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Southern Prize and State Fellowships Application Open for Visual Artists – Deadline is Dec. 15, 2017

November 12, 2017

For the second year in a row, South Arts, based in Atlanta, GA, is accepting entries for the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One fellowship with a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to an individual artist in each state. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize of an additional $25,000 and a finalist prize of $10,000. The Southern Prize winner also receives a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

“Artists in our region are producing some of the most creative work in our country,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “From traditional quilting to bleeding-edge 3D printing sculptures to dynamic installations driving conversations on social justice, southern artists are creating important, extraordinary works.”

Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until Dec. 15, 2017, through South Arts’ website at ( Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary styles are eligible.

“The Southern Prize and State Fellowships impact the careers and lives of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “Previous winners have used their awards to purchase materials to create new work, enroll in residency programs, and secure studio space. The funds are unrestricted, so the winning artists can spend the awards on whatever they may need.”

A panel of national judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded at a ceremony which will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA, in April 2018.

The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, foundation, businesses, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

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Help the Red Clay Rambler – Keep On Ramblin’ Through KickStarter – Deadline is July 11, 2014

June 12, 2014

The Red Clay Rambler podcast, produced by Ben Carter of Carter Pottery, is based on the idea that casual, but focused, conversations between creative individuals can lead to deep insights into the nature of creativity and the human experience. “I start each recording with the intent to explore both the mundane and spectacular aspects of an artist’s life. I receive your comments weekly about how these conversations have touched your life and led to breakthroughs in your own creative practice. I am grateful for your listenership and support in making this podcast happen,” says Carter.

Ben Carter

“I often get asked how listeners can help the show. I have created a KickStarter campaign to allow supporters to directly contribute to the production of the show. By supporting the KickStarter you are helping me to produce another great year of podcasts. I’m raising $7,500 to fund travel, equipment upgrades, and production costs during the next year.”

Carter spends a good part of his year producing interview with potters and other creative types in the Carolinas.

“In addition to receiving my never-ending gratitude, your financial support will be rewarded with special edition posters (pictured below), handmade pottery and a variety of educational rewards,” adds Carter.

Make your pledge before July 11, 2014.

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