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Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit” – Deadline June 1, 2019

May 17, 2019

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages who live, work or create in Pee Dee Region are invited to enter the Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library’s “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 13 and June 1, 2019.

Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted.


Carolinas – photos taken in North or South Carolina

Photographers 18 and Under – if you are 18 years of age or younger


My Big Back Yard

2019 Carolinas Submission Form click here: (

Important Information for Entrants click here: (

The photographer determines the category for each photograph entered, but HML and BCAC reserve to right change the category to ensure the quality of show presentation.

Images created via any form of photography will be accepted (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, shot with cell phones, unaltered shots, digital manipulations, alternative processes, mixed media, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to enter.

My Feelings on ArtFields 2019

May 14, 2019

I’ve just posted my response to the 2019 ArtFields over at our blog Carolina Arts Unleashed ( People have been asking me what I think about ArtFields, even though I don’t go there anymore. I’m protesting their lack of transparency. It clear the folks at ArtFields don’t care what I think but others do and they keep bugging me about it. And, I don’t like it when ArtFields tries to claim things that are not true. We have enough of that going on in our country now. If you’re one of those folks who just has to know what I think – there it is. Now don’t bug me until next year. I’m work on our June issue.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 13, 2019

Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2019 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. A total of 309 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, pastel, and 2D mixed media.

Cash awards totaling $6,350 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and has been the Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, since 2017. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017. Awarded magna cum laude from College of Charleston, her undergraduate degree was a double major in Arts Administration and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her work throughout Charleston and Atlanta, while also working as an assistant gallery director and interning for museums and non-profit spaces.

View of the Photography Exhibit. Photo by Gavin Shelton.

A total of 212 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome. Cash awards totaling $1,450 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, photographer Jeffrey Rich. Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. He explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His project “Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River” was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been exhibited across the US and internationally and is held in several public and private collections. In 2017, Watershed: The Tennessee River was published with Fall Line Press. Jeff also curates the weekly series “Eyes on the South” for “Oxford American Magazine”.

In addition to awards given by the judges, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art: Sean Patrick, “Revelation”, mixed media (Goose Creek)

Outstanding Merit – Fine Art: Trish Emery, “Le Cormatin Red Dahlia”, pastel (Moncks Corner)

Best Oil: Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Acrylic: Susanne Frenzel, “At the End of the Day” (Mt. Pleasant)

Work by Bob Graham

Best Drawing: Bob Graham, “Archie” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Pastel: Catherine Townsend, “Dawn in the Swamp” (Summerville)

Best Watercolor: Bob Graham, “Pals” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best 2D Mixed Media: Cheryl Baskins Butler, “Rent in the Veil” (Moncks Corner)

Best Printmaking: Jamie Mular, “Portrait of a Man” (Charleston)

Best Portrait: Cynthia Huston, “Taylor II”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Landscape: John Meckley, “Lowcountry March”, oil (Summerville)

Best Still Life: Susan Everitt, “Some Gave All”, drawing (Daniel Island)

Best Animal: Rick Austin, “Got My Eye on You”, oil (Folly Beach)

Best Abstract: Jan Kelley, “Catch-22”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Mayor’s Choice: Vanessa Grebe, “Storytime”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Honorable Mentions – Fine Art:

Suzanne Wolfe, “Charleston Tea Dance Ladies”, watercolor (Mt. Pleasant)

Linda Wasiclewski, “Distant Horizons”, mixed media (Isle of Palms)

Work by Susan Irish Ellis

Susan Irish Ellis, “Ice Cream”, acrylic (West Ashley)

Tessa Pfeifer, “Untitled”, acrylic (Charleston)

Shelia Thompson, “Best Mom Under the Sun”, oil (Charleston)

Matt Cook, “Looking for His Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Sarah Michelle Harris, “Weathered Elegance”, oil (Hanahan)

Gary Smith, “Hummingbird Fractal”, acrylic (Goose Creek)

Becky Taylor, “Faces of the Past”, watercolor (Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Matt Cook, “Looking for Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Tracy Gansraw, “The Dreamer”, acrylic (Granite Falls)

Professional Photography – Color:

1st Place: Raymond Colin Murray, “Sunrise On Capt. James and the Steel Mill” (Charleston, SC)

