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Call for art: SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

[caption id="attachment_29133" align="alignright" width="180"]Palmetto Hands Click to view larger image.[/caption] Application deadline is March 15. Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 16th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Cash prizes will total up to $6,500. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as part of the North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists the opportunity to exhibit their objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Following the close of the show, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 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 exhibition will be displayed at the Charleston Area Convention Center May 3-7, 2017. The juror is Michael W. Haga, associate dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston. Haga has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and is president of the Advisory Board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC. Haga has judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States and has been a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Artists in need of assistance with the application may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. 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.

Call for art – Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

scc-exteriorThe Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh is seeking artists whose work reflects an interest in topics related to home, shelter, homelessness, and displacement. Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the impact displacement has on individuals and society and how the arts can guide thoughtful conversation on the topic. The exhibition will highlight a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found objects).  The exhibition will run September 8, 2017 to February 17, 2018. Submission guidelines are available online. All submissions must be received by December 1, 2016. About the Society for Contemporary Craft Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting-edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a retail store. Through its mission of engaging the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft, SCC offers meaningful art opportunities for more than 145,000 people a year through four core values: providing vital support for artists;  filling critical gaps in public education; sharing cross cultural perspectives; and using art to build community.

Fellowships for visual arts, craft, media production and screenwriting

Application deadline is November 1. The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for the next round of Individual Artist Fellowships. South Carolina artists working in visual arts, craft, media: production or media: screenwriting are invited to apply for the 2018 awards. Each Fellow receives $5,000. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process by out-of-state panelists and are based on artistic excellence only. The awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are awarded in four disciplines each year. The application is now an online process. Find complete guidelines and application instructions online. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016. Related: Who won the most recent round of fellowships?

Call for artists and makers: Crafty Feast accepting applications

Crafty FeastCrafty Feast – the largest juried indie craft fair in the Midlands region of South Carolina – is accepting vendor applications until July 31, 2016, for its annual show, to be held on Sunday, December 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. Makers can apply at www.craftyfeast.com. Drawing crowds of more than 2,700 guests, Crafty Feast brings together more than 100 innovative artisans and makers from across the Southeast – and from as far away as Michigan and Mississippi – for a one-day show in one of the capital city's largest and most comfortable venues. Since 2009, Crafty Feast has been produced annually by the local, woman-owned creative firm, Flock and Rally. Crafty Feast vendors sell handmade, inventive goods, and no resellers of any kind are permitted. Past vendors have featured popular items such as hand-dyed indigo napkins; locally made grass-fed beef jerky; black tea & bergamot soy candles; intricate, hand-sculpted diorama necklaces; unique baby bibs; hand-turned woodwork; original fine art prints, repurposed clothing; blown-glass bead jewelry; and more. All items sold at Crafty Feast are of the highest quality and integrity. In an effort to support small businesses and independent artisans, Crafty Feast application submissions are free. Vendors are chosen through a selective process conducted by a jury of regional artists and creative industry leaders. Selected vendors will be notified by September 2016. Crafty Feast booth fees are $100 per 10 x 10’ space. For more information, visit craftyfeast.com.    

SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition winners announced

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. Following an extensive pre-jury process, 36 applicants were asked to participate, and 82 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip. After making her selections, Haislip stated, “The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the S.C. State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today.” After awarding ribbons, Haislip also selected pieces from the show to assemble a South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. In addition to awards given by the juror, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition: Best of Show Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC) (pictured above) Outstanding Merit Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC) Continuum (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) City of North Charleston Purchase Awards Rice Plantation at Brookgreen (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Gosu Basket Form (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Honorable Mention Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC) Blueberry Tart Cake (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC) Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC) Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC) Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC) Vessel No. 373 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC) Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections Wrench Wench (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC) Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC) Gameboard (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC) Natural Edge Maple Bowl (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Triangular Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC) Continuum Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Haida #6 Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Wormloe Plantation (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Handle With Care (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC) Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC) Butterfly Bowl (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC) Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC) Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC) Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC) Salty (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC) For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803-737-4159 or tep@scmuseum.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

American Craft Week searching for 30 Rising Stars under 30

American Craft Week is searching for 30 exceptional craftspeople under the age of 30. We are looking for young artists who are making excellent craft, and exhibiting, selling, and developing a noteworthy body of work. While our winners may be students or have diverse occupations, we expect their craft to be a major focus in their lives. American Craft Week will honor the winners on a special Rising Star website which will be online from mid-August 2016 until January 2017 when it will be archived. A photograph of each winner will be accompanied by his/her artist statement, several examples of their work, and contact information so interested media and buyers can reach them. Additionally, the exhibit will be featured in the October 2016 issue of Handmade Business, which will debut in mid-August, and in the online ezine, American Roads & Global Highways, which will cover the story in the October-December quarterly issue. American Craft Week will publicize the winners with professional media releases to their hometown newspapers and through social media. Each winner will be presented a handsome certificate suitable for framing. We encourage them to use the winning designation, a 2016 Rising Star, as a great resume addition! All nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2016. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations must be made on the official Rising Star Nomination Form. It will remain on the ACW website, americancraftweek.com, until May 15. There is no application fee, but applications must be accompanied by three, high quality, electronic images of the nominee's craft. Winners will be selected by the National American Craft Week Committee and announced in mid-August. Via: American Craft Week  

