Results of Past Juried Shows - 2010

Updated on November 8, 2010
The Crooked Creek Art League in Chapin, SC, has extraordinary artists to honor this year. Ingrid Carson was recognized with the 20th Fine Art Spirit Achievement Award by the SC State Fair with a future award being named for her. Other artists in the league with commemorative SC State Fair ribbons are Jennie Branham, awarded upon her retirement as Superintendent of the Fine Arts Exhibit, and Ann Hightower White for Art Spirit Achievement. Ribbon winners in the SC State Fair 2010 Fine Arts Exhibition were Brad Arnold, Donna Gore, Ron Weathers, and Nita Yancy while Corey Ann Lacy, Faye Meetze, and Sonya Turner received Patron Purchase Awards. Juried into the exhibit were Ingrid Carson, J. J. Casey, Joe Counts, Ruby DeLoach, Donna Gore, Judy Jarrett, Dwain Johnson, Debi Kelly, Corey Ann Lacy, Karen Larrabee, Mary Monroe, Nancee Nixdorf, Gretchen Parker, Tommy Thompson, Sonya Turner, Ann Hightower White, Mary Williams, Barbara Yongue and others that may not have been brought to our attention. The league is well represented in other shows throughout the state. Ingrid Carson won a Merit Award in the Greenwood Park Seed Festival of Flowers Exhibit and Marcia Murray won the Cover Award for the fall Park Seed Catalogue in the same exhibit, as well as two awards in the Union County Arts Council Juried Show. Juried into the SC Watermedia Society were Ingrid Carson, Ann Hightower White, Ron Weathers, and as a third time winner, Marcia Murray became a Member of Excellence. Jennie Branham won the Peoples' Choice Award and Ingrid Carson won Second Place in the Spring Exhibit at Trenholm Artist's Guild. Ingrid Carson won a third place at the Seven Oaks Art League exhibit in May. For more information on the art league, go to (
Approximately 1400 visitors attended the opening festivities that surrounded the second annual "Carolina's Got Art!" exhibition at Atherton Mill in Charlotte, NC, on Oct. 1, 2010. Visitors were treated to music by the Renaissance Singers of Charlotte as well as the Allan Greenburg trio. The exhibition of 136 pieces of art was selected by New York art critic, Mario Naves, who reviewed the 1800 total entries.  Naves commented that "I was very impressed with the progressive nature of the work that was submitted and must admit that it was a grueling experience to narrow the entries to the 136 pieces." "Carolina's Got Art!" founder, Larry Elder, was exuberant with the response from the local artists as well as the general public who attended the opening events. "I feel that the show represents a great cross-section of the incredible work being created across both states" says Elder. "The staggering attendance numbers far exceeded our expectations as have the art sells." The following artists were presented awards during the public opening on Oct. 1: The $2,500 Best in Show award was presented to Lee Sipe from Columbia, SC; the $2,000 First Place award went to Ashlynn Browning of Raleigh, NC; the $1,500 Second Place was presented to Lindsay Brown of Pendleton, SC; and the $1,000 Third Place award went to Greg Siler of Raleigh, NC. Six $500 Honorable Mention gift certificates were presented to the following: Doug Gray of Florence, SC; Daniel Allegrucci of Charlotte, NC; Justin Webb of Elk Park, NC; Sondra Dorn of Asheville, NC; Betty Recoulley of High Point, NC; and Lois deMontegre of Huntersville, NC.
"Carolina's Got Art!" is sponsored by Elder Gallery in Charlotte with Edens & Avant of Columbia, owners of Historic Atherton Mill, and Temple Media of Charlotte. An online catalogue is posted on FaceBook as well as the event's website at (
$4,500 was awarded to artists participating in the 51st Art on Main festival, held Oct. 2 ­ 3, 2010, in downtown Hendersonville, NC.  More than fifty artists from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, and Maryland set up booths along Main Street for one of western North Carolina's most popular outdoor art festivals.
The winners were: Morris Broadband Best of Show ($1,000), went to Cynthia Walker, Black Mountain, NC, Photography; the Margo Nagle Fine Art Award ($750), was given to Suzy Schultz, Atlanta, GA, Watercolor; the Hans Nagle Fine Craft Award ($750), went to Paula Marksbury, Athens, TN, Fused Glass; the 1st Place, Fine Art ($500), went to Erin Tapley, Whittier, NC, Printmaking; the 1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), was given to Marie Hribar, Otto, NC, Clay; the 2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), went to Richard Hedgecock, Kernersville, NC, Oil/Acrylic; the 2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), went to Glenn Mace, Mocksville. NC, Wood-turning; the Honorary Mention ($100), went to Susan Barrett, Hendersonville, NC, Clay; the Honorary Mention ($100), went to Gaff & Martha Pearce, Lewisville, NC, Clay; the Honorary Mention ($100), waas given to Mark Poole, Baltimore, MD, Clay; and the Honorable Mention ($100), went to Kathy Lightcap, Weaverville, NC, Jewelry.
Artists were welcomed to the Awards Reception by Arts Council Board President Doug Jarvis and Executive Director Jim Faucett. Judging criteria was shared by Ann Oliver, a member of the Arts Council Board of Directors and Art on Main Co-Chair Kimberly Adams announced the winners. Judges were Stephen Nevitt and Rodney Leftwich. "We are very pleased with the quality of the work and the public's response to this year's festival," said Kim Adams. "This year represented a huge leap forward in the total amount of award dollars given, and we hope to increase the amount again next year." Art on Main was presented by The Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Additional support is provided by Henderson County Travel & Tourism and Downtown Hendersonville, Inc. Media sponsors include the Times-News, BOLD LIFE, Verve, and Carolina Home & Garden. The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that advocates for the arts and provides opportunities to enrich the lives of children and adults through the arts by offering exhibits, art education and performances. The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, the State of North Carolina, several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism Bureau. For further info contact Jim Faucett, Executive Director, The Arts Council of Henderson County
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The National Sculpture Society is pleased to announce the winners of the "77th Annual Exhibition" Awards. An Awards Jury convened in the Jennewein and Noble Galleries of Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, to select prize winners. The fifteen awards, worth over $12,000, were granted to chosen artists from the forty-eight works on display. The exhibition is currently on display at Brookgreen Gardens through Oct. 31, 2010. The Annual is National Sculpture Society's most popular show and attracts hundreds of sculptors worldwide. The sculptures on display range from the traditional to the otherworldly, and include everything from portrait busts and figures, to animals, both domestic and wild. The variety of subject matter and media exhibited represent the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS members. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates comprise the levels of sculptor membership of the organization. National Sculpture Society and its members are dedicated to the creation and showcasing of art that is inspired by nature. Jane DeDecker, FNSS; Michel Langlais, FNSS; and Cameron Shay, President, Sculpture and American Paintings, James Graham and Sons, Inc., served as the Jury of Selection. Sergey Eylanbekov, FNSS; James Barnhill, Sculptor; and Sara C. Arnold, Curator of Collections, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, comprised the Jury of Awards. Robin R. Salmon, Vice President for Collections & Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens served as Exhibition Committee Chair. Sculptors featured in the exhibition include: Seth Alexander; Béla Bácsi, FNSS; Tammy Bality, Richard Becker, NSS; Richard Blake, FNSS; Marlys Boddy; Paige Bradley, NSS; Kate Brockman; Mary Buckman; Aldo Casanova, FNSS; Jiwoong Cheh; Tim Cherry, FNSS; Bob Coffee; John Coleman, FNSS; Jane DeDecker, FNSS; Mick Doellinger; Deon Duncan; Clay Enoch; Edward Fleming; Steven Flom; Gail Folwell; Jay F. Goldstein, NSS; Ingo Heinrich-Appel; Amy Kann, NSS; Robert Kelly; Stephen Layne, NSS; Matthew Lewis; Richard A. Moore, III; Dora Natella, NSS; Leo E. Osborne, NSS; Pokey Park; Louise Peterson, FNSS; Tom Player; Alan Proctor; Jim Rennert, NSS; Paul Rhymer; David Rogers; Rosetta, FNSS; Wayne Salge; Stefan Savides; Sandy Scott, NSS; Tim Shinabarger, FNSS; John Svenson, FNSS; Melinda Whitmore; Ellen Woodbury; Steve Worthington; Gary Yarrington; and Rod Zullo, NSS. This year the Gold Medal/Maurice B. Hexter Prize went to Stephen C. Layne for his portrait of a prize fighter