Competition offers writers $7,000 in cash prizes

A call for artists affected by Atlantic hurricanes in 2017 or 2018

Application deadline: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

Lynda English Studio calls for miniature art

Submission deadline: Thursday, Nov. 8

Registration is open for the fifth annual Lynda English Studio Miniature Art Competition.  The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. “Much is to be gained artistically by painting small – in composition, color, and value,” said Jackie Wukela, co-owner of Lynda English Studio Gallery. “The Lynda English Studio Gallery hopes to accomplish two tasks with this fifth Annual Miniature Competition: one, to nudge artists to tighten their skills by working within a small space; and two, to help educate our students and fellow artists in the process of entering competitions.”
  • The youth division is open to all artists aged 6-12 who reside in South Carolina.
  • The adult division is open to those 13 years old or older residing in South Carolina.
Any 2- or 3-Dimensional original art media not exceeding 40 square inches can be submitted. Photography is not part of the competition. For entry fee details and information about prizes, visit this story on
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Tuning Up: Calling all S.C. high school filmmakers

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

Doko Film Fest showcases high school filmmakers. Doko Film Fest, a competitive showcase event featuring the work of student filmmakers ages 15 to 18, announced Monday that entries are officially being accepted for its inaugural event. The festival gives high school aged filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films to a live audience and have their work judged by industry professionals. The filmmakers and others attending will be able to attend master classes led by professional filmmakers. Categories include: short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation and pocket studio (made entirely on smart phone). Films should be between five and ten minutes in length, except for animation which should be between one and three minutes in length and music video which should be no shorter than three minutes. The deadline to submit entries is January 7, 2019.

Evergreen (for now): Time is running out!

  • Nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts (right) are due Thursday, Nov. 8. All it takes to start the process of awarding an artist, arts organization, business or foundation, government entity, individual, or arts educator/institution one of these prestigious awards for significant contributions to the arts in South Carolina is one letter. Don't wait. Find out more now! (Noms for the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards are due at the same time. Here's info on those.)
  • Applications for $5,000 individual artist fellowships are also due Thursday, Nov. 8. Unrestricted awards will honor achievement in visual arts, craft, music composition, and music performance. Don't miss out!

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Applications sought for $30k public art design commission in Rock Hill

Application deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

The Women’s Art Initiative (WAI) of Rock Hill is a public art advocacy group whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for the community by reflecting its cultural values and artistic vitality through public art.  The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. In collaboration with the city of Rock Hill, WAI is seeking proposals from artists/designers to create a contemporary, outdoor design feature, sculpture, or artwork at the entry of Comporium’s Telephone Museum on Elk Avenue. It will serve to celebrate communication and technology; specifically its multi-level history in the city of Rock Hill and its vast, endless possibilities for innovation. Thus, it will provide opportunities for dialogue emphasizing the increasing impact of technology and communication on our future. The piece shall exemplify the communication concept as one in constant evolution and act as an engaging and educating entrance area into the space directly adjacent to the Telephone Museum. The piece must be child/family friendly and ideally have an interactive or kinetic feature. WAI will select one artist’s/ designer’s proposal whose vision for this project incorporates these themes. The artist/designer will be responsible for the design, creation, transportation, and installation of the project and will work with the WAI Selection Committee and city of Rock Hill staff. Artists/designers of 18 and up are invited to apply by Oct 31, 2018. Go here to read more about it!

About WAI

A group of women… artists, professionals, civic leaders and enthusiasts formed a group to bring public art to our community.
Our vision is to grow into a public art institution with annual funding; providing acquisition, preservation, education and community dialogue.

2019 North Charleston Arts Fest makes big call for artists

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest

Good morning. Nothing gets us going in the morning like a big call for art. And a bold roast coffee. This call is big and bold and we brewed it up piping hot. Have a cuppa. - Ed.
Application deadline: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held May 1-5 at various venues throughout North Charleston. National, regional, and local artists, cultural groups, and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. The application can be accessed at Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854 or for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply. Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with any part of 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. The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 37th year, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually. The festival features a fabulous array of events and activities such as:
  • concerts,
  • theatre presentations,
  • exhibitions and installations,
  • children’s programs,
  • film screenings,
  • workshops and demonstrations,
  • and more.
The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843.740.5854 or
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Indie Grits Labs seeks artists to tell story of rural Southeast

