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2016 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Call for Artists – Deadline Jan. 17, 2016

November 29, 2015


Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC, in Charleston, SC, is issuing a call for fine craft artists to participate in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016. This will be the 37th year for these shows, which are part of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a 17-day city-wide arts festival produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The venue for the two Piccolo Spoleto Craft shows is the picturesque Wragg Square, a raised and fenced park located at the corner of Meeting and Charlotte Streets in downtown Charleston. Approximately 95 exhibitor booths will be available for each weekend show. Our paid admission averages 7000 – 9000 dedicated fine craft patrons, designers, and gallery representatives per weekend.

We are continuing our Emerging Artist Grants this year. Grants covering single booth fees ($250) will be awarded to up to two first-time show applicants each weekend. Grants will be awarded based on jury scores media quotas, and artist statement included with application.

Applications are available online through ZAPPlicationTM ( The application fee is $30, and booth fees are $250 per booth per weekend. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2016. Artist selection is based on jury scores and media quotas.

For more detailed information about the shows and selection process, visit the official web site at (, e-mail to (, or call Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival USA. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 27th and concludes June 11th.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Seeks Artists for 2017 Exhibitions – Deadline Jan. 30, 2016

November 29, 2015



The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2017 at either our Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four 2-month long exhibit opportunities) or at the Art-in-Healing Gallery (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Details for submitting your portfolio are available on our website at (  Portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 30, 2016, and may be delivered or mailed to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave SW (PO Box 1613), Lenoir, NC, 28645 or e-mailed to (

The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Our center is housed in an historic 100+ year old home. There are four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions. The Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital can hang up to 20 works of 2-D or 3-D wall artworks. The Caldwell Arts Council exhibits artists from across the country and has a reputation for quality exhibits.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

For information on the gallery space or to see a list of upcoming exhibits please visit our website at (

City of Newberry, SC, Offers Second Annual SC Clay Conference – Feb. 26-28, 2016

November 7, 2015


The second annual South Carolina Clay Conference takes place on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, 2016, in Newberry, SC, It promises to bring together the growing community of SC potters, clay artists, students and teachers for three days of amazing presentations, pertinent conversation, and instructive demonstrations all while meeting three remarkable presenters. Michael Sherrill, Glenda E. Guion and Bill Griffith join together to demonstrate, discuss and share the techniques and inspirations that creates the personal work they, and others, do today.


“Moving Clay Forward-Making Clay Personal” is the theme of the 2016 SCCC. Michael Sherrill and Glenda Guion will be on stage Friday and Saturday demonstrating the unique techniques each uses and has created over their careers in clay. Wheel demonstrations as well as handbuilding, extruding and finishing techniques are on the agenda. Participants will be able to interact with the presenters and engage in discussion on how each artists works to discover their personal language through clay.
Sunday, Bill Griffith offers an inspiring and thought awakening presentation on how various artists and potters have made their clay speak their own language. In fact, it was thorough conversations with Bill that this year’s theme “Making Clay Personal” was born.

The SCCC organizers, their attendees and presenters are creating a stronger and more connected clay community in SC. “Moving Clay Forward –Making Clay Personal” is three days of meeting other potters and sculptors, learning about clay organizations around SC, gathering an immense amount of information and inspiration from the presenters and each other as well as having a wonderful time to mingle and socialize with everyone attending. There may even be a little dancing!

For additional information visit ( There you will find links to the Eventbrite registration page, general information, as well as presenter bios. Registration is now open and space is limited.

Editor’s Note: Even if you’re not interested in this event and you are a clay artist, potter, or use clay in the creation of art and living in South Carolina, you may want to contact the folks in Newberry and give them your contact info. They are trying to build a data base of clay artists in SC.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Proposals for Greenhill’s Pop-Up Residency

November 6, 2015


Greenhill’s Pop-Up Residency is a 10-day program in which selected NC artists create and exhibit artworks in ArtQuest. A Pop-Up Residency is perfect for the artist who enjoys interaction with visitors and likes to engage in active conversations about creative practices and artmaking. Our goal is for the artist to be energized by the interactions and for the visitor to deepen their experience at Greenhill and help them make connections between the works in The Gallery and an artist’s creative process.

Amanda Crary Gallas, Pop-Up artist from Sept. 23 – Oct. 22, with helpers during ArtQuest Open Studio to complete her installation, “The Picnic Project” exhibited in The Gallery for First Friday October, 2015.

