Artfields® 2015, in Lake City, SC, Sets New Record for Artist Submissions; Increase Heralds Strong Spring Competition


A record number of artists from throughout the Southeast have submitted new work to the ArtFields® 2015 competition which will be held on Lake City, SC.

By the midnight deadline on Nov. 21, 1,061 artists submitted work; that’s a 35% increase over previous years. A panel of art professionals will select approximately 400 competition pieces.

Organizers attribute the increased interest among artists to numerous factors. “We were able to get the word out early to artists,” said Sandy Cook, Creative Team Manager. “We also secured and announced our jurors and review panelists to signal the seriousness of this competition. And finally, artists responded to increased benefits, including ten new honorable mention awards sponsored by The Citizens Bank.”

The art festival (April 24 through May 2, 2015) will award life-changing prizes of $50,000 for the Top Prize, $25,000 for Juried Panel prize, two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work), and ten Honorable Mention awards for $1,000 each. Artists who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia will compete.

The nine-day art competition transforms historic Lake City, more than tripling its population and creating a palpable buzz throughout dozens of venues. Many artists attend the festival to network with peers, connect with art patrons and enjoy the local hospitality.

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