Every December, as the temperature starts to dip, dealers, collectors, interior designers, curators, and a variety of other art and design enthusiasts head to Miami Beach. The art world’s elite have been making the pilgrimage south since 1989, when the Art Miami fair launched, transforming the city's cultural scene forever. In 2000, Art Basel kicked off a stateside edition of its seminal fair in sunny Florida, spawning a flurry of satellite shows and related happenings. This year, Palm Beach is getting in on the action with the Palm Beach Show Group's latest endeavor, Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design. While the sheer number of events can be daunting, we’ve selected the top shows happening in south Florida during Miami Art Week. Perhaps a last-minute flight to the Sunshine State is in your future?

Art Miami, Art Miami Pavilion, Midtown Miami Complex, Miami Beach, FL
December 1-6, 2015

Art Miami 2014. Image courtesy of Art Miami.

Now in its 26th year, Art Miami is the cornerstone of the city’s jam-packed art week. Held in the Midtown Miami Complex in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District, Art Miami is dedicated to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries and is complemented by CONTEXT, a sister fair spotlighting emerging and mid-career artists. Among the 125 international exhibitors at this year’s Art Miami fair are Taylor Graham (New York), Vallarino Fine Art (New York), Gerald Peters Gallery (New York/Santa Fe), Hollis Taggart Galleries (New York), and Jerald Melberg Gallery (New York). Known for its chic atmosphere, outstanding quality and impressive variety, Art Miami also features a full schedule of panel discussions and lectures. The show kicks off art week in Miami with a VIP preview on Tuesday, December 1. Click here for more information.  

Miami Project, Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach, FL
December 1-6, 2015

Edward Hopper, Farm House at Essex, Massachusetts, 1929. Watercolor on Paper, 14 x 20. Courtesy of the artist and Debra Force Fine Art.

A relative newcomer, the Miami Project has made a splash thanks to its stellar exhibitor list which includes an array of long standing modern and contemporary galleries such as Adelson Galleries (New York), Avery Galleries (Pennsylvania), Debra Force Fine Art, Inc. (New York), and Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York). This year’s fair will be held at the stylish Deauville Beach Resort, a midcentury modern hotel with a storied history. Located on the waterfront, Miami Project is easily accessible from the Miami Beach Convention Center, where Art Basel is held. Produced by Art Market Productions, which organizes a handful of fairs across the country, Miami Project will be complemented by Art on Paper -- a fair featuring exhibitions of paper-based art. Click here for more information.

Design Miami/, Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, FL
December 2-6, 2015

Long chair by George Nakashima. Courtesy of Moderne Gallery.

Launched in 2005, Design Miami/ quickly emerged as Miami Art Week's premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, and discussing collectible design. Boasting an inimitable exhibitor list, museum-quality offerings, and innovative programming, Design Miami/ hosts two fairs annually, which run alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami each December and in Basel each June. Held in a bespoke venue adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Design Miami/ is known for the diversity of its offerings, which include twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art as well as a selection of outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques. Among this year’s must-see exhibitors are Hostler Burrows (New York), Magen H Gallery (New York), Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia), and R & Company (New York). Design Miami/ will kick off with an invitation-only preview day on Tuesday, December 1. Click here for more information.     

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
December 3-6, 2015 

Sylvester Stallone hits Art Basel

Now in its 14th year, Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) has only gotten better with age. The largest contemporary art fair in the country, ABMB will feature over 250 of the world’s top galleries and is expected to draw upward of 70,000 visitors. Held at the expansive Miami Beach Convention Center, ABMB is divided into a variety of Sectors, including the main Galleries portion featuring around 200 modern and contemporary dealers such as Hirschl & Adler Modern, Hauser & Wirth, and Gagosian Gallery; Survey, a sector that presents precise art historical projects; and Public, a section for large-scale sculptures and installations in nearby Collins Park. ABMB also includes a robust program of lectures, panel discussions and performances featuring an array of important art world players. With paintings, sculptures, installations, and photographs by masters of modern art as well as emerging stars, ABMB truly has something for everyone. Click here for more information.

Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
December 3-7, 2015

Buccellati Diamond and Gold Cuff Bracelet. Courtesy J.S. Fearnley.

The newest show on the scene, Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design runs alongside Art Basel Miami Beach, only 70 miles away in Palm Beach. Organized by the Palm Beach Show Group, Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design will present slightly different offerings than the Miami fairs, including all categories of jewelry, from antique and estate collections to period eras, as well as paintings, sculpture, furniture, glass, textiles, and more. Held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the show will feature 100+ exhibitors, including Benchmark of Palm Beach (Palm Beach), J.S. Fearnley (Atlanta), and Rehs Galleries (New York). A complement to the Palm Beach Show Group’s cornerstone event, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, which is held every February, Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design is the perfect reason to take a break from the Miami Beach madness and head north for a bit. Click here for more information.