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ArtFields opens submissions for 2023

Let 'em hear from #SCartists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 [caption id="attachment_44443" align="aligncenter" width="960"] An event from ArtFields 2019. Photo by Zan Maddox/Social Design House for the SCAC.[/caption]

Lake City's big-deal annual arts festival is more than a South Carolina treasure.

It's a regional must-do that turns the small Florence County town into a living art gallery, using everything from the obvious places like galleries to restaurants, boutiques and all willing local businesses to display artworks by the hundreds. Next April it will do it again, but the time to make submissions is NOW. Adult artists (we'll have more about ArtFields, Jr. soon...) of all media from across the Southeast are eligible to apply ($25 fee applies).

What's at stake?

Accepted artists can win part of more than $100,000 in prizes, with the winner grossing $50,000 alone. ArtFields' Southeastern Partner Awards include residencies and exhibitions.

You'll need...

A bio, statement, artwork dimensions, and high-quality pictures of your artwork. Don't delay, #SCartists! Find out more and apply by clicking here.

Jason Rapp

ArtFields calls for art from junior #SCartists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 11, 2022

South Carolina student artists in grades 1-12 are now invited to submit artwork to the annual ArtFields Jr. Art Competition.

The ArtFields Jr. Art Competition is open to South Carolina students in grades 1 through 12. Click here to submit for free by Feb. 11, 2022. (Make sure you read the rules first!) Accepted student artwork will be on display during ArtFields 2022 from April 22-30, 2022 in Lake City.

Jason Rapp

Looming deadlines for major art calls

Get 'em in, #SCartists!

  • 1858 Prize DEADLINE: Sunday, October 31, 2021
  • ArtFields DEADLINE: Monday, November 1, 2021

There are big prizes up for grabs in the South Carolina arts scene. Are you going for them?

ArtFields, operating out of Lake City in southern Florence County, is accepting submissions for its historic tenth year. ArtFields offers a unique combination of competition and celebration for Southeastern artists, so fittingly this call is open to artists 18 and older practicing in all media from 12 Southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Lo,\uisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This is an opportunity for part of $100,000 in cash prizes during the 2022 event taking place April 22-30. Accepted artwork is displayed all around our downtown—in spaces like boutiques, restaurants, barbershops, and more—to create a town-wide gallery. If you're unaware, click here to explore what ArtFields is all about and how you can be part of it. The submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. Not terribly far from Lake City as the crow flies is the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Charleston-based 1858 Society of the Gibbes Museum of Art has a call out for contemporary art. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply. The winning artist receives $10,000 for work that contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. In addition to the monetary award, artwork will be chosen by the Gibbes Curatorial Team, in collaboration with the artist, for display in the Mary Jackson Modern and Contemporary Galleries for the duration of 2022. Their submission deadline is one day earlier on Sunday, Oct. 31. Find out more about the 1858 Prize here.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: ArtFields makes 2022 call + S.C. creative placemaking

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...  

It's almost hard to believe it's time, but... 

ArtFields is making a call for submissions starting tomorrow. Adult artists working in all mediums from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to submit to ArtFields. The deadline to submit is Nov. 1, 2021. Don't delay!

SCAC's Susan DuPlessis featured by Grantmakers in the Arts

If you follow the SCAC's direct program The Art of Community: Rural SC, you know that it's led locally by a collection of mavens. Who leads the mavens? Well, the maven of mavens, of course... our own Susan DuPlessis. Grantmakers in the Arts is running a series Future of the Field: Cross-Sector Creative Placemaking Series, and hers is the latest submission. Give it a read here!

Jason Rapp

ArtFields readies for full 2021 schedule

The Southeast's largest visual arts competition is readying for nine days of events in 2021.

Ardie Arvidson of the Morning News has details at SCNow.com:

ArtFields, the largest visual arts competition in the Southeast, displays hundreds of art pieces throughout Lake City, along with hosting special events, live music, lots of food and fun for the whole family with student competition artwork and outdoor public art galore.

This nine-day art fest will feature artworks uniquely displayed in downtown businesses. Along with the artwork, additional events will include the Portrait Contest, Makers Market and Artist Talks, plus events all week at local businesses, said Roberta L. Burns, marketing manager of Lake City ArtFields Collective.
ArtFields joins Greenville's Artisphere and other S.C. arts events like Ag + Art Tour and Artista Vista (Columbia) in announcing plans for in-person gatherings. Read Arvidson's full story at SCNow.com.  

Jason Rapp

Calling all S.C. student artists

From now through February 12th, 2021 Lake City’s ArtFields Jr. is accepting art submissions from South Carolina student-artists in grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger.

Submissions are free and almost $3,000 is up for grabs in prize money, with individual prizes up to $200 for lower elementary students, and up to $500 for high schoolers. Prizes also include art supplies and ArtFields merchandise. Besides the juried awards up for grabs in four grade categories, selected ArtFields Jr. artists will have their work on display during ArtFields and will have the opportunity to win student choice awards voted by fellow students. Full prizes and rules information can be found at this link: https://www.artfieldssc.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021-ArtFields-Jr.-Competition-Guidelines-and-Letter-2021.pdf

ArtFields Jr. Submissions Details

  • Submission deadline: February 12, 2021
  • Students grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger may apply
  • Submission cost: Free
  • Accepted artists will be notified March 13, 2021
  • Accepted art will be displayed April 21 - May 1, 2021
  • ArtFields Jr. winners will be announced at the ArtFields Jr. Awards Ceremony on May 1

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New public art opportunity for ArtFields 2021

Proposal submission deadline: February 1, 2021

The ArtFields Collective is excited to announce a brand-new aspect of ArtFields for the 2021 event!

