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City of North Charleston (SC) Seeking New Artist-in-Residence for FY2016/17 – Deadline July 8, 2016

June 7, 2016

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Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2016/17. 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 to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. 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, July 8, 2016.

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FY2015/16 Artist-in-Residence Daryle Halbert

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2016/17 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2016 through January 2017. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May.

Rate of pay for this part-time position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2016 through June 2017. 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 by 5pm on Friday, July 8, 2016. 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 in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition”

May 18, 2016

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Twelve out of 54 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, James Davis, ASLA, founder/president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm.  Once installed at the exhibition site, Davis then made his selections for Best of Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions. After determining the award winners, he offered the following juror’s statement:

“What’s it supposed to be?” the elderly couple inquired as I was pondering my decisions for the awards. There was no signage yet so not even a title for them to go with. I told them the name of the piece, shared what it meant to me and suggested maybe they decide what it means to them. After a short pause, “Hmmmmmm…” was the reply.

Hmmmmmm, indeed! That’s what is so wonderful about art. Even if you don’t understand it, it can still make you feel Hmmmmmm!  I always think it’s better to know the message the artist is revealing, but missing that, if we just pause for a moment, we will know what it means to us! So the attraction might be the message or it could be the creativity or the craftsmanship or the design or the aesthetics or the complexity (or simplicity) or the attention to detail.  Sometimes it’s all of these!!!  As juror, that’s what I hope to find.

My choices of sculptures to take part in the exhibit were an effort to select pieces that presented a range of materials, colors, textures and emotions. My choices for the awards lean towards my personal notions of creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

I hope all the visitors to this wonderful park will take some time to stop and reflect upon each sculpture. It may not be for the same reason but if they pause, I think they’ll find something to make them say Hmmmmmm!!”

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Best of Show, Truce by Adam Walls (credit: Ryan Johnson)

The twelve sculptures selected for exhibition are by twelve artists from three states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show: “Truce” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
Outstanding Merit: “Orpheus” by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)
Honorable Mention: “Off by One” by Casey Narron (Kenly, NC)
Honorable Mention: “January Wind” by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Honorable Mention: “Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Other works on display:
“Red Balance” by Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC)
“Mare and Foal” by Edward Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Undulation” by Jordan Fowler (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Creatures of the Sky II” by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)
“Voyageur Outdoor” by Corrina Sephora (Atlanta, GA)
“Swing Thing” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
“Go Take a Hike” by Davis Whitfield (Sylva, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free.

The “2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 22, 2017.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2017/18 competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2016 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest.  A total of 226 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris is a contemporary mixed media artist and who currently teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

A total of 107 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or photo illustration. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle has been the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship and the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship and is currently a professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces 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:

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Heather Thornton with her work “Dichotomy”

Best in Show – Fine Art:
“Dichotomy” (acrylic) by Heather Thornton (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” (acrylic) by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
“Wabi-Sabi” (2-D Mixed Media) by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
“Arts My Bag” (watercolor) by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)

Fine Art – Acrylic:
1st Place – “Exposed Innocent” by Jarrett Davis (Pamplico, SC)
2nd place – “Red IBM” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kaudi 3005” by Davina Felder (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Projector with Sunflower” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “School of Fish” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wash Me” by Rosemary Giusti Dillon (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wild About Coffee” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Emanuel Forever 9” by Kelvin Bluffton Sr. (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – “El Corozon de la Sabana” by Kolepeace (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – Oil:
1st Place – “A Father’s Love” by Robert Maniscalco (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Water the Old Way” by Marvin Youngblood (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Annie” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Leaving Moma” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Night Cup” by Keith Van Zant (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Toby” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Beach Peace” by Dorothy Alston Rogers (North Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel:
1st place – “Strike of an Eye” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – “Rough Girls” by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “The Abstraction” by Catherine Case (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chucked” by Susan Everitt (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Untitled” by Elliott B. West (Bonneau, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Paved Paradise” by Michelle Brooks Bank (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Love at First Sight” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor:
1st Place – “Jen” by Johnny Sandler (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Ciara x4 by Carolyn Epperly (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Arts My Bag” by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)
Honorable Mention – “They Are Waiting” by M. Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media:
1st Place – “Frozen in Time” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
2nd Place – “Qualia” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
3rd Place – “All My Life” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Believe Me, I Woke Upon” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sinnamon” by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Network” by Susanna Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Color:
1st Place – “Great Blue Heron Pair” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Devine Light” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting Patiently” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Orchid Study 1” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “The Cooper’s Barrel” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Step into Liquid” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Poppy #2” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Clearing November Storm” by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hats!” by Larry Gale (Mt Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cobwebbed Anchor” by Christine Jones (Goose Creek, SC)

