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Awards Announced at Opening of “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2018

Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2018, marked the formal opening of the “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was contemporary South Carolina artist Hollis Brown Thornton, of Aiken. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Jumana Swindler, chair of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to competition newcomer Kevin Spaulding, for his oil painting, “Hearth”. The painting is one of two works by Spaulding in the exhibit. Spaulding, who recently relocated to Florence County, has been an accomplished artist for over 20 years. He received a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before living and working in New York.


Kevin Spaulding standing by his work “Hearth”.

“Spaulding’s entries are rich, darkly-toned, and technically proficient,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte. “His subject matter is rendered within a natural environment, but avoids being landscape painting, it appears isolated in place and time, like classical still life. The two works in the competition are photo-realistic in detail, yet minimal in composition. The result is something both traditional and contemporary. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.”

A Second Place award of $600 was given to Haley Ard, also of Florence County, for her large mixed media work, “The Kitchen Sink”. Although perhaps the youngest artist in the exhibition, Ard is no stranger to high-profile competitions, and is currently exhibiting work in Spartanburg, SC.

In 2017, she received due attention for her assemblage-portrait “Made-Up”, composed of cosmetics and accessories. The work, exhibited at ArtFields in Lake City, was intended to raise questions about the purpose of wearing makeup, and whether it is used to enhance beauty, or cover to it up.

“Like ‘Made-Up’, Ard’s collage ‘The Kitchen Sink’ is an excellent example of the relationship between media and message,” Motte said. “This is one of the most difficult lines to walk for a lot of artists, and Ard is showing a lot of maturity in her handling of concept with craftsmanship.”

Third Place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn, a veteran printmaker, for her serigraph “Congaree Forest Ribbon”. MacAnn has received numerous honors in past Pee Dee Regional exhibitions for her works on paper, which often originate in photographic imagery before being reinterpreted in print.

The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Alexandra Knox, of Loris, SC, for her sculptural mixed media wall piece, “Five to Nine”. The work, created from wax casts of the artist’s hands held together with horse hair, is one of two by Knox in this year’s exhibition.

About Knox, competition juror Hollis Brown Thornton had this to say, “… stunning to see in person. Incredibly organic and visceral. It is difficult to add humanity and vulnerability to an object using technique and materials, and Knox’s ‘hands’ have done that beautifully.”

Thornton is a professional artist and native of Aiken, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of South Carolina and has been working professionally since 2000. His work has been exhibited in France, Germany and Japan, and has appeared in “Elle” magazine and “The New Yorker”.

Thornton became Gallery Director at Mongerson Gallery in Chicago in 2001 where he also worked for two years as an art preparator. Returning to South Carolina in August 2005, Thornton and his wife opened the clothing boutique Threads, in downtown Aiken.

Thornton’s recent large scale drawings often examine the malleable nature of memory in both personal experience and popular culture. His colorful compositions are carefully rendered with photo-realistic effect, at times using only permanent marker, a medium which alludes to the concepts at play beyond the artworks’ surfaces.

When asked about his approach to making art, he says, “Everything I do works with the balance between precision and the inherent limitations of making something by hand.”

Thornton’s recent works will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in the fall of 2018.

As in previous years, the “2018 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibition is comprised of 30 works selected from nearly 200 submissions in multiple media. “We have seen a notable increase in entries this year, a lot of which are coming from artists new to this competition,” Motte commented.

“I hope that, with this annual competition, the Florence County Museum can continue to engage with contemporary artists, and encourage the creative intelligence in the state. Artists should know that they are a part of something outside the studio… that the physical works they create are assets that give intangible value to the world around them.”

The reception was organized and catered with refreshments prepared by museum volunteers. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lillies, of Florence.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 30, 2018 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 23. The winner will be announced Monday, March 26.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 30, 2018.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

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Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Deadline Nov. 3, 2017

September 30, 2017

The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is now accepting artists’ submissions for the “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Artists wishing to enter the competition may register online using the online submission form at  (http://www.flocomuseum.org/pee-dee-regional/). Each artist may obtain a competition schedule and prospectus at (www.flocomuseum.org), or by visiting the Florence County Museum at 111 West Cheves St, Florence.

The “Pee Dee Regional” is the longest running art competition in the state of South Carolina. It has been presented annually since 1954.

Artists may submit up to four entries during online registration at a fee of $12.50 per entry. Current museum members are eligible to submit two entries without charge. Online submissions deadline is 10pm, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

A first place cash prize of $1000 will be awarded by corporate exhibit sponsor Chick-fil-A during the exhibition’s opening reception, Thursday evening, January 25, 2018. Both the exhibit and reception will be held at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135, South Dargan St.

Any person who is a native or resident of the following Pee Dee counties is eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

Questions about the competition schedule, registration, or prospectus may be directed to Florence County Museum by calling 843/676-1200.

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Offers Reception and Lecture with Yvette Cummings – March 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.

The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing “Voyeur Series”, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.

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Yvette L. Cummings, pictured with her 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition 1st place painting, “When the Magpie Came”.

In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.

The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from noon to 1pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. The event is free to the public.

For more information about its free public programs, contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit (www.flocomuseum.org).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Deadline Nov. 23, 2014

October 29, 2014

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, presented by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees and sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Entries for the competition will be accepted Friday through Saturday, Nov. 21 – 23, 2014, at the Waters Gallery, 135 S. Dargan Street, (site of old Art Trail Gallery) between the hours of 10am-5pm on Nov. 21-22, and from noon-5pm on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Interested artists can download a prospectus and registration form from the museum’s website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

A first place cash award of $1000 will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday evening, Jan. 15, 2015. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250. The People’s Choice Award winner, which will be voted upon by attendees of the opening reception, will receive $150.

Charleston native, Lese Corrigan, will be this year’s judge. Lese Corrigan is the owner and operator of Corrigan Gallery, located on Queen Street in Charleston, SC. As a working artist, Corrigan has been a long-time supporter of Charleston artists and an active participant in the Southern Art scene. Corrigan’s work is representational but more expressionistic than realistic. The paintings are full of color and the joyful playfulness of life; surfaces imbued with light – color and texture being the defining structure. Corrigan fully immersed herself in the visual arts in the late 1980’s, working her way through the different opportunities in the art community. An oil painter, whose portraits and landscapes pull together in a vibrant expressionistic manner the play of light and the resulting changes in hue and shade that delight the eye in the course of the day, Corrigan also works in other media – linocuts, photography and clay sculpture. Corrigan was the president for 2009 of the CFADA – Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association and remains active in the promotion of Charleston as the fine arts’ destination it has been for centuries.

The mission of the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” is to feature the best contemporary art in the eastern region of South Carolina, including the counties of Florence, Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Dillon, Kershaw, Chesterfield and Lee.

Each artist may submit up to four works in any medium at a registration fee of $12.50 per work. Museum members are allowed two entries free of charge. All work must be hand delivered on the scheduled drop off dates.

For more information about entering the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200, or visit the museum website at (www.flocomuseum.org) to obtain a prospectus.

The museum’s regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 2-5pm.