Five South Florida artists from a variety of disciplines recently received a cash infusion thanks to the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s inaugural Artist Innovation Fellowship Program. This grant opportunity, funded by a generous donation from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, awarded creators from Delray Beach to Jupiter with individual gifts of $7,500 to extend their artistic practices in visual arts, dance and music. All were on hand this past Saturday at the opening of the Cultural Council’s special fellowship exhibition in its Lake Worth Beach headquarters.
“Supporting the work of professional artists in all artistic disciplines is an essential component of a healthy cultural sector,” says Dave Lawrence, CEO of the Cultural Council. “The Council sought a new and creative way to celebrate and nurture creative professionals and artistic innovation. … This fellowship program supports established professional artists in Palm Beach County that are looking for a new challenge, a fresh perspective, or an opportunity that they haven’t been able to experience because of time or resources. The Artist Innovation Fellowship provides that freedom to explore, to take risks, and to breathe new life into their practice.”
The Council received more than 80 applications for the grants, which a panel of four experts carved down to the five winning recipients: Visual artists Amy Gross, Anthony Burks, Sr., and Isabel Gouveia; choreographer Donna Goffredo Murray; and musician Joshua Lubben, of his folky family band the Lubben Brothers. Murray and Lubben performed at Saturday’s celebration, while the three visual artists were on hand to discuss their work, which remains on exhibition.
“The five artists selected for the inaugural Artist Innovation Fellowship presented exceptional work samples and provided a compelling idea for his/her fellowship experience,” Lawrence says. “Of course, we wish that we could have funded more, and we hope to do so in future rounds.”
Lawrence adds that information on the next round of the Artist Innovation Fellowship program will be coming soon. In the meantime, check out work by Gross, Gouveia and Burks at the Council’s main gallery, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach. Admission is free, and the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For information, call 561/471-2901 or visit palmbeachculture.com.