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Visual art + craft call goes out from S.C. State Fair

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 [caption id="attachment_29067" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 2012 South Carolina State Fair[/caption]


The South Carolina State Fair is accepting entries for this year’s competitive exhibits now through Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

The exhibits will showcase South Carolina’s finest agriculture, art, crafts, flowers and livestock at the S.C. State Fair, which will be held Oct. 13-24, 2021. Those wishing to compete can view the department Exhibit Guide and enter online at scstatefair.org/competitions “Our competitive events are a hallmark of our annual fair and showcase the amazing talents of South Carolina residents,” says General Manager Nancy Smith, who served as the 2020 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. “We are thrilled to bring people together again to celebrate South Carolina’s rich history — while showcasing the best from local artisans and farmers alike.” More than $300,000 in premiums will be offered for winning entries in our competitive exhibits, including agriculture, art, crafts, flowers and livestock during this year’s fair. The S.C. State Fair, the state’s largest annual event, returns this fall in Columbia. The S.C. State Fair is a charitable organization dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. Even during the year of this pandemic, the South Carolina State Fair awarded $300,000 in Ride of Your Life Scholarships to 50 South Carolina high school students to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state.

Jason Rapp

Announcing the FY22 SCAC Fellows

for immediate release


Four South Carolina artists exhibiting hard work and exceptional ability in visual art, craft, and media production and screenwriting are recipients of fiscal year 2022 South Carolina Arts Commission fellowships.

The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) Board of Directors approved four $5,000 fellowships among several other FY22 grant awards to be announced on a later date. The SCAC’s four fellows are:
  • Kristi Ryba of Charleston County in visual art,
  • Clay Burnette of Richland County for craft,
  • Sherard “Shekeese” Duvall of Richland County for media production,
  • and Triza Cox of Florence County for media screenwriting.
Individual artists residing in South Carolina full-time were invited to apply last fall for a fellowship in any of the four categories represented in this cycle. Out-of-state panelists were recruited from each of those disciplines to review applications. Starting with this cycle and going forward, applications are no longer anonymous and awards no longer made solely on artistic merit. The panelists also considered achievements and commitment to the discipline in which artists apply, which can be more than one if separate applications are submitted. Panelists then recommend recipients of each $5,000 fellowship. “Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of exceptional South Carolina individual artists. Recognition from a fellowship lends artistic prestige and can often open doors to other resources and employment opportunities,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said. “We will no doubt hear more from these amazing artists, and we congratulate them on this honor.”