titled, "Philadelphia". This is the second time Layne has earned the top prize at NSS's Annual Awards Exhibition, and the third time he has garnered a medal, having won the Gold Medal in 2008 and the Bronze Medal in 2009. This past spring, Layne was awarded NSS's Alex J. Ettl Grant for his meritorious body of work and was elected to Sculptor Member. As for his creative process, Layne claims that it is not something easily defined: "I think I would describe it best as years of repeated attempts to do a simple thing well. There is some sort of code to the form and intention of these pieces that each time, I get to understand a little better. I have struggled with presenting form and content this simply. I have, admittedly, an aversion to inventions and ideas and instead spend my energy on attentiveness and imagination. A lot of the expression in the work is about being in this state. When I go to see other artists' work, I realize that I am bringing with me a bit of a restless state of mind that hopes to find rest in their work. I want to be with the providence and life force with which it was done. So this is what is very important for me to bring as well." The Silver Medal/John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize was awarded to Jiwoong Cheh for "Cornered". A native of Seoul, South Korea, Cheh received a BFA in sculpture from Hong-Ik University. Before immigrating to the United States, Cheh taught sculpture and drawing in his homeland and founded the Joshua Tree Institute of Art. Upon arriving in New York, Cheh enrolled at the New York Academy of Art where he subsequently earned his MFA in sculpture. Cheh is the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award and has earned honors at previous NSS Annuals. In 2005, Cheh won NSS's Alex J. Ettl Grant. Currently, Cheh is an instructor of sculpture at Grand Central Academy and senior sculptor at Studio EIS in New York. Rounding out the top three awards, the Bronze Medal/The Green-Wood Cemetery Award was granted to Dora Natella for her piece, "Portrait of Angel". Natella, too, is a former Alex J. Ettl Grant winner (2000) and has exhibited and won awards at previous NSS Annuals and exhibitions. In addition to the Brookgreen exhibition, Natella's bronze, Gaia, is currently on view at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in a 2-year NSS exhibition at the Tampa Bay, Florida facility. Natella is a Sculptor Member of NSS and currently resides in Indiana where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University South Bend. Other award winners include: Richard Blake (The Leonard J. Meiselman Award); Clay Enoch (The Polich Tallix Foundry Prize); Mary Buckman (The Elliot Gantz & Co., Inc. Foundry Award); Mick Doellinger (The John Spring Art Founder Award); Béla Bácsi (Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize); Wayne Salge (The Bedi-Makky Foundry Prize); Melinda Whitmore (The Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize); Tim Cherry (The Margaret Hexter Prize); Aldo Casanova (The Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize); David Rogers (The C. Percival Dietsch Prize); Steven Flom (Dr. H.A. Fadhli Award); and Matthew Lewis (The Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award). The entire 77th Annual Awards Exhibition may be viewed on-line at ( The National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America's most prominent sculptors. Its members have created much of this country's public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s. It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century. Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and today, is a National Historic Landmark and a garden with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world. In addition to the gardens, Brookgreen offers year-round courses and workshops to sculptors as well as programs and tours for visitors of all ages and interests. A catalogue of the show will be made available for purchase at the Brookgreen Gardens gift shop. For more information about National Sculpture Society or this exhibition, please visit ( or ( or contact Patricia Delahanty at 212/764-5645 ext. 13 or e-mail to (
The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, has announced the award winners from their 25th Annual Sculpture Celebration held on Sept. 11, 2010, in Broyhill Park. Dr. Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, judged the competition and presented the winning roster of prizes: Caldwell Public Art Award went to "Tear of Illian" by Scott Strader of Decatur, GA (stainless steel); First Place and NC Museum of Art Installation Award was given to "Cycle" by Whitney Brown of Chapel Hill, NC (clay); Second Place went to "Take Out Box #5" by Peter Oakley of Vilas, NC (marble); and Third Place went to "Finding Happiness" by Mary-Ann Prack of Jefferson, NC (ceramic).
Other awards included: the Michaux-Sturgis Award went to "Untitled B" by Daniel Cater of Sparta, NC (clay); the Norma Suddreth Award was given to "Chasing the Wind" by Jeff Hackney of Hillsborough, NC (steel); the Liza Plaster Award: "Gates of Grace" by Grace Cathey of Waynesville, NC (steel, powder coat, paint); a Judge's Merit Award was awarded to "Totem" by Nathan Blank of Spruce Pine, NC (steel, wood); a Judge's Merit Award was also given to "The Realization" by Wesley Wofford of Cashiers, NC (bonded bronze); and the final Judge's Merit Award went to "Who Am I To You?" by Dave Wertz of Roanoke, VA (carbon steel). For further information call the Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or e-mail to ( To see photos of the winning sculptures and others, visit our website at (
Vivianne Carey, Best of Show
Susan Johann
Ralph Paquin
Jonas Criscoe
Doug McAbee
Vivianne Carey's wall sculpture, "Two Nice Fleas", garnered the $1000 Best in Show award in the "Artists' Guild of Spartanburg's 37th Annual Juried Exhibition", which is on view through Sept. 18, 2010, at the Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, SC. Carey, who was the featured artist in the Guild Gallery this June, exhibited alongside works in a diverse range of media that included two- and three-dimensional images, paintings and sculpture, as well as "upcycled" art. The unprecedented variety among the entries posed a welcome challenge to the juror for the show, Dr. Stephanie Heydt, curator of American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta. "It was really a lot of fun to jury the exhibit," said Heydt, who evaluated the 224 entries to select 78 pieces that comprise the exhibit. First, second and third place prizes, of $500, $250 and $100 respectively, were awarded in four categories. In the category of two-dimensional painting, drawing, and mixed-media, Ralph Paquin, who chairs the department of art at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, took first prize for "Becoming Mechanical", conte on paper. Gwenlain Phifer's "Dreams in Gold" won second place, and Victoria Harvey's watercolor "Magnificent Magnolias" took third. The overall winner from the 2009 show, Susan Johann, earned top honors in the category of photography and digital image with her composition "Sand Dollar and Shells". Teresa Prater, chair of the art department at Converse College, won second place for "Surrender", while John Byrum's "Painted Hills #2" came in third. "Lucille", a painted steel sculpture by Doug McAbee, received the first prize in the category of three-dimensional work; Bill Walter's wood sculpture "Embrace" took second and Melissa Early's "The Artists", combining glass beads, thread and wood, placed third. In the new category of "Upcycled Art," Jonas Criscoe, a former artist-in-residence at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, topped the field for "Transcription", a panel in acrylic and collage. Dom Ferullo was awarded second place for "Contrasts", composed of firewood and painted recycled wood, while David Turner, owner of the Art and Frame Gallery in Spartanburg, earned third place for his mixed-media sculpture, "Omniscient Deity". The juried exhibition is the largest show mounted each year by the Artists' Guild of Spartanburg, a non-profit organization for visual artists in Spartanburg and the surrounding communities. The organization is sponsored in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the Guild's generous supporters. Donors for the juried exhibition include the Carolina Gallery, QS/1, SEW-Eurodrive, White Oak Management, Palmetto Palate, the National Bank of South Carolina, Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Art and Frame Gallery. Making individual donations were William and Wendy Mayrose, William Wilkinson and Robert Bellinger. The exhibition continues through Sept. 18, 2010. Carolina Gallery hours are 10:30am-5pm, Tuesday - Friday; 11sm-4pm Saturday; and 5pm-9pm the third Thursday of each month for Art Walk. For information, contact Laura Pinkley, 864-764-9568.
