Visual Artist Application
Artisphere applications for visual artists are accepted through www.Zapplication.org. To submit your application, follow these simple steps:
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.
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 www.zapplication.org, register and create an artist profile, and follow the instructions to apply to Artisphere as an Emerging Festival Artist.
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
ARTISPHERE 2019 JURY REVIEW PANEL
Owner and Director – Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Sybil Godwin was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and has over 15 years of experience in the art world. She attended North Carolina State University, and, upon graduating, moved straight to Atlanta to begin her career in galleries. Sybil worked in galleries in Atlanta for close to ten years, and moved to Charlotte in 2013. She became owner of Shain Gallery in 2017 after almost five years as Gallery Director, and continues to cultivate relationships with artists and clients within Charlotte and across the country. She is always keeping an eye out for up and coming, emerging artists and loves having the opportunity to support her artists and witness their work finding forever homes. As owner, her goals for the gallery are to continue supporting the Charlotte art community and keep connecting her clients with the perfect pieces of art.
Award-Winning Painter and Local Artist
Posed photographs of groups of people’s families, classmates, workers, and friends have been the major source of images for my paintings for some time.
Past the purely visual, the pictures have a tremendous emotional content. People sit or stand, usually tensed, concentrating on projecting the best of themselves. They look straight out at you. My photos are from as far back as the youth of my great-great grandparents, and from as far away as the former Soviet Union. They are cherished keepsakes of my family and discarded memories found at yard sales, flea markets, and in abandoned homes. No matter from what generation or country, be they of ancestors, strangers, or friends, the pictures describe the same complex relationships, the same sense of pride.
I am an avid admirer of the American artists Romare Bearden, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter, and Milton Avery. I strive through my own paintings to capture what is, in my opinion, so special about theirs…the sublime balance between the emotionality of the subject and the abstract nature of their surface, color, line, and brushwork.
Recently, my works have been focused mainly on images of the South. Having been born in Michigan and coming to the small town South as a young child, I developed a fascination with its history perhaps natural to a ‘transplanted Yankee”. The photos I have discovered of early life in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, and their other neighbor states all contain the same quality that never fails to touch me; the triumph of strength over adversity.
Ashley Jones is an artist and educator invested in exploring work that discusses both the personal and the universal narrative. Her practice primarily includes large format photography, but she is continuously interested in utilizing visual communication in a variety of platforms. Jones received her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her B.A. from the University of South Florida.
Her works have been featured in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, American Oxford, LightLeaked, IMPRINTS Magazine, Ticka-Arts, and ToneLit. She is actively exhibiting nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions.
Jeweler and Sculptor, Penland School of Crafts Core Fellow
Devyn Vasquez is a Miami native and a current Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts. She works in a range of media including ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture exploring the relationship between concept and technique. She has worked for non-profit art organizations, assisted artists and curators, taught art classes, and hosted ceramics workshops in North Carolina and Miami. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Management from Appalachian State University. She currently lives and works at Penland, where she takes a wide range of intensive studio classes focusing on material exploration.