South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

2024 Competition & Exhibition

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C

5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission and parking
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Viewing times:
May 1, 2024 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 2-4, 2024 – 10:00am-6:00pm
May 5, 2024 – Noon-5:00pm

Opening celebration and award acknowledgements:
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00pm

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

Overview

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 22nd Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, the state’s longest-running juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Sixty artists from 27 cities throughout the state were selected to show their work in the exhibition through a pre-jury process. Once on exhibit their work will then compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Award selections are made at the sole discretion of the juror. Organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across the state the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Each year thousands enjoy the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists featured in this exhibition.

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2024 competition is Susan Gregory, founder/owner of Studio Union, a professional, communal, art studio space in North Charleston, SC. She is a multidisciplinary visual artist who creates encaustic, mixed media paintings and pottery. She received her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Western Carolina University. She currently lives in the North Central neighborhood of Charleston, SC and is working on a series of paintings inspired by her neighborhood. More information about the artist can be found at susangregoryart.com.

Submit Your Work

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina are welcome to submit an application for participation in the Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. South Carolina artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media are eligible to submit entries. The application period for 2024 is NOW CLOSED (deadline: March 15, 2024). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list for 2025.

2024 Participating Artists

  • Fairoozan Abdullah (Charleston)
  • Bob Alston (Ladson)
  • Jacqueline Anderson (North Charleston)
  • Autumn Sheree Belvin (Conway)
  • Daryl Armstrong (Goose Creek)
  • Marty Biernbaum (Charleston)
  • Pascale Bilgis (Johns Island)
  • Elizabeth Borowsky (Andrews)
  • Jodi Charak (Mount Pleasant)
  • Charles Conyers (West Columbia)
  • Tanya Craig (Charleston)
  • Vanessa DeVore (Columbia)
  • Barbara Easterling Lassiter (Sullivans Island)
  • Malcolm Fages (Mount Pleasant)
  • Camela Guevara (Charleston)
  • Kathleen Gunning (Charleston)
  • Justin Guy (Trenton)
  • Robb Helmkamp (North Charleston)
  • Ronald Herzog (Mount Pleasant)
  • Mana Hewitt (Columbia)
  • Ron Hodge (Bluffton)
  • Amy Inabinet (Mount Pleasant)
  • Cathy Jenkins (Charleston)
  • James Johnson (Mount Pleasant)
  • Elizabeth Kalman (North Charleston)
  • Kim Keats (Okatie)
  • Kim Keelor (Charleston)
  • Ella Kokinda (North Charleston)
  • Maike Kowal (Charleston)
  • Janet Kozachek (Orangeburg)

 

  • Bradley Ledbetter (Charleston)
  • Debora Life (Columbia)
  • Flavia Lovatelli (Columbia)
  • Jesse Lowery (Mount Pleasant)
  • Miki McArthur-Meier (Williamston)
  • Melissa Meverden (North Charleston)
  • Sarah Mitchell (Summerville)
  • Jo-Ann Morgan (Surfside Beach)
  • Marcee Musgrove (Taylors)
  • Dianne Neil (Chapin)
  • Charles Norton (Conway)
  • Lauri Paggi (Charleston)
  • Thomas Piragnoli (Folly Beach)
  • Gale Ray (Charleston)
  • Jane Schwantes (Columbia)
  • Pam Shanley (Summerville)
  • Jamey Shirer (Elloree)
  • Lee Sipe (Columbia)
  • Toni Smith (Surfside Beach)
  • Hannah Spivey (North Augusta)
  • Cebastian Thompson (Summerville)
  • Dennis Vernon (Okatie)
  • Margaret Vetter (Travelers Rest)
  • Michael Walden (Ridgeland)
  • Anthony Walker (Columbia)
  • Nancy Warren (Mt. Pleasant)
  • Chilly Waters (Wagener)
  • Margaret Weinberg (Charleston)
  • Peg Weschke (Hilton Head Island)
  • Kelly Wood (Folly Beach)
  • Charles Wright (Myrtle Beach)
  • Bonnie Younginer (Johns Island)

2024 Winners

Best in Show:
Kim Keelor “Becoming Iron – Josephine & Betty” (mixed media)

Outstanding Merit:
Charles Norton “Haute Couture Battle Vest” (fiber)
Lee Sipe “Vessel No. 19” (mixed media)

Honorable Mentions:
Cebastian Thompson “Wearing Emotions” (metal)
Malcolm Fages “African Mahogany” (wood)
Ron Hodge “Echoes de la Vie” (fiber)
Flavia Lovatelli “Starfish” (mixed media)
Marty Biernbaum “Group Therapy” (clay)
Janet Kozachek “St. George Dances with Dragon” (clay)
Jesse Lowry “Lowback Armchair” (wood)
Elizabeth Borowsky ”The Knot” (clay)
Peg Weschke “Nature’s Cathedral” (fiber)
Margaret Weinberg “Loop de Loop Vase” (clay)
Michael Walden “Iconic Transformation” (metal)
Amy Inabinet “Universal Musings” (clay)

Juror’s Statement

Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in this exhibition. It is very exciting to see the depth of variety of work blooming across South Carolina. I spent a while lingering in this jury process, and in the end, it was difficult to choose the allocated number that I did.

I’ll offer that I believe it important to celebrate a myriad of the craft media represented. In selecting, I observed refinement in craft but also had equal interest in novel uses of combining materials, original, creative voice in the piece as well as enlisting craft to explore concept.

It was an honor to spend time with all of this work today. I hope you enjoy your viewing experience as much as I did.

-Susan Gregory, 1 May, 2024