French-American Relations Colloquium

Clément Leclerc, Consul général de France / Consul General of France


The FIU Honors College will host a colloquium with Clément Leclerc, Consul général de France / Consul General of France. “French-American Relations” will examine and reflect on the historical, economic, geopolitical relations between France and the USA.

Prior to the colloquium, the FIU Honors College will host “Coffee With the Consul,” a chance for Professor Bailly’s Honors College France study abroad students and alumni to have an informal discussion with Consul Leclerc.

An informal discussion with Consul Leclerc, Professor Bailly, and students and alumni of Honors France.
11 April, 2018
15:00 – 15:30, Room RB 120

An FIU Honors College Colloquium (4 Honors points)
11 April, 2018
15:30 – 16:30, Room RB 120

Clément Leclerc assumed office as Consul General of France in Miami on September 5, 2016. Upon joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003, Mr. Clément Leclerc was assigned to the Department for the United Nations and international organizations. In 2006, he was appointed First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New-York, where he served in the Security Council team. In 2009, he joined the Office of the President of the French Republic as technical advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2012 to 2016, he served as First Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of France in Mexico. Clement Leclerc, who holds a Master in International Law, is also a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies and of the French National School of Government (ENA).

FIU France 2017 in the French Alps (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  20 March 2018



Poetry & Art at FIU Honors

Professor John W Bailly teaches two upper division courses for the FIU Honors College-Poetry Art Community and Aesthetics & Values.

POETRY ART COMMUNITY: Poet Richard Blanco and artist John W Bailly will collaborate again in 2019. Poetry Art Community (PAC) is a seminar that explores the living dialogue between community and the literary and visual arts, and the civic role they can (ought to) play in the public realm with respect to matters that affect us collectively: gender, sexuality, class, diversity, and race.

FIU students participate in Ofri Cnaani’s performance at Vizcaya. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

AESTHETICS & VALUES: The FIU Honors College Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change.

A&V 2017 Reception (Photo by Björn Kai Roland. All rights reserved)

CONTEMPORARY MIAMI: A&V and PAC both incorporate an immersion into Miami’s contemporary arts scene. Students visit the Margulies Collection, Rubell Collection, PAMM, Vizcaya, Deering Estate, Obsolete Media Miami, Miami Art Week, and Locust Projects. Students meet artists, writers, collectors, directors, and curators.

A&V 2018 at PAMM (Photo by Ligia Filgueiras CC BY 4.0)

MIAMI AS TEXT: Students make text and image responses to the locations visited. The classes incorporate social media to disseminate these reflections.

A&V 2017 Reception (Photo by Björn Kai Roland. All rights reserved)

CONTROVERSIAL ART AND IDEAS: A&V and PAC are not for the overly-sensitive. We engage important social subjects directly. Works studied can include sexuality and/or graphic images of violence.

A&V 2018 at Rubell Family Collection (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

SPECIAL PROJECTS: A&V and PAC involve students participating in unique and, honestly, unorthodox projects. Students have painted a parking garage rooftop, set off fire extinguishers on South Beach, built a wall of garbage, distorted faces during Art Basel, and canoed in Biscayne Bay. If you are interested in once-in-a-liftetime experiences this is the class for you.


GARBAGE WALL: Students from the Aesthetics & Values class of the FIU Honors College assisted The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to construct Garbage Wall for the 2017 Untitled Miami Beach art fair. Students collected marine debris from the Deering Estate to be utilized in the construction of the sculpture.

Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Garbage Wall” at UNTITLED Miami Beach (Photo © Galina Abdel Aziz)

OFRI CNAANI AT VIZCAYA: Bringing her expertise all the way down from New York City, Ofri Cnanni led FIU Honors College students and fellow guests from the general public in two interactive workshops intertwining art, modern technology, and the physical space of Vizcaya.


RICHARD BLANCO AND JOHN W BAILLY: Blanco and Bailly have been friends for over 20 years. Blanco was the Inaugural Poet at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration. Bailly is a painter with an MFA from Yale University. Both are graduates of FIU. Watch Blanco recite “One Today” below.

