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Entries for 2019 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted April 29 & 30. 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:
May 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
May 2-4, 2019, 10:00am-6:00pm
May 5, 2019, Noon-6:00pm
Opening reception and award acknowledgements: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

Fine Art

JudgedFineArtExFine artists are invited to participate in the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash awards in five categories totaling up to $6,350. Categories include acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards for the 2019 competition will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017. Awarded magna cum laude from College of Charleston, her undergraduate degree was a double major in Arts Administration and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her work throughout Charleston and Atlanta, while also working as an assistant gallery director and interning for museums and non-profit spaces. In 2017 she became the current Executive Director at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, a non-profit arts organization with year-round museum quality contemporary art exhibitions, a rotating artist residency program, as well as additional educational programming and events.

2019 Fine Art Winners

Judge’s Statement:
Selecting these award recipients was truly a difficult task. The array of submissions was astonishing in breadth of subject matter, medium, and technical skill – though, I would have been happy to see more drawings. While reviewing the work, I initially allowed the “wow factor” to draw me to certain pieces, but on further analysis, I looked for quality in craftsmanship, composition, mastery of medium, and unique character (among other qualities). Overall, the variety of inspiration, themes, and techniques were wonderful and it was a joy to survey them. It has been an honor to judge the North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Art Comp. and I am proud to be apart of something that supports artists and artistic talent. Congratulations to those receiving awards and all who submitted.

-Hannah Shepard, 1 May 2019

Best in Show: Sean Patrick – Revelation (Goose Creek)
Comment: Revelation kept pulling me back for more. There is a confidence in the artist’s brushstroke and the figure’s upturned chin that is both haunting and determined.

Outstanding Merit: Trish Emery – Le Cormatin Red Dahlia (Moncks Corner)
Comment: Le Cormatin Red Dahlia as immediately breathtaking in nthe artist’s mastery of light, shadow, color, and medium. You can feel each object’s surface texture and the warmth in the room.

Best Oil: Brad Carroll, Uptown Social (Mt. Pleasant)
Best Acrylic: Susanne Frenzel, At the End of the Day (Mt. Pleasant)
Best Drawing: Bob Graham, Archie  (Mt. Pleasant)
Best Pastel: Catherine Townsend, Dawn in the Swamp (Summerville)
Best Watercolor: Bob Graham, Pals (Mt. Pleasant)
Best 2D Mixed Media: Cheryl Baskins Butler, Rent in the Veil (Moncks Corner)
Best Printmaking: Jamie Mular, Portrait of a Man (Charleston)
Best Portrait: Cynthia Huston, Taylor II, oil (Mt. Pleasant)
Best Landscape: John Meckley, Lowcountry March, oil (Summerville)
Best Still Life: Susan Everitt, Some Gave All, drawing (Daniel Island)
Best Animal: Rick Austin, Got My Eye on You, oil (Folly Beach)
Best Abstract: Jan Kelley, Catch-22, mixed media (North Charleston)
Mayor’s Choice: Vanessa Grebe, Storytime, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Honorable Mentions:
Suzanne Wolfe, Charleston Tea Dance Ladies, watercolor (Mt. Pleasant)
Linda Wasiclewski, Distant Horizons, mixed media (Isle of Palms)
Susan Irish Ellis, Ice Cream, acrylic (West Ashley)
Tessa Pfeifer, Untitled, acrylic (Charleston)
Shelia Thompson, Best Mom Under the Sun, oil (Charleston)
Matt Cook, Looking for His Master, printmaking (Florence )
Kris Manning, North Charleston Skyline, drawing (Mount Pleasant)
Sarah Michelle Harris, Weathered Elegance, oil (Hanahan)
Gary Smith, Hummingbird Fractal, acrylic (Goose Creek)
Becky Taylor, Faces of the Past, watercolor (Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
Brad Carroll, Uptown Social, oil (Mt. Pleasant)
Kris Manning, North Charleston Skyline, drawing (Mount Pleasant)
Matt Cook, Looking for Master, printmaking (Florence)
Tracy Gansraw, The Dreamer, acrylic (Granite Falls)


JudgedPhotogExProfessional 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 2019 will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Jeffery Rich. Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. He explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His project Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been exhibited across the US and internationally and is held in several public and private collections. In 2017, Watershed: The Tennessee River was published with Fall Line Press. Jeff also curates the weekly series Eyes on the South for Oxford American Magazine.

2019 Photography Winners

Judge’s Statement:
I was very impressed with the level of work on display at the festival.  The work that I found most successful and that ultimately drawn to was work that documented the flora fauna and landscapes of the low country.  I was also interested in work that examined our relationship to the environment and work that symbolized the interior lives of its subjects.

-Jeffrey Rich, 1 May 2019

Professional/Advanced Color
1st place:
“Sunrise On Capt. James and the Steel Mill” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
2nd place: “Lightning on Folly” by Justin Falk (Charleston, SC)
3rd place: “The Red Bridge” by Larry Gayle (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Honorable Mentions:
“Washed Out II” by Sean Hartman (Summerville)
“Precious and Vulnerable” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston)
“Coal Plant” by Richard Amble (Summerville)
“The Samba” by Angie Bridges (Summerville)
“I’m Available” by Leah Sparks (Charleston)

Professional/Advanced Monochrome
1st place: “Reaching” by Sean Hartman (Summerville)
2nd place: “View of a View” by Gloria Welch (Charleston)
3rd place: “Still Motion” by Christine Jones (Goose Creek)

Honorable Mentions
“Reflecting” by Nicole Robinson (Charleston)
“Dauntless” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston)
“Nature’s Prayer” by Marcie Daniels (Summerville)

Amateur Color
1st place:
“Lowcountry Marsh” by Jessica Ballard (North Charleston)
2nd place: “Dancing Great Egrets” by Guenter Weber (Summerville)
3rd place: “Untitled” by Michael Summer (Delzel)

Honorable Mentions
“Blacksmith’s Fire #1” by Amber Dillo (Charleston)
“Delicious Fruit” by Jess Greaux (North Charleston)
“Untitled” by Roger Buengon (Chapin)
“Life on Hold” by Jess Greaux (North Charleston)

Amateur Monochrome
1st place:
“Dock of the Lake” by David Dial (Columbia)
2nd place: “Narcissa” by Heike Helbig (Summerville)
3rd place: “Long Tree at the Point” by Atri Amin (Mount Pleasant)