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Artists in All Disciplines Sought to Perform or Present at the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest – Deadline Dec. 15, 2018

November 6, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held May 1-5 at various venues throughout North Charleston, SC. National, regional, and local artists, cultural groups, and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more.

The application can be accessed at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply.

Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Sat., Dec. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 37th year, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually. The festival features a fabulous array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, and more. The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office by calling 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

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2019 North Charleston (SC) Arts Fest Poster Design Competition Underway – Deadline December 15, 2018

October 8, 2018

The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 1-5, 2019, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery during May 2019. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Saturday, December 15, 2018.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (https://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com/#/login/program/45469) by the December 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual multi-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Media Art, and Literature. For more than 35 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina.


2018 Poster Design Winner Atlantic Sun by Hamed Mahmoodi

Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston, SC (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston, SC (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek, SC (2011).

For more information about the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council Calls for Participation in Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival in NC – Oct. 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at (http://www.celebratefv.com/sponsors-vendors/).

Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

North Carolina law requires that all artisans and vendors collect and remit sales tax on the items they sell, display the NC Certificate of Registration issued by the state with their state tax ID in their booths, and provide their state tax ID number to the event organizer. To apply for a Certificate of Registration, please go to (https://www.ncdor.gov/) and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

Entries Sought for 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions & Exhibitions” Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 28, 2018

The 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest is just a few weeks way, taking place May 2-6, 2018. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 16 and up, including the annual “Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”. Entries for these judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival in Exhibit Hall A at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). There is no pre-jury process or application to complete.

“Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition”
Fine artists age 18 and up are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,350. Media categories have expanded this year to include printmaking. Additionally, drawing and pastel have been split into separate categories. Judged Art entries will be accepted in seven media categories total: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. She received her MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003, where she manages the museum’s permanent collection and oversees museum operations as well as logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs. Prior to working at the Gibbes, Willits served as Registrar for the Augusta Museum of History and Assistant Registrar for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Ms. Willits is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Federation of Museums, Vice President of the Southeastern Museums Conference, an appointed member of the 2018 National Program Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, and a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program (in the area of Collections Stewardship.) Ms. Willits has been fortunate to work closely with local, regional, and nationally-known artists as well as with private & public collections over the course of her career at the Gibbes. Her experiences related to movement and installation of artwork are often directly connected to the nuances of a particular “process” an artist has employed giving her a unique perspective on the various qualities of all mediums of artwork.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

“Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition”
Professional and amateur photographers age 16 and up are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1,450. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color and Monochrome. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, David “Sully” Sullivan. A native of Charleston, SC, Sullivan has lived and worked in New York and California, and currently resides in Charleston, where he maintains a studio when not on location. He regularly shoots on film and his work runs the gamut of fashion, portrait, lifestyle, travel, editorial, and product photography. Recent clients include Volvo, Oscar de la Renta, and The Wall Street Journal.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The “Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions” are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-8:30pm, Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, 10am–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 11am-5pm. Award winners will be acknowledged at a free public reception on Wednesday, May 3, 6-8:30pm, at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dwayne Johnson & Soulfood Jazz and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 2-6, has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, takes place May 5 & 6 at the Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to a diverse array of performances on four stages. Other Expo activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, live art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, art & craft vendors, roving entertainers, and more.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, to download the prospectus for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, or for details on vending opportunities, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, Calls for Participation in 2018 Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

April 28, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at (http://www.celebratefv.com/sponsors-vendors/). Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

North Carolina law requires that all artisans and vendors collect and remit sales tax on the items they sell, display the NC Certificate of Registration issued by the state with their state tax ID in their booths, and provide their state tax ID number to the event organizer. To apply for a Certificate of Registration, please go to (https://www.ncdor.gov/) and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

For further information visit (www.FVartscouncil.org), e-mail to (fvartscouncil@gmail.com) or call 919/399-3183.

59th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival in Hendersonville, NC, Call for Artists Deadline May 1, 2018

March 31, 2018

Artist applications are available for the 59th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, 2018, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

The Art on Main Committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street for a second year. The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This allows for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website, (www.acofhc.org). An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018 (postmark).

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for travelling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community, are also offered.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, plus North Carolina, and surrounding states. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual outdoor festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

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 St., Ste 302, 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 and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Sets Date for Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival – Apr. 21, 2018

February 27, 2018

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its fifth annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The fun happens on Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018, from 11am – 5pm. This free and family-friendly festival has quickly become a much-anticipated event for people of all ages from all over region. Hundreds of kites fill the sky behind the Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg, complemented by live street music and performances, food trucks, and a maker’s market. During the course of the day, individuals and members of the Spartanburg Soaring Kite Club float kites of every imaginable shape and size to the sky, from small kites to octopus-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.

The Spartanburg community has embraced the kite as a symbol of its creative, progressive, and playful spirit. Last year, the event attracted more than 3,500 participants from all over the region and this year will be even better.

