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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

The Spartanburg County Public Libraries are sponsoring the 4th Annual Juried Exhibition that will be on display from August 10th – October 19th. The competition is open to all artists, 18 and over, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Anderson County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC), Union County (SC), Pickens County (SC), York County (SC), Oconee County (SC), Rutherford County (NC), Polk County (NC), and Henderson County (NC).

Michael Manes will serve as juror for this year's exhibition. Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $2,600.00 will be presented in this year's exhibition. Entries may be submitted digitally through our online submission form that will open April 12th and continue through June 1st. There will be a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Headquarters Library. Live music and hors d'oeuvres will be provided during the reception.

Please download the PDF file of the prospectus for full details on eligibility and submitting artwork or visit the PROSPECTUS webpage.

For more information regarding this event contact Miranda Mims Sawyer at 864.285.9091 or

Dates To Remember:
  • Call for Artists: April 12th - June 1st
  • Artists Notified: June 17th
  • Drop off Dates: August 1st - 5th; 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Exhibition Dates: August 10th - October 19th
  • Reception: August 27th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Michael Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Spiral 1 represents work by exceptional Southern artists in a light-filled gallery spanning three floors. This spacious setting allows the gallery to offer considerable diversity and an extensive exhibition schedule, curating over 20 shows annually. As the Assistant Director, Michael has a number of responsibilities from art consulting and sales for both a residential and commercial clientele, curating, programming and installing exhibitions, and the overseeing of web and social media maintenance.  
Michael not only has an integral role at the gallery but is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community. Michael is currently the Vice President of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association (ADGA)/Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD). He is also passionate about American Craft Week, Handmade in America, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, and all national non profits located in Asheville, where he takes an active role as a volunteer and consultant. He believes American Craft enriches our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. It contributes to our economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our nation’s history. Michael holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.  


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