Charleston Co. artists can apply for ‘Lowcountry Artist of the Year’

Charleston artists: time is running out to be considered Lowcountry Artist of the Year by a fund at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C.

The Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year award was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn in order to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of our Lowcountry’s unique life, culture or environment – its “look and feel.”

The award is supported by The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund (“the Fund”), created in 2003 as a component fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.  The Fund’s financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion.

In 2018, one award of $6,000 will be provided to one winning applicant, payable in two equal increments ($3,000 each) during the time that the work of art is being created. Only artists living in Charleston County are eligible. The financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion.

The application and complete eligibility requirements can be accessed at: http://ccf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn.  All applicants must create an account and register as an “Individual Applicant.”

Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 4 at midnight.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County in South Carolina.
  • Applicants must be at least fifteen (15) years of age.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate talent, based on submission of images of their work.
  • In submitting images of past work, the applicant must demonstrate past interest in creating art reflective of “the look and feel of the Lowcountry.”
  • Through a written application, applicants must be able to communicate a vision for the work of art to be produced.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate some degree of financial need for the award, which is intended to provide a living stipend for the winner as  the work of art is being created.
  • The Award is not intended for an artist already popular with the general public. For an artist whose work is not generally known locally, it is intended to give the time and the money to produce art and to become better known to the general public.
  • The proposed work of art may be done in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawing, or a combination of those media, or it may be a work of three-dimensional fine art sculpture; “fine art” is used here to exclude crafts and installation art from 3-D works of sculpture.
  • The applicant must commit to completing the new work of art in a period of three months’ time or less.
  • There are no requirements related to public shows or past awards, so as not to discourage new or under-recognized artists from applying.

Questions?

Direct additional questions about the award or application process to Caroline Rakar, program officer at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C.

The Hub thanks Caroline for assisting with information for this post.


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