About the FY22 Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients

Kristi Ryba | Visual Arts | Charleston County Winner of the 2020 South Arts State Fellowship for South Carolina and a 2018 ArtFields second place award, Ryba’s work has been touring the Southeast in painting and printmaking exhibitions since 1990.  A Magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, Ryba also studied at Vermont Studio School and Studio Camnitzer in Valdotavvo, Lucca, Italy, and has her Master of Fine Arts from Union Institute and University, Vermont College. She has won various awards and scholarships. A founding organizer of Print Studio South, Inc., she served as its president and on its board and has taught locally in both adult and children's programs. Ryba was one of 10 artists featured in a 2002 Piccolo Spoleto exhibit and was invited to exhibit in Contemporary Charleston 2004 and in Helping Hands: an artist's debut among friends in 2005. Her work was featured in the 2018 Biennial in Columbia. Ryba also exhibited at Silo in New York City and her work was in the 2007 SOHO20 Chelsea show honoring The Feminist ART Project. Clay Burnette | Craft | Richland County Clay Burnette is a self-taught pine needle basketmaker who has been coiling longleaf pine needles with waxed linen thread since 1977. Burnette’s work is included in numerous public and private collections—including the State Art Collection—and has been included in more than 250 exhibition venues throughout the U.S. and abroad for 40-plus years. He has also been published in numerous international, national, and regional magazines, catalogs, and fine craft publications. Burnette has taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee since 2015. Images of his work are available at www.clayburnette.com. Sherard Duvall | Media: Production | Richland County Sherard “Shekeese” Duvall is a film and messaging professional from Columbia, S.C. He specializes in visual storytelling, film education, media strategy, diversity consulting and is an advocate of Hip-Hop culture. He’s produced commercial and documentary projects for VH1, Oxygen, and more. A 2021 Liberty Fellow, a 2016 Riley Fellow, a Leo Twiggs Arts Leadership Scholar and one of the founders of Columbia’s Hip-Hop Family Day: Love Peace & Hip-Hop. A 2001 University of South Carolina grad, Sherard is a product of Richland District One schools. Sherard is the Founder and Executive Producer at OTR Media Group, and the proud dad of his son, Cairo. Triza Cox | Media: Screenwriting | Florence County Triza Cox is a playwright, screenwriter, and theatre artist. She is currently the South Carolina Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild and is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Her research and creative work center on playmaking using Jungian archetypes, motifs, and symbols of the collective unconscious. Triza holds an MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville and has trained with Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the Mandala Center for Change as a Theatre of the Oppressed Facilitator. Her original plays include A Last Supper; The Willing, which recently received a staged reading with Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina; God in the Midst of it All; and Lil’ Bard which was a semi-finalist in NYU’s New Plays for Young Audience 2018 and premiered at Charlotte’s Children Theatre in a staged reading. Triza has received a Kentucky New Voices grant for her playwriting.
A diverse group of panelists reviewed applications from the discipline in which they work. The visual art and craft panelists were Kesha Bruce, a curator and artist programs manager for the Arizona Commission on the Arts; arts consultant and curator Mark Leach based in St. Louis; and Holly Blake, residency manager for Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. Reviewing media production applications were panelists Eleanor Savage, activist and program director with the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Jerome Foundation; and Bill Gaskins, (re)director of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s photographic and electronic media graduate program. Writer and producer April Turner of Charlotte was the media screenwriting panelist.
Four fellowships per year are awarded to artists working in rotating disciplines. One artist from each of these fields: prose, poetry, and theatre acting and playwriting will be honored in fiscal year 2023. To be eligible, artists must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident with permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the fellowship period. Applications will be accepted later this summer following announcement by the SCAC. For more on discipline rotation, eligibility requirements, and the application process, please visit https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/fel/.
About the South Carolina Arts Commission The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences. A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Jason Rapp

Craft artists: apply for ACC’s Craft Week

American Craft Council makes call for art

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 Text based promotional image for Baltimore Craft Week, Online April 12-17, 2021

Craft artists are invited to sell work and tell their stories in the American Craft Council's latest online marketplace.

Baltimore Craft Week is a juried, online marketplace event designed to connect American makers to a national audience of craft enthusiasts while celebrating local craft culture. Regionally inspired partnerships and programming will help create an engaging platform, with more than 100 diverse artists from across the country selling work through our ecommerce site. The event is open to artists from across the country who are creating work that reflects the diversity of contemporary craft. It's designed to be an immersive platform where people can discover who you are and what goes into your work.
  • Have your work seen by our engaged craft audience of 56K email contacts and over 82K followers on social media.
  • Our previous two events have brought in $207K in artists sales.
  • Curated shopping experiences and artist storytelling will be a main feature of the event.
  • Programming will highlight regional community partners and reinforce the importance of craft in our lives.
  • We offer artist onboarding and support through our easy-to-use platform.
ACC featured more than 200 artists in  past online events Craft Bash and San Francisco Bay Area Craft Week. Learn more and apply here.

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Call for woodworking exhibit entries in Belton

Submission deadline: Jan. 8, 2020


Belton Center for the Arts is seeking artisans to add some warmth to the gallery this winter. The center's January exhibit is to showcase works made at the hands of area woodworkers. Artists must submit up to three entries, hand-delivered between Jan. 7-11, 2020. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. For entry guidelines, visit www.beltoncenterforthearts.org/exhibits.

