Artisphere has been successfully connecting artists and buyers for over a decade. Our festival has become a staple in the local and regional community as ‘the place to be’ for artists of all kinds. All artists go through an application and review process before final selections are made.
Applications for the 2020 festival are no longer being accepted. We will start accepting applications for the 2021 festival in August 2020.
Every year, 135 artists are selected to attend the festival. Each artist is given a 12’x12’ booth to showcase their artwork, with double booths available for purchase.
- Artwork must be original, handcrafted, and produced by the artist
- Submit an Artist Statement explaining the process and materials used
- Submit 4 images showing your range of work
- Submit 1 booth photo showing how your work will be displayed
- 12’x12’ with 10’x10’ of display space
- Standard Booth: $450
- Corner Booth $550
- Double Booth: $900
- Electricity: $40
Each artist must apply for at least one medium category. Artists can apply in multiple mediums by submitting separate applications for each.
- Submit an application with required photos through Zapplication.
- A Jury Review Panel blind jury each application (learn more about our jury process)
- Final artist selections are made based on jury results
- Artists must sign and return the Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees
- Digital Art
- Jewelry/Precious Metals
- Jewelry/Semi-Precious Metals
- Metal Works
- Mixed Media 2D
- Mixed Media 3D
- Painting: Oil/Acrylic
- Painting: Watercolors
- October 4, 2019 — Zapplication Final Application Deadline
- November 16-17, 2019 — Festival Jury Review
- November 29, 2019 — Notification of Acceptance
- January 3, 2020 — Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees Due. Contract must be submitted with booth fees in order for booth requests to be processed.
Artisphere’s Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship Program
This program is open to South Carolina artists who have developed a solid body of work, completed within the past two years, but who are not currently earning a living as a festival exhibitor.
Selected artists will participate in the Festival, attend an exhibition workshop, and receive:
- Booth space
- Use of display screens during the festival
Scholarship applicants undergo the same jury selection process as all visual artist applicants and submit an application with required photos through Zapplication.
- Register and create an artist profile in Zapplication
- Follow instructions to apply to Artisphere as an Emerging Festival Artist
Meet the 2020 Jury Review Panel
Each year four Visual Arts professionals and a representative from the Artisphere Board of Directors are selected to jury visual artist applications. All scores are combined and averaged to determine accepted and waitlisted artists by medium category. Artistic Excellence scores are based on:
- Artistic merit (vision, creativity, originality of work, cohesiveness, and consistency)
- Technical competence (strength of composition, color, design, and technical aspects)
- Booth presentation
A Carolina native, Bracken Sansbury has worked in and managed galleries in the Carolinas for over 8 years. Sansbury received Fine Art and Business degrees from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina and an internship with Center of the Earth Gallery through the University turned into a love affair with the business of art. As a key player in the Charlotte art scene for more than 25 years, Center of the Earth taught Sansbury about the important role a Gallerist can play to both artist and collector as well as the business side of building those relationships.
From Charlotte, Sansbury moved with her husband to Jacksonville, FL and then Asheville, NC where she continued to manage galleries and cut her teeth in the world of art consulting. For the past year and a half, Sansbury has been the Gallery Manager at Art & Light and is honored to be part of Greenville’s budding art community. She lives here in Greenville with her husband, two Labrador Retrievers and adores taking her creative side to the kitchen.
Andy Gambrell is a mid-career American Painter. He studied art and art history at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Furman University, The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and at the University of Miami. His work has been featured in over eighty exhibitions and is collected internationally. In 2010, Gambrell was recognized as a core member of the contemporary painting movement, the Miami School.
Gambrell trained artists for thirteen years and developed extensive university curricula in painting and art history. He taught design, color theory, drawing, painting, and art history for the University of Miami, Elizabeth City State University, Furman University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta and Hong Kong.
In 2017, Gambrell returned to South Carolina to paint full time. He maintains an internationally recognized studio practice in West Pelzer, from which he lectures, writes art criticism, and mentors a diverse group of exceptional aspiring painters. In 2019, Gambrell founded The Grand Gallery, a project space in West Pelzer that exhibits artists who have made substantive cultural contributions to Upstate South Carolina.
