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Call for Artists + Photographers: Innovate Grants

Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020


Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Winter Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.
  • Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
  • Deadline: February 11, 2020
  • Region: International
  • Awards: $550.00 Grants

How to Apply

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org.

Innovate Grant Winners

Christine Atkinson Los Angeles, CA Fall Grant Recipient – Art Brendon Kahn Dallas, TX Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Joe Hedges Pullman, WA Summer Grant Recipient – Art Leafy Yeh Los Angeles, CA Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Margaret Jacobs Enfield, NH Spring Grant Recipient – Art Ceaphas Stubbs Newark, NJ Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Taylor O. Thomas Tampa, FL Winter Grant Recipient – Art Shane Lavalette Syracuse, NY Winter Grant Recipient – PhotographyInnovat
Apply online today: https://innovateartistgntras.org

Tuning Up: Homeless shelter artists, new book release

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...


Fundraiser features art by homeless shelter residents

From ColaDaily.com: Transitions Homeless Center, the largest homeless facility serving Midlands residents, will be holding its eighth annual Reconstructing Home fundraiser Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art. Reconstructing Home showcases current and past residents' artwork that will be available for purchase ... This year's event will display not just 2-D paintings, but also some 3-D work. "We have some afghans this year, a couple of really cool wooden 3-dimensional large pieces, and we have a butterfly quilt that butterflies were actually painted onto the fabric," explained (Vice President of Advancement Elizabeth) Iglehart. Read the full story, and see pictures, here.

Publication announced for new Janet Kozachek book

Finishing Line Press is announcing the publication of My Women, My Monsters, a new collection of poems by Orangeburg author Janet Kozachek. “In this book, Janet Kozachek, through her evocative illustrations and often biting poems, removes the lid of the cauldron containing several familiar feminine monsters–monsters that women know from their everyday encounters with other women and also from uncomfortable glances within," writes Rutgers University Professor of Comparative Literature Janet A. Walker in her review. Kozacheck, a Helena Rubinstein Scholar, holds a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from Parsons School of Design and a certificate of graduate study from Beijing Central Art Academy where she studied Chinese poetry and painting. She received a category award in drawing at Artfields and grants from the Puffin Foundation and South Carolina Humanities.

Tuning Up: Art is for everyone, Part Infinity

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...


No, really, art is for everyone. Good luck making it through this story (video) from CBS Sunday Morning without a huge smile. Maybe a tissue. (You've been warned.) Bonus content. We are sharing this story because it happened in our state, it is arts-related, and is newsworthy, but we are definitely not commenting. NOPE.    

South Arts Southern Prize, State Fellowships deadline near

One of nine state winners will take home the $25,000 Southern Prize

Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Applications are now open for the South Arts 2019 State Fellowships! Apply through December 3, 2018. South ArtsThe South Arts State Fellowships is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine $5,000 South Arts State Fellowships will be awarded. Each state fellow will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes: the $25,000 Southern Prize and the $10,000 Finalist. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. State fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony, which happens to be in Columbia on April 15, 2019. Jurors for the State Fellowships include Katherine Jentleson (Atlanta) and Radhika Subramaniam (New York City). Jurors for the Southern Prize include David Houston (Columbus, Ga.). An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners will be open between April 15 and May 5, 2019 at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. Eligible disciplines include crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary. The application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018. Applications are powered by The Hambidge Center. Questions or comments about this program? First consult the FAQs. If your answer isn’t there, please contact southernprize@southarts.org or call 404.874.7244 x10.

Apply now for South Arts State Fellowships, Southern Prize

One of nine state winners will take home the $25,000 Southern Prize

Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Applications are now open for the South Arts 2019 State Fellowships! Apply through December 3, 2018. South ArtsThe South Arts State Fellowships is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine $5,000 South Arts State Fellowships will be awarded. Each state fellow will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes: the $25,000 Southern Prize and the $10,000 Finalist. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. State fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony, which happens to be in Columbia on April 15, 2019. [caption id="attachment_37695" align="alignright" width="220"] Kate Hooray Osmond[/caption] South Carolina's 2018 state fellow is painter and installation artist Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston. Visit her website here. Jurors for the State Fellowships include Katherine Jentleson (Atlanta) and Radhika Subramaniam (New York City). Jurors for the Southern Prize include David Houston (Columbus, Ga.). An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners will be open between April 15 and May 5, 2019 at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. Eligible disciplines include crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary. The application deadline is December 3, 2018. Applications are powered by The Hambidge Center. Questions or comments about this program? First consult the FAQs. If your answer isn’t there, please contact southernprize@southarts.org or call 404.874.7244 x10.
Ed. note: South Arts State Fellowships are not to be confused with the S.C. Arts Commission's $5,000 Individual Artist Fellowships, which are open this cycle to visual and craft artists, music composers, and performing musicians, and have received significant attention here since August. The application deadline is tomorrow.

