Stuart, (September 1, 2021) Florida Atlantic University Galleries will kick off its new exhibition season with the New Art: South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition. Featuring the work of 12 preeminent South Florida artists who are recipients of the 2021 South Florida Cultural Consortium awards, the exhibition will be curated by independent curator Mikhaile Solomon. An opening reception will take place on September 9 at 6:30 PM, and the exhibition will be open during regular hours from September 10 – October 30, 2021. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.
The exhibition’s artists work in a wide range of mediums and include: Miami-Dade County: Yanira Collado, Mark Fleuridor, Carla Forte, Juan Pablo Garza, Francisco Maso, Jared McGriff, and Sasha Wortzel; Broward County: Harume Abe, Zoraye Cyrus, and Catalina Jaramillo; Palm Beach County: Sofia Valiente; and Monroe County: Sally Binard.
The Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties has conferred the artists with awards at either the $15,000 or $7,500 level. These awards are among the largest such honors accorded by local arts agencies to visual and media artists in the United States. Celebrating 33 years in 2021 (established in 1988), the SFCC has awarded over $4 million in grants to more than 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.
The recipients were selected through a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. The 2020-2021 regional panel, whose adjudications on March 18, 2021 were based on the evaluation of the artists' work as evidenced by the work samples submitted, was composed of Dejha Carrington, Strategic Communications, National YoungArts Foundation & Co-Founder, Commissioner (Miami-Dade), Meaghan Kent, Curator of Exhibitions Art & Culture Center/Hollywood (Broward), Rene Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami-Dade), Ates Isildak, Artist, SFCC 2020 Recipient (Palm Beach), and Kara Walker Tome, Independent Curator (Palm Beach).
The submissions selected by the regional panel for further consideration were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel on April 9, 2021, which was comprised of: Daniel S. Palmer, Curator, Public Art Fund New York, NY, Grace Deveney, Associate Curator Prospect, New Orleans, LA, Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator and Publications Manager, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is funded with the support of the Boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University
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Since its beginnings in 1983, the University Galleries has been an innovator in South Florida’s contemporary visual arts, presenting exhibitions of local, national, and international art in new genres as well as traditional forms.
The University Galleries’ activities also include lectures, panel discussions, poetry readings, film series, and music performances, providing alternate contexts for approaching art. Its award-winning arts education program ensures access to activities for middle and high school age students. Admission to all University Galleries exhibitions and programs is free and open to the public.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is a regional initiative in support of the arts governed by an Interlocal Agreement among the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach. The Consortium’s members are the local arts agencies of these five counties, including the Broward County Cultural Division, the Arts Council of Martin County, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The Consortium works to foster cooperation across the South Florida region to help develop and promote the work of cultural organizations and artists and the audiences that they serve. Its programs and services range from the Visual and Media Artists Program to regional arts education and cultural tourism cooperative ventures. The South Florida Cultural Consortium is one of the most successful regional arts alliances in the nation, demonstrating that by sharing resources and best practices, the arts can thrive across a burgeoning five-county area.