Small Works 2020 ONLINE: A Florence Regional Arts Alliance Juried Show *Awards Announcement | August 7th 6:00pm | Instagram live feed @fmu_university_place_gallery


Entering its fifth year, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to announce artists participating in this year’s Small Works Juried Competition.   Entries were received from cities throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. Forty-five pieces by thirty artists representing thirteen cities will be part of Small Works 2020 ONLINE!

Submissions of work doubled in number from 2018 competition that made for a challenge for this year’s juror. 

Juror of the Small Works 2020 ONLINE Exhibit, Lisa D. Watson commented, “Small artworks are intriguing and can be very powerful. After being a juror last year for an exhibition in Savannah, I decided to create smaller works no bigger than 12” squares instead of my normal large scale works. I was really inspired by the submitted work on how something so small can pack a punch!   The works submitted for the Small Works 2020 Exhibition captured all kinds of engaging moments including our current quarantines, the beauty of the Carolinas and also amusing social commentary. Choosing from the different processes the artists use such as sculpture, ceramics, photography, acrylic/oil painting, ink drawing, and mixed media was honestly really fun.  I took this process to heart and congratulate those who made it in the show because it was a strong field of submitted work. I’m excited to see the exhibit in person soon.”


This year’s exhibition host is University Place Gallery. University Place Gallery is a visual art gallery on the first floor of the newly renovated Rainwater Building in downtown Florence, SC.  University Place Gallery is an extension of Francis Marion University and is located at 142 N. Dargan Street, Florence, SC.  Forty-one of these artworks will be on view at the University Place Gallery. 

The following entries and artists have been juried into this year’s competition.  The University Place Gallery is hosting Small Works 2020 ONLINE on its website  Click here for the Small Works 2020 Online Gallery 


Sisters Marcus Dunn of Laurinburg, NC

Corvo Annette Giaco, Pauline, SC

Prismatic Wonder Patricia Schoelkopf, Hilton Head Island, SC

Neverending Cheryl Hoffman, Hartsville, SC

Flathead On The Flow Patricia Schoelkopf, Hilton Head Island, SC 

Corvo Annette Giaco, Pauline, SC

Ocean Pathway Barbara Terry, Florence, SC

Mule Cart Matt Cook, Florence, SC

Social Distancing Michael Mitchell, Florence, SC

Pomegranate Adrian Rhodes, Hartsville, SC

LH-SOS 158 Jan Chenoweth, Lake City, SC

Snowflake On My Car Windshield #1 Mel Schnur, Bluffton, SC

Man On Curb Ellen Yaghijian, Columbia, SC 

Fork In The Creek Pamela Rhoads, Florence SC

Bonobo Portrait David Yaghijian, Columbia, SC

Floating Solo On The Gorge Patricia Schoelkopf, Hilton Head Island, SC

Untitled (from “Passenger” Series) Cameron Ward, Pawelys Island, SC

Luna Moth Greg Fry, Florence, SC

Me Heart’s all a Flutter Patz Fowle, Hartsville, SC

Gushing At The Gate Ashley Hamilton, Lake City, SC

Drop Significance Cheryl Hoffman, Hartsville, SC

Woodcut Portrait Matt Cook, Florence, SC

The Modern Indian Woman: Bubblegum Pop Avni Patel, Florence, SC

LH-SOS 149 Jan Chenoweth, Lake City, SC

Life Well Lived Genia Tyson, Florence, SC

Comforted Doug Gray, Florence, SC

Facing Off Jeffrey Donovan, Columbia, SC

Deceit Mary Ellen Judge, Florence, SC

Beach Vibes Nivya Kuriakose, Greer, SC

Hummingbird and Hibiscus Dave Sawyer, Greer, SC

Chichi Mod Mary Ellen Judges, Florence, SC

Envelop(e) Julie Mixon, Florence, SC

A Prehistoric Mistake James Kennedy, Greenville, SC

Memento Morididdle Movement #396 Charles Clary, Conway, SC

Snake Handlin’ Elvis Impersonator Jeffrey Donovan, Columbia, SC

Modern Day Vessel for Vincent Patz Fowle, Hartsville, SC

The Dance Marcus Dunn, Laurinburg, NC

Tsunami Doug Gray, Florence, SC

Cloud Study, Twilight, Passing Rain Stephen Chesley, Columbia, SC

Northern Spring Ashley Hamilton, Lake City, SC

Imaginary Leftovers Roger Halligan, Lake City, SC

We’ll See (Family Images from Covid-19 Islolation) Julie Mixon, Florence, SC

Divine Intervention Ashley Hamilton, Lake City, SC

StagNation Betsy Halford, Cashiers, NC

Memento Morididdle Movement #394 Charles Clary, Conway, SC

On August 7th, 2020, Colleen Critcher, gallery coordinator for University Place Gallery, will announce the Artists to be awarded the following prizes $500 (First Place), $250 (Second Place), $100 (Third place) and an Honorable Mention.

These works by artists from throughout the state are no larger than 12” x 12” and will be available for purchase.  

The show provides a place for the emerging artist to place alongside the professional artist. Organized by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance the show is generously underwritten by The Citizens Bank and South State Bank. The show aims to support the downtown economic revitalization by highlighting a new arts space in the area. The size of these pieces allow for an affordable way for local art patrons to either compliment, add to, or begin a personal art collection.