The Westin is displaying an original LEGO sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

The Westin is displaying an original LEGO sculpture by Sawaya, Untitled — a globe with a fist bursting out from its core — in a lighted display case in the lobby through August 17, 2014. Also, complimentary gallery passes for Westin guests are provided to the exhibition as part of the hotel’s “Vacation Like a VIP” package (limit two tickets per package). Westin employees may also see the exhibition at no charge by showing their employee badge at the Center. Promotional info for Westin guests is available at the Concierge Desk.

# Posted Wednesday July 9, 2014

Outstanding Press Coverage for The Art of Nathan Sawaya

The press has been buzzing since the opening of The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES — check out some of the coverage:

“Yellow” is a pretty iconic piece. It’s been an important piece for me in many ways, but also, so many people contact me about that piece. I think that it speaks to people in many different ways. It’s about opening oneself up to the world on one level. It’s interesting how many folks need to talk to me about it. It’s interesting how many people connect to it.

– Nathan Sawaya, in an interview in Boca Magazine

Jane Hart, curator of exhibitions, said the Art and Culture Center was one of the institutions that gave Sawaya a solo show early on. “We felt that it would be a good thing to bring him back,” Hart said, “especially since he has this new body of work. We’re really fortunate to have him bring his work down to us for yet another return engagement.”

LEGO exhibit back at Hollywood museum, Sun Sentinel.

“When I was about 10 years old, I asked my parents if I could get a pet dog, and when they didn’t get one for me, I created a life-size dog for myself out of LEGO bricks,” said Sawaya. “It was an early turning point in my art career.”

LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya presents his latest work at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood at

On View Magazine features Art and Culture Center’s new show,“The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring ‘In Pieces’”

“Nathan Sawaya: LEGO My Van Gogh” on

“Behind the Scenes Images of Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. VIDEOS in collaboration with Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya” on

Nathan on the cover of Hollywood Gazette.

“Unlocking the Imaginations of Children Around the World With LEGOSon abc NEWS

Nathan featured on Deco Drive television.

“Meet LEGO Artist Nathan Sawaya, Who Left His Job as an Attorney to Pursue the Arts” on

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES is supported in part by a Cultural Tourism Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa; and The Miami Herald.

# Posted Wednesday June 25, 2014

7NEWS-WSVN Deco Drive covers Nathan Sawaya's new exhibit at the Center

“A massive block party of a different kind is opening up in South Florida […] The exhibit features dozens of sculptures made entirely out of Legos.” 7NEWS-WSVN (Miami – Fort Lauderdale) Watch Video

Internationally renowned artist Nathan Sawaya returns this summer with all new sculptures and mixed-media works that continue to change the way we look at LEGO® bricks.
Click here to find out more about the exhibit, The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES.

In conjunction with the summer exhibition, Florida residents are invited to use their own LEGO® pieces to create and compete in this fun state-wide contest and exhibition. Find out more

# Posted Friday June 13, 2014

Eye on South Florida covers our 17th Annual Cuisine for Art Fundraiser

Eye on South Florida wrote “It was such a beautiful evening we are already looking forward to next year” Read more

Check out our photo gallery of the evening and click here to find out more about the 17th Annual Cuisine for Art fundraiser.

# Posted Wednesday June 11, 2014

Dan Fauci wraps up the 2013-14 Hot Topic series

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Dan Fauci Artist Talk Photo Gallery

Dan Fauci was the Center’s fourth and final speaker in the 2013/14 Hot Topics Artist series held on Saturday, April 5. Hot Topics has been funded in part by an Arts Challenge grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Fauci is the highly esteemed Los Angeles based executive producer and former head of comedy development at Paramount Studios. Read more

# Posted Tuesday April 22, 2014

Check out "Charles M. Schulz: Pop Culture in Peanuts" on Arts Loft show!

“From football to macrame to 3-d glasses, Charles M. Schulz made reference to 20th century, American pop culture through his “Peanuts” comic strip. The recent “Pop Culture in Peanuts” exhibit at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood delved into the fads, trends, and contemporary influences on Peanuts and showed us how those references changed over the 50 years of the strip. For more details log onto But if you’re in California, you can visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center; log on at” Arts Loft

# Posted Tuesday February 18, 2014

Submit your ideas to South Florida Knights Arts Challenge!

Now in its seventh edition, South Florida Knight Arts Challenge is open for applications Jan. 27 – Feb. 24, 2014.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is seeking ideas and innovation in the arts from nonprofits, companies and individuals.

To find out more Click Here

Image: Knight Arts Challenge winner Ranjana Warier reinterpreted Western classics through Indian dance.

# Posted Tuesday January 28, 2014

Join featured artists Francie Bishop Good and Sarah Michelle Rupert for an intimate artist conversation about their work

Jan. 11, 2014, 2pm
Show runs through Jan. 12, 2014

View Artists Opening Reception Photo Gallery

Join featured artists Francie Bishop Good and Sarah Michelle Rupert for an intimate artist conversation about their work, inspirations and creative process as it relates to their current exhibitions on view at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. The artist talk will be moderated by gallerist and curator Dina Mitrani.

Approaching their work from very different perspectives, both artists use photography to explore notions of identity and the role of women in the context of contemporary life in the public, private and domestic sphere.

Not on Allen Street and In Search of Ever After will close on Sunday, January 12.

Francie Bishop Good is an artist, collector and philanthropist living and working in Fort Lauderdale. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Good is twice a recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, and the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.

Sarah Michelle Rupert is a visual artist and arts professional living and working in South Florida. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and design, her work revolves around consumer, mass-communication and television culture in contemporary experience. Her work has been exhibited widely through out South Florida and in recent exhibitions in New York City, Gainesville, FL and Gambier, OH.

Dina Mitrani is a curator and the owner of the Dina Mitrani Gallery in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, FL. After 20 years of experience in the international art world based in New York and Miami, Dina Mitrani opened her gallery in November of 2008 focusing exclusively on photography.

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Nonmembers – Free with regular admission

# Posted Monday January 6, 2014

MoMA acquires major work by Lyle Ashton Harris

Lyle Ashton Harris will be our guest on Friday, December 13, 2013 for Hot Topics Artists Series. For more than two decades he has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. We are delighted to share with you that the Museum of Modern Art has just acquired The Watering Hole (1996), a suite of nine 30 × 40“ photomontages.

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# Posted Tuesday November 12, 2013

John Stengel honored at Tour de Fashion at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills

Shown from left to right at Tour de Fashion are Luanne Lenberg, VP/general manager of Sawgrass Mills; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Board Chair and Tour de Fashion “Role Model” Honoree John Stengel; WSVN Anchor Belkys Nerey; and E! Entertainment’s “Fashion Police” co-star George Kotsiopoulos. This recent indulgence in shopping, fashion shows, mojitos, and more at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills celebrated the property’s most recent luxury outlet expansion while benefiting more than 30 local charities, including the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
One of the day’s five “role models,” Stengel has been a member of the Center’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and board chair since 2012. He is an active supporter of all Center fund-raisers, and co-owns Equity Insurance Underwriters, Inc. in Hollywood with his wife Jacquelyn. One of seven founders of the Broward County Youth Fair, Stengel served as president from 1978-2000. In 1995, he was appointed chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority by the governor and served two terms (eight years). Stengel is the founder of the South Broward Business Council, a non-profit networking club of one-of-a-kind businesses. He has been involved with the Business Council for 32 years, and he also is past president of the Hollywood Jaycees and West Hollywood Kiwanis.

# Posted Wednesday October 30, 2013