About the Program

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded close to $2 million in fellowships to over 200 artists.

Applications

Please note the following important changes to the application process for the 2017 South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Program for Visual and Media Artists as well as updates from the Miami- Dade Art in Public Places Program.

2017 South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Program for Visual and Media Artists APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 31, 2016 11:59 PM

Applications for the 2017 South Florida Cultural Consortium Program for Visual and Media Artists (SFCC) will be available as of Thursday, September 15, 2016. A partnership among the local arts agencies of Broward, Martin, Miami- Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, the SFCC’s Program provides financial awards to recognize and support the artistic development of eligible visual and media artists who reside in one of these counties.

NEW ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM: SUBMITTABLE
Beginning this year, applications to the 2017 SFCC Program for Visual and Media Artists will be submitted through a new online system, Submittable: Applications will no longer be accepted through the CaFE system.

HOW TO APPLY: To register for a Submittable account, visit https://artinpublicplaces.submittable.com/submit/64455 on or after Thursday, September 15, 2016. Artist with an existing Submittable account, do not need to create a new one. For more information regarding registering with Submittable, eligibility criteria, artist selection process and the SFCC workshop schedule, please visit the SFCC information page

Workshops: Demystifying the Process

How are recipients selected and how can an applicant improve his/her chances of being noticed? Find out at one of four workshops being offered across the South Florida region.

Broward
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Artserve, Inc.
130 Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
RSVP: 954-357-7532 / LFORDHAM@broward.org

Miami-Dade
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30 -8:00 pm
Center for Visual Communication
541 NW 27th St.
Miami, FL 33127

Martin
Friday September 2, 2016
12 pm – 1:30 pm
The Arts Council of Martin County
80 E Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994
RSVP: 772-287-6676 ext 2/ jhearn@martinarts.org

Monroe
Friday, September 23, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Florida Keys Council of the Arts at the Tropic Cinema
416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040
RSVP: 305-2954369 / director@keysarts.com

Palm Beach
Friday September 2, 2016
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
601 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460
RSVP: 561-472-3336 / nhickey@palmbeachculture.com

Am I Eligible?

Every year, more than 300 artists who live and work throughout the five counties submit their applications for consideration to the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Fellowship Program for Visual and Media Artists. The Consortium is a partnership of the local arts agencies of these five counties. Through these agencies, applications are made available to artists in the region. Visual artists can submit up to 10 images of recent work, while media artists submit up to 10 minutes of film or video.

A regional panel of visual and media art experts from South Florida is convened to provide an initial review of the submissions. The regional panel forwards its recommendations to the national panel. This national panel – with expertise in visual art, film, and media and chosen from a variety of academic and major visual arts institutions from all around the country – is given the responsibility of recommending the final recipients.

During a day-long deliberation, the submissions are viewed by the national panel in a series of rounds. The panelists then reduce the selection to the final group of awardees. The funding available from each county determines the number of awards presented from each county. The dynamics of the panel shape the selections from year to year. Merit is determined based on individual accomplishments as evidenced by the work submitted for review, with the highest premium placed on coherent bodies of work. In addition to receiving cash awards, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties. This exhibition is the result of that process.

About the Process

Every year, more than 300 artists who live and work throughout the five counties submit their applications for consideration to the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Fellowship Program for Visual and Media Artists. The Consortium is a partnership of the local arts agencies of these five counties. Through these agencies, applications are made available to artists in the region. Visual artists can submit up to 10 images of recent work, while media artists submit up to 10 minutes of film or video.

A regional panel of visual and media art experts from South Florida is convened to provide an initial review of the submissions. The regional panel forwards its recommendations to the national panel. This national panel – with expertise in visual art, film, and media and chosen from a variety of academic and major visual arts institutions from all around the country – is given the responsibility of recommending the final recipients.

During a day-long deliberation, the submissions are viewed by the national panel in a series of rounds. The panelists then reduce the selection to the final group of awardees. The funding available from each county determines the number of awards presented from each county. The dynamics of the panel shape the selections from year to year. Merit is determined based on individual accomplishments as evidenced by the work submitted for review, with the highest premium placed on coherent bodies of work. In addition to receiving cash awards, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties. This exhibition is the result of that process.

The South Florida Cultural Consortium

Michael Spring
Chair, South Florida Cultural Consortium
Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Earl Bosworth
Director, Broward Cultural Division

Elizabeth S. Young
Executive Director, Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Rena Blades
President and CEO, Palm Beach County Cultural Council

Nancy Turrell
Executive Director, The Arts Council, Martin County


2016 Winner

sfcc winner keys arts 2015Deborah Goldman
As a former botanical designer, I have always been drawn to plant life, but the leaf forms of the sassafras leaves are particularly arresting. On a single tree, one can see three distinct shapes: an oval with a smooth edge, an oval with one lobe projecting on the side like a mitten, and an oval with two lobes projecting on opposite sides. This peculiarity suggests to me a symbolic method for counting—an element that is embedded in the foundation of my creative work. The varying life cycles of the leaves that are counted serve as a metaphor for the passage of time and transitory nature of existence. Through this meditative quality of counting on sassafras scored by whimsical text from Uncle Wiggily in the Woods—a beloved book from my childhood— I hope to reveal the enduring and resilient quality of our existence and offer a counterpoint to memento mori and the consequence of decay.

This is Eight - Deborah Golman
This is Eight - Deborah Goldman

Past Monroe County Artist Fellowship Recipients include:
Aleister Eaves– 2015
Anja (Kucharski) Marais – 2014
Jon McIntosh – 2014
Carol Munder – 2013
Nellie Appleby – 2012
Deborah Goldman - 2011
Karley Klopfenstein – 2009
Richard Hayden – 2007
Leo Gullick – 2007
Rock Solomon – 2006
Darlene Pruess – 2005
Marlene Koenig- 2004
Michel Delgado – 2004
Shari Schemmel – 2003
Kimberly Narenkivicius – 2002
Jenny Zeller – 2001
Debra Yates – 2000
Carol Munder – 1994
Roberta Marks -1990
John Martini -1989

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