Lynda English Studio calls for miniature art

Submission deadline: Thursday, Nov. 8


Registration is open for the fifth annual Lynda English Studio Miniature Art Competition.  [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="273"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] “Much is to be gained artistically by painting small – in composition, color, and value,” said Jackie Wukela, co-owner of Lynda English Studio Gallery. “The Lynda English Studio Gallery hopes to accomplish two tasks with this fifth Annual Miniature Competition: one, to nudge artists to tighten their skills by working within a small space; and two, to help educate our students and fellow artists in the process of entering competitions.”
  • The youth division is open to all artists aged 6-12 who reside in South Carolina.
  • The adult division is open to those 13 years old or older residing in South Carolina.
Any 2- or 3-Dimensional original art media not exceeding 40 square inches can be submitted. Photography is not part of the competition. For entry fee details and information about prizes, visit this story on SCNow.com.
Main page image from Pexels.com.

We’re looking for some jolly good fellows

New NEA report shows increasing arts attendance

The performing arts cultural season is upon us, and a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) might encourage you to head to the box office sooner than later.

Between 2012 and 2017, the share of adults who attended visual or performing arts activities grew by 3.6 percentage points to 132.3 million people, representing nearly 54 percent of the U.S. adult population. Performing arts events range from dance to theater performances while visual arts events include going to art museums, galleries, and craft festivals.

Most of the increase in this survey came from visiting art museums or galleries and the “informal” arts sector that includes outdoor performing arts festivals and touring places for their design or historic value. Also scoring high is attending “other” performing arts events—those not tracked individually in the SPPA—such as rap and hip hop, country music, rock, or folk music events.

Other highlights from the report:
  • Between 2012 and 2017, the rate of poetry-reading among adults grew by 76 percent, to 28 million people in 2017, and the share of 18-24-year-olds who read poetry more than doubled.
  • Greater participation by African Americans, Asian Americans, and 25-54-year-olds helped the performing arts numbers increase.
  • Art museum or gallery visits grew by 13% in the period studied.
Get the full report and read the study announcement on NEA.gov.

35-woman abstract art exhibition coming to North Charleston

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will exhibit works by the Women of Expressive Abstracts at the North Charleston City Gallery from Aug. 2-31, 2018. [caption id="attachment_35891" align="alignright" width="300"] "Threads of Life" by Peggy Vineyard[/caption] A free reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m. Some of the exhibiting artists will be present, and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. The Women of Expressive Abstracts group consists of 35 female abstract expressionist painters that share a common interest and passion for abstract art. They come from across the U.S., California to New Jersey, and Maryland to Florida. Twenty-six of the group’s members will present new mixed media work in their group exhibition titled "Inside Out: Expressing Our Inner Voices." "Inside Out" is an exuberant celebration of the language of nonobjective abstraction. The participating artists draw from their personal experiences and interpret them with their own unique voice. At the core, they share an intuitive process using mark making, form, and color to tell their stories that collectively come together in perfect harmony. The common denominator bringing these artists together is their mentor - master artist, educator, and author Steven Aimone. Though some of the women in the group have never met in person, they have all studied with Aimone. The experience engendered a shared language and support system that has kept them connected online over the years.


Participating artists

#SCartists
  • Penny Beesley
  • Melinda Hoffman
  • Terry Jarrard-Dimond
  • Nancy Perry
Artists from Elsewhere
  • Andrea Baetti (GA)
  • Juanita Bellavance (GA)
  • Billie Bourgeois (LA)
  • Carolyn Busenlener (MS)
  • Annette Cargill (OH)
  • Mary Beth Cornelius (GA)
  • Annette Crosby (GA)
  • Bre Barnett Crowell (NC)
  • Debbie Ezell (GA)
  • Marcia Holmes (LA)
  • Gayle Hurley (AL)
  • Suzanne Jacquot (CA)
  • Annette Margulies (FL)
  • Thyra Moore (MD)
  • Wendy Nicholas (FL)
  • Vicki Overstreet (MS)
  • Kate Pendleton (GA)
  • Betty Perry (GA)
  • Garnet Reardon (GA)
  • Kathy Blankley Roman (IL)
  • Nell Tilton (LA)
  • Peggy Vineyard (NC)

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m, and Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website, NorthCharleston.org.

Greenwood festival’s youth art show awards more than $1,500

From the Greenwood Index-Journal:

"The 2018 South Carolina Festival of Flowers Juried Youth Art Show highlights artistic endeavors of first through 12th-graders. It is on display in the Calhoun Mays reception hall at the Arts Center of Greenwood through June 8.

More than $1,500 in awards were presented Thursday during a reception and awards ceremony. Participating students, art teachers, family and friends attended.

'We celebrate and acknowledge your creative talent and your hard work,' said Anne Craig, Arts Center executive director."

Find out who received honors and more information by reading the full story here. UPDATE 5 June 2018, 10:24: The Index-Journal issued a clarification to its story yesterday.
Photo by the Index-Journal.