Rural Project calls for Proposals

Application Deadline: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 Indie Grits Labs is a non-profit organization that works to serve communities through media education, artist driven projects, and the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia. In Their Words "In 2018-2019, we are focusing on the issues facing small town and rural communities of the Southeast in the 21st century. The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. With this open call, we are looking for artists connected to rural communities across the Southeast to develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our region." Eligibility The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. All applicants and/or their project must have a connection to the Southeast U.S., and it's up to each applicant to make an argument for a valid connection. ALL disciplines of art are acceptable: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, sound, video, installation, mixed-media, etc. Artwork can be pre-existing, but it must have a connection to the 2018 Rural concept. In the application each artist must describe how their proposed work ties into the Rural Project. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, but the final date to apply for this cycle is Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Past projects include "Two Cities 2018," "Seen & Heard," Visiones 2017," "Waterlines 2016," and "Daughters 2016." You can read more about each on the call for proposals page. (For inspiration, it's recommended that you familiarize yourself with the rural concept above and review the past projects to get a feel for the diversity, experimentation, and collaborative spirit that makes up the Indie Grits Labs history and approach to the media arts. Click here to read more on the call, its budget guidelines, and how it will tie into the Indie Grits Festival in 2019.

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PalmettoPride wants #SCArtists to win $500

Submission deadline: Oct. 31, 2018

PalmettoPride is looking to install five public art projects in a new Public Art for Litter Prevention contest. The world-famous Hub "Calls for Art" megaphone. Five #SCArtists will be selected to create a spot of pride in their communities and receive $500 for their efforts. The contest is open now and will accept art submissions until the end of October.

“We have seen public art projects go up all over the state, with sculptures and murals and even decorating electric boxes in our business districts,” Sarah Lyles, executive director of PalmettoPride, said. “Beautification is a tactic of litter prevention and art can change a community in a positive way.” (Ed. note: Sarah gets it!)

Submit a sketch of a mural or an art installation concept design for consideration to PalmettoPride by contacting The potential artwork location must be a public space in each artist's community. The artwork can be completed in any medium, a mural sketch, an art installation concept or rough sculpture design. In addition to the $500 prize, PalmettoPride can assist the artists with the steps for approval if needed for installation and will provide all the supplies necessary for the art. Timeline for completion of the five new art projects will be decided once art work is finalized. For more information on this new contest, please email You can apply here:

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North Charleston offering visual art exhibition opportunities in FY2019/20

Application deadline: Monday, Nov. 30, 2018

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 world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. The gallery features artwork by international, national, 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 December 2018 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2019-June 2020. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at by Monday, Nov. 30, 2018, in order to be considered. The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston. 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 5-7 p.m. 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 those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be emailed to 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, email, or call 843.740.5854.

Win $50,000: ArtFields 2019 now taking submissions

Up to 400 artists to be invited to exhibit during ArtFields 2019 in Lake City

Submission deadline: Nov. 5, 2018 In southern Florence County there sits a small town that's a big player in the southeastern U.S. arts scene, serving as host of one of a major regional arts festival every spring. And you, #SCartists, could be invited to exhibit in Lake City next year and compete for the $50,000 ArtFields 2019 grand prize.

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If selected, you and your artwork will be in one of the Southeast’s major art events, a nine-day April-May, 2019, affair in Lake City, S.C. Your work will be among up to 400 exhibited throughout our downtown in galleries, warehouses, restaurants, shops and other venues. Thousands of people will see it, including art curators, critics and other art professionals and news media of all sorts from all over the place. And then there are the collectors, of course. (Please look at the rules and prize information before you submit.)

For ArtFields 2019, there are new state awards and they revamped existing prizes. And campaigning for the People’s Choice Awards is banned. Furthermore, there's a new submission platform, ArtBooth, that's made specifically for ArtFields. You can read all about that on the prizes and rules page of

Michaela Pilar BrownPrizes

  • Grand Prize: $50,000
  • Second Place Prize: $25,000
  • People's Choice (Two-Dimensional): $12,500
  • People's Chouce (Three-Dimensional): $12,500
  • Merit Prizes (10): $2,000 (now a "best-of-the-rest," 3-12 ranking)
  • Category Prizes (8): $1,500 (now including textile art)
  • State Awards (12): $1,000 (one state winner for each state included in ArtFields)
The 2018 winner of the grand prize, Michaela Pilar Brown, is a South Carolina artist who is no stranger to the S.C. Arts Commission: she received an Artists Ventures Initiative grant in 2014 to help her start an arts-based business.