Pop-Up Residency is a competitive process with applications accepted on an on-going basis. Materials stipend of $200 is provided for each selected artist as well as access to some of the resources of ArtQuest. Artists will be expected to work in the studio during regular business hours for a minimum of seven days to include one Family Night, which takes place on Wednesdays from 5-7pm, and Greenhill’s First Friday event from 6-9pm, offering artists a unique opportunity to share their work with visitors. Selected artists will be required to document their residency using Greenhill’s blog.

On Dec., 9, 2015, at 5:30pm, Greenhill is opening our doors for all interested applicants to come for a interest meeting in ArtQuest where artists can see the space and get a feel for the program. RSVP is not required, but is kindly requested. Please e-mail to ( if you plan on attending.

February 24-March 4, 2016
Deadline January 6, 2016
April 27-May 6, 2016
Deadline March 9, 2016

· $200.00 materials stipend
· Access to ArtQuest Materials and equipment (within reason)
· Exposure!  Opportunity to show your work during First Friday and Family Night
· Close proximity to The Gallery
· Networking opportunities
· Internet access

The following information is required:
· Artist Statement describing:
o Why you would like to work in ArtQuest at Greenhill’s space
o What you would hope to achieve from your residency experience
o Your level of experience or interest in intersecting with the general public while in-residence
· Project Description describing:
o How participants can engage with your work during free Family Night
o Your plans for exhibiting your work during Greenhill’s First Friday event
· Images of four current works
· Resume/CV
· Names and contact info for 3 references who will attest to your ability to work in an open studio environment with children and families

HOW TO APPLY:  Visit our website at ( to fill out an application. Prior to submitting an application we recommend you view information about ArtQuest and exhibitions that will be taking place in The Gallery during scheduled residencies. Also, take a look at the following public announcement videos to get a sense of Greenhill and Family Night in ArtQuest.

Laura Maruzzella, | Greenhill | Phone: 336/333-7460 ex. 107 | (

City of Columbia, SC, Declares Nov. 13, 2015, Women Artists’ Day

November 5, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is honoring South Carolina’s wealth of creativity and celebrating our female artists in conjunction with the exhibition “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina”, on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

On Friday, Nov. 13, all self-proclaimed women artists and their families enjoy free admission to the CMA with the completion of a simple form declaring “I am an artist because…” At noon, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine delivers an official proclamation declaring Nov. 13, 2015, S.C. Women Artists’ Day in the City of Columbia.

“The City of Columbia is excited to honor South Carolina’s women artists on this special day,” says Councilwoman Devine. “Georgia O’Keeffe and women artists have made an invaluable contribution to the cultural landscape, and we hope residents and visitors will take the opportunity to explore the extraordinary, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits” exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art,” also on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

The CMA’s current exhibitions put a focus on how women are pioneering voices in the arts. Georgia O’Keeffe sheds light on how one of the most iconic female artists in American history came into her own in Columbia, South Carolina 100 years ago. “Independent Spirits” showcases women working in every medium who are carrying on the spirit of O’Keeffe in South Carolina today. “With these landmark exhibitions that tell the stories of women in the arts who have contributed so much to our state, we want to also give back to the women artists working in our Columbia community,” says CMA Deputy Director Joelle-Ryan Cook.

The full list of artists in “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina” is: Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Mary Edna Fraser, Doni Jordan, Elizabeth Keller, Diane Kilgore-Condon, Kimberly LeDee, Anna Redwine, Kathleen Robbins, Kirkland Smith, Tonya Gregg, Mary Robinson, Deanna Leamon, Susan Lenz, Karen Ann Myers, Renee Rouillier, Aldwyth, Jeri Burdick, Alice Ballard, Rebecca Davenport, Jan Dreskin-Haig, Pat Callahan, Aggie Zed, Janette Grassi, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Jane Nodine, Laura Spong, Katie Walker, Bri Kinard, Diana Farfan, Eva Carter, Beverly Buchanan, and Virginia Scotchie.

To learn more about “Independent Spirits”, visit ( Columbia Museum of Art

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, is Calling for Proposals for Outdoor Art to be Added to the New Children’s Garden – Deadline Dec. 3, 2015

October 31, 2015

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Children’s Garden is currently under construction and due for completion in March of 2016.  The Garden is located on an approximate four (4) acre site on the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden West Campus in Columbia, SC. The Children’s Garden is adjacent to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s established and successful Botanical Garden. The Zoo and Garden currently attracts one million visitors per year. Approximately 200,000 additional visitors per year are anticipated for all destination projects once they are established which includes the Children’s Garden.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is seeking the participation of artists and/or crafts makers to assist them in enhancing and embellishing the Garden with works that will provide a safe and engaging place for play, learning, exploration, discovery and positive social interaction within the natural environment.


