Three artists who reside in any of a dozen Southeastern states will soon lay claim to cash prizes.
From April 19 to 28, Lake City, asmall 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) 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 January 7, at www.artfieldssc.org, and will close February 7. 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. For art information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.