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ArtFields 2020: call for submissions


ArtFields is now accepting applications for its 2020 competition. Now in its eighth year, the competition will offer selected artists exposure to the thousands of art lovers, collectors and curators who come to see Lake City transform into a town-wide gallery each spring and the opportunity to compete for over $145,000 in prizes. ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor Southeastern artists with nearly two weeks worth of celebration and competition in the heart of Lake City—a small, once agrarian South Carolina town. To date, ArtFields has awarded nearly $800,000 in prize money, helped launch the careers of countless artists, and ultimately led to Lake City’s transformation into a burgeoning arts mecca. Adult artists of all media, who live in the competition's 12 participating Southern states are welcome to apply. Submissions will be accepted through November 1, 2019, accepted artists will be notified in December, and winners will be announced at the close of ArtFields, set for April 24 - May 2, 2020. More information on submission guidelines can be found on the ArtFields website.

Prizes and Quick Facts

Submissions Timeline: September 1st - November 1st Save the Date for ArtFields 2020: April 24 - May 2, 2020 Full event schedule forthcoming Prizes at stake:
  • Grand Prize: $50,000
  • Second Place: $25,000
  • People’s Choice 2D: $12,500
  • People’s Choice 3D: $12,500
  • Merit Awards: $2,000 (10 awards)
  • Category Awards: $1,500 (Digital/New Media & Film, Drawing, Installation & Performance, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture & Objects, Textile)
  • State Awards: $1,000 (12 awards, one per state)

Tuning Up: Scottie Award presented to May, Fisher + ArtFields stories

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...


Beam. Me. Up. Retiring SCAC Executive Director Ken May and the ABC Project's erstwhile Executive Director Christine Fisher were both presented with the Scottie Award from the S.C. Arts Alliance late last week in Charleston. See the full story from the SCAA here. Strength in numbers. Myrtle Beach twin brothers both became artists at a young age and are now winning awards for their work. Noah and Will Williams are seniors at the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology. Recently, they captured accolades at Lake City’s ArtFields competition. See full story from WMBF here. More ArtFields. SavannahNow pans the festival: "It seemed as if this one arts event had transformed the city ... It was exciting to see that one arts organization could have such an impact on the city as a whole." See the full story on SavannahNow here.

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Temporary sculpture installed in Charleston

'Under Glass' conjoins natural sciences, spirituality

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is bringing public sculpture to the West Ashley Greenway with a temporary art installation by Georgia artist Mike Wsol. The piece was installed May 8 near the St. Andrew's School of Math and Science between Campbell Drive and the West Ashley Greenway. The Conservancy awarded Wsol with an exhibition prize at ArtFields in May 2018. ArtFields is an annual art exhibit and competition in Lake City showcasing the work of artists around the Southeast. Over the last year, Wsol has been planning and designing his sculpture for the West Ashley Greenway. Titled “Under Glass,” Wsol said the sculpture was “designed with the natural sciences and spirituality in mind. Its form divided in two chambers separates the viewer below from the natural light entering and reflecting within the upper chamber. Experiencing ‘Under Glass’ highlights the separation of the viewer’s physical body from the passing light nature provides.” The sculpture is made from two 325-gallon scrap propane tanks bolted to an X-shaped foundation that will be buried underground and covered with sod and soil. After the installation is complete, the sculpture will appear to balance atop the earth. It will be on display until October. In the coming months, the Conservancy will host educational events and opportunities for the public and schoolchildren to view the sculpture and interact with the artist. Wsol's recent creative work has taken the form of large experiential, interactive public sculpture, prints, and drawings. His work has been exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami, among other cities. Wsol has also been the recipient of grants and awards from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Indiana University, and the Georgia State University Center for Collaborative and International Arts to name a few. He earned a master of architecture from the University of Virginia, a master of fine art in sculpture from the University of Georgia, a master of arts in sculpture and a bachelor of arts in sculpture from Eastern Illinois University. The Charleston Parks Conservancy launched its Art in the Parks program in 2017, an effort to encourage temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks through collaborations with artists and arts organizations, including Redux Contemporary Art Center, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and ArtFields. The first art installation was in Hampton Park last year. In 2017, the Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a planning and public engagement process to encourage creative placemaking along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. The site of Wsol’s installation was identified in the plan as location for public art that engages the community and encourages social interaction. “This installation is the first of many public art projects we’ll bring to West Ashley,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “As we work on the overall master plan for revitalizing the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, pubic art and arts programming will play an important role in how we reshape this public space and encourage resident use and engagement.” The ArtFields exhibition prize is part of the Art in the Parks program created by the Charleston Parks Conservancy in collaboration with Redux Contemporary Art Center and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

Tuning Up: Experience the arts this weekend

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...


[caption id="attachment_40184" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Jennifer Wen Ma’s team installs a version of Cry Joy Park at Beijing’s Tang Contemporary in October 2018. (Courtesy Halsey Institute) Jennifer Wen Ma’s team installs a version of Cry Joy Park at Beijing’s Tang Contemporary in October 2018. (Courtesy Halsey Institute)[/caption]

Hey, look; we made it.

