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1st annual S.F.O.T.A Art Contest

General Info

Jury Process

  • SFA invited two highly respected, credentialed art professionals to participate as members of the jury. Working independently and collaboratively, jurors evaluate each application without knowing the identity of the artist. The blind jury process ensures all work receives fair, open, and respectful attention and consideration.

  • Jurors assess an application by reviewing the digital photographs and the artist’s statement. The five digital photographs should be high quality images: four images must represent the body of work the artist intends to exhibit and one image must be a view of the artist’s booth. The booth photograph cannot feature signage, branding, symbols, or attributes that reveal the artist’s identity or trade name.

  • Reflecting on aesthetic merit, originality, technical proficiency, and marketability, jurors review and assign scores using Each application receives a numerical score from each juror. The scores fall between one of the two ranges: 1-3 for lower scoring applications and 5-7 for higher scoring applications. This scoring system does not allow jurors to assign a score of 4. The scores are totaled and averaged for a final score. Jurors record scores anonymously.

  • SFA will create a wait list by category based on jury scores.

  • Scores and comments are confidential and are not available for review by artists.

Meet & Greet: March 20th at 5:30pm
Location: Visitor's Center Marketplace
March 23th at 7:30pm
Location: 33 East Main Street, Averitt Center

Rules & Rewards

Reward Tiers

SFA celebrates the visual arts by distributing $5,000 in cash prizes. The 2024 judge has the discretionary privilege of selecting honorees and presenting the awards. The judge’s decisions are final.

Accepted Artwork

On every artwork submitted, you are required to include a label with this formating:

  • Title of Work   |   Artist Name

  • Date of work completion

  • Medium used

  • Contact number

Labels must be located on the back of each piece entered and written in CLEAR, non cursive writing.

Labeling & Submitting Work

We are accepting all forms of fine arts and materials except digital projects. Dimensions must be under a maximum of 7ft on all sides.



Award: $200



Award: $500


BEST 2-D &


Award: $750 each



Award: $2,000

Meet The Jurors

Judge & Co-Juror:
Erin Dunn

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The Phillips Collection and a presentation of sculptures and mixed media works on paper by internationally acclaimed artist Anila Quayyum Agha. In addition, Dunn spearheads Telfair’s #art912 initiative, which raises the visibility and promotes the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah. Her writing has appeared in the exhibition catalogue for Phillip J. Hampton, Late Night Polaroids: Photographs by Emily Earl, and Seven Rivers, a monograph of photographer Ansley West Rivers. Dunn was the recipient of the Fall 2023 Margie E. West Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. She holds a BA from Emory University and an MA from the University of Georgia.

Erin Dunn is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA where she has been a member of the curatorial team since 2014. She has organized numerous exhibitions including Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography, Feels like Freedom: Phillip J. Hampton, Bruce Davidson: Face to Face, and solo presentations of work by artists Sonya Clark and Noel W Anderson. Current and upcoming projects include the first major museum exhibition of the photographer Frank Stewart co-organized with

Co-Juror: Christine Patterson

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Christine Patterson grew up in the hills of Tennessee. Her early years were consumed on her mothers horse farm developing a connection to both horses and nature. In her twenties, she was introduced to photography as a way to chronicle her daily life on the farm. This passion grew to an insatiable quest to bring her images alive through experimenting in the darkroom to unconventional methods of photographing. Her love for infra-red black and white film brought a new language to her work delving into veiling her subjects and layering images to create more of a story of mystery and nostalgia. The next thirty plus years were dedicated to learning as much as possible through research, workshops with prestigious photographers, to becoming full time. She has been in numerous galleries, featured in numerous magazines, published two books, became Tennessee's Bicentennial photographer, has been collected world wide and is in numerous corporate institutions, museums and private collectors homes. She has earned, over the years, a reputation as an alternative and mixed media fine art photo_impressionistic artist.

In 2017, Christine and her family moved to the shores of South Carolina. This move ignited a long time passion in the painting world due to the new environment of color and energy that the coast provides. During the pandemic, Christine chose to put her fine art photography on hold and dove into her long time passion of painting by enrolling in a very prestigious on-line school. Following the pattern of her early years with photography, she has become immersed in the painting and drawing world and continues in her education.


She is highly engaged not only on social media but within her community. She has a photography and art business running out of her home, as well as a painting studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC. Christine is a private art coach and also teaches creative workshops.

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