Deadline looming for S.C. Novel Prize submissions

Hi there, Palmetto State writers. Take the weekend to polish up those manuscripts, because the deadline to enter the S.C. Novel Prize is in just about two weeks! Submissions close March 15, 2018. South Carolina Novel Prize entries are submitted online through the Submittable system. The contest is highly competitive. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by panelists who make their judgments on the basis of artistic merit. Six to eight novels will be judged by a nationally recognized judge to be announced at a later date. The winning author will receive a book contract with Hub City Press, an award-winning independent press in Spartanburg, S.C. Winner is awarded publication by Hub City Press in the form of a printing of no less than 2,000 copies to be nationally distributed to the trade in 2019. This can bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities in the literary community. Brock Adams of Spartanburg won the 2016 First Novel Prize. His novel, Ember, was published by Hub City Press in September 2017. Find complete eligibility requirements and application guidelines online. For more information, contact Sara June Goldstein, 803.734.8694.

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Rock Hill’s Dalton Gallery 2019 Call for Artists

The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for 2019 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects, is located at the Center for the Arts. The Dalton Gallery is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting. Each year the Arts Council presents six to eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council's 2019 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager, by 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018:

  • Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement
  • Artist resume
  • 10 hi-res images, submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs, please)
  • Inventory lists with titles, sizes, and mediums
  • $20 application fee
Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council's Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council's submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.
SUBMISSION INFORMATION Mail To: Arts Council of York County ATTN: Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager PO Box 2797 Rock Hill, SC 29732 Deliver To: Center for the Arts Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager 121 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC 29730 Email To:

Tuning Up: Chills, Thrills, and Kills with ‘Grave Intentions’ + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...

  • Deadline extension! We first brought this to you in early February, but it's so cool we wanted to bring it back: Filmmakers and screenplay writers are invited to participate in a new project from Death Cat Entertainment – its “Grave Intentions" Anthology.  If your work fits the horror genre (including suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, etc.), go here for more information.
  • An inspiring student from Ninety-Six who attends the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, an ABC Project school in Greenwood, is "enthralling with her voice" according to the Greenwood Index-Journal.
  • Performing artists, here's a GREAT opportunity for you: apply now to be one of up to 16 groups presented in a juried showcase at South Arts' Performing Arts Exchange conference in Orlando this coming October. Present your best from industry pros from across the Southeast at an annual conference that supports the presentation and touring of performing artists along the east and gulf coasts.
  • ICYMI: this week, the Arts Commission announced the recipients of the 2018 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts.

Apply now for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art Call for Entries | January 1 - May 31, 2018 The Gibbes Museum of Art is now accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize is awarded annually to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Entries for the annual award and $10,000 cash prize can be made exclusively online at through May 31, 2018. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply. Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about southern artists that is available to curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. The 2017 Prize was awarded to painter Bo Bartlett of Columbus, Georgia. Past winners include mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey who will be featured in the upcoming Gibbes exhibition Radcliffe Bailey: Pensive and sculptor Patrick Dougherty who is currently featured in a site-specific installation at the Gibbes entitled Betwixt and Between. For more information on the Prize, please visit

Call for Art: S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon

South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon guests browse the Art Sale in 2017. Deadline: March 12, 2018 The S.C. Arts Foundation (SCAF) seeks South Carolina artists to participate in the 2018 Art Sale.  The sale will be held in conjunction with the South Carolina Arts Awards, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The 2018 Art Sale is the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon – a celebration of the South Carolina Arts Awards recipients – on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  The luncheon will be held at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). The Art Sale was conceived as a sales opportunity for artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. Artists included in the 2018 Art Sale will be selected by a panel composed of members of the South Carolina Arts Foundation board and other arts professionals. Works included in the sale must be original and of high artistic quality; have a broad appeal; be representative of the artist’s style and framed with appropriate hanging devices. In general, 2-D work should be in the size range of 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) and 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.” The parameters for dimensions are provided as a guide and should not be interpreted as absolute dimensions. The price of works included in the Art Sale is provided by the artist.  If sold, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). Artwork included in the sale should not exceed $500. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials. To be considered for the Art Sale, please submit the following materials by March 12th online through Submittable at

2018 South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale: Guidelines and Conditions

  1. Works should be of high artistic quality.
  2. Works should have a broad appeal.
  3. Works must be original.
  4. Works must be framed with appropriate hanging devices (in the case of wall-hung pieces).
  5. Works should be representative of the artist’s style.
Size Restrictions
  1. 2-D work must not exceed 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system. We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
  2. 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.
Prices Artworks included in the Awards Luncheon Art Sale should not exceed $500.00 to encourage and accommodate impulse purchases during a one-hour sale. Conditions of Sale
  1. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with a 75/25 split (artist/SCAF) of the artist’s stated price.
  2. Payment to the artist will be made within 2 - 3 weeks after the event.
Artists with Gallery Representation Artists who are represented by a gallery are encouraged to notify the gallery of his/her participation in this sale.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Boismenu with the South Carolina Arts Commission:

Call for Art: ecoFAB 2018

Tuning Up: Black History event in Anderson, call for short films, etc.

