27th Annual Judged Show

Call for Entries: Registration Deadline June 25

Schedule of Events

Judged Show Registration Under Way

Registrations are limited to the first 100 entries
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Cash Awards will be presented
Cost to register is $25 for SOBA members and $45 for non SOBA members

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) event organizers are looking for artists to enter the 27th Annual Judged Show. The Judged Show is the non-profit art organization’s flagship event of the year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the versatile work of the Lowcountry arts community this summer,” said Sheila Johnson, SOBA event chairperson.

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D.

The annual Judged Show is SOBA's flagship program that aims to celebrate and to showcase local artists whose works range in a variety of mediums.

Judged Show Rules and Guidelines

Events are held at the SOBA gallery and the Center for Creative Arts next door in historic Old Town Bluffton SC.

Thank you to our sponsors

About the Judge

David Rankin

The judge for the show is David Rankin. His painting style is based on what he calls natural abstraction, realistic subjects using abstract design principles that he finds in nature. His award-winning watercolors are in public and private art collections in the U.S., India, and China, have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions, and are included in the North Light’s series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor, and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, and in numerous art magazines.

He promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has worked with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Corporate Conservation Council-Japan and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Artists for Conservation, and the Society of Animal Artists where he has served on the board since 1990. David is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Deanna.