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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.

2018 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



Michael G. Manes– Gallery Director – Blue Spiral 1

Michael Manes is the Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Spiral 1 represents work by exceptional Southern artists in a light-filled gallery spanning three floors. This spacious setting allows the gallery to offer considerable diversity and an extensive exhibition schedule, curating over 20 shows annually. As the Director, Michael has a number of responsibilities from art consulting and sales for both a residential and commercial clientele, curating, programming and installing exhibitions, and the overseeing of web and social media maintenance. Michael not only has an integral role at the gallery but is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community. Michael currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Asheville Area Arts Council, helps facilitate the Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD), is passionate about American Craft Week, The Center for Craft Creativity & Design, and many other arts and community non-profits located in Asheville, where he takes an active role as a volunteer and consultant. He believes American Craft enriches our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. It contributes to our economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our nation’s history. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Asheville, holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Candler, North Carolina with his wife Hanna and their two pups, Ella and Mabel.


Joseph Bradley, Artisphere 2017 1st Place 2D Artist, 2D Mixed Media

Joseph Bradley is a nationally known award winning artist. Owning a successful gallery and studio in Greenville South Carolina’s Art District, Bradley creates work for private collectors and corporations.  His recent awards are:  1st place in 2D art Artisphere 2017, and Best of Mixed Media Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2017.  In 2015, Bradley was the Artisphere commemorative merchandise artist.  His paintings have recently been published in a book by Chronicle, carried in Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. A new book featuring his work by Penguin Books has just been published.

Joseph is happily married to Rachel, a talented pastry chef, and is the proud father of Luke, Jack, and Levi.


Yu-Kai LinOwner and Director – Kai Lin Art

Yu-Kai Lin is the Owner and Director of Kai Lin Art. Yu-Kai has worked with curators, developers, architects, and designers to collect art. He’s collaborated with teams to curate exhibitions and build collections to organizations including The High Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of Art, Whole Foods Market, Coca-Cola, W Hotels, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Botanical Garden, FOX Broadcasting Company, FLOR, SAS Institute, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Turner Broadcasting System, The Gallery Condominiums, Terminus, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, WXIA-TV/NBC, BET Network, Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Design Within Reach, Loews Hotel, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Troutman Sanders, Dashboard Co-Op, Kennesaw State University, King and Spalding as well private collectors.


KAI LIN ART is a contemporary art gallery cultivating creativity, connection, and conversation through art. Founded in 2008 by Yu-Kai Lin, our gallery is dedicated to promoting emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond. The gallery maintains an accelerated exhibition program with new exhibits every six to eight weeks.

Kai Lin Art has been recognized by regional, national, and international publications for being on the cutting edge of art in America. The gallery has been selected as a Top 50 Cultural Destination in Atlantaby internationally renowned Wallpaper*Magazine and voted Best Gallery by Jezebel Magazine, Fenuxe Magazine, Georgia Voice, and Haute Living.


Jay H. Song, Professor and Chair of Jewelry Department- Savannah College of Art & Design

Jay Song was born and raised in Dae-Jeon, South Korea.  She received an undergraduate degree in law from Han Nam University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in jewelry from Savannah College of Art & Design.  She has been teaching since 1999 as a professor in the jewelry department at Savannah College of Art and Design. She exhibited her works throughout the United States including Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN; SOFA Exhibition, Chicago and New York; Taboo Studio, San Diego, CA; Aaron Faber, New York, NY, Sculpture to Wear, Santa Monica, CA; Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Craft Alliance Gallery, St, Louis, MO, and others.  Her works have been published in Metalsmith magazine, as well as a Lark Publication book, 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series, The Ring.

She also has been invited by Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico, Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea,

Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, Beijing Fashion Institute of Technology, Beijing, China and Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, to name a few. She also was chosen as a mentor of International Rhino Fablab of Digital Fabrication and RhinoFab Studio of McNeel. She gave lectures and workshops at Smithsonian Craft Show hosted by the Smithsonian Museum Women’s Committee and Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, in addition, she was invited to jury 34th Annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival in Maitland, FL and Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville, FL. She currently serves as Chair of jewelry at Savannah college of Art and Design.


Seth Gould, Metalsmith and ToolMaker

Seth Gould is a metalsmith and tool maker based in Penland, North Carolina. He creates and ornaments utilitarian objects that range from simple tools to highly embellished locks. His work, which is strongly influenced by historic metalsmithing design and technique, typically begins in a coal forge and is finished at the bench with a file in hand.

Seth has exhibited work both internationally and nationally in Germany, Japan, and across the United States. He has taught, demonstrated, and lectured at institutions including Haystack School of Crafts, Southern Illinois Metalsmithing Society, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Currently Seth is a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts where he is pursing work that takes more time, research, and exploration to create than he was previously able to dedicate as an independent metalsmith.