SOUTH FLORIDA CULTURAL CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2017-2018 VISUAL AND MEDIA ARTISTS AWARDS
MIAMI, FLORIDA – The South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) announces twelve (12) awards to preeminent South Florida artists through its 2017-2018 Visual and Media Artists Program. The consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties, has recognized six individuals and one collaborative from Miami-Dade County, three from Broward County, one from Palm Beach County, and one from Martin County. The awards are conferred 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.
The selected artists are:
Miami-Dade County: Leonardo Castaneda, Rosa Garmendia, Eddie Arroyo, Cristine Brache, WE ARE NICE N EASY (Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble), Joseriberto Perez, and Katherine Hernandez
Broward County: Marielle Plaisir, Samantha Salzinger, Keisha Witherspoon
Palm Beach County: Rick Newton
Martin County: Linda Finch
The recipients were selected through a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. The 2017-2018 regional panel, whose adjudications are based solely on the evaluation of the artists' work as evidenced by the work samples submitted, included: Elayna Toby Singer, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places (Palm Beach); William Cordova, Artist and Former SFCC Recipient (Miami-Dade); Sebastian Perez, Lilian S. Wells Associate Education Curator, The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (Broward); Vickie Pierre, Artist and Former SFCC Recipient (Miami-Dade); and Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (Miami-Dade). The submissions selected by the regional panel for further consideration were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel, which was comprised of: Kate Green, Curator, El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso); Jane Panetta, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and Nate Young, Artist and Co-Founder & Director, the Bindery Projects (Chicago).
In addition to receiving the award, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties. An exhibition featuring the work of the 2017-2018 recipients will take place at the University Galleries (Ritter Art Gallery and Schmidt Center Gallery) at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL from September 15 – October 27, 2018. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 14, at 6:30 PM. The exhibition was developed in conjunction with curator Angelica Arbelaez.
The deadline for applications to the 2018-2019 SFCC Program for Visual and Media Artists is Monday, October 29, 2018. Artists interested in applying should visit http://www.miamidadepublicart.org/#fellowship.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018
Media Contact: Amanda Sanfilippo
305-375-5436 / Amandas@miamidade.gov
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
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