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ArtFields Jr. seeking student art

One of South Carolina's signature arts events – ArtFields, held each spring in Lake City (Florence Co.) – is seeking art from students in grades 1-12. ArtFields Jr., a year-round program that engages students from 5K to 12th grade, is holding a student art competition in conjunction with ArtFields 2018 that gives cash prizes to winning artists in primary, elementary, middle, and high school groupings, based on panel review. All art submitted is considered by the panel. Check out 2017 submissions here for inspiration! The deadline for submissions is coming soon, on Tuesday, Feb. 13. More information on ArtFields Jr. is available in, and by clicking on, the graphic below.   About ArtFields:

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With more than $120,000 up for grabs — and awarded based upon the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing cash prizes to artists across all media who live in 12 Southeastern states.

More than 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated circa 1920s warehouses and Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate, and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.


High school students invited to apply for music publishing deal and $25,000 scholarship

Application deadline is January 5. The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production.  Six regional semi-finalists will be announced in February, and the national competition will be held in April in New York City. The National Champion will be awarded a scholarship of $25,000, and all six finalists will have their song published by Samuel French. The Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Playbill, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions. Find out how to apply online.

Carnegie Hall launches new, free program for high school jazz musicians

Audition deadline: February 1 High school jazz musicians (ages 16-19) are invited to audition for National Youth Orchestra Jazz, a new, free program created by Carnegie Hall. NYO Jazz will launch in the summer of 2018 and serve as a sister program to the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which was started in 2013 and has toured Asia, Europe, and North and South America with major conductors and soloists. NYO Jazz is an ensemble of about 25 musicians who will come together for two weeks of training with an outstanding faculty, make a debut at Carnegie Hall on the stage on Stern Auditorium, and then travel to Europe -- all-expenses-paid -- to visit several of the most prestigious festivals in the UK, Holland, and Germany. Trumpeter and educator Sean Jones has agreed to be the inaugural artistic advisor for NYO Jazz. He will lead the band and be a featured soloist, joined by other special guests, for the Carnegie Hall concert and tour. NYO Jazz will be in residence at Purchase College, SUNY, just outside of New York City, from July 14-28, 2018, and then on tour through August 10, 2018. The stellar faculty working with the students at Purchase will include Obed Calvaire (drums), Gerald Clayton (piano), Etienne Charles (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone),  Mimi Jones (bass), Erica von Kleist (saxophone), Matthew Stevens (guitar), and Reggie Thomas (ensemble coach). The audition process is entirely online, and details are available on the Carnegie Hall's website. The application deadline is February 1, 2018, but students should allow plenty of time to prepare and record their audition. Via: Carnegie Hall

Six SC students participating in National YoungArts Week in Miami

This week 166 of the nation's most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts will converge in Miami, Fla., for the 36th Annual National YoungArts Week. These students were chosen as finalists in the YoungArts Competition held in the fall. South Carolina had six finalists from four high schools. Julia Dotson, from the Charleston County School of the Arts, is a finalist in the Design Arts category. Amber Magnuson, from the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, is a finalist in the Poetry category. Jessica McCallum, from D.W. Daniel High School, is a finalist in the Cinematic Arts category. Samuel Gee and Jamiya Leach are finalists in the Creative Non-Fiction category and are students at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH), and Cam'Ron Stewart, also from the Governor's School, is a finalist in the Spoken Theater category. During National YoungArts Week, students take master classes and workshops from internationally recognized professionals and compete for higher honors, while enhancing their artistic development. In total, South Carolina had 13 winners, including the six finalists. While only the finalists participate in YoungArts Week, all competition winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to participate in YoungArts' regional programs as well as nominations as a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Additional South Carolina winners are Governor's School students Joshua Simpson (Spoken Theater), James Stevens (Baritone), Helen Coats (Creative Non-Fiction), Alyssa Mazzoli (Short Story), and Aidan Forster (Short Story); Richland Two Charter High School student Kierra Gray (Singer/Songwriter); and Clover High School student Derrick Ostolaza (Cinematic Arts). "The YoungArts Competition is one of the most competitive opportunities in the nation for students exhibiting artistic excellence, with over 8,000 submissions from 42 states," said Dr. Cedric Adderley, SCGSAH president. "We're very proud that eight of the winners came from the Governor's School, as this is an esteemed accomplishment for our students, our schools and our state." Image: The Upstate's five YoungArts Competition finalists at the Atlanta airport on their way to Miami. Pictured left to right: Samuel Gee, Jessica  McCallum, Amber Magnusum, Jamiya Leach, and Cam'Ron Stewart. Via: Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

High school juniors and seniors invited to submit work to USC writing contest

Submission deadline is December 2 logo-schcThe South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and USC Press invite South Carolina high school juniors and seniors to enter the Fourth Annual High School Writing Contest. Public, private, and home-school students are welcome to submit work. In 750 words or less, writing in any genre or combination of genres (essay, short story, poem, play, etc.), students should answer this question: “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?” Submissions are evaluated based on originality of response and quality of writing. First-round winners will be invited to the USC Columbia campus to participate in the second round competition in March 2017. The second round will consist of an impromptu 40-minute essay response to be written that day. The first-round winners will be published in a USC Press anthology in the Young Palmetto Books series and receive additional recognition. For each grade level, the Grand Prize winners, as selected by the judges, will receive additional cash awards: First Prize–$1000; Second Prize–$500; Third Prize–$250. Complete details and a submission form are available online. Submission deadline is December 2.