Stephanie SepúlvedaJohn William Bailly 05 March 2018


Bailly’s FIU Honors Study Abroad

Professor John W Bailly is the Faculty Director of three FIU Honors College Study Abroad programs. He takes FIU students to Italy in May, Spain in June, and France in July. Bailly is an artist, with an MFA from Yale University. He has taken over 250 students from FIU to Europe.

Professor Bailly of FIU lectures in St. Peter’s Square. (Photo by Stephanie Sepulveda CC BY 4.0)

ITALY STUDY ABROAD: GRAND TOUR REDUX: Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – a study abroad class taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations of Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course, which reconstructs the traditional 18th Century Grand Tour, examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world.

Melissa Gil of FIU contemplates Venice’s Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

SPAIN STUDY ABROAD: MIAMI ESPANA, IDA Y VUELTA: The history of the Spanish-American transatlantic dialogue is both ruinous and enriching. With an emphasis on Miami, this course examines the social and cultural manifestations of this relationship. What impact has Spanish religion, art, and popular tradition had on the Americas from 1492 to the present (ida)? Conversely, what has returned to Spain from Latin America (vuelta)? How specifically has this melange manifested itself in Miami, positioned as the contemporary center of European and Latin American relations?


FRANCE STUDY ABROAD: ART, WAR, & HUMAN RIGHTS: Live a month in France with FIU! Study France’s political and cultural history in its streets and museums. Based in Paris, the class navigates Francois I’s Renaissance in the Loire castles, Marie Antoinette’s final trek through Paris to the guillotine, and Hemingway’s walk through the streets of the Latin Quarter. With a focus on the Enlightenment revolutions and World War 2, students engage in debates about nationalism, revolution and human rights in the country that saw the most radical, idealistic, and brutal revolution in Europe and the deadliest war in history.

Amaranta Bailly in front of Monet’s Waterlilies in the Orangerie in Paris. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

CITIES AND HOUSING: The Italia class stays in Roma, Firenze, Cinque Terre, and Venezia. In addition, we take day trips to Assisi, Pisa, Pompeii, Siena, & Tivoli, without forgetting that we visit Vatican City. Students stay in apartments in the three large cities and a mountain sanctuary in Cinque Terre. The Spain class stays in Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. In addition, we take day trips to El Escorial, Granada, Montserrat, Segovia, Sitges, Toledo. Students stay in apartment hotels in each city. The France class stays at the university CIUP in Paris proper. The class also stays in hotels in Lyon and Bayeux, and a mountain refuge in the Alps. France students take day trips to Annecy, the Chateaux de la Loire, Fontainebleau, Le Mans, Mont Saint Michel, and Versailles.

Sunrise from Soviore Sanctuary in Cinque Terre. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

ICONIC ART: Students will discover the greatest European museums and monuments. Lectures about great buildings and paintings are done on location. From the Vatican Museums and the Uffizi in Italy to the Louvre and Orsay in France by way of the Prado and Reina Sofia in Spain, students will immerse themselves into the history of art. Also, students will actually be in the great monuments: get lost in Roman ruins in Italy, explore the Sagrada Familia in Spain, and climb the Eiffel Tower in France.

Viktoriya Justiz on Brunelleschi’s Dome in Firenze. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

LIFE EXPERIENCE: Each program incorporates fun and educational days of hiking, cycling, and swimming. It is important to incorporate days to process the information gathered on lecture days. So be ready to climb Brunelleschi’s Dome in Firenze, hike to Montserrat, and explore the Alps. It can be hard…but it’s also super fun and rewarding. Expect the unexpected.

the alps
Corey Ryan in the Alps (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

CULTURAL IMMERSSION: The program structure enables students to have a true sense of living in Europe: eat in authentic restaurants, ride public transportation, go grocery shopping, explore the unknown, and experience popular culture.

Nit Sant Joan in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

FOOD: Lunch on class days are almost always street food…world class European street food.

