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Money available now for artistic improvement

Quick-turn resource for #SCartists, arts orgs

Did you resolve to do something new in ’22? How about something better or bigger?

The South Carolina Arts Commission wants to start your year with a quick infusion of funds to support artistic improvement. Funding is available now to fund arts projects and programs, build capacity, or better equip artists or arts organization staff. The SCAC allocated $75,000 for its Arts Project Support (APS) Grants this fiscal year. Halfway through it, most of the money remains available. Here’s how this multi-tool of a grant can help #SCartists and arts organizations.

Uses

As their name implies, these grants can fund an artist’s or organization’s arts-based project*. Columbia fiber artist Flavia Lovatelli used hers to reach—and be honored at—the prestigious Philadephia Museum of Art Craft Show late last year. Other examples, from FY21, are here. Grant funds must be used for actual project costs, defined as consumable and non-consumable items needed to complete the proposed project (including, but not limited to):
  • Technical, online, or virtual capacity building (e.g., website development, technical support)
  • Equipment (e.g., kilns, lighting or sound equipment, musical instruments, storage)
  • Furniture (e.g., easels, music stands)
  • Professional services (e.g., performance space rental, web designer, consultant fees)
  • Professional development (e.g., conference or membership fees)
#SCartists can also use funding for workshops or residencies!

Deadline and funding

  • APS Grants feature convenient rolling deadlines. However, for FY22 funding, you must apply on or before April 15, 2022.
  • Additionally, please note applications will only accepted until funding is exhausted. Act now!
  • Up to $2,500 is available from up to two APS grant awards!

Some caveats

APS grants are designed for convenience and accessibility. The application is simpler for ease of use, and the rolling deadlines allow for faster decisions on funding. So make 2022 your year with the SCAC’s help. For questions, here’s whom to contact:

Jason Rapp

Lovatelli wins honors at Philly craft show

Recognized for Excellence in Fiber Art

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The craft show committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is pleased to announce this year’s award winners, chosen from 195 artists across over 30 states in 13 categories.

Columbia artist Flavia Lovatelli received the award for Excellence in Fiber Art. We congratulate all the recipients and thank the judges and award sponsors for their dedication and commitment to keeping fine contemporary craft artists at work. This year’s PMA Craft Show is back in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia as well as available for online shopping. Visit all the artists at www.pmacraftshow.org. Ed. note: Lovatelli received an S.C. Arts Commission grant to participate in this exhibition, which The Hub brought to you just last week.
The Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art: Flavia Lovatelli Judge: Gwen Goodwill Bianchi From Lovatelli: “Art is the unspoken language that, which moves us, connects us, breaks the borders and unites us. I try to create work that evokes emotions at the sensory level, fascination, perplexity, curiosity, admiration, and the intense desire to touch it, feel the textures, densities, temperatures. My work is created with strips of recycled paper collected from magazines, flyers, and papers found in my daily life. I am intrigued with the colors and textures in everyday printed matter. Coiling is a very tedious and time-consuming process; it takes countless hours to roll enough strips of magazine pages into coils to create anything of substance.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

In-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and online from across the United States: www.pmacraftshow.org Show Dates and Hours
  • Friday, Nov. 5, 2021: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, Nov.7, 2021: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
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Now in its 45th year, the Craft Show, presented by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has raised over 13.5 million dollars over its long history. The museum’s largest single fundraiser, funds go to supporting museum initiatives, including education, art and fine craft acquisitions, state-of-the-art equipment, and special exhibitions.

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American Craft Council show to feature #SCartists

South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing a pop-up exhibition to take place at the American Craft Council Show Atlanta 2020 at the Cobb Galleria March 13-15. It's organized by South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts in partnership with the American Craft Council. This pop up debuts the council’s new initiative to highlight southern states’ craft communities. The South Carolina Arts Commission is the first state arts agency to participate in this initiative.


Project Description

The South Carolina Arts Commission Pop-Up showcases six artists from the Palmetto State whose work honors the old while embracing the new in unexpected and imaginative ways. For over 50 years, the South Carolina Arts Commission has worked to ensure a climate in which artists are valued and remain at the core of South Carolina’s creative economy. The six makers included in the pop-up are some of the best South Carolina artists working in their respective craft medium.  Their work highlights some of the predominant trends taking place in South Carolina: tradition, innovation, social justice, technology, entrepreneurship, and upcycling.
  • Tradition: Chief Bill Harris of Rock Hill, Catawba pottery (above)
  • Innovation: Mana Hewitt of Columbia, medals featuring women of historic importance
  • Technology: Valerie Zimany of Central, porcelain and clay using 3D printing
  • Entrepreneurship: Quintin Middleton of St. Stephen, Middleton Made Knives
  • Upcycling: Flavia Lovatelli of Columbia, mixed media trashion wearable art
  • Social Justice: Jean Grosser of Hartsville, assemblage
Three of the six artists will attend ACC for one day each. Grosser (1993), Hewitt (2006), and Zimany (2020) are South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows. [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="44245,44246,44243,44244"]

Artwork Information

Jean Grosser School Days 1949 (Briggs v. Elliott) 2013 Wood & paper 22” x 22” x 2 ½” Chief Bill Harris Heron Bowl 2016 Clay 7” x 12” x 6” Courtesy of McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina Valerie Zimany Hanazume (Two-Ears) 2018 Ceramic, wheel-thrown and hand built porcelain with press-molded sprigs from three-dimensional model prints and hand-modelled florals 21" x 11" x 11"