Tara Locklear received her BFA from East Carolina University. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of jewelry. Her curatorial projects include Monochrome Noir at Velvet da Vinci, California and 50/50 Equal Parts at The Gray Gallery, North Carolina. She has taught several workshops and given lectures on her process around the United States including Pratt Design School NYC and Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh.
Her work is in several private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin. Tara’s work can be found online and, in many galleries including Velvet da Vinci, California, J. Cotter Galleries, Colorado and Mora Collection, North Carolina. She also shows work in craft shows including Bijoux! at the Norton Museum of Art, Florida and The American Craft Council Shows.
She has been published and exhibited across the United States and Canada. Tara is a recent 2014 Society for Contemporary Craft Lydon Emerging Artist Program Finalist. Tara currently resides in Raleigh, NC where she works as a studio jewelry artist.
Richard Wilson is a visual artist who uses reality and creativity to produce images that reflect the beauty in the world around him. Wilson has produced an impressive twenty-year career as a productive professional artist, freelance and corporate graphic designer, and teacher at Pitt Community College. He has artworks in numerous collections, public and private, but is most proud of his official portrait of George Henry White, the last former slave to serve in Congress, and the fact that Wilson is the first African American artist to have a portrait publicly displayed in a North Carolina courthouse.
During his career Wilson has received numerous local, national and international awards; In 2011, the International Tennis Hall of Fame acquired one of Wilson’s “Shadow Series” painting, titled “In His Shadow” depicting a young boy inspired by Arthur Ashe, for their permanent collection. Art Collectors Magazine highlighted Wilson’ s studio and work as a destination to see in the Carolinas and in December of 2013 his figurative work was highlighted in Art Collectors magazine.
Wilson’s work is in private collections all over the world. Some of his notable collectors are Tina Knowles – Designer & mother of singer Beyonce Knowles, Gladys Knight, Tom Joyner, Ed Gordon, Victoria Rowell, Bev Smith, Anne & Clifton Davis, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Judge James Wynn and many more.
ARTIST OF THE UPSTATE EXHIBIT
Applications open February 28, 2020 and close March 31, 2020.
The Artists of the Upstate Exhibit is a juried exhibition that’s open to artists 18+ living in Upstate South Carolina (Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, Laurens, Cherokee, Union, Abbeville counties). This exhibit recognizes the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by those living in the Upstate region. Supported by the Metropolitan Arts Council, the exhibit will be on display to the public throughout the festival weekend. The new location for the exhibit will be in the courtyard between Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood and City Hall.
Jessica Helfrecht, Program Director for the MINT Gallery in Atlanta, GA, will serve as Juror for the 2020 Artists of the Upstate exhibit. Jessica has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector, ranging from opening four galleries to leading the growth of existing organizations. This has required not only vision and fundraising, but also collaborative work to facilitate partnerships with artists and patrons, coordinate events, and develop opportunities for outreach and visibility. As the Interim Executive Director at MINT, Helfrecht provides leadership for the organization, coordinates the four galleries’ exhibition schedules and serves as the main point of contact for the artists served through the Leap Year, MINTernship and Studio Artists programs.
LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE
Application Deadline: February 12, 2020
Artisphere is dedicated to celebrating the arts and the Upstate’s rich international and multicultural flair by providing space for local performing arts groups to showcase their craft.
We seek performing artists to embody our mission:
- Celebrate the arts and make them accessible to all residents and visitors
- Showcase Greenville’s local cultural offerings alongside some of the most talented visual artists from across the country
- Highlight the power of the arts to enhance quality of life and build community
- Educate, inspire, and entertain a diverse audience
- Generate tourism and stimulate economic development
- Complete the application
- Submit Artist/Group biographies and performance history
- Samples of your performance in video or photo format
- Must be a Local nonprofit Performing Arts Group
CULINARY ARTS APPLICATION
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
The Culinary Arts Cafe, located at the heart of the festival on the Main St Bridge, will house five local full-service restaurants. Artisphere aims to provide a great culinary selection highlighting Greenville’s growing and diverse culinary scene.
COLLABORATIVE ARTS EVENT
Application Deadline: TBA
Artisphere recognizes Greenville’s outstanding visual and performing art groups that put together special events in celebration of the festival weekend.
- Complete the application
- Samples of your performance in video or photo format
- Submit a 50-100 word description of your organization and performance (this may be used in Artisphere publicity and programming materials)