Two Charleston artists took home prizes at the ArtFields Art Competition in Lake City.
Robert Snead captured a juried prize worth $25,000, and Colin Quashie netted the People's Choice 2-D Prize worth $12,500.
Quashie was recognized for his "Out of Bondage I," an affecting portrait of an elderly black man.
He shared the stage with Joshua Refearn, of Cheraw, who won the People's Choice 3-D Prize, also worth $12,500, for his massive mixed-media sculpture called "Think."
The competition, which concluded May 3, was meant to distribute $100,000 in prize money, but judges couldn't resist naming two juried prize winners instead of one: John Eric Riis of Atlanta and Snead. Riis impressed the judges with his diptych "Neoclassic Male and Female Tapestry"; Snead had submitted his cardboard "Family Dollar General Tree." Each won $25,000.
Craig Colorusso, of Rogers, Ark., won the $50,000 Top Prize for his "Sun Box Mach II."
Charleston's Robert Maniscalco won the portrait competition and received a $1,000 prize. Maniscalco painted 92-year-old Lake City tobacco farmer Paul Poston.
Meanwhile, in other art prize news, the Savannah College of Art and Design's schools of Fine Arts and Foundation Studies announced the winners of its annual Sand Arts Festival, which is held on Tybee Island's North Beach.
Hundreds of SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff created sculptures, castles and reliefs, as well as wind sculptures and underwater creatures, competing for $5,000 in prizes. SCAD professors and staff members judged the competitions.
First place in the sand sculpture category went to the team of Chennon Roberts, a B.F.A. animation student from Auburn, Ala., and Josh Beam, a B.F.A. illustration student from North Charleston. Roberts and Beam made a sculpture called "Walden," a frowning gorilla leaning back in the sand.
"Walden" also won the Alumni's Choice Award.
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