Published Jan. 30, 2013
Artisphere will host a record 13 local artists for exhibit at this year’s annual event.
The festival received applications from 854 artists in 41 states competing for one of the 120 spots on Artist Row. The artists selected to participate represent 24 states and one international artist. Forty-seven percent of the artists are new to the festival this year.
Artisphere, a three-day visual, performing and culinary arts festival, is scheduled for May 10 to 12 in downtown Greenville.
Artisphere also announced that the 2012 festival earned a top 10 spot on Greg Lawler’s annual Art Fair Sourcebook, landing at No. 7 in the fine art category and No. 10 in the fine craft category. The Sourcebook is an annual publication that ranks the top 600 art shows across the country on the basis of average artist net sales.
In 2012, Artisphere exhibiting artists reported average sales of $5,865. The ranking marks the second time in four years that the festival earned a spot in the top 10.
“Locals and visitors will really enjoy this year’s Artist Row,” Artisphere Board President Judith Aughtry said in a news release. “They are amazingly talented and diverse; there is something for everyone. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more exciting programming announcements.”
Artisphere enables patrons to meet artists and purchase works of art in the West End of downtown Greenville. There are 17 different media categories represented at the show.
Artisphere also features four performing arts stages, the Culinary Arts Cafe showcasing local restaurants and a free craft activity station for children.
Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, is funded by grants from numerous community organizations and local businesses.