Archive for December, 2018

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition” – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

December 27, 2018

Fine craft artists from across the state of SC are invited to participate in the 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 1-5, 2019. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 15, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.


“Palmetto Hands” exhibition, credit: Jonathon Stout Photography

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work include in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

The 18th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1-5, 2019, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Receives 2018 ‘Business Supporter of the Year’ Award from SC Art Education Association

December 27, 2018

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, received the 2018 “Business Supporter of the Year” award from the South Carolina Art Education Association. The award was presented to Co-op Chairperson Beth Regula on Dec. 1, 2018, in Greenville by Cindy Riddle, the Association’s President-Elect and Assistant Superintendent of Visual & Performing Arts for Spartanburg School District 1.

“On behalf of West Main Artists Co-op, I want to thank everyone who has worked to make this recognition possible,” Regula said. “I want to especially thank Jane Nodine and Susanne Gunter for taking the initiative to write the letters of recommendation. Most importantly, I want to thank the member artists of West Main Artists Co-op because they are the ones who are out in the community and here in our studios and galleries finding creative ways for the Co-op to be involved and relevant. There is indeed a business side to art, and West Main Artists Co-op works very hard to be an active – and creative – member of the business community.”

In her letter of support, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina Upstate Nodine said: “USC Upstate Art has maintained studio space at WMAC and offered that as an annual award to a deserving student. We have sponsored and partnered with WMAC in workshops and group exhibitions, and USC Upstate students have worked at the Co-op in internships that earn them academic credit and give them valuable field experience.”

Dr. Gunter, the chair for Art and Design at Converse College, said in her letter, “WMAC is a true partner to area schools, colleges, and universities. This fall, students in the Converse Arts Management program will be working to help with the first annual multi-state juried exhibition, providing students with a unique opportunity to assist with all levels of administrative tasks to put on a major exhibition. WMAC provides ‘work residencies’ to help struggling artists to provide a studio and membership. This is critical to the success of many young artist, in particular.”

South Carolina Art Education Foundation (Association) is a chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), which advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. NAEA is dedicated to providing you with connectivity, resources, and opportunities to enrich your classroom, enhance your career, and inspire your creativity. Connect to a worldwide network of like-minded artists and educators representing K-12 art educators and administrators, college and university professors, preservice students studying art education, researchers and scholars, museum educators, teaching artists, and more.

The mission of West Main Artists Cooperative is to create a community of artists wherein members mentor and support one another; to provide affordable studio, display, and performance space to established and emerging artists living in and around Spartanburg, South Carolina; and to provide the public with opportunities to view original art and to interact with the artists.

To learn more about WMAC, please visit online at (www.WestMainArtists.org).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Seeks Artists for National Juried Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 22, 2019

December 27, 2018

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites artists to enter the 2019 Biennale, its “26th National Juried Exhibition”, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery. This gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. For more information and to enter, go to (https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5294).


“Undefined #2”, First Prize in 2017 Biennale, a Pastel by Tun Ping Wang (NY)

The 2019 Biennale judge is Alan Flattmann, an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is the author of “The Art of Pastel Painting”, widely considered the definitive guide to pastels.

The 2019 Biennale exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 7 – June 1, 2019, at Art League Gallery, located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the run of a professionally produced performance of “A Chorus Line” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 enables each artist to enter 1 application of work. Artists may submit additional applications for $10 each. Limit three. 1 image per application.

The Art League Gallery located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC.

For further info call 843/681-5060.

Society of Bluffton Artists’ in Bluffton, SC, Presents Art of the Martini Fundraiser on February 16, 2019

December 27, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) non-profit art organization will present its first big fundraiser of 2019 with Art of the Martini from 5-7pm, on February 16 at Oscar Frazier Community Center in Bluffton, SC.

The fun-filled evening will include live entertainment, two complimentary martinis for each person (from which there will be six variety to choose), hors d’oeuvres from The Cottage and unique offerings for a silent auction. Each guest will take home a complimentary, hand-painted martini glass to remember the evening.

Tickets are $45 and help support SoBA’s outreach art programs, art workshops and operating expenses that support the community. Tickets are available for sale online at sobagallery.com or at the gallery located in Old Town Bluffton.

