Archive for the ‘Art Awards’ Category

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Announced the Winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”

July 29, 2019

On behalf of this year’s talented juror, Bill Brown, it is our pleasure to announce the winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”. As our honored juror, Brown spent considerable time with each accepted sculpture in this year’s competition examining craft, message, and visual impact.

Brown lead a comprehensive tour of the campus Sculpture Walk on Saturday morning, July 27th. There were nearly 200 guests who attended the reception. Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us for the awards ceremony.

Please join the Turchin Center and Appalachian Summer Festival staff in congratulating this year’s winning sculptors:

Rosen First Place Award: Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC), “A Memorial”, 2014-2018

Rosen Second Place Award: Glenn Zweygardt (Alfred Station, NY), “Adam Meets Eve”, 2018

Rosen Third Place Award: Derek Chalfant (Elmira, NY), “Back Home Again”, 2016

Please join the staff at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and everyone involved with An Appalachian Summer Festival in congratulating this year’s winners.

These works will be on view throughout the Appalachian State campus through May 31, 2020.

For further information call the Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (www.turchincenter.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “30th Annual Juried Competition”

July 21, 2019

The Arts Council of York County announced the awards for the “30th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:30pm. Works accepted to the “Juried Competition” are on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts from June 14 – July 28, 2019.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

This year’s juror was Amy Herman is an artist based in Charlotte, NC. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and her BFA in Fine Art from Michigan State University. Her photographs have been shown on the international level and are included in the permanent collections of the Kiyosota Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She teaches photography at Central Piedmont Community College and co-directs Goodyear Arts.

There were 196 entries by 89 artists from 40 cities and 8 states. Of those entries, Herman selected 35 works to be displayed in the “30th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts.


Work by Lila Shull

Awards were presented to:

Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – “Bright Edges” by Lila Shull of Knoxville, TN
1st Place – “801” by Dana Jones of Greenville, SC
2nd Place – “Since III” by J. Michael Simpson of Rock Hill, SC
3rd Place – “Body” by Rebecca Lipps of Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention – “Dark Matter” by Todd McDonald of Seneca, SC
Honorable Mention – “Man with Handcrafted Polyhedron” by Orion Wertz of Pineville, NC
Honorable Mention – “And Then There Were Five” by Brianna Wilson of Kingstree, SC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “30th Annual Juried Competition”.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

SC Artist Lee Malerich Wins Art Award in Galesburg, IL

March 18, 2019

On Mar. 8, 2019, over 200 people attended the opening reception for the “53rd GALEX Competition & Exhibition” at the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Local SC artist, Lee Malerich of Neeses, SC, was among 74 artists chosen for her wood sculpture, “Dreamgirl”, from a field of 255 artists. Malerich was also given the Rob Reed Memorial Sculpture Award – just one of six prizes available. This exhibition is sponsored by First Mid Bank & Trust and will be on display through Apr. 6, 2019 in the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery.


Dreamgirl by Lee Malerich

“GALEX” is an annual national juried exhibition that is one of the longest continuously running competition and exhibitions in the country. Expanded nationally in 1967, it has been a mainstay for the Art Center’s exhibition calendar. This year, 74 artists from 22 states were selected to participate, submitting 75 individual pieces of art that represents a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography and sculpture.

The Juror, Harlow Blum, professor emeritus of art at Monmouth College (1959-1999) awarded over $2,500 in prizes. He has continued to create collage paintings from his studio in Monmouth. Harlow B. Blum received his BFA (Painting) from the University of Illinois (1956), MA (Painting) Michigan State University (1959), and MFA (Printmaking) Syracuse University (1966).

“GALEX” and other programs of the Art Center are sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency which receives support from the State of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main St. in Galesburg, IL. Art Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 10:30am to 3pm. Admission is free.

For more information about exhibitions, workshops and events, please contact the Art Center at 309/342-7415 or visit (www.galesburgarts.org).

SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, to Honor Nine Recipients with 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts

March 18, 2019

Nine South Carolinians are to be honored by the South Carolina Arts Commission with the 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts—the state’s highest arts honor.

The following recipients from their respective categories are being recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Cecil Williams, Orangeburg

ARTIST Tyrone Geter, Columbia

INDIVIDUAL Kathleen (Kathi) P. Bateson, Hilton Head Island

ARTS IN EDUCATION Simeon Warren, Charleston (Individual) and S.C. African American Heritage Commission, Hartsville (Organization)

BUSINESS Hampton III Gallery, Taylors

GOVERNMENT Florence County Museum, Florence

ORGANIZATION Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston and Columbia Stage Society (Town Theatre), Columbia (Special Award)

Further info about these receipients can be found at (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/plf40ffa55oxh5g/AAAksiSWeKNQxxytp5yBM8DQa?dl=0).

