The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is proud to announce the Palm Beach County recipient of the 2017-18 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Grant Program. Rick Newton will receive a $15,000 fellowship award to support his work as an artist.

“It means so much to me to have been selected to receive this award,” said Mr. Newton, who lives and works in West Palm Beach. “Palm Beach County has so many talented artists, and to be recognized is quite an honor. I’m very grateful to have my work exhibited alongside the other recipients’.”

Mr. Newton is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His work, often inspired by post-apocalyptic themes and mythology, has been featured in New Jersey and across South Florida, including Locust Projects in Miami, Fat Village Projects in Fort Lauderdale, Design Sublime in Miami and others.

The Cultural Council will display Mr. Newton’s work in the Education Training Center at its historic building in downtown Lake Worth. Artwork by all Consortium fellowship recipients will be displayed in Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery & Ritter Art Gallery from Sept. 15-Oct. 27.

All fellowship recipients were selected through a two-tier panel process, including the participation of regional and national arts experts. Awards are conferred at the $15,000 or $7,500 level. These awards are among the largest honors accorded by local arts agencies to visual and media artists in the United States.

Other 2017-18 recipients include:

  • Broward County
    • Marielle Plaisir
    • Samantha Salzinger
    • Keisha Witherspoon
  • Martin County
    • Linda Finch
  • Miami-Dade County
    • Levels and Bosses LLC (Leonardo Castaneda)
    • Rosa Naday Garmendia
    • Eddie Armondo Arroyo
    • Cristine Brache
    • WE ARE NICE N EASY LLC (Jeffrey Noble and Allison Matherly)
    • Joseriberto Perez
    • Katherine Hernandez

The South Florida Cultural Consortium is a partnership among the local arts agencies of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. The Consortium’s Fellowship program is intended to nurture the development of professional artists. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to over 200 artists.



Hannah Deadman-Arnst
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