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Exciting fellowship opportunity for Greenville-based artists

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 7, 2023

It's that time again, and The Hub is here for it.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is seeking artists to apply for the exciting 2023/2024 Brandon Fellowship, a high-profile, 12-month program from September 2023 to August 2024 that aims to develop three emerging artists between the ages of 21-30 who represent the diversity of Greenville's art community. Successful candidates are visual artists who are eager to advance their careers as working artists, and who demonstrate promising talent, self-motivation, and goal orientation. The Fellowship provides a supportive environment, mentorship, professional development, and visual art education. The three main goals of the Brandon Fellowship are:
  • To help young, emerging artists launch their careers
  • To foster a sense of community
  • To reflect the diversity of Greenville artists
[caption id="attachment_53365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left to right: Faith Hudgens, Orlando Corona, RaAmen Stallings. The 2022/2023 Brandon Fellows showcase their live painting skills at Artisphere's Artist on the Rise tent.[/caption]


  • Applicants must be between 21 and 30 years of age by the end of the application period.
  • Prior professional art training or post-secondary education is not required.
  • Applicants should be eager to advance their careers as working artists, and they must demonstrate promising talent, self-motivation, and goal-orientation.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years.
  • Selection will be made without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
  • You are committed to working around 20 hours per week in your GCCA studio.


  • A free university-style studio at GCCA, where a minimum of 20 hours per week must be spent working. Fellows often interact with guests during GCCA’s public hours.
  • A $500 stipend for art supplies.
  • Complimentary classes and workshops at GCCA.
  • Mentorship from local artists including monthly critiques and advice about applying for a juried show while in the fellowship.
  • Participation in an exhibition in August-September including presentation of an ARTalk.
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, and participation in other local arts events.
  • Broad exposure as an artist in Greenville and beyond including managing a social media takeover of GCCA’s social platforms.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Jason Rapp

After three-decade hiatus because of illness, S.C artist returns to art

“Through my artwork, I feel like I am in a unique position to encourage people in their own recovery and healing journeys,” South Carolina Upstate abstract artist Catherine Conrad says.

After graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, she adventured up to Alaska for several years with her husband. With the diagnoses of autoimmune diseases, including Sjogren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Reynaud’s disease, Catherine found herself unable to pursue her art aspirations. Although affected by chronic illness, she started the next stage of her life as a homemaker and a mother in South Carolina while battling liver, kidney, and digestive diseases. When Catherine entered her fifties, her health progressively worsened. Even though her doctors diligently treated symptom after symptom, they were unable to pinpoint the cause. As months turned into years, Catherine isolated herself from her family and community. Her only solace was the woods behind her house. “Witnessing the changing of the seasons was inspiring to me. A dead, fallen tree might find itself home to a luscious carpet of moss. A small trickle of water during the summer might turn into a moving stream come fall,” Catherine remembers. “Nature had a way of rejuvenating itself, which brought me hope that my body and spirit might find itself revitalized during a new season.” Everywhere Catherine looked in nature, she saw an organic shape that she had first started exploring visually while in art school. Described by others as visually similar to a nest, fruit, seed, cell, oyster, egg, or womb, she realized that she identified this nascent and amorphous shape with hope and possibility. She picked up the paintbrush once again to explore these thoughts and emotions. After a nearly 30-year hiatus from creating art, during the throes of COVID-19, Catherine resumed her art career. At first, she faced more troubles than she expected. “Because I had been afflicted with a series of strokes due to cardiac issues, my early works in 2018 and 2019 are full of frustration: the paintbrush in my hand would not go where I wanted it to go; blind spots in my vision meant that I would paint over my work accidentally.” Despite this, Catherine persevered and continued to explore nature’s promises of restoration in her art. In 2020, Catherine spent over 40 days in the hospital after open heart surgery. Following that, the long process of recovery began. Catherine started painting almost every day, finding her art an integral part of her physical and spiritual recovery. Beginning in 2021, her paintings took on a new and vivid perspective of nature, filled with bright colors and enthusiasm. Over the last two years, Catherine's works have been featured in shows at the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show, the Trask Gallery of the National Arts Club, South Carolina Juried Art Show, Southworks National Juried Art Exhibition, the Rocky Mount National Juried Art Show, the Macon Arts Gallery, the Spartanburg Public Library, the South Carolina State Fair, and the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, among others. She is a member of the National Association for Women Artists (NAWA), NAWA’s South Carolina chapter, and the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild. When asked about her expectations for her future art career, Catherine simply hopes that her artwork can encourage others. “Due to the miracle of modern medicine, people are asking themselves: What happens when I can no longer physically be who I used to be? I have frequently asked this question myself.” Instead of allowing emotions to fester into fears, Catherine takes this insecurity about her health and turns it into something productive. She explores the emotions of recovery, faith, change, and growth. Her works are a testament to the healing power of art, as well as the tenacity of the human spirit.
Catherine Conrad’s conceptual, abstract paintings will be showcased at the Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County in a month-long solo exhibition entitled Nature Enlightenment. The exhibit will be on display from May 4-June 2, 2023. An opening reception to meet the artist is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Koger Center competition makes call to visual artists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, July 17, 2023

