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Reminder: Applications for Southern Prize due March 1

Application deadline: March 1 Atlanta – South Arts is now accepting entries for the first annual Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The nine State Fellowship recipients will compete for the South Arts Southern Prize. The $25,000 Southern Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work exhibits the highest artistic excellence, and one finalist will be awarded a $10,000 Prize, also based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. A national panel will convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients and select the Prize winner and Finalist. Winners of the South Arts Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony April 24. An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners may be organized during the award period. “Our region is home to deep artistic talent deserving additional recognition and support,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “We are launching the Southern Prize to celebrate the diverse range of expression in our region, from the traditional arts handed down across generations to the new creative processes coming from our technology centers.” Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until March 1 through southarts.org/southernprize. Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media styles are eligible. The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, MailChimp, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Via: South Arts

South Arts launches Southern Prize cash award and Fellowships for visual artists

Application deadline: March 1 Atlanta – South Arts is now accepting entries for the first annual Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One fellowship will be awarded to an individual artist in each state with a cash prize of $5,000. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize grand prize and second prize of an additional $25,000 and $10,000 respectively. “Our region is home to deep artistic talent deserving additional recognition and support,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “We are launching the Southern Prize to celebrate the diverse range of expression in our region, from the traditional arts handed down across generations to the new creative processes coming from our technology centers.” Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until March 1 through southarts.org/southernprize. Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media styles are eligible. “The Southern Prize will impact the careers of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “These fellowships and awards will be part of the support system allowing artists in the South to make a living in our region. A panel of expert judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded in mid April. The grand prize and second prize will be announced at an awards dinner on April 24. The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, MailChimp, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Via: South Arts

Conway artist Yvette L. Cummings wins 701 CCA Prize

(Image: When the Magpie Came, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48) Conway, S.C., artist Yvette L. Cummings has won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Yvette Cummings“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College. As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. In 2015, Cummings was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, N.C. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, S.C. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., and City Art Gallery in Columbia, S.C. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, Ill., the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Florence County (S.C.) Museum, the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (S.C.) Arts Center and the Durham (N.C.) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, N.C.; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, S.C. The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event. “With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.” The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through December 18. The exhibition catalogue is available at 701 CCA for $5. About 701 CCA 701 CCA is a nonprofit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites exhibition proposals from artists

Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites established and emerging artists to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2017/2018 exhibition calendar. The GCCA gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, and national artists from all disciplines in six to eight shows per year. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:

  • Work reflects consistency of quality
  • Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
  • Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration
Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition. Applications are due Jan. 31. Find out more and apply online.

Using recycled materials, Jarod Charzewski’s site-specific installation targets consumerism

Jarod Charzewski is the South Carolina Arts Commission's 2016 Visual Arts Fellow. Applications for the next round of Fellowships are due November 1.

From The Free Times

Article by August Krickel

Soil is on view Oct. 27 - Dec. 8 at USC's McMaster Gallery, 1615 Senate St., Columbia. Opening reception: Oct. 27 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Image above: Jarod Charzewski’s Scarp

Artist Jarod Charzewski sits on a pile of lumber in the University of South Carolina’s McMaster Gallery. Next to him is a larger mound of salvaged inner tubes and bicycle tires. Over the next six days, Charzewski, an associate professor of sculpture at the College of Charleston, will use these materials to create a site-specific installation for his solo exhibition Soil.

He hopes to make a statement on contemporary consumer culture and on what he describes as the abundant “quantity of wasted materials, and the unsustainability of consumer practice.”

“Something really struck me when I was very young,” Charzewski recalls, “when I found out that my elementary school was built on a landfill site, and that immediately grabbed a hold of my imagination. I thought of being able to cut open the earth and look at layers of trash. Throughout my career, I’ve built these different kinds of landscapes out of different things. It’s about being able to round up large quantities of materials, and it’s astonishingly easy to accumulate these things, and that becomes part of the piece.”

He’s done similar work before, but never with inner tubes. His installation Scarp opened at the College of Charleston in 2008, consisting of some 5,000 articles of clothing, borrowed from — and later returned to — Goodwill. A wooden and cardboard framework fixed the garments in multicolored layers, suggesting geological formations, much as he plans for Soil.

In an artist’s statement for the Columbia installation Charzewski says “the materials will be organized and positioned neatly in the gallery to create the appearance of sedimentary layers of earth. This aesthetic will reference the transitional Columbia, South Carolina, landscape, as it is located on the cusp of the Lowcountry and the Appalachian Mountains. All materials will be recycled after the exhibition closes.”

Charzewski describes how he will build a detailed and calculated framework with the lumber, stretching the tires and tubes on top of it.

He anticipates “a lot of experimentation and figuring it out — that’s something I teach my students all the time. You can’t Google how to do this. You have to think quickly and be resourceful. ... I get into the site, and feel it out, and see what I need to do.”

