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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. Applications for the 2015 Exhibition are now being accepted (deadline: March 16, 2015). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list for 2016.

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2015 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Viewing times:
May 2 & 3, 2014 – 10:00am-5:00pm
May 4-8, 2014 – 9:00am-5:00pm
May 9, 2014 – 9:00am-noon
Free admission and parking

About the Juror

The juror for the 2015 exhibition is Jocelyn Chateauvert. Born and educated in Iowa City, Chateauvert is a jeweler and paper artist, who creates lighting, sculpture, and installations from the paper she makes by hand. After earning an MFA from the University of Iowa, she taught metalworking at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, and then established herself as a professional artist in San Francisco. Since 1999, she has lived in Charleston, South Carolina, devoting herself primarily to paper art that is widely displayed in homes and public buildings, and has been honored not only by the South Carolina Arts Commission but also by a Smithsonian Fellowship and by a featured exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

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

The juror for the 2014 exhibition was 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.

Juror’s Statement

“I should like to thank the North Charleston Arts Festival for inviting me to enjoy the privilege and pleasure of jurying the palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition this year. From my past experience of judging Spoleto exhibitions years ago, I knew from the start that I would be involved in jurying an exceptional group of fine craft work by South Carolina’s renowned and highly respected craftspersons. It is so gratifying to observe the expansion and growth of contemporary craft in this exhibition, based as it is, on the strong traditions of fine art crafts in South Carolina. I congratulate you all on an exceptionally strong body of work submitted for the 2014 Festival.

Due to the excellent level of works submitted, I found it most challenging to decide on the prizes, awards, and pieces for the Traveling Exhibition. As ever, I carefully consider and evaluate each piece on the basis of creativity, innovation, material qualities, and craftsmanship. In addition, it’s always encouraging to observe risk taking and evidence of creative thinking in new materials. My intention for the traveling show was to provide an exhibition that evenly divided into a good representation of all major media and also provide the public with some indication of the diversity of South Carolina crafts.

Finally, I want to thank you all for giving us the opportunity to observe the evidence of your hard work, persistence, tenacity, and commitment to the crafts again this year. I congratulate the prize winners for your achievements and thank you all for enriching our lives through the sharing of your remarkable talents.”

-Alfred Ward, May 2014

2014 Winners

Best of Show
SC State Bird (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit
Ice Trees in Repose (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
Large Stained Glass XLIII
(Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Honorable Mention
Sea Sign (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
Gambian Dancers (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Nest and Eggs (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Frankie’s Got the Blues (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Vortex (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
Low on the Hog & Chitlin Cleaning Funnel (Metal) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
Summer Wind (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Hidden (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
Vessel No. 357 (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
Rusted Rodent (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Can of Corn (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Gambian Dancers (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Volume Nine – Hobbies & Irrigation (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Carolina Crow (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
Garden Journal (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
Open Space Vase (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Frankie’s Got the Blues (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
01050 (Metal) by Katie Poterela (Greenville, SC)
Open Segment Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Piece by Piece (Fiber) by Mary Jefferson (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Ice Trees in Repose (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
Vessel No. 357 (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
Can of Corn (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
Emptiness I (Fiber) by Kris Westerson (Charleston, SC)
Tool Box (Wood) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
Nest and Eggs (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Birds of a Feather (Glass) by Keller Lee (North Charleston, SC)
Modern Dancer (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Rusted Rodent (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
SC State Bird (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
Pole Vaulter (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
House: Reclaimed by Nature Circa 86AD (Clay) by Holly Benton (Charleston, SC)
Sea Sign (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
Tundra (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
Vortex (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Peaceful Peacock (Glass) by Kris Manning (Charleston, SC)
Koi Pond (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
Open Segment Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Gingko Vase (Clay) by Janet Webster Rogers (Summerville, SC)