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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).

Artists in All Disciplines Sought to Perform or Present at the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Dec. 15, 2019

October 30, 2019

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 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held Apr. 29-May 3, 2020, 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.


Hiyas-Min Philippine Cultural Society (Credit Gavin Shelton)

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 by e-mail at (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 Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. 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.


Vik Hart (Credit Gavin Shelton)

The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 38th 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. Flagship events include the World Arts Expo at Riverfront Park, highlighting cultures from around the globe, the Arty Block Party on East Montague Avenue, which combines a street dance and art market, and the Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center, which serves as a closing celebration for the numerous visual art exhibitions on display throughout the entirety of the festival. 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.


The Bryan Anderson Project (Credit Jonathon Stout)

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 at 843/740-5854 or by e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition – Dec. 15, 2019

October 9, 2019

The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, 2020, 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 2020. 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 Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

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 (http://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com) by the Dec. 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 five-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. Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Joseph Kameen of Graniteville, SC (2019), 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 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (www.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). 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.

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.

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence Katherine Hester

August 13, 2019

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Katherine Hester as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for FY2019/20. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Hester will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups in North Charleston through June 2020.


Work by Katherine Hester

Hester is a local artist working in oil and mixed media. She paints outdoors, onsite when painting landscapes in order to capture the changing light of the Lowcountry. She also enjoys creating portraits, working in mixed media in order to put a modern twist to the classic genre.

Hester is a native of the Lowcountry and a graduate of the College of Charleston. She holds a Master’s in Education and worked as a studio art, art history, and science teacher before leaving the classroom in order to pursue her painting career full time. Hester has been represented by galleries in Charleston and exhibited her work throughout the region. She has won numerous awards and participates in the annual “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Outdoor Art Exhibition” each spring.


Work by Katherine Hester

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Hester will offer instruction in painting and drawing. Her art curriculum often includes concepts of science. “Whether it is something as simple as using oil pastels with watercolor paints in order to instill the concept of solubility, to purposefully calculating the ebb and flow of the tide to teach principles of gravity and painting realistic waves, the essence of teaching is instilling curiosity,” she explains. In addition to teaching, Hester will also be working with the Cultural Arts Department on public art projects throughout the City as part of her residency.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Hester’s work throughout December 2019 and January 2020. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of June 2020.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Deadline June 28, 2019

May 30, 2019

Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR). The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2019/20. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations in public schools, recreation facilities, and community gathering spaces within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, June 28, 2019.

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the AIR will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2019/20 school year. Additional workshops and demos will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. The AIR will also conduct a workshop for the department’s monthly Creative Arts Workshop program and offer instruction for summer arts camps in June 2020. In addition, the AIR will present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2019 through January 2020. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May. Past artists who served in the position include Quintin Chaplin (2018/19), Camela Guevara (2017/18), Caroline M. Self (2016/17), Daryle Halbert (2015/16), Alexandra Roberts (2014/15), Charlynn Knight (2013/14), Kristy Bishop (2012/13), Lori Starnes Isom (2011/12), Deborah Meyer (2010/11), and Robert Maniscalco (2009/10).

Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2019 through June 2020. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV reflecting their exhibition and teaching experience by 5pm on Friday, June 28, 2019. Application materials may be e-mailed to (kyeadon@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

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 (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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 (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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 (tep@scmuseum.org).