Judged Fine Art & Photography Competitions & Exhibitions

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Entries for 2020 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted April 27 & 28. Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the prospectus email list.

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Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission & parking
Viewing times:
April 29, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
April 30-May 2, 2020, 10:00am-6:00pm
May 3, 2020, Noon-5:00pm
Opening Celebration (includes award acknowledgements): Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm

Fine Art


Fine artists are invited to participate in the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash awards in multiple categories totaling up to $6,350. Categories include acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, 2-D mixed media, and printed new media (new in 2020!). Awards for the 2020 competition will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Greg Colleton, Executive Director of Yo Art! Inc. in Charleston, SC.  A native of McClellanville, he developed a passion for art as a student while attending the Charleston Co. School of the Arts. He went on to receive his BA in Studio Art from Winston-Salem State University, where he curated exhibitions for the 4D Gallery, Dada Center of the Arts, and the University Gallery. After returning to the Charleston area to pursue a career in arts management, he opened a contemporary art space called Gris Galerie and later joined REDUX Contemporary Art Center as Director of Operations. Greg has curated several exhibitions around the state including the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, and for Greenville’s Artisphere Festival. In 2019, he became the Director of Development of Yo Art!, a nonprofit that brings media arts and technology into public schools through coding, photography, filmmaking, and design projects. He will begin serving as Executive Director of Yo Art! Inc. in April 2020.



Professional and amateur photographers are invited to participate in the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash awards in two categories totaling $1,450. Categories include color and monochrome. Awards for 2020 will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Taylor Jarvis. Jarvis is the owner of Pale Girl Photography. Her work mainly focuses on conceptual, editorial/fashion, and product photography. Taylor has been a photographer for various designers for New York Fashion Week and has done shoots for several brands including Happy Socks, Perry Ellis, Adidas Women, Pepperidge Farm, Hunter Bell NYC, Henri Bendel, Carolee Jewelry, Laser Kitten, Cynthia Rowley, and many more. Taylor’s work has also been published in articles and magazines locally, nationally, and internationally, including Local Wolves Magazine, Leux Magazine, GMARO, Flawless Magazine, The Face, Polyesterzine, Loike Magazine, Fienfh Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Human Magazine, MITH Magazine, Pulse Spikes Magazine, Elegant Magazine, Jaune, and Photogrist Photo Magazine. Recently, her project entitled Breakfast of Champions was selected as a “Best Of’ feature in Vogue Italia’s. Self-taught in photography, Taylor has her BFA in Fine Arts from Charleston Southern University.