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Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, Announces Winners of “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition”

May 3, 2013

The Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday Apr. 27, 2013. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 13, 2013.

Kristen Watts, Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, served as juror for this year’s competition. Watts has more than fifteen years of museum experience in areas of exhibition development and management, donor cultivation, collections care and management, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Public History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Watts spent the day of April 12 looking at, and contemplating 394 works of art representing 214 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 112 works of art represents 100 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Watts said, “I was very honored to serve as the juror for the Pickens County Museum’s “34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition”. The 394 pieces submitted showed the extraordinary range of talent in the area.  I was quite impressed by the diversity of media – painting, ceramics, turned wood, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled materials – as well as broad range of styles from traditional landscape and portraiture to contemporary abstract paintings, photography, and sculpture.”

Watts continued, “It was difficult in face of this broad range of diverse talent to make final selections. However, it was very rewarding for me to see the talent of these artists, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.”

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First Place & Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award – Larry Seymour, Piedmont, SC; “Chui”, gouache

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Watts chose the gouache painting, “Chui “ by Piedmont’s Larry Seymour as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Sam Wang of Clemson for his photograph, “Hanging Temple, China”. The Third Place honor went to Greenwood’s Kathy Hendricks-Dublin for her glass mosaic window, “The Tree of Completion”.

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Second Place – Sam Wang, Clemson, SC; “Hanging Temple, China”, photography

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Third Place – Kathy Hendricks-Dublin, Greenwood, SC; “The Tree of Completion”, glass mosaic window

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Rhea A. Fletcher of Salem for her acrylic painting, “After Tea” and to Belton’s Kathy Moore for her encaustic, found objects & ink assemblage, “19 Oak Tree Lane – Junk Drawer Series”.

In addition to the above awards, Watts presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Bryan Hiott of Greenville for his wet plate collodion photograph, “Untitled Tintype #2”; to Pelzer’s Cindy Landrum for her photograph, “Life Without Television”; to Amanda Long of Greenville for her photograph, “The First One”; to Seneca’s Ernie Norungolo for her photograph, “Broken Ribs”; and to Pat Owens of Taylors for the woodcut, “For All Your Photography Needs Kudzu Cultivator”.

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Director’s Choice – Lucy Nordlinger, Anderson, SC; “Self Portrait on St. Valentine’s Day”, oil on panel

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the oil painting, “Self Portrait on St. Valentine’s Day” by Lucy Nordlinger of Anderson as the recipient of the 2013 Director’s Choice Award.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with the Hiott Printing Company, Greystone Industries, Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, J. Connie & June Bowers, Doreen Heimlich, Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Wayne Kelley, John & Judy Rozelle, Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected six works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

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Sarlin Commemorative Purchase Award – Beth Munnings-Winter, Pickens, SC; “The Watcher in the Woods”, oil on canvas

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Beth Munnings-Winter of Pickens for her oil painting, “The Watcher in the Woods?”

The 2013 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Larry Seymour of Piedmont for his gouache painting, “Chui”.

The 2012 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Colleen McGhee of Greenwood for her “Untitled” graphic design.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Salem’s Rhea Fletcher for her acrylic painting, “After Tea”; to Diane Hopkins-Hughs of Greenville for her mixed media work, “Beach Finds, Blue & Green”; and to Travelers Rest’s Steve Marlow for his Photograph, “Winterscape”.

In addition to the fifteen works of art singled out for special mention, there are ninety-seven others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963.

Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC, Calls for Entries for 34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition – Deadline is Apr. 10. 2013

March 4, 2013

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning Apr. 2, 2013. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

Kristen Watts, Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, will serve as juror for this year’s competition. Watts has more than fifteen years of museum experience in areas of exhibition development and management, donor cultivation, collections care and management, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Public History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000.00 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Tuesday, April 2 and continuing April 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 during the hours of 9am until 4pm. (Till 7pm on Thurs 4/4). The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 27 and will continue through June 13, 2013.

The Pickens County Museum’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with, to date, The Hiott Printing Company, Doreen & Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Jean Griffin, John & Judy Rozelle and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin.

Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before Ma. 15, 2013. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at (picmus@co.pickens.sc.us) or by visiting (http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/_fileUploads/forms/34thProspectusE-Version.pdf).

Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, Announces Winners of the 32nd Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition

May 2, 2011

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Second Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday April 30, 2011. The exhibition is on view until June 9, 2011.


Work by Kendon Oats

Curator of the Asheville Art Museum since 1990, Frank Thomson served as juror for this year’s competition. Prior to Asheville, Thompson was executive director of the Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro, NC, and before that director of the Upstairs ArtSpace in Tryon, NC. Art critic for the ‘Asheville “Citizen-Times” from 1990 to 1996, he has also written for “Art Papers”, the “Arts Journal”, “Art Vu” and the “New Art Examiner” as well as numerous exhibition catalogs. He has taught photography, art history and museum studies at the University of South Carolina, the University of Florida, Converse College, UNC-Asheville, Mars Hill College and Wilkes Community College. Thomson holds his bachelor’s degree in art from the University of South Carolina and an MFA from the University of Florida.