2nd Place: Justin Falk, “Lightning on Folly” (Charleston, SC)

3rd Place: Larry Gayle, “The Red Bridge” (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Honorable Mentions:

Sean Hartman, “Washed Out II” (Summerville)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Precious and Vulnerable” (Charleston)

Richard Amble, “Coal Plant” (Summerville)

Angie Bridges, “The Samba” (Summerville)

Leah Sparks, “I’m Available” (Charleston)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: Sean Hartman, “Reaching” (Summerville)

2nd Place: Gloria Welch, “View of a View” (Charleston)

3rd Place: Christine Jones, “Still Motion” (Goose Creek)

Honorable Mentions:

Nicole Robinson, “Reflecting” (Charleston)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Dauntless” (Charleston)

Marcie Daniels, “Nature’s Prayer” (Summerville)

Amateur Photography – Color:

1st Place: Jessica Ballard, “Lowcountry Marsh” (North Charleston)

2nd Place: Guenter Weber, “Dancing Great Egrets” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Michael Summer, “Untitled” (Delzel)

Honorable Mentions:

Amber Dillo, “Blacksmith’s Fire #1” (Charleston)

Jess Greaux, “Delicious Fruit” (North Charleston)

Roger Buengon, “Untitled” (Chapin)

Jess Greaux, “Life on Hold” (North Charleston)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: David Dial, “Dock of the Lake” (Columbia)

2nd Place: Heike Helbig, “Narcissa” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Atri Amin, “Long Tree at the Point” (Mount Pleasant)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (, or visit the Arts & Culture section of ( For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 13, 2019

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “18th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s longest running juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, held in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 53 applicants were asked to participate and 105 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. After making his selections, Arendt stated, “The diverse works on display represent a broad set of styles and themes, but share the common element of being among the best examples of a particular material or discipline. I was excited to be able to see challenging content and exceptional craft throughout the gallery. Even more gratifying is how many artists are working to push traditional models of craft and beauty by exploring difficult techniques and non-traditional materials. Together, these works encompass the finest impulses of artists and craftspeople in command of their disciplines.”

After awarding ribbons, Arendt also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will be available to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, three pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:

Work by Kim Keats

Best of Show – Kim Keats, “Visceral Vessel”, mixed media (Okatie)

Outstanding Merit

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Rachel Weiss, Inca Royalty Necklace, mixed media (Charleston)

Honorable Mentions:

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Flavia Lovatelli, “Cocooned”, mixed media, paper (Columbia)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Jocelyn Chateauvert, “Alight”, paper (Charleston)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Connie Lippert, “Undulating Parallelogram”, fiber (Seneca)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Justin Guy, “Clay Menagerie”, clay (Edgefield)

Tabitha Ott, “In Time”, mixed media (Cayce)

Annie Rhodes Lee, “Cementing Our Common Ground”, clay (Folly Beach)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

“2019 SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition” Selections:

Vernon Bowen, “Surface Tension”, mixed media (Columbia)

Kim Keats, “Triskele Totem”, mixed media (Okatie)

Jacqueline Anderson, “Chapter 12”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

Mary Nicholson, “Slice of Life Plate”, clay (Johns Island)

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Toni Smith, “Guidance”, metal (Surfside Beach)

Kathy Oda, “Here Comes the Sun”, glass, Lady’s Island)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Nancy Warren, “Oil and Water Harmonics”, fiber (Mount Pleasant)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Arianne King Comer, “Norman’s Vision”, fiber (North Charleston)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit (

Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (

Artisphere 2019 in Greenville, SC, Announces Winning Participants

May 13, 2019

The 15th Anniversary Artisphere festival presented by TD Bank in Greenville, SC, featured 135 artists from across the country selected from 952 submissions from 28 states. 36 of the artists were new to the festival this year.

On Friday, May 10, 2019, artist exhibitors were judged by festival jurors Devyn Vasquez (Penland School of Crafts Core Fellow), Sybil Godwin (Owner and Director – Shain Gallery Charlotte, NC) and Ashley Jones (Local Artist, Photographer). 10 cash awards including; Best in Show ($5,000), 1st Place 2D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 2D Mixed Media ($1,000), 1st Place 3D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 3D Mixed Media ($1,000), four Awards of Excellence ($500 each). The Mayor’s Choice Award ($500), selected by Haynworth-Sinkler Boyd was also distributed.

