5 Questions with 2018 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Winner Rick Newton

The South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the U.S., 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.

Rick Newton was the winner of this prestigious fellowship in 2018. His work is currently on display in the Council’s Sallie and Berton E. Korman Education and Training Center (ETC) and as the cover art for our 2018 annual report.

Can you tell us, briefly, about your background and your career as an artist?

Rick Newton (RN): Like most artists, I have always made art. I decided to study painting and received my education from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. That is where I began exploring the concepts that I’m still developing today.

Some of the images within your work are associated with the state of Florida. Is there any reason you highlight these references, and if so, why?

RN: My work is about my experiences growing up as a native Floridian. I use Florida architectural landmarks, landscape references and animal life to make contemporary work that is about our state in the 1970s and 80s.

What’s next for you and your work?

RN: I plan to continue developing my work and concepts. The exciting thing about being an artist is that you don’t know what opportunities are waiting in the future.

How does it feel to be Palm Beach County’s 2018 SFCC Fellowship winner?

RN: It is a great honor to have my work selected. It was very difficult to not share the news with friends and fellow artists until the process was finalized.

Anything else that you’d like to communicate to the Cultural Council, its members or to other artists in the community?

RN: I would like to extend my gratitude to the Cultural Council for supporting my work.