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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 2015 exhibit 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 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, 2015 – 10:00am-5:00pm
May 4-8, 2015 – 9:00am-5:00pm
May 9, 2015 – 9:00am-noon
Free admission and parking

Description

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 14th 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, artist Jocelyn Chateauvert.

In addition to choosing the winners, Ms. Chateauvert also selected 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 2015/2016 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 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.

Juror’s Statement

The exciting part about jurying this show was imagining the hand working each element and surface of the artwork. It is evidence of the hand and choice of materials to convey a thought or feeling that is most compelling whether the medium be wood, ceramic, or the stuff from everyday life.

The best in show prize is awarded to Cynthia Colbert for her sensitivity to the book as object and the botanical rendered from a secure perspective. The luxury of soft surfaces in Segmented Bowl by Kenny Teague is a considered dialogue between each of the different woods. Susan Lenz has given us an abstract tapestry worthy of repeated viewings to examine both its surface story.

-Jocelyn Chateauvert (5/1/2015)

2015 Winners

Best of Show
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)

Outstanding Merit
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
In Box CXXXVII
(Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Honorable Mention
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Cardinal and the Showgirls (Fiber) by Ron Hodge (Bluffton, SC)
Vessel No. 370 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
In the Garden (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Nesting Firefly Bowls (Porcelain) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Tin Can Mitt (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Legs of Steel (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Plastic)by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Metal) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Spirit Horse (Mixed Media) by Brian McBride (Summerville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Bone Twig Votive (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Opening Day Jitters (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)
Barn on McCleod (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Necklace and Earrings (Silver) by Jo Ann Graham (St. Helena, SC)
Intrinsic Memories (Glass) by William Austin Norvell (North Charleston, SC)
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Draped Vase (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Ebb & Flow (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Mosquito (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)