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South Arts Launches Southern Prize Cash Award and Fellowships for Visual Artists

Ivan Schustak
(404) 874-7244 ext.29

Atlanta – South Arts is now accepting entries for the first annual Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One fellowship will be awarded to an individual artist in each state with a cash prize of $5,000. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize grand prize and second prize of an additional $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.

“Our region is home to deep artistic talent deserving additional recognition and support,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “We are launching the Southern Prize to celebrate the diverse range of expression in our region, from the traditional arts handed down across generations to the new creative processes coming from our technology centers.”

Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until March 1 through southarts.org/southernprize. Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media styles are eligible.

“The Southern Prize will impact the careers of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “These fellowships and awards will be part of the support system allowing artists in the South to make a living in our region.

A panel of expert judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded in mid April. The grand prize and second prize will be announced at an awards dinner on April 24.

The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, MailChimp, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


About South Arts
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

From: Jerrod Partridge <painterjerrod@gmail.com>
Subject: Visual Explorations
Date: September 9, 2016 at 4:10:56 PM CDT

-We are planning a Visual Exploration trip to the Holy Land!  In collaboration with Dr. Sam Morris and The Jerusalem Institute for Biblical Exploration we will draw and paint in Israel from May 8-17, 2017, while also receiving historical insights from Dr. Morris.  $3299 program cost includes airfare from Atlanta.  Includes Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and much more.

- We had another amazing trip to Italy this summer.  The weather was perfect, the food was perfect, and our travel companions were better than perfect.  If you would like to join us on a Visual Exploration of Tuscany next year we will go from July 14-21.  Program cost including drawing/painting instruction $2750, without instruction $2350.  Program cost does not include airfare.  Register before November 1, for a $200 discount.  Visit our Facebook page here to see images from this year's exploration.

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