"The Project: A Call for Art," Koger Center for the Arts' art competition, is back for 2023.

"The Project" is the Koger Center's annual juried art competition that supports the work of South Carolina visual artists. Each year, one chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, gallery space and staff support resulting in a free public display in the Upstairs Gallery of the Koger Center. Applications are open and can be found here. Requirements:
  • Artist must be over 18 years old and based in South Carolina
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Submissions must have been created in the past 2 years
  • Artists cannot submit any art that has previously been submitted to The Project or when it was formerly known as the Koger Center's 1593 Project
  • Previous winners/runners up of the 1593 Project or The Project may not submit artwork for up to 5 years. Honorable mentions are still eligible to submit.
Submissions will be accepted through July 17, 2023. The end of the 2023 submission period coincides with the opening of the exhibition for last year's winners of "The Project," including first-place winner Nick Brutto. The center promises to release further information on the exhibition at a later date. If you have any questions about the application or any questions pertaining to the competition, please call the Koger Center at 803.777.7500 or email kogercenter@sc.edu.

History of The Project

In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times William Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre. Honoring the flame of creativity that remains bright even in times of turmoil, the Koger Center for the Arts launched the 1593 Project: A Call for Art in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goals were simple: offer a small financial award to a South Carolina artist and provide a platform to showcase the talent of artists in our state through an exhibition at the Koger Center. As the pandemic began receding, we recognized the need to continue supporting South Carolina artists through this competition and accompanying exhibition. We christened the ongoing future competitions "The Project."

Jason Rapp

Hub Quick Hits: #SCartists in the news

Headlined by Ranky Tanky

A couple #SCartists were in our in-box from weekend news reports.

The Hub thought these were worth sharing to readers...
  • Grammy Award-winning Charleston band Ranky Tanky added their second such award last night! They are award in the same category as in 2020, Regional Roots Music Album, for Live at the 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Big congrats to the band, which features S.C. Governor's Awards recipients Quentin Baxter and Charlton Singleton. Read the Post & Courier's coverage here (subscription possibly required).
  • Aldwyth, the 87-year-old legend, is staying relevant with a new exhibition in North Carolina. The Gregg Museum of Art and design is featuring the State Art Collection artist. From TechncianOnline: "This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect brings together 70 years worth of mononymous artist Aldwyth’s painting, embroidery, assemblage and collage work. Exhibit curator Mark Sloan said the exhibit was something of a capstone both for Aldwyth and for himself, marking 23 years of the pair’s collaboration." The Jameson Wolf piece is a joy to read.
  • Closer to home, WLTX in Columbia profiled Orangeburg artist Floyd Gordon. His experience coming from a family of 13(!) sharecroppers informed his art, which he's been completing for 75 years.

Got arts news? Remember to submit it to The Hub! Got arts events? Listings are free on the only statewide arts calendar—Arts Daily!

Jason Rapp

S.C. Arts Commission announces six Emerging Artist grantees


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Six emerging individual #SCartists are benefitting from grants and career mentorship courtesy of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Emerging Artist grant in FY2023, providing them valuable development as arts entrepreneurs.

