The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program (SFCC) offers one of the country’s greatest arts prizes.
The largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, the program awards $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships 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 more than $4 million in fellowships to over 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.
Florida Atlantic University Galleries in Boca Raton will kick off their new exhibition season with works by the 12 preeminent South Florida artists who are recipients of the 2021 South Florida Cultural Consortium awards in “Under The Florida Sun” exhibition, curated by independent curator Mikhaile Solomon. The exhibition will be open during regular hours through Oct. 30.
The following three Broward artists received $15,000 from Broward Cultural Division in the 2021 SFCC Awards and are featured in the exhibition:
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Zoraye Cyrus is an multidisciplinary studio artist who has received her BFA in Drawing and Illustration at the University of Central Florida in 2019.
She has had several shows throughout the central Florida region and is the recipient of the Women in the Arts 2019 Award. Cyrus’ work discusses different matters of racial identity, misconceptions, and reflections of past stories in a ‘post racial America,’ with the use of different charcoal mediums.
“As a black woman, I am investigating my own interpretation of blackness based off of my southern upbringing and relating personal experiences to overarching struggles within the African American and Afro Caribbean community.Zoraye Cyrus
A therapeutic and cathartic expression of self exposes underlying systems and conceptions that reflect a common upbringing that expands beyond generations of black people.
My work brings to light problems with colorism, incarceration, identity, and perception and as I implore my people to face these difficulties, I also encourage the celebration of black bodies, black women in spaces outside of struggle.”
Catalina Jaramillo is an established artist from Colombia whose works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Passionate about art ever since she was a child, Jaramillo currently explores universal notions of transience, loss, grief, oneness and impermanence through her practice. Her acrylic and oil paintings are characterized by impressionist influences and soft color palettes that rouse emotions of nostalgia.
Catalina was also a winner of the 2013 South Florida Cultural Consortium, with a powerful and personal performance piece, Pleiadian, 1997-2013, where she shredded 16 years worth of journals, diaries, 2D work, and documents that she created since 1997 when she was was 17. Over 11,000 pages – over 60 books: ‘destroying’ these books, with the audience as witness.
Harumi Abe is a Japanese native artist from Saitama, who has lived in South Florida nearly half of her life. Her current series of work, “Shakkei” includes abstracted landscape paintings, layered images and memories emerge as fresh perspectives on Florida and Japan. Abe paints visual topography of her inner self and sense of belonging to both places. Finding unity in a balanced, emotional palette, the artist’s relationship to these prismatic landscapes is magnified by ‘borrowing’ from the regions to create meaningful connections with her beloved homelands.
Abe has actively shown her works locally and internationally. Her recent solo shows include Walgreen’s windows project by Oolite Arts, AIRIE Nest in the Everglades National Park, Lee Wagener gallery in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Coral Contemporary gallery. Her works are collected by the Girls Club Collection, Liza and Arturo Mosquera Collection and other private collections. Abe received the South Florida Cultural Consortium in 2008 and 2021. She has attended residencies at South Florida Art Center (Oolite Arts), Vermont Studio Center, Everglades Artist and Residence Program and Dickinson House Residency in Belgian. Abe holds an MFA from Florida International University. She was an adjunct professor teaching art at many south Florida Colleges and was a full time, painting professor at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she is working from her home studio in Hollywood, FL, while homeschooling five year old daughter, Hana.
The recipients of the 2022 Visual and Media Artists Fellowship were selected through a two-tier panel process that included the participation of regional and national arts experts.
The 2020-2021 regional panel was composed of Dejha Carrington, Strategic Communications, National YoungArts Foundation & Co-Founder, Commissioner (Miami-Dade), Meaghan Kent, curator of exhibitions Art & Culture Center/Hollywood (Broward), Rene Morales, director of curatorial affairs and chief curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami-Dade), Ates Isildak, artist, SFCC 2020 Recipient (Palm Beach), and Kara Walker Tome, independent curator (Palm Beach).
The submissions selected by the regional panel for further consideration were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel, which was comprised of: Daniel S. Palmer, curator, Public Art Fund New York; Grace Deveney, associate curator Prospect, New Orleans; Jeffrey De Blois, assistant curator and publications manager, Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston, Boston.
Visual and media artists are invited to attend one of three free virtual application workshops. Learn how to make your application stand out, what’s required and who’s eligible at one of three virtual application workshops for professional artists who live and work in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
Upcoming Workshops + RSVP:
Additional information regarding this year’s application, deadline and eligibility here.
The deadline to apply is Monday, December 13, 2021.