Artfields Extends Submission Deadline By One Week; Announces 2015 Competition Review Panel, Judges

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ArtFields extends submission deadline to November 21, encouraging Southeastern artists to compete. Esteemed jurors and review panelists are also announced.

"By extending our deadline...we are sending a message to artists who are on the fence or thought time had run out to get in this competition."

Artists who were on the fence about submitting to the ArtFields® 2015 competition have two new reasons to take action. This week, organizers announced a one-week deadline extension, and also unveiled stellar panels of first-round reviewers and competition judges.

“We have been amazed by the high level of two- and three-dimensional work submitted for 2015,” said Sandra Cook, creative team manager of ArtFields. “We also see a number of partially completed submissions in the online queue. By extending our deadline one week, we are sending a message to artists who are on the fence – or who thought time had run out – to get in this competition.”

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 and two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work). A new feature for 2015 will be ten Honorable Mention awards for $1,000 each.

Artists 18 and over – who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia - are encouraged to submit their work by midnight, November 21 at

A professional review panel will select approximately 400 final competition pieces. Panelists are:

  • William Andrews, Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans,
  • William Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, GA,
  • and Leslie Rankow, Founder, Leslie Rankow Fine Arts, Ltd. in New York City.

For the final competition, a world-class jury of curators, collectors and artists will judge all works:

  • Chad Alligood is Curator of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The former Cranbrook Art Museum curator recently researched State of the Art, a show developed from visits to 1,000 art studios in 80 cities and small towns.
  • Tyrone Geter is a painter who has exhibited worldwide. He is also a professor of art at Benedict College, and an art gallery curator.
  • Jay Heuman is an art museum educator and curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where he works collaboratively to organize over 120 public programs a year.
  • Cecilia Stucker is the founder of Curating & Collections, a curatorial consultancy to private and corporate collectors. She splits her time between New York City, Los Angeles and Paris.

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. A jury of visual art professionals will select approximately 400 competition pieces from all submissions.

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, networking with peers, connecting with art patrons and enjoying the local hospitality.

A new feature of 2015 will be increased opportunities to sell artworks

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