SC fine craft artists: apply for Palmetto Hands Juried Competition and Exhibition

Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 15th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition. Objects juried into 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, to be held April 29 - May 7, 2016. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed via www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. [caption id="attachment_24914" align="alignright" width="300"]Kathy Oda, Koi Pond Kathy Oda, Koi Pond[/caption] 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 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip will jury this year’s exhibition. Haislip, a South Carolina native, is a jeweler and sculpture artist who creates original, handcrafted designs in silver and gold. She earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metals and her MFA in Silversmithing and Design from Winthrop University, studying under internationally acclaimed English silversmith Alfred Ward. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in a number of print publications including Eide, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, and Charleston Weddings. In 2012, Kaminer was honored with the Made in the South Award in the Home category from Garden & Gun magazine and in 2011 with The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. The Historic Charleston Foundation honored her with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award in April 2014, and more recently she collaborated with Reese Witherspoon’s Southern lifestyle company Draper James on a silver bowl. Kaminer currently lives and works in Charleston and has a studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center. The 15th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29 - May 6, 2016, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, 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.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center call for art

Peninsula Fine Arts CenterSubmission deadline January 15, 2016. Visual and craft artists from all 50 states are invited to submit works for the Biennial 2016 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Va., taking place May 14 –June 26, 2016. $4,000 in total cash awards including a $2,000 Best in Show will be given at the discretion of the juror, Valerie Fletcher, senior curator, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution. PFAC members may submit one to three entries for $20, and nonmembers may submit one to three entries for $35. Original works in any media are eligible for entry. Works should have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited at PFAC. Complete submission guidelines are available online. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Via: Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Visual art exhibition opportunities offered in North Charleston

Accepting applications for North Charleston City Gallery, City Hall, and other City sites. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department offers exhibition opportunities for serious visual artists, photographers, fine craft artisans, sculptors, and installation artists. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and groups to display original works at the North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston City Hall, and other public sites for the July 2016 through June 2017 program calendar. There is no fee to apply. Selections are made by a review panel appointed by the department. Artists must apply online at www.northcharlestonculturalartsdpartment.slideroom.com by Monday, November 30, 2015 in order to be considered. The North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach thousands of local patrons and out-of-state visitors to the multi-use facility. Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. This exhibition opportunity is open to visual artists and artist groups creating two-dimensional works or three-dimensional works suited to hang on display rods provided. Pedestal and freestanding pieces cannot be accommodated in the venue. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission is free. The gallery desk is managed by a Cultural Arts staff member on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the express purpose of promoting the exhibit and sale of artwork, prints, note cards, and gift items. As a civic venue, North Charleston City Hall allows for great visibility among residents and visitors. In addition to showcasing the City’s Public Art Collection along the atrium areas of three floors, the building is equipped to display two-dimensional works as well as pedestal or free standing pieces in an enclave on the second floor. Exhibits in this space are rotated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and may be viewed by the public daily with no admission fee. Cultural Arts staff maintains offices on the same floor of the exhibit space and are available to assist visitors. In addition to the City Gallery and City Hall, other indoor and outdoor display spaces are available throughout North Charleston. Applicants can propose a location or may contact the Cultural Arts Department to discuss possible exhibition or installation sites. Options will be reviewed with the artist prior to distribution of acceptance notifications. For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at northcharleston.org, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or call 843-740-5854. Via: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Congratulations to the new South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows!

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board has awarded FY2016 Individual Artist Fellowships to four South Carolina artists in the categories of  visual arts, craft, music: composition and music: performance. Each artist receives $5,000. This year's fellows (pictured above, left to right):

Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. This year's visual arts and craft judges were Alida Fish, photographer and professor emerita at the College of Art and Design, University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Christopher Schmidt, artist and director of the Schmidt-Dean Gallery in Philadelphia.; and Mi-Kyoung Lee, artist and associate professor of Crafts and head of Fibers at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The music composition and performance judges were Robert Tanner, composer and faculty member of the music department at Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Helen Kim, violinist, assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and faculty member at Kennesaw State University. Individual artists working in poetry, prose, dance choreography or dance performance may apply for the FY2017 fellowship awards. Applications open Aug. 3, 2015, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 2, 2015. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.