Stephanie Heydt joined the High Museum of Art as the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art in January 2009. Prior to the High, Heydt was the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida. She has received numerous fellowships including a research grant with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship as well as a predoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian American Art Museum Patricia and Philip Frost in 2005. Heydt received her doctorate of philosophy and art history from Boston University in 2008. She also holds a masterís degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelorís degree from Cornell University. Prior to her position at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, she served as the Jakob Rosenberg Fellow in American art at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, from 2002 through 2005. Heydt also served as an assistant curator at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation) in Chicago and has widely lectured and published on 19th- and 20th-century American art and culture.
Juror's Statement - As a scholar who specializes in historical American art, it is a rare occasion that I am presented with an opportunity to consider works by contemporary artists. I could not have hoped for a better reason to step outside my sphere of focus than to jury this year's Artists' Guild of Spartanburg's annual exhibition. I was impressed by the range and quality of the works presented. Although I am delighted by the works I did select, I regret not being able to award more. Unfortunately many excellent works have gone unnoted. "Two Nice Fleas" arrested my attention at my first encounter. Perhaps it was the surprising scale of the sculpture. Perhaps it was the raw amalgam of wire and metal, shaped together to create such an unexpected, visceral form. Unquestionably, I had a personal response to this work - it repelled me, yet I also found it curiously engaging. Above all, however, I found in this work the amazing combination of humor and artistry. "Two Nice Fleas" (and what fleas can be nice? I've met a few in my day and have never been even remotely tempted to describe them this way - here I find the humor as well as the humanity of the piece) elevates the lowliest, most unloved of creatures to such a magnificent scale. It begs us to consider the potential for aesthetic interest in all things. I appreciated the complexity of this piece, for even as I cringed to look at it, I also smiled. In the category of "Upcycle", I was impressed by the creative repurposing of materials. "Transcription" I thought a clever, visually compelling work. It reads like a tapestry - a patchwork quilt -corrugated paper sewn together with industrial staples. The complexity of the design kept me investigating its surface, returning to it again and again. I was simply drawn to this work. "Contrasts" offered stiff competition for any work in the exhibition. The rough, organic shapes of the wood contrasted with the geometrical design that appears to be bursting from deep within this cast off log formed an unexpectedly powerful arrangement. It is a stunning sculpture. "Omniscient Deity" I found to be engaging in its skilful combination of the mechanical and the human. I half expected it to start moving - and almost hoped that it had! In the category of "Three Dimensional Sculpture", I enjoyed the playful "Lucille". Not only was she seamlessly welded and perfectly finished, but I marveled in the capacity of this artist to transform a lifeless material into something that to me felt animated and alive. "Embrace" is gorgeous. This perfectly gorgeous piece of wood is masterfully wrought. In "The Artists", the unexpected use of bead craft (the process of which is often associated with the hand-made) to form a decidedly mechanical vision of two computerized portraits was a terrifically artful pursuit. Though I wished this work was on a grander scale, the work and its concept I found to be successful. In the category of "Photography and Digital Works" there were so many outstanding pieces to select from, and competition was stiff. I judged here not only for aesthetic appeal, but also for technical success and a demonstration of a complete mastery of this challenging medium. "Sand Dollars and Shells" I felt accomplished all aspects of these criteria the most successfully. The work is enormous, though the image is clear, crisp and artfully rendered. Although the subject matter appears straightforward, I saw in it references to themes interwoven in the history of photography. The image reaches back to the nineteenth century debates on the proper use of photography when the dominating question was if the medium was good only for scientific recording or could it be artfully employed. In "Sand Dollar and Shells" the artist does both. It captures a pseudo-scientific imprint of exotic shells, though presents them elegantly - and without any question, artfully. It was expertly made. Following on the theme of the medium's history, "Surrender" recalled for me the efforts of the "fin du siècle" pictorialists, who ardently positioned photography into the realm of art by demonstrating its capacity to render emotion and spirit as effectively as a hand wrought (as opposed to mechanically produced) painted canvas. "Surrender" is beautiful and haunting; modern, yet ageless. "Painted Hills #2" is a technical wonder - its colors are perfect, the surface communicates a range of readable textures. Although it was not awarded, I also was extremely impressed by "Genesis 2:7". This for me was, perhaps, the most powerful work in the exhibition - I recalled the image after my first viewing a few weeks before the exhibition, and was thrilled to see the work again. I only hoped for an enhanced degree of crispness - though I left wishing I could see more by this artist. The most challenging category for me to jury was also the largest and most diverse - the two dimensional painting, drawing, and mixed media category. I found so many pieces compelling and worthy of note. Because there was such a range to choose from, I again focused upon technical mastery in combination with an artful, aesthetically challenging work overall. "Becoming Mechanical" is a masterful drawing. The subject was disturbing and visceral- but most compelling to me is that elements begin to become visible only after spending time in contemplation of the drawing. The complexity of the composition in combination with the demonstrated skill of the artist's hand elevated this work to the first place in this category. "Dreams in Gold" is such an unexpected work- it draws its visual power from an illustratorís toolbox. Crisply defined figures and shapes create alluring patterns throughout the composition. Yet I was also drawn to the historical references that emerge in this work. It connects itself to the elegance and spirit of the Pre-Raphaelites of the mid nineteenth century. Since my first love is art of the nineteenth century, I was naturally attracted to this work. "Magnificent Magnolias" is, simply put, a beautiful watercolor. I have spent much time working on and considering watercolors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries- this work stands up against the best of them. It is a challenging medium that leaves no room for second guessing. The artist accomplished a truly subtle and beautifully rendering of this simple subject. Unfortunately overlooked in this subject were a number of other works that caught my attention. I list them because any one of them could have taken an award: "Follow the Leader", "Blue Sky Oak", "Sig Sauer P226", "Wired, Sacred Spaces", "England Rose" and "Coffee Break", among others. For information, contact Laura Pinkley, 864-764-9568.
