Introducing You To Micky Wolfson

My friend Ray Elman is the founding editor in chief of Inspicio, the art publication that is sponsored by The College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University (FIU).

The current edition of Inspicio features a video interview with Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson Jr. an 80 year old collector, preservationist, educator and museum founder, who is dedicated to the research, preservation and education of the material culture of the period 1850–1950, through The Wolfsonian–FIU in Miami Beach and the Wolfsoniana in Genoa, Italy.

Wolfson was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of Frances Cohen (December 16, 1906– May 9, 1980) and Mitchell Wolfson (1900–1983), the founder of Wometco Enterprises in 1925 and the first Jewish mayor of Miami Beach in 1943. His older brother, Louis Wolfson II, was a Florida state representative from Miami-Dade County from 1963–1973.

Wolfson received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in International relations from the Paul N. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

In 1986 Wolfson established The Wolfsonian Foundation, a research center and museum in Miami Beach, and began publishing The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Art, a journal fostering scholarship in late 19th- and early 20th-century design. In the same year he acquired the Mackenzie Castle in Genoa to house his collection, although the restoration works he commissioned remained unfinished and the manor was later sold to an auction house.

Wolfson co-authored Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden with artist Michele Oka Doner. Published in 2005, the book is a personal portrayal of Miami Beach from the 1920s through the 1960s.

He is president of The Wolfson Initiative, Washington Storage Company, and the Novecento Corporation. He sits on the Wolfsonian-FIU Advisory Board and the Florida International University Board of Directors and is a trustee for the Mitchell Wolfson Senior Foundation that supports educational and health issues.

Also, he is a trustee for the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation that supports the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens in Key West, Florida. He is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Arts and Design, the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Council of Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France, and a past member of the American Friends of the Louvre. He is on the advisory council of Princeton University’s Department of Comparative Literature and on the advisory council of the Paul N. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Whew that was a mouthful. I cut and pasted those words from Ray. The interview Ray did with Wolfson is absolutely amazing. It’s a series of videos so get ready for the most entertaining format.

All you have to do is watch the series of videos which are 45 seconds to three minutes each. It goes quite fast because Ray did an amazing job of presenting engaging sound bites

Is Journalism Dead?

Ray Elman (r) interviewing former Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine

“Lying on the Beach” podcast guest, Ray Elman thinks it may not be dead, but it might be on life support!

For the last 40 years, Elman, currently founding Editor in Chief of Inspicio, has been at the forefront of both the editorial and art worlds. Podcast Co-hosts, Steve Greenberg, a TV personality, and Lois Whitman-Hess, a PR counselor, interviewed Ray about the state of journalism and why it’s not getting the respect it so richly deserve.

To appreciate the comments Ray is going to make you have to appreciate the quality work he has done in his career. In 2015, Ray founded the Inspicio arts publication platform, which is sponsored by FIU | CARTA. Inspicio provides in-depth, high-quality insights into all arts disciplines with a focus on Miami and South Florida. The publication is famous for its video interviewing technique and for mixing famous authors with student writers.

Elman also co-founded Provincetown Arts magazine and Cincinnati Arts magazine. Ray was also a pioneer in the digital communication industry, first as the National Director of Creative Services at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as the co-founder of Streamline Communications, which is now a public company called Bridgeline Digital. He was also a founder of Cambria Interactive at Cambria Consulting.

In addition, Elman has sustained a successful life-time career as a visual artist. Four of his large scale mixed-media portraits (Pulitzer Prize recipients Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alan Dugan, & U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky) are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His work is exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections all over the world.

Listen to the podcast here –

Congratulations Eliot Hess

Thank you Inspicio Editor-In-Chief, Ray Elman, for featuring Eliot’s photo in your prestigious online magazine. This is a tremendous honor. We also want to thank Gail Williams and Dawn McCall of the Williams McCall Gallery for showcasing Eliot’s photo work so he caught the attention of Ray.

A Closer Look At Eliot’s Photos