SC fine craft artists: apply for Palmetto Hands Juried Competition and Exhibition

Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 15th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition. Objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held April 29 – May 7, 2016. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed via Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Kathy Oda, Koi Pond

Kathy Oda, Koi Pond

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

Internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip will jury this year’s exhibition. Haislip, a South Carolina native, is a jeweler and sculpture artist who creates original, handcrafted designs in silver and gold. She earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metals and her MFA in Silversmithing and Design from Winthrop University, studying under internationally acclaimed English silversmith Alfred Ward. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in a number of print publications including Eide, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, and Charleston Weddings. In 2012, Kaminer was honored with the Made in the South Award in the Home category from Garden & Gun magazine and in 2011 with The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. The Historic Charleston Foundation honored her with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award in April 2014, and more recently she collaborated with Reese Witherspoon’s Southern lifestyle company Draper James on a silver bowl. Kaminer currently lives and works in Charleston and has a studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

The 15th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29 – May 6, 2016, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email, or visit