The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County will kick off its inaugural Fellows of the Council Artist Innovation Fellowship Program exhibition with an opening celebration on Saturday, June 19, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Guests will tour the works and view the live performances of the program’s five Innovation Fellows: visual artists Anthony Burks, Sr., Isabel Gouveia, and Amy Gross; musician Joshua Lubben; and choreographer and dancer Donna Murray.
The exhibition will be on view at the council’s Lake Worth headquarters from June 22, to Friday, August 27. Capacity will be limited at the showcase, so guests are encouraged to register for visiting times here.
The Cultural Council created the Artist Innovation Fellowship Program in 2020 with support from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation. The program was designed to honor and support the creative individuals across disciplines who are at the core of Palm Beach County’s cultural sector. In its first year, the program generated widespread interest, as the council received more than 80 applications from across the county. An esteemed panel of leaders in the local arts community selected the five honorees who were each awarded $7,500 grants.
“The Artist Innovation Fellowship Program exemplifies the Council’s mission to serve artists and creatives in Palm Beach County,” said Dave Lawrence, president and CEO of the Cultural Council. “We’re thrilled to celebrate these individuals—the first ‘class’ of the program—and highlight their remarkable talents, unique discoveries, and contributions to our vibrant arts community.”
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 investing in artists. The program addresses the pursuit of innovation in both existing avenues of creative expression and through the pursuit of new ideas and projects without the constraints of budgets or specific project outcomes. Fellowship funds can be used for supplies, research, instruction, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences that help the recipient explore and expand his or her creative process.
About the 2020 Artist Innovation Fellows
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 more than 20 years.
Isabel Gouveia is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lake Worth Beach who uses abstraction and representation to symbolize mutations in the ever-shifting natural environment through painting, printmaking, installations, mosaics, and digital media.
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.
Joshua Lubben is a classical pianist, cellist, and folk musician based in West Palm Beach. A founding member of The Lubben Brothers, he 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.
Donna Murray is a choreographer, director, writer, and educator based in Jupiter. 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.
Learn more about the 2020 Fellows and their new work premiering at the opening celebration, as well as more information about the Artist Innovation Fellowship Program, here.
The Artist Innovation Fellowship Showcase sponsors include The Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, Florida Weekly, Legends Radio, and Palm Beach Media Group.