Professional Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “Sleep Walker” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Tale of the Seas” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Calls and Echoes” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Taking Flight” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color:
1st Place – “By the Sea” by Steven Ives (Moncks Corner, SC)
2nd Place – “Fulfilling Our Promises” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Stars” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “At Sea” by Steven Ives by (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A Pumpkin Spider!” by Nancy Nellis (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Corsair Reflection” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Empty Seats” by Tom Beck (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sun Escape” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hidden” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “Iris” by Michael D. Summer (Dalzell, SC)
2nd Place – “Double” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Smokin’” by Nicole Robinson (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Isolation” by Melissa Honour (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Preparation” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Stump of Time” by Jimmy Hartnett (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Spokes” by Rudy Lutge (North Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “On Display” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

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 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 in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 36 applicants were asked to participate and 82 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip. After making her selections, Haislip stated, “The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today.”

After awarding ribbons, Haislip also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 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, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces 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 2016 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

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Folks looking at work by Tom Boozer

Best of Show:
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)

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“Boot Scoot” by Patz Fowle

Outstanding Merit:
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Rice Plantation at Brookgreen” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Gosu Basket Form” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Honorable Mention:
“Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Blueberry Tart Cake” (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Vessel No. 373” (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Wrench Wench” (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)
“Gameboard” (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
“Natural Edge Maple Bowl” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Triangular Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Haida #6 Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Wormloe Plantation” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Handle With Care” (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Butterfly Bowl” (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Salty” (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

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 by calling 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night” – Apr. 12, 2016

April 6, 2016

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, will present the “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night”, in the Conference Center, on Apr. 12, 2016, from 4:30 to 630pm. The exhibition will include original artworks of a variety of mediums by current students of the Trident Technical College’s Film, Media and Visual Arts programs.

The exhibition will feature artist working across artistic disciplines including photography, video, film, 3D animation, illustrations, and design. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the program.

Trident Technical College’s Main 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, visitor parking is located next to the 920 building.

For further information, please call Richard Dooley, Department Head of Visual Arts at 843/574-6755 or e-mail to (Richard.dooley@tridenttech.edu).

Entries Sought for 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 5, 2016

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The 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest is less than a month away, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2016, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 4, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Art Walk
Local artists and fine craft artisans are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Fest Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 4, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 18, 2016. Applications may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition
Fine artists 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 $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Amiri is a contemporary artist working in painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. His pieces are inspired by intimate, personal experiences and examine issues surrounding race, culture, memory, and perception. Farris received his MFA in Painting and BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His academic appointments have included Professor of Fine Arts Foundations and Graphic Design for the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, SC. Amiri’s work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the U.S., including the United States Capitol and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Bluffton, SC, and teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art Design.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

Judged Photography Competition and Exhibition
Professional and amateur photographers 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 $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digital Illustration.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle is a Professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department. She received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and her MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions.  A monograph of her photographs entitled “The Way Out West: Desert Landscapes” was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. Van Parys has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum Fellowship and a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.  Her work is included in several museum collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Portland Art Museum.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Saturday, April 30, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 1, 1–5pm; and Monday through Friday, May 2-6, 9am–5pm. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, April 29, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nikolai Svishev and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for April 29-May 7, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of more than 100 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Premiere Weekend, held April 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts vendors, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Fest continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2016 Design Competition Winner – Lisa Shimko

