The Project: A 2022 Call for Art

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, August 15, 2022

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art is the Koger Center’s annual artistic 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. Submissions for this year’s project will be accepted through August 15, 2022.


  • Artist must be over 18 years old
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Must have been created in the past 2 years
  • Artists cannot submit any art that has previously been submitted to The Project formerly known as the Koger Center’s 1593 Project
  • Previous winners and honorable mention winners of the 1593 Project or The Project may not submit artwork for up to 5 years

Submission form:

Please submit your artwork to the link above. If you have any issues submitting your work or questions about the form, please call 803.777.7500 or email

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.1593 Pr

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” and are happy to present the second exhibition currently on view in the Upstairs Gallery at the Koger Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.