The "2010 Aiken Artist Guild Member's Show" winners were announced at the opening reception on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Aiken Center for the Arts at 112 Laurens Street in Aiken, SC. The show ran through June 26, 2010. Jean Blackmer won the Phil Permar Best of Show Award for her watercolor, "Ninety Years Young". Alan MacTaggart, judge for the show, said the painting had "strong composition based upon a difficult subject. Good balance between realism and playfulness." Other winners in the show in two-dimensional were first place for "Relaxation" by Jane Popeil, second place for "Number Crunch" by Barbara Yon and third place for "Reclamation" by Bea Kuhlke. Honorable Mentions were given for "Spring at Hopeland Gate" by Cynthia Cox, "Waiting to Live" by Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter, "Off to Work" by Suzanne Hulligan and "The Middle Thunder" by Emily Short. Winners in the three-dimensional category were first place for "Lizard Dreaming" by Tom Supensky, second place for "Mother Lode" by Frank Lustig and third place for "Mistaken Identity" by Myrna Spurrier. Meghan Benge won first place in the photography division for "Windsor Forest". Second place was won by George Buggs for "Plein Air Artist" and third place by Curly Douglas for "Fallen". The William B. Colgate award which is given for the Best Aiken Scene was presented to Carolyn Bohn for "Aiken Downtown" and an Honorable Mention for "Aiken Downtown Jazz" went to Ann LeMay. Alan MacTaggart is chairman and professor of the art department at Augusta State University. Professor MacTaggart's career began in 1968 with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and has spanned continents to include shows and study tours in Morocco, Germany, England, Italy and more. He is the recipient of many awards. The Aiken Artist Guild was established over 40 years ago and seeks to inspire, encourage, support and exhibit artists. For more information contact the Aiken Center for the arts at 803/641-9094 or visit ( or (
Upstate Visual Arts announced the results of its "UVA Juried Show 2010," on view at the Upstate Visual Arts Gallery/School, 4 Smith St., in the Pendleton Street Arts District, Greenville, SC. The exhibit will remain on view through Oct. 16, 2010. The exhibit was juried by Karen Watson, Executive Director Sumter County Gallery of Art. The BEST in SHOW award went to Christopher Grove; 1st Place 2-D went to Edie Hamblin; 1st Place Photo was awarded to Ulla Schaefer; Honorable Mention 2-D was given to Carrie Brown; Honorable Mention 3-D went to Diana Farfan; and Honorable Mention Photo went to William Abbott. For further info contact Alison Spiesman, Executive Director, Upstate Visual Arts by calling 864/269-8282 or visit (

A pair of bodypaint artists from North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region earned the right to be called World Champions at The 2010 World Bodypainting Festival competition held in Seeboden, Austria. Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco of Team LivingBrush walked away with second place in the category "World Award - Brush & Sponge" after two days of executing designs that were presented before a jury of globally distinguished artists. The "Brush & Sponge" category, closest to classical painting, is marked by designs meticulously executed by hand. Artistic teams are limited to two bodypainters and each design must be completed in 6 hours' time; prior to judging, photography and a glamorous stage presentation similar in scope to a large outdoor concert. The World Bodypainting Festival draws around 30,000 visitors each year to Seeboden, located on picturesque Lake Millstatter See in the South of Austria. Billed as "Europe's Most Colourful Event", forty-eight countries have come to be represented in the competition since the festival's inception, ten years ago. The 2010 World event was Fray & Greco's second bodypainting competition. They tied for first place after the preliminaries and placed second in a field of 36 finalists behind a Canadian artist. The pair established their World Class potential competing for the first time just five months earlier in 2010, when they became the top-finishing US artists at the North American Bodypainting Championships in Las Vegas. Last year's first place World Champions, a US team who did not compete at the North American Championships, finished fourth in the world this year. Fray and Greco, an engaged couple residing in Reidsville, NC, are thrilled with the success of their first World Competition and have been honing their skills as a team for the past 6 years. The pair met by chance when Greco was drawn to Fray through his bodypaint artistry on display at a festival. Fray grew up in Michigan and received an education from the Center of Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit. Greco was born and raised in Erie, PA, and graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she resided prior to moving to North Carolina. Other professional distinctions for the couple include a standing Guinness World Record, set in 2007 for painting the most people in a 24-hour period. For further info about the World Bodypainting Festival visit ( For further info about LivingBrush Bodypainting visit (, call Scott Fray at 336/541-0630 or Madelyn Greco at 336/541-0632.
The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists and craftspeople for its current exhibition ­ "WOOD!" ­ which runs through July 3, 2010, in the D. Samuel Neill Gallery at the Arts Council, in downtown Hendersonville. The awards were announced by Brian Wurst, judge for "WOOD!", and presented by Joan Jackson, who represented the exhibition sponsor, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville. In announcing the winners, Wurst offered his reasons for his selections and his praise for the overall quality of the exhibition. The winners were: Best of Show went to Chris Perryman; 1st Place awards went to Mike Merritt (Constructed), Robert Kline (Turned), Janet Jacobson (2-Dimensional), and Howard Atwood (Carved); 2nd Place awards went to Frank Elliott (Constructed), Thom Crothers (Turned), Robert Wallace (2-Dimensional), and Aviva Kahn (Carved). Nancy Mitchell, Board President for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville and Arts Council President Doug Jarvis also spoke at the awards ceremony. For more information visit the Arts Council website at ( or contact the Arts Council at 828/693-8504. "WOOD!" is sponsored in part by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Henderson County and the "Times-News". The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that advocates for the arts and provides opportunities to enrich the lives of children and adults through the arts by offering exhibits, art education and performances. The Arts Council offices and gallery are handicapped accessible. The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, The State of North Carolina, several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism Bureau.