[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="225"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] In addition to the competition, there will be large scale/installation pieces in key places outside around downtown. Each year, the Collective hears from artists with large outdoor pieces that transporting their work to Lake City is just not feasible for a 9-day period. With this new initiative, we aim to make ArtFields a place to explore artists’ big ideas. Now let’s get down to the details: Artists can submit a proposal from Dec. 1, 2020 to Feb. 1, 2021. The proposal should include the concept, photos and needs (ex. Volunteers, accommodation, materials, transportation). Up to 5 artists will be invited to install their work beginning March 2021 for display through ArtFields 2021 into early 2022. Selected artists will be offered assistance to bring their artwork to Lake City and install. While selected art will be on display during ArtFields 2021, this is not part of the ArtFields competition. If artists are accepted into the competition and invited to install public art, they must choose which to participate in. Please email any questions to artteam@artfieldssc.org!

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ArtFields calls for artists to compete, exhibit

Nine-day, town-wide event plans for 2021

Submission deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2020

From September 1 through November 1, 2020, Southeastern artists, both emerging and established, are invited to apply for ArtFields, an annual, nine-day art competition and exhibition in Lake City, South Carolina.

Each year, ArtFields brings together art lovers, collectors, and curators who come to see Lake City transform into a town-wide gallery, allowing accepted artists to be part of the celebration while they compete for $100,000 in prizes. ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor Southeastern artists with nearly two weeks worth of celebration and competition in the heart of Lake City—a small, once agrarian South Carolina town. To date, ArtFields has awarded over $800,000 in prize money, helped launch the careers of countless artists, and ultimately led to Lake City’s transformation into a burgeoning arts mecca. Adult artists of all media, who live in the competition's 12 participating Southern states are welcome to apply. Prizes and rules details are available via the ArtFields website.

Prizes and Quick Facts

Submissions Timeline:
  • Entries Open – Sept. 1-Nov. 1, 2020
  • Accepted Artists Notified – Dec 2020
  • ArtFields 2021 – April 23-May 1, 2021
Prizes at Stake:
  • Grand Prize – $50,000
  • Second Place – $25,000
  • People’s Choice 2D – $12,500
  • People’s Choice 3D – $12,500

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Hub E-Vents: April 24

You want art. You crave art.

#SCartists and arts organizations want to fill that void. They live for that. It’s a calling. Yet in times of social distancing, that’s hard to do. Through the wonders of modern technology, many are trying and succeeding. So while we’re all staying home to protect vulnerable family, friends, and neighbors,  The Hub is stepping up to fill the void between artists and arts lovers. (Learn more about Hub E-vents here.)

Here are some events is THE event for today

ArtFields. Is. All. Online. Here's a word from them:

As you know, the coronavirus has altered our plans for ArtFields 2020. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to elevating and celebrating Southern art and, right now, that starts with you.

On Friday, April 24th, the day we would normally kick off ArtFields with a ribbon-cutting and a welcoming of artists and art lovers to Lake City, we will be releasing this year’s selected artwork to our website. Our 2020 artists are truly phenomenal and we can’t wait for you all to see this wonderful body of work. You'll be able to enjoy artwork from artists across the 12 Southeastern states, plus the accepted work for our South Carolina student artists in ArtFields Jr. 

Here’s how we’d like you to join in on the fun and recognize our 2020 artists on this special day:

    • Once the gallery is launched, take a look and share works that inspire and move you with the hashtag #ArtFieldsAtHome.
    • Past competitors and attendees to our event, we’d love for you to share your favorite ArtFields memories with the hashtag #ArtFieldsAtHome.
    • Get creative and share the ways that you’re kicking off #ArtFieldsAtHome. Are you going to create some art of your own? Explore your own home like a gallery? Whatever it is, we’d love to see it!

Share your posts with the hashtag #ArtFieldsAtHome and be sure to tag us between April 24th - 26th for a chance to win some fun ArtFields goodies!

Have a great weekend!

Jason Rapp

One week to apply for ArtFields portrait contest

Ahem: the prize money doubled from 2019

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET [caption id="attachment_44443" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Artists standing at easels painting portraits at ArtFields 2018 The 2018 ArtFields Portrait Contest. Photo by Zan Maddox/Social Design House.[/caption]
From our friends at ArtFields comes this dispatch: Applications for the eighth annual ArtFields Portrait Contest are officially open through March 6th, 2020. Artists will compete for Best in Show and over $3,000 in cash prizes while painting live portraits. To apply, you’ll need basic contact information, a portfolio of work, and the submission fee of $25. Click here to apply via ArtBooth through March 6. The stakes are higher than ever this year as prize money up for grabs is DOUBLED to $2,000 for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. The ArtFields 2020 Portrait Contest is Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. at The Bean Market. For questions, call Carlie Baxley at 843.374.0180. Click here to apply!

Jason Rapp