Tyrone Geter One of Neema Fine Art Gallery’s Artists in Charleston, SC, is Awarded Residency to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY

January 28, 2019

Neema Fine Art Gallery artist, illustrator and educator, Tyrone Geter has accepted an invitation from The Corporation of Yaddo to participate in a 3 week residency at the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, from Feb. 21-Mar. 13, 2019. In accepting the invitation, Geter will join the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished and iconic artists in both 20th and 21st centuries who have taken up residency at Yaddo. American novelist and short story writer, John Cheever, wrote that the “forty or so acres on which the principal buildings of Yaddo stand have seen more distinguished activity in the arts than any other piece of ground in the English-speaking community and perhaps the world.”

Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 74 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, and a Nobel Prize. Notable Yaddo artists through the turn of the millennium include James Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence, Langston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Martin Puryear, Katherine Anne Porter, Amy Sillman, Clyfford Still, and David Foster Wallace. More recent guests include Terry Adkins, Laurie Anderson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sheri Fink, and Matthew Weiner. Yaddo currently welcomes approximately 220 guests a year from all over the world. Though much has changed since 1900, Yaddo’s mission has remained constant. In recent years the Board of Directors has reasserted Yaddo’s commitment to aesthetic daring, social egalitarianism and internationalism, and the support of artists at political risk.

In a career that spans across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. The recently retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, grew up in Anniston, AL, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice. With a population of less that 25,000, Anniston was a site of numerous acts of racial violence during the Civil Rights Era. The immediacy of these events and an inherited legacy of spiritual strength and fortitude against all the odds inform and shape Geter’s work.

Geter received his Master’s of Fine Art from Ohio University in 1978 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. In 1979, Geter relocated to his beloved and deceased wife’s home country of Zaria, Nigeria, a move that proved to be a turning point in his development and growth as an artist. For seven years he lived, drew and painted among the Fulani and local people of Northern Nigeria. During this period he created numerous paintings that captured the richness and depth of the cultures of Northern Nigeria. He describes the experience as an experience that taught him ”to understand the nature of life in a society where life was nature and sometimes both hard and cruel.” Those seven years in Nigeria proved to be the most important influence in his life and art. He returned to the United States in 1987 and a teaching position at the University of Akron where he transformed his experience in Nigeria into the most powerful work of his career.

His work has been exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC, Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, OH; Hampton Institute College Museum, Hampton, VA; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, to name a few. His honors include first place, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC; first place Robert Duncanson Award from Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH; artist fellowship grant from Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, Boston, MA and grant from Columbus, Ohio Arts Council.

Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is quoted as saying, “Geter has distinguished himself as a consummate realist able to render in spirit and form a world of peoples–especially black people. His eyes, honed over decades, miss no characteristic gestures, nor do they overlook any hidden features of peculiar interest. His grasp of color allows him to express skin tones with unmatched radiance and accuracy. His hands deftly outline with elegance and power the physical features of his subjects.” Gaither goes on to say, “It cannot be questioned that he knows how to construct space, and fill it with figures and artifacts whether drawn or painted, of exceptional beauty and grace. In short, Geter is a fully developed wizard of his media, endowed with enormous psychological perception and intellectual wit, and he has shown repeatedly that he can coral these powers in the production of his art.” Gaither concludes that, “Tyrone Geter creates compositions that indisputably speak of black realities from black perspectives, while they are also profoundly American. Through pathos, humor and acidic commentary, Geter’s art presents a new visual vocabulary for America’s intractable problems of racial justice, social acceptance, and collective healing.”

Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art said, “Geter explores through his art the thorny issue of uniting different ethnicities in America and understanding each other without stereotypes. Tyrone takes that on,” South said. “He’s not a politician, and yet he is. By default, he makes statements that people listen to, and that’s powerful.”

Geter himself said, “My work is not supposed to allow you to walk past and not feel. I believe that one of our problems in society is that we’ve learned not to care. We see something happening to someone, we say ‘oh, wow, that’s too bad,’ and you go on about your business and that keeps happening. Mine was to make us feel like we are one with the human race.”

Geter is represented by Neema Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC’s newest art gallery featuring original works of art by both established and standout emerging African-American artists who are from or who currently reside in South Carolina. Located at 3 Broad St., Ste. 100, and positioned at the start of Charleston’s Historic Gallery Row, ironically Neema Fine Art Gallery is located in the former home of Walkers, Evans and Cogswell, printers of lithograph copies of the Articles of Secession and Confederate money and bonds. It is rumored that the basement of 3 Broad was also part of the Underground Railroad.

