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Arts Fest Frequently Asked Questions



Q: Where does the Arts Fest take place?

A: The Arts Fest takes place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston, SC,  including libraries, community centers, businesses, schools, parks, and more. The Arts Fest Expo (May 5 & 6, 2018) is held in Exhibit Halls A, B & C at the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.


Q: How can I participate in the Arts Fest as an artist, performer, or vendor?

A: Artists, performers, and vendors for the Arts Fest are selected through an open application process. Visit the APPLY page for a look at the application release schedule. Many of the applications are free.



Q: Do I need to complete an application to enter my work in the Judged Fine Art or Photography Competition/Exhibitions?

A: No, there is no pre-registration or application required for these opportunities. Artists and photographers must simply drop-off their work during the designated times outlined in the prospectus. The prospectus contains all terms/regulations/entry instructions and can be accessed here.


Q: How many entries can I submit?

A: There is a maximum of 4 entries total per artist in Judged Fine Art ($10 per art entry) and 4 entries total per photographer in Judged Photography ($5 per photo entry).


Q: What is the difference between 2-D and 3-D art?

A:  2-D is artwork that exists in two dimensions (length and width), and is flat like a painting on canvas. 3-D art has three dimensions (height, length, and depth) and is an object in space, like a sculpture or a piece of pottery.


Q: What are the rules regarding relief or 3-D elements in the Judged Art Exhibition?

A: As per prospectus, no 3-D objects or elements accepted.


Q: What are the rules regarding Mixed Media in the Judged Art Exhibition?

A: As per prospectus, only 2-D Mixed Media pieces are accepted. Submissions may not contain 3-D objects or elements.  Mixed media can be described as a mix of acceptable mediums previously outlined and would not include photography or digital art. It would include alcohol ink.


Q: Why are Drawing and Pastel different categories this year?

A:  Pastels can historically be considered both drawing and painting, depending on the amount of pastel covering the surface of the paper or canvas. In order to avoid any confusion, Pastel will be its own category this year.


Q:  Why does my piece have to be ready to hang? Do you have supplies for me to wire my piece?

A: As per prospectus, works must be “ready to hang securely with wire.”  No supplies will be made available. There is a Wal-Mart across from the Convention Center that may have supplies available.


Q: What are the rules regarding relief or 3-D elements on Youth Artwork?

A: As noted in application, “no 3D objects/elements that measure more than 1/8” from surface” are allowed.


Q: When will awards be announced?

A: Winners for Judged Fine Art and Photography, Palmetto Hands, and the National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibits will be acknowledged at our opening reception, Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm (reception scheduled for 6-8:30pm).  Join us for refreshments, wine and get a first look at the art on display in Exhibit Hall A. Winners will also be notified by mail with a letter and w-9 form to complete. Youth Art winners will be announced on Sunday, May 6 at the reception from 4:30-5pm.



Q: Where is my child’s artwork being displayed?

A: The Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition is on display in Exhibit Hall B.


Q: Will there be food/drinks available for purchase?

A: The concession stand and pop-up food vendors are located in Exhibit Hall C only.


Q: Where can I purchase Arts Fest merchandise?

A: At any info booth (located in front of Hall B, Hall C, and the City Gallery Desk)


Q: How do I purchase a piece of art on display?

A: Staff is conducting art sales inside of Exhibit Hall A.


Q: Where is the Gem & Mineral Show?

A: The Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society is no longer producing the annual Gem & Mineral Show that was previously a component of the North Charleston Arts Fest. Check out all of our expanded Art Exhibitions taking place in Exhibit Hall A.


Q: Are there any Antique Dealers participating in the North Charleston Arts Fest this year?

A: No, changes to our layout this year allowed us to move our arts & crafts vendors into the lobby area but this limits their spaces to 10×10 or smaller.  Antique vendors required more space to display their items.  The Arts Fest is focused on showcasing arts & crafts vendors who have  produced original, handmade items.