February 17, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Charleston, SC, artist Lisa Shimko, as the winner of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Shimko’s acrylic painting, titled “Air and Water,” will be used to promote the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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Shimko’s design was selected from a total of 64 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to Shimko, “Air and Water” and the other paintings in its series are the result of her meditations of the aquatic world. Within the piece she ruminates on “the edges of land to the water, constantly changing with tides; the various organisms, big and small; and accentuating the range of colors found both up close and seen at the landscape’s distance.” “This painting is not meant to be an illustration of the Lowcountry landscape, but a portal of my experience and feeling of the meandering waterways and the energy of the many creatures that call it home,” she explains. It was this energy that drew members of the review panel to this piece, with many identifying with the concept of how the arts can serve as a portal to feelings and experiences.

Shimko graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA in Painting, and a minor in Art Therapy. Having grown up in York County, Pennsylvania, the colors, forms, and textures of the northeastern landscape, and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art influenced the foundation of her artistic aesthetic.  Upon moving to Hilton Head Island when she finished school, the terrain of the coastal south added new elements to her aesthetic catalogue, and peaked her interest in exploring environmental issues. After living in Hilton Head for six years, Shimko moved to Charleston in 2006, and has since been extremely involved with the community as a fine artist, instructor, and fundraiser.

Animals and nature are common subjects in Shimko’s paintings. She uses a visual language focused on new research and old memories, creates symbolism in her works, and allows the elements within them to tell a story. She was selected as the juried image winner for the 2008 Charleston Farmers Market with her piece “Tomato Half”, and again in 2009 with “Watermelon Sky”. In 2014 she was commissioned to create the official poster design for the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. She was also a featured artist in Charleston Supported Art’s Winter 2015 season. Shimko’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows locally and she is currently represented by Mitchell Hill Gallery in downtown Charleston, SC.

Shimko’s work, including the winning piece, “Air and Water,” will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2016. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the festival’s Premiere Weekend on April 30 and May 1, 2016. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

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 (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Entries Sought for “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition” in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Feb. 25, 2016

December 18, 2015

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Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the eleventh annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held April 29-May 7, 2016. The application is only 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 Feb. 25, 2016.

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2015/16 Best of Show, “Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral” by Corrina Sephora

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 this year’s exhibition is James G. Davis, ASLA, founder/ president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm dedicated to simplifying the process of procuring while helping increase both the quality and quantity of the total outdoor art experience. Since 2008, Davis has enjoyed incorporating his skills as a landscape architect with outdoor art by working closely with artists, designers, developers, art councils, municipalities, and corporations as a consultant and in identifying and placing outdoor art.  He is a longtime volunteer and past Board Member of Cary Visual Art, Inc. (CVA), a non-profit organization in Cary, NC, which has placed over 50 permanent pieces of sculpture worth in excess of one million dollars. Davis was instrumental in forming CVA’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and has served as chair since 2006. With a degree in Environmental Design, he has over 40 years of experience in outdoor aesthetics and is registered to practice landscape architecture in his native state of North Carolina.

The “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display Apr. 29, 2016, through Mar. 26, 2017, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, Apr. 29, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or 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).

African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 1, 2016

December 11, 2015

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The 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 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled “A Piece of Peace”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30-June 20, 2016.

A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the concept of peace. The challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal vision of peace. In today’s world, many are feeling lost, frightened, or overwhelmed. Often times life can feel tumultuous and fractured. Where can one go to find a “piece of peace”? How does one find a “true north”? For some, it is through a long meditation, a walk in the woods, or a good book. Others find their piece of peace through action – caring for a beloved child or aging parent, spending time with an animal friend, worshipping in a sacred space, or working towards social justice to help change the world in both small and large ways.  “We are all so very excited that we are celebrating ten years of producing high quality textile art as part of this magnificent festival,” says Washington. “Each year this show grows bigger and better, and we are particularly thrilled by this beautiful, healing theme.”

Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 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 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: “A Piece of Peace” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 30-June 20, 2016, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).


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