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Red Rose City Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline May 11, 2014

April 13, 2014


The Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a 501c3 organization, has a mission to makes arts more accessible to the Lancaster community by providing opportunities for students, residents, and visitors to view art in a meaningful and dynamic way. The agency seeks to accomplish this by hosting an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition and competition on the grounds of Red Rose Park in downtown Lancaster, SC.  This project also aims to increase the exposure of artists by hosting the exhibition during the City of Lancaster’s signature Red Rose Festival (May 16 & 17, 2014), which draws thousands of visitors to its’ downtown.


We will be selecting ten artists to exhibit their sculpture for one day of the two-day festival from 10am until 4pm.  It is hoped that the honor of having work selected for this outdoor sculpture exhibition, which will become an annual event, will entice sculptors with a passion for exhibiting their work to make a commitment to participate.

Sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation: able to be structurally secured to a grassy area with anchor bolts or similar devices; capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions; able to withstand a high traffic environment; able to be installed at the site with the use of hand trucks. Artists are responsible for delivery, installation and removal, though Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide limited assistance and will supervise the installation of all sculptures.  This is a juried competition.

PRIZE AWARDS:  $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, $100 Third Place.  All artists selected by jury to participate in show will receive $50 honorarium.  Sculptures will be judged at 2pm, and awards will be distributed at 4pm on May 17th.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR JUDGE:  This year’s competition will be juried and judged by Lancaster artist Bob Doster, owner and operator of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios in Lancaster, SC since the 1970’s.  Doster has a MFA from Clemson University and BFA from USC and his works have been selected for exhibition, competition, commissions, and collections world-wide.  Doster has worked with tens of thousands of students throughout his career, conducting artist residencies and coordinating arts projects and was awarded the Verner O’Neill Award by the SC Arts Commission, SC’s highest honor in the arts.  Awards also include York County Heritage and Cultural Commission Keeper of the Culture, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, and SC’s Hero of the Child. Doster’s works can be found in public art venues throughout the Southeast.

Please forward this information to any friends/colleagues/students who you think might be qualified and interested. A complete prospectus/entry form is follows.

PROSPECTUS: Red Rose City Annual Sculpture Exhibition and Competition

ENTRIES: Selection will be based on submitted digital files; therefore the quality of entry materials is of the utmost importance. Details and/or multiple views are strongly encouraged. Artists may submit up to three works represented by up to twelve digital images (up to four images per work). Images must be submitted via email to   Applications, CD of images in lieu of digital email files, and fees should be mailed to Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

Work must be installed by 10am on May 17.

Set-up begins 8am at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  Sculpture must be removed beginning 4pm on the day of the exhibit.  Artist or artist representative must be present during entire duration of exhibition. Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Red Rose Park assume no liability for any damages or loss. The artist may sell the work during the exhibition; however, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. There is no commission on sales.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide the following publicity:
Brochure with information about the artist; education and outreach programs in surrounding communities; and promotion via City of Lancaster’s website. Publicity will include digital media promotion to include online media and event sites, social media, press releases to regional media sources, inclusion in Red Rose Festival promotions, and other publicity opportunities. Submission constitutes consent by the artist for promotional purposes.

1. Completed, signed Entry Form.
2. Digital images, in JPG format, of work submitted for the exhibition: maximum of three works, with up to four views of each work, with each image labeled with the name of the artist and the title of the sculpture (for example: ArtistsLastName.title.jpg) Images must be emailed with the Entry Form to (
3. Current professional resume.
4. One paragraph artist’s statement and a brief biography.
The entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus. Please retain a copy of this prospectus for your records.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: Entries must be received by May 11, 2014.  All entrants will be notified of the results of the selection process via email by midnight May 11, 2014.  Please note that for the optimum publicity, entries should be received as soon as possible.

CONTACT: For questions about the exhibition, please contact Cherry Doster by e-mail at ( or call 803/289-1492. Submission of this signed entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in the prospectus. Please retain a copy of the prospectus for your records.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts Red Rose City Sculpture Exhibition and Competition Contact Information

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Lancaster, SC, Artist, Bob Doster’s Works Accepted in Southeast Competitions!

March 15, 2014

Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s works have been traveling from state to state in the past few months and show no signs of slowing down, as the well-known artist’s works head to featured exhibits, public art showings, and competitions throughout the United States. Known for works from monumental sculpture to home décor, Doster has spent a great part of his career working with students in schools, camps, and special arts programs. As a result, the SC Arts Commission awarded him the state’s highest honor for his life-long commitment to arts in education, the Verner O’Neill Governor’s Award. The locations where Doster’s works are found offer parents and teachers opportunities to encourage students to visit and explore their own creativity.

