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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).

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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).

Janet B. Sessoms Earns Best In Show at “Farm to Table” Art Show at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC

November 6, 2018

Janet B. Sessoms has won the Best In Show award at the “Farm to Table” art show being held at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC. The show includes over 80 paintings and more than 100 three-dimensional pieces in wood, glass and clay, all which support or depict the Farm to Table theme. Sessoms’ winning entry is “Island Tractor,” an 11- x 14-inch (unframed size) oil painting.


Janet B. Sessoms earned Best In Show for her oil painting “Island Tractor” (top, far left). Shown are, L-R, Sessoms and gallery owner Ginny Lassiter.

Sessoms received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a member of Wilmington Art Association and Women Painters of the Southeast. Her work has been featured on the cover of “Art Guide” magazine, “Wrightsville Beach” magazine and “Cape Fear Living” magazine among others.

The “Farm to Table” exhibit opened Nov. 2 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Ballots are available for gallery visitors to vote for their favorites. A People’s Choice award will be announced after ballots have been counted on Dec. 1.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. During select months, the gallery hosts Coffee With the Authors, a series of presentations by local and regional authors.

The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. For more information, call 910/575-5999 or visit the website at (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com). Daily updates are available on Facebook.

Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, Announces Awards for “15th annual Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition”

September 30, 2018

The Arts Council of Henderson County has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XV”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. “Bring Us Your Best XV” was on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Sept. 17, 2018.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represents the Wax Family Memorial Funds, a sponsor of the awards. The following artists received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional – Hamed Mahmoodi, “Veil in Glass”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Gaia: Mother Earth”
1st Place/Photography – Phyllis Peterson, “A Drink of Blue”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Accent”
2nd Place/2-dimensional – Barb Zimmerman, “Enchanted Woods”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Hickey, “Santos of the Repurposed Book”
2nd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “So Little Time”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – David Adler, “Diamond Ball”
3rd Place/2-dimensional – Jill Hsieh, “Woman in a Scarf”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Ed Foster, “Waiting”
3rd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “How to Run a Train”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Karen-Eve Bayne, “Umbrella Magnolia”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received $100.

In addition to the above awards, Jan Partin, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Catherine Langsdorf for her painting titled “You are not Alone.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life. The award is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop awarded ten Honorable Mention awards. $25 gift cards for the Starving Artist Shop were awarded to the following artists: Suzanne Ball, Karen Eve Bayne, Lucy Clark (fine craft), Lucy Clark (photography), Maureen Chapman, Tina Duncan, Two Silversmiths – Jerry & Linda Hunter, Al Junek, Claire DeLong Taylor, and Cynthia Wilson.

Henderson County photographer, Walter Arnold, and John Patrick McAfee, author, sponsored the “Artist’s Choice” award, which was selected and announced during the opening reception. Artists who have artwork in the exhibit voted for their choice to win the Artist’s Choice award at opening reception. Connie Poulnot won the $300 cash prize for her oil painting titled “Memories.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced after the last day of the exhibition, Sept. 17, 2018. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or (acofhc@bellsouth.net). Visit our website at (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XV” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792 (entrance on Fourth Avenue West).

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

Leo Twiggs, Represented by Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Wins 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

August 11, 2018

Orangeburg, SC, artist Leo Twiggs, represented by Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, wins the1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, sponsored by Society 1858 and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC.


“Requiem for Mother Emanuel #5”, 2016, by Leo Twiggs; batik; 30 x 24 inches; courtesy of the artist.

Born in the Lowcountry town of St. Stephen, SC, in 1934, Leo Twiggs studied art at Claflin College in Orangeburg and went on to earn a Masters degree from New York University and a doctorate in art education from the University of Georgia. In 1964 he began his thirty-four year teaching career at South Carolina State University. A year later he began experimenting with batik, a wax-resist method of dyeing textiles. He was attracted to the medium for its rich tradition and improvisational nature.

Much of Twiggs’ work explores family history, cultural heritage, and how the past is manifest in contemporary life. His series titled “Requiem for Mother Emanuel” recently traveled throughout the southeast, earning acclaim as a powerful tribute to the nine church members slain during the horrific shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

A reception will be held for Twiggs at the Gibbes Museum of Art on Sept. 19, beginning at 7pm.

Hampton III Gallery is located at 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 10, in Taylors, SC, 29687.

For further information call 864/268-2771.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Applications for the 701 CCA Prize – Deadline Sept. 1, 2018

July 29, 2018

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the fourth installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Share this information with all SC artists who may be eligible. The project takes place this year with a juried process resulting in an November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. This exhibition will then travel to Lake City, SC, for a second January – February exhibition.

