Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions

Fine Art

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2022 Judged Fine Art Competition and Exhibition

Man and woman looking at paintings

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A

5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
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Viewing times
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7, 2022, 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 8, 2022, Noon-5:00pm

Opening Celebration
(includes award acknowledgements)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Encore
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 2:00-5:00pm

Submit Your Work

Entries for 2022 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted from noon-7pm on Monday & Tuesday, May 2 & 3, at the loading dock of the Charleston Area Convention Center. Check the prospectus for instructions (no pre-jury or application required). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the prospectus email list.

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Overview

Fine artists are invited to participate in the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash awards in multiple categories totaling up to $6,350. Categories include acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, 2-D mixed media, and printed new media. Awards for the 2022 competition will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Bryan Granger, independent curator and former Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. Bryan 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 NYC. His writings have appeared in DAILY SERVING and Art Practical.

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*Terms/regulations/entry instructions provided. No pre-registration or application required!
Drop off entries on Monday, May 2, 2022 (Noon-7pm) or Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (Noon-7pm)

2022 Awards

  • Best in Show: “Meeting at Market” (arylic) by Victoria Platt Ellis (Summerville, SC)
  • Outstanding Merit: “Anunsi I” (acrylic) by Kelvin Nizar (Hollywood, SC)
  • Mayor’s Choice: “Dash of Spice” (acrylic) by Emil Hristov (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • Best in Oil: “Queen” by Jeleata Nicole (Charleston, SC)
  • Best in Acrylic: “Hand in Hand I” by Dolly Lott (Goose Creek, SC)
  • Best in Drawing: “1850 Slave Girl” by Angela Cozart (N. Charleston, SC)
  • Best in Pastel: “Feelin Lucky” by Trish Emery (Moncks Corner, SC)
  • Best in Watercolor: ” When I Was a Boy, Son” by Al Champy (Eutawville, SC)
  • Best in Mixed Media: “Isaac’s Eye” by Julia Harmon (N. Charleston, SC)
  • Best in Printmaking: “Hamrick Street (FYJ)” by Zoe Dohrmann (Columbia, SC)
  • Best in Printed New Media: “Climate Change” by Diana Joan Vincent (Folly Beach, SC)
  • Best Portrait/Figure: “Broken Wings Tilted Halos” (drawing) by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • Best Landscape: “Penny Hill” (acrylic) by Matt Cook (Florence, SC)
  • Best Still life/Interior: “White Horses” (oil) by Jeremy Croft (N. Charleston, SC)
  • Best Animal/Wildlife: “Wanna Fight?” (oil) by Sarah Keiser (Johns Island, SC)
  • Best Abstract/Experimental: “Visit From the Past” (oil) by Laura Liberatore Szweda (Summerville, SC)

Honorable Mention

  • “Parenthetical” (acrylic) by Christine Blythe (Charleston, SC)
  • untitled (acrylic) by Shakespeare the Artist (Ridgeville, SC)
  • “We’re Surrounded by Water” (acrylic) by Karole Turner Campbell (N. Charleston, SC)
  • “Good Eats” (acrylic) by Emil Hristov (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Alley to East Bay” (acrylic) by Brenda Gilliam (St Louis. MO)
  • “Jamestown Garden Party” (printed new media) by Sean Gallagher (Charleston, SC)
  • “Steam Punk Alphabet” (drawing) by Barbara Friedman (Moncks Corner, SC)
  • “Greenhill Mt Pleasant” (oil( by Brad Carroll (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Hypocrisy” (oil) by JD Clark (Sullivan’s Island, SC)
  • “Under The Sea” (mixed media) by Carson Carroll (Charleston, SC)

City Purchase Awards

  • “Pros and Confetti” (mixed media) by Steven Jordan (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Surf” (printed new media) by Sean Gallagher (Charleston, SC)
  • “Reflections of the Big City” (acrylic) by Cheryl Baskins Butler (Moncks Corner, SC)

Judge’s Statement

With so many amazing submissions it was tough to select the top works in this exhibition. This year’s entries included a wide range of representations of Lowcountry life; examinations of vital issues, such a racial justice and climate change; and investigations of specific media and artistic methods. It was a delight to spend time exploring each work, and I am honored to serve as a judge for an exhibition with so many original and fascinating works of art.

