The South’s Most Engaging Art Festival and Competition

ArtFields® started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With over $100,000 up for grabs, awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing amounts of money to all artists in all media who live in the twelve Southeastern states. Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920’s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer.

ArtFields® is a charitable program of the Lake City Partnership Council, a federally-recognized tax-exempt public charity, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of the citizens residing within the community of Lake City, South Carolina. ArtFields® is designed to provide opportunities for the cultivation of artists and to offer educational and arts programs for the benefit of the public.

ArtFields® Call for Submissions

Artist from across the 12 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) are encouraged to submit artwork for the competition and their chance at a share of $100,000 in prizes. These life-changing prizes will be awarded as a Top Prize ($50,000), a Juried Panel Prize ($25,000), a People’s Choice two-dimensional ($12,500), a People’s Choice three-dimensional ($12,500) prize and ten $1,000 The Citizens Bank Merit Awards during ArtFields 2016. Emerging and established artists at all levels of recognition and education may submit one original 2-D or 3-D work or art. Artwork is submitted online to be reviewed by a jury of visual arts professionals. The jury will select 400 works of art to compete in Lake City for the prize money. Artists will be notified no later than January 4, 2016 of acceptance into ArtFields 2016.

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How to Vote

All  attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite artists while enjoying ArtFields® in Lake City. Your vote could help an artist win a share of $110,000 in cash prizes.

Voting will begin closer to the event. Please check back for more info.