Primary features of the Children’s Garden will include:
Rabbit Hole Kid’s Entry
Rabbit Warren
Dino Dig
Vegetable Garden
Maintenance Sheds
Education Center
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater
Changing Booths
Wading Pool
Natural Pond
Deck Overlook
Climbing & Slides
Natural Playground (Future)
Fairy Garden (Future)
Playhouse Row
Tot Lot (Future)

These words and the images they evoke describe the environment that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Children’s Garden wishes to provide for its guests:

natural world

This juried Call for Entries is open to artists and crafts makers 18 years or older producing works suitable for long-term outdoor and public exposure which will be in keeping with and enhance the concept of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s upcoming Children’s Garden.

Artists and crafts makers are encouraged to review the Garden’s layout and features prior to submitting their proposal and may suggest possible location(s) for their work(s). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden cannot guarantee the location, but every effort will be made to consider the artists’ and crafts makers’ request. Submitted proposals will serve as an agreement to the conditions herein stated for exhibiting in the Children’s Garden.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 2pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 10am
Friday, December 3, 2015 – Artist Proposal Submission Closes
Monday, December 14, 2015 – Artist Notifications of Acceptance and Award
Week of February 22, 2016 – Art Placement
March, 2016 – Garden is anticipated to open to the public
Children’s Garden Tour

Two tours of the site (nearing completion of the construction phase) will be offered during the entry period to provide interested parties context. To attend a tour, interested participants should assemble on the dates noted above prior to the times listed at the West Entrance Ticket Plaza located at 1225 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia, SC.

Accepted proposals and invited artists and crafts makers will each receive a stipend to install and exhibit their work. There will be one stipend per accepted proposal. There will be a limited number of opportunities for artists and crafts makers to have their work displayed at the Children’s Garden. No Entry Fee is required. Artists are welcome to submit their works as a donation to the Children’s Garden.

Categories of Works:
Category A: Large Sculptures and/or Complex Works    Up to $2500
Category B: Free-Standing Sculpture, larger and/or Complex Works Up to $1500
Category C: Interactive Display Series. Up to $1000
Category D: Musical Devices, Dioramas, Graphics Series    $500 to $750
Category E: Plant Art, Small Interactives, Wind Sculptures    $250 to $500

Category distribution of stipends is anticipated as follows but subject to change at the sole discretion of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden:
1 each    $2500
5 each    $1500
5 each    $1000
4 each    $750
6 each    $500
6 each    $250

Entry Submission
Please submit by e-mail and include the artist’s/crafts maker’s name, phone number, e-mail address and physical address. Also include the title, dimensions, medium, and a description of the work including a brief narrative on how the work meets the intent of the Call for Entries and Children’s Garden goals. Images shall be provided in JPG format of sufficient quality to convey intent and detail.  Sketches must be clear and may be provided in JPG or PDF format.

Total Images per Proposal:     Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

All entries shall be submitted in electronic format by the entry deadline above to:
Amanda Segura, Children’s Education Director
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
E-mail: (
Questions?  Reach us any Thursday and Friday, noon-6pm, at 803/602-0813 or by e-mail at (

To see the complete prospectus visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series, Featuring Susan Feagin – Nov. 13, 2015

October 30, 2015


Please join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, for a slide lecture by Susan Feagin, the Clay Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts. Feagin will be discussing her own work and her work up at Penland.

Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7-8pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by slide lecture at 8-9pm.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

Location – NCPC Educational Building located behind the NCPC at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC 27341.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430 or visit (

NC Photographer Harry Taylor Teaches Tintype Process at Barton Art Galleries in Wilson, NC – Nov. 6, 2015

October 30, 2015

A fresh take on one of the world’s earliest forms of photography can be seen on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Barton Art Galleries in Wilson, NC. Wilmington, NC-based commercial and fine arts photographer Harry Taylor will visit the galleries for a lecture and demonstration on the tintype technique, from 1-3pm. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.


Dating back to the 1850s, the tintype process is a chemical emulsion that exposes a negative on a thin metal plate coated with dark lacquer. Tintypes were widely used during the American Civil War, since they could be developed in only a minute or two. This was much faster than other popular photographic methods of the time, and so tintypes were considered the “instant cameras” of the mid- to late-1800s. Despite its name, there is no tin in a tintype. Instead, photos are typically exposed on a plate of iron.

