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ArtFields Jr.

Artfields Jr. Art Competition

The Artfields Jr. Art Competition is open to South Carolina students in grades 1 through 12. All artwork submitted is considered by our review panel. Select pieces will be displayed during the month of April and final judging takes place during Artfields. Winners will be notified by phone or email and officially announced during the Awards Ceremony on The Village Green in Lake City Saturday, April 28, 2018. Schools and families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony to support their student artists and developing artists throughout the community.

Rules & Important Dates

Everything you need to know about the Artfields Jr. Art competition.

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“Like a seed taking root, art found its way back to Lake City.”

Important Dates

November 13

Art Submission Begins

February 13

Art Submission Deadline

February 16 - March 2

Review Panel Selects ArtFields Jr. 2018 Competition Artwork

March 9

ArtFields Jr. Competitors Announced

March 19 – 24

Artwork Collected

April 16 – 28

ArtFields Jr. Artwork Displayed

April 18 – 25

Educational ArtWalks (Student Field Trips)

April 20 – 28

ArtFields 2018

April 28

ArtFields Jr. Winners Award Ceremony on The Village Green


ArtFields Jr. Art Competition

Winners and special presentations will be announced during the ArtFields Jr. Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2018, on The Village Green, in Lake City.


Grades 1 - 2

  • 1st Place $200
  • 2nd Place $100
  • 3rd Place $75
  • Plus 3 Merit Awards

Grades 3 - 5

  • 1st Place $200
  • 2nd Place $100
  • 3rd Place $75
  • Plus 3 Merit Awards

Grades 6 - 8

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • Plus 3 Merit Awards

Grades 9 - 12

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • Plus 3 Merit Awards
Student Choice Prize:

Grades 1 - 6

  • Voted on by Educational ArtWalk student participants
Student Choice Prize:

Grades 7 - 12

  • Voted on by Educational ArtWalk student participants

Review Panel | Florence, SC

Jane Madden

H. Jane Madden is a faculty member at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. She has a long history of experimentation in artistic media, the latest being the use of mushrooms to make paper and dye silk. She was co-founder with Alex Palkovich of the Art Trail Gallery in Florence in 2008. Why should youth participate in art? There is no single correct answer in art. Nor is there a straight and simple path. Instead, participation in the arts provides constant challenges to the artist at every age to communicate his/her message. It is a continuous process of juxtaposing new ideas, taking fresh perspectives, trying new techniques, improving and broadening one’s skillset, attending to fine details, all while attempting to see if the message is reaching the viewing audience. It requires discipline and practice to excel. Together, these experiences provide our young people with a valuable set of skills that they may draw upon the rest of their lives.

Review Panel | Charleston, SC

Erin Nathanson

Erin believes art is a language that everyone can connect with, no matter our backgrounds. She has been dedicated to visual arts in the American South for over a decade. Important roles include curating the City of Charleston’s public art space, The City Gallery at Waterfront Park for five years, served as a founding member and owner of Charleston Supported Art, and was enlisted as the Arts and Cultural Relations Director of ArtFields to establish a foundation and provide direction for the then new art competition and festival. Nathanson most recently opened The Southern contemporary art gallery in January 2016 alongside her husband, Justin Nathanson, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The Southern has already become a landmark for contemporary art created by living artists connected to the American South.

Review Panel | Orangeburg, SC

Jelani Kahmil Thomas

A native of Miami, Florida, Jelani K. Thomas uses his creative talents and knowledge of design to breathe life into his visual imagery. Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and produced the official logo for his alma mater in 1999. Mr. Thomas attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration (2000-2002). In 2005, he was named the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District New Teacher of the Year. In 2013 - 2014 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Humanities at Claflin University. Mr. Thomas currently resides in Columbia, SC. In addition to commissioned artwork and displaying at gallery showings, he is a visual arts professor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Juried Panel | Conway, SC

Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt, Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, included in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.

Jim received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and has been invited instructor at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Juried Panel | Charleston, SC

Ann Simmons

Ann Simmons earned a bachelor's degree in Arts Management with minors in Art History and Business Administration from the College of Charleston, as well as a certificate in Digital Media Software from Trident Technical College. She held the position of Arts Coordinator for Marketing, Development, and Special Events with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department for 8 years and was promoted to Deputy Director in the Spring of 2016. Ann was a co-founder/co-owner of Charleston Supported Art, a 2 year program that connected artists with collectors based on the community support agriculture model. She served on the performer committee for TedX Charleston in 2015, is a current member of the Charleston Association of Grant Professionals, and was recently appointed to the Committee of 50, a planning committee for the SC Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

“There’s no doubt that the arts can be fun for students, but they also play a vital role in their development as individuals and as members of their community. The arts can foster creativity, build confidence, strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills, support collaboration, and encourage perseverance in our youth. I've seen it time and time again with the students who participate in the programs the Cultural Arts Department offers and I see it every day with my own children.”

Juried Panel | Orangeburg, SC

Herman Keith

Herman Keith Jr. was born 13 December, 1968 in Greenwood, South Carolina. Keith’s work addresses a visual dialogue between “the past” and “the now” using various media. Keith attended Howard University in Washington D.C., in 1987 Majoring in Graphic Design. Upon graduation in 1995 Keith began working as a Graphic Artist for the consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Upon returning to South Carolina Keith attended Lander University to receive his Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree in 1999. Over the next twelve years Keith continued his career in art instruction in the public school systems of South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, and Florida. He is the founder of HAKeith Brushworx and the South Carolina Rural Arts Project (S.C.R.A.P.) which is a conscious effort to energize and revitalize rural towns and communities through art by transforming public spaces collectively with local individuals, institutions, and organizations. Keith is an adjunct art instructor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

“Being creative is natural. When human beings accept and harness the creative nature within us, we stop reacting to life's events without understanding. Creativity allows us to exercise our ability make a crooked places straight and the rough places smooth. Nurture the creative Spirit as soon as possible; so as physically develop the soul has time to practice.”

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