Cultural Council Names 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Palm Beach County Fellowship Winners


LAKE WORTH, FL – The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is proud to announce the two Palm Beach County recipients of the 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. Vanessa Diaz and Mumbi O’Brien will each receive a $7,500 fellowship award to use as they wish to support their work. Diaz is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture and site-specific installations. O’Brien works primarily in the performance arts, utilizing the third and fourth dimensions to create live paintings. The South Florida Cultural Consortium is a partnership among the local arts agencies of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. The program is intended to nurture the development of professional artists. “The Cultural Council is always looking for ways to nurture new artists in Palm Beach County,” said Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “Through the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship program we have found a way to elevate the best of the best and shine a light on their groundbreaking work.” High resolution images of work created by the Cultural Consortium artists from Palm Beach County are available for downloading at Palm Beach County Recipients of South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Artwork by Consortium Fellowship recipients will be displayed at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, and a catalog will be created to accompany the exhibition. The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.5 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity building training and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming. Connect with the Council at, or (561) 471-2901. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.