South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

2023 Competition & Exhibition

woman looking at art on a pedestal

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 3, 2023 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 4-6, 2023 – 10:00am-6:00pm
May 7, 2023 – Noon-5:00pm

Opening celebration and award acknowledgements:
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Encore:
Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2:00-5:00pm

Overview

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the 21st Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, the state’s longest-running juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Artists are selected to show their work in the exhibition through a pre-jury process. Once on exhibit their work then competes 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.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK NOW! (Deadline: March 15, 2023)

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2023 competition is Karen A. Stock, Professor of Fine Art at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Stock earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She began teaching at Winthrop in 2004. Her specialty is modern and contemporary European art. She guest-curated an exhibition at Winthrop titled “Performing Gender” and investigates gender issues in her scholarship. Stock also received a Fulbright teaching scholarship and spent six months teaching art history in Beijing, China.

Submit Your Work

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina are welcome to submit an application for participation in the 21st Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the exhibit may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. South Carolina artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media are eligible to submit entries. The application period for 2023 is NOW OPEN (deadline: March 15, 2023). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list.

2022 Competition & Exhibition

fine craft pieces displayed on wooden pedestals

Location

Charleston Area Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A

5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission and parking
Get Directions ›

Viewing times:
May 4, 2022 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 5-7, 2022 – 10:00am-6:00pm
May 8, 2022 – Noon-5:00pm

Opening celebration and award acknowledgements:
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

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

Overview

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina showcased their fine craft objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D media in this 20th annual juried competition and exhibition. Participating artists were selected to show their work in the exhibition through a pre-jury process. Once on exhibit their work then competed for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Awards for the exhibit were made by the juror, Tiffany Thomas. 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 2022 competition is Tiffany Thomas, a contemporary painter and potter who runs a studio and artisan shop called Tthomas Arts in Florence, SC. A native of Florence, SC, Tiffany was raised on a farm and experienced the ups and downs of living a farm life. She incorporates her childhood into her paintings by using bright colors and utilizes reclaimed wood that her family discarded from old houses, buildings, and dumpsters in her collage works. Her clay of choice is translucent porcelain, fired with colorful stains and glazes. Her ceramic work focuses on an array of designs; from cups and mugs to light fixtures and table pieces. All of her pieces are hand carved. Tiffany graduated from Francis Marion University in 2012 with a degree in Visual Arts with concentrations in ceramics and painting. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows such as the South Carolina Arts Commission Gala, The North Carolina Museum of Art Art of the Auction, Spartanburg Juried Competition, The Heritage Festival, and The Pee Dee Regional Art Competition.

2022 Winners

Best in Show:

  • “How Lucky Am I, White Privilege” (fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Outstanding Merit:

  • “When My Thoughts Drift to You” (glass) by Robin McNair (Summerville, SC)
    “Windhaven #2” (mixed media) by Robin Howard (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

  • “Purple in Sirius” (fiber) by Shamsad Rahman (Orangeburg, SC)
  • “The Blues Have It” (mixed media) by Pam Shanley (Summerville, SC)

Honorable Mention

  • “Mixed Canopus” (fiber) by Shamsad Rahman (Orangeburg, SC)
  • “Connected” (porcelain) by Elizabeth Borowsky (Andrews, SC)
  • “Suspended Isolation” (fiber) by Laurie Lovell (Bluffton, SC)
  • “Large Jar” (ceramic) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
  • “Conch Shell Jar” (ceramic) by Saila Milja-Smyly (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Stain Glass Moon Terrarium” (glass) by Robin McNair (S’ville, SC)
  • “Our Colors” (fiber) by Julia Kelly (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Birdology #4” (mixed media) by Robin Howard (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Feathers in Motion” (wood) by Malcolm Fages (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • “Dryad at Rest” (mixed media) by Damara Fletcher (Elgin, SC)
  • “Facetime” (clay) by Chilly Waters (Wagener, SC)
  • “Biodoversity” (fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Juror’s Statement

I am honored to be the juror for the 2022 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the collection of work this year; it’s wonderfully thought-provoking, moving, and visually stunning. I loved reading artist statements and diving into the worlds of fabric, clay, and multimedia. Art has a way of captivating its viewer and evoking emotions from within. With that in mind, this year, my selection for Best in Show is “How  Lucky Am I, White Privilege” by  Susan Lenz. What Susan has created provokes thought! It forces the viewer to evaluate their perspective with the work. It’s crafted to feel open and easy to  approach, but it’s also unusually non-confrontational, despite its subject matter. My selections for Outstanding Merit awards are “When My Thoughts Drift to You” by Robin McNair and “Windhaven #2” by Robin Howard. It was a joy to have the opportunity to judge this year’s Palmetto Hands Exhibit!

-Tiffany Thomas, 4 May 2022