SHOWCASE YOUR WORK AT ARTISPHERE

Application Process & Details

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.

VISUAL ARTISTS

Artist applications are now being accepted for the Artisphere 2022 festival. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, October 8, 2021.

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.

Requirements:
  • 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
Booth Details:
  • 12’x12’ with 10’x10’ of display space
  • Standard Booth: $450
  • Corner Booth $550
  • Double Booth: $900
  • Electricity: $40

Applications

Each artist must apply for at least one medium category. Artists can apply in multiple mediums by submitting separate applications for each.

Process:
Medium Categories:
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Jewelry/Precious Metals
  • Jewelry/Semi-Precious Metals
  • Metal Works
  • Mixed Media 2D
  • Mixed Media 3D
  • Painting: Oil/Acrylic
  • Painting: Watercolors
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
Key Deadlines:

August 2, 2021: Artisphere begins accepting exhibiting artist applications

October 8, 2021: Deadline for artists to submit application
January 14, 2022:
 Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees Due
February 25, 2022:  Final Date for Cancellation and Receipt of Refund
May 6-8, 2022:  Festival Dates

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

Requirements:

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 2022 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

Karen Howard — Director, Winthrop University Galleries, Instructor of Fine Arts, Rock Hill, SC.

Karen Howard is currently the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and an instructor in the department of Design at Winthrop. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). Howard has curated numerous socially focused exhibitions including The Democratic Cup, investigating the idea of ‘artivism’ (Winthrop University), Man+Land+Water, probing global water issues (Winthrop University), and Material Reflex, exploring Sonya Clark’s symbolic and innovative interpretation of material as a reflection of personal and cultural identity (Winthrop University Galleries, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA).

 

Howard has coordinated various collaborative community projects including MUSE Fest Rock Hill, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, the Democratic National Convention Charlotte as well the public art installations The Red Line by Carla Stetson and Ann Evolving by Kathy Bruce. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards and juried regional exhibitions and public art selections. Howard acted as a member of the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and the Center for Craft Research Fund Grants Review Panel. She has received awards for her work in public service including an “Award of Merit” from the Confederation of S.C. Local Historical Societies and a “Presidential Citation” from Winthrop University. Howard is also a founding member of Media, Art, Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton, an organization formed to raise public awareness about design.

William Downs — Contemporary Artist and Painter, Atlanta, GA.

Born and raised in Greenville, SC, Atlanta- based artist William Downs works in a range of mediums, but focuses primarily on drawing. He earned his multidisciplinary MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design. He continues his educational practice as a visiting guest lecturer and adjunct professor.

Downs has shown in a sundry of group and solo exhibitions at venues across the United States and abroad including: E.C. Lina Gallery, LA, Contemporary Art Museum, MS, and the Century Gallery in London. In 2018, he received the Artadia Award and a Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship at the Hambidge Creative Residency Center Program. Downs’ work featured in the Art AIDS America exhibition which toured nationally for a year headed by Rock Hushka and Johnathan Katz. Following, his work was chosen for the prolific Black Pulp! exhibition piloted by the International Print Center New York. This exhibit also showed at The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Robin Markowitz — CEO Art-Linx, Arts Festival Director, Rockville, MD.

Robin Markowitz is an artist, fine art festival director and CEO of Art-Linx. She has been showcasing her handcrafted contemporary fine art jewelry for 25 years at juried art festivals. Ten years ago, she became Festival Director of the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (MD) and added A-RTS at Rockville Town Square (MD) in 2012. In 2016, she became CEO of Art-Linx, an online marketing firm connecting artists and art shows. The mission at Art-Linx is to use multiple online platforms to connect the traveling artist community, foster dialogue between show directors, and publish the Art Festival Newsletter dedicated to discussing important industry trends and issues that are unique to this community. Art-Linx works with over 250 juried art shows across the country. Robin has had the privilege of shepherding 16 juries and being a juror or onsite judge for numerous art festivals. She looks forward to meeting all the artists at the Halifax Art Festival.

Andrew Sovjani — 2021 Artisphere Award Winner, Photography Category, Conway, MA.

Andrew Sovjani is a visual artist recognized for blurring the boundaries between photography, printmaking and painting. Raised in a family of working studio artists, art making is in his blood. Andrew has drawn from his life experiences in the scientific world and living in Asia to create transcendent bodies of work that are often extremely peaceful.  His award winning photographs have been shown in exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and are held in many public and private collections. He has won awards of distinction at many of the top fine arts festivals in the nation and was a finalist for the Critical Mass book awards in 2008 and 2016.

Andrew’s studio, Folding Light Studio, is housed in an old mill building in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

ARTIST OF THE UPSTATE EXHIBIT

Applications open Spring 2022. Check back for more details.

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. The accepted artists will be featured on the Artisphere website and shared on Artisphere’s social media channels. Cash prizes will be awarded to four award winners. The deadline to apply is April 9, 2021.

William Downs, Atlanta-based fine artist, will serve as Juror for the 2021 Artists of the Upstate exhibit. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, William Downs works in a range of mediums, but focuses primarily on drawing. He received a Multidisciplinary M.F.A .from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design. Downs taught Foundation Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art from 2002 through 2010. He taught Advanced Drawing at Parsons The New School for Design, Foundation Drawing at The Cooper Union and Tulane University. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta and was chosen by Artadia as their 2018 Atlanta awardee and by MOCA GA Working Artist Project for 2020.

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LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE

Application Deadline: TBA

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
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Requirements:
  • 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: TBA

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. 

Requirements:
  • 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)