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100 bucks for 100 words

New contest from Sunspot Literary Journal

Submission deadline: June 30, 2020
A contribution from Sunspot Literary Journal: Microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay... if it's 100 words or less, it might be worth $100. No restrictions on theme or category. In addition to receiving the cash prize, the winner will be published. Select finalists will have the chance to be published. Sunspot asks for first rights only; all rights revert to the contributor after publication. Works accepted for publication include bylines and biographies. These are published in the next quarterly digital edition an average of one month after contest completion. All the published pieces will be considered for inclusion in the annual fall print edition. Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified.

Cash award of $100 Entry fee: $5 Open April 1, 2020 Closes June 30, 2020

Link here to submit:

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Rep. Joe Wilson makes call for art from young artists

Submission deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 (in Aiken or Columbia offices for Second District residents)

The deadline for this year's Congressional Art Competition is approaching. Rep. Wilson is encouraging all high school artists in the Second District to participate:

With most students in the Second District currently learning from home, this competition is a great use of spare time. This competition is a way to recognize the talent of young artists here in the Second District and across the nation.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, and one winner is selected to represent each participating district. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from other participating districts around the country. The winning artist from each district will win a trip to Washington and a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. South Carolinians in other Congressional districts: find out if your district is participating by visiting your House member's website. UPDATE: The initial post listed the deadline as Friday, May 1. The deadline was changed shortly after publication and this post was updated after receiving notification.

Theme and accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork

Artwork must be two-dimensional and represent this year's theme, The Palmetto State: Capturing the Spirit of South Carolina. Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece it must be framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
  • Entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must be entered in the original medium (i.e. not a scan or copy of original work).
Find the competition rules and regulations here. Second District residents who need any additional information or have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Sam Orr in the Midlands office at 803.939.0041 or email him at
Rep. Wilson congratulates Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School in Columbia, selected the 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner. "Her winning piece titled “Entangled” is a remarkable and tasteful representation of the talent we have in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. A special thank you goes to her parents, Jennifer and Patrick Rayfield, and her art teacher, Ms. Jennifer Gorlewski." Painting by Dreher High School artist Julia Rayfield, the 2019 Second District of S.C. winner "Entagled" from Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s Congressional Art Competition Winner
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Call for art focusing on S.C.’s rural Upstate

Winner to be featured by S.C. Office of Rural Health

Submission deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET)
The 2020 South Carolina Office of Rural Health Art Competition is open, and wants to hear from #SCartists. Each year, they solicit artwork (all visual art forms + photography) from artists living in South Carolina for consideration as the official imagery for 1) South Carolina’s Annual Rural Health Conference (this year's, the 24th such gathering, is scheduled for Sept. 1-3, 2020 in Greenville) and 2) National Rural Health Day (the 10th of which is Nov. 19, 2020). This year, they're encouraging artists to celebrate the beauty of the rural Upstate with their submissions. Just make sure rural and South Carolina are the focus. Participants must complete the form on their website and submit artwork on or before 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.


Did we mention there are prizes? Well, there are prizes!
  • First Place: $500 and recognition as the artist for the official design of South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s 24th Annual Rural Health Conference and/or 10th National Rural Health Day as advertised by the South Carolina Office of Rural Health.
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • New this year: Student award for an artist 18 and younger: $250
Learn more and submit your artwork by clicking here.

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Be rapid and avoid rough water on this RFP

U.S. National Whitewater Center seeking art

Submission deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. ET The 1,300-acre facility located along the Catawba River in Charlotte, known as the U.S. National Whitewater Center, is home to 30+ land and water-based activities, outdoor instruction and certification programs, festivals, races, films, and various outdoor events throughout the year.  And soon, maybe, the work of a South Carolina artist? The Hub learned today that "Whitewater" is planning to expand upon its recent integration of art and creative experiential opportunities as part of its winter programming and is making a call for submissions "inspired by the natural world, environmental stewardship, and/or an active lifestyle that encourage family and civic interaction."  They're looking for "a creative professional or team to design, develop, and create and engaging and immersive outdoor art installation for winter 2020/2021. Read the RFP for further information!
Canvass of the People 2020 promo graphic Click image to participate in short survey!

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One week to apply for ArtFields portrait contest

Ahem: the prize money doubled from 2019

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET Artists standing at easels painting portraits at ArtFields 2018 The 2018 ArtFields Portrait Contest. Photo by Zan Maddox/Social Design House.
From our friends at ArtFields comes this dispatch: Applications for the eighth annual ArtFields Portrait Contest are officially open through March 6th, 2020. Artists will compete for Best in Show and over $3,000 in cash prizes while painting live portraits. To apply, you’ll need basic contact information, a portfolio of work, and the submission fee of $25. Click here to apply via ArtBooth through March 6. The stakes are higher than ever this year as prize money up for grabs is DOUBLED to $2,000 for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. The ArtFields 2020 Portrait Contest is Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. at The Bean Market. For questions, call Carlie Baxley at 843.374.0180. Click here to apply!