Winners of the first annual "A.R.T. Art Recycled from Trash" juried exhibit were announced at the June 16 awards ceremony at Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC. The well-attended reception provided an exciting opportunity for attendees to meet the jurors and regional artists in attendance. Best of show prize was $500, second prize $200, junior division, $100 award. The exhibit will be on view through July 5, 2010. Best of Show went to Lauren Jordal for "Earth to Man to Earth." Composed of found objects, the sculpture explores the essence of time through the literal connection of natural and man-made material. "The transformation is a metaphor for a broader, more universal concept of time: birth to death. The piece also references the change in humanity, from nomads living off of the land to individuals dwelling in skyscraping cities," stated Jordal. Second place was awarded to Susan Lenz for "Leaf Dress," a 'green' garment made entirely of collected leaves and petals from artificial cemetery flowers. It was created on a water-soluble base using hand and free motion machine stitching, paired with dyed-to-match recycled shoes. The junior prize was awarded to The First Presbyterian Day School young artists, four-years to six-years of age, for their group entry "Aiken Drum." Honorable mention awarded to Justo Luna for his "Mallard in Flight". Justo attends HHI International Baccalaureate Elementary School. Show judges Judith Costello of jcostello gallery; Louanne LaRoche, artist and former owner of Red Piano Gallery, and Karen Davies, Savannah College of Art & Design were excited by the range of response. jcostello gallery sponsored the junior prize category. "The quality of all the work was high including technical skills, integrity of the artist's vision and approach," said LaRoche. "A.R.T. crosses boundaries, in all artistic mediums.  It's a national phenomenon," said gallery owner Mira Scott.  Aware of the enormous following enjoyed by the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival; Scott is excited by the potential following that A.R.T. can generate as an annual event, and plans to present A.R.T. 2011 next year. Submissions were accepted in the categories of two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, clothing, jewelry, and utilitarian items. All original artwork at least 75% recycled, re-used and repurposed from elements that were originally manufactured. Contact the gallery for applications at 843/842-5299, or e-mail to (
Joshua Drews from Columbia, SC was awarded the sixth annual Contemporaries' Artist of the Year award during a soirée and silent auction hosted by the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Drews' watercolor, titled "Eye on Sparrow," was selected as the winner based on the following criteria: originality of concept, technical execution, consistency, professionalism and the degree to which the work was aesthetically interesting. Jurors were Brownell McIntosh Graphic Design owner Laurie McIntosh, HoFP Gallery owner Alice Perritt, Palmetto y Luna director Alejandro Garcia, Columbia Museum of Art outreach manager Darion McCloud and Contemporaries' board member Rhett Brewer. Drews received a $500 cash prize, an automatic entry as featured artist for Cultural Council's Color the Arts event in Spring 2011, promotion in "Undefined" magazine and a Museum membership. "Undefined" magazine's Artist of the Year winner was selected by the editorial staff and presented to Yisha Wang of Columbia, SC. Wang will be showcased in an editorial feature in "Undefined" magazine. The People's Choice Award was presented to Billy Love of Columbia, SC. Love received a $100 cash prize and promotion in "Undefined" magazine. All winners received a Contemporaries' membership valued at $50. The Contemporaries' Artist of the Year event, established in 2004, recognizes emerging artists in South Carolina and allows them the opportunity to gain exposure to promote their art. The juried committee selected over 55 artists who displayed over 125 pieces of artwork at the auction. Artists were Abraham Mong, Adrienne Alicia Jorgensen, Adrienne M. Martino, Alicia Leeke, Amanda Ladymon, Andrew M. Corley, Anne Cimballa, Becky Hyatt Rickenbaker, Billy Love, Bob Bramhall, Carey M. Clark, Catherine S. Baker, Cynthia Farnell, DRE Lopez, PIENSA: Art Company, Dylan Fouste, Elizabeth Nkuo, Eric Plaag, Grace Linton Rockafellow, Howard Hunt, Huy Chu, James Lalumondier, Jamie Caplinger, Jim Bradshaw, Jordan Morris, Joshua Drews, Katherine Fornal, Kendal Stopak, Kirill Simin, Larry Thacker, Laura Lindsay, Lee A. Monts, Liz Vaughan, Maria Maier, Matthew John, Meagan Warren, Meg McLean, Michael Krajewski, Mila Drutel, Milton Hall, Miranda Mims Sawyer, Peggy Nunn, Rachel Parker, Richard M. Glover, Rob Shaw, Roger Hutchison, Ryan E. Pressley, Stacy Morgan, Susan Gregory, Susan Haynsworth, Susan Lenz, Suzannah McEntire, Timothy Heubel, Timothy Pakron, Tina Hirsig, Whitney LeJeune and Yisha Wang. Contemporaries' Artist of the Year sponsors included Sheraton Columbia Downtown, Benjamin Law Firm L.L.C and Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc. The Contemporaries, a Museum affiliate membership group, represents young professionals who support and build awareness for the Columbia Museum of Art. A portion of the proceeds from the Artist of the Year Soirée goes toward the Contemporaries' Art Acquisition Fund, designed to acquire a significant piece of art for the Museum. For more information about Contemporaries' membership, call 803/343-2197 or visit (

Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the fifth annual "National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition," a component of the 2010 North Charleston Arts Festival in North Charleston, SC. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $14,750 in Exhibition Honorariums and Awards. Eleven sculptures were selected by the juror, Stuart Hordoner, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Once installed at the exhibition site, the juror then selected pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention. The eleven sculptures selected for exhibition are by eleven artists from seven states. Division I includes ten sculptures that are anchored to a concrete pad or in the grass. Division II includes one sculpture that is secured to a concrete pedestal. The results are as follows:
Division I - Best in Show went to "Two Headed Ass" (steel) by George Long of Roswell, GA; and 2nd Place went to "Mass Murder Machine" (steel, iron, and aluminum) by Doug Barton of Athens, GA. Honorable Mention awards were given to: "Prism Arc SC" (painted steel) by Carl Billingsly of Ayden, NC; "Fools Buoy" (steel and concrete) by Roger Halligan of Chattanooga, TN; and "Ball Joint" (cast iron and bronze) by Kristy Summers of Carbondale, IL. Other works in this division include: "Cube" (corten steel) by Dana Gingras of Moorseville, NC; "Boat Nest, Elevation of Divergence" (steel) by Corrina Mensoff of Atlanta, GA; "Between Hope and Despair" (steel and stone) by Philip Smith of Columbia, MD; "La Fleur da Vie" (steel) by TEKLA of Black Mountain, NC; and "Inside the Vee" (steel and recycled materials) by Bob Turan of Earlton, NY.
Division II - "End of Time" (recycled metal) by Jim Shultz of North Charleston, SC.
Sculpture sites are located throughout the picturesque Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. Visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children's play fountain. The historic site is centered in the Noisette District, the largest urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in the US. The "2010/11 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will be on display through Mar. 25, 2011. The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further info call Ann Simmons, Arts Coordinator at 843/740-5854 or visit (
The "2010 North Charleston Arts Festival Fine Art Competition" winners have been announced. Fine artists from across the state were invited to participate in the "2010 Fine Art Competition & Exhibition," held annually as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival in North Charleston, SC. A total of 157 entries were accepted in the categories of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing/Pastel, and 2D Mixed Media. Cash awards totaling $3,250 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Lese Corrigan, artist, gallery owner, and 2009 president of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association (CFADA). Congratulations to the winners of the "2010 North Charleston Arts Festival Fine Art Competition & Exhibition":
Best of Show went to Bob Graham for "Who Do You Say I Am" (Drawing/Pastel); and City of North Charleston Purchase Award went to Kathy Clark for "Carolina Seashore" (Oil).
Acrylic - 1st Place went to Clorinda Vido for "Cannons at the Battery No. 1"; 2nd Place went to Blaine Tailer-Kimball Dixon for "View to Long Island"; and 3rd Place was given to Pedro Rodriguez for "Circle of Drummers". Honorable Mention awards were given to Ocee Koger for "Whale Tail"; Nancy Badgley for "Kitty Porn"; and Veronique Aniel for "Bull's Bay".
Oil - 1st Place went to Rubin Brown for "Miss Rachel"; 2nd Place went to Ed Byrd for "Harmony Creek - Fall"; and 3rd Place was given to Sherri Bardsley for "A Sweet Tabby". Honorable Mention awards were given to Don Boyd for "Rockefeller's Respite"; Sheila Perry for "School Integration"; and Kathy Clark for "Carolina Seashore".
