Lake City, South Carolina presents ArtFields®, a 9-day Southern art competition and festival where artists compete for cash prizes. Winner are determined by a combination of votes from ArtFields® attendees and a juried panel. Each year, ArtFields® transforms historic downtown Lake City businesses into art galleries connecting artist, visitors, and locals.
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. With over $100,000 up for grabs, awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields® and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing amounts of money to all artists in all media who live in the twelve Southeastern states. Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920’s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize incredible talent.
This year will begin with a kick-off ArtWalk, 5K, Makers Market, Portrait Contest, and music concerts, all on the first weekend! Our Finale weekend will be one of celebration, with the Dandelion Gala, artist talks, more music, and our Finale Ceremony, where we announce the big winners. All that plus Public Art projects and nearly 700 pieces of artwork is sure to keep you busy. Plan your trip now to Lake City!
Don’t miss the arts festival that inspired CNN to select Lake City as the destination of choice in S.C. for its “50 states, 50 spots for 2014” travel recommendation. ArtFields® continues to collect accolades with its most recent recognition: the Charles A. Bundy Award. Governor Henry McMaster presented the award to ArtFields® during the annual South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel this past February in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition, The Southeast Tourism Society has just named ArtFields® one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017. For over five years, ArtFields® has claimed a definitive role as an integral part of Lake City’s cultural identity.
Designed for students from 5K through 12th grade, ArtFields® Jr. is a statewide youth art competition, a year-around art program and host fields trips that provide creative fine arts outlets for under served youth in Lake City and surrounding area.