This year’s Best in Show winner was Richard Wilson (Drawing) of Greenville, NC. 2D 1st place went to Kiah Bellows (Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC, and 2nd place was awarded to Joey Bradley (Painting Oil/Acrylic, Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC. The 3D 1st place award went to Amber Marshall (Glass) of Spruce Pine, NC, and 2nd place went to Nicario Jimenez (Mixed Media 3D) of Naples, FL. Four Awards of Excellence were also distributed to Tara Locklear (Jewelry Semi-Precious) of Raleigh, NC, Chris Jeffries (Glass) of Laguna Beach, CA, Bounkhonkg Signavong (Fiber) of Secaucus, NJ, and Gregg Rasmusson (Ceramics) of St. Louis, MO. Mayor Knox White presented the 2018 Mayor’s Choice Award to Glory Day Loflin (Painting Oil/Acrylic) of Greenville, SC.

In addition to awards distributed on Artist Row, Artisphere distributed an additional $3,000 in awards to winners of the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” as well as the Culinary Arts Café.

Peter Kaniaris of Anderson University juried the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” sponsored by Prisma Health, “Greenville Journal”, and funded in part by Metropolitan Arts Council in March. “Artists of the Upstate” is designated for local artists within a 35-mile radius of Greenville. Kaniaris returned to the festival to select the Best in Show ($1,000), 2nd place ($750), 3rd place ($500), and an Award of Excellence ($250) winners.

This year’s “Artists of the Upstate” Best in Show was Hamed Mahmoodi. 2nd place was awarded to Kent Ambler, 3rd place to Kelly King, and Award of Excellence to Elizabeth Kenney.

Out of town media guests were invited to judge the Culinary Arts Café on their trip to Greenville. They tested dishes personally selected by all five participating restaurants- Larkin’s on the River, Cantina 76, Duke Sandwich Company, Crepe Du Jour, and The Trappe Door. Duke Sandwich Company was chosen as the Best in Show and awarded $500.

“Congratulations to the talented local and national 2019 award winners,” said David Lominack, South Carolina Market President, TD Bank. “TD Bank is proud to support the arts community across the Upstate and beyond through Artisphere.”

For more information visit (

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Announces Winners of “26th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2019”

May 13, 2019

Art League of Hilton Head awarded ten winners at the opening reception of the “26th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2019” on Friday evening, May 10, 2019. Over $5,000 in cash prizes were awarded. The exhibit runs through June 1, 2019, at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

On Saturday, May 11, approximately 45 people returned to Art League Gallery to attend a “Critic’s Coffee” where judge, Alan Flattmann, discussed his selection process, judging criteria and offered commentary on some of the winning artwork.

26th Biennale Award Winners:

Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

First Prize – “Margarita and the Rain of Prejudice”, Mixed Media, by Aldo Muzzarelli (Mauldin, SC) $1,500

Second Prize – “Gift from the Sea”, Watercolor, by Catherine Hillis (St. Simons Island, GA) $1,100

Third Prize – “The Old Ways”, Oil, by William Schneider (Vlg. Of Lakewood, IL) $800

Honorable Mention – “Weight of the Work”, Watercolor, by Tony Armendariz (Palatine, IL) $250

Honorable Mention – “Teresita”, Oil, by Candice Chovanec (Grand Rapids, MI) $250

Honorable Mention – “The Ride”, Photography, by Allen Coles (Columbia, SC) $250

Honorable Mention – “Two Skulls”, Bronze, by Erik Durant (New Bedford, MA) $250

Honorable Mention – “Flooded Field”, Oil, by Donna Nyzio (Beaufort, NC) $250

Honorable Mention – “A Rising Tide”, Pastel, by Andrea Pejeau (Hilton Head Island, SC) $250

Honorable Mention – “Untitled (Composition II)”, Oil, by Haley Smith (Myrtle Beach, SC) $250

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

For further info call 843/681-5060 or visit (

Spartanburg (SC) Fringe Festival Seeks Artwork for ‘Out of the Box’ Exhibit – Deadline May 15, 2019

May 13, 2019

Spartanburg Fringe Festival is calling all artists to submit artwork to its “Out of the Box” exhibit that will run for the month of June 2019 at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC.