Drawing/Pastel - 1st Place went to Audrey Layne Combs for "Beauty of Age Drawing Series I"; 2nd Place went to Michael Richmond for "Broad Street Dormers"; and 3rd Place was given to Kelly Hazel for "Bright Colors of Charleston". Honorable Mention awards were given to Trish Emery for "Step This Way" and Willis Sanders for "Abstract".
Watercolor - 1st Place went to Muriel Lanciault for "Fractures & Fissures VIII"; 2nd Place went to Don Roberts for "Circular Congregational Church"; and 3rd Place was given to Andrea Hazel for "Gift Shop". Honorable Mention awards were given to Osee Koger for "College of Charleston Cistern"; Charlotte Holman for "Otterly Love"; and Bob Graham for "Morning - Sunshine".
2D Mixed Media - 1st Place went to Audrey Layne Combs for "Letters From Granny"; 2nd Place went to Linda Wasielewski for "Ancient Muses"; and 3rd Place was given to Ralph Schumann for "Old Mr. Banjo". Honorable Mention awards were given to Jean Bourque for "Coffee Series I" and E.C. Maggie Maurer for "Liking Self".
The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further info call Ann Simmons, Arts Coordinator at 843/740-5854 or visit (
The 2010 North Charleston Arts Festival's "2010 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition" winners have been announced. Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the "8th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition"; the state's only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized and exhibited annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, with assistance from the SC Artisans Center in Walterboro, SC, the show is presented as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival in North Charleston, SC. After an extensive pre-jury process, 31 applicants were asked to participate and 79 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Brian Lang, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Columbia Museum of Art. Lang made the following statement regarding the exhibition and jurying process: "With so many quality entries, it was truly a pleasure - and a challenge - to serve as juror for this year's 'Palmetto Hands Exhibition'. For centuries, South Carolina has possessed a rich and lengthy artistic history, one that clearly continues to the present. As a curator, it never ceases to amaze me what inspires an artist to create the work she/he does in their chosen medium - whether it be natural materials, such as clay, stone, or wood - or man-made or found materials, such as scrap metal, golf clubs, or glass shards. Given increasing pressure placed on our fragile environment and its limited resources, it is refreshing to see so many talented artists re-claiming and adaptively re-using previously discarded materials. Perhaps by viewing the works in the exhibition, visitors will be inspired to see the inner beauty in the world that surrounds them - in all its forms - and have a greater respect and appreciation for the environment and toward their fellow man." In addition to choosing the winners, Lang also selected pieces from the show to assemble a "South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition," which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum's 2010/2011 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The traveling show will begin its tour in Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum, where it will be on view from July through August, 2010. Congratulations to the winners of the "2010 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition":
Best of Show went to Lee Sipe for "Vessel #199" (Metal); Outstanding Merit went to Arianne King Comer for "Celtic Cottage" (Fiber) and Susan Lenz for "Stained Glass XV" (Fiber). City of North Charleston Purchase Awards were given to Matt Wilson for "Globe" (Metal) and Kim Keats for "Reptile Reliquary" (Mixed Media).
Honorable Mention awards were given to: Sarah Edwards-Hammond for "Elephant Bowl Sweetgrass Basket" (Fiber); Matt Wilson for "Bull Skull" (Metal); Connie Lippert for "Openings" (Fiber); Glen Grant for "Amorous Birds" (Wood); Kim Keats for "Appalachian Arboreal" (Mixed Media); Simeon Warren for "Event Horizon" (Stone); Jim Schultz for "Sea Turtle" (Recycled Metal); Ben C. Pendarvis Jr. for "Cherry Bowl Saucer - Cherry Stand" (Wood); Nancy Pollock for "Formal Dining" (Glass); Sherrie Nesbitt for "Necklace Collar" (Metal); Mary Nicholson for "Charleston Rice Vase" (Clay); and Kenny Teague for "Lathe-Turned Vessel of Oak and Walnut" (Wood).
The "SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition" selections included: Arianne King Comer for "Celtic Cottage" (Fiber); Glen Grant for "Amorous Birds" (Wood);
Sarah Edwards-Hammond for "Elephant Bowl Sweetgrass Basket" (Fiber); Susan Lenz for "In Box LIX" (Fiber); Barbara Miller for "Azure Equation" (Metal); Mary Nicholson for "Charleston Rice Vase" (Clay); Ben C. Pendarvis Jr. for "Cherry Burl Bowl #612" (Wood); Ben C. Pendarvis Jr. for "Spalted Hackberry Hollow form #643" (Wood); Nancy Pollock for "Violin" (Glass); Kenny Teague for "Lathe-turned Vessel of Oak and Walnut" (Wood); Kenny Teague for "Lathe-turned Vessel of Maple and Cherry" (Wood); Simeon Warren for "Event Horizon" (Stone); Matt Wilson for "Globe" (Metal); and Matt Wilson for "Oak Tree" (Metal).
The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further info call Ann Simmons, Arts Coordinator at 843/740-5854, visit ( or call Jeff Powley, South Carolina State Museum Outreach Manager, at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (
The 2010 North Charleston Arts Festival Photography Competition winners have been announced. Professional and amateur photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the 2010 Photography Exhibition & Competition, held annually as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival held in North Charleston, SC. A total of 255 entries were accepted in each division, Professional and Amateur, and were categorized as Color or Monochrome. Cash awards totaling $1,450 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique. The results were as follows:
Professional - Color - 1st Place went to Michael Mulligan for "10 Church Street"; 2nd Place went to Ellen Yampolsky for "Stoic Beauty"; and 3rd Place was given to Peter Ingrasselino for "Time Crunch. Honorable Mention awards were given to - Nese O. Zinn for "Peeking" and Ken Aikin for "Homeless".
Professional - Monochrome - 1st Place went to Ken Aikin for "Vintage Banjo"; 2nd Place went to Ellen Yampolsky for "Lines Crossed"; and 3rd Place was given to Peter Ingrasselino for "Timeless Waves". Honorable Mention awards were given to Peter Ingrasselino for "Sealed with a Kiss" and Ellen Yampolsky for "Seasons Change".
Amateur - Color - 1st Place went to Jimmy Hartnett for "Abandoned Boats"; 2nd Place went to Becky Brannon for "Fallen"; and 3rd Place was given to Mark Johnson for "For Real". Honorable Mention awards were given to Jimmy Hartnett for "Nature's Water Color" and Pete Paulstos for St. Paul's Campgrounds".
Amateur - Monochrome - 1st Place went to Mark S. Moore for "Winter Wonderland, Iowa"; 2nd Place went to Raymond C. Murray for "Trees in the Mist"; and 3rd Place was given to Mark S. Moore for "Rush Hour in the Big Easy". Honorable Mention awards were given to Rebecca Gallagher for "Mepkin Abbey" and Jonathan Balliet for "Marsh".
The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further info call Ann Simmons, Arts Coordinator at 843/740-5854 or visit (
Thirteen area high-school artists received cash prizes and one received a $2,000 college scholarship March 25, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum's "Tenth Annual Horry/Georgetown High Schools Juried Fine Art Exhibition," sponsored by First Federal Bank. The 68 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from 316 entries will remain on view at the Museum through April 21, 2010. Wyatt Todd, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, received the scholarship for his full portfolio. The award provides tuition assistance for four years of higher education in the arts. Sara Julian, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, garnered a Best in Show for her primsacolor piece, "Self Portrait".
