Local Artist Awarded State Fellowship, Competing for Southern Prize

"Low" by Kate Hooray Osmond

South Arts, an organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts, has named nine visual artists from the South to receive State Fellowship awards of $5,000 each. These nine artists are now in consideration for the Southern Prize, which includes an additional $25,000 cash award and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.

The winner of the Southern Prize and a $10,000 Finalist award will be announced at a ceremony celebrating the State Fellows on April 16 in New Orleans.

The 2018 State Fellowship award recipients from South Carolina is Charleston painter and installation artist Kate Hooray Osmond. Her work expresses bold architectural lines and bright, shiny colors. She rides in a helicopter to capture much of her subject matter: highways, agricultural structures, industrial plats, container ships, etc. to offer a new perspective of our familiar everyday existence. Energy, optimism, and the use of gold leaf are the hallmarks of Osmond’s work.

She was recently awarded the Lowcountry Artist of the Year by the Coastal Community Foundation. Osmond's work has been shown in galleries and museums from the US to South Korea. She is an MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary work were eligible to apply. The awards will be presented to the artists as unrestricted funds.

To view the 2018 State Fellows’ submissions and learn more about the competition, visit www.southarts.org.

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