Artist submissions are being accepted using a new online process for juror selection. See below for more information about the competition and the submission process.

Above works from 2017 Competition:
(Left to Right)
Jim Boden
Darlington, SC
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Talbot Selby
Conway, SC
To Burn the Head
Archival pigment print
Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Harpy (top)
Pursue (middle)
Stilt Walkers (bottom)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Yvette Cummings
Conway, SC
When the Magpie Came
Acrylic on canvas
Treelee MacAnn
Myrtle Beach, SC
A Zen Place
28 color serigraph
Walter Sallenger
Florence, SC
Gervais Street Bridge
Black and white infrared photograph
Jean Grosser
Hartsville, SC
Open Carry
Wood, brass, nails, fabric, gun replica

About the Competition

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the 2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence. The competition aims to highlight the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. One of the state’s oldest juried art competitions, the first Pee Dee Regional dates back to 1954 where the competition was held at the former Florence Museum on Spruce Street in Florence, South Carolina. This year’s exhibition will be on display in the FCM Waters Gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Any person who is a native or resident of the following Pee Dee counties is eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. The 1st place award receives $1,000. The 2nd place award receives $500. The 3rd place award receives $250. Honorable Mention receives $100. People’s Choice receives $50.

Douglas Gray
Florence, SC
Sagger-fired ceramics with encaustic medium
Douglas Gray
Florence, SC
Sagger-fired ceramics with encaustic medium

The Submission Process

We are excited to announce this year’s online submission and judging process for the 2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition. Artists are invited to upload digital imagery of original work for consideration. The entry form is below. Online submissions will be accepted through 10:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017.  After which time, the competition juror will select works from online submissions for the exhibition. Artists will be notified by email as to each entry’s acceptance status during the week of December 4, 2017. Artists whose work has been accepted by the juror for exhibition will be required to drop off accepted work at the FCM Waters Gallery, December 16-20, 2017. For more details regarding important competition dates, please see the schedule below.

Competition Schedule

Acceptance of Online Entries
Fri, Sept 22 – Fri, Nov 3, 2017
Juror Selection
Mon, Nov 27 – Fri, Dec 1
Digital Semifinal Acceptance Notification
Mon, Dec 4 – Fri, Dec 8
Delivery of Accepted Works
Sat, Dec 16 – Wed, Dec 20


Juror’s Final Review & Awards
Fri, Jan 12 – Sat, Jan 13, 2018
Final Acceptance Notifications
Mon, Jan 15 – Fri, Jan 19
Opening Reception
Thurs, Jan 25
Final Day of Exhibition
Fri, Mar 30
Last Day to Pickup Work
Fri, Apr 20
Julie Mixon
Florence, SC
Eight Not Seven
Photo transfer on wood panel

Entry Requirements

Artist must be a native or resident of one of the following counties: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, or Williamsburg.
Maximum of four entries per artist.
Entry fee is $12.50 per work. Fee is to be paid online using credit card. Museum members receive two free entries.
If submitting a single 2D work with more than one component such as a diptych, the combined width of both pieces may not exceed the maximum allowed width.
No 2D work larger than 54″ x 72″ will be considered due to limitation of linear exhibit space.
Wall pieces must be framed. Wired accepted, D-rings preferred. *Gallery-wrapped, unframed works on canvas are permitted but must be fully painted or media covered around all wrapped edges.
Only original worked completed within the past two years which has not been previously exhibited at the Florence County Museum or Water Gallery will be considered.
Freestanding pieces must be assembled and fully prepared for installation, including any hardware necessary for display. (Pedestals for 3D work must be provided by the artist if the entry is very heavy or exceeds 12″ in any dimension.)
The FCM reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any object which requires special installation or attention from the museum staff or does not conform to the museum’s standards of quality and taste.
All entries accepted must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition (January 26, 2017 – March 24, 2017.)
The museum will retain a 30% commission on all accepted works sold during the exhibition dates.

Online Entry Form