Good morning! "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...

  • Tonight at 6 p.m., the Anderson County Library begins the county's Black History Month celebration with an event highlighting our state's role in the civil rights movement. To wit: did you know Rosa Parks received training in Columbia? More information here. (The event is sponsored by the Arts Commission.)
  • Are you more Halloween than Valentine's Day? An Arts Commission AVI grantee has a "ghoul" project in the works that you'll be "goblin" up. (Okay, we'll stop.) Filmmakers and screenplay writers are invited to help Deathcat Entertainment with "Grave Intentions" – their pun, not ours. Go here for more information.
  • More on films: Indie Grits Festival Director Seth Gadsden chatted Indie Grits Labs on the National Endowment for the Arts' "Art Works" podcast!
  • Call for art! Visual Arts Exchange in Raleigh is calling for art from installation artists. Check out The Cube and The Lab for more. Deadline for both spaces appears to be Feb. 15.
  • And finally... why we advocate: because through public support of the arts, the S.C. Arts Commission was able to award 342 grants totaling $3.3 million in 42 counties in FY 2017. That's 73% of our state funding – more than the legislative mandate of 70%.

Charleston Co. artists can apply for ‘Lowcountry Artist of the Year’

Charleston artists: time is running out to be considered Lowcountry Artist of the Year by a fund at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. The Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year award was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn in order to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of our Lowcountry’s unique life, culture or environment – its “look and feel.” The award is supported by The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund (“the Fund”), created in 2003 as a component fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.  The Fund's financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion. In 2018, one award of $6,000 will be provided to one winning applicant, payable in two equal increments ($3,000 each) during the time that the work of art is being created. Only artists living in Charleston County are eligible. The financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion. The application and complete eligibility requirements can be accessed at:  All applicants must create an account and register as an “Individual Applicant.” Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 4 at midnight.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County in South Carolina.
  • Applicants must be at least fifteen (15) years of age.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate talent, based on submission of images of their work.
  • In submitting images of past work, the applicant must demonstrate past interest in creating art reflective of “the look and feel of the Lowcountry.”
  • Through a written application, applicants must be able to communicate a vision for the work of art to be produced.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate some degree of financial need for the award, which is intended to provide a living stipend for the winner as  the work of art is being created.
  • The Award is not intended for an artist already popular with the general public. For an artist whose work is not generally known locally, it is intended to give the time and the money to produce art and to become better known to the general public.
  • The proposed work of art may be done in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawing, or a combination of those media, or it may be a work of three-dimensional fine art sculpture; “fine art” is used here to exclude crafts and installation art from 3-D works of sculpture.
  • The applicant must commit to completing the new work of art in a period of three months’ time or less.
  • There are no requirements related to public shows or past awards, so as not to discourage new or under-recognized artists from applying.
Questions? Direct additional questions about the award or application process to Caroline Rakar, program officer at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. The Hub thanks Caroline for assisting with information for this post.

ArtFields Jr. seeking student art

One of South Carolina's signature arts events – ArtFields, held each spring in Lake City (Florence Co.) – is seeking art from students in grades 1-12. ArtFields Jr., a year-round program that engages students from 5K to 12th grade, is holding a student art competition in conjunction with ArtFields 2018 that gives cash prizes to winning artists in primary, elementary, middle, and high school groupings, based on panel review. All art submitted is considered by the panel. Check out 2017 submissions here for inspiration! The deadline for submissions is coming soon, on Tuesday, Feb. 13. More information on ArtFields Jr. is available in, and by clicking on, the graphic below.   About ArtFields:

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With more than $120,000 up for grabs — and awarded based upon the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing cash prizes to artists across all media who live in 12 Southeastern states.

More than 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated circa 1920s warehouses and Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate, and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.


Tuning Up: Youth poetry contest, SCAC Fellow exhibition

Good morning! "Tuning Up" is a new, morning series of posts where The Hub delivers 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...

  • Young Minds Dreaming: The South Carolina State Library is encouraging young writers from grades 3-12 to capture the power of their words and experience the freedom of original literary expressions. (Maybe the snow could be an inspiration for Upstate students.) Check out more info on the Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest.
  • SCAC Fellow exhibition opening: Arts Commission Fellow Robert Lyon has  an exhibition opening at the Arts & Heritage Center in North Augusta. More details via The Augusta Chronicle here.
  • Person of the Year: The Orangeburg Times & Democrat named Dr. Leo Twiggs, 2017 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement Award winner and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, its Person of the Year.
  • Caldera Arts seeks AiR applications: Now through March 15, apply for a 3.5-week residency in the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains. (You don't have to tell us twice...) Open to all U.S. artists in any discipline.
  • AVI Grants Deadline tonight: Letters of Intent to pursue an AVI (Artists' Ventures Initiative) grant from SCAC are due by 11:59 p.m. ET tonight!
(Image credit: South Carolina Philharmonic/Michael Dantzler)