Conceived by art collector Leonardo Rodriguez, owner and founder of the Kendall Art Cultural Center, the Fine Arts Ceramic Center (FACC) was established in 2020 in order to realize a long awaited project: a permanent ongoing exhibition composed entirely of ceramic artworks. The original initiative began with Rodriguez inviting 50 contemporary artists in his permanent collection of painters and sculptures to the studio, in order to translate their work onto white bisque ceramic plates. The exhibition program, "Fine Arts on the Plate" was inaugurated later that same year.
Since then, the exhibition and collection has expanded to include 70 artists and the production of ceramic murals, sculptures and installations. Now appropriately renamed, "Beyond the Plate / Contemporary Ceramics," this unique exhibition is dedicated to advancing and promoting the history, beauty, and most of all, the innovation of the ceramic arts.