Third annual Carolinas Got Art! calls for entries

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s jurored art exhibition and sale sponsored by Belk, is encouraging artists to enter its third annual competition. CGA! is open to both professional and amateur artists and accepts all mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, woven pieces and ceramics. The competition offers local artists a unique opportunity gain exposure for their work among potential buyers, receive recognition in the art community and compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes.

Participating artists will have their work reviewed by this year’s juror, Lance Esplund, art critic for Bloomberg News, and former chief art critic at the New York Sun and Wall Street Journal. Esplund will select pieces to hang in Elder Gallery in South End during a month-long show in May, giving artists an opportunity to sell their work in one of the city’s premier art galleries. For artists not selected, there will be a second show, jurored by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 40-50 pieces will be chosen to hang in the gallery during the month of June. All artists will be featured in “Through the Juror’s Eyes” a virtual show to display and sell all submitted work during both months.

Last year’s competition attracted entries from four Waxhaw artists including Purdy Weaver and Deborah Bartonm, two each from Monroe and Indian Trail and one from Weddington. “We are thrilled to partner with Belk for the 2013 show,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “Like us, they believe in supporting local talent and making a difference in their lives. With Belk and our 2013 juror, this really takes our exhibition to the next level. Since our inception in 2009, we wanted to make sure that our best and brightest artists, from anywhere in both states, could have a fair opportunity to have their work evaluated, selected, displayed and ultimately sold. To create a vibrant culture, we want working artists that produce unique, compelling pieces, and this is one of the best ways that I know how to make that a reality.”

“The thing I find most impressive about Carolina’s Got Art! is how incredibly balanced it is,” stated Lindsay Brown, 2nd Place Winner of the 2010 CGA! exhibition. “Like me, many artists research the juror and their tastes, which invariably colors the types of pieces chosen for the show. I’m impressed that CGA’s jurors never seem to show a bias. This encourages a lot of mediums. Everyone has a fair shot of showing their work.”

The entry fee is $35 and all entries must be completed by March 15, 2103. To register, artists can visit www.carolinasgotart.com. Artists may enter up to three pieces and all work must be original, for sale and created within the past two years. For artists whose work is selected, CGA! has partnered with guilds, museums and galleries in creating 8 additional intake locations across North and South Carolina including Asheville, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington, Washington NC, Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston.SNbS

About Carolina’s Got Art!

In 2009, as a reaction the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life In an effort to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Fashioned after the very popular Springs Mills art shows of the ‘70s and ‘80s, CGA! has emerged as the pre-eminent exhibition and sale in the Southeast, distributing over $30,000 in cash and prizes and providing artists a professional venue to display and sell their work to thousands of potential buyers. For more information: www.carolinasgotart.com