Artisphere is accepting visual artist applications July 28 – October 6, 2017.

Click to learn about the 2017 visual artist application procedure and requirements.

Visual Artist Application

Artisphere applications for visual artists are accepted through To submit your application, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click here.
  2. Register and create an artist profile.
  3. Prepare and upload your images. (Visit the ZAPP Help Center for Image Preparation Tips.)
  4. Complete the online application and submit before Midnight (EST) on October 6, 2017.

Other Artist Applications

Please click on the relevant link below for information on how to apply for Artisphere’s other artistic opportunities.

Performing Arts Application

Collaborative Event Application

Artists of the Upstate Application

The Artists of the Upstate exhibition is a juried exhibition that is open to artists living within a 35-mile radius of Greenville, SC. It seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by artists living in the Upstate region of South Carolina. It is presented by Artisphere and supported by grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council. The Artists of the Upstate exhibition will be on display to the public during Artisphere.


Artist of the Upstate Application

2016 Accepted Artist List

Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship Program

Artisphere’s Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship program is open to local artists who have developed a solid body of work, completed within the past two years but are not currently earning a living as a festival exhibitor. Scholarship applicants will be subject to the same jury selection process as the other applicants, but the artists selected to participate in the Festival as Emerging Artists will attend an exhibition workshop and receive free marketing materials, booth space, and use of display screens during the Artisphere festival.

Apply online at, register and create an artist profile, and follow the instructions to apply to Artisphere as an Emerging Festival Artist.

Jury Review

Each year four jurors and a representative from the Artisphere Board of Directors are selected to jury visual artist applications.  Jurors score applicants from 1 (low) to 7 (high) with no 4. All scores are combined and averaged to determine Accepted and Wait Listed artists by medium category.  Jurors are instructed to score Artistic Excellence using the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit (vision, creativity, originality of work, cohesiveness, and consistency)
  • Technical competence (strength of composition, color, design, and technical aspects)
  • Booth presentation



TODD ANDERSON, Assistant Professor of Art, Printmaking, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 

Todd Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.  Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and his Master of Fine Arts (with Distinction) from the University of New Mexico in 2004. Anderson worked at various Fine Art print studios over the course of seven years including Tandem Press (Madison, Wisconsin, USA), The Tamarind Institute of Lithography (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) and The Artist’s Press (Mpumalanga, Republic of South Africa). He currently resides in Clemson, South Carolina where he is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Clemson University. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally including 8 solo exhibitions and over 90 unique, group exhibitions. Highlights included a presence at numerous major art fairs including Art Basel Miami, Art Chicago, Art Santa Fe, Editions/Artist’s Books Fair, Impressions Orlando, the New York Affordable Art Show and the San Francisco International Art Exposition as well as Scope Los Angeles and Scope London.


DARIN GEHRKE, Artisphere 2016 2nd Place 3D Award Winner, Ceramics, Greenville, SC..

A native of Pennsylvania, Darin Gehrke currently lives in Greenville, SC.   He recently moved to Greenville from New York City where he worked in his garment district studio and taught adult ceramics classes.  Previously, Gehrke taught ceramics and sculpture at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Keystone Oaks High School.  In the fall of 2003, Gehrke moved to Guangzhou, China to research Chinese ceramics and the disappearing hillside potteries.  For the Chinese National Day celebration, he demonstrated techniques at the Nan Feng Dragon Kiln in Shiwan, Guangdong Province, China.  Darin received his B.S. in Art Education with a focus in Ceramics from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.


MERCEDES JELINEK, Artist in Residence, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. 

Mercedes Jelinek is a photographer who is currently a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  She received a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Jelinek has built a freelance career working in several genres of photography – architecture, fashion, event, and journalism. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been included in exhibits at the Ogden Museum (Louisiana), Gaston County Museum (North Carolina) and numerous private collections. Jelinek has taught classes at multiple universities and photo centers, as well as run professional and communal photo studios.


MARILYN ZAPF, Assistant Director, Center for Craft Creativity & Design & Curator of CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, Asheville, NC.

Marilyn Zapf has curated a number of nationally-traveling exhibitions including Made in WNC (2015) and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints.  Zapf teaches courses on the History of Craft at Warren Wilson College and publishes articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Form and Crafts Magazine (UK). She is a founding member of the international experimental history of design collective, Fig. 9, holds a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism and de/industrialization.