Archive for the ‘Lowcountry SC Visual Arts’ Category

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for its 26th Annual Judged Show – Deadline March 2, 2020

January 19, 2020

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 26th Annual Judged Show, which takes place in Bluffton, SC.

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. To be eligible for an award, each category must have a minimum of seven pieces on display.

Registration is required by completing a registration form available at the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online at (http://bit.ly/SOBAJudgedShow).

The cost to register is $25 for SOBA members and $45 for non SOBA members. The deadline for entries is from 9 to 11am, Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA gallery at 8 Church Street in Bluffton, SC. No entries will be accepted after 11am.

The Judged Show exhibit will be on display from March 2-April 6, 2020, at the SOBA gallery. An awards ceremony will take place from 5-7pm,Wednesday, March 4. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Artists can pick up their art from 9-11am, April 6 at the SOBA gallery.

The judge for the show is Mark Boedges. Boedges has amassed numerous awards and shown his work in many galleries. Boedges leads plein air workshops and is a well-known judge for shows throughout the country. His studio is located in Charlotte, VT.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in philosophy, Boedges pursued his passion for painting — particularly plein art, which would remain his focus for several years. Eventually, Boedges went back to school to study fine art at the University of Colorado, but he left the program after two years to study exclusively from nature. Among the many accolades, Boedges received the Grand Prize for Landscape and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine. He recently received the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, Best in Show at the American Impressionist Society’s National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

2020 Night Market located at the Charleston (SC) City Market is Accepting Applications – Deadline January 29, 2020

January 8, 2020

The Night Market began as an Artisan/Hand Crafted only market in 2013, and now has over 100 various artists represented. This dynamic and diverse group has become an integral part of the Charleston City Market. The Night Market is located between Church Street and East Bay Street, in historic downtown Charleston, SC, each Friday & Saturday night, from March – December., from 6:30-10:30pm. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Night Market provides the opportunity to discover quality, unique, local handcrafted items, stretching for 3 blocks! It is not just a Market, but an experience.

Applications for the opening of 2020 Season will be accepted January 3, 2020 – January 29, 2020. Applications will only be accepted by those residing in South Carolina. We do not accept applications for the Day Market.

Click here (https://www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com/warehouse/fm/documents/2020%20New%20Vendor%20Application%20and%20Explanation.pdf) for The NIGHT MARKET application.

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition” – Deadline March 1, 2020

December 27, 2019

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, set to take place April 29-May 3 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “SANKOFA”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall, opening on the first day of the Arts Fest, April 29, 2020, and remaining on view until June 19, 2020. A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator of the exhibition. Artwork submitted for consideration does not have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. The application is available online at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of present-day Ghana. It is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Today, it is more simply interpreted as “go back and get it.” Sankofa also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people to represent the same idea, with one version appearing as a stylized heart shape and the other by a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward, its head turned backwards, and its mouth carrying a precious egg. Both the word and the symbols represent the concept of remembering our past in order to protect our future. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of sankofa. Entries must incorporate one of the two Sankofa symbols (heart or bird).

Following the close of the exhibition, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 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 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition: SANKOFA” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 29-June 19, 2020, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, e-mail to (mailto:mculturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 19th Annual Statewide Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline March 15, 2020

December 27, 2019

Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 19th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects selected for the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held April 29-May 3, 2020. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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 2020/2021 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 Karen Watson. Watson has been the Executive Director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, since 2005. Before assuming the directorship, her professional background was in biomedical research. Watson’s path from biomedical research to gallery director is not as unlikely as it seems on the surface. She and her former husband were serious collectors of contemporary art. They had the opportunity to meet and befriend many artists and arts professionals within the state and beyond. Watson has a passion for the visual arts and the Sumter County Gallery of Art. She is committed to presenting challenging contemporary and traditional art exhibitions by culturally diverse artists and providing art education opportunities to all the citizens of Sumter County – an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state isolated from the major art centers of the US. Watson served as the juror for the “2009 Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Juried Exhibition” at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), was a juror for the inaugural “CCA 701 Prize” in 2012 at 701 Center For Contemporary Art, (Columbia, SC), and has been a judge for several local art competitions throughout the years.

The 19th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display April 29-May 3, 2020, 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, April 29, 2020, from 6-8:30pm.

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).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 15th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline Feb. 25, 2020

December 27, 2019

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the fifteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).

The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

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.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for the 2020/21 exhibition is Daniel T. Beck. Beck was first exposed to public sculpture as a child through his family’s business, Tatti Conservation. He has worked with his family since 1990 on conservation projects such as the collection at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. In 2018, Beck was a juror for the “Rosen Outdoor Sculpture” competition in Boone, NC. He is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft near Asheville, NC, where he has worked since 2011, facilitating blacksmithing, fabrication, foundry, and sculpture workshops. He maintains a studio practice at his shop in Spruce Pine, NC, and is about to start his third year teaching incarcerated artists through the AMCI/Penland Prison Arts Partnership.

The 15th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display April 29, 2020, through March 21, 2021, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Launches 2020 Membership Campaign

November 26, 2019

For almost 50 years, Art League of Hilton Head, on Hilton Head Island, SC, has been the Lowcountry’s creative core for the visual arts with their beautiful gallery, teaching academy and special community events.

