Artists who were on the fence about submitting to the ArtFields® 2015 competition have two new reasons to take action. This week, organizers extended the submission deadline to Nov. 21 and unveiled panels of first-round reviewers and competition judges. ArtFields takes place April 24 through May 2, 2015, in Lake City, S.C. More information and the application are online.
“We have been amazed by the high level of two- and three-dimensional work submitted for 2015,” said Sandra Cook, creative team manager of ArtFields. “We also see a number of partially completed submissions in the online queue. By extending our deadline one week, we are sending a message to artists who are on the fence – or who thought time had run out – to get in this competition.”
The art festival will award life-changing 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). A new feature for 2015 will be 10 Honorable Mention awards for $1,000 each. Artists 18 and over who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are encouraged to submit their work by midnight, November 21 at artfieldssc.org.
Approximately 400 final competition pieces will be selected from all submissions by a jury of visual art professionals:
- William Andrews, director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
- William Eiland, director, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Ga.
- Leslie Rankow, founder, Leslie Rankow Fine Arts, Ltd., New York City
The final competition will be judged by a jury of curators, collectors and artists:
- Chad Alligood is curator of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The former Cranbrook Art Museum curator recently researched State of the Art, a show developed from visits to 1,000 art studios in 80 cities and small towns.
- Tyrone Geter is a painter who has exhibited worldwide. He is also a professor of art at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., and an art gallery curator.
- Jay Heuman is an art museum educator and curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where he works collaboratively to organize more than 120 public programs a year.
- Cecilia Stucker is the founder of Curating & Collections, a curatorial consultancy to private and corporate collectors. She divides her time between New York City, Los Angeles and Paris.
The first two ArtFields competitions delivered more than $200,000 in cash prizes for sculpture, paintings, installations and fiber art created by artists from several states. Established and emerging artists alike have been featured in the festival.
The nine-day art competition transforms historic Lake City, more than tripling its population and creating a palpable buzz throughout dozens of venues. Many artists attend the festival, networking with peers, connecting with art patrons and enjoying the local hospitality.