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Some Info and Opinions About ArtFields© in Lake City, SC

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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I’m a supporter of ArtFields©, the art exhibition and competition that takes place in Lake City, SC, a small town in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. As far as the media goes, I’m one of their biggest supporter, but that doesn’t keep me from throwing in my 2 cents about what I think they’re doing wrong or could do better.

Right about the time they extended their deadline for its call for entries – a bad habit I wish they would get over – ArtFields© released info about the people who will be helping them select entries and then select the winners of the $110,000 in cash prizes. I support their call for entries, but will not let our readers of Carolina Arts and its related social media, know when they have extended their deadline for entries. It’s an insult for all those who made the original deadline. Letting in a few slackers in after the deadline is wrong.

It’s time that the people running ArtFields© understand that they need to work all year long to make their event successful and stop taking such long breaks after the event ends each year. They need to keep their foot on the gas peddle – marketing the event and encouraging artists to enter the event by deadline. If there is a problem with the entry process they need to fix it and ask artists what the problem is.

I also don’t agree with their selection of people who will be selecting entries and then selecting the winners – as most of them are from the states eligible for entries. These people know the work – by sight – of many of the people who enter and some of them probably called some of their artist friends and told them they should enter. This is another sign that the folks running ArtFields© don’t know much about the visual art community in general. No panelists or juror should be from any of the 12 states artists can enter from or have any connections to those states and the artists who live and work there.

Bradford R. Collins and David Houston are two very good examples of people who should not be in a position to select artists or determine awards. Their ties to artists in SC alone should have disqualified them from these positions. The results will be shown once the 400 are announced.

These important positions should be filled with arts professionals from the North West, Mid-West and North East of the US – folks as far away as possible from the Southeastern states.

The people ArtFields© selected smell too much like the SC Arts Commission – a group in my opinion ArtFields© should stay far away from if they want their event to grow and prosper. ArtFields© already suffers from a poor retention rate of people who entered one year but do not enter again. That’s a bad pattern making it hard to attract new entries each year – resulting in extended deadlines.

Also – this list of people making entry selections and award selections should be identified before entry time lines begin, not as selections are closing. Another bad habit of the SC Arts Commission, who once told me they do it that way so artists don’t threaten jurors to pick them or else. Or else what? Is that really a problem when it comes to juried shows? And, if it is – it’s just another good reason for selecting people outside – far outside the area of artists who can enter.

So here’s the 2016 list of Panelists and Jury Members

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Panelists:

Bradford R. Collins, PhD, Professor Art History, School of Visual and Design University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC

Stephanie Mayer Heydt, PhD, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

David Houston, Director, Bo Bartlett Center, College of the Arts, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Jury Members:

Graham Boettcher, chief curator and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL. Boettcher was previously a curatorial fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, and has held research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, France.

Stephanie Cash, editor of BURNAWAY – The Voice of Art in the South magazine in Atlanta, GA. Cash contributes to such publications as Art in America, Photograph, and Modern Painters, and has also worked as a free-lance writer and editor for ArtsATL.com, Rizzoli, and Prestel publishers.

Kimberly Light, co-founder and partner of Connelly & Light Art Advising Firm, a full service art advisory, curatorial, collections management company based in LA and NYC.

Emily Smith, executive director of 1708 Gallery; a non-profit gallery committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public. Smith, of Richmond, VA, was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Leslie Umberger, a curator and art historian of American art, specializing in the work of folk, self-taught, and vernacular artists. In 2012 Umberger was appointed as inaugural Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is currently organizing a major retrospective for the Alabama artist Bill Traylor (1843-1949), which will open in the spring of 2018 in Washington, DC.

The 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition in Lake City, SC, is About to Start

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Before we start promoting this event, there are still a few unanswered questions about last year’s event and this upcoming event that you as an artist should be wondering about. Like what are they going to do differently?

A recent report tells us that 22,000 visitors attended the event – that’s an estimate as there where no ticket sales to base attendance on. Of those 22,000 visitors only 5,965 people registered to vote in the competition and only 2,443 votes were cast. Why did so few visitors want to participate in the vote – which is the core of the event and then why did less then half of the people who registered to participate actually cast a vote?

We still have not been offered how many votes the top winners received – with almost 400 possible works to be voted on did the winners get over 100 votes or maybe even over 500 votes? What does it take to win this competition?

As far as this year’s event goes – who are the judges for entry and who will make selections on the winners. Are they the same as last year, different or a mix?