The SCAC defines emerging artists as being at an early stage in their artistic career development with no basis in age. Six South Carolina artists were selected to each receive Emerging Artist grants ranging in amount from $1,500 to $1,800 from the SCAC in the current fiscal year (2023). They are:
  • Zeynep Gedikoglu of Clemson (multimedia sculpture)
  • Jordon Mack of Orangeburg (visual art)
  • Amanda Nicole of Liberty (music/composition)
  • Jessica Swank of Easley (photography/sculpture)
  • Shaquelle-Elijah Wiley of Columbia (music/performance)
  • Rolf Anthony Young of Charleson (mixed media)
In addition to financial support, artists benefit from mentorship and professional support facilitated by the SCAC and Deputy Director Ce Scott-Fitts. The combined benefits are intended to deepen artistic practice and foster artistic excellence; encourage career growth, advancement, and sustainability; and provide professional development and opportunities for collaboration.
  • “I'm so grateful ... not only for the funding but also for the community, accountability, and access that it will provide to this new group of southern artists,” Easley-based photographer and sculptor Jessica Swank
  • Charleston mixed media artist Rolf Anthony Young anticipates growth from his participation. “Receiving the grant not only fills me with more confidence in my art practice but connects me to a valuable network of grant winners who inspire me.”
  • Music artist Shaquelle-Elijah Wiley said it is overwhelming to be recognized this way. “I intend on representing the state with class and innovation,” he said.
The SCAC awards a new cohort of emerging artists each fiscal year. An online gallery of representative works by this class is available now on SouthCarolinaArts.com: https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/artist-development/programs/emerging-artists/ Individual artists who reside in South Carolina and fit the criteria of an emerging artists are encouraged to apply for the FY24 round of the Emerging Artist grant now. An applicant coaching session via Zoom is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2023 to offer advisement on the process of applying. Registration for the coaching session and full grant guidelines are available at https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grant/emerging-artist-grants/. The deadline to apply for FY24 funding and mentorship is April 12, 2023.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences. A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in artist development, arts industry, arts learning, creative placemaking, and folklife and traditional arts. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.
South Carolina Arts Commission News Release, Media Contact: Jason L. Rapp, Communications Director. jrapp@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8899

Jason Rapp

6×6 art sought from all creatives

No artistic background needed

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (mailed): Tuesday, April 11, 2023

We're activating the ol' Call for Art Megaphone for one of the more unique calls we publish: the annual RoCo 6x6.

Persons with—or without—an artistic background are invited to submit a 6-in. by 6-in. piece of art to the Rochester (New York) Contemporary Art Center's annual exhibition of small art. From their email to Hub HQ:

6x6 has long been RoCo’s only fundraiser ever since we originated the concept and brand. This exhibition is open to all creative peoples of all ages—no artistic background needed! All artworks are accepted and displayed both in our gallery space and online. Learn more about 6x6 at roco6x6.org and on social media using #roco6x6 and @roco137. You can also visit our Facebook event for 6x6.

Each artist may enter up to four artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through the end of the exhibition. Limit four artworks per school or school group (no limit for colleges). #SCartists have until Tuesday, April 11 to get those free submissions in for the 2023 show. Call or email with any questions: 585. 461.2222 or info@rochestercontemporary.org.
Got arts news? Remember to submit it to The Hub! Got arts events? Listings are free on the only statewide arts calendar—Arts Daily!

Jason Rapp

Innovate Grants for visual art, photo more than triples awards

❄️ Winter 2023 open for submissions ❄️


Innovate Grant is thrilled to introduce our newly increased award amounts of $1,800.00.

Innovate Grant awards two (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, six (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured 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.

Innovate Grant Awards:

  • + 1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Visual Artist
  • + 1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Photographer
  • + 6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

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 Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at innovateartistgrants.org. Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted Deadline: March 23, 2023 Region: U.S. & International Awards: 2 x $1,800.00 USD Grants // 6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

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Want to exhibit at GCCA in 2024/2025?

