Southeast Artists Invited to Submit Work to Region's Biggest Art Competition: Submission Deadline November 9, 2017

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Sixth annual ArtFields® to award total of $120,000 in cash prizes.

Lake City is quickly becoming a center of art and culture thanks to ArtFields.

All Southeastern artists are invited to submit their work to ArtFields®, which has emerged as the region’s largest art competition and exhibition, and is open to artists based in 12 states working in all media.

The annual event turns this small, rural town into what is arguably the highest per-capita concentration of original art in the South; perhaps the nation. As Art Mag wrote last year: “A transformation is taking place that is capturing the attention of the world across the Southeast, and leading the charge is the town of Lake City, which is quickly becoming a center of art and culture thanks to ArtFields.”

ArtFields celebrates the artistic talent of the South by featuring and rewarding a broad mix of media. The submission period closes at 5 p.m., November 9 (all submissions must be submitted online). Full rules are available at

Since its 2013 inception, ArtFields® competitions have awarded more than $560,000 in cash prizes to artists from the region, rewarding submissions by artists based in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The art competition (April 20-28, 2018) will award prizes of $50,000 for the Grand Prize, $25,000 for Second Place Prize and two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work) in addition to seven category awards of $1,500 each and ten Merit awards of $1,000 each.

Every year, ArtFields devotes extensive resources to an assertive, regional outreach program to recruit artists and draw audiences. As a result, a wide range or areas within the participating states are represented by artists, artwork and visitors. Artwork at ArtFields is exhibited in both professional gallery spaces and private stores, restaurants and other businesses.

Artists aged 18 and over working in any visual medium are encouraged to submit a piece. A jury of visual art professionals will select approximately 400 pieces for the competition and exhibition.

Art electrifies Lake City for nine days every year, more than tripling its population as the historic downtown district transforms into an expansive exhibition spanning 40 venues, including historic buildings, shops, cafés and offices. ArtFields showcases work in everyday settings, ensuring maximum visibility for each artist’s unique work.

About ArtFields®
April 20 – 28, 2018

ArtFields® started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artist of the Southeast with nine days of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional, small Southern town. More than $120,000 is awarded based on the input of ArtFields visitors and a panel of judges comprised of visual arts professionals. In a mutual celebration of art and community, some 400 artworks will be displayed in locally owned venues.

What was once one of South Carolina's most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as ArtFields continues to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer.

Submissions are open to all artists in all media who live in the 12 participating states.

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