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The South's Most Engaging Art Competition and Festival

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. The competition and exhibition offers over $145,000 in cash prizes. The winners of two People’s Choice Awards are determined by the votes of people visiting ArtFields; a panel of art professionals selects all the other awards, including the $50,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 Second Place award.

Up to 400 works of art will be on display in locally-owned venues, from renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter Gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center to the library, the history museum, the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, restaurants, boutiques and other shops. During ArtFields, what was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.

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

Art Galleries

Three art galleries call Lake City home. TRAX Visual Art Center and Jones-Carter Gallery feature rotating shows throughout the year while Crossroads Gallery displays past winners from ArtFields. All three galleries are open 11AM-5PM Tuesday - Saturday while shows are hanging. Please contact us if you have a special interest group or school group that would like to visit. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Youth Art Education

Throughout the year, our student artists can take part in Art Explorers, monthly classes to immerse students in all areas of the arts. The ArtFields Jr. art competition allows South Carolina student artists to compete for cash prizes and student choice awards. Finally, our educational artwalks offer a way for students to come on field trips to dig deeper into the meaning of artwork and how it connects to the world.

Public Art

As a visible way to show the power of art to revitalize and invigorate, the ArtFields began commissioning pieces each year to spruce up overlooked corners of the town. With over 9 murals and sculptures commissioned and an additional 9 pieces commissioned and purchased by other entities, the public art in Lake City will wow you no matter when you visit.

What We Believe

ArtFields is living, breathing proof of the power of art. A reminder that its beauty and soul and energy live within each of us—even in the harshest of seasons.

We believe art is a field that endures—through flourish and fallow.

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