Archive for the ‘Art Awards’ Category

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winner of “2016 Small Works” – People’s Choice Award

January 7, 2017

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, would like to congratulate Maria Cecilia Mendoza for winning the “People’s Choice Award” for the Small Works 2016 exhibit. Her painting “Night” received the most votes cast for the prize.

Work by Maria Cecilia Mendoza

Thanks to Liz Miller, curator at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge of this year’s show.

Photos of the winners can be found on our website at (

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awards Regional Artist Project Grants for Three Counties

December 23, 2016


The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville NC, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2016-17. These grants are awarded to artists planning projects that have artistic merit and promise to advance the career of the artist or collaborating group. The grants are open to emerging and established artists.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following seven artists:

Lucy Clark, a clay artist from Transylvania County, is receiving support for her attendance at a three week workshop at Georgia O’Keefe”s Ghost ranch in Albuiqui, NM, to learn techniques from master potter Clarence Cruz.

Jeanne Fry, a Henderson County illustrator and mixed media artist, is receiving funds to support purchase of digital devices to enable creation of her first illustrated children’s book for print.

Janet Orselli of Polk County will receive funding to purchase of materials for drawings for a solo show planned at the Depot Room in Tryon opening Friday April 7 with an opening reception from 5:00-7:30pm. The work will be on display through April 30, 2017.

Linda T. Powell, author from Polk County, is using grant funding to support editing and proofreading of her second children’s book.

Work by Nancy Smeltzer

Nancy Smeltzer, Henderson County fiber artist, will purchase lighting equipment to aid in creating professional quality photographs of her intricately beaded artwork.

Work by Billy Smith

Billy Smith, mural artist of Transylvania County, is receiving funds to support purchase of materials to paint a public mural on the back of the Rice Furniture building in Brevard, paying homage to Brevard’s music scene.

Joshua Staton, Henderson County metalworking artist, is receiving support for development of a prototype living room chair made of both steel and wood.

Nine applications were received from across the three counties, and the seven artists were awarded grants ranging from $200 to $1,000, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The panel evaluated the applications on overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork, feasibility of their proposed projects, and on how well the proposed project would contribute to the advancement of the applicant’s professional career,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.

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 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at by e-mail at (, call 828/693-8504 or visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces: Yvette L. Cummings WINS the 701 CCA PRIZE 2016

December 5, 2016


Conway, SC, artist Yvette L. Cummings won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Cummings was announced as the winner during the Dec. 1, 2016, 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 in front of an audience of some 150 people.

Yvette L. Cummings

“Cummings 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, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College.

As the winner, Cummings 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 David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, NC; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 18, 2016. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented during last night’s 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $5.00.

Yvette L. Cummings, Voyeur Series, 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each.

Cummings in 2015 was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, SC. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, MI, the Florence County (SC) Museum, the Pickens County (SC) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (SC) Arts Center and the Durham (NC) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”.

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. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” board chair Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 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, contact Wim Roefs by e-mail at ( or call 803/238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. For more information, visit (

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has Announce the Winners of This Years Small Works 2016 Exhibit

November 28, 2016

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announce the winners of this years “Small Works 2016” exhibit:

1st Place went to Haley C. Smith for “Jack”

2nd Place went to Toni Smith for “Dessert Spoon”

3rd Place was presented to Rachel Jones for “Regenerate”

Honorable Mentions included:
Debanjana Bhattacharjee for “October Pink” and R. Bellinger for “Marsh Impressions III”

Among the Finalists:
Rachel Jones for “Secrets and Searchings I”; Patricia Graney for “Dew Flower”; Elaine Goodman for “I Can Wear Yellow”; William H. Miller for “Melancholy”; Jane Fay for “Untitled #6”; Phil Laborie for “Here’s to Detroit”; Rebecca Lindblade for “Down in the Phinizy”; and Sue Coley for “The Red Boat”

The gallery would like to thank Liz Miller, curator of the Burroughs and Chapin Art Meuseum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge for this years show.

The show continues through Dec. 17, 2016. The gallery is free and open to the public Wed. – Sat. 11am-6pm.

