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Florence Regional Arts Alliance invites submissions for Small Works Juried Competition

Entering its second year, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Small Works 2015 is a juried visual arts competition featuring a compilation of 40 small pieces selected from a wide range of media and artists. The show aims to provide a place for the emerging artist to place alongside the professional artist. In a small works competition, finished pieces may be no larger than 12" x 12” including the frame. The size constraints provide an exhibit that is more intimate in nature and also a venue for a young art collector to begin acquiring smaller, more affordable pieces. Submission deadline is Oct. 9. All artists 18 and older living in South Carolina or North Carolina may submit work for this show. Entries are submitted online at www.florenceartsalliance.org. Only original works not previously shown with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance or with the Greater Lake City Artist Guild within the last two years are eligible. These 2-D works may be in any medium including photography. Artists may submit up to four entries at $15 per entry. Three cash prizes will be awarded: First Place $500, Second Place $250, Third Pace $100 and Honorable Mention. The competition will be juried by Edward Puchner, curator of exhibitions for McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at USC, Puchner worked at a variety of museums, galleries and cultural nonprofits, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Indiana University Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute, earning a doctorate in Art History from Indiana University in 2012. He also served as gallery manager at Luise Ross Gallery, a significant New York gallery of modern and contemporary art. Last year, the competition was hosted in the Art Trail Gallery and winners included Paolo Gualdi (first), Allison Triplett (second), Doug Gary (third) and Colleen Critcher (honorable mention). This year the exhibition will be hosted by the Greater Lake City Artist Guild within the Art Fields® Office at 110 East Main Street in Lake City. The show and competition are underwritten by a generous gift from International Knife and Saw, Inc., a manufacturer of high quality industrial machine knives and accessories. Their continued investment in the arts encourages and supports the quality of life and economic growth within Florence County. Prizes will be awarded at a reception on Nov. 3 in Lake City, and the exhibition will run Nov. 3 - 28. For more information, or to enter, visit the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's website or call the Arts Alliance at (843) 407-3092. Via: Florence Regional Arts Alliance