Named by the South Carolina Arts Commission as 2016’s Visual Arts Fellow, Charzewski has several permanent installations in restaurants and corporate lobbies in Charleston and is working on a permanent outdoor piece for the Blythewood branch of the Richland Library.

McMaster Gallery Director Shannon Lindsey says that the themes in Charzewski’s work appealed to the gallery’s selection committee, which reviewed some 150 submissions after a call for artists for the current season.

“We were looking for interdisciplinary artists who may not define themselves through one particular craft or medium, or that could really appeal to all the facets that we offer here in the School of Visual Art and Design,” she says.

Charzewski’s proposed project presented unique challenges. Unlike a painter, he couldn’t simply unload finished work and hang it. Instead, he must physically be in the space before beginning work. Art students will help with the construction, and the artist will give lectures to classes in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

For Charzewski, the environment has always been an influence. Raised in Manitoba, Canada, the artist says that “it’s hard to grow up in the prairies without thinking about wide, open spaces, and that sense of the infinite. Any place you grow up informs who you are, your psychology, and your makeup, and that has always translated into my work.”

Caldwell Arts Council (N.C.) seeks sculpture for outdoor sales gallery

[caption id="attachment_28645" align="alignright" width="200"]Raymond Giddens (Simpsonville), Cage Spinner Raymond Giddens (Simpsonville), Cage Spinner[/caption] The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, North Carolina, seek sculptors interested in participating in the outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir. Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the city and the arts council. This is an ongoing call; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year. Details and the application are available online, along with photos and prices of current sculptures. To learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council, call 828-754-2486, email info@caldwellarts.com or visit www.caldwellarts.com. Image above: David Q. Sheldon (Asheville, NC), Arcane Mechanism

Artists invited to participate in 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest design competition

Submission deadline: December 15 [caption id="attachment_28443" align="alignright" width="125"]North Charleston Arts Fest design 2016 Lisa Shimko, Air and Water, 2016 design winner[/caption] The City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the festival, taking place May 3-7, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and have the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted: acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com by December 15. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition. There is no entry fee. Previous Arts Festival Design Competition winners include Lisa Shimko of Charleston (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston (2015), Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton (2014), Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant (2013), Elena Barna of North Charleston (2012), and Pedro Rodriguez of Hanahan (2011). For more information, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Via: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Lake City’s ArtFields invites artist submissions

Deadline is November 16

artfields-logo-roundEstablished and emerging Southeastern artists are invited to submit their work to ArtFields®, the region’s largest art competition, which is open to 2- and 3-dimensional artists in 12 states. The art festival (April 21-29, 2017) will award prizes of $50,000 for the Top Prize, $25,000 for Juried Panel prize and two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work) in addition to seven new category awards of $1,500 each and ten Merit awards of $1,000 each.

Artists aged 18 and over working in any medium are encouraged to submit their work. ArtFields celebrates the art of the South through a broad mix of media. The submission period closes at midnight, November 16 (all submissions are online). Full rules are available at artfieldssc.org.

The first four ArtFields competitions delivered nearly half a million dollars in cash prizes to regional artists, encouraging submissions by artists who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Every year, ArtFields devotes extensive resources to an assertive, regional outreach program. The results are reflected in the diverse geographies represented by exhibit pieces and visitors. To date, 16 out of 36 prize-winning artists came from outside of South Carolina. More than 60% of winning pieces were exhibited in non-traditional settings.

Established and emerging artists alike have been featured in the festival. A jury of visual art professionals will select approximately 400 competition pieces from all submissions.

Art electrifies Lake City for nine days every year, more than tripling its population, as the historic downtown district transforms into an art gallery spanning 30-plus venues, including historic buildings, shops, cafés and offices. ArtFields showcases work in everyday settings, ensuring maximum visibility for each artist’s unique work.

Image: Jocelyn Chateauvert, Invasive Species, 2016 People's Choice 3-D winner

Via: ArtFields

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?

Greenville’s Artisphere seeks visual arts programs coordinator

Note: Artisphere is no longer accepting applications for this job.  Artisphere is hiring a visual arts programs coordinator, who must have strong project management and communication skills. A working knowledge of the local arts community is beneficial. This role is a full-time position requiring availability during some evenings and the weekend of Artisphere. The visual arts programs coordinator oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing visual arts programming including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. The coordinator is expected to attend all board meetings, some committee meetings, and any festival meetings deemed necessary by the executive director or the board. The coordinator is required to be on the festival site for the duration of the event weekend. Artisphere is a three-day celebration of the arts, visual and performing, that takes place in downtown Greenville every May. 2017 will mark the 13th anniversary of the Artisphere festival that has become a signature event on Greenville’s cultural calendar. Artisphere is consistently ranked a TOP 10 Fine Arts Festival in the Country by notable industry indices. Complete job description and skill requirements are available online. Qualified candidates may send a resume, references and salary requirements to Kerry Murphy at info@artisphere.org.