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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 2016 exhibition has passed. Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list for 2017.

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2016 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Opening reception and award announcement: Friday, April 29, 2016 – 6:00-7:00pm
Viewing times:
April 30 & May 1, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
May 2-6, 2016 – 9:00am-5:00pm
Free admission and parking

Description

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition; the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Entries in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media will be on display. Upon the opening of the exhibition, cash awards totaling $6,500 will be made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip.

In addition to choosing the winners, Ms. Haislip will also select pieces from the show to assemble a South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

About the Juror

The juror for the 2016 exhibition is Kaminer Haislip. South Carolina native Kaminer Haislip is a jeweler and sculpture artist who creates original, handcrafted designs in silver and gold. She earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metals and her MFA in Silversmithing and Design from Winthrop University, studying under internationally acclaimed English silversmith Alfred Ward. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in a number of print publications including Eide, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, and Charleston Weddings. In 2012, Kaminer was honored with the Made in the South Award in the Home category from Garden & Gun magazine and in 2011 with The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. The Historic Charleston Foundation honored her with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award in April 2014, and more recently she collaborated with Reese Witherspoon’s Southern lifestyle company Draper James on a silver bowl. Kaminer currently lives and works in Charleston and has a studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Juror’s Statement

The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today. To those not selected, I encourage you to continue on your artistic path and apply again. Congratulations to all of the awards winners! I wish you all the best!

-Kaminer Haislip (4/29/2016)

2016 Winners

Best of Show
Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)

Outstanding Merit
Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Continuum
(Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Honorable Mention
Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
Blueberry Tart Cake (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC)
Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Vessel No. 373 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Wrench Wench (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Fellowship (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)
Gameboard (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Natural Edge Maple Bowl (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
Triangular Rosewood Box (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
Boot Scoot (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Continuum Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
Haida #6 Totem (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
Sam Doyle (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Wormloe Plantation (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Handle With Care (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Five Points Pavement IX (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Butterfly Bowl (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC)
Koi (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
Green Covered Jar with Balls (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
Salty (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Rice Plantation at Brookgreen (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Gosu Basket Form (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)