SoBA members are asked to purchase two tickets and to sell two tickets — which can be picked up from the gallery on Friday, December 21. Volunteers are needed to set up and break down the event, bartend with premixed martinis, food and greeting. Additionally, to make the silent auction a success, event coordinators need 25 unique pieces of art in the following categories: art to wear such as jewelry, stoneware, wood, sculpture, up-cycled furniture, photography and paintings.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event and artists needed to donate for silent auction.

If you are interested in submitting art, please send a photograph of the items you wish to donate by e-mailing to (hawleycollection@aol.com) or (gayle.miller@sobagallery.com).

“Help us to make this an event to remember and thank you in advance for supporting SoBA!” said Hawley.

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows and exhibitions.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, Wins Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund

December 14, 2018

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, is the 2018 recipient of the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund.

“With this award, I was able to utilize an array of materials collected over several years and craft them into a 7ft house-like structure indicative of vernacular architecture and agricultural practices unique to the lowcountry,” says Williams.


Homestead by Fletcher Williams III

“Throughout the past two years, I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my practice to exploring, collecting, and documenting communities within the lowcountry that are representative of African American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. It is common for me to scour my familiar urban terrain but just recently I began venturing into rural South Carolina where I’ve come across vestiges of master craftsmanship, agricultural expertise, and architectural beauty. Homestead is an assemblage of the most iconic fragments collected during those explorations.”

“The overall design of Homestead was inspired by a multi-use barn near the outskirts of Walterboro, SC,” adds Williams. “It is a grand structure that housed grain, hogs, cauldrons, and farming tools. It is an elegant matrix of rafters and raw timber columns enclosed by dull corrugated tin. I’ve mimicked these fixtures in Homestead by creating an intricate exposed rafter system using weathered picket-fence and wrapping the core structure with rusted tin roofing recovered from a Freedman’s Cottage located on upper Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The haint-blue concave section of the structure is comprised of tongue-and-groove siding taken from a small vacated home located only a few miles from the barn. And to represent the barn’s agricultural component, the sculpture is decorated with a series of rusted rebar hooks identical to those used to aid farmers in the butchering of livestock.”


Fletcher Williams’ studio in North Charleston, SC

Fletcher Williams III (b. 1987) is a North Charleston, SC, based interdisciplinary artist whose theoretical and conceptual art making practice is rooted in southern vernacular. Williams studied drawing, painting, print making, graphic design, and sculpture at The Cooper Union, where he received a BFA in 2010 and worked for several years thereafter as a freelance graphic designer. While the core of Williams’ education focused on the visual arts, a significant portion of his education was dedicated to studying ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology. These concepts play an important role in his later works. In 2013, he returned to Charleston and began creating multimedia objects and installations that incorporate historical and contemporary narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the lowcountry. Currently, Williams works out of his single car garage located in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston.


View of an exhibition of works by Fletcher Williams III at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC

The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn as an endowment with Coastal Community Foundation. The endowment provides the annual “Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award” to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s unique life, culture, or environment— its “look and feel.” The award is intended to assist the artist during creation of an original work of art which is then the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion.

For further info visit (www.fletcher3.com).

Entries Sought for 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Held in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is Feb. 25, 2019

December 12, 2018

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the fourteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).


Work by Joni Younkins-Herzog from the current exhibition

The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Katelyn Kirnie. Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Chattanooga, TN, after living and working in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA — where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Kirnie was introduced to the public art world early in her career as Exhibition Manager for renowned sculptor, John Henry. She went on to establish an award winning and highly anticipated rotating mural program, dubbed The Greenway Wall, in Boston, MA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and has an extensive background in fabrication project management and exhibition production for the public realm. Kirnie is inspired by the way art and artists enhance the urban environment – adding meaning, building community, and creating connection.

The 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2019, through March 22, 2020, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Calls for Application to Participate in the She Festival – Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019

December 11, 2018

Celebrating Women in the Arts, the She Festival is now accepting applications. Calling all womankind; from painters, dancers, musicians, poets, performers and more, regardless of experience or education in any art field, ages 13 and up. It’s time to shout! Shout your talents, let the world know you are here! Apply to be part of the only festival showcasing women in the arts in 2 one-of-a-kind shows, March 2019, at the Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC. Festival dates are Mar. 9 & 30, 2019, from 6-10pm

The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2019.

