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Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

Summer 2022 open for submissions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Innovate Grant awards two $550 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer.

In addition, four honorable mentions (two for visual art and two for photography) will be featured and recognized on the Innovate Artist Grants website joining a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant's commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org/. You can also explore the work of all past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews.
  • Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
  • Deadline: September 15, 2022
  • Region: US & International
  • Awards: $550.00 USD grants
Apply online today https://innovateartistgrants.org

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S.C. Office of Rural Health opens annual art competition

Winner to be featured prominently in National Rural Health Day celebration

Submission deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET) [caption id="attachment_50167" align="aligncenter" width="951"] Backroad Evening by Spartanburg artist Amy Weaver, the 2021 competition winner. Provided image.[/caption]
The 2022 South Carolina Office of Rural Health Art Competition is open, and wants to hear from #SCartists. Each year, they solicit 2D artwork from artists living in South Carolina for consideration as the official imagery for their celebration of National Rural Health Day in November. The art they want includes all visual art forms and photography, including (but not limited to!) watercolor, digitally altered pieces, paintings, photos, drawings, illustrations ... and even NFT artwork that's printable. Winners will be determined by a panel of local artists and announced in June. This year, they're asking #SCartists: what does rural South Carolina mean to you? Participants must complete the form on their website and submit artwork on or before 11:59 p.m. on May 31.

Prizes

What we haven't mentioned yet are prizes. You'll want to know about the prizes.
  • First Place: $500 and recognition as the artist for the official design of South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s annual National Rural Health Day celebration.
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
Here's one more link to learn more, for good measure.

Jason Rapp

Enter now! North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art and Photography competitions

ENTRIES DUE May 2-3, 2022 (details below)

The 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest is just one month away, taking place May 4-8.

The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 16 and up, including the annual Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. Entries for these judged competitions are eligible for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival in Exhibit Hall A at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. There is no pre-jury process or application to complete.

Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition

Fine artists age 18 and up are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,550. There are eight accepted media categories: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, printed new media, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Bryan Granger, director of exhibitions and public programs at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. Granger has helped to organize exhibitions on artists such as Boehler & Orendt, Jennifer Wen Ma, Katrina Andry, Peter Eudenbach, Sara Angelucci, Tom Stanley, Marc Trujillo, Aurora Robson, Chris Jordan, and Colin Quashie. He has helped produce and write for catalogues on artists Marc Trujillo and Fahamu Pecou. He also served as Knight Curatorial Fellow at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, where he helped to organize exhibitions on artists such as Piotr Uklański, El Anatsui, Eve Sussman + Rufus Corporation, among others. He also has curatorial experience with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where he assisted with the organization of Form, Balance, Joy: Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art, for which he also contributed to the catalogue. He also has experience with the organizations Independent Curators International, the Artist’s Institute, and Minus Space, all in New York City. His writings have appeared in Daily Serving and Art Practical.

Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition

Professional and amateur photographers age 16 and up are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1,450. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of color and monochrome. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Kevin Foltz. Foltz has worked for 30 years as a traveling photographer with a large variety of clients ranging from airline magazines, resorts, inns, and restaurants to Western Union and the Sony Corporation. Recently relocated to Charleston from Miami, Kevin continues to work on travel and culinary projects for the custom publishing industry throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Although still involved in photography works, he now devotes much of his time to making art in many new mediums. Kevin considers himself to be a folk artist, encountering his muse when roaming. In his work he allows imagery recorded on the film plane to become a platform from which he dives into subjective interpretations of moments in time. Foltz says, “As long as the art is made with the intention of honest and unique self-expression it is worthy of reflection.”

Deadlines

Fine art and photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3, from noon to 7 p.m. Entries should be delivered to the Exhibit Hall loading dock at the rear of the Convention Center, which can be accessed from Amsterdam Street via West Montague Avenue. A map and directions are included in the prospectus. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per fine art entry and $5 per photography entry is due at drop-off. The Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the entirety of the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 4, 6-8 p.m, Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, Noon-5 p.m. Award winners will be acknowledged at Arts Fest Opening Celebration in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 4, 6-8 p.m. The free public celebration features food, music, a free raffle, live painting demonstration, and more, set among the hundreds of pieces of artwork on display. The Exhibition Encore will be held on Sunday, May 8, from 2-5 p.m. This free event serves as a closing reception and celebration of these exhibitions, allowing patrons to view the artwork in a festive atmosphere and make final decisions on purchases. In addition to the vast array of artwork on display, the event offers musical entertainment, a live art demonstration, and complimentary “bubbles and bites.”
The 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 4-8, will mark the event's 39th year. The festival schedule offers something for all to enjoy, including concerts, comedy, dance performances, exhibitions, children’s programs, and more. All festival events and activities are free. For more information about the Arts Fest, to download the prospectus for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, or for details on vending opportunities, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, northcharleston.org, or call 843.740.5854.

Jason Rapp

Park Circle Gallery to exhibit #SCartists Guevara, Shank

Opening today! The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is offering concurrent solo exhibitions of mixed media works by Camela Guevara and photographs by Stephanie J. Shank.

