Judged Fine Art & Photography Competitions & Exhibitions

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Entries for 2021 Competitions and Exhibitions will be accepted April 26 & 27. 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 28, 2021, 6:00-8:00pm
April 29-May 1, 2021, 10:00am-6:00pm
May 2, 2021, Noon-5:00pm
Opening Celebration (includes award acknowledgements): Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 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 2021!). Awards for the 2021 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 began 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 2021 will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Leslie Burns. Burns received her BA with concentrations in Photography and Sculpture from the College of Charleston in 1999.  In 2011, she earned her MFA in Photography from Lamar Dodd School of Art at University of Georgia. Mrs. Burns has been an Instructor of Photography at the University of Georgia, Trident Technical College, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and the College of Charleston. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and has been featured on Fotosavant.com, Lenscratch.com, OneOneThousand.org and The Hand Magazine. In June 2012, Burns was named as one of the “100 Under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American Magazine.