WHAT IS IT? A yearly Piccolo staple, the Juried Art Exhibition is open to submissions from all South Carolina artists. The only caveat is that the work be two-dimensional, but that still leaves room for collage, fiber art, and other mixed-media amid the drawing, painting, and photography. Many of the works selected for display will be for sale as well. This year’s jurors are Leo Twiggs, a renowned batik artist, and Stacy Pearsall, the new director and owner of the Charleston Center for Photography.
WHY SEE IT? In addition to being a yearly tradition, this exhibition is a good chance to check out a range of work from this region and simultaneously reflect upon where it fits into contemporary art in a national context. It’s common to notice a number of names that don’t routinely pop up in local art shows, which can be a welcome change. And, of course, it’s fun to speculate about which works will win the prizes.
WHO SHOULD GO? Artists curious about what their local (and sometimes less-known) peers are up to. Supporters of local and regional art, particularly those interested in growing their own art collections. (Morrow Dowdle)