April 18, 2017
Official Comment on Current Debate
ArtFields is a place that gives voice to Southern art. Art can depict the beautiful and sacred, and it can depict the worst of mankind’s soul. All powerful art inspires conversation. One such conversation is unfolding now regarding a competition piece by an African American/black, Charleston area textile artist, which channels a truly tragic Southern experience.
The panel chose this piece for its power to evoke, as did the venue owner. They understood it would create important dialogue. We empathize with any anger or fear this decision has caused, yet stand by an abiding belief in artistic expression.
ArtFields plays no role in the selection of the art that is chosen by the judicial review panel. The pieces that are chosen do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of ArtFields.