The Society of Bluffton Artists

30th Annual Judged Show Call for Entries Deadline Feb. 23

The registration deadline is February 23 with registered art drop-off from 9-11 a.m. March 4th at The SOBA Art School

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 30th Annual Judged Show. 

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography,drawing (includes pastel, pencil, ink), collage and 3-D (includes pottery, wood, stained glass, sculpture).

Murray Sease, who won “Best of Show” for her oil painting “Abandoned,” said the annual Judged Show attracts the best from local artists, making the competition fierce.

“Events like the Judged Show encourage artists to do our best, always learning and hopefully getting more proficient,” Sease said. “It brings new eyes to the gallery and attention to the growing arts community in the area. And, of course, it helps the winners gain new followers and customers!”


The winners of last year’s Judged Show

Registration is required by completing a registration form available at the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online at https://sobagallery.com/product/register-for-judged-show/. 

The cost to register is $25 for SOBA members and $75 for non SOBA members. The registration deadline is February 23.  The deadline for dropping off your art is from 9-11 a.m. March 4th at The SOBA Art School, 8 Church St., Bluffton, SC. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. 

Registration and a full list of rules are available online at https://sobagallery.com/2024-judged-show/.

The judge for the event is renowned pastel and oil artist Greg Barnes from Charlotte NC. Barnes is well known for traveling the country participating in fine art festivals and plein art events, as well as teaching workshops. 

The Judged Show exhibit will be on display from March 4-31 at the SOBA gallery. An awards ceremony will take place from 4-6 p.m. March 6. These events are free to attend and open to the public.  Artists can pick up unsold artwork at the end of the show from 9-11 a.m. April 1 at The SOBA Art School.