ArtFields Returns to Lake City, S.C.

We’ve got another amazing art event for all our readers today. The sixth annual ArtFields competition and exhibition, sponsored by the Lake City Creative Alliance (LCCA), will return to Lake City, S.C. April 20-28, 2018! Showcasing the works of more than 400 Southeastern artists, who will be competing for prizes totaling $120,000.

For the sixth edition, the esteemed judges, comprised of acclaimed visual arts professionals, received an astounding number of submissions representing a wide range of both subject matters and media from both emerging and established artists. Contestants will compete for a variety of prizes including, Grand Prize, People’s Choice Two-Dimensional and People’s Choice Three-Dimensional, chosen by visitors to ArtFields through an easy ‘text to vote’ system, Category Prizes, and Merit Prizes. The list of artists can be seen on the ArtFields website.

During the art celebration’s nine days, the Lake City, S.C. transforms into one of the most gallery-dense spaces per capita in the nation as works are exhibited in 40 venues across the downtown area including renovated warehouses, a Smithsonian-qualified art gallery and upscale restaurants and boutiques in a mutual celebration of art and community.

As a result of ArtFields’ success over the past five years, Lake City has emerged as an art destination and this year, ArtFields and Lake City Creative Alliance (LCCA) are pleased to unveil two new permanent art venues that will join the Smithsonian-certified Jones-Carter Gallery. The new TRAX Visual Art Center, known as TRAXvac, will be one of South Carolina’s largest art centers at 5,000 square-feet and feature two professional gallery spaces, with an adjoining sculpture garden planned for the near future. In addition, the long-time ArtFields storefront office will be transformed into the “AFO Gallery,” and a fourth art venue is in the works for the near future to allow for ongoing and simultaneous exhibitions in the town. With the new art spaces, Lake City aims to become a year-round art destination.

A few of this years highlights include a large-scale public sculpture by Florence, S.C. artists Patz and Mike Fowle honor former NASA astronaut Ronald McNair, the popular MakersMarket showcasing fine art and unique handcrafted goods and the ColorMe ArtFields 5K Color Run & Walk happening of April 21st. Check out the rest of the events on the calendar page here.

ArtFields Jr. will also host their annual statewide youth art competition where South Carolina student contestants enrolled in grades one through 12 will compete for up to $500 in their respective age brackets. Winners will be announced on April 28th on the Village Green.

To learn more about the ArtFields exhibition and completion, head to their website.

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