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SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

2017 Competition & Exhibition

The 16th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition was presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex May 3-7, 2017. 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 2017 award winners and how to apply for the 2018 competition, click here.

About the Juror

The juror for the 2017 exhibition was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. As associate dean he is responsible for the School’s administrative activities as well as projects related to donor cultivation and stewardship and educational/cultural programming. Mr. Haga received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College and a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College (now Hollins University).

Mr. Haga taught Art History 101 at the College for twenty years and was named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty in Art History in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also taught Introduction to Arts Management in the Spring 1998 semester. He has been involved with several organizations during his time at the College, serving on the boards of the Lowcountry Arts and Cultural Council, Print Studio South, and the South Carolina Artisans Center.  He also has served on the Charleston County Magnet School of the Arts’ School Governance Council as a community representative and as Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Mr. Haga currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and on the advisory board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC.

Mr. Haga has written exhibition reviews for The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Carolina Arts, and the Charleston City Paper. He has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and has judged exhibitions in the southeastern United States. Mr. Haga has been a grant panelist for many organizations, including the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission.



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