Gallery owner, Meisha Johnson says she, “can’t think of a better artist on which to bestow the honor of a residency at Yaddo upon at this critical point in history than artist, illustrator and educator Tyrone Geter. Tyrone consistently and unequivocally produces groundbreaking work that affirms, uplifts, challenges and reveals, consequently creating a path to racial and social healing. We look forward to seeing what works Tyrone is inspired to create as a result of his experience at Yaddo.”

For additional information, contact Meisha Johnson, Owner, Curator & Gallery Director at Neema Fine Art a Gallery at (neemagallery@gmail.com), call 843/353-8079 or visit (www.neemagallery.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).

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).

South Carolina Archival Association Honors Brent Burgin with Endowment Fund

December 7, 2018

At its annual meeting in October, the South Carolina Archival Association read and passed a resolution creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center’s Archivist, Brent Burgin. The fund was designed to help new archivists learning their craft.


The South Carolina Archival Association is creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of Native American Studies Center Archivist Brent Burgin, pictured with SCAA President Beth Bilderback.

Money from the endowment will assist new archivists in purchasing new professional development materials and literature to help them perform their job duties.

Beth Bilderback, President of the SCAA and Visual Materials Archivist at the University of South Carolina’s Caroliniana Library, said that she came up with the idea of setting up an endowment in Burgin’s honor to recognize the work he has done not only for the Association, but also for his work with archives in South Carolina.

“When you go through school and you have a new job, usually new jobs don’t pay a lot, especially if you’re working in a smaller institution or organization that doesn’t have a budget for those sort of things,” said Bilderback. “We felt it would be a good way to assist our membership, as well as honor Brent for what he’s done.”

Burgin has been a member of the SCAA for over a decade and has held several offices in the group, such as Membership Officer, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and First- and Second-Year Director, a position that works with the SCAA’s continuing education program presenting workshops, arranging guest speakers, and coordinating the annual meeting.

In 2005, Burgin helped to establish the Native American Studies Center’s Archive, which contains roughly 200 linear feet of materials and continues to grow. Burgin also created the USCL University Archive and curates the papers of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, also located at USC Lancaster.

South Carolina Watermedia Society has Announced Top Winners from Annual Exhibition on View at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC.

November 12, 2018

City Art is presenting the “2018 SCWS Annual Juried Exhibition”, featuring works by SCWS members, on view through Nov. 26, 2018. The SC Watermedia Society has announced the top three winning artists.

Congratulations to the following artists:

Best In Show goes to Lynda English for her work, “Through The Eyes of A Child, Looking Up” which won the Tony Hardwick Memorial Award


Work by Lynda English

Second Place went to Anne Hightower Patterson for her work “Wading In” which won the Award in honor of Liana Sullivan Lemery


Work by Anne Hightower Patterson

Third Place was given to Suzanne Accetta for her work “Unspeakable Praise” which won the First Citizens Award


Work by Suzanne Accetta

Sixty-five pieces were juried into the exhibit from 184 entries. Awards for thirty of the 65 will be announced at the awards ceremony. The thirty awarded pieces will become part of a state-wide traveling show at various locations coordinated by the SC State Museum. Laurie Goldstein Warren, judged the show.

Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works towards achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinian’s

SCWS, the largest statewide visual arts group, is an active presenting organization. We nurture and promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. In addition, our goals include public outreach and participation in the arts.

For further information call City Art at 803/252-3613 or visit (www.cityartonline.com). Visit the SCWS at (https://scwatermedia.com/).

Dare County Arts Council Reopens in Manteo, NC, After Hurricane Michael

November 6, 2018

After three weeks of being closed due to flooding from Hurricane Michael, Dare County Arts Council has reopen in downtown Manteo, NC.

Dare County Arts Council’s carpets had to be replaced due to the flooding, but the nonprofit has been working closely with Dare County to get the doors back open as soon as possible.

“A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and the Dare County Building and Grounds Crew for all of their hard work,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin.


Photo by Daniel Pullen

The current exhibit is the People’s Choice Exhibit, which will feature Daniel Pullen’s photography. The Outer Banks community voted for the People’s Choice Exhibit earlier in the year, and out of over 200 nominations Pullen was nominated the most.

The People’s Choice Exhibit titled “Homesick” will debut new work that Pullen says is not his typical style. “The show isn’t going to be filled with landscape and seascapes,” said Pullen. “The premise is, if I passed away or was not able to make it back to Hatteras Island, what would I miss most, my daily routine, my rut, etc.”

The Council’s Winter gallery hours (Oct. 1 – Apr. 30, 2019) are: Tue.-Fri., 10am – 5pm; Sat., noon – 4pm; and closed Sun. & Mon.

For more information, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (www.DareArts.org).