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Spartanburg Fringe Festival seeks artwork for ‘Out of the Box’

New festival seeks "the odd, the strange"

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 15
Spartanburg Fringe Festival is calling all artists to submit artwork to its “Out of the Box” exhibit that will run for the month of June 2019 at West Main Artists Co-op. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. “Spartanburg Fringe Festival has taken off amazingly well,” Festival Founder and Director Sandy Staggs said. “We have booked some truly wonderful shows, and now we want to include visual arts as well. The month-long exhibit ‘Out of the Box,’ is open to any established artist who wants to apply and submit work that is not mainstream. We are looking for the unusual, the odd, the highly creative, the strange—any paintings, sculptures, or other visual creations that might be considered on the fringe of creativity.” The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15. Decisions on acceptance will be made by Wednesday, May 22. All art and related materials must be delivered to West Main Artists Co-op (578 West Main St., Spartanburg) by individual appointment during the week of May 20-24. The exhibit will open Saturday, June 1, and will close Saturday, June 29. Even though the Festival is opening the door to creativity as wide as possible, its management reserves the right to reject submissions that are hateful, in bad taste, truly offensive and without merit, or otherwise unacceptable by even the most liberal evaluation. Before submitting work for inclusion in “Out of the Box,” please visit the Festival’s website, SpartanburgFringeFestival.com, for a more complete understanding. To apply and submit work for the exhibit, contact Staggs via email at Festival@SpartanburgFringeFestival.com or Steve Wong at Just4Wong@Gmail.com. You may also call 864-316-6559.  In the email, please include basic information about yourself as an artist and a photograph of the art you wish to submit.
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Tuning Up: Various and sundry notables

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"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...


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ICYMI! SCAC recently posted a new job opening. You have through April 19 to apply to be the artist services program director.


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Spartanburg Fringe Festival: new festival calling all artists

'Outside of the mainstream' festival coming to Spartanburg


Application deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019 Spartanburg Fringe Festival is seeking artists to perform and showcase in this inaugural summer festival that will celebrate and promote performances and other art forms that are normally considered outside of the mainstream of creativity. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. The festival will be held June 1-29, 2019 at West Main Artists Co-op and other venues in Spartanburg. The deadline for artists to apply is April 15, 2019. Performers in all disciplines are invited to apply, including theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, spoken word, and more. The festival is open to visual artists as well. The month-long event is described as Spartanburg’s Underground Arts Festival.

“Think of this as a cross between a classic ‘fringe’ festival and South Carolina’s Spoleto arts festival in Charleston,” Festival Director Sandy Staggs said. “The aim is to push the boundaries of performance art as we know it in Spartanburg by featuring artists working on the fringes. We want to create an open and accessible platform for artistic expression for both emerging local artists and to give our more-established artists an opportunity to present works that may not fit into their general programming for various reasons.”

Headlining the Festival are several Co-op performing artists, including Proud Mary Theatre Company, which will present the troupe’s first musical “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning and groundbreaking work based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel; Scrappy Shakespeare and its summer production of “Much Ado About Nothing”; Sparkle City Improv; a new work by playwright Anna Elliot; performances by musician Josh Tennant; live art and performance by the MADDArtist Gilliam; and much more. According the festival’s website, “The festival is uncensored – content is entirely up to the artist, experimentation is encouraged. The festival is inclusive – artists from a variety of cultural perspectives, artists from underrepresented communities, and artists presenting work that is culturally specific and geographically diverse are encouraged to apply.” Most of the Festival will be held at the Co-op in The Venue, the converted sanctuary of the former church. The Venue is normally dedicated as exhibition space for WMAC’s member and guest artists, but is also suitable for plays, concerts, and dance performances. It will seat more than 100 people. Both short (5-30 minutes) and full-length (45-90 minutes) programs are being sought in all mediums with an emphasis on “fresh, new, different, edgy, and most of all, local.” Staggs added. “The Festival both celebrates the artists and collaborates with the artists in a partnership that gets their work shown and attended, and ensures (in most cases) our artists are compensated. If you are an artist or an art lover, hold on to your seat. We want to blow your mind.” Other venues, galleries, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. in the city and county are encouraged to add fringe performances and events to the Festival line-up as well. Additionally, the Fringe Festival is currently seeking sponsors. To apply or for more information, please visit SpartanburgFringeFestival.com, email Festival@SpartanburgFringeFestival.com or call 864.580.8385.

Tuning Up: S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon + call for artists

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...



PS: We're hiring ICYMI! Last week SCAC posted a new job opening. You have through April 19 to apply to be the artist services program director.

ArtFields Jr. deadline nears

Calling all South Carolina student artists!