The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The winner is selected by a panel of three art professionals. The jurors for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 will be announced at a later date. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since Jan. 1, 2019. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.

Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize 2019 by completing and submitting the application package by Sept. 1, 2018. The application guidelines can be found at (www.701cca.org/701-cca-prize). You can apply directly through Submittable at this link (https://701centerforcontemporaryart.submittable.com/submit).

The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:
A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
A solo exhibition at 701 CCA;
An ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Announces Spring Digital Show Winners

May 31, 2018

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is pleased to announce the winners for its Inaugural Spring Digital Show. The show includes artwork by 56 SCWS members.

Congratulations to:

Best of Show – Jackie Wukela


Work by Jackie Wukela

2nd Place – Lynda English

3rd Place – Gary Johnson

Honorable Mention: Denise Greer, Lynne Hardwick, Anne Hightower Patterson, Kathy Kitz and Steven Nisbet.

Toni Elkins, an artist from Columbia, SC, judged the show. She is a signature member of 18 elected societies including NWS, Watercolor USA Honor Society, and Nautilus Fellowship of International Society of Experimental Artists. She has won over 160 national awards including Best-of-Show San Diego Watercolor. In 1999, Governor Jim Hodges awarded her The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for her contributions to SC art. She also won the award for contributions to SCWS. The work of Elkins has been selected as juried into over 300 national exhibitions the latest being selected to represent Missouri Watercolor in China in 2018.

You can either click here (scwatermedia.com/2018-spring-digital-show-2) to view the entire digital show, or copy the link and paste into your browser.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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

HotWorks Announces Professional Artist Award Winners at Asheville Fine Art Show in May 19 & 20, 2018

May 31, 2018

Hot Works’ 2nd annual Asheville Fine Art Show held May 19 & 20, 2018 indoors at the WNC Ag Center’s David Event Center in Fletcher, NC, brought professional artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. This fine art and fine craft show was juried by art professionals with an art education and/or art show experience. Many artists were in North Carolina for their very first time. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artists who participated in the show. There was something for everyone, in all price ranges.

The Asheville Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, a professionally produced fine art fair with an outstanding national reputation for producing top-notch art shows. Hot Works has four other established quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Fort Myers and Boca Raton, Florida and West Bloomfield, Michigan – all voted top 100 art shows in the nation. Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501(c)3 non-profit organization which focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth.

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the Youth Art Competition for students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 was integrated into the art fair. This year included 22 entries from 9 schools and one home-schooled. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, there were four prizes with $250 in Youth Art awards. This program exposed students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living, which is creating their art. It also brought families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended, and exposed them to great art.

In order to recognize exceptionally talented artists in the show, there were seventeen Professional Artist Awards. Constance “Connie” Vlahoulis, a resident of Mills River and painter with 30+ years’ experience, was the “Artist Judge”. On Saturday, she judged the artists, with criteria centered on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team distributed the awards. Included were:
· Constance “Connie” Vlahoulis, Artist Judge
· Mayor Rod Whiteside, Town of Fletcher
· Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show

Each of the 17 winning artists were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art show. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Mayor Whiteside, who took the time to attend the art show, be there to distribute ribbons, and to congratulate the winning artists in the show. On behalf of Hot Works and the artists in the show, we are very grateful to have had Mayor Whiteside present at the show; we look forward to returning to the WNC Ag Center for many more years to come.

May 2018 Asheville Fine Art Show Professional Artist award winners were:

Two – Best of Show – $500 Award Winners: Lily Engebretsen, Wood, Fort Mill, SC, and Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN

Five – $100 Awards of Excellence: Amy Brandenburg, Jewelry, Asheville, NC; Michael Brennan, Mixed Media, Tallahassee, FL; Scott Deming, Wood, Butler, TN; Tanya Gerard & Rob Thomas, Wood, Beach Mountain, TN; and David Goldhagen, Glass, Hayesville, NC

Ten – Awards of Distinction – Non-Monetary: Derrick Crossland, Wood, Islamorada, FL; Holly Sue Foss, Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; Raul Hernandez, Mixed Media, Hialeah, FL; Bill Hickman, Sculpture, Raleigh, NC; Craig Kassan, Wood, Franklinton, NC; Don McCoy, Jewelry, Salida, CO; Steve Miller, Wood, Black Mountain, NC; Sheree & Ken Sorrells, Fiber, Waynesville, NC; Kim Thompson, Jewelry, Waynesville, NC; and Kathleen Weir-West, Fiber, Hendersonville, NC

Save the Dates
Hot Works’ bi-annual Asheville Fine Art Shows
October 27 & 28, 2018 – outdoors at Pack Square Park, Asheville
May 18 & 19, 2019 – indoors at WNC Ag Center, Fletcher

For more info visit (www.hotworks.org).