Five artists have received $7,500 grants they can use to pursue creative goals through the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s new fellowship program.
What stops artists from creating work that stretches their limits and takes them in unexpected directions?
Often it’s something as basic as money. Cash that can buy materials, time and space to take that next step.
That’s what the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s new Artist Innovation Fellowships have given the five artists who have been awarded the $7,500 grants.
The winners are visual artists Amy Gross of Delray Beach, Anthony Burks Sr. of West Palm Beach and Isabel Gouveia of Lake Worth Beach; dancer-choreographer Donna Murray of Jupiter; and musician Joshua Lubben of West Palm Beach.
Although artists submitted plans for how they’d use the grants “it’s not a project grant,” said Dave Lawrence, the council’s president and chief executive officer. “It’s about expanding creative boundaries for each artist to allow them to have that moment of ‘what if?’ — and then what this will mean for their careers moving forward.”
Most of the council’s grants are for cultural organizations. Increasing grants for artists will put resources in the hands of what Lawrence calls “the other half of the equation.”
The fellowships, which attracted 80 applications, were aimed at mid-career artists living in Palm Beach County.
The winners have until the end of May 2021 to spend the money. The program will culminate in a group exhibition and performance in July 2021 at the council’s headquarters in Lake Worth.
The first year was underwritten by the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation. The council is seeking funding to continue the program.
Here’s what the artists have planned:
Gouveia bought a 42-inch printer in 2017 with cash from a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. She hoped to use it to create large-scale unique prints she makes by interrupting the printing process in a way she doesn’t want to divulge.
But her studio is too small to comfortably accommodate the printer and she hasn’t had the time to learn the systems that operate it.
In addition to her art, she has a number of side jobs. “I’ve been working so much I’ve never been able to fully work with it,” she said.
In the meantime, she’s made her works on a smaller printer and paid to have them enlarged. She plans to spend the grant on renting a bigger studio, materials and technical support.
Lately, she’s been intrigued by the abstract patterns of pixels on the many screens that populate our lives. She wants to mix that imagery with photographs of natural environments like those she’s used before in her art to comment on topics such as the environment and globalization.
"RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES" EXHIBITION
Our Excessive Love Of Plastics
Does recycling redeem us from our excessive love of plastics?
Lately, it is impossible to ignore our legacy of plastics in oceans, landfills, and even in our food. We are eating what the fish are eating: plastic, a product that is easily produced and facilitates our modern lifestyle of consumption. It is a petroleum-based chemical built with components that are not naturally bound but made by man, so it is difficult to decompose. Plastic breaks down in fragments with exposure to sunlight, but it will take about 1000 years to disappear from the oceans. Meanwhile, ocean creatures confuse them as nutrients.
My mind is concerned about the contamination of the environment, the food chain and the sources of oxygen that allow us to continue existing. With this installation, I am addressing the overload of discarded plastic in our oceans, the contamination of marine life and the consequent disappearance of species.
Plastic containers, reclaimed net, fish made of paper and plastic bags. Dimension Variable (6'x6'x14')
2008 - 2018
July 13 - August 11, 2018
165 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York
Site:Brooklyn Gallery is pleased to present:
Contemporary Photography 2008-2018, an open call for submission juried by Kristen Gaylord.
Kristen Gaylord is the Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at MoMA. She has curated and contributed to number of exhibitions and publication, including: Inbox: Hal Fischer (2018), Stephen Shore (2017), Beatrice Glow: Spice Roots/Routes (2017), Photography at MoMA: 1840 to 1920 (2017), Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents 1967 (2017), Intertwined (2016), and One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016). Previously she was a research assistant at the De Kooning Foundation, and instructor at the Museum of the City of New York. Since its invention, photography has served diverse purposes—from fine art to criminology, for uses, personal, photojournalistic, or scientific. In the last decade artists have scoured visual culture and its abundance of Niv Rozenberg “Boswijck 04”, 2017 images, often borrowing the styles and approaches of other fields to inflect or expand what art photography can be.
Contemporary Photography 2008–2018 surveys 62 artists who together provide a cross-section of the ways the medium refuses to remain stable, whether exploring new technologies or applying nineteenth-century tools to contemporary subjects. Some have taken advantage of digital tools to manipulate their own or appropriated imagery, playing off the traditional but incorrect assumption that photographs present truth. Others experiment with analog ways of pushing images into abstraction or illegibility. Eschewing the historic medium-specific divisions some artists document performative work with cameras, while others bring their images into three dimensions. This group also includes those who prove the “straight” photograph is still a fertile area to investigate—through portraiture, still life, and landscape, and with scenes both found and staged. Some artists look outward at family, history, politics, and memory, while others create formal images that highlight their own construction. Together these artists provide a survey of the current and future directions of contemporary art, and of the still-unexhausted potential of photography.
Joe Arnold, Jan Blythe, James Reeder, Marcus DeSieno, Hal Gage, Jack Long, Pauline Chernichaw, Krista Svalbonas, Charles Williams, Nancy Floyd, Arie Knoops, Natalie Christensen, Renluka Maharaj, Jodie Goodnough, Andy Mattern, Kristin Street, Tatiana Gulenkina, Eric Kunsman, Isabel Gouveia, Emma Ressel, Dominic Quintana, Ellen Jacob, Tianran Qin, Niv Rozenberg, Jack Deese, Marta Wapiennik, Brenda Biondo, Joe Whalen, Jerry Takigawa, Bruce Hooke, Rachel Liu, Daniel George, Liz Claus, Paul Lee, Garin Horner, Dorian Lee, Ken Dreyfack, Robert Kalman, Amy Becker, Lori Kella, Richard Westerhuis, Deborah Wing-Sproul, Michael Borowski, Flora Wilds, Nick Shepard, Christine Atkinson, Anna Cone, Samuel Harnois, Hyungjo Moon, Lauren Orchowski, Zeren Badar, Milt Connors, Rebecca Jacobs, Eric Thompson, Francis Crisafio, Benjamin Samuel, Sydney King, Caitlin Mitchell, Caroline Yoo, Shih-Hui Chang, Cody Bratt, David McGlynn
Once viewed simply as a technical means of reproduction, printmaking is arguably now at the forefront of artistic expression alongside the more traditionally regarded studio practices of painting and sculpture. Innovative approaches and new technologies allow artists to explore the printed image as a primary means of creative output while others find that printmaking complements a dynamic interdisciplinary practice.
Summer Salad will feature original prints by five South Florida artists: Ron Garrett, Isabel Gouveia, Michelle A.M. Miller, Kim Spivey and Spence Townsend. On view be approximately 25 works on paper that showcase a variety of approaches to contemporary printmaking. The works reflect conceptually diverse approaches to the making of art and will provide the South Florida community an opportunity for deeper engagement with this evolving medium.