What does “ONE” work really mean? Can it be an installation of a lot of works related to each other? Can it be a sculptural piece of 100 or 1000 pieces? Can the one work be a site specific installation that fills a whole room? I know a lot of artists who submitted one painting that was maybe 16″ x 20″ last year who were surprised when they saw some of the “one” works of art at last year’s event.

And finally, if you are interested in entering, I suggest you read the rules very carefully. It cost one person $25,000 last year by not understanding the rules or thinking they didn’t matter.

Just remember, I support this event and feel the folks in Lake City did a wonderful job on their first effort, but there is room for improvement. I have yet to hear anything about those issues.

Here’s the official call for entries:

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Starting Oct. 30, 2013, You Can Register for the 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition in Lake City, SC

The 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition takes place in Lake City, SC, from Apr. 25 through May 4, 2014.

Whether you’re an established or emerging artist, get ready to submit your artwork to the 2014 ArtFields Art Competition for a chance to win $100,000 in total cash prizes! The Call for Submissions will open October 30 and will close December 13, 2013 at (http://www.artfieldssc.org/artists/how-it-works/) that link will be closed until October 30.

Artists may only submit ONE piece of artwork to the competition, and there is a $25 non-refundable entry fee. Artists must reside in one of the 12 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) for 6 consecutive months prior to the submission date. Eligible artists must be 18 years of age on or before the submission deadline of Friday, December 13, 2013. Artwork must have been completed within two years of the submission deadline of Friday, December 13, 2013, and artists may submit one 2-D or 3-D piece of artwork, including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, digital media, and installation art.

View the full entry rules at (http://www.artfieldssc.org/artists/rules/), information on prizes (see below) and artists FAQs (http://www.artfieldssc.org/artists/faqs/). If you’d like to get inspiration for the Competition, visit our online gallery of last year’s finalists at (www.artfieldssc.org).

For any art related questions, please e-mail to (ArtTeam@artfieldssc.org).

$100,000 in Prizes:

Prizes will be awarded in three amounts:

$50,000 – Top Prize awarded by a combination of visitors’ votes and a jury of visual arts professionals.

$25,000 – Juried Panel Prize awarded by a jury of visual arts professionals who will be present in Lake City, SC during ArtFields.

$12,500 – People’s Choice 2-Dimensional
$12,500 – People’s Choice 3-Dimensional

Each of the People’s Choice is determined by visitors’ votes throughout the ten-day artfest. Visitors will register in Lake City, SC, and vote for their favorite entries during ArtFields. Visitors may only vote once per entry.

For further info visit (www.artfieldssc.org).

Southeast’s Most Generous Art Festival, ArtFields Announces Artist Registration Schedule and Program Rules – Deadline Feb. 1, 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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ArtFields invites emerging and established artists to compete for $100,000 in cash prizes from April 19 to 28, 2013, in Lake City, SC

Three artists who reside in any of a dozen Southeastern states will soon lay claim to career-changing cash prizes that honor their exceptional talents.

From April 19 to 28, 2013, this small town with a big heart will be home to an epic Southern artfest, as ArtFields blooms in its streets and fields.

The festival will be open to new works (2- and 3-dimensional art) from emerging and established artists residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All will vie for the largest cash prizes in the Southeastern art world: Top Prize ($50,000), People’s Choice ($25,000) and Juried Panel Winner ($25,000).

Registration opens Jan. 7, 2013 at (http://www.artfieldssc.org), and will close Feb. 1, 2013. Artists will submit work digitally for consideration by an independent panel of visual arts professionals, who will determine selection. Registration requires a $25 fee, and artists are limited to one submission. Full residency requirements and other rules are available on the festival website.

Ultimately, more than 400 pieces will be selected and showcased throughout Lake City. Guests of the 10-day festival – and fans of the artists – will be encouraged to vote in-person for their favorite pieces. Votes cast by attendees will determine the People’s Choice Prize and be factored into the Top Prize.

In addition to the juried competition, ArtFields will offer a bumper crop of creative activities. Plans include an artist lecture series, a portrait competition, music concerts, a farmers’ market and much more.

Lake City boosters – led by the highly successful businesswoman, Darla Moore – have created ArtFields to celebrate the town’s rich history as a farming community. For generations, the fields yielded robust crops of strawberries and beans. Today, they are growing the largest art competition in the Southeast.

For information on sponsorship and participation opportunities, contact ArtFields at 843/374-0180 or visit (www.artfieldssc.org).