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Society 1858 Announces the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Call for Submissions

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 are pleased to announce the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Known for their fabulous parties that cleverly blend art and entertainment, Society 1858 is furthering its mission through the support of contemporary southern artists. Founded in 2010, this young patrons group is determined to have a tangible impact on the museum. We are thrilled that Society 1858 is supporting the contemporary southern art prize. Their commitment to advancing southern artists is commendable, says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack.

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize will open on January 15, 2014, and can be made exclusively online at through May, 2014. Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public.

We are excited to launch the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which is in keeping with our mission to inspire, educate, and entertain. To kick off the opening of submissions for the 2014 prize competition, Society 1858 is hosting its annual winter party on February 7th entitled, Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope. Its an exciting time to be a part of Society 1858 and the Gibbes, says Amy Coy, Society 1858 President.

Eligible artists are those who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. The review panel will select the finalists in June 2014, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner in September 2014.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work will be shown at the Gibbes Museum of Art in the spring of 2014 in the exhibition entitled,
John Westmark: Narratives. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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