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ArtFields announces winners of regional Lake City competition

Two Charleston-based artists were prize-winners at the 2018 ArtFields, a nine-day competition and exhibition held in Lake City.

Kristi Ryba won the $25,000 second place prize for her mixed-media installation piece called "Chapel of Perpetual Adoration," a work that includes egg tempura and gold-leaf paintings in a Byzantine and early Renaissance style that portray the autocratic tendencies of Donald Trump.

Colin Quashie won the $12,500 People's Choice Prize for two-dimensional work, in this case a large painting called "Plantation Tree of Life," which is a portrait of an elderly African-American couple displaying a large collard leaf. Quashie also received a merit award worth $1,000 for this submission.

The $50,000 Grand Prize went to Columbia-based artist Michaela Pilar Brown for her mixed-media installation called "She's Almost Ready."

The winners, selected by a panel of jurors, were named on Saturday, April 28. Collectively, they took home more than $120,000. Artists from 12 Southeastern states participated. About 20,000 people visited Lake City to attend the seventh annual ArtFields.

The sprawling event includes exhibits at many venues, children's programming, workshops, lectures, live music and more.

Contact Adam Parker at or 843-937-5902.

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