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Public art opportunity in the City of Clemson

Proposed Project: Public mural project in downtown Clemson

The Project

The City of Clemson Arts and Culture Commission has initiated a public mural project as way of establishing a public art presence in downtown Clemson. The artwork will be located on the side wall of a historic building in downtown Clemson. Clemson community members will be invited and encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the artwork.


  • Establish a public art presence in downtown Clemson
  • Create a piece of public art for an outdoor environment that reflects the spirit, history, and uniqueness of the City of Clemson
  • Engage the Clemson residential and business community in the decision-making process
  • Promote downtown Clemson as a destination dedicated to fostering community collaborations and partnerships
  • Select a dedicated and qualified artist or artist team that can demonstrate artistic excellence while completing this project on time and within budget

2020 Schedule

  • January 17: RFP released
  • February 21: Deadline for Questions
  • March 2: RFP closes
  • March 10: Short list of proposals selected
  • March 23 - 31: Community engagement and voting
  • April 6: Final artist announced
  • May 8: Final design due from artist
  • May 12: Final design review and approval
  • No later than August 1: Art production completed
Completed proposals will be on display at Clemson City Hall from March 23-31, 2020. Community members will be invited to share their input. Please see more information at the link to the RPF PDF file on the City of Clemson website.

ArtFields Jr. submissions due this week!

  All South Carolina students ages 18 & under are eligible to submit artwork from any medium. Submitting is FREE and takes less than 20 minutes to complete! The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

UofSC SVAD extends residency deadline

Application deadline: January 5, 2020 January 31, 2020

The School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) at the University of South Carolina is accepting applications for its 2020 Artist Residency Program at Stormwater Studios in Columbia. SVAD hosts an Artist Residency Program through its studio space inside of Stormwater Studios, providing essential studio space for students, faculty members, and visiting artists and community members to develop new work, lead workshops, give educational talks, and host exhibitions. We’ve designed our studio to be an ideal working environment for visual artists to test new ideas and experiment with materials. The program is designed to provide a local or regional artist with the time and space to create new works within an established artist community, and the opportunity to engage with SVAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Columbia community. The participating artist-in-residence will be provided an honorarium of $1,000 to support their work and activity, but housing and transportation are not provided. Participation in Third Thursday Open Studios (March 19, 2020) and with the SVAD and Columbia communities is strongly encouraged. Dates of residency: March 2, 2020 – April 3, 2020

How to apply

Please send the following by email, as one PDF, to
  • Digital portfolio (10–20 images)
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement describing the following:
    •  current work
    • proposed project while in residence
    •  how you will engage with SVAD’s students and the local community (workshop, presentation, etc.), a requirement of the residency
SVAD is accepting applications through Jan. 31, 2020. One artist will be chosen by a selection committee and contacted by Feb. 15, 2020. The full details can be found on their website. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Community Programs Coordinator Anna Toptchi, at or 803.777.4184.

Deadline extended for S.C. Arts Foundation art call

Greenville gala to feature silent, live auctions

Submission deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020 Friday, January 31, 2020
The art sale at the 2017 S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon The South Carolina Arts Foundation (SCAF) invites South Carolina artists to participate in its 2020 Silent & Live Art Auction. The art auction takes place in conjunction with the South Carolina Arts Gala in Greenville on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Peace Center. The Art Auction is meant to serve as both a sales opportunity for South Carolina’s visual artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. A five-member panel/selection committee will select artists whose work will be included in the auction. Artists will be notified of their inclusion in either the silent or live auction by mid-February 2020. Submission Guidelines
  • Artworks should be of high artistic quality.
  • Artworks should have a broad appeal.
  • Artworks must be original.
  • Artworks must be framed with appropriate hanging devices (in the case of wall-hung pieces).
  • Artworks should be representative of the artist’s style.
Size Restrictions
  • 2-D work must not exceed 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system.
  • 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.” We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
  • Please note: The parameters for dimensions are meant to serve as a guide and not as absolute dimensions.
Application Process and Submission Requirements Minimum Bids Each artist will determine the retail price of the artwork which will be used as the minimum bid amount. South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with the agreed upon split of the minimum 75/25% (artist/SCAF). Anything over and above the minimum bid will go to the South Carolina Arts Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Director Harriett Green: 803.734.8762 or The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.