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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 application deadline for the 2014 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 2015.

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2014 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Viewing times:
May 3 & 4, 2014 – 10:00am-5:00pm
May 5-9, 2014 – 9:00am-5:00pm
May 10, 2014 – 9:00am-noon
Free admission and parking

Description

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 13th 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, Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University.

In addition to choosing the winners, Mr. Ward 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 2014/2015 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

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2014 exhibition is Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University.  Ward was appointed Professor of Art and Design at the University of London in 1966. In 1974 he became the Head of the Department of Silversmithing, Jewelry at the Sir John Cass College of Art in London. As a consultant designer for Spink & Sons in London (by Appointment to her Majesty the Queen) he designed and produced pieces for: The Royal Family, Revlon of Paris, Covent Garden Opera House, among others. As an internationally known designer he has work in many museums and collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Having moved to the United States in 1981 he taught at the University of Michigan and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 1985, he became the Director of the Appalachian Center for Crafts in TN and and in 1989 became the Chair of Art and Design at Winthrop University in South Carolina. In 1998 he received The Distinguished Professor of the Year Award at Winthrop University. In April 2011 he was presented with the Medal of Honor in the Arts from Winthrop University.

Stay tuned for award announcements!

 

2013 Competition & Exhibition

About the Juror

The Juror for the 2013 exhibition was Karen Derksen, Director of Winthrop University Galleries and lecturer for the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies).  Karen has coordinated collaborative community projects including the public art installation of Carla Stetson’s The Red Line in Rock Hill, MUSE Fest, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, and the Artist & Civic Engagement Projects at Winthrop. Karen has juried a number of exhibitions, acted as small festival representative for the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and served as review panel member for the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants. She is also one of the founding members of Media, Art, Design, Exposed in Edmonton.

Juror’s Statement

“I would like to thank the City of North Charleston and the North Charleston Arts Festival for this opportunity to act as Juror for the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition. It was truly an enjoyable experience and everyone has been wonderful to work with.

Jurying a show is one of the most gratifying undertakings of my position and also one of the most challenging. I enjoy the opportunity to view the inspiring work being created in our state and as expected the entries in this year’s Palmetto Hands exhibition demonstrate what accomplished artists and creative, high quality work is being produced in South Carolina. It is always exciting to see what is developing in fine craft, as it captures traditions and evolves into a modern contemporary context.

The selection process is a challenging task for me though. I do approach every entry with intention. I look at each work and evaluate the artists understanding of material and form, the quality of craftsmanship and an articulation of creativity. I also ask myself does the work evoke emotion, a mood or message? Has the artist pushed boundaries, taken risks or tried something new? This year’s entries were strong and diverse making the selection of the awards a difficult job for me as juror.

As I was tasked not only to choose the awards for the exhibition but also select works that will travel the state, one of my goals was to select a show that would express the diversity of the mediums and styles that I was observing. I found the medium of clay to be well represented and aesthetically strong. My purpose when selecting an exhibition is to be intentional about the relationship of one artwork to another and create an overall totality that tells a story.

Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the submissions. My heartfelt congratulations go to all included artists, and especially to the award winners.”

-Karen Derksen, May 2013

2013 Winners

Best of Show
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Baseball Shoe High Top (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)

 

 

 

Outstanding Merit
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A Smoked Salmon (Clay) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)

 

 

 

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From Tuscaloosa to Timbuktu (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
A Price Greater Than Rubies (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
Within (Clay) by Fiorenzo Berardozzi (Charleston, SC)
Botanicals (Illustrations From My Garden) (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
Beetle with Bumps (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
Hourglass Dulcimer (Wood) by Dean Eades (Seneca, SC)
Petals (Clay) by Sheri Farbstein (Hilton Head, SC)
Anonymous (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Red Coral (Clay) by Deborah Mather (Murrel’s Inlet, SC)
Original Tartan Design #1 (Large) (Fiber) by Beth Melton (Rock Hill, SC)
Glory (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Enlightened Fish (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
The Potato Help (Mixed Media) by Michael Woodle (Conway, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Jughead (Clay) by Deborah Appleby (North Charleston, SC)
A Price Greater Than Rubies (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
Beachcombers (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
Koi Pond (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
Every Child Deserves a Home (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
A Place of Her Own (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Doll House (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
My Garden of Earthly Delights (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
Beetle with Bumps (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
Serving Platter (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
Petals (Clay) by Sheri Farbstein (Hilton Head, SC)
Patz’s Picasso Pot (Clay) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Play – Circle No. 2 (Clay) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Play – Circle No. 7 (Clay) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Phillip Simmons Heart Gate (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
My Life as a Tree Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Anonymous (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Red Coral (Clay) by Deborah Mather (Murrel’s Inlet, SC)
Tuned (Clay) by Deborah Mather (Murrel’s Inlet, SC)
Original Tartan Design #1 (Large) (Fiber) by Beth Melton (Rock Hill, SC)
Baseball Shoe High Top (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
The Potato Help (Mixed Media) by Michael Woodle (Conway, SC)
Deer in Headlights (Mixed Media) by Michael Woodle (Conway, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Upright Fish with Octopus (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
The Elegance of Grace (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Hands Off! (Clay) by Pamela Steele (Gilbert, SC)