As the League launches its 2020 membership campaign, “Hang with the Best”, they are honored to have been chosen as ‘Best’ in a survey of both the Island Packet and Hilton Head Monthly readers.

Art League believes that by nurturing the artist, they enrich the community. Their members are part of a vibrant arts community that inspires, educates, supports and promotes them.

Members also enjoy the best Lowcountry value for their membership dollar. Membership starts at $55. Exhibiting membership costs $140 – with no requirement for monthly volunteer hours. Higher-level, patron memberships are available and range from $150 to $1,000. Membership includes all visual arts categories. However, jewelry artists need apply for space in the gallery display cases.

Membership benefits include discounts on academy workshops, monthly newsletter and e-mails, ‘Open Studio’ sessions and access (as available) to personal studio space. Exhibiting members display and sell at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and other satellite galleries. This membership level includes access to be the ‘featured’ artist in the center of the gallery with significant advertising and promotion of their work. Patron memberships include appreciation gifts, discounts on gallery artwork and invitations to special private events.

For more information, visit the Art League website at (www.ArtLeagueHHI.org) or contact Peg Weschke, Membership Chair by e-mail at (dolphinscull@gmail.com).

City of Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 2020 Piccolo Spoleto Festival – Deadline Dec. 6, 2019

November 5, 2019

Annually presenting over 500 performing, literary, and visual arts events, the 17-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival transforms Charleston, SC, into an exhilarating celebration of the cultural vitality and diversity of the South Carolina Lowcountry. With a focus on accessibility and community participation in the arts, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA.

For more info about applying visit (http://www.piccolospoleto.com/piccolo-applications/).

Applications may be submitted online via Formstack at (https://office_of_cultural_affairs.formstack.com/forms/piccolo_spoleto_2020_application_to_participate) or submitted by mail/hard copy.

Should you need assistance, please call 843/724-7305.

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery on the Move Again to the Market Area in Charleston, SC

September 18, 2019

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery is moving to a new location at 84 North Market St. across from the Historic Charleston City Market in downtown Charleston, SC. Charleston Crafts is a cooperative Arts and Crafts gallery located in downtown Charleston and is open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm. While preparing for the move from 161 Church St. to its new location at 84 North Market St. the store will be closed intermittently over the coming weeks. The Co-op has plans of re-opening on Oct. 1, 2019.

Charleston Crafts began 30 years ago, in May 1989, as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and currently features 41 local and regional South Carolina artists in a variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft media, including clay, woodworking, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber, metal, paper, polymer, and leather. Over the years, Charleston Crafts has been a springboard for over 315 artists. The co-op is moving from its former location, at 161 Church Street, where it has been for 11 productive years, since 2008.

A cooperative gallery, Charleston Crafts is owned and operated by its exhibiting members. Each juried member is an equal partner and shares the responsibility of operating the business. It is the only cooperative arts gallery in the Charleston area. The main focus of Charleston Crafts is to sustain a viable gallery for artists to consistently sell and market their work. Experienced craft artists have been able to exhibit and sell their work while emerging artists have a safe platform to mature and let their careers flourish.

For further information visit (www.charlestoncrafts.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, is Now Accepting Applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2020-21 Exhibitions – Deadline Nov. 30, 2019

September 18, 2019

Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in Dec. 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com) by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in order to be considered.


View of works by Pascale Bilgis on exhibit

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

Kristi Ryba is the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Visiting Artist in September in Charleston, SC

August 19, 2019

Kristi Ryba, a South Carolina based artist who explores contemporary events and messages of morality, will stir the pot as the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Visiting Artist in September.

Since the November 2016 election, Ryba began to substitute photographs of Trump and his administration, family, and tweets and quotes into existing manuscripts and altarpieces that depict, illuminate or illustrate what she believes to be a corrupt nature of this government. Ryba uses 22k gold leaf and the elaborate skill of handmade egg tempera painting to create narrative works of art on wooden panels. This technique is used to replicate the look of early religious imagery.


“The Disputation of St. Christine (Blasey Ford), after Masolino” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 36” x 24” x 2”


“Pope Sixtus IV, after Melozzo del Forli” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 40” x 36” x 2 ¼”


“Tree Of Consanguinity, Kinship and Affinitiy” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 40” x 36” x 2 ½”

Ryba will host open studio hours on Wednesdays from 2-7pm and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. Museum visitors will experience the different stages of one of her paintings; how she lays out the composition, prepares the painting supports, grinds the pigment and applies gold leaf to envelop the final piece in regalia.


Portrait of Kristi Ryba by Paige Schaberg

Ryba received a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in 1988 from the College of Charleston and an MFA from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT, in 2006. Ryba recently had work included in the 2017 and 2015 “701 CAA SC Biennial”, held at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, and was the Second Place winner of the 2016 ArtFields competition in Lake City, SC, winning the $25,000 award. Her cover image on the 2017 Nov. issue of “Carolina Arts” was the most popular cover in its 32 year history. She is represented locally by Corrigan Gallery LLC, located at 7 Broad Street in Charleston . For further info about the artists visit (www.kristiryba.com).

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).