LAKE CITY, SC (PRWEB) November 28, 2014
A record number of artists from throughout the Southeast have submitted new work to the ArtFields® 2015 competition (http://www.artfieldssc.org).
By the midnight deadline on November 21, 1,061 artists submitted work; that’s a 35% increase over previous years. A panel of art professionals will select approximately 400 competition pieces. Organizers attribute the increased interest among artists to numerous factors.
“We were able to get the word out early to artists,” said Sandy Cook, Creative Team Manager. “We also secured and announced our jurors and review panelists to signal the seriousness of this competition. And finally, artists responded to increased benefits, including ten new honorable mention awards sponsored by The Citizens Bank.”
The art festival (April 24 through May 2, 2015) will award life-changing prizes of $50,000 for the Top Prize, $25,000 for Juried Panel prize, two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work), and ten Honorable Mention awards for $1,000 each. Artists who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia will compete.
The nine-day art competition transforms historic Lake City, more than tripling its population and creating a palpable buzz throughout dozens of venues. Many artists attend the festival to network with peers, connect with art patrons and enjoy the local hospitality.
The first two ArtFields competitions delivered more than $200,000 in cash prizes for sculpture, paintings, installations and fiber art created by artists from several states. Established and emerging artists alike have been featured in the festival.
ArtFields® takes over the town of Lake City, showcasing original works in 50-plus venues that include historic buildings, shops, cafés and offices. That juxtaposition of the artistic with the everyday is a big part of the festival’s charms. ArtFields was named by CNN as a “don’t miss” festival in 2014; viewing the art competition is free.