The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition will take place beginning April 2, 2014. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.
The Juror for this year’s competition is Clark Whittington, an artist and founder of the Art-o-mat® project. Growing up in an arts/music infused ranch style house in the 60's, he was exposed to all sorts of creativity. His mom is a self-taught graphic designer, his brother a music teacher, his dad a barber and his great uncle a textile worker. During this time, he learned from his family/neighbors that it was ok to make something vs. buy something. As a kid, he learned to problem solve and tinker. He attended art school at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. After college, he helped open several artist run spaces in Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. In 1997, Clark created the Art-o-mat® project. There are approximately 120 of these machines installed in various parts of the world with over 400 artists involved. www.artomat.org.
Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000.00 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Wednesday, April 2 and continuing April 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Till 7:00 on Thurs 4/3). The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on April 26 and will continue through June 12.
The Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Fifth Annual Competition is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1. The Annual Juried Competition and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.
The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.