In addition to his commercial work, Taylor specializes in the earlier wet plate collodion process to create his tintypes (the other being the subsequent and more convenient dry collodion process). This technique relies on large format cameras and a portable darkroom for on-site processing. His work explores the American South, time, and memory, all while living it. Taylor’s photography has been featured in a number of print and Internet publications, including “Our State,” “Coastal Living,”, and the NPR radio pictures blog, as well as on the television show “Sleepy Hollow.” Recently, his photos were exhibited at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.

Taylor earned his Associate’s degree in Photography at Chowan College (now Chowan University), and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The Barton Art Galleries, located inside Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College, are open Monday-Friday from 10am until 4pm.

For additional information, call 252/399-6477 or e-mail to (

Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, Calls for Entries for the “2016 GMA Biennial Juried Exhibition” – Deadline Nov. 2, 2015

October 26, 2015


Exhibition Dates: February 5–April 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday February 5, 2016 5–8 pm
Location: Greenville Museum of Art
802 S. Evans Street
Greenville NC, 27834

Entry Deadline: November 2, 2015
Entry Fee: $25 for 3 images payable by credit card, check or PayPal

The Greenville Museum of Art call to artists who are residents of North Carolina.

Eligibility and Rules
No media restrictions. Open to all artists who are residents of North Carolina 18 years old or older. Work must be original, executed within the past two years and not previously exhibited at the GMA. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus and is a contract to exhibit entries selected by the juror. Substitutions for entries sold or otherwise committed before acceptance are not allowed. GMA will retain a 40% commission on any work sold during exhibition.

Theresa N. Hammond, Director and Curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC.

Application Deadline & Fees
Application forms can be submitted via mail or email: 2016 GMA Biennial Juried Exhibition Calendar and Entry Form. High resolution digital images can be submitted by email or by mailing a CD. Information about each image should be included on the entry form. Also include an artist’s statement and brief biography. Email to ( Artists will be notified of acceptance of work by November 25, 2015. Accepted work must be received January 5-11 2016.

Entry fee: $25 for 3 images, payable by check, money order or PayPalTop of Form

A prize fund is guaranteed for the Best in Show, First, Second and Third places. Award winners will be selected by the juror and announced at the reception on February 5th at 6:00pm.

Liability Insurance
Accepted Entries will be insured by GMA’s fine art policy from receipt through May 11, 2016. Works listed NFS should assign an insurance value. Works for sale will be insured for 60% of the retail price (same as the artist would receive in the event of sale of the work). Please note that artists will be held responsible for proof of value in the instance of a claim. Works left after May 15, 2016 become property of the GMA and may be disposed of.

All work must be completely dry, framed, wired, and ready for hanging, or otherwise suitably prepared for exhibition. No saw tooth hangers will be accepted. Orientation or installation instructions and specialized hardware should be included with work. All shipped art work must not exceed UPS/Fed Ex size limitations. Hand-delivered art work must not exceed 8 feet in any direction.

Receipt and return of artwork
Artwork must be shipped (at the artist’s expense) via UPS, FedEX or USPS in a sturdy reusable container. No COD shipments will be accepted. All accepted work shipped and hand delivered must be received no later than the January 11th 2016 deadline. Hand delivered work must be delivered to Greenville during museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4:30 pm or Saturday – Sunday 1-4pm. Accepted artists shipping their work must include prepaid charges for return shipping (USPS Return Postage or prepaid UPS or FedEx shipping label).

1. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibition February 6–April 24, 2016.
2. The museum reserves the right to photograph works for publicity and other purposes.
3. Payment of the entry fee signifies the artist’s understanding and acceptance of the rules and conditions of the competition.
4. All entrants must include their name, address, city, state, zip code, country, phone, email, title of work, date of work, materials and techniques, dimensions, price.

For online entry visit (

Charlotte Fitz Daniels, Executive Director
Greenville Museum of Art

802 S. Evans Street, NC 27834
252 758-1946

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Offers Adrian Chu Redmond for Monthly Meeting – Nov. 10, 2015

October 17, 2015


The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

Work by Adrian Chu Redmond

Artist Adrian Chu Redmond will demonstrate how to make any subject an interesting painting with her creative composition, use of art tools, and paint application.

For further info e-mail Milton Martin at (


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