2021 Competition & Exhibition
The 19th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition was presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex April 28-May 2, 2021. Fine craft artists from across South Carolina were invited to participate. As the state’s longest-running juried fine craft competition and exhibition, objects selected to be featured in the exhibit competed 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 had 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. Seventeen works were selected, thus providing additional exposure for these artists.
The application period for 2021 is now closed (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 for 2022.
About the Juror
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 competition and exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen Watson has been invited back to serve as the juror for 2021. Watson has been the Executive Director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, since 2005. Before assuming the directorship, her professional background was in biomedical research. Watson’s path from biomedical research to gallery director is not as unlikely as it seems on the surface. She and her former husband were serious collectors of contemporary art. They had the opportunity to meet and befriend many artists and arts professionals within the state and beyond. Watson has a passion for the visual arts and the Sumter County Gallery of Art. She is committed to presenting challenging contemporary and traditional art exhibitions by culturally diverse artists and providing art education opportunities to all the citizens of Sumter County – an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state isolated from the major art centers of the U.S. Watson served as the juror for the 2009 Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Juried Exhibition at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), was a juror for the inaugural CCA 701 Prize in 2012 at 701 Center For Contemporary Art, (Columbia, SC), and has been a judge for several local art competitions throughout the years.
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 2021 traveling exhibition features 17 pieces:
Kim Keelor (Charleston, SC) – “Reaching Up On Church Street” (fiber)
Sherrie Nesbitt (Summerville, SC) – “Female Artist” (mixed media)
Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC) – “Venus Rising” (clay)
Lee Garrard (Johns Island, SC) – “Kachina” (wood/mixed media)
Dale Fort (Wadmalaw Island, SC) – “Wadmalaw Native #3” (wood)
Marsha Nordyke (Summerville, SC) – “A Southern Afternoon Delight” (ceramic)
Elizabeth Kalman (North Charleston, SC) – “Spottail in the Grass” (mosaic)
Olivia Ruxton (Charleston, SC) – “Swing Collar” (metal)
Lee Malerich (Neeses, SC) – “Overconfident” (wood)
Stacey Green (McClellanville, SC) – “On the Half Shell” (glass)
Greg Rawls (Beaufort, SC) – “Rewriting Pathways” (glass)
Camela Guevara (Charleston, SC) – “Tumbling Block Koozie Quilt” (mixed media)
Shamsad Rahman (Orangeburg, SC) – “Cloudy Color” (mixed media/fiber)
Justin Guy (Edgefield, SC) – “April Showers” (ceramic)
Malcolm Fages (Mount Pleasant, SC) – “Hollow-form Bowl” (wood)
Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC) – “Funky Transformational Fish” (mixed media)
Flavia Lovatelli (Columbia, SC) – “Coral” (paper)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.