They are on display at Park Circle Gallery through March 26, 2022. A free reception hosted by the artists will be held at the gallery on Friday, March 25, from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

render – Mixed media works by Camela Guevara

In render, Charleston based artist Camela Guevara contemplates the intersection of art and craft, activating ordinary art materials of canvas and plaster with fiber art and her distinctive painting style. The works evoke the tension between ephemerality and permanence, encasing knots within plaster like built up scar tissue. She contemplates our stubbornness and intractability in the face of change, and whether we can meet the needs of our society in terms of care and climate reality. Guevara graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a bachelor's in studio art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting and, in 2016, she attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving. She has been teaching embroidery, sewing, and mending in workshops and one-on-one lessons since 2012 and served as the city of North Charleston’s 2017/2018 artist-in-residence, as well as the Gibbes Museum of Art visiting artist in May 2021. She received an SCAC Artists' Ventures Initiative grant for FY22. Her work has been displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in local and regional venues, including Greenville Center for Creative Arts, North Charleston City Hall and City Gallery, Virago Gallery, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Public Works Art Center, and Redux Contemporary Art Center. Camela is currently the sculpture studio technician at the College of Charleston, in addition to freelance sewist and graphic designer. Learn more about the artist at camelaguevara.com.

June – Photographs by Stephanie J. Shank

In her exhibit June, Stephanie J. Shank of Summerville presents a series of photographs that collectively represent a surrogate portrait of her grandmother’s domestic life, rich with tradition, southern craft, and feminine daily ritual. "June" is an investigation of memory, chore, and emotion, found through what remains of the feminine and material culture of the early 20th century. The featured photographs, presented in both pairs and grids, document the artist’s process of disentangling her grandmother’s narrative through her carefully collected and well curated belongings; the belongings that tie Shank’s family together as a whole. Through these intimate images, the photographer aims to explore and celebrate the life of her beloved relative, while also preserving part of her own history. Stephanie J. Shank received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Clemson University in 2007, and quickly transitioned to Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her Master of Arts in teaching in 2008, followed by her Master of Fine Arts in photography in 2020. She has served as program director for Sea Island School of the Arts, was a former photography instructor at Chapin High School, and has been a photography instructor at Summerville High School since 2018. Working as a freelance photographer since 2008, Shank has a portfolio of varied accomplishments, including numerous print publications and solo and group exhibitions throughout the southeast. Learn more about the artist at stephaniejshank.com.
The Park Circle Gallery is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston. Admission is free and free street parking is available on Jenkins Avenue in front of the gallery, as well as on the adjacent streets and in parking lots close by. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and Noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. Staff and all visitors must wear a face covering while they are in the gallery. Hand sanitizer is provided upon entry. For more information about PCG, call 843.637.3565 or email culturalarts@northcharleston.org. For information on other Cultural Arts programs and artist opportunities, visit the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website at www.northcharleston.org.

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Tuning Up: #SCartists in the news

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...
  Cecil Williams might have a Governor's Award for lifetime achievement, but he sure isn't slowing down. This Times & Democrat story goes into great detail on a new wall art series of his works. Moments of Grace – The South Carolina History That Changed America tells the story of African Americans’ fight for equal rights over decades:

Using his skills in photography, art, and computer graphics, the 84-year-old started the series in 1999. He has just completed 60 of what will be a series of 100 images that depict the state’s history, culture and heritage and how it all intertwines with African Americans’ fight for justice and equality.

Go check it out. Video included! From an award recipient to an SCAC fellowship recipient we go! Per a release from Clemson University comes news on Valerie Zimany (Craft Fellow, 2020): "Professor Valerie Zimany, chair of the Clemson University Department of Art, was one of ten U.S. artists inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics in 2021. Zimany was nominated by members of Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Candidates elected by the Council will be introduced during the 2022 General Assembly in Geneva by the President of the Academy." Read more from the College of Arts, Architecture, and the Humanities here.

Jason Rapp

Innovate Grants calls for visual artists, photographers

$550 grants available

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer.

In addition, (4) honorable mentions (2 in art and 2 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant's commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that. How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org Recent Innovate Grant recipients:
  • Mahsa Merci Toronto, Canada Fall Grant Recipient – Art
  • Arielle Gray New Haven, CT Fall Grant Recipient – Photography
  • Joanna Wierzbicka Switzerland Summer Grant Recipient – Art
  • Joseph Rovegno New York, NY Summer Grant Recipient – Photography
Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted Deadline: March 24, 2022 Region: US & International Awards: $550.00 USD Grants Apply online today: https://innovateartistgrants.org

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Fundraising partnership features works by homeless photographers

'Through Our Eyes Project' comes to Columbia

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Hundreds of images taken by homeless photographers will soon be on display at Columbia's Koger Center, the centerpiece of an exhibit designed to raise awareness and money for local organizations that serve them.