Submission deadline: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 From now through February 15, 2019 Lake City’s ArtFields Jr. is accepting art submissions from South Carolina student-artists in grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger. Submissions are free and over $5,000 is up for grabs in prize money, with individual prizes ranging from $250 for lower elementary students, and up to $500 for first prize high schoolers. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Besides the monetary awards up for grabs in four grade categories, selected ArtFields Jr. artists will have their work on display during ArtFields for the thousands of visitors who travel to the event each year and will have the opportunity to win student choice awards voted by fellow students. Each submission will be submitted online through the ArtFields Jr. ArtBooth submission platform. The submission process will include a consent form. If you are a teacher or parent assisting multiple students with submitting artwork, please note that the same email address cannot be used for multiple applications. Each application requires an individual student’s or parent’s email address. ArtFields Jr. will use provided emails for all communications. Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of composition and overall design
  • Technical ability
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?
  • Artist Statement

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Ag+Art Tour makes artist call in new county

Richland County to join growing tour in 2019

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation's largest free, self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmers markets. During the tour visitors have the opportunity to visit your farm to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, and learn more about rural life. The tour has had over 30,000 visitors participating since being founded in York County in 2012. It included 12 South Carolina counties in 2018 and is expanding to Richland County in 2019. The 2019 Ag+ Art Tour will take place each weekend in June 2019 with different counties participating each weekend. The tour will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Since 2019 will be the first year of Richland County participation in the Ag + Art Tour, the Richland County Tour Committee is getting started early so that we will have a great tour our in first year. Take a look: Richland Artisan pre-application.  

Augusta literary competition open to S.C. writers

Porter Fleming Literary Competition awards $7,000 in cash prizes

Submission deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Porter Fleming Literary CompetitionThe Porter Fleming Literary Competition honors the memory of Porter Fleming, one of Augusta, Georgia’s leading citizens and foremost philanthropists. The competition is administered, with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation, by the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum in the country to focus on the art and artists of the American South.

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition consists of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play—and awards $7,000 in cash awards.

Writers ages 18 and older who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are eligible to enter. There is a $15 entry fee. Get all the details and entry form here. Perusing the list of winners from 2017, you'll find several #SCartists. Let's do that again. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

HURRY! Design Charleston Library’s next library card

Submission deadline: Monday, Dec. 31


Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting its first library card design contest, and library lovers age 18 and older are encouraged to submit an original design for a future limited-edition library card. The public will have a chance to vote online for the finalists, and a library committee will select the winning card design to be printed and made available to CCPL patrons in the spring of 2019. No art awards on your mantel? No worries! Submissions may be in any art medium (illustration, pen, photography, etc.) regardless of whether an artist’s skills range from doodle to divine. Need design inspiration? Browse CCPL’s collection of artist biographies, documentaries, comic books, magazines, and more print and digital resources for free motivation. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. The winner of CCPL’s Library Card Design Contest will certainly receive plenty of exposure across the county – CCPL currently serves residents with 16 locations and a bookmobile, and five new branches are in various stages of the design/construction process. Participants may submit multiple entries, and all artwork must be original and free of copyright restrictions. Submissions will only be accepted online and must be uploaded to the contest webpage by midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. Visit ccpl.org to review the design template, see a complete list of contest rules, and upload your design.

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Electric City Playhouse announces playwriting contest

Submission deadline: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019


Electric City Playhouse in Anderson is holding a One-Act Script Writing Contest. The winning one-act will be produced and featured in the theatre's ECP Plus production of "Life Stages,"running April 26-28, 2019. The production will be cast and directed by Mary Nickles. "Life Stages" will also include the one-acts "Forgetting to Remember" and "Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn." Required subject matter is a "Stage of Life." This could include situations applicable to, but not limited to, young adults. Subjects can be everything from the trials and tribulations of growing up to the experiences associated with middle age. Comedic and dramatic scripts are welcome. More information and full submission rules are available at ECPlayhouse.com. Electric City Playhouse's 2019 season will also include Tuck Everlasting: The Musical, 1959 Pink Thunderbird, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Moon Over Buffalo, Messiah on the Frigidaire, and Santaland Diaries. Tickets at ECPlayhouse.com or call 864.224.4248.

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Calling South Carolina student artists!

Submission deadline: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019


From now through February 15, 2019 Lake City’s ArtFields Jr. is accepting art submissions from South Carolina student-artists in grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger. Submissions are free and over $5,000 is up for grabs in prize money, with individual prizes ranging from $250 for lower elementary students, and up to $500 for first prize high schoolers. Besides the monetary awards up for grabs in four grade categories, selected ArtFields Jr. artists will have their work on display during ArtFields for the thousands of visitors who travel to the event each year and will have the opportunity to win student choice awards voted by fellow students. Each submission will be submitted online through the ArtFields Jr. ArtBooth submission platform. The submission process will include a consent form. If you are a teacher or parent assisting multiple students with submitting artwork, please note that the same email address cannot be used for multiple applications. Each application requires an individual student’s or parent’s email address. ArtFields Jr. will use provided emails for all communications. Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of composition and overall design
  • Technical ability
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?
  • Artist Statement
The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.