Artists Invited to Submit to Southeast's Biggest Art Competition

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$120,000 in cash prizes on the line for Fifth Annual ArtFields®. Submission Deadline November 16, 2016 – Experienced, Emerging and Collegiate Artists Encouraged to Participate.

Established and emerging Southeastern artists are invited to submit their work to ArtFields®, the region’s largest art competition, which is open to 2- and 3-dimensional artists in 12 states. The art festival (April 21-29, 2017) will award life-changing prizes of $50,000 for the Top Prize, $25,000 for Juried Panel prize and two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work) in addition to seven new category awards of $1,500 each and ten Merit awards of $1,000 each.

Artists aged 18 and over working in any medium are encouraged to submit their work. ArtFields celebrates the art of the South through a broad mix of media. The submission period closes at midnight, November 16 (all submissions are online). Full rules are available at artfieldssc.org.

The first four ArtFields competitions delivered nearly half a million dollars in cash prizes to regional artists, encouraging submissions by artists who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Every year, ArtFields devotes extensive resources to an assertive, regional outreach program. The results are reflected in the diverse geographies represented by exhibit pieces and visitors. To date, 16 out of 36 prize-winning artists came from outside of South Carolina. More than 60% of winning pieces were exhibited in non-traditional settings.

Established and emerging artists alike have been featured in the festival. A jury of visual art professionals will select approximately 400 competition pieces from all submissions.

Art electrifies Lake City for nine days every year, more than tripling its population, as the historic downtown district transforms into an art gallery spanning 30-plus venues, including historic buildings, shops, cafés and offices. ArtFields showcases work in everyday settings, ensuring maximum visibility for each artist’s unique work.

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