Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Deadline Nov. 23, 2014

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, presented by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees and sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Entries for the competition will be accepted Friday through Saturday, Nov. 21 – 23, 2014, at the Waters Gallery, 135 S. Dargan Street, (site of old Art Trail Gallery) between the hours of 10am-5pm on Nov. 21-22, and from noon-5pm on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Interested artists can download a prospectus and registration form from the museum’s website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

A first place cash award of $1000 will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday evening, Jan. 15, 2015. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250. The People’s Choice Award winner, which will be voted upon by attendees of the opening reception, will receive $150.

Charleston native, Lese Corrigan, will be this year’s judge. Lese Corrigan is the owner and operator of Corrigan Gallery, located on Queen Street in Charleston, SC. As a working artist, Corrigan has been a long-time supporter of Charleston artists and an active participant in the Southern Art scene. Corrigan’s work is representational but more expressionistic than realistic. The paintings are full of color and the joyful playfulness of life; surfaces imbued with light – color and texture being the defining structure. Corrigan fully immersed herself in the visual arts in the late 1980’s, working her way through the different opportunities in the art community. An oil painter, whose portraits and landscapes pull together in a vibrant expressionistic manner the play of light and the resulting changes in hue and shade that delight the eye in the course of the day, Corrigan also works in other media – linocuts, photography and clay sculpture. Corrigan was the president for 2009 of the CFADA – Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association and remains active in the promotion of Charleston as the fine arts’ destination it has been for centuries.

The mission of the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” is to feature the best contemporary art in the eastern region of South Carolina, including the counties of Florence, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Dillon, Kershaw, Chesterfield and Lee.

Each artist may submit up to four works in any medium at a registration fee of $12.50 per work. Museum members are allowed two entries free of charge. All work must be hand delivered on the scheduled drop off dates.

For more information about entering the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200, or visit the museum website at (www.flocomuseum.org) to obtain a prospectus.

The museum’s regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 2-5pm.

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