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SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

2018 Competition & Exhibition

The 17th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition was presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex May 2-6, 2018. The exhibit featured juried works from the state's top fine craft artisans, offering them the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media, as well as compete for ribbons and cash prizes.  The annual competition and exhibition is organized and presented by the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. For details on the exhibit, including 2018 award winners and how to apply for the 2019 competition, click here.

About the Juror

The juror for the 2018 exhibition was Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. She has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery, and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.

Traveling Exhibition

Palmetto Hands artists also have the option of offering their work for consideration to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program following close of the exhibition. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works may be selected for the traveling exhibition. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The 2018 traveling exhibition features 18 pieces:

A Lively Live Oak (fiber) by Peg Weschke - Hilton Head Island, SC (Best of Show)
Mosaic Cherry Bowl (wood) by Dale Fort - Charleston, SC (Outstanding Merit)
Sashay (clay) by Gary Huntoon - Travelers Rest, SC (Outstanding Merit)
Charleston Box #66 (mixed media) by Robin Howard - Mount Pleasant, SC (Honorable Mention)
Lean on Me (clay) by Sherrie Nesbitt - Summerville, SC (Honorable Mention)
Segmented Bowl (wood) by Kenny Teague - Charleston, SC (Honorable Mention)
Summertime Delight (clay) by Marsha Nordyke - Summerville, SC (Honorable Mention)
Three Stone Necklace (mixed media) by Rachel Weiss - Charleston, SC (Honorable Mention)
Dr. Seuss Teapot (clay) by Mark Vail - Charleston, SC
Go Ask Alice (embroidery on canvas) by Liz Holt - Conway, SC
Green Vessel (felted fiber vessel) by Pam Shanley - Summerville, SC
Ivy Relief (wood) by Ben Pendarvis - St. Helena Island, SC
Jazoja (mixed media) by Caseline Jenkins - Summerville, SC
Old School (mixed media) by Patz Fowle - Hartsville, SC
Petting Zoo (fiber) by Evelyn Beck - Anderson, SC
Shawl Spring Sunrise (fiber) by Iryna Toney - Summerville, SC
Solution (metal and wood) by Robb Helmkamp - North Charleston, SC
Spot On: Lapio Raku #2 and Denim #3 (clay) by Nancy Waterhouse - Bluffton, SC

To bring Palmetto Hands to your venue, contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP) at (803)898-4959 or tep@scmuseum.org.


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