Work on view at Charleston County Public Library, in Charleston, SC

Until April 1st, Doster’s “Wind & Waves” Series is featured at Saul Alexander Galleries of the Charleston County Public Library, in Charleston, SC, while the Arts Center of Clemson, SC, will exhibit Doster’s work from March 15 until April 28th for “Art in the Garden”. Two “Wind & Waves” sculptures have been accepted through an annual competition at University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA, while “Rising Star” will be installed at University of North Georgia in Gainesville, GA. Both open March 24 for the yearlong exhibits. Also in Georgia, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation selected one of Doster’s sculptures for its annual juried competition “Southworks”, which will run April 1-30, 2014.

Cary, NC, has contracted with Doster for exhibition of  a sculpture until January 2015 for “Sculpture in the Landscape” public art project. “Dancer” was accepted for the “9th Annual Sculpture Competition” by North Charleston Cultural Arts Center, in North Charleston, SC, and will be on exhibit for eleven months beginning April 2015. The highly competitive “Art Fields” completion in Lake City, SC, selected Doster’s work for exhibition beginning mid-April.

Coming in May, Doster has work going to Texas for the “Beaumont Art League National Competition” and to Martinsburg, WV, where works were selected for the Berkley Arts Council “Art & Earth Competition”. In January and February 2015, the City of North Charleston will host Doster’s works as the featured artist in its Meeting Street Gallery. Later in 2015, Doster will be featured artist at Lancaster County Council of the Arts Springs House Galleries.

Other places you will find Doster’s works publicly exhibited in SC and NC include Orangeburg’s I.P. Stanback Museum & Edisto Gardens, Cheraw’s Dizzy Gillespie Park, Lancaster’s Red Rose Park and USC-Lancaster, Spartanburg, SC’s USC Upstate, Greenville, SC’s Main Street, Anderson, SC’s Public Library, Jackson County Green Energy Park in Bakersville, NC, Arts Council of York County, SC, Artisans Center of SC in Walterboro, SC, Richburg, SC’s Olde English District Visitor Center & Artists Market, and many more. Doster’s works can be found in galleries and gift shops throughout the southeast and the artist’s website offers a list.

Works by Bob Doster

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street, has been featured in “Southern Living”, SCETV, “Sandlapper”, and many other media resources. Tour groups, field trips, and adventurers will enjoy the art collections, sculpture garden, and eclectic atmosphere of the “art compound” housed in a row of 1940’s buildings that are former pool halls and cafes. For more information, visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for Red Rose Photography Contest – Deadline Apr. 1, 2014

February 22, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts partners with See Lancaster & the City of Lancaster, SC, for the Red Rose Festival Photography Contest. If you are interested in submitting your photograph that interprets what makes our community special, please click ( to download the application form and guidelines.

Deadline for submissions is Apr. 1, 2014.

For a complete prospectus and application, call Debbie Jaillette at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (

8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC, Rescheduled for Feb. 22, 2014

February 20, 2014

The 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop has been rescheduled and will be held Feb. 22, 2014, on the campus of The University of South Carolina – Lancaster, Hubbard Drive and Hwy 9 Bypass, Lancaster, SC. The event will take place in  THE BRADLEY ARTS & SCIENCES BUILDING from 9am until 4pm.

There will be door prizes, a raffle for several gift baskets, and a sale of baked goods for snacking. Lots of fabric, patterns, yarns, vintage linens, buttons, felted wool, Feather Weight Sewing Machines and attachments, notions, tools and all sorts of quilting supplies.

Parking is free and admission is $3.00.

For more information to be a vendor or a shopper, e-mail to ( or (

Lancaster, SC, is Calling for Participation in the Fifth Annual Red Rose Festival – Deadline is Apr. 7, 2014

February 7, 2014


Lancaster, SC’s Fifth Annual Red Rose Festival, named a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is seeking artists, commercial and food vendors. The Festival will be held Friday, May 16 from 6-10pm and May 17 from 10am-10pm in downtown, Lancaster, SC.

For details regarding vendor dates and times or to apply online, visit ( Those interested can also e-mail to ( or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is Apr. 7, 2014. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2014 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a Rain or Shine Event!

Strauss Shiple of Olde English District Tourism Commission has been Awarded South Carolina Festival and Event Association’s Director of the Year

February 6, 2014


Strauss Shiple, Olde English District Tourism Commission staff person, has been awarded South Carolina Festival and Event Association’s Director of the Year at its annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. See Lancaster SC’s Marketing and Development Manager, Cherry Doster, serves on the SC Ag+Art Tour regional team and nominated Shiple for leadership of the Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County and other regional events.