-Bryan Granger, 4 May 2022

2022 Judged Photography Competition and Exhibition

Two women looking at display of photographs

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center,
Exhibit Hall A

5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
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Viewing times
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7, 2022 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 8, 2022, Noon-5:00pm

Opening Celebration
(includes award acknowledgements)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Encore
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 2:00-5:00pm

Submit Your Work

Entries for 2022 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted from noon-7pm on Monday & Tuesday, May 2 & 3, at the loading dock of the Charleston Area Convention Center. Check the prospectus for instructions (no pre-jury or application required). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the prospectus email list.

Get Prospectus

Overview

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to participate in the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash awards in two categories totaling $1,450. Categories include color and monochrome. Awards for 2022 will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Kevin Foltz. J. Kevin Foltz is a wanderer. He has worked for thirty 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.”

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*Terms/regulations/entry instructions provided. No pre-registration or application required!
Drop off entries on Monday, May 2, 2022 (Noon-7pm) or Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (Noon-7pm)

2022 Awards

Professional – Color

  • 1st place: Sonny Dugal – “Selfie” (Mt Pleasant SC)
  • 2nd place: Jim Miller – “Troll House” (Mt. Pleasant SC)
  • 3rd place: Joanna Biondolillo – “Quiet Acceptance” (Johns Island, SC)

Professional – Monochrome

  • 1st place: Sonny Dugal – “Afterwards” (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • 2nd place: Raymond Colin Murray – “Majestic Oaks” (Charleston, SC)
  • 3rd place: Amy Gerhardt  – “Shut-up, Becky!” (Goose Creek, SC)

Amateur – Color

  • 1st place: Erdal Caba – “Feathers” (Blythewood, SC)
  • 2nd place: Joseph Medina Silva – “Cloud Over Us” (Harrisburg, NC)
  • 3rd place: Timothy Ellis – “Ripples in Reflections” (Ladson, SC)

Amateur – Monochrome

  • 1st place: Jimmy Hartnett – “Dreamy Morning” (Charleston, SC)
  • 2nd place: Jess Greaux – “Dunes 7” (North Charleston, SC)
  • 3rd place: Joseph Medina Silva – “Rain Flowers” (Harrisburg, NC)

Honorable Mention

  • Marichu Limana – “Paper Boy Jonathan” (Mt. Pleasant, SC) (Professional Color)
  • C.U. Jones – “Full Sink” (Goose Creek, SC) (Professional Color)
  • Jim Miller – “Cocky” (Mt. Pleasant, SC) (Professional Color)
  • Peter Ingrasselino – “Hold Me, Play Me”  (Summerville, SC) (Professional Monochrome)
  • Gloria Wel – “Sky at Antelope Canyon” (Charleston, SC) (Professional Monochrome)
  • Malena Kee – “Serenity” (North Charleston, SC) (Amateur Color)
  • Keith Archie – “Shades of Blue” (North Charleston, SC) (Amateur Color)
  • Erdal Caba – “Fresh Catch” (Blythewood, SC) (Amateur Color)
  • Jimmy Hartnett – “Reflective Morning” (Charleston, SC) (Amateur Color)
  • Olga Terekhova – “Safari” (Charleston, SC) (Amateur Color)
  • Steven Phillips – “Vantage” (Mt. Pleasant,  SC) (Amateur Monochrome)

Judge’s Statement

The photographic submissions for North Charleston Arts Fest 2022 represented nicely varied subject matter, from the profound to the whimsical. A majority of the submissions  demonstrated good quality from the technical point of view. The artists displayed intelligent beauty in their images. I was especially drawn to a  portrait that demonstrated strong feminine beauty as well as a thought-provoking statement about living with Alopecia. This year’s competition and exhibition produced many thoughtful photographs from both amateur and professional photographers.

-J. Kevin Foltz, 4 May 2022