South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellows Exhibition

September 15, 2022 - October 28, 2022

Location: UCF Art Gallery

Launched in 2017, the South Arts Southern Prize & State Fellows project supports some of the best contemporary art in the American South. This exhibition presents work from the nine 2021 fellowships recipients, one each from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, the South Arts region. An independent jury selected the nine state fellows, each receiving a $5,000 award. A second jury panel selected two finalists for the Southern Prize. South Carolina’s Fletcher Williams III was the runner-up, or Southern Prize Finalist, and received an additional $10,000; Florida’s Marielle Plaisir won the Southern Prize, receiving another $25,000.

The 2021 South Arts State Fellows are Tameca Cole (Alabama), Raheleh Filsoofi (Tennessee), Joyce Garner (Kentucky), Myra Greene (Georgia), Jewel Ham (North Carolina), Ming Ying Hong (Mississippi), Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick (Louisiana), Marielle Plaisir (Florida) and Fletcher Williams III (South Carolina)

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Artist Talk with Marielle Plaisir

Join us for an artist talk with Southern Prize Winner and 2021 Florida Fellow, Marielle Plaisir presented by the 2022 Dorothy M. Gillespie Visiting Artist series. We’ll learn about Marielle’s artistic practice and conclude with a Q&A session.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Location: UCF Art Gallery  Register Here

The artist talk will also be streamed live on YouTube.

The 2022 Dorothy M. Gillespie Visiting Artist is generously funded by Gary Israel and the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation. This funding supports a female professional visual artist to visit the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design to commemorate the legacy of Dorothy M. Gillespie as a visual artist and enthusiast for higher education in the arts.




The South Arts Southern Prize & State Fellows is generously supported by CHUBB and Southern First. Learn more about South Arts by visiting Additional support provided by the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation and the Judith & David Albertson Endowment for the Arts.