The Cultural Council created the Artist Innovation Fellowship Program for artists across all disciplines in order to honor and support the creative individuals who form the core of Palm Beach County’s cultural sector. This new annual funding program will celebrate the artistic process and support the careers and endeavors of these individuals.

The Artist Innovation Fellowship is unique among professional development opportunities as it focuses on personal creative growth and the belief that an entire community will benefit through investments in creative individuals. The program is designed to address the pursuit of innovation in either existing avenues of creative expression or through the pursuit of new ideas and projects without the constraints of budgets or specific project outcomes. 

Through a generous grant from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, the Council has awarded five $7,500 Artist Innovation Fellowships in 2020. Fellowship funds can be used for supplies, research, instruction, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences that help the recipient explore and expand his/her creative process.

Artist Innovation Fellowship Program

Application & Selection Process
The Council offered free workshops in Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach to provide information on building successful applications, the program timeline, grant-writing tips and more. The Council received more than 80 applications from across Palm Beach County. Applications were evaluated according to: the quality of the applicant’s artistic work, the strength of their proposed fellowship activities and its relation to their work, and the intended impact on the applicant and his/her work.

Fellowships were awarded to applicants who demonstrated a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment and artistic excellence. A regional panel of discipline-specific creative professionals evaluated the applicants and submitted their selections to the Cultural Council’s board of directors for approval.

2020 Selection Panel

  • Gregory Charleston – Communications professional, consultant and playwright, with over 30 years nonprofit and arts management experience. Currently administers marketing for Community Foundation of the Florida Keys.
  • Emmanuella Dorcely – Modern/contemporary choreographer born in Boynton Beach; founder and artistic director of Nemma Productions.
  • Juliana Forero – Independent arts professional currently working as a consulting curator of contemporary art for the City of Pompano Beach, where she coordinates art exhibitions for Bailey Contemporary Arts, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.
  • Dr. Gregory Satterthwaite – Assistant professor and director of music business, church music and music technology programs at Southeastern University.

Meet the 2020 Fellows

Learn more about our 2020 fellows below. Over the next year, we’ll add updates and new work from each fellow to share progress with their proposed activities. A culminating event is planned for 2021 where each individual will have the opportunity to showcase what they have created with the funding from this fellowship program.

Amy Gross

Amy Gross

Visual Artist
Delray Beach

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Amy Gross is a visual artist based in Delray Beach. Her hand-embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures are her attempt to merge the natural world and her own inner life, suggesting not only what can be seen, but also what cannot. She has shown in exhibitions including the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles, The Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Culture Lab West Palm Beach, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, among others. Her work is also part of the permanent collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In 2019, she was named Florida Fellow and Finalist for the Southern Prize.

Summary of proposed activities
Gross will focus on combining her physical objects with three-dimensional digital photographs and stereoscopes to create “magic boxes” that, when peered into, show images of the life forms she invented in the actual world. The 3-D world will question what is real, what real means, and whether, someday, the world of the imagination will be the only reality.

Anthony Burks, Sr.

Anthony Burks, Sr.

Visual Artist
West Palm Beach

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Anthony Burks, Sr. is a visual artist, curator, and arts influencer based in West Palm Beach. Drawing on realistic forms and powerful figures, his paintings are characterized by his vibrant choice of colors. Burks has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for over 20 years, including the Endangered Species of Florida Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery; Wild Things, benefitting the Rare Species Conservatory; and Elements, a collaboration to promote South Florida’s ecosystem and the Everglades, among others. He also has work in permanent collections at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square and Broward College. Burks and his wife Trina created A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers and nonprofit No More Starving Artists, and co-founded Continuum PB Art Fair alongside local artist Craig McInnis. Burks also teaches art appreciation to local at-risk youth and students preparing for Bak Middle School of the Arts.

Summary of proposed activities
Burks will use his time during the fellowship to combine two of his original series, Natural Beauty/ONE LOVE—both of which come from his personal connections to communities with which he interacts—in a comprehensive solo show. Burks will also work to publish the art book he has been working on, which will feature his artwork.

Donna Goffredo Murray

Donna Goffredo Murray

Choreographer
Jupiter

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Donna Goffredo Murray is a choreographer, director, writer, and educator. Before relocating to Florida, she directed her namesake dance company based in New York for over a decade. Her choreography has been commissioned by Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami and Ballet Palm Beach and presented by Dance/USA, National Dance Education Organization, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In 2017, Murray’s choreography premiered at the Goyang International Dance Festival in South Korea. She is a founder and former director of The Dancers’ Space, a member of the board of directors of the Florida Dance Education Organization, and a guest artist at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 

Summary of proposed activities
Murray will expand Landscape, a commissioned work pairing two women first unveiled at a dance festival in South Korea in 2017. The expansion of the multi-part work will feature duets of various gender pairings that explore aspects of love and intimacy through time. The work will be set to music from The Chopin Project by Olafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott.

Isabel Gouveia

Isabel Gouveia

Visual Artist
Lake Worth Beach

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Originally from Brazil, Isabel Gouveia is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lake Worth Beach. Using abstraction and representation to symbolize mutations in the ever-shifting natural environment through painting, printmaking, installations, mosaics, and digital media, she has exhibited in museums, galleries, and institutions including the XX Bienal de Cerveira in Portugal, 6th St. Container Art Space in Miami, and at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, among others. Her work and research focus on the more recent effects of globalization as the human desire to control and transform our surroundings.

Summary of proposed activities
Gouveia’s work during the fellowship will include having time and space to develop her printer manipulations process. Gouveia will rent a space for five months, where the printer fits, to produce a new body of large-format work that uses elements of the landscape and pixels from digital screens to create a symbiosis. She will also use the funds for art materials such as specialized large printing paper, fabric, and technical support. Another important part of her plan to further intensify her artistic focus is to attend a 10-day meditation workshop in Atlanta.

Joshua Lubben

Joshua Lubben

Musician
West Palm Beach

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A classical pianist, cellist, and folk musician, Joshua Lubben made his debut professional appearance at age 15 as a featured soloist in the Trinity Concert Series in Fort Lauderdale, and as a folk musician with the South Florida Bluegrass Association one year later. Since then, his original music has premiered in festivals, concerts, and celebrations, including the Flagler Museum, Kravis Center for Performing Arts, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Meyer Amphitheatre, Clematis by Night, and Art After Dark at the Norton Museum of Art. As a classical musician and folk artist, Lubben follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and others who used their craft as a vehicle for social justice and change. He is also a founding member of The Lubben Brothers, a folk band based in West Palm Beach.

Summary of proposed activities
Lubben plans to record and produce a number of projects, including music/video projects of social justice and reform, environmental care, and more. Along with covering studio and production costs, the fellowship will give him the opportunity to plan a pilgrimage to less privileged areas of the United States by bringing his music into the poorer farming communities, while also walking in their shoes in order to write, respond, and advocate for them through a series of new songs and performances.

More Information

How to Apply:
Please check back later this year for information about potential future rounds of the Artist Innovation Fellowship Program. Questions regarding the program which are not answered on this page should be directed to:

Vicky Jackson
Grants Manager
Cultural Council for Palm Beach County
601 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460
(561) 214-8087
vjackson@palmbeachculture.com