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ArtFields® started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with nine days’ worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a small, agrarian Southern town, Lake City, S.C. With $100,000 up for grabs, the competition is open to artists of all media who live in the 12 participating states.

In a mutual celebration of art and community, up to 400 artworks will be displayed in locally owned venues, from renovated warehouses to professional art spaces to restaurants and boutiques. A jury of art professionals selects the Grand Prize of $50,000 and Second Place of $25,000. Two People’s Choice Award winners of $12,500 each are selected by ArtFields visitors.

Lake City was once one of South Carolina's most prosperous agricultural communities. During ArtFields, the town becomes a living art gallery that celebrates the art and artists of the Southeast. ArtFields is the flag ship event in a small town where art thrives all year long in such spaces as Jones-Carter Gallery, Crossroads Gallery, and TRAX Visual Art Center.

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