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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina are welcome to submit an application for participation in annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. As the state’s only fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the exhibit may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Artists also have the option of offering their work for consideration to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program following close of the exhibition. South Carolina artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media are eligible to submit entries. The deadline to apply for the 2017 exhibition has passed (March 15, 2017). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list for 2018.

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2017 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission and parking
Viewing times:
May 3, 2017 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 4-7, 2017 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Opening reception and award announcements: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 6:00-8:00pm

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for this exhibition is Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. As associate dean he is responsible for the School’s administrative activities as well as projects related to donor cultivation and stewardship and educational/cultural programming. Mr. Haga received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College and a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College (now Hollins University).

Mr. Haga taught Art History 101 at the College for twenty years and was named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty in Art History in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also taught Introduction to Arts Management in the Spring 1998 semester. He has been involved with several organizations during his time at the College, serving on the boards of the Lowcountry Arts and Cultural Council, Print Studio South, and the South Carolina Artisans Center.  He also has served on the Charleston County Magnet School of the Arts’ School Governance Council as a community representative and as Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Mr. Haga currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and on the advisory board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC.

Mr. Haga has written exhibition reviews for The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Carolina Arts, and the Charleston City Paper. He has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and has judged exhibitions in the southeastern United States. Mr. Haga has been a grant panelist for many organizations, including the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Juror’s Statement

It has been an honor to serve as the juror for this year’s South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition. The work in the exhibition reveals the strength of craft in South Carolina, and the variety of media and approaches to making objects reflects upon the artisans’ interest in both tradition and innovation. Whether the work is that of established masters or students, it is exciting to consider how these talented individuals will develop their craft in coming years and so enrich the visual environment of South Carolina.

Congratulations to the award recipients, and thanks to all of the artisans who have taken part in the exhibition. Thanks also go to Maggie Jordan and her colleagues for making the exhibition come together so well.

–Michael W. Haga, 5/3/17

2017 Winners

JChautevertBest of Show
“William Morris Reminded” (Paper) by Jocelyn Chateauvert (Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit
“Face Jug for Mrs. Watson” (Wood) by David Sanders (Sumter, SC)
“Tall Gosu Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Honorable Mention
“Phases I” by (Fiber) Beth Andrews (Greenville, SC)
“Canyon deChelly Pictograph” (Fiber) by Connie Lippert (Seneca, SC)
“Margaret’s Chickens” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Charleston Box 31” (Mixed Media) by Robin Howard (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Defense” (Mixed Media) by Crowell Pate IV (Charleston, SC)
“Cosmos” (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
“Swish” (Clay) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
“Kingfisher” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“Tea Pot with Handmade Cane Handle” (Clay) by Ruth Ballou (Charleston,SC)
“Fertility” (Clay) by Sarah Townes Godfrey (Marietta, SC)
“Rosa Parks” (Mixed Media) by Mana Hewitt  (Columbia, SC)
“Damascus Spatula” (Mixed Media) by Ian Hart (Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
“Tall Gosu Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Plum Blossom” (Fiber) by Pati English (Seneca, SC)
“Rosa Parks” (Mixed Media) by Mana Hewitt  (Columbia, SC)
“Damascus Spatula” (Mixed Media) by Ian Hart (Charleston, SC)
“At The Seams” (Mixed Media) by Erin Ryan (Myrtle Beach, SC)
“Swish” (Clay) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
“Walnut Candy Dish” (Wood) by Ben Pendarvis (St. Helena, SC)
“Face Jug for Mrs. Watson” (Wood) by David Sanders (Sumter, SC)
“Cosmos” (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
“Spirit” (Fiber) by Teresa Pietras (Columbia, SC)
“Defense” (Mixed Media) by Crowell Pate IV (Charleston, SC)
“William Morris Reminded” (Paper) by Jocelyn Chateauvert (Charleston, SC)
“Charleston Box 31” (Mixed Media) by Robin Howard (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Margaret’s Chickens” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Phases I” (Fiber) by Beth Andrews (Greenville, SC)
“Organic Bowl” (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Folly Beach, SC)
“I Am American Too” (Glass) by Steven Hewitt (Columbia, SC)
“Tea Pot with Handmade Cane Handle” (Clay) by Ruth Ballou (Charleston,SC)
“Fertility” (Clay) by Sarah Townes Godfrey (Marietta, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
“United I” (Fiber) by Camela Guevara (Charleston, SC)
“Face Jug for Mrs. Watson” (Wood) by David Sanders (Sumter, SC)
“Bloom” (Fiber) by Connie Lippert (Seneca, SC)
“Spouted Water Vessel” (Metal) by Hayley Smith (Myrtle Beach, SC)