Poster Design Competition Winner

2023 Winner

Forms in a Landscape by Christopher Dotson

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Christopher Dotson of Charleston, SC, as the winner of the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition.  As the winner of the statewide contest, Dotson’s acrylic painting, titled Forms in a Landscape, will be used to promote the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7.  In addition, the artist was awarded a $500 cash prize and the piece has become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.

Forms in a Landscape was one of 62 entries from 33 artists working in 12 cities across South Carolina that were submitted for consideration for the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The “hieroglyphic” painting contains symbols that represent different animals, plants, and forces in nature, creating a world that is organic, spontaneous, and mysterious. “Raindrops, dew drops, and tears swirl their way through a landscape that is filled with colorful life,” Dotson explains. “Everything is unbound, but every form is linked to the other forms around it. Each form has its own identity, but every form is the genesis of the idea for the forms that surround it. It is an ecosystem.” Much like the other works in Dotson’s Natural Instincts series, the painting was made to be experienced, not understood. He states, “Above all else I want to create beauty in a pure form. Nature is the inspiration for that.”


About the Artist

Christopher Dotson earned a BFA from Appalachian State University in 1996. His paintings have been featured in a number of juried and group exhibitions throughout Charleston, SC, and Boston, MA, as well as on the CBS series Reckless and the Netflix series Outer Banks. He is currently represented by Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC. Learn more about the artist at

“My work is a spiritual interpretation of nature in the Lowcountry. It is full of birds, fish, and plants. I want it to carry the energy and beauty of this place because it has sustained me in that way.”
– Christopher Dotson

View the Work

A collection of Christopher’s paintings will be on display at Park Circle Gallery May 3-27, 2023. The exhibit will feature his winning piece, Forms in a Landscape, along with several other recent works in acrylic and oil. The gallery is located 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery at a free reception on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 5:00-7:00pm. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.