Call issued for Main Gallery proposals

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 27, 2023

GCCA is currently seeking proposals to fill its exhibition schedule for the 2024/2025 calendar year.

GCCA's Main Gallery exhibitions strive to educate and inspire by promoting diverse ideas while encouraging innovative, contemporary approaches to visual arts. The Main Gallery provides approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibition space and has featured the work of local, regional, national, and all disciplines of the visual arts. Our movable gallery wall system allows for dynamic designs and fresh experiences for every exhibition. Each exhibition is on display for approximately two months. Please note that GCCA will not accept exhibition proposals submitted via email or traditional mail. All submissions must be completed via the online application form linked here. There is also a non-refundable $30 application fee to be submitted electronically with the application form (the fee aids with the operations of GCCA and its galleries). The application fee and proposal submission do not guarantee acceptance for an exhibition in GCCA’s Main Gallery. An exhibition agreement and additional information will be provided if the proposal is accepted. Contact Gallery Manager Ben Tarcson at ben@artcentergreenville.org if you have any questions.

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$550 Innovate Grants open for visual artists + photgraphers

Fall 2022 open for submissions

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Innovate Grant awards two (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 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.
  • Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
  • Deadline: December 15, 2022
  • Region: U.S. & International
  • Awards: $550.00 grants

Recent Innovate Grant Recipients

Shingo Yamazaki Summer Grant Recipient – Art Anton Kuehnhackl Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Nadia Wolff Spring Grant Recipient – Art Amy Yeminne Kim Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Rune Bering Winter Grant Recipient – Art Rebecca Drolen Winter Grant Recipient – Photography Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org.   Apply online today: https://innovateartistgrants.org

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National call issued for miniature art

Artists of any size eligible to enter...

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Bristol Art Museum in Rhode Island is looking for miniature art for a 2023 juried exhibition, Miniature Monumental.

Unique and distinct among all other arts, the one common rule of thumb for miniature artworks they can be held in the palm of the hand or measure less than 25 square inches in size. The artists’ style when creating miniatures can range from conventional to cutting-edge, limited only by the artist’s creativity. Selected information appears below; full details are available by clicking here.

The artwork

  • All work must be original
  • Artwork must fit in the palm of the hand or measure 25 square inches or less in size, including framing
  • All media except for video or screen artworks are welcome
  •  Work received must be accurately represented by images submitted online
  • All work must arrive ready to install. Please include any special instructions
  • Artists may make their works available for sale. All sales of artwork are negotiated between the artist and the collector. No commission is taken by the museum. The museum will provide all collectors with the artist contact information.

Submission criteria

  • Up to three pieces may be submitted
    • $30 for the first entry
    • $40 for two entries
    • $50 for three entries.
  • Submitting artists must reside in the U.S. and be at least 18 years old
  • For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @ 72 dpi on the longest side
  • Images should be in JPG format, under 4MB, and sRGB color space
  • The deadline for online submissions is midnight, Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Artists will be emailed when results are ready to view
  • All work must arrive at the museum via U.S. Postal Service by Friday, Jan. 20 (no FedEx and no UPS accepted)
  • Exhibit is on view Saturday, Feb. 4 – Friday March 31, 2023

Juror: Patricia Miranda

Miranda is an artist, curator, educator and founder of several artist-run organizations including The Crit Lab and MAPSace,. In 2021 she founded the Lace Archive, an historical community archive of thousands of donated lace works and family histories. She has been awarded numerous residencies and grants.

Miranda has developed education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is a noted expert on the history and use of natural dyes and pigments, and teaches about environmentally sustainable art practices. Miranda currently teaches studio art and professional practice in undergrad and grad programs at Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, and Massachusetts College of Art and has been a faculty member y at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Jane Street Art Center, Garrison Art Center (Hudson Vallery, NY) ODETTA Gallery, Williamsburg Art+Historical Center, The Clemente Center, ABC No Rio, and Wave Hill (NYC); The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn Avery Point, (Groton, CT); the Cape Museum of Fine Art, (Cape Cod MA); and the Belvedere Museum, (Vienna Austria). Her solo exhibition at Garrison Art Center (2021) was featured in the Brooklyn Rail.

Jason Rapp