We’re looking for some jolly good fellows

Call for art: SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

[caption id="attachment_29133" align="alignright" width="180"]Palmetto Hands Click to view larger image.[/caption] Application deadline is March 15. Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 16th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Cash prizes will total up to $6,500. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as part of the North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists the opportunity to exhibit their objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Following the close of the show, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The exhibition will be displayed at the Charleston Area Convention Center May 3-7, 2017. The juror is Michael W. Haga, associate dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston. Haga has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and is president of the Advisory Board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC. Haga has judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States and has been a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Artists in need of assistance with the application may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

Call for art – Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

scc-exteriorThe Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh is seeking artists whose work reflects an interest in topics related to home, shelter, homelessness, and displacement. Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the impact displacement has on individuals and society and how the arts can guide thoughtful conversation on the topic. The exhibition will highlight a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found objects).  The exhibition will run September 8, 2017 to February 17, 2018. Submission guidelines are available online. All submissions must be received by December 1, 2016. About the Society for Contemporary Craft Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting-edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a retail store. Through its mission of engaging the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft, SCC offers meaningful art opportunities for more than 145,000 people a year through four core values: providing vital support for artists;  filling critical gaps in public education; sharing cross cultural perspectives; and using art to build community.

Fellowships for visual arts, craft, media production and screenwriting

Application deadline is November 1. The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for the next round of Individual Artist Fellowships. South Carolina artists working in visual arts, craft, media: production or media: screenwriting are invited to apply for the 2018 awards. Each Fellow receives $5,000. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process by out-of-state panelists and are based on artistic excellence only. The awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are awarded in four disciplines each year. The application is now an online process. Find complete guidelines and application instructions online. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016. Related: Who won the most recent round of fellowships?

Call for artists and makers: Crafty Feast accepting applications

Crafty FeastCrafty Feast – the largest juried indie craft fair in the Midlands region of South Carolina – is accepting vendor applications until July 31, 2016, for its annual show, to be held on Sunday, December 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. Makers can apply at www.craftyfeast.com. Drawing crowds of more than 2,700 guests, Crafty Feast brings together more than 100 innovative artisans and makers from across the Southeast – and from as far away as Michigan and Mississippi – for a one-day show in one of the capital city's largest and most comfortable venues. Since 2009, Crafty Feast has been produced annually by the local, woman-owned creative firm, Flock and Rally. Crafty Feast vendors sell handmade, inventive goods, and no resellers of any kind are permitted. Past vendors have featured popular items such as hand-dyed indigo napkins; locally made grass-fed beef jerky; black tea & bergamot soy candles; intricate, hand-sculpted diorama necklaces; unique baby bibs; hand-turned woodwork; original fine art prints, repurposed clothing; blown-glass bead jewelry; and more. All items sold at Crafty Feast are of the highest quality and integrity. In an effort to support small businesses and independent artisans, Crafty Feast application submissions are free. Vendors are chosen through a selective process conducted by a jury of regional artists and creative industry leaders. Selected vendors will be notified by September 2016. Crafty Feast booth fees are $100 per 10 x 10’ space. For more information, visit craftyfeast.com.    

SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition winners announced

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. Following an extensive pre-jury process, 36 applicants were asked to participate, and 82 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip. After making her selections, Haislip stated, “The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the S.C. State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today.” After awarding ribbons, Haislip also selected pieces from the show to assemble a South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. In addition to awards given by the juror, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition: Best of Show Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC) (pictured above) Outstanding Merit Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC) Continuum (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) City of North Charleston Purchase Awards Rice Plantation at Brookgreen (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Gosu Basket Form (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Honorable Mention Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC) Blueberry Tart Cake (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC) Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC) Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC) Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC) Vessel No. 373 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC) Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections Wrench Wench (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC) Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC) Gameboard (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC) Natural Edge Maple Bowl (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Triangular Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC) Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC) Continuum Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Haida #6 Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC) Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Wormloe Plantation (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC) Handle With Care (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC) Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC) Butterfly Bowl (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC) Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC) Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC) Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC) Salty (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC) For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803-737-4159 or tep@scmuseum.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department