Cultural Council Offers Free Training to Prepare Artists for 2017-18 Nominations


The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is offering free training on Thursday, August 31 to help local artists apply for the South Florida Cultural Consortium (“SFCC”) Fellowship Program, which is the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants program in the United States.

The 2017 SFCC fellowship recipients for Palm Beach County are Raheleh Filsoofi of Boca Raton and Isabel Gouveia of Lake Worth, each receiving a $7,500 grant. Palm Beach County artists who want to enter the 2018 program are invited to next week’s training session at the Cultural Council.

“As part of our mission to serve Palm Beach County artists, the Cultural Council encourages artists to take advantage of the SFCC Fellowship Program. We are offering this training to demystify the process and help local applicants to be as successful as possible,” said Nichole Hickey, Manager of Artists Service at the Cultural Council.

The 2018 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artist Fellowship Workshop will take place on August 31 at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Council headquarters in Lake Worth. This free 90-minute workshop offers a tutorial on how to apply, what mistakes to avoid, and a facilitator to answer any questions. Seating is limited, so please register in advance at

About the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program

The SFCC Fellowship Program awards $15,000 and $7,500 grants 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 grants to over 200 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.

About the Palm Beach County Recipients of 2016-17 SFCC Grants

Raheleh Filsoofi lives and works in Palm Beach County. Filsoofi received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio and Craft from Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran and a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Her work utilizes ancient and contemporary technology – ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video – in a holistic sensory experience.

Selected solo exhibitions include; Imagined Boundaries, Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Florida (2016); Another Birth, Eissey Campus Theatre Gallery, Palm Beach Garden, Florida (2014); Salute to Women, Homestead Art Club, Homestead, Florida (2006). Selected group exhibitions include; Fragile, Contemporary Art Museum of Isafahan, Isafahan, Iran (2015), International Fajr Art Exhibition, Tehran, Iran (2016); Cultural Mosaic, Palm Beach Garden Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (2015); Anar, the group exhibition of Iranian artists of South Florida, Lantana, Florida (2015).

Isabel Gouveia lives and works in Lake Worth and was born in Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Gouveia has a BS in Industrial Design from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a Masters in Fine Art in Painting from Florida Atlantic University. An experimental print-maker, Gouveia often begins with imagery inspired by the natural landscape of South Florida, which she then manipulates through the experimental digital printing process. The final prints obliterate most of the original representational content, becoming abstractions.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Processed Entropy, Open Gallery at The Morris and Gwendoyln Cafritz Foundation Art Center, Takoma Park, MD (2016); Postcard-Resemblance in a State of Disappearance, 6th Street Container Art Space, Miami, Florida (2014); Florida Stage 2005-06 Season, Donna Tribby Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Florida (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: 8th International Printmaking Biennial Of Douro 2016, curated by Nuno Canelas, Alijó – Portugal (2016); Flip Out Zine, Collaborative Sketchbook Zine, Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2016); Nature Preserve, Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Florida (2015). Isabel Gouveia has received multiple awards/residencies such as: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts- VCCA Fellowship Residency, Amherst, VA (2016); Artist in Residency 2015/16- 2D Printmaking, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida (2015); Merit Scholarship- Esther Saylor Rothenberger Award, FAU, Boca Raton Florida (2014).


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The Cultural Council Supports Palm Beach County Artists

The Cultural Council serves artists throughout the county. Artist members can browse more than 200 member organizations, find calls to artists, submit an event to the calendar, or consult a full schedule of exhibitions held in our galleries at the Robert M. Montgomery Jr. Building in downtown Lake Worth.

The Artist Directory helps artists to promote their work on the Council’s website, complete with their own descriptive text and photos, linking directly to their websites, as well as providing connections to fellow painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, poets, actors and professional arts instructors.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Cultural Council administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies in Palm Beach County, Florida’s Cultural Capital®. The Council promotes Palm Beach County’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

The Cultural Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, an iconic Streamline Moderne former movie theater in Downtown Lake Worth. Also at the Cultural Council headquarters are the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store featuring products by Palm Beach County artists and the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, a VISIT FLORIDA designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center.

The Cultural Council galleries, visitor information center and store are open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, connect with the Council at or (561) 471-2901. To plan a personalized cultural itinerary, connect with the Cultural Concierge at To learn about the benefits of individual, business, artist or musician membership to the Council please contact



Judith Czelusniak
(561) 471-1602