2022 Southern Prize exhibition now open in S.C.

Opening reception tonight in Florence gallery

Compelling visual art from the nine southeastern-state fellows in the running for the 2022 South Arts Southern Prize is now on display in Florence, and an opening reception is tonight from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director David T. Platts will be on hand for a greeting and remarks to attendees.

Launched in 2017, the Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality art being created in the South. Approximately 600 artists applied for consideration in fall and winter 2021, and jurors reviewed each application to recommend the State Fellowship recipients. After review from a national panel of jurors, Louisiana mixed media artist Hannah Chalew was named winner of the $25,000 Southern Prize.

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The other 2022 State Fellowship recipients are:

  • Jenny Fine. Multidisciplinary. New Brockton, Alabama.
  • GeoVanna Gonzalez. Multidisciplinary. Miami, Florida.
  • Antonio Darden. Sculpture. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Crystal Gregory. Sculpture. Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Gloria Gipson Suggs. Painting. Holly Springs, Mississippi.
  • Marcus Dunn. Painting. Fayetteville, North Carolina.
  • Brittany M. Watkins. Mixed Media. Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo. Sculpture. Memphis, Tennessee.

Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary work were eligible to apply. The nine fellows receive $5,000 cash awards and inclusion in this touring exhibition, which has made its way to South Carolina. The Stephen F. Gately Gallery at Francis Marion University is host of the exhibition.

The Southern Prize and State Fellowships program is made possible through the generous financial support of many donors.

In a dimly-lit room, an art patron with short black hair in a black t-shirt snaps a mobile phone picture of South Carolina State Fellow Brittany M. Watkins' "Maladaptation Sits," on exhibit at the launch of the tour.

An exhibition attendee snaps a picture of South Carolina State Fellow Brittany M. Watkins’ “Maladaptation Sits,” on exhibit at the launch of the tour. Provided photo/South Arts.