Lexington County ninth grader Catherine Black wins annual piano competition

Catherine-Black1Twenty-one young pianists from across South Carolina participated in the 4th Annual Junior Artist Piano Competition, presented by the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) and sponsored by the Bichel Foundation. While the competition was tight, Lexington County ninth-grader Catherine Black (pictured right) took home the first place prize of $1,500. John Wang, a ninth grade student from Central, and Aayush Karan, a tenth grade student from Cayce, received second and third place prizes, respectively. Honorable mentions were given to Nathan Sun, Greer; Lauren Chen, Irmo; and Anna Voelk, Greenville. "This event brings out the very best talent from our state, and it is incredibly exciting to witness the artistic excellence in today's youth," said Dr. Stephen Taylor, SCGSAH piano faculty member and competition coordinator. "This year's talent level was very high, and it was a joy to hear them perform with such professionalism." Participants in grades 7-10 performed a memorized program of works for up to 20 minutes and received written feedback from a panel of judges that included Dr. Liza Stepanova, from the University of Georgia in Athens; Dr. Sergio Gallo, from Georgia State University in Atlanta; and Dr. Agnes Wan, from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Via: South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for high school students interested in the arts

anthonyquinnscholarshipstudentThe first deadline is November 28 The Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for high school students who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply, and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Maximum scholarship award is $2,500. Partial funding from other sources is encouraged. Based on the requested amount and overall cost of the recognized pre-college or intensive summer arts program, the Anthony Quinn Foundation may award only partial funding. The application is a two-step process. A parent/guardian form, a nomination letter and a recommendation letter are due by Nov. 28. The completed application, artistic statement and work samples are due Jan. 4. All applicants must provide the required materials by the first deadline in order to move to the second deadline. Winners will be notified no later than April 10, 2017. Complete guidelines and application instructions are online.
Related: Two S.C students receive Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarships (2015). Via: Anthony Quinn Foundation

Top design is Fort Mill student’s ticket to art acclaim

From the Rock Hill Herald

john-hordNation Ford High School Senior John Hord will have his original design in the hands of thousands of people Dec. 17 when fans fill Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College for the 2016 Shrine Bowl. Hord’s artwork was selected in an annual contest for use on the Shrine Bowl programs, posters, and tickets. His design was chosen among 73 student submissions from Joe McConkey’s Digital Art and Design Level Two Class at Nation Ford High. “It’s exciting, and overwhelming,” Hord said. “And at the same time, I’m shocked. I am very excited about winning this project and having my work out there for everyone to see the hard work I put in for this.” This is the fifth year McConkey’s class has partnered with the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas to design the program, ticket, and poster. The competition gives the students real-world experience in designer-client relationships, McConkey said. [caption id="attachment_28258" align="alignleft" width="200"]2016shrinebowl John Hord's design[/caption] “The experience is exactly how it would work if they were working for a design agency,” McConkey said. “It’s one of few programs at school that provides real world experience. In a typical class, you’re doing fictitious projects, with no real buy-in. It’s just for a grade. But when you know its published work and the doors that might open and notoriety that may go with it, that raises the level of the work.” he said. The winner was chosen by two members of the Shriners Board of Governors. Cassidy Sobas won second place in the competition. Third place went to Kristen Maso. North and South Carolina Shrine Bowl Coaches gathered at the Oasis Shrine Center in Charlotte on Monday for the selection announcement of the 88 Shrine Bowl players as well as the unveiling of Hord’s artwork. This year’s 80th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will take place on at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 in Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College. Since the first game, more than $77 million has been raised for Shriners Hospitals.

SC high school students invited to enter short film competition

Submission deadline is Oct. 1. The Columbia Jewish Film Festival invites South Carolina high school students (grades 9-12) to compete in a short film competition. The film festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Films in any genre will be accepted, (e.g., fictional, documentary, news story format), using the theme Identity: It’s All About Me! Students are invited to explore this theme as a way to promote dialogue while addressing issues that are at the forefront of today’s headlines. A panel of judges will chose the winning films based on creativity, overall quality and production, and execution of the film based on the theme. Presentation of awards and screening of the winning films will be held at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia on November 6 at 3 p.m. Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded. The submission deadline is Oct. 1. Complete guidelines and the application form are available online. For more information, contact Patty Tucker, cjfilmfestival@gmail.com.

SC professional artists under 40 invited to apply for 701 CCA Prize

Application deadline is Sept. 3; eligibility requirements have changed. 701cca_logo701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., announces the third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. This juried project will result in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at www.701cc.org. Applications are due by Sept. 3. The application fee is $25. With this third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has dropped the requirement that applicants should have had a solo exhibition in a professional exhibition venue in the past two years. “During the past two installments, we noticed that several serious, talented young artists wouldn’t apply for the 701 CCA Prize because they hadn’t had a solo exhibition in a professional venue in the two previous years,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “To open up the competition and exhibition and include all young, major talents in the state, we, therefore, have decided to drop that particular requirement.” The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic development and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young, professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2014. The winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art publication. The previous two winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012 and Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014. (Lindsey's work is pictured above.) For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351. About 701 Center for Contemporary Art 701 CCA is a nonprofit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.