Lake City’s ArtFields soliciting submissions from Columbia area artists

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Got Art?

ArtFields has officially opened its submission period. ArtFields is Lake City’s nine-day art exhibition and competition, planned for April 26 through May 4.

ArtFields presents a great opportunity for Columbia artists, according to an ArtFields press release. Last year there were nearly 60 artists selected from Columbia.

With more than $140,000 up for grabs in prize money this year, ArtFields is officially accepting submissions in all media from artists who live in its 12 participating Southern states. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 5. Accepted artists will be notified in December, and winners will be announced at the close of ArtFields, set for April 26 – May 4, 2019.

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor Southeastern artists with nearly two weeks worth of celebration and competition in the heart of Lake City – a small, once agrarian South Carolina town. To date, ArtFields has awarded nearly $700,000 in prize money, helped launch the careers of artists, and ultimately led to Lake City’s transformation into a burgeoning arts mecca.

Lake City native and philanthropist Darla Moore led the charge in creating the event, which is coordinated by a small and mighty team, and staffed by nearly 200 local volunteers.

ArtFields devotes extensive resources to recruit artists and draw audiences from all participating states. The entire town of Lake City transforms into a gallery for up to 400 pieces of art, exhibiting artwork in professional gallery spaces and in private shops, restaurants, and other locales.

Among ArtFields’ roughly 20,000 yearly attendees are gallery owners and museum curators and directors, arts educators, art critics and writers, students, locals, and those inspired by Lake City’s impressive display of Southern art. Most ArtFields events are free and open to the public.

Since its founding, ArtFields has contributed to Lake City’s growth into a year-round arts destination. On any given day, a Lake City visitor can admire artwork in the town’s two galleries, Jones-Carter and TRAX Visual Arts Center (opened in May 2018). Public art, murals, and sculptures are strewn throughout town. Due to the economic impact of ArtFields, there is a resurgence of local restaurants, business, and creative ventures bringing their storefronts back to life downtown. Even young professionals are following suit.


Submissions Timeline:  September 1st – November 5th
Save the Date for ArtFields 2019:  April 26th – May 4th
Full event schedule forthcoming
Prizes at stake:
Top Prize – $50,000
Second Place- $25,000
People’s Choice 2D – $12,500
People’s Choice 3D – $12,500
Merit Awards- $2,000 (10 Awards)
Category Awards- $1,500 (Digital/New Media & Film, Drawing, Installation & Performance, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture & Objects, Textile)
State Awards – $1,000 (12 awards, one per state)

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Columbia, Richland County