For further info visit (

Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, Announces 2016 Guild Dedication Awards

November 21, 2016


Two Greenwood artists were honored Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, with Guild Dedication Awards from art guilds at the reception for the “Multi-Guild Annual Exhibition” at the Arts Center of Greenwood, South Carolina.

Potter and gallery entrepreneur Laura Bachinski and woodworker Hal Taylor are recipients of the 2016 Guild Dedication Awards — presented by the Greenwood Artist Guild, Council of Lakelands Area Woodworkers and Greenwood Area Studio Potters.

Established in 2014, by the above-mentioned art guilds, in collaboration with the Arts Center of Greenwood, the Guild Dedication Award was created in honor of potter and local arts champion Dohnna Collins Boyajian. Boyajian was the 2014 recipient and retired arts educator Dot Hershey was the 2015 recipient.

“People who decide on the award are representatives from the Arts Center and previous award recipients,” Boyajian said. “We really could not choose one. We chose both Laura Bachinski and Hal Taylor.”

Laura Bachinski

Recipients did not know about the awards in advance.
Boyajian went on to say that Bachinski has been instrumental in the founding of two annual community events — Empty Bowls Greenwood, the major fundraiser for Greenwood Soup Kitchen, and the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale.

Bachinski received much of her training as an artist through the professional clay program at the Piedmont Technical College Edgefield County Center. She has her own home studio, Bell House Pottery in Ninety Six, South Carolina.

“Without Laura (Bachinski), neither one of those would have probably happened,” Boyajian said. “With Empty Bowls, she was also instrumental in involving the Greenwood Medical Alliance with that as a project. She can make things happen.”

Additionally, Boyajian said Bachinski’s decision to open the Main and Maxwell gallery and artists’ retail shop in Uptown Greenwood is “a huge deal.”

“More than 59 member artists are now represented there,” Boyajian said. “The local artists and crafts people have a place to sell their work and she’s also creating an Etsy site to get our work out into the World Wide Web, broadening support for our artists and guilds. She’s a proponent of the growth and exposure of the arts community in Greenwood, South Carolina.”

Boyajian said Bachinski has also coordinated workshops with well-known ceramics artists and potters for area artists and Lander University students.

Hal Taylor

“Hal (Taylor) is sort of the quiet one,” Boyajian said. “He has done many different things and he’s always volunteering to give artist demonstrations or work behind the scenes for Empty Bowls and the Council of Lakelands Area Woodworkers ornaments for trees auctioned as part of the Piedmont’s Festival of Trees. He gets things done and he collaborates with other artists.”

Taylor is also a co-founder of the Greenwood Genetic Center, along with clinical geneticist Roger Stevenson. Taylor served as director of GGC diagnostic laboratories from 1974-2008.

Guild Dedication Award winners are presented with checks and a take-home plaque. A permanent plaque, with the award’s description, is on display at the Arts Center. Nominations are accepted in October with winners announced during the annual November “Multi-Guild” showcase.
Criteria for the award include creativity, engagement, enthusiasm and dedication.

Paula Taylor, 72, wife of Hal Taylor, 74, said her husband is very humble and modest about his skill as an artist.
“He will be shocked by this award,” she said in advance of Friday’s awards announcement.

“He’s been interested in building things from the time he was a boy,” Paula Taylor said. “He’s built numerous pieces of furniture for our two daughters, including a fairly elaborate dining room table and a treehouse for a grandchild. He’s been turning wood for about 15 years. He’s self-taught in a way, but he’s taken a lot of intensive courses.”
Paula said her husband turns wood every day.

“If he hears a chainsaw when we are driving somewhere, we stop,” she said. “He has to see what kind of wood it is and ask if he can have a piece.”

She said he has also mentored a number of men and women in wood crafts. “It keeps him active and creating,” Paula Taylor said.

Taylor has pieces at Main and Maxwell in Greenwood, a shop in Highlands, North Carolina and at the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro.

For further information contact Dohnna Boyajian by calling 864/554-0336 or e-mail to (

Anita Funston wins gold at the North Carolina SilverArts competition in Raleigh, NC

October 28, 2016

On Sept. 30, 2016, local artist, Anita Funston, was awarded the gold medal, in Sculpture, at the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition, in Raleigh, NC.

