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Artisphere issues call for visual artist entries

[gallery link="file"] The ninth annual Artisphere festival in Greenville, S.C., announces the 2013 Call for Visual Artist Entries.  Consistently ranked a top art show in the country, Artisphere received 884 applications for the 2012 event, and organizers expect more competition for the 120 spots in 2013. The festival is scheduled for May 10-12, 2013. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 18, 2012, at www.zapplication.org.  Artists may apply in 18 different medium categories including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, furniture, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and more.  A panel of four arts professionals will review applicants in a blind jury process. Artists may also apply for the Emerging Artist Scholarship, a program open to artists living in Greenville, S.C., who have developed a solid body of work within the last two years but who are not currently earning a living as a professional artist.  Scholarship applicants will be subject to the same jury process as other applicants. Painter Julie Hughes Shabkie was the first Emerging Artist Scholarship recipient at the 2012 Artisphere festival. She received marketing materials and guidance, free booth space and use of display screens during the festival. "The scholarship allowed me to participate in Artisphere for the first time,” remarked Shabkie.  “As the festival draws both tourists and local attendees, I was able to introduce my work to art enthusiasts from within our community and outside it as well." “The Emerging Artist Scholarship was extremely successful in its first year and a great addition to the Artisphere festival,” stated Metropolitan Arts Council Executive Director Alan Ethridge.  “I am confident this new program will continue to create more opportunities for local artists by opening the door for new business and recognition.” For more information about the festival, the application process, or to download a paper application, visit the Artisphere website. Photos: Examples of art work from 2012 Artisphere artists. via: Artisphere