Charleston painter Kate Hooray Osmond is one of nine artists to receive a 2018 South Arts State Fellowship award of $5,000. The nine winners now are in consideration for the Southern Prize, which awards $25,000 and includes a residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. The winner will be announced April 16 in New Orleans.

Osmond’s work features bold architectural lines and bright colors. She rides in a helicopter to capture much of her subject matter: highways, agricultural structures, industrial sites, container ships and more.

She was recently named Lowcountry Artist of the Year by the Coastal Community Foundation. Learn more at

Other State Fellowship recipients are Amy Pleasant (painter, Birmingham, Ala.), Anastasia Samoylova (photographer, Miami Beach, Fla.), Paul Stephen Benjamin (multidisciplinary artist, Scottdale, Ga.), Garrett Hansen (multidisciplinary artist, Lexington, Ky.), Jeremiah Ariaz (photographer, Baton Rouge, La.), Dominic Lippillo (photographer, Starkville, Miss.), Meg Stein (sculptor, Durham, N.C.) and Vesna Pavlović (photographer, Nashville, Tenn.).

Now in their second year, the South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Nearly 700 visual artists submitted work for consideration, and a panel of jurors reviewed each application with the sole criterion of artistic excellence to determine the nine State Fellows. A second panel of jurors is currently reviewing the State Fellows to determine the Southern Prize winner and runner-up.

Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. Awards are presented to the artists as unrestricted funds. To view the 2018 State Fellows’ submissions and learn more about the competition, go to

Contact Adam Parker at or 843-937-5902.

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