First-, second- and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Billy Burns, Socastee High School, Caitlin Purvis, Socastee High School and Ashley Webb, St. James High School. First-, second- and third-place prizes in three dimensions went to Bri Stith, St. James High School, Aubrey Ortiz, St. James High School and Sarah Kyles, St. James High School. Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Ali Bindewald, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, Kristin Paxton, Myrtle Beach High School and Abby Merrell, Carolina Forest High School. Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, went to Billy Burns, Socastee High School, Sarah Kyles, St. James High School and Amanda Cordova, Socastee High School. Judge for the competition was Cynthia Farnell director of the Bryan Gallery and assistant professor of visual arts at Coastal Carolina University; jurors were Terry Lee Johnson and Kate Lagaly. For further information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (
Upstate Visual Arts in Greenville, SC, has announced the winners of the photographers' exhibit, "ARCHITECTURE +ART- AM10- ART+ ARCHITECTURE," on view from May 2 - 30, 2010. The winners were: Best in Show went to John Fowler, for "AME CHURCH, built 1907". The Whole Building Category: First Place went to Michael Mathers for "Bookends". Honorable Mention went to Skip Woodward for "Stand Pipe A la Magritte". The Partial Building Category: First Place went to Anne Marie Jacques for "Untitled". Honorable Mention went to Sylvia Sudowsky Idelson for "Views From 101 College Street". The Detail Category: First Place went to Anne Marie Jacques for "Untitled". Honorable Mention went to Michelle Giles for "Aging Gracefully". The Progressing Building Category: First Place was given to Pablo Valcarcel for "1360 Jonesville Rd, Micro". Honorable Mention went to Cindy Landrum for "Forgotten Lesson". Appreciation for award sponsors go out to: Saffron's, the Blockhouse and Coffee to a Tea. AIA group for the partnership and for food & beverage AND West End Wine & Spirits. Upstate Visual Arts exists to enhance the quality of life within the community by elevating the stature of visual art and educating the public to its significance. For more information call Upstate Visual Arts at 864/269-8282 or visit (
The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge in Greenville, NC, has announced the winners of the Down East Sculpture Exhibition. The awards are as follows: 1st Place went to Vik Sexton for "Can't Be Fixed"; 2nd Place went to Linda Anne Hartman for "Looking 'round Under Pam's Trees"; 3rd Place went to Doug McAbee for "Lucille"; Honorable Mention awards went to - Austin Sheppard for "Model B"; Hanna Jubran for "Geo Centric"; and Jesse Morrisey for "Evolutionary Construction". Outdoor Selections included: Trip Jarvis for "Return of the Bonsai"; Mark Gordon for "Plumb Bob", and Harry McDaniel for "Anhinga". For further info contact Vicky Fanberg, Exhibition and Events Coordinator, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge by calling 252/551-6947 or e-mail to (
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, has announced the winners from its first ever Shark Illustration Contest for Kids. The Museum received over 700 entries and winning pictures, plus more than 100 honorable mentions, will be displayed in the Museum's Nature Art Gallery through May 9, 2010. Karen Bethune, curator of the Museum's Nature Art Gallery, credits educators for contributing to such a huge response. "Several teachers made the contest a part of their curriculum and turned it into a class project," she said. "We were overjoyed to receive packets of 20 to 30 entries" she says. The contest, held in conjunction with the Museum's current special exhibit, "Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived," challenged kids from Pre-K to 9th grade to illustrate their best and most realistic version of a shark in its natural surroundings, and allowed for multiple mediums ranging from crayon to water color to pencil. Judging was held on Mar. 22, 2010, and was based on artistic ability as well as scientific accuracy. Judges were Bethune, Wayne Starnes, curator of fishes and director of the Museum's Research Lab, and Todd Pusser, a marine-biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. All winners will receive a 1-year family membership to the Museum. First place winners also will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store and 2nd place winners receive a $25 gift certificate. All artists also received a free ticket to "Megalodon," a unique exhibit focusing on the 60-foot, 100-ton ancestor of the Great White Shark that went extinct nearly 2 million years ago. Contest winners are as follows: (PreK-K) -
1st Place went to Skylar Kortte of High Point, NC, for "Shark Eating a Fish"; 2nd Place was given to Matias Chazo of Asheville, NC, for "Lemon Shark"; and 3rd Place went to Delta Joy McMullan of Raleigh, NC, for "Escape of the Fish". (Grades 1-3) - 1st Place went to Ramzi Musleh of Durham, NC, for "Shark Menu"; 2nd Place went to Camille Zehner of Chapel Hill, NC, for "Sawtooth Shark"; and 3rd Place was given to Abby Macko of Raleigh, NC, for "Feeding Frenzy". (Grades 4-6) - 1st Place went to Mohamed Thomas of Raleigh, NC, for "Megalodon"; 2nd Place was given to Scout Hayashi of Chapel Hill, NC, for "Scalloped Hammerhead Shark"; and 3rd Place was awarded to Giunjan Shroff of Cary, NC, for "Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived". (Grades 7-9) - 1st Place went to Erin Floyd of Wake Forest, NC, for "Whale Shark"; 2nd Place was given to Ayla Gizlice of Raleigh, NC, for "Leopard Shark in Kelp Forest"; and 3rd Place went to John Z. Lee of Raleigh, NC, for "Mr. Hammerhead Going for a Swim". The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh, documents and interprets natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary. For further information call the gallery at 919/733-8450, ext. 212 or visit (
A portrait by Western Carolina University student Michael Dodson Jr. of the late Josefina Niggli has won first prize in a competition sponsored by the Josefina Niggli Celebration Committee and the Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee, NC. Dodson, a junior majoring in fine art with a concentration in sculpture, netted a $500 purchase award from the College of Fine and Performing Arts. His portrait becomes part of the college's permanent collection and will be installed in the lobby of Niggli Theatre. Niggli was an author, actress and beloved WCU drama instructor. Her work is enjoying a revival of late, and the university is honoring her with a yearlong series of events. Dodson's large-scale, mixed-media work features Niggli's portrait in black-and-white oil paint over pages from Niggli's book of short stories "Mexican Village." The five-member committee of WCU faculty and staff that selected Dodson winner "was quite taken with his work," said Martin DeWitt, museum director and a member of the selection committee. "We were very excited to see he'd taken the initiative to search out the 'Mexican Village' text," DeWitt said. "It served to make the piece historically connected." Dodson bought the book in a fourth edition on eBay. "I read the first four stories, and then I was running out of time so I cut it up," he said. Dodson decided against removing a ladybug ensnared in the polyurethane coat he'd applied during the portrait's creation. Instead, he left the bug where it landed on the portrait's frame "for good luck," Dodson said. Dodson is the son of Michael and Elizabeth Dodson of Raleigh, NC, and the husband of Sara Cabe Dodson, a student in the fish and wildlife management