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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina are welcome to submit an application for participation in 19th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the exhibit may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Artists also have the option of offering their work for consideration to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program following close of the exhibition. South Carolina artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media are eligible to submit entries. The application period for 2020 is now closed (deadline is March 15, 2020). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list.

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2020 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission and parking
Viewing times:
April 29, 2020 – 6:00pm-8:30pm
April 30-May 2, 2020 – 11:00am-6:00pm
May 3, 2019 – Noon-6:00pm
Opening reception and award acknowledgements: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:00-8:30pm
2020 EXHIBITION CANCELLED

Description

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the 19th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. As the state’s longest-running juried fine craft competition and exhibition, objects selected to be featured in the exhibit may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across the state the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Each year thousands enjoy the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists featured in this exhibition.

In addition, artists have the option of offering their work for consideration to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/21 Traveling Exhibitions Program following close of the exhibition. Up to twenty works will be selected, thus providing additional exposure for these artists.

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for this exhibition is Karen Watson. Watson has been the Executive Director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, since 2005. Before assuming the directorship, her professional background was in biomedical research. Watson’s path from biomedical research to gallery director is not as unlikely as it seems on the surface. She and her former husband were serious collectors of contemporary art. They had the opportunity to meet and befriend many artists and arts professionals within the state and beyond. Watson has a passion for the visual arts and the Sumter County Gallery of Art. She is committed to presenting challenging contemporary and traditional art exhibitions by culturally diverse artists and providing art education opportunities to all the citizens of Sumter County – an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state isolated from the major art centers of the U.S. Watson served as the juror for the 2009 Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Juried Exhibition at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), was a juror for the inaugural CCA 701 Prize in 2012 at 701 Center For Contemporary Art, (Columbia, SC), and has been a judge for several local art competitions throughout the years.

2019 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Free admission and parking
Viewing times:
May 1, 2019 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 2-4, 2019 – 11:00am-5:00pm
May 5, 2019 – Noon-6:00pm
Opening reception and award acknowledgements: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

Description

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 18th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. More than 100 pieces in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media created by 50 SC fine craft artists  and artisans were featured in the exhibit and competed for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions were determined by the juror once all pieces were installed and thousands viewed the works over the 5 days they were on view.

About the Juror

The juror for the 2019 exhibition was Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work included in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

2019 Juror’s Statement

I consider it an honor and privilege to have been asked to select works for recognition for this year’s South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. The difficult but enjoyable task of selection that falls to any juror was amplified by both the high quality and large number of pieces submitted.  The works selected represent the best in craft in South Carolina. As a gallery director and artist myself, I am faced with the challenges of evaluating artwork from a broad spectrum of artists across many different disciplines and genres.  I use my curatorial experience to select the best examples of artworks submitted, (Often, a difficult choice between compelling works of equal esteem). Those exceptional objects that demonstrate sincerity, ambition, uniqueness, and excellent craft I have singled out for special recognition.  Congratulations!

The diverse works on display represent a broad set of styles and themes, but share the common element of being among the best examples of a particular material or discipline. I was excited to be able to see challenging content and exceptional craft throughout the gallery. Even more gratifying is how many artists are working to push traditional models of craft and beauty by exploring difficult techniques and non-traditional materials.  Together, these works encompass the finest impulses of artists and craftspeople in command of their disciplines.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the organizational skills and assistance of the staff and volunteers of the Cultural Arts Department. Maggie Jordan was especially helpful and supportive at every turn and made the experience of selecting this exhibition a memorable and enjoyable experience.  Thank you!

-Jim Arendt, 1 May 2019

2019 Winners

Best of Show
Kim Keats, Visceral Vessel, mixed media (Okatie)

Outstanding Merit
Lynn Goldberg, America the Beautiful, fiber (Summerville)
Robb Helmkamp, Wailing Box, wood (North Charleston)

Honorable Mention
Tanya Craig, Oblong Platter, glass (North Charleston)
Flavia Lovatelli, Cocooned, mixed media, paper (Columbia)
Erin Ryan, Turn of the Screw, metal (Conway)
Dale Fort, Wadmalaw Native, wood (Wadmalaw Island)
Jocelyn Chateauvert, Alight, paper (Charleston)
Margaret Weinberg, Snowy Trio, clay (Charleston)
Connie Lippert, Undulating Parallelogram, fiber (Seneca)
Camela Guevara, Shaker Lids, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)
Justin Guy, Clay Menagerie, clay (Edgefield)
Tabitha Ott, In Time, mixed media (Cayce)
Annie Rhodes Lee, Cementing Our Common Ground, clay (Folly Beach)
Fred Prudhomme, Day & Night, clay (North Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Lynn Goldberg, America the Beautiful, fiber (Summerville)
Dale Fort, Wadmalaw Native, wood (Wadmalaw Island)
Rachel Weiss, Inca Royalty Necklace, mixed media (Charleston)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Vernon Bowen, Surface Tension, mixed media (Columbia)
Kim Keats, Triskele Totem, mixed media (Okatie)
Jacqueline Anderson, Chapter 12, mixed media (North Charleston)
Fred Prudhomme, Day & Night, clay (North Charleston)
Mary Nicholson, Slice of Life Plate, clay (Johns Island)
Tanya Craig, Oblong Platter, glass (North Charleston)
Toni Smith, Guidance, metal (Surfside Beach)
Kathy Oda, Here Comes the Sun, glass, Lady’s Island)
Robb Helmkamp, Wailing Box, wood (North Charleston)
Erin Ryan, Turn of the Screw, metal (Conway)
Nancy Warren, Oil and Water Harmonics, fiber (Mount Pleasant)
Margaret Weinberg, Snowy Trio, clay (Charleston)
Arianne King Comer,  Norman’s Vision, fiber (North Charleston)
Camela Guevara, Shaker Lids, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)
Lynn Goldberg, America the Beautiful, fiber (Summerville)
Dale Fort, Wadmalaw Native, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. To bring Palmetto Hands to your venue, contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP) at (803)898-4959 or tep@scmuseum.org.