Wednesday March 8, 2023
The Lake City ArtFields Collective is excited to announce the ArtFields 2023 Wet Paint Competition! Our plein air day is getting a revamp in this exciting new competition. WHERE: Lake City, SC during ArtFields 2023 WHEN: Sunday, April 23rd from 1 – 4PM with awards selected by judge Chris Groves. Artists will be awarded $500 […]
Wednesday February 1, 2023
ArtFields 2022 Portrait Contest Winner Emma Hartman and model Carla Angus. Applications for the ArtFields 2023 Portrait Contest are officially open through March 1st, 2023. Artists will compete for Best in Show and over $3,000 in cash prizes while painting live portraits. To apply, you’ll need basic contact information and a portfolio of work. […]
Friday December 16, 2022
Queen Made by Abra Bolling at Makers Market during ArtFields 2022. The ArtFields Makers Market is an open air market that coincides with ArtFields, an epic 11-day art festival in Lake City, SC! The market is chock full of goods made by incredibly talented artists from across the Southeast. We’re beginning our call to makers […]
Thursday November 3, 2022
The ArtFields Collective Team is growing! After announcing our strategic plan during ArtFields 2023, we’re thrilled to be adding key positions to the team as we expand and improve our programs. Please click on the job title below to view the complete job description. Resume/CV and cover letters should be sent to [email protected] Curator […]
Thursday November 3, 2022
An important part of any festival is the food and ArtFields is now accepting applications for official food vendors for ArtFields from April 19 – April 29, 2023. With over $100,000 in cash prizes awarded to artists from across the Southeast, ArtFields is the largest art competition of its kind. ArtFields is open to […]
Thursday October 20, 2022
“Wish You Were Here” Casey Schachner on display during ArtFields 2022. Casey used cocktail umbrellas for this installation! “What is the theme for ArtFields?” “I have an art piece that is small. Is this what you’re looking for?” “My art is super modern, so that’s probably not what you’d want in a small town.” “I […]
The Lake City ArtFields Collective is a community arts non profit located in Lake City, South Carolina. We were founded in 2013 with a mission to celebrate Southern art and revitalize our small town through the arts. Our flagship event, ArtFields, turns the town into a gallery as local businesses display hundreds of artworks and artists compete for $100,000 in prizes. During the year, our three galleries feature rotating exhibitions to not only provide a place for artists to showcase their work, but also to create access to the arts for an underserved area. A robust public art collection and art education for South Carolina youth finish off our ever-growing art based programs.
Growing up in the south in the 1970s I was completely unaware of the history of the public educational system in which I was enrolled. Only a few decades earlier young activists like Dorothy Counts took the brunt of abuse by racist community members who resisted school integration. I wasn’t introduced to the powerful images of her difficult journey to school until just a few years ago and was so moved by her stoicism and bravery in the face of the sheer mass of resistance. It feels important to revisit this image today, in light of the continued need to uproot the racist foundations of America. As some people still try to erase or whitewash our unpleasant past it's ever more important to look closely at inspiring moments of resistance like this one. It felt apt to use a material meant for children to create this piece. These microcosms of our culture, represent the cacophony of voices that are continually vying for our attention and distracting us from what’s important in our world...
At first glance, the boxing speed-ball appears playful—sugary sweet, even, given the mosaic of clay conversation hearts that enfold it. But more serious currents flow beneath its eye-catching veneer. While its central refrains—“Thanks” and “No Thanks”—are some of the simplest expressions available to us, their almost obsessive repetition lends them an ambiguous force. To what are they responding? The work is part of a series that challenges cultural myths and false narratives contributing to the sexual violence against Southeast Asian women in contemporary America. And more broadly the work is a repeated call to stop Anti-Asian Hate.
The pandemic brought all kinds of changes to our lives. While some of those changes were easier to assimilate than others, I found my stress and anxiety levels spike more frequently in this past year and a half. Maybe that's what inspired me to paint this portrait of my niece, her eyes closed, face glowing, serene, and peaceful. A gentle reminder to all of us to pause for a moment, breathe in deep, and find peace and light within ourselves.
‘I Lay Out a Bait’ is a recollection of my many struggles, from Nigeria to South Dakota, and now Georgia; all these places are landmarks in my many expeditions while fishing for success in my art career. Having been groomed in life lessons such as the power of endurance, persistence, strategy, and reward, fishing aptly represents a metaphor that guides my approach to life. By searching for and recycling found metal objects, I am bringing back to life, that which had been neglected, with the hope that there will be a catch at the end of the hook. Words cut out in metal and strewn at the back of the fish are fragments of a poem from my journal that highlights the metaphor of fishing as it relates to life.