People experiencing homelessness often cite a feeling of being invisible. Founded in 2016 by Spartanburg pastor and avid photographer Jason Williamson, Through Our Eyes Project (TOEP) gives homeless people a voice by allowing them to document their everyday lives with disposable cameras. The photos are then curated into an exhibit that celebrates the photographers and provides a personal view of homelessness that few have ever seen. TOEP has had successful runs in other South Carolina cities such as Boiling Springs, Greenville, and Spartanburg and extended to other states: Alaska, Massachusetts, and neighboring North Carolina. Williamson reflected on previous experiences: “The things that are always surprising is the amount of joy that a lot of people have—whether it’s a pet they’ve adopted, a child, or a friend. There’s a lot of joy, and that’s the part of the project that really caught me off guard,” he said. “We like to say that the cameras are disposable, but the people are not.” TOEP typically partners with host churches to connect with relevant nonprofits as recipients of funds raised from project sponsors, opening reception ticket sales, and the general public, who can vote for their favorite photos for $1 per vote. The top three photographers who receive the most votes will receive gifts with the money raised. [caption id="attachment_48224" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Provided photo. Click to enlarge.[/caption] The Columbia project debuts with a ticketed opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. “We’ve wanted to bring TOEP to Columbia for several years now,” said Allison Caldwell, local missions director at Shandon Baptist Church. “We’re proud to partner with Oliver Gospel, Toby’s Place, and Family Promise of the Midlands to highlight what they do for homeless men, women and children in our community, and how others can help.” Opening reception tickets are available at Shandon.org for a donation of $25 or more. Held in the Koger Center’s upstairs gallery, the reception will include hors d'oeuvres, live music, partner booths, and a first glance at the images captured by more than 30 photographers. Space is limited and advance tickets are required to attend. After Nov. 3, the exhibit will be open for free public viewing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 19. For more information visit Shandon.org or contact Allison Caldwell, Shandon Local Missions Director (803.528.0740 or acaldwell@shandon.org).
Disclosure: SCAC Communications Director Jason Rapp, editor of The Hub, is an active member and current deacon of Shandon Baptist Church and volunteered on a steering group for this project. The SCAC is not a project funder. This story was a submitted news release.

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2021 Biennale makes call for artists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 19, 2021


Art League of Hilton Head invites artists to enter the 2021 Biennale, its 27th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types.

Categories include:
  • Oil
  • Acrylic
  • Pastel
  • Watermedia
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media
  • Three-Dimensional
  • and All Other
Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline to enter is March 19, 2021. For further information and to enter, go to http://bit.ly/Biennale2021 All accepted works of art selected by three jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility. Prize winners will be chosen by 2021 Biennale judge Marc Hanson. Nationally known, award-winning artist Marc Hanson is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.M.), having won numerous awards of excellence throughout his career. He has been published and featured in national art publications including on the covers of Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazine, and in the book 'Oil Painting Secrets With The Masters,' by Cindy Salaski. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. The 2021 Biennale exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 4-26, 2021. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m.

Correction

The initial version of this post listed an incorrect start date for the Biennale.

About Art League of Hilton Head

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501 (c) (3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic Art Gallery and teaching Academy. For almost 50 years, Art League has been the Lowcountry's creative core for the visual arts with traditional and cutting-edge exhibitions, classes, workshops, lectures and special community art events. To learn more and for a calendar of events, visit http://bit.ly/ArtLeagueHHI.

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$550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

Submissions open for Winter '21 cycle

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 18, 2021

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer.

In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Click here for more information and to apply. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to apply

Visual artists and photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org.

Recent recipients

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org. Yannick Lowery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Fall Grant Recipient – Art Giulia Parlato Palermo, Italy • Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Bianca Barandun London + Zurich • Summer Grant Recipient – Art Torrance Hall Baltimore, Maryland • Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Kylie Lockwood Detroit, Michigan • Spring Grant Recipient – Art Lindsey Kennedy Santa Fe, New Mexico • Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Lynnea Holland Weiss Cleveland, Ohio • Winter Grant Recipient – Art Dylan Hausthor New Haven, Connecticut • Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

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$550.00 Innovate Grants: A call for artists + photographers

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle.

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that. (Ed. note: These are not South Carolina Arts Commission grants. This post does not imply ownership of or endorsement of this program or grant opportunity.)

How to Apply

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org
  • Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
  • Deadline: December 10, 2020
  • Region: U.S. & International
  • Awards: $550.00 grants

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org Bianca Barandun London + Zurich Summer Grant Recipient – Art Torrance Hall Baltimore, MD Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Kylie Lockwood Detroit, MI Spring Grant Recipient – Art Lindsey Kennedy Santa Fe, NM Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Lynnea Holland Weiss Cleveland, OH Winter Grant Recipient – Art Dylan Hausthor New Haven, CT Winter Grant Recipient – Photography Christine Atkinson Los Angeles, CA Fall Grant Recipient – Art Brendon Kahn Dallas, TX Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Joe Hedges Pullman, WA Summer Grant Recipient – Art Leafy Yeh Los Angeles, CA Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Margaret Jacobs Enfield, NH Spring Grant Recipient – Art Ceaphas Stubbs Newark, NJ Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Taylor O. Thomas Tampa, FL Winter Grant Recipient – Art Shane Lavalette Syracuse, NY Winter Grant Recipient – Photography
 

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