Thompson spent the day of April 8 looking at, and contemplating 360 works of art representing 196 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 134 works of art represents 123 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Thompson said, “A juried exhibition is a curious thing, particularly for the artists. There are great expectations at the beginning, often followed by disappointment after the results are announced. For a juror there are a couple of pitfalls. One is to curate, rather than jury, an exhibition. Another is the number of works selected. This is based on the exhibition space and not the quality of the work entered. Be generous and the exhibition is so crowded that it is difficult to view individual works. Too strict and otherwise worthy art may be left out.”

Thompson continued, “I have had the privilege of serving as a juror for a number of exhibitions over the years. In this role I try to bring to bear my experiences as an artist, a curator, an educator and an art lover. Before selecting work for an exhibition I try to get a feel for the art that has been entered. In selecting work my goal is to select the strongest pieces from those entered. For me there are three elements that I look for in a work of art: an understanding of craft, a demonstration of skill and a sense of imagination. The meaning of these things may vary depending on the media and the style the artist has chosen.”


Work by Colin Dodd

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Thompson chose collectively for the marker, ink & watercolor works, “Bog Hollow” and “The Mineral Extractor” by Easley’s Kendon Oates as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Lee Sipe of Columbia for her copper wire woven, “Vessel No. 199”. The Third Place honor went to Greenville’s Michael McDunn for his curly maple wood, “Console Table”.

Honorable Mentions were bestowed upon Janet F. Rodgers of Travelers Rest for her oil painting, “Krystal” and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his palladium / cyanotype photograph, “Night Bloomers”.

In addition to the above awards, Williams asked that a special “Juror’s Choice” accolade, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Warren Carpenter of Seneca for his wood turned work, “12155 Walnut”; to Easley’s Steven Chapp for his linocut relief print,  “Reactive”; to Jim Creal of Spartanburg for his lithographic print, “Pritchards Island: Mystic Wood”; to Columbia’s Colin Dodd for the oil painting, “John Ford in Monument Valley”; to J. Michael Johnson of Taylors for his photograph, “Tree 0456”; to Travelers Rest’s Steve Marlow for his photograph, “Virginia Hawkins Falls”; to Nancy Oppenheimer of Seneca for her pastel “Another Stormy Day”; to Maxine Riley of Greenville for her gourd with basketry piece, “Amber Eye”; to Susan Watson of Seneca for her oil painting, “The Beloved”; and to Anderson Wrangle of Clemson for his toned silver gelatin photograph, “Limb / French Door (interruption #26)I”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the cut denim work, “Yvette & Ansley” by Jim Arendt of Columbia as the recipient of the 2011 Director’s Choice commendation.


Work by Steve Marlow

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Doreen Heimlich, Larissa Heimlich, Shirley Sarlin, Ellen Kochansky, Dan & Kathy Brazinski, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, John & Judy Rozelle and the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected nine works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Colin Dodd of Columbia for his oil painting, “John Ford in Monument Valley”.

The 2011 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Steve Marlow of Travelers Rest for his photograph, “Virginia Hawkins Falls”. A Pickens County Cultural Commission Purchase Award in Memory of Susan Benjamin went to John Urban of Anderson for his oil painting, “Appalachian Shadows”.

The 2011 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Jim Creal of Spartanburg for his Lithograph, “Pritchards Island: Mystic Wood”. A Pickens County Cultural Commission Purchase Award in Memory of Seth Heimlich went to Pendleton’s Sydney A. Cross for her lithograph & screenprint, “Update”.

A Purchase Award in Honor of Evelyn Kochansky was presented to Alan S. Weinberg of Taylors for his photograph, “White Orchid”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Greenville’s Kent Ambler for his woodcut print, “Another Late Night”; to Cindy Landrum of Pelzer for her photograph, “Forgotten Lesson”; and to Greenwood’s Bob Taft for his stoneware ceramic piece, “Antelopes”.

In addition to the twenty-two works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and twelve others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963.

Pickens County Museum of Art & History in Pickens, SC, Calls for Entries for 32nd Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition

February 19, 2011

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Second Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition will take place beginning Mar. 30, 2011. This competition is open to all living South Carolina artists, 18 years of age or older, working in any medium.

Curator of the Asheville Art Museum since 1990, Frank Thomson will serve as juror for the 2011 competition. Prior to Asheville, Thompson was executive director of the Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro, NC, and before that director of the Upstairs ArtSpace in Tryon, NC. Art critic for the Asheville Citizen-Times from 1990 to 1996, Thompson has also written for Art Papers, the Arts Journal, Art Vu, and the New Art Examiner as well as numerous exhibition catalogs. He has taught photography, art history and museum studies at the University of South Carolina, the University of Florida, Converse College, UNC-Asheville, Mars Hill College and Wilkes Community College. Thomson holds his bachelor’s degree in art from the University of South Carolina and an MFA from the University of Florida.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Monday, Mar. 30 and continuing Mar. 31, Apr. 1, 2,4, 5 & 6, 2011, during the hours of 9am-4pm. (till 7pm on Thur. 3/31) The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 30 and will continue through June 9, 2011.

The Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Second Annual Competition is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with, to date, Doreen & Larissa Heimlich and Mr. & Mrs. Philip Hendricks.

Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorship should contact the museum before Mar. 15, 2011. The Annual Juried Competition and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671; or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at (picmus@co.pickens.sc.us) or on the museum’s website by going to (www.pickenscountymuseum.org) and clicking on 32nd Prospectus on sidebar menu.


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