Artfields winners include Pamplico artist
LAKE CITY – Nine days of viewing, experiencing, creating and appreciating art hit its highest note on Saturday with the awarding of $120,000 in prizes to the ArtFields® competition winners.
Chosen from votes by thousands of visitors and a panel of esteemed jurors:
Alexi Torres of Atlanta, GA won the $50,000 Top Prize for his piece titled, “Spiritual Security–Safe In Prayer.”
Brittany Watkins of Tallahassee, FL won the $25,000 Juried Panel Prize titled “<Accept_[Self]+Elsewhere].”
Michael Geddings of Lexington, won the $12,500 People’s Choice (2D) Prize for his piece, “Hopeful Soul.”
And Haley Ard of Pamplico, won the $12,500 People’s Choice (3D) Prize for her piece, “Made-Up”.
The below artists were recognized for stellar work in their medium with a Category Prize of $1,500 each:
Mixed Media: Connie Lippert, Seneca, “Achadh”
Painting: Maggie Evans, Savannah, GA, “Plateau”
Installation: Gardner Cole Miller, Palm Beach Garden, FL, “Archipelago”
Sculpture: Heather Mae Erickson, Sylva, NC, “Perfect Imperfection Collection”
Drawing: Jessica Burke, Statesboro, GA, “San Antonio Rose (The Bandit Queen)”
Photography: Brant Barrett, Surfside Beach, “Rooster Time” Digital Media:
Matt Bryant, Vance, AL, “Shift.smear” Merit Prizes of $1,000 each went to the following artists:
Deighton Abrams, Seneca, “Winter Kept Us Warm/Shanty Shanty Shanty; Natalie Daise, Georgetown, “She Rises I & II”; Kendell Garner, Anderson, “Grasp”; Lisa Humphreys, Atlanta, GA, “Ringleader”; Dapper Bruce Lafitte, New Orleans, LA “A Blue Throw Down”; Kelly Oakes, Charlottesville, VA “Determined”; Kate Osmond, Murrells Inlet, “Granary”; Bow Smith, Charleston, “Curtains”; Janet Swigler, Columbia, “Room for Magic”, and Joseph Walton, New Orleans, LA, “Spy Boy Ricky.”
Seven states are represented in the cash prizes.
ArtFields 2017 drew in top talent from the 12 eligible Southeastern states with the largest total cash prizes in the competition’s five-year history. Announced during the ArtFields finale, the prizes were just one of the measures of the festival’s success. The winning pieces will become part of a permanent collection in Lake City.