Friday is here. You've been looking forward to it since 8:30 or 9 a.m. Monday, and it's finally here. The Hub will be mowing and pitching in on some house cleaning for sure, but a good weekend has more to it than the mundane. We are here to help. BLACKVILLE The 8th Annual Blackville Music & Art Festival is bringing a weekend full of entertainment and activities to downtown Blackville this weekend, May 17-19. Organizers promise a carnival, parade, car & bike show, several live performances, art displays, vendors, and live artist demonstrations by South Carolina artists Edmon Glover Richburg, Ment Nelson, and Terrance Washington. CHARLESTON Not an exhibition per se, but how about something that keeps on giving? Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is offering BOGO memberships (for all membership levels!) until May 31. It's part of their May giving campaign. Use this deal to enjoy Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light from Jennifer Wen Ma (opens Saturday).  Ma helped design the stunning opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics. COLUMBIA Your last chance to see Jackson Pollock: Mural is Sunday, when the exhibit at Columbia Museum of Art closes. The museum devoted two galleries not just to the mural that launched his fame but to the techniques and creation that made it what it is. LAKE CITY Join ArtFields in Lake City for a dual gallery opening on May 18th from 6-8 p.m. at TRAX Visual Art Center and Jones-Carter Gallery. On opening night, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks while you view artwork from Beverly Buchanan, Jenny Fine, and Jerry Siegel. Additionally, Fine and Siegel will be present to talk about their work and the inspiration behind their pieces.

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Meade Agency in production for new ArtFields documentary

Meade Agency Professional Video Production of Charleston and Florence, in partnership with the Darla Moore Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of production for "ArtFields: The Documentary."  This 53-minute motion picture film will highlight the ArtFields competition and the town of Lake City. The film is set to release in the summer of 2020.


"ArtFields: The Documentary" will capture the story of the revitalization of Lake City through esteemed businesswoman Darla Moore’s visionary efforts coupled with the power of art and community. “We have been a part of the ArtFields team for over five years now,” says Kris Meade, CEO of Meade Agency. “It has been incredible to watch the festival grow, but even more importantly, to watch Lake City’s transformation through the vision of Darla Moore and the Darla Moore Foundation. We are honored to have the opportunity to share this movement through film, and our hope is that it will inspire other communities to follow suit and bring restoration and revitalization to their towns and cities through art.” “The Darla Moore Foundation is excited to partner with Meade Agency to produce a documentary on the positive changes taking place in Lake City, ArtFields and our cultural movement,” says Dr. Marion Fowler, CEO and president of the Darla Moore Foundation. “We have worked with Kris Meade and his team for many years. Their video work product is outstanding. Once Lake City won the USA Today Award for #1 Small Town Cultural Scene in May of 2018, we realized we needed to document our efforts for historical purposes. We also wanted to share the Lake City and ArtFields story in hopes that we could be an inspiration to other small towns. We believe that Lake City’s future is bright.”
ArtFields is an annual nine-day art competition and exhibition in Lake City that awards more than $140,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast. ArtFields is the flagship art event in a town where an abundance of high-quality art is on view all year long. Aside from growing a collection of public art, the city has several exhibitions running at all times in professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center. New art venues, including a sculpture garden, are on the horizon. This year’s ArtFields competition will be held  April 26-May 4, 2019. “This is going to be a powerful documentary,” says Meade. “We believe that once this story is told, the ripple-effect of ArtFields is going to be felt across the nation.” For more information about ArtFields, visit www.ArtFieldsSC.org. To reach the Meade Agency, visit www.MeadeAgency.cc or call 843.206.3871.

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. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="251"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] 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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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
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Tuning Up: 1858 Prize and forum tomorrow + SEPF 2019 lineup

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Collaborative first steps. Tomorrow is a big night at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Dr. Leo Twiggs is set to receive the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The pride of Orangeburg is the first S.C. artist (ahem, #SCartists) to receive the $10,000 prize. But you knew all that. What you might not know is that afterward is the Amy P. Coy Forum and 1858 Prize Party (6-8 p.m., 135 Meeting St., Charleston) at which representatives from ArtFields, South Arts, and the Gibbes will use the forum to discuss collaboration among the Southeast's three biggest arts prizes, which happen to be awarded by those entities. Where will it lead? We don't know, but that's why we're going. See you there? $35. SEPF announces 2019 guest artists. (And there are some, ahem, key names here.) Summertime is music festival time, and every year Columbia is a piano hotspot. The Southeastern Piano Festival is set to return June 16-23, 2019 and last week announced their guest artists. Artistic Director Joseph Rackers promises and incredible week of music. (Take it from The Hub – don't miss Alessio Bax). In addition to performances, accomplished pianists will give masterclasses and it all comes to a head with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition on June 21. (The teenage winner performs a concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic.)

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.

What's New

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 ArtFieldsSC.org.


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.  

Tuning Up: Cheers to the ArtFields winners

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...


  • Lake City's ArtFields wrapped this past weekend and announced its competition winners. Top prize winner Michaela Pilar Brown also happens to be the recipient of an Artist Ventures Initiative grant from SCAC. Colin Quashie and Julie Hanger picked up coveted People's Choice awards. Tom Stanley, who (you might have heard...) will be presented a Verner Award for the Arts tomorrow, was a merit award winner. The Arts Commission sends hearty and sincere congratulations to all winners.
  • SCAC Executive Director Ken May recently joined Mike Switzer on S.C. Public Radio to talk about the impact of the arts and creative industries on the state economy.