She Festival is a grassroots organization promoting women in the arts. Connecting all womankind in arts community with the wider public by providing a platform to discuss issues that affect women both locally and globally. The Mission of the She Festival is to create events that showcase talented women in the arts. Shows will be filled with singers, dancers, musicians, speakers, painters and more. Each festival is designed to celebrate the professional talents of womankind in the arts.

Our vision is to inspire womankind of all ages by creating a stage to tell our stories, express our works and achievements throughout herstory and the broader LGBTQ community. To raise awareness about and help fight violence towards women. Organizers create multi-layered marketing/publicity campaigns that draws attendees from SC, NC, Tennessee and Georgia region.

Visit applications page at (www.SheFestival.org) for more information.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces Jena Thomas Wins the 701 CCA PRIZE 2018

December 10, 2018

Artist Jena Thomas won the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Thomas was announced as the winner during the Nov. 28, 2018, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care.


701 CCA Prize 2018 Winner Jena Thomas, photo courtesy of Jamar Riley

“Thomas is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Carey Morton and Alexander Thierry.” Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.

As the winner, Thomas will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of Osamu Kobayashi, Brooklyn, NY, painter and Columbia, SC, native; Jessica Moss, curator, artist, writer and founder of The Roll Up CLT in Charlotte, NC; and Catherine Walworth, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2018 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 23, 2018. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $3.00.

Thomas also was a finalist for the 701 CCA Prize 2016. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Florida and in 2016 joined the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Thomas has exhibited extensively in the past decade in Florida and New England. Among her recent solo and two-person exhibitions are those at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT; Contemporary Art Space in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Green Monkey in Miami. Thomas has been represented at Art Hamptons, Art Palm Beach and the Miami International Art Fair. She has exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Gables Museum, and the South Florida Cultural Center, all in Florida. Her work was selected for New American Painting’s 2014 MFA Edition.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.” This year’s installment was the fourth 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries call Hannah Shepard at 803/319-9949 or e-mail to (director@701cca.org).

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Exhibition Proposals – Deadline is Jan. 11, 2019

December 10, 2018

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar. The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 shows per year. All mediums will be considered for exhibition.

DEADLINE FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: JANUARY 11, 2019

Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:

Work reflects consistency of quality
Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration
Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition
Submission Requirements:

Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
Artist Bio
CV or Resume
6 – 8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form.

CLICK HERE to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.

Award Winners Announced at “CraftHiltonHead2018” Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, SC

December 10, 2018

Fine art craft artists from 24 states competed for cash prizes at “CraftHiltonHead2018”. This national, juried craft exhibition showcases over 100 two and three dimensional high-quality craftworks from over 60 featured artists at Art League Gallery.

The award winners were announced at the Awards Reception on Dec. 5, 2018. The winning selections were chosen by two nationally-recognized jurors, Linda Bloom and Patricia Willcox. $4,000 in prizes were awarded.

View the prize winners plus many more one-of-a-kind crafts available for inspired gift-giving. Don’t miss this exclusive presentation on display, and for sale, now through December 29, 2018.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, next to the box office. Art League Gallery now open every day, Mon. – Sat., 10am – 4pm & Sun., 12 – 4pm plus 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.

“Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships” is Art League of Hilton Head’s mission.

Artwork Examples:


Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

First Place – $1500 Prize – “Redemption”, Acrylic, Oil, Wood, Iron, Metal Leaf by Aldo Muzzarelli from South Carolina

Second Place – $1000 Prize – “Vertural Humanity”, Ceramic by David Zahn from Illinois

Third Place – $600 Prize – “A Friend of Lucian”, Wood, Acrylic Paint by James Harney from Illinois

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “The Seven Bases”, Ceramic, Wood by Yelitza Diaz from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Viking”, Terra Cotta by Sheri Farbstein from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Persian Garden”, Fiber by Ron Hodge from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Carbon Copy”, Paper Mache’, Paper Coil by Flavia Lovatelli from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Dreamcatcher”, Silver, Copper, Agate, Labradorite, Sandstone, Wood by Kelly Noonan from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Pelican Teapot”, Pewter, Silver by Bill Price from Tennessee

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Nature’s Mood”, Wood, Metal, Fiber, Cloth by Joan Siem from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Shiva”, Tulip Poplar by Hutch Traver from North Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Ascending from Earth to Sky”, Mixed Media by Maxine Uttal from South Carolina

For further information call 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).