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SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

2021 Competition & Exhibition

The 19th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex April 28-May 2, 2021. Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate. As the state’s longest-running juried fine craft competition and exhibition, objects selected to be featured in the exhibit may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across the state the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Each year thousands enjoy the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists featured in this exhibition.

In addition, artists have the option of offering their work for consideration to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2021/22 Traveling Exhibitions Program following close of the exhibition. Up to twenty works will be selected, thus providing additional exposure for these artists.

The application period for 2021 is now open (deadline is March 15, 2021). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information or to be added to the application mailing list.

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2020 Competition & Exhibition – CANCELLED

2019 Competition & Exhibition

The 18th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition was presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex May 1-5, 2019. 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 2019 award winners and how to apply for the 2021 competition, click here.

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for this exhibition was Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work included in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

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 2019 traveling exhibition features 16 pieces:

Vernon Bowen, Surface Tension, mixed media (Columbia)
Kim Keats, Triskele Totem, mixed media (Okatie)
Jacqueline Anderson, Chapter 12, mixed media (North Charleston)
Fred Prudhomme, Day & Night, clay (North Charleston)
Mary Nicholson, Slice of Life Plate, clay (Johns Island)
Tanya Craig, Oblong Platter, glass (North Charleston)
Toni Smith, Guidance, metal (Surfside Beach)
Kathy Oda, Here Comes the Sun, glass, Lady’s Island)
Robb Helmkamp, Wailing Box, wood (North Charleston)
Erin Ryan, Turn of the Screw, metal (Conway)
Nancy Warren, Oil and Water Harmonics, fiber (Mount Pleasant)
Margaret Weinberg, Snowy Trio, clay (Charleston)
Arianne King Comer,  Norman’s Vision, fiber (North Charleston)
Camela Guevara, Shaker Lids, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)
Lynn Goldberg, America the Beautiful, fiber (Summerville)
Dale Fort, Wadmalaw Native, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. 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.