Mercat Boqueria in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

TRAVEL AND LEARN: Study Abroad is not vacation: you will be quizzed on content, days will be structured, you will travel with a professor. Study abroad is work…but it is also the most rewarding academic experience one could ever hope for. You will create memories for a lifetime, while simultaneously fulfilling 6 upper division Honors credits. Imagine having a city as your classroom, actually witnessing art first hand-not by PowerPoint.

Jeanine Shraim of FIU is “entertained” in Rome’s Colosseum. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Stephanie SepúlvedaJohn William Bailly 05 March 2018




FIU Honors at Vizcaya

Professor Bailly’s FIU Honors College students will earn 2 extra-credit points for attending this event. Details will be sent in an email.

Join scholars and contemporary art enthusiasts to explore the role of contemporary art in historic places. During the evening, Elizabeth Merritt from the America Alliance of Museum’s Future of Museums will provide a quick synopsis of the 2 day symposium’s findings and New York-based artist,  Ofri Cnaani, will lead 2 separate interactive pieces for guests to be part of the action!

6:45-7:45 p.m.                  Ofri Cnanni – Recalculating Route

A one-hour participatory experience taking the shape of geographically-based group messaging app that encourages self-guided wandering through call and response prompts and allows participants to re-experience familiar or unfamiliar sites and explored spaces assumed to be known.

The WhatsApp project is directive based and features artist-issued short prompts like “look up,” to which the participant responds by taking a photo of what they see and replying with that photo to the WhatsApp group. As a result, a WhatsApp-dedicated group compiles and tracks simultaneous individual perspectives of Vizcaya.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.                Ofri Cnanni – Drawing of Drawing Sessions

Drawing of Drawing Sessions is a hands-on performance rooted in sketching that begins with one person sitting in front of a selected object or view and drawing it. A short distance behind, a second person will draw the first person drawing the object or view; they are followed by a third and a fourth, forming a line of sketchers.

The one-hour long performance includes several drawing assignments. After each assignment, the first in line will move to the end, turning the performance itself into a drawn human line that is constantly moving through its surroundings and shifting its focal point.  Through this performance, both the drawers and the viewers are encouraged to explore Vizcaya through changing perspectives.




Miami Chicken Key Clean-Up


Canoe out to Chicken Key! Collect marine debris, swim, picnic, and earn three extra-credit points all in one…with Professor Bailly and your FIU Honors College classmates!

Wednesday 07 March 2018, 10:00 – 15:00

Tuesday 03 April 2018, 10:00 – 15:00

These two events are ONLY for FIU Honors College students currently enrolled in classes with Professor Bailly. Space is limited to 20 students per day. The first to respond to Bailly’s email requesting volunteers will get the spots. Students must arrive at the Deering Estate by 10:00.

Professor John William Bailly of FIU Honors College organizes snorkeling cleanups with university students. Marine debris is prevalent not only along the Miami coast, but also under the ocean’s surface. The irreparable damage of this pollution on the flora and fauna of South Florida is tangible to any that enters the water: habitat destruction, wildlife entanglement, and the resulting deaths of marine mammals.

If you wish to participate in Bailly’s Miami Ocean Cleanup, here is how to prepare.

  1. Contact Professor Bailly at
  2. If the Cleanup is at the Deering Estate, you will need to complete the required volunteer paperwork.
  3. Each participant will receive certified volunteer hours from the Deering Estate.
  4. Bring your own mask, snorkel, gloves, and fins.
  5. Bring a reusable water bottle and a snack (energy bar and fruit are good).
  6. Bailly suggests you wear a long sleeve swim shirt.
  7. Always wear sunscreen.
  8. If you are comfortable with it, bring a knife to cut ropes and fishing line out of mangroves.
  9. We will encounter lots of marine life: manatees, sharks, crabs, stingrays. Always look, but never touch. Also, always check cans for octopus, crab, or fish before removing from water.
  10. Bring your GoPro or camera. Bailly will post photos on web.

