Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Announces Winners of 2015 Carolina’s Got Art!


Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art exhibition and sale, has announced prize winners in its fourth competition for artists who live and work in North and South Carolina. Just under 3,000 entries were received from points across both states.

Entries were reviewed by Eliza Rathbone, who served as chief curator of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years. Selected pieces are on display at Elder Gallery in Charlotte’s SouthEnd art district during a month-long show in May.

Prizes were rewarded to the following artists:

$5,000 Best of Show Award: Greg Siler of Raleigh, NC for “Nude with Umbrella”

$3,500 First Place Award: Kymberly Day of Simpsonville, SC for “Loyal Dog”

$2,500 Second Place Award: Howard Frey of Florence, SC for “Pilot Mountain”

$1,500 Third Place Award: James Celano of Greensboro, NC for “Brayer”

$500 Honorable Mention: Wilfred Spoon of Mount Pleasant, SC for “Wren with Blueberry”

$500 Honorable Mention: Vaughan Justice of Charlotte, NC for “Havana Taxi and Bus”

$500 Honorable Mention: Sondra Dorn of Asheville, NC for “Cloud Cover with Yellow and Red Dots”

$500 Honorable Mention: Terri Otten of Charlotte, NC for “Kalvin”

$500 Honorable Mention: Heather Allen Hietala of Asheville, NC for “On a Quest”

This competition gives selected artists an opportunity to sell their work in one of the region’s premier art galleries. For those not selected by Rathbone, there will be a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces will be exhibited during the month of June.

New to the competition this year is a special ceramics component selected by internationally acclaimed ceramicist Peter Callas. Ceramic artists will compete for $6,000 in cash prizes and all selected pieces will be shown at Elder Gallery during the month of June.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

In 2009, as a reaction the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists.

For further information visit (www.carolinasgotart.com).


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