Doster states, “See Lancaster became involved with the Ag+Art Tour in 2013, after Shiple and partnering agency representatives successfully led the Ag+Art Tour of York County. When Lancaster County became the 2nd SC county in the Olde English District to host the event, Strauss’ responsibilities doubled. Not only did she bring to our team her knowledge and experience, she even volunteered her time to greet visitors at one of our participating sites. I have had the pleasure of working with Strauss for nearly twenty years, and with every event she is involved in, she brings her professionalism, ability to make rapid & appropriate decisions, and leadership qualities, ensuring that an event is successfully facilitated from conceptualization to planning to wrap-up documentation. It is true to say that our Lancaster County team would not have taken on the huge task of producing the Ag+Art Tour event without the knowledge that Strauss would be closely involved from the beginning until the end. Having been employed with a tourism agency for many years, Strauss always conducts business in a way that is fair to all and will benefit all involved. She is skilled at placing team members into positions that will serve to utilize their individual skills and talents, for the overall good of the event.”

See Lancaster SC is a member of The South Carolina Festival & Event Association, which provides opportunities for networking and professional development among tourism promoters, event planners, festival producers, municipal staff as well as park and recreation professionals. The presentation of SCFEA’s Excellence Awards on Thursday, Jan. 23 served as the end note to the association’s annual conference and provides for the recognition of individuals and communities in South Carolina that deliver events throughout the year.

The SC Ag+Art Tour will be held in Lancaster County on June 21 and 22, 2014 and planning is underway for a kick-off event that will be announced soon. Partnering agencies include Olde English District Tourism Commission, Clemson Extension, and See Lancaster SC.

For more information regarding the SCFEA Director of the Year award or the Ag+Art Tour, visit (

Lancaster, SC, Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Jan. 25, 2014

January 14, 2014


“It is always the right time to do the right thing.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City of Lancaster (SC) is proud to sponsor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and ceremony that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 11am in historic downtown Lancaster. The City of Lancaster is bringing back the parade to the city streets after 18 years to celebrate the ideals and life of Dr. King. Many are expected to line Main Street to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy of promoting equal rights.

The theme for this year’s parade is “I Have a Dream.” Parade Grand Marshal, Power 98’s No Limit Larry, aka, No Leezy and WSOC-TV reporter Tina Terry will lead the parade at 11am beginning at Springs Street and Main Street and ending at Williams Street and Main.

The parade celebration will feature bands from Lancaster and Fairfield County, social groups, church groups, non-profit organizations and more. Following the parade, join No Limit Larry at Lancaster City Hall, located on Catawba Street, at noon for a moment of reflection, singing and celebrating.

The winning “I Have A Dream” essay, by Lancaster County Middle and High Schools, will be read and the winners will be announced. The parade and ceremony honors the immeasurable contributions of Dr. King. All ages are welcome! Concessions serving cocoa, coffee, soft drinks, will be available for purchase. No pets please.

Please go to ( for up-to-date information or e-mail to (

Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, Named Top 20 Event

January 13, 2014


The Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for the month of May, 2014. Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to the promotion of travel to and within Southeastern states, recognizing the importance of festivals, events, and attractions in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Southeast Tourism Society is a member focused organization dedicated to give all tourism professionals and organizations a voice in our industry’s future through education, advocacy, outreach and professional development.


The Red Rose Festival is the signature annual event of the City of Lancaster and features two-day free admission for music and performances, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival foods and vendors, and much more set in the heart of the Red Rose City’s Historic District. This year’s event will be held on May 16 and 17.

For more information on this and other city-sponsored events, contact Events Manager Caroline Hasty at e-mail to ( or call 803/289-1498 and be sure to visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in Lancaster, SC, Offers 17th Annual Gala fundraiser “Art and Soul” – Feb. 8, 2014

January 10, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts sponsors its 17th Annual Gala fundraiser “Art and Soul” on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 7pm, in the Bradley Building on the campus of USC-Lancaster in Lancaster, SC.

This exciting evening will feature silent and live auctions, prize drawings, music, dance, hors d’oeuvres, open bar with speciality drinks.

Black tie optional.

Advance tickets are $50 member and $60 non member and can be purchased at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street, or by calling the LCCA at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (

Proceeds fund community arts programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits, local and regional artists.

For further info visit (

8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC, Takes Place Feb. 15, 2014

January 5, 2014

The 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop (on behalf of See-Lancaster) will take place on Saturday Feb. 15, 2014, at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Starr Hall and Carol Ray Dowling Center, from 9am to 4pm. The fee is $3 at the door and there is free parking.

Does your significant other love crafts? Then they will love the Carolina One Stop Shop Hop right after Valentine’s Day! Come out to the 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop for a day of crafts and fun! There will be quilting fabric, fiber arts, buttons, vintage linens, threads, embellishments, felted wool, and more! We will have wonderful products for sewing, quilting and crafting. The event will also include door prizes, fresh baked goods, fabulous vendors and drawings for a Bernnina sewing machine and for a giant gift basket.

For further info e-mail to (


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