Oolite at LnS Gallery

Painters William Osorio and John William Bailly at LnS Gallery

2610 SW 28th Lane | Miami FL 33133 | WWW.LNSGALLERY.COM

LnS GALLERY presents


MIAMI, FL (December 2017) LnS GALLERY continues its exhibition season with the grand opening of OOLITE, a collective exhibit that includes the work of an eclectic group of 12 artists working in South Florida, upon a foundation of oolite. The show features the work of John William Bailly, Jennifer Basile, Tim Buwalda, Robert DeYoung, Jessie Laino, Gabriela Noelle, William Osorio, Arturo Rodríguez, César Trasobares, Trek6, Tony Vazquez-Figueroa, Sinuhe Vega Negrin, and is accompanied by the LnS Journal with an insightful essay by CAROL DAMIAN, Ph.D.

As Dr. Carol Damian explains, “When presented with the idea of using oolite as the focus of an exhibition, each artist considered the stone from a different perspective related to their own memories and practice and to a new historical and ecological view of their surroundings that they may have taken for granted, but now merit artistic consideration. The shapes of the stones, oval and smooth, are the most basic units to appear in much of the work in the exhibition, especially as they are cemented into our familiar keystone or coral rock.”

“The story of oolite has become an artistic opportunity with results that celebrate the bedrock of Florida and the remarkable diversity of materials, artistic and structural, that have come together over the years. Miami is the epicenter of the most contemporary art scene in the state, and the construction boom that seems to last decades, will always be built upon oolite, beyond the foundations and onto the most recognizable features of buildings old and new,” adds Dr. Damian.

JW Bailly. Miami Venus, 2017. Oil on canvas. 170 cm x 201 cm. Courtesy of LnS Gallery.

Oölitic limestone, also known as Coral Rock, is one of the most historic building materials native to our area. It has been used since the mid-19th century, in the form of architecture, sculptures and more, inspiring artists, architects and visionaries. Notable designs and structures in “oolite” include Merrick House, the Coconut Grove Women’s Club, Coral Gables City Hall, the Coral Gables Museum, Vizcaya, the Venetian Pool, Coral Castle Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club to name a few.

“Considered a unique material, it is precisely its distinctive and artistic qualities that sparked our interest in this subject, and further offered inspiration for our artists, who embraced this thematic presentation with incredible passion and gusto,” say Luisa and Sergio. “Please join us as we embark on this encounter and exploration of Oolite.”

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am-11:00am

Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm


LnS is a new multi-use art space specializing in contemporary art with a focus on Miami-based artists. Guided by and named after the gallerist team of Luisa Lignarolo and Sergio Cernuda, partners in marriage and business, the space in anchored in a spirit of inclusive creativity attuned to the cultural pulse of South Florida. Located in Coconut Grove, within walking distance from the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station, the 5000-square foot space provides a showcase for unique forms of expression through curated, comprehensive catalogued exhibitions, site-installations and cultural gatherings.

The gallery and its team of specialists offer assistance in framing, conservation, display and art transportation services. In addition to expertise in secondary markets and established relationships with auction networks, Luisa and Sergio specialize in personalized art advisement, appraisals, and market analysis for individuals and businesses.


JW Bailly at Miami International Airport – MIA



JW Bailly’s exhibition “10,000 Years of Miami” is in the Central Terminal Gallery just past the Concourse E security checkpoint. When traveling, the exhibition is accessible from Concourse D or E. See more images of the exhibition here.

“10,000 Years of Miami” at Miami International Airport
By Gendry Sherer, Director & Curator, Airport Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs

John William Bailly is a painter, printmaker and traveler whose work explores issues of origin, history, cultural and geographical identity. Most of the paintings on view here were first exhibited at The Charles Deering Estate where the artist conceived the work through academic and field research as an Artist-in-Residence. Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade, the Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that broadened the artist’s perception of Miami’s history. His travels and research throughout Europe and specifically at Palau Maricel in Sitges in Catalonia, Spain further led Bailly to examine our transatlantic, cultural and biological relationships between Europe and the Americas.

10,000 Years of Miami is the artist’s reflection on his journey of self-discovery, and his rediscovery of Miami’s rich and diverse history. It is our hope that this exhibition challenges the notion of what the popular perception of Miami is and its reality; that it engages us all in self-reflection and brings awareness of our interconnectedness.  

Stephanie Sepúlveda 28 November 2017