Young violinists! Apply for Florence Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition
Talented violinists enrolled in grades 9-12 who love performing are encouraged to enter the third annual Florence Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. The competition is open to young violinists with home addresses in Darlington, Dillion, Florence, Lee, Marion or Marlboro counties.
Applications, along with a performance CD, must be received by January 3, 2014. Finalists will be notified immediately and assigned a time to perform before a panel of judges on January 25, 2014, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. Prizewinners will be invited to perform their audition composition accompanied by the Florence Symphony Orchestra at the March 31, 2014, concert.
Find more information and apply online.
Via: Florence Symphony Orchestra
Downtown Florence seeks outdoor work of art
The Florence Downtown Development Corporation seeks to commission a free-standing or wall-mounted outdoor work of art to add to the beautification, redevelopment and regeneration of downtown Florence. The artwork chosen for 2013 will be the first piece in what will become the Florence Downtown Sculpture Garden/Courtyard.
This opportunity is open to visual artists, ages 18 and older. Proposals from all geographic areas of the United States are welcome, however, preference will be given to artists who live, work or create in the Pee Dee (Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties).
Submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2012, or hand-delivered by 5:30 p.m. to the Florence Downtown Development Offices at 218 West Evans, Florence, S.C. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email. All artists will be notified of the selection results by November 30, 2012. Selected work must be installed by April 30, 2013.
Read the request for proposals for complete details and contact information:
Outdoor Work of Art RFP-Florence 2012 (PDF)
Note: The RFP refers to an Oct. 19 deadline for materials. Oct. 31 is the correct deadline.
Via: Florence Downtown Development Corporation
Four artists included in 2013 S.C. African-American history calendar
Four artists with S.C. connections are included in the just-released 2013 South Carolina African-American history calendar sponsored by AT&T South Carolina. These native South Carolinians have gained national and international acclaim for their work:
- Opera singer Gwendolyn Bradley of Bishopville made her debut at the MET in 1981 and has achieved international fame.
- Marie Brailey (deceased) and her son Willie Van Brailey, natives of Orangeburg, each worked at the art of chair caning for 50 years. Mrs. Brailey received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 1997, and Mr. Brailey received the award in 2011.
- Celebrated poet Nikky Finney was born in Conway. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
- Painter, sculptor and printmaker Otto Neals was born in Lake City. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Read more about these artists by visiting the calendar website
and clicking "Download the 2013 calendar." More information is also available in this article
from The State.
Via: AT&T South Carolina, The State
Florence Museum invites entries to Pee Dee Regional Art Competition
The 59th annual Pee Dee Regional is the oldest continuing art competition in South Carolina, according to the folks at the Florence Museum. Entries for the 2012 competition will be accepted Sept. 20-22, and the exhibition will be presented by the museum's board of trustees Oct. 5 through Dec. 16.
Artists who are natives or residents of these counties are eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg. This year's competition judge is artist Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.
Visit the Florence Museum's website for more information and to download a prospectus and registration form.
[caption id="attachment_682" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Jim Boden's Interrogate 33 received top honors at the 2011 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition[/caption]
via: Florence Museum