PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s 35th annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition begins April 2 and is open to all artists ages 18 and older, working in any medium, and living in South Carolina.
The Juror for this year’s competition is Clark Whittington, an artist and founder of the Art-o-mat project. Growing up in an arts/music infused ranch style house in the 1960s, he was exposed to all sorts of creativity. His mother is a self-taught graphic designer, his brother a music teacher, his dad a barber and his great uncle a textile worker.
During this time, he learned from his family/neighbors that it was OK to make something vs. buy something. As a kid, he learned to problem solve and tinker. He attended art school at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. After college, he helped open several artist run spaces in Charlotte, N.C., and Winston-Salem, N.C.
In 1997, Whittington created the Art-o-mat project. There are approximately 120 of these machines installed in various parts of the world with over 400 artists involved.
Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries can be shipped or delivered to the museum from April 2 through April 9 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The exhibit resulting from the competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on April 26 and will continue through June 12. The Museum is located at 307 Johnston St. in Pickens.
The competition is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1.
Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus can call 864-898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.pickenscountymuseum.org and clicking the prospectus link.