technology program at Haywood Community College. He plans to graduate in May 2011 and would like to earn a master's degree in fine art with a goal of one day teaching or having a working studio. Mike Polomik, a graduate student in fine art, and Traci Pierce, a fine art undergraduate, earned second and third places respectively in the competition, each winning a digital camera. Winners were announced April 7 during a joint reception for exhibits of the Niggli portraits and work from the Art Students' League juried show. Media in the latter ranged from website design to large-scale sculpture to conceptual environmental pieces as well as ceramics, painting and photographs. Dodson's "Twelve Steps and Everything In Between," a mixed-media sculpture, won best of show for three-dimensional work in the ASL show; Kelsey Tweed won best of show for two-dimensional work for "Was Here," a high dynamic range photograph. Both student exhibits remain on display at the Fine Art Museum through May 5. The Niggli portraits are hanging in Gallery 130, adjacent to the Fine Art Museum's Star Lobby. The ASL works are in galleries within the Fine Art Museum. A complete list of ASL winners follows: Best of Show, two-dimension, "Was Here," a high dynamic range photograph by Kelsey Tweed ($150); Best of Show, three-dimension, "Twelve Steps and Everything In Between," mixed-media sculpture by Michael Dodson Jr. ($150); Best Ceramic, "Horse," stoneware by Traci Pierce ($100); Honorable Mention Ceramic, "Pitcher Set" by Hannah Goodson ($25); Best Sculpture/Installation, "Where We Hide Our Conscience" by Ian Ward and Mitchell Metz ($100); Honorable Mention Sculpture, "She Never Regretted Her Choice" by Tina Cady ($25): Best Drawing/Printmaking, "Torso," charcoal by Maria Thomas ($100); Honorable Mention Drawing/Printmaking, "Backstreet," etching by Lauren Hill ($25); Best Painting, "Universal Language, Ruby Necklace, Solar Drip" by Rachel Griffin ($100); Honorable Mention Painting, "Time Is of the Essence" by Lisa Erato ($25); Best Photography, "Adventures after Dark" by Keisha Scionti ($100); Honorable Mention Photography, "Sarah" by Kimberly Ashe ($25); Best Design, "I Like My Coffee Digital" by Briana Randle ($100); and Honorable Mention Design, "World of Rhinos," website by Daniel Burch ($25). Other ASL awards included: "From My Kitchen," oil painting by Samantha Davis, purchase award of $150 from the dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, with the work becoming part of the CFPA permanent collection; "Deforestation," conceptual piece by Mitchell Metz and Ian Ward, $250 award from the Office of the Chancellor; "Triptych," oil painting by Rachel Griffin, $180 purchase award from the A.K. Hinds University Center; "Landscape," oil painting by Kenneth Ryan, $100 purchase award from the A.K. Hinds University Center; "Adventures After Dark," photograph by Keisha Scionti, $150 Service Learning purchase award; "Ice House Interior," photograph by Kelsey Tweed, and "Yellow Observations," digital photograph by Sarah Bonner, both received a Jonathan Williams Award, for artists who "break the mold," award amount not available; "Regular Unleaded," mixed-media sculpture by Brooke Mercier, $100 Ron Camp Award, given in memory of a former student; and Traci Pierce and Kelsey Eller, $50 each from Highwater Clays. For more information, contact DeWitt at 828/227-2553 or e-mail to ( Visit the museum online at (

The Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, has announced the award winners of the Youth Art Month Exhibit, on view at the Arts Center in March 2010. March is National Youth Art Month and the Anderson Arts Center has on display artwork from Anderson County public and private schools as well as home school associations. This year's exhibit is sponsored by the AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital. The awards are sponsored by Dr. Jamie Groeber. The award winners are as follows:
Elementary School Winners: 1st Place went to Robert Richards of Midway Elementary; 2nd Place went to Derrio Maxwell of Homeland Park Elementary; and 3rd Place went to William Joseph of Clemson Montessori. Honorable Mention Awards were given to: Ethan Bryson of LaFrance Elementary; Hattie Donovan or Calhoun Academy; Elijah Johnson of Varennes Academy; Sarah Johnson of Concord Elementary; Avery Mustar of Concrete Primary; Jecqueline Ortiz of Calhoun Academy; Samantha Parker of LaFrance Elementary; Nick Randolph of Whitehall Elementary; and Savannah Smith of Pendleton Elementary.
The Anderson Arts Center added a work to its Permanent Collection by Nick Randolph of Whitehall Elementary.
Middle School Winners: 1st Place went to Carlee Ashy of McCants Middle; 2nd Place went to Katie Kratzer of Riverside Middle; and 3rd Place went to Aaliyah Wiley of Southwood Middle. Honorable Mention Awards were given to: Kate Brady of Wren Middle; Anthony Lewis of Southwood Middle; Caroline Ott of Anderson Home School Association; Anna Rice of McCants Middle; and Samantha Shaw of Starr Iva Middle. The Anderson Arts Center added a work to its Permanent Collection by Tyriek Hailey of Southwood Middle.
High School Winners: 1st Place went to Wesley Trutwin of T. L. Hanna High; 2nd Place went to Kelly Smith of Westside High; and 3rd Place went to Seth Barnett of Crescent High. Honorable Mention Awards were given to: Victoria Autry of BHP High; Morgan Chandler of T.L. Hanna High; Tim Maio of Anderson Home School Association; and Carl Simmons of Westside High. The Anderson Arts Center added a work to its Permanent Collection by Holly Hughes of Westside High.
The Youth Art Month exhibit and the District Five Fine Arts Festival are on display until March 19, 2010. Since 1972, the Anderson Arts Center has worked to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the arts in Anderson, SC, from arts programming and outreach for all ages, to special events and festivals, to gallery exhibits and receptions and more. For further information call the Center at 864/222-2787 or visit (
Diane Dean
Ted Jourdan
Best of Show: Barbara Benedict Jones

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) in Bluffton, SC, has announced the winners of its annual competition at an opening reception Feb. 21, 2010.  The Show at the SoBA Gallery on Boundary Street in Old Town Bluffton, runs through Mar. 27, 2010. The winners are:
Best of Show - Barbara Benedict Jones, "Beyond the Garden", Oil; 1st place - Howard Ramey, "Vegetable Seller", Photography; 2nd place - Cora J. Rupp, "Table in the Garden", Oil; 3rd place - J. Saylor McElynn, "Sailor's Delight", Oil; Honorable Mention - Richard Coyne, "Summer Low Tide", Oil; Honorable Mention - Dorothy Steelman, "Go With the Flow", Watercolor; and Honorable Mention - Frank Pinto, "The French Bakery at Pineland Station",  Acrylic. Visitors to the exhibit this year will have an opportunity to win an original encaustic entitled, "Sunrise" by Diane Dean and a giclee reproduction of Ted Jordan's drawing "Mourning in Red." This year's judge, Linda Warner Constantino, is a long-time area artist and a professor of illustration at SCAD. Constantino said, "This year's show has such a wide range of mediums and an abundance of individual expressions, it made it a difficult for her to pick the winning pieces." This impressive collection of work from local artists also includes the work of over 90 artists and the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork. The gallery is located on Boundary Street in old Bluffton and is open Mon. through Sat. from 10am-5pm. Call 843/757-6586 or visit the SoBA web site at ( for more information about the organization and participating artists.

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