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The Project: A 2023 Call for Art


The Project: A 2023 Call for Art
Submissions Accepted: April 17 - July 17


The submission period for The Project: A 2023 Call for Art has closed. Both rounds of judging will commence during the remainder of July and throughout August. The winners will be announced the first week of September.

The Project: A 2023 Call for Art is the Koger Center's annual artistic competition that supports the work of South Carolina visual artists. Each year, one chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, gallery space, and staff support resulting in a free public display in the Upstairs Gallery of the Koger Center. Submissions for this year's competition will be accepted from April 17, 2023 through July 17, 2023.


  • Artist must be over 18 years old and based in South Carolina
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Submissions must have been created in the past 2 years
  • Artists cannot submit any art that has previously been submitted to The Project or when it was formerly known as the Koger Center's 1593 Project
  • Previous winners/runners up of the 1593 Project or The Project may not submit artwork for up to 5 years. Honorable mentions are still eligible to submit. 

Submission form:

Please submit your artwork to the link above. If you have any issues submitting your work or questions about the form, please call 803-777-7500, or email us at

History of The Project:

In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times William Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre. 

Honoring the flame of creativity that remains bright even in times of turmoil, the Koger Center for the Arts launched the 1593 Project: A Call for Art in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goals were simple - offer a small financial award to a South Carolina artist and provide a platform to showcase the talent of artists in our state through an exhibition at the Koger Center.

As the pandemic began receding, we recognized the need to continue supporting South Carolina artists through this competition and accompanying exhibition. We christened the ongoing future competitions "The Project."