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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).

Entries Sought for 2019 North Charleston (SC) Arts Fest Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions – Deadline April 29 and 30, 2019

April 10, 2019

The 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest is just a three weeks way, taking place May 1-5. 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 are eligible 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, SC. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (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. Judged Art entries will be accepted in seven media categories: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. 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. In 2017, she became the Executive Director at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, a non-profit arts organization with year-round museum quality contemporary art exhibitions, a rotating artist residency program, as well as additional educational programming and events.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7pm. Artists should note there is a new drop-off location for entries. Entries should be delivered to the Exhibit Hall loading dock at the rear of the Convention Center, which can be accessed from Amsterdam Street via West Montague Avenue. A map and directions are included in the prospectus. 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, Jeffery 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.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7:00pm. Artists should note there is a new drop-off location for entries. Entries should be delivered to the Exhibit Hall loading dock at the rear of the Convention Center, which can be accessed from Amsterdam Street via West Montague Avenue. A map and directions are included in the prospectus. Artists 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 entirety of the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm, Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, 10am–6pm, and Sunday, May 5, noon-6pm. Award winners will be acknowledged at a free public reception in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by Coastal Chamber Musicians and wine and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend. A new Arts Fest event called the Exhibition Encore will be held on Sunday, May 5, from noon-6pm. This free event serves as a closing reception and celebration of these exhibitions, allowing patrons to view the artwork in a festive atmosphere and make final decisions on purchases. In addition to the vast array of artwork on display, the event offers musical entertainment, live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 1-5, 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, dance performances, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. For more information about the Arts Fest, to download the prospectus for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, or for details on vending opportunities, visit (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 (northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2019 Design Competition Winner – Joseph Kameen

February 15, 2019

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Joseph (Joe) Kameen of Graniteville, SC, as the winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Kameen’s oil painting, titled “Shadow Boxer”, will be used to promote the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place in North Charleston, SC, on May 1-5. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece is now part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.


Work by Joseph (Joe) Kameen

Kameen submitted three of his paintings for consideration for the Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. “I believe that these paintings are a good representation of the North Charleston Arts Fest not only because of their broad visual appeal, but also because of the widely relevant nature of the content of the images,” he explains. “My paintings deal with universal, human questions about our experiences. We all ask questions that cannot be answered definitively; as abstract as wondering about our purpose in life, or as personal as asking why we act the way we do. I take these complicated, and often challenging, ideas and use them as inspiration to craft more approachable, metaphorical images. My use of bright colors and active compositions attract the viewer, while the imagery forces the viewer to ask more complicated questions of and for themselves. I feel that this breadth of possibilities and openness to a variety of artistic experiences reflects the diversity of an event like the North Charleston Arts Fest.” It was, in fact, Joe’s use of bright colors, active composition, and the open and intriguing narrative of Shadow Boxer that most appealed to the review panel, who selected the painting among a total of 57 entries by artists from six cities across the state.

Joseph Kameen is an artist and educator. He received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University in 2013, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston Voyager, Emboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Kameen has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Kameen’s paintings use narrative imagery and invented spaces to explore the innately human activity of asking “why,” and to analyze the relationship we form with these questions. Because his paintings are about human experience, the body is featured heavily in his work. Kameen uses his own body as a recurring character so that he always keeps a personal connection to these ideas. Memory also plays heavily into his process, with rooms, objects, and people from his life filtering in and out of paintings. Kameen’s colors are a combination of memory and imagination and often begin with observations made about colors found during certain times of day or under specific weather conditions. He then shifts and exaggerates these found colors to fit his invented worlds. Exaggerated perspectives and compositions reference the hyperbolic expression of Mannerist and Romantic paintings, while bright colors and references to the picture plane point to modern pulp approaches to these same idealized forms. By combining these elements of traditional and popular art, Joe hopes to create work that is both engaged in a conversation with the history of painting, and is accessible and approachable for the average viewer.

A collection of Kameen’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2019. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Shadow Boxer”. 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 a special reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm. Kameen will also offer a painting demo during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday, May 5. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

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 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition” – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

December 27, 2018

Fine craft artists from across the state of SC are invited to participate in the 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running 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 1-5, 2019. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 15, 2019. 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.


“Palmetto Hands” exhibition, credit: Jonathon Stout Photography

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 2019/2020 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 Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work include in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

The 18th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1-5, 2019, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 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 at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, Wins Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund

December 14, 2018

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, is the 2018 recipient of the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund.

“With this award, I was able to utilize an array of materials collected over several years and craft them into a 7ft house-like structure indicative of vernacular architecture and agricultural practices unique to the lowcountry,” says Williams.


Homestead by Fletcher Williams III

“Throughout the past two years, I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my practice to exploring, collecting, and documenting communities within the lowcountry that are representative of African American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. It is common for me to scour my familiar urban terrain but just recently I began venturing into rural South Carolina where I’ve come across vestiges of master craftsmanship, agricultural expertise, and architectural beauty. Homestead is an assemblage of the most iconic fragments collected during those explorations.”

“The overall design of Homestead was inspired by a multi-use barn near the outskirts of Walterboro, SC,” adds Williams. “It is a grand structure that housed grain, hogs, cauldrons, and farming tools. It is an elegant matrix of rafters and raw timber columns enclosed by dull corrugated tin. I’ve mimicked these fixtures in Homestead by creating an intricate exposed rafter system using weathered picket-fence and wrapping the core structure with rusted tin roofing recovered from a Freedman’s Cottage located on upper Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The haint-blue concave section of the structure is comprised of tongue-and-groove siding taken from a small vacated home located only a few miles from the barn. And to represent the barn’s agricultural component, the sculpture is decorated with a series of rusted rebar hooks identical to those used to aid farmers in the butchering of livestock.”


Fletcher Williams’ studio in North Charleston, SC

Fletcher Williams III (b. 1987) is a North Charleston, SC, based interdisciplinary artist whose theoretical and conceptual art making practice is rooted in southern vernacular. Williams studied drawing, painting, print making, graphic design, and sculpture at The Cooper Union, where he received a BFA in 2010 and worked for several years thereafter as a freelance graphic designer. While the core of Williams’ education focused on the visual arts, a significant portion of his education was dedicated to studying ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology. These concepts play an important role in his later works. In 2013, he returned to Charleston and began creating multimedia objects and installations that incorporate historical and contemporary narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the lowcountry. Currently, Williams works out of his single car garage located in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston.


View of an exhibition of works by Fletcher Williams III at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC

The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn as an endowment with Coastal Community Foundation. The endowment provides the annual “Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award” to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s unique life, culture, or environment— its “look and feel.” The award is intended to assist the artist during creation of an original work of art which is then the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion.

For further info visit (www.fletcher3.com).