Anita Funston lives in Henderson County, NC. She has studied at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC and is a member of the Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association.  Regarding the event, she stated, “ It is an honor to represent Henderson County in the North Carolina Competition and to be awarded the gold metal in sculpture.”

Funston qualified for the state competition by winning first place with her sculpture, titled “Portrait of a Lady”, at The Four Seasons SilverArts competition held in Henderson County on May 12, 2016.

“Portrait of a Lady” was made from recycled metal kitchen items, screen, wire, a wooden cutting board and glass beads. Regarding the sculpture “it is meaningful for me to purchase and repurpose materials from organizations that serve people in need. Through Habitat for Humanity many families are given opportunities. By shopping at the Habitat ReStores for my sculpture materials, I am able to help support them and give new life to these materials. This sculpture took common kitchenware no longer used for their intended purpose and reimagined them into an artistic sculpture that can also provide a new purpose.  The “beads” on the “Lady’s” neck can be used to display scarves and jewelry.”

For more information about the NC SilverArts competition can be found at (

Anita Funston creates unique sculptures that are inspired by nature. Her works incorporate harmony and humor.

Her website can be found at ( She can also be reached by e-mail at (

Jane Nodine Named 2016 Distinguished Art Advocate by South Carolina Art Education Association

October 28, 2016

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce that Jane Nodine, assistant chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies, has been named a 2016 Distinguished Art Advocate by the South Carolina Art Education Association.

Jane Nodine

Nodine, a professor of art and who also serves as the director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery and the UPSTATE Gallery on Main, will receive the award Saturday, November 19 during the SCAEA’s annual meeting in Greenville. Prior to joining the faculty at USC Upstate, she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. Nodine has worked in a variety of media throughout her career and exhibits widely in the United States and Europe.

SCAEA awards program recognizes excellence in individuals, programs and supporters of art education in South Carolina. Nominees for the Distinguished Art Advocate must demonstrate advocacy and leadership in advancing the cause of art education and work to support and improve art education.

For more information, contact Jane Nodine at 864/503- 5838 or e-mail to (

North Carolina Museum of Art’s Stacey Kirby in Raleigh, NC, Awarded 2016 ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize

October 17, 2016


The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, announces that NCMA conservation assistant Stacey Kirby has been awarded the Juried Grand Prize at the eighth annual international art competition ArtPrize. A jury of art experts selected Kirby’s work, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging,” as the winner out of 1,453 submissions. As one of two Grand Prize winners—one juried and one selected by popular vote—Kirby was awarded $200,000.

Pictured left to right: Heather Gordon, Warren Hicks, Stacey Kirby, Harriet Hoover. Photo by Alex Maness.

“ArtPrize was an expansive journey for me as an artist,” says Stacey Kirby. “The vision that I had for the work came to fruition as a result of the hard work of fellow North Carolina artists, the Grand Rapids, MI, community members, and ArtPrize’s incredible staff. I am honored and delighted to represent North Carolina’s thriving arts community through this award.”

ArtPrize, an international art competition decided equally by public vote and expert jury, is held annually in Grand Rapids, MI. It has been named the most attended public art event in the world for two consecutive years by “The Art Newspaper”—average daily attendance at the 19-day event is on par with that of the Louvre in Paris and surpasses that of the British Museum in London and the Met in New York. This year’s ArtPrize began Sept. 21, and the award ceremony was held Oct. 7, 2016.

Kirby’s interactive, performative installation, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging,” was selected as the Grand Prize winner by jurors Michelle Grabner, artist and professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Paul Ha, director at the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and Eric Shiner, senior vice president at Sotheby’s. The second Grand Prize, based on smartphone-enabled popular vote, was awarded to James Mellick for his work “Wounded Warrior Dogs”.

“The Bureau of Personal Belonging” is a site-specific installation comprising three ongoing works where visitors interact with the artist and other performers within a re-created bureaucratic office setting. With this interactive work, Kirby critically examines governmental process and policy while encouraging visitors and the public to trust in the validity of their own voices.

“Stacey has been a creative force on the NCMA team for several years,” says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the NCMA. “It is most gratifying—and exciting—to watch her emerge as an artist of international importance. She has a lot to say. We congratulate her on her ArtPrize honor.”

