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Featured Opportunity for WV Artists: Artfields 2019


Tamarack Foundation sat down with representatives from ArtFields to learn more about the Art Festival and Competition.

Tell us a little bit about ArtFields.  How did it get started?

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town.

Up to 400 works of art will be on display in locally-owned venues, from renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter Gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center to the library, the history museum, the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, restaurants, boutiques and other shops. During ArtFields, what was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.


What awards are given out to artists each year?

The competition and exhibition offers more than $140,000 in cash prizes. The winners of two People’s Choice Awards are determined by the votes of people visiting ArtFields; a panel of art professionals selects all the other awards, including the $50,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 Second Place award.

For ArtFields 2019, we have introduced new awards and revamped some existing prizes.  We’ve added 12 ArtFields State Awards of $1,000 each, one for every state in ArtFields. We hope that the new awards will encourage submissions from especially artists in states far, far away from Lake City.


Who can participate?

Artfields, the South’s most engaging art competition and festival, is open to artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  West Virginia has historically been under-represented in the competition.  We are reaching out to actively recruit artists from this region to encourage their participation in the event.


How do we get involved?

The deadline to submit artwork is November 5, 2018.  Artists may apply online at: www.artfieldssc.org/prizes-and-rules/

If selected, you and your artwork will be in one of the Southeast’s major art events, a nine-day affair in Lake City, S.C held during April and May 2019. Your work will be among up to 400 exhibited throughout our downtown in galleries, warehouses, restaurants, shops and other venues. Thousands of people will see it, including art curators, critics and other art professionals and news media of all sorts from all over the place. And then there are the collectors, of course. Please read the rules and prize information before you submit.

We look forward to seeing you and your artwork in Lake City, SC in 2019.


About the Author:

Holly Shady is the Development & Arts Manager at ArtFields.

(843) 374-0180 or ArtTeam@artfieldssc.org