“Spartanburg Fringe Festival has taken off amazingly well,” Festival Founder and Director Sandy Staggs said. “We have booked some truly wonderful shows, and now we want to include visual arts as well. The monthlong exhibit ‘Out of the Box,’ is open to any established artist who wants to apply and submit work that is not mainstream. We are looking for the unusual, the odd, the highly creative, the strange — any paintings, sculptures, or other visual creations that might be considered on the fringe of creativity.”

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Decisions on acceptance will be made by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. All art and related materials must be delivered to West Main Artists Co-op (578 West Main St., Spartanburg, SC) by individual appointment during the week of May 20-24. The exhibit will open Saturday, June 1, and will close Saturday, June 29.

Even though the Festival is opening the door to creativity as wide as possible, its management reserves the right to reject submissions that are hateful, in bad taste, truly offensive and without merit, or otherwise unacceptable by even the most liberal evaluation.

Before submitting work for inclusion in “Out of the Box,” please visit the Festival’s website at ( or a more complete understanding. To apply and submit work for the exhibit, contact Staggs via e-mail at ( or Steve Wong at ( You may also call 864/316-6559. In the e-mail, please include basic information about yourself as an artist and a photograph of the art you wish to submit.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Calls for Entries for “Water Water Everywhere” Exhibit – Deadline July 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, invites artists to contribute art and artifacts to a special July exhibit titled “Water Water Everywhere”. Curated by artist Carol Willett, the goal of “Water Water Everywhere” is to explore the role water plays in sustaining life on the Outer Banks and reflecting that in as many different ways as possible.

“None of us can escape the influence that water has on our lives here on the Outer Banks,” said Carol Willett. “Water sustains us physically, economically and spiritually. It is a source of recreation, a key to our food industry, an environmental factor that influences our weather and a source of artistic inspiration. As a sculptor, the driftwood and materials I collect after each tide become part of the art that I create. I draw inspiration from the interaction of the sea and this ribbon of sand we call home.”

All forms of media including visual, literary and performing arts are welcome, and the show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members. Works submitted to this exhibit should be no larger than 12×12 inches. Artwork can be dropped off on Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Artists wishing to participate in the exhibition can find a prospectus online at ( and at the DCAC Gallery.

“We’d like to create a multisensory experience that delights people and leaves them wanting more, and we would be thrilled to include your artistic take on what water means to you,” adds Willett.

This water inspired art exhibit will debut on Friday, July 12 at 6pm with a special opening reception. The reception is free and open to the public and will also feature hors d’oeuvres and libations. Proceeds from exhibit sales will benefit art programs throughout the Outer Banks community. The show will remain on display at Dare County Arts Council through August 12, 2019.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Any questions regarding the show can be e-mailed to the curator at ( For more information about “Water Water Everywhere”, please call 252/473 5558 or visit (

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions at Its Seven Galleries

April 30, 2019

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, will have seven gallery locations by 2021 to exhibit art for the enrichment of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We are now accepting submissions to exhibit at the Elizabeth Ross Gallery and the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries in 2020-2021.

For submission requirements, please visit our website at (

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Participation in Bern Garden Plein Air Event – Deadline May 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

Join us for the first ever ‘Bern Garden Plein Air Event” in New Bern, NC, from 9am to 1pm on May 18, 2019. This new event will feature artists of all mediums creating and designing new works inspired by the natural beauty of New Bern at three locations: Union Point Park, Tryon Palace Outer Gardens, and the Master Gardeners Cooperative Extension Garden. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply at ( by May 10, 2019, to be a part of the event.

Organized by Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Carolina Creations, and the Craven County Master Gardener Association, the event is open to artists of all mediums and free for the public to attend. The artists will work on creations on site inspired by their surroundings at the three locations, with work on sale to the public. Artworks requiring drying/firing/finishing or other extended times will be offered for sale in the “wet paint” fashion common to other plein air events, allowing the customer to pay now and pick the work up at a later date when completed. Finished works by the artist will be featured in an exhibition at Carolina Creations June 14- June 29, 2019.

For more information please call 252/638-2577 or visit (