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 svadstrm@mailbox.sc.edu:
  • 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 toptchi@mailbox.sc.edu 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 hgreen@arts.sc.gov. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

Art & Soul of the Magic Valley wants #SCartists

$43,000 in cash prizes on the line in Idaho


In 2020 Art & Soul of the Magic Valley, the Northwest's largest cash-prize awarding public-vote art contest, will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  Taking place in Twin Falls, Idaho, this milestone anniversary will be April 10-25, 2020. Their dream is to have at least one artist enter for each of the 50 states. Who's it going to be, #SCartists? Featuring more than 300 artists from across the globe, Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is so much more than an art contest. It is an arts education/appreciation endeavor and we invite you to participate! This unique art contest/arts awareness initiative welcomes all artists to compete for $43,000 in prize money. Grand Prize will receive $12,000, 2nd Place will win $6,000, 3rd Place get $3,000 and 4th Place will take home $1,500, while 17 Best in Show winners will receive $1,000 each. Categories include:
  • Acrylic,
  • Ceramic,
  • Digital,
  • Drawing,
  • Fiber,
  • Glass,
  • Mixed Media,
  • Oil,
  • Photography,
  • Printmaking,
  • Quilt,
  • Sculpture: 3 ft and Under,
  • Sculpture: Over 3 ft,
  • Watermedia,
  • Wearable,
  • Woodwork,
  • and Uncategorized.
Art & Soul registration will close February 1, 2020. ​Fee for entry is $50 if entered by February 1, 2020 (an MVAC Artist membership is $25 and Art & Soul Entry Fee is $25). Show prospectus and official rules are at https://www.magicvalleyartscouncil.info/artandsoul-registration/ How 'bout them potatoes? The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

South Carolina Novel Prize opens submission window

Author Stephanie Powell Watts judging entries

Submission deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Every other year, the South Carolina Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers. Submissions will be read anonymously by our readers at the College of Charleston Department of English and this year's judge, author Stephanie Powell Watts. The contest is highly competitive, and the winner is provided a book contract with Hub City Press, who will print no fewer  than 2000 copies to be nationally distributed to the trade in 2021. This can also bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities in the literary community. The S.C. Novel Prize is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, and South Carolina Humanities. The College of Charleston and South Carolina State Library are also partners. The South Carolina Novel Prize (formerly the First Novel Prize) is open to any South Carolina writer, including those who have never had a novel published and those who have been published. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by panelists who make their judgments on the basis of artistic merit and narrowed through two rounds of judging. Five novels will be judged in a third round by Watts. Find the eligibility and restrictions and link to submit on SouthCarolinaArts.com. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

National contest opens for high-school songwriters

Nurturing the next generation of songwriters

Application deadline: Monday, April 6, 2020
Beginning today, January 13, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing are accepting submissions to the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. The goal of the program is to engage the musical theater field in nurturing the next generation of songwriters. The Songwriting Challenge provides six winners with a coaching team consisting of a mentor and music director (both musical theater professionals) to hone an original song into a Broadway-ready composition and then have that song recorded by Broadway musicians and vocalists in New York City. Final songs will be distributed on streaming music platforms and compiled into a songbook created by Concord Theatricals. The final recordings of the songs by the 2019 winners are on the recording sessions landing page. The application is simple and can be completed online. The deadline is April 6, 2020 at midnight ET. The Arts Endowment and the Wing welcome back Disney Theatrical Productions, Concord Theatricals, and the National Music Publishers’ Association as Songwriting Challenge partners. Key dates and details for the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge are:
  •  After the submission deadline of April 6, 2020, the Arts Endowment and the Wing will convene panels in different regions of the country to review all submissions. Each panel consists of experienced songwriters and musicians who select one winner or a duo from its region in a blind competition. Those winners will be announced at the end of May 2020.
  •  Beginning in June, the winners work with their coaches remotely using video conferencing software followed by a weekend workshop later in the summer when the coaches travel to the winner’s hometown. To see workshops in action, go to the workshop landing page for the 2019 winners. At the end of the workshop, the song is transcribed for an ensemble and the winner has the opportunity to select the instruments and voices that make up their ensemble.
  •  The recording sessions take place in the fall when the artists come together in New York City to make the best recording possible. Go to the recording sessions landing page for audio, photos and other materials from the 2019 sessions. Lead vocalists last year included Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill), Gizel Jimenez (Wicked), and Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) among others.
To learn more and to apply, go to arts.gov/songwriting. To join the conversation on Twitter use #IWriteMusicals.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about National Endowment for the Arts.