As conservation assistant at the NCMA, Kirby assists conservators with treatment and maintenance of the Museum’s collection, outdoor sculptures, and special exhibitions.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information contact Emily Kowalski by calling 919/664-6795 or e-mail to (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Names 2016 Quilter of the Year – Diane Schonauer

September 30, 2016


The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC is pleased to announce the selection of Diane Schonauer from Anderson, SC, as the 2016 Quilter of the Year. This award recognizes a local quilter who provides leadership and community service through their quilting.

Schonauer will be recognized at the Fall Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Meeting on Oct. 7, 2016. in the first floor conference room at the Anderson County Public Library located at 300 N. McDuffie Street. The public is invited to attend the reception from 3-5:30pm. Quilts made by Schonauer will be displayed in the lobby windows for the month of October.

Schonauer has made many contributions to Anderson County and the State of South Carolina through her leadership and volunteer efforts with Quilters of South Carolina; Anderson Quilters Guilds in leadership positions and making charity quilts for donation through the Guilds many programs. In addition she is the Anderson production team leader for the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Schonauer is always willing to help area school students learn about quilting and painting a block for their school or helping the students make the fabric quilt. Schonauer promotes quilting through demonstrations, educational programs and enthusiastic leadership.

“I started this quilt in a class in Illinois in 1998 at a shop called Pieceful Hearts. Sara Nephew’s construction method eliminates the challenging ‘Y seam’. Each block contains two 60 degree diamonds and four 60 degree triangles, the two triangles in the ‘medium position’ are matching fabric,” say Schonauer.

“My mother had started a few quilts, among them Cathedral Window and Log Cabin, before 3 daughters and full time employment stopped her from completing them. I loved seeing these pieces as a young child and consequently have always liked quilts.”

“My sister, Linda Lilly, actually taught me how to sew. She made all of our clothes from the time I was 10 through my high school years. She is a very accomplished seamstress and has a degree in clothing and textiles. In the 1980’s Linda and I took a quilting class at Katie’s Calico Corners. I was hooked; Linda has not ever quilted again! In the early 1990’s, quilting classes were offered as an adult continuing education program and I signed up for the very first one. I have been quilting ever since,” say Schonauer.

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail call 864/723- 6603 or visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Named One of Top 125 Buildings Since 1891 by “Architectural Record”

September 8, 2016


The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has been selected by “Architectural Record” as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since the magazine’s founding in 1891. The publication recognized the Museum’s West Building, which was designed by New York–based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners and North Carolina–based landscape architects Surface 678 (then Lappas + Havener), and which opened in 2010. The list of 125 buildings was created by “Architectural Record” editors to commemorate the magazine’s 125th anniversary.


“The Museum is honored to be recognized by ‘Architectural Record’, one of the most distinguished and world-renowned architectural publications,” says director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We’re incredibly proud to be ranked among such significant and innovative buildings from around the globe.”

Glass and aluminum-clad with striking simplicity and state-of-the-art environmental features, the Museum’s West Building has an open floor plan reinforcing connections to art across time and culture. Adjacent to the 1983 building designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the single-story building was created specifically to showcase the Museum’s wide-ranging permanent collection and features a central sculpture hall and 40 galleries. With the exterior 50 percent glass, the 127,000-square-foot space has an innovative day lighting system to bathe the collection in an even glow of natural light, illuminating colors in Old Master paintings as originally intended. Landscaped sculpture gardens, courtyards, and reflecting pools surround the building and connect seamlessly to the Museum’s 164-acre Park.


“It was a privilege to work with the architectural firm Thomas Phifer and Partners on the planning and creation of our West Building,” says the NCMA’s director of planning and design Dan Gottlieb. “It showcases our collection in a setting equal to the quality of the artwork it contains. The elegance of its day-lit galleries and garden courtyards perfectly embodies our philosophy of connecting art, nature, and people.”

The West Building opened in April 2010. This fall the NCMA will complete a yearlong redesign and transformation of the Museum campus by expanding the NCMA Park. The project—which will introduce a new elliptical lawn, tree-lined parking, contemporary gardens, a promenade connecting Park and galleries, and significant public art installations by international artists—continues the Museum’s mission of providing memorable and creative experiences with both art and nature.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information call the Museum at 919/839-6262 or visit (