“Every year we grow the Festival in terms of creativity and attendance,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to increase community vibrancy and civic engagement. Spartanburg Soaring is a beautiful showcase of what it means to live in Spartanburg. It acts as a symbol of our progressive mindset, our creativity, our curiosity, and our playful nature.”

The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 22nd, 2018 from 1pm-5pm.

Chapman Cultural Center is now accepting the participation of artists and makers for the maker’s market, volunteers, and business partners interested in sponsoring the festival.

For more information about this event, please call 864/542-2787 or visit our Facebook Event Page at (https://www.facebook.com/events/1972346109694954/).

The 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts Taking Pace in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry – Deadline Apr. 30, 2018

February 9, 2018

The Dare County Arts Council announces a call for entry for the 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts, which will be held at the Manteo, NC, waterfront Aug. 15-16, 2018, from 10am-5pm.

The free, outdoor festival brings 100 artists from all over the East Coast to showcase their fine art, including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood design, leather works, and fiber.


Best in Show Award Recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements

“The New World Festival of the Arts is a wonderful show to participate in,” said 2017 New World Festival of the Arts Best In Show award recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde. “Dare County Arts Council does an amazing job organizing and creating the energy for the show- their love and support for the arts is reflected in the artists and patrons they bring together. For me, it was a delight to exhibit in the New World Festival of the Arts last year. I connected with amazing folks while enjoying the beautiful setting of the show in the heart of Manteo.”

Artists wishing to participate in the New World Festival of the Arts can find an application online at (DareArts.org/newworldfestivalofthearts). The application deadline is Monday, Apr. 30, 2018. Notifications will be made by Tuesday, May 15, and a full schedule of participating artist will be available after Friday, June 1.


New World Festival of the Arts. Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements

On Wednesday, August 15 Dare County Arts Council will host an artists’ reception with live music for New World Festival of the Arts at 5pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and a great time to mingle with all the talented artists participating in the festival. Midway through the reception, the judge will announce the award winners and distribute prizes.

Bringing an average of 5,000-6,000 attendees to the historic Town of Manteo each year, New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts. The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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.

For more information about the New World Festival of the Arts, please visit (DareArts.org/newworldfestivalofthearts) or call 252/473-5558.

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2018 Design Competition Winner – Hamed Mahmoodi

February 9, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC, as the winner of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Mahmoodi’s acrylic painting, titled “Atlantic Sun”, will be used to promote the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 2-6, in North Charleston, SC. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.


“Atlantic Sun” by Hamed Mahmoodi

Mahmoodi’s design was selected from a total of 85 entries by artists from 11 cities across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

Mahmoodi, who has submitted work into the competition in years past, created a series of abstract paintings in the Art Nouveau manner for his entries in this year’s competition. “I focused on concentrated circles and curves and loaded the pieces with colors in a rainbow fashion that would be pleasing to the viewer’s eye,” he explains. “I believe the vibrancy created by the enticing color scheme and the energy generated by the movement in “Atlantic Sun” are very representative of the North Charleston Arts Fest. The diverse performances and artwork featured during the event, and the approach to connecting the arts and community members, bring vibrancy and energy to the City that I think is very special.”

Hamed Mahmoodi was born in Iran and moved to South Carolina in 1978. He attended Clemson University and received a BS in Design Architecture in 1986. After graduation, he worked as an associate architect at Fluor International, then as art director for Naegele Outdoor Advertising. He has been a freelance designer for various architectural firms throughout the Southeast and a full-time artist working in a variety of media since the late 80’s. Mahmoodi has had several one-man shows in museums, universities, galleries, and restaurants, and his design works and paintings can be found from Ground Zero Memorial Park in NYC to the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. He has also earned numerous juried awards, best in show honors, merit awards, fellowships, and art grants and has been chosen as the poster/art design winner of other notable festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC) and the Coca-Cola RiverPlace Festival (Greenville, SC).

Oil, watercolor, acrylic, metals, wax, paper, furniture, and photography are just some of the media that Mahmoodi has used to create his diverse works of art. His philosophy for creating art is much like Robert Rauschenberg and Christo, whereas he believes that each idea and work deserves its own individual style and medium. Therefore, his approach varies from representational to abstract, with his most recent paintings primarily executed in an abstract style with an emphasis on color and movement.

A new series of Mahmoodi’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2018. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Atlantic Sun”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 5 & 6, 2018. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for the “17th Annual Statewide Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 15, 2018

December 31, 2017

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the “17th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 2-6, 2018.

A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Mar. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the “South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 Traveling Exhibitions Program”. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. She has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery, and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of “BURNAWAY Magazine” in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in “BOMB Daily”, “Temporary Art Review”, “TWELV Magazine”, and “ART PAPERS”, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.

The “17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 2-6, 2018, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2016, from 6:00-8:30pm. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).