About the American Theatre Wing

The American Theatre Wing champions bravery, with a focus on developing the next generation of brave artists. We envision an American Theatre that is as vital, multi-faceted, and diverse as the American people. The Wing’s programs span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American theatre. We provide theatre education opportunities for underserved students through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, develop the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC, Theatre Intern Network, and SwingSeats programs, incubate innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, support emerging musical theatre songwriters through the Jonathan Larson® Grants in addition to the Songwriting Challenge, and illuminate the creative process through the Emmy-nominated “Working in the Theatre” documentary series. In addition to founding the Tony Awards®, which are co-presented with The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing co-presents the Obie Awards®, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, with The Village Voice. AmericanTheatreWing.org  

It’s time to enter the statewide Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition

Calling all 'Palmetto Hands'

Entry deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020
The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition is calling fine craft artists from across the state  to participate in the 19th annual event, the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Objects selected for the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest running April 29-May 3, 2020. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 15, 2020. Artists in need of assistance with 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. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

Juror

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Karen Watson. Watson has been the executive director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter since 2005. Before assuming the directorship, her professional background was in biomedical research. Watson’s path from biomedical research to gallery director is not as unlikely as it seems on the surface. She and her former husband were serious collectors of contemporary art. They had the opportunity to meet and befriend many artists and arts professionals within the state and beyond. Watson has a passion for the visual arts and the Sumter County Gallery of Art. She is committed to presenting challenging contemporary and traditional art exhibitions by culturally diverse artists and providing art education opportunities to all the citizens of Sumter County—an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state isolated from the major art centers of the U.S. Watson served as the juror for the 2009 Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Juried Exhibition at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach), was a juror for the inaugural CCA 701 Prize in 2012 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, (Columbia), and has been a judge for several local art competitions throughout the years.
The 19th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29-May 3, 2020, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

S.C. Arts Foundation makes call for gala art sale

Greenville event to feature silent, live auctions

Submission deadline: Friday, January 17, 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 hgreen@arts.sc.gov. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

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African American fiber artists sought for N. Charleston exhibition

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020


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 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, set to take place April 29-May 3 in North Charleston. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the U.S. and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled SANKOFA. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall, opening on the first day of the Arts Fest, April 29, 2020, and remaining on view until June 19, 2020. A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator of the exhibition. Artwork submitted for consideration does not have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. The application is available online at https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 1, 2020. Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of present-day Ghana. It is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Today, it is more simply interpreted as “go back and get it.” Sankofa also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people to represent the same idea, with one version appearing as a stylized heart shape and the other by a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward, its head turned backwards, and its mouth carrying a precious egg. Both the word and the symbols represent the concept of remembering our past in order to protect our future. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of sankofa. Entries must incorporate one of the two Sankofa symbols (heart or bird). Following the close of the exhibition, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 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 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: SANKOFA will be on display 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily from April 29-June 19, 2020, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall (2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston). Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6-8:00 p.m.
For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

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Applications open for 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest 2018, by Zan Maddox/Social Design House


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which opens in conjunction with the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1,250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award:
  • Best in Show ($1000),
  • Outstanding Merit ($500),
  • and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).
The application is strictly 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 Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 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. 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 10 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.

Meet the Juror

The juror for the 2020/21 exhibition is Daniel T. Beck. Beck was first exposed to public sculpture as a child through his family's business, Tatti Conservation. He has worked with his family since 1990 on conservation projects such as the collection at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York. In 2018, Daniel was a juror for the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture competition in Boone, North Carolina. Daniel is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft near Asheville, where he has worked since 2011, facilitating blacksmithing, fabrication, foundry, and sculpture workshops. He maintains a studio practice at his shop in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, and is about to start his third year teaching incarcerated artists through the AMCI/Penland Prison Arts Partnership.

About the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

The 15th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29, 2020 through March 21, 202, at North Charleston Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston). A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

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Call for woodworking exhibit entries in Belton

Submission deadline: Jan. 8, 2020


Belton Center for the Arts is seeking artisans to add some warmth to the gallery this winter. The center's January exhibit is to showcase works made at the hands of area woodworkers. Artists must submit up to three entries, hand-delivered between Jan. 7-11, 2020. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. For entry guidelines, visit www.beltoncenterforthearts.org/exhibits.