboration from vine to bottle.

“The vineyard has long been admired by visitors and it’s fantastic that through this partnership the fruit will be turned into wines that carry a unique story. They’ll have a real point of difference being produced from grapes grown in the heart of the city,” Emeny said.

Following an official launch on September 14, the wines are expected to be available at the National Wine Centre and Botanic Gardens Restaurant.

The team from iconic Barossa Valley winery Jacob’s Creek provided critical viticulture and winemaking expertise, including managing the harvest and making the wine at the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide.

Jacob’s Creek Vineyard Manager Tim McCarthy, who oversaw the harvest of the grapes in February, said the project showcased the collaborative and innovative approach to producing wine in South Australia.

“We created two ‘field blends’, which involves combining different varieties of grapes in the vineyard as we harvest them, and fermenting them together,” he said.

“It’s an unusual way of making wine, and it adds an extra element of challenge, but also excitement.”

The partnership aims to produce a similar exclusive vintage from the vineyard each year until 2018.

South Australia is consistently responsible for about 50 per cent of Australia’s annual production and is home to world-renowned brands such as Penfolds Grange, Hardys and Wolf Blass.

There are 18 wine regions in South Australia, including the Barossa Valley, Clare ValleyCoonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast and Riverland. More than 200 cellar doors are within an hour’s drive of the city centre of Adelaide.