Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions

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2024 Judged Fine Art Competition and Exhibition

older white woman looking art artwork on display

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C

5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
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Viewing times
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 2024, 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 5, 2024, Noon-5:00pm

Opening Celebration & Award Acknowledgements:
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Encore:
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 2:00-5:00pm

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 2024 competition will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Maggie Jordan, Exhibition & Studio Director at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC. Originally from Myrtle Beach, SC, Maggie graduated from the College of Charleston in 2012 with degrees in Art History and Anthropology. For the past decade she has worked for local arts-related non-profits and municipal government agencies, including The Halsey Institute and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. In 2022, she (re)joined Redux Contemporary Art Center where she coordinates all exhibitions and manages the center’s artist studio program.

Submit Your Work

Entries for 2024 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted from noon-7pm on Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 2024, 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.

2024 Winners

  • Best in Show: Anna Ladyzhenskaya “Lover’s Eyes” (oil)
  • Outstanding Merit: Nick Landry “Escape From Afghanistan” (drawing)
  • Mayor’s Choice: Jeleata Nicole “Reminisce” (oil)
  • Best in Oil: Steven Jordan “Puppy Love”
  • Best in Acrylic: Emil Hristov “Reservation Required”
  • Best in Drawing: Simone Liberty “Historic Charleston”
  • Best in Pastel: Brenda Tilson “Shipwreck”
  • Best in Watercolor: Dorothy Shromoff “Days of Old”
  • Best in Mixed Media: Sierra Kazin “Threaded Memories”
  • Best Printmaking: Marian Papon “Take Me Home”
  • Best in Printed New Media: Austin Waychoff “Comfort”
  • Best in Portrait/Figure: Wes Israel “Kailee” (acrylic)
  • Best Landscape: Christopher Dotson “Fable” (oil)
  • Best Still life/Interior: Vicky Platt Ellis “From the Attic” (watercolor)
  • Best Animal/Wildlife: Kelly Kopacka “Lowcountry Romp” (acyrlic)
  • Best Abstract/Experimental: Christopher Lane “Trojan Horse” (acrylic)
  • Honorable Mentions:
  • Shannon Foxworthy “Liberte” (mixed media)
  • Sheila Preston Ford “Glorious Day” (watercolor)
  • Linnette Dreisbach “Second Sunday” (watercolor)
  • Carol Herard “Zelinsky (Folk Art)” (acrylic)
  • Catherine Townsend “Old Woman Reading” (pastel)
  • Ben Kelly Jr. “Church Lady” (acrylic)
  • Luke Walchuk “Babel” (printmaking)
  • Karyn Healey “Proud Moment, 1964” (mixed media)
  • Barbara Friedman “An All Hallows Eve Alphabet” (mixed media)
  • William Turner “Easy Livin’” (oil)

Judge’s Statement

It’s an honor to be selected as the judge for this year’s fine art competition and exceedingly difficult to make those final selections for awards, much to the chagrin of the
Cultural Arts staff. Thank you to the North Charleston Cultural Arts department for providing these types of opportunities for artists and the public through the Arts Fest year after year. I commend the City of North Charleston for emphasizing the importance and value in exhibiting artists in every medium.

My goal was to provide a variety in the selections of awards. I took into consideration subject matter, approach to color choice, technique, knowledge of the selected medium, and how the finished work was displayed. I commend and applaud to everyone who submitted as it takes bravery, vulnerability and a committed belief in the practice of making art.

Best In Show: Anna Ladyzhenskaya “Lover’s Eyes” (oil)
I was immediately drawn to this painting and kept coming back it. First by noticing the striking color of the subject’s clothing against the background. The artist is making references to centuries of art historical periods such as Renaissance portraiture, female surrealists and Symbolism elements. It is a fascinating painting.

Outstanding Merit: Nick Landry “Escape From Afghanistan” (drawing)
This is a wonderful drawing, as I appreciate the difficult quality that comes with working in graphite or charcoal. The crowded composition of figures and small size of the finished work made for an intimate experience for the viewer. It made me consider each individual’s face and the intensity of emotions they expressed. Learning the title is Escape from Afghanistan, speaks to the struggle of the refugee crisis. It is heartbreaking and dignified in its approach to an ongoing worldwide issue.

-Maggie Jordan, 1 May 2024

2024 Judged Photography Competition and Exhibition

black woman looking at photography exhibit

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C

5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
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Viewing times
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 2024, 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 5, 2024, Noon-5:00pm

Opening Celebration & Award Acknowledgements:
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Encore:
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 2:00-5:00pm

 

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 2024 will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Sirena White-Singleton, owner of Aneris Photography, founder of The Aneris Collective, LLC, and co-founder of The Creative Realm Space. Sirena is lifestyle, wedding, and branding photographer and small business brand strategist. After receiving a dual degree in Biology and Psychology from Charleston Southern University in 2005, she pursued her passion of photography and entrepreneurship. Her work has been featured in Meet Charleston, Food Network, Charleston Magazine, People Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, and the Today Show.

Submit Your Work

Entries for 2024 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted from noon-7pm on Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 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.

2024 Winners

Professional – Color
1st place: Raymond Colin Murray “Trawlin’ the St. Helena Sound”
2nd place: Jim Miller “Splashdown”
3rd place: Pamela Oliveras “Heron in The Marsh”
Honorable Mentions:
Katie Heatley “Paddle Out”
Jim Miller “Pink and Proud”
Pamela Oliveras “Purple Sunset”
Monique Gross “A Beautiful Dawn”
Raymond Colin Murray “Docked in the Carolina FOg”
Sonny Dugal “Standing Tall on Sullivan’s Island”

Professional – Monochrome
1st place: Sean Hartman “Breakwater II”
2nd place: Katie Heatley “Foggy Morning”
3rd place: Marichu Provan “The Southern Oak Tree”
Honorable Mention:
Dan Mohan “Crossroads”

Amateur – Color
1st place: Sam Kogan “Galaxy Limb”
2nd place: Rick Dandridge “Primordial”
3rd place: Brandy Russell “Pretty Place to Rest”
Honorable Mentions:
Craig Schwartz “Double Beauty”
Dustin James Morrow “Navajo Stallion”

Amateur- Monochrome
1st place: Craig Schwartz “Fondness”
2nd place: Sandra K. Kaminsky “Solitude”
3rd place: Jimmy Hartnett “Dawning”
Honorable Mention:
Jennifer E.B. Lutz “Spirit of Song”
Jenny Hough “Vertigo”
Jimmy Hartnett “Tranquility”

Judge’s Statement

It was truly a pleasure to be able to judge the photography exhibitions of North Charleston Arts Fest. The creativity on display was nothing short of remarkable, making my role both challenging and profoundly rewarding. I found myself navigating the intricate waters of artistic evaluation, reminded that my designations of the winners, at its core, a subjective selection shaped by my personal insights.

The overlap in skill and imaginative expression between professional and amateur participants was particularly striking. This made the task of distinguishing and awarding distinctions difficult. It underscores the vibrant, dynamic nature of art and its ability to bring us together, transcending conventional boundaries. My heartfelt congratulations to all participants for their outstanding contributions and for making this year’s exhibition a memorable showcase of talent and creativity.”

-Sirena White-Singleton, 1 May 2024