Small Works 2020 ONLINE: A Florence Regional Arts Alliance Juried Show



Lake City, Florence, Columbia, Bluffton, and Pauline, South Carolina artists are recognized as the winners for the Small Works 2020 Competition at University Place Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.  University Place Gallery coordinator, Colleen Critcher, made the announcement via Instagram live on August 7th!

Competitions winners include:

1st Place, $500: Snake Handlin’ Elvis Impersonator, by Jeffrey Donovan of Columbia, SC

2nd Place, $250: Chichi Mod, by Mary Ellen Judge of Florence, SC

3rd Place, $100: LH_SOS 149, by Jan Chenoweth of Lake City, SC

Two Honorable Mentions: Snowflake on my car windshield #1, by Mel Schmur of Bluffton, SC and Corvo by Annette Giaco of Pauline, SC 

University Place Gallery is pleased to host Small Works 2020 ONLINE and in the gallery.  The artwork will be on view through August 28!  University Place Gallery is an extension of Francis Marion University and is located at 142 N. Dargan Street, Florence, SC. 

Entering its fifth year, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance delivers an eclectic juried exhibition to University Place Gallery.  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.  Forty-one of these artworks will be on view at the University Place Gallery.  These works by professional and emerging regional artists are no larger that 12” x 12.”   The artwork is available for purchase.  Please contact the University Place Gallery for purchase details!

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.”

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.  

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.