Competitions & Exhibitions

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Many of the festival’s competitions & exhibitions are curated through an application process. To access available applications, visit the apply page.

National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

View thought provoking, outdoor sculptures by established and emerging artists from across the nation in this annual juried competition and exhibition.

South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

Fine craft artists from across the state will display inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media in this annual juried competition and exhibition.

African American Fiber Art Exhibition

The 15th installment of this annual exhibition showcases original creations by African American fiber artists from across the nation. This year’s theme is From Chaos to Beloved Community: Envisioning Social. Artists are asked to create a fiber art piece that envisions a society free from the bondage of oppression—both physical and social. Visualize a future where better conditions exist for all generations of people through the use of technology, art, music, and literature. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create art that shows what an inclusive future looks like.

Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions

Fine art will be exhibited in eight media categories: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, printed new media, and 2-D mixed media. Professional & amateur photography in the categories of color and monochrome will also be on display.

Special Exhibitions

A variety of solo exhibitions by professional artists will be on display in various venues.

Youth Art Competitions & Exhibitions

View works in a variety of subjects and media by budding artists in grades 1-12 from across the Tri-County area. Tri-County high school students will also have sculptures on display.