South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon

Celebrating. Honoring.
Making a Difference.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Art Sale and Champagne reception begins at 11 a.m.
    • Seated luncheon begins approx. 12:30 p.m.
  • USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia)
  • Tickets $50

On May 1, 2019, the South Carolina Arts Foundation will host the South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon to celebrate South Carolina’s vibrant arts community and to honor the 2019 recipients of the South Carolina Arts Awards, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. Congratulations to all 2019 honorees!

New in 2019, luncheon guests may purchase the one-of-a-kind ikebana centerpieces from each table, each with a hand-crafted vase with flowers crafted in the Japanese tradition. The art sale features works by some of South Carolina’s most notable contemporary artists, and excited arts experience packages will also be offered. Your support through attending and purchasing art support the S.C. Arts Foundation, which helps the S.C. Arts Commission accomplish its work.

Please note

  • All ikebana pieces shown are representations by committed artists and will not be available as centerpieces for purchase at the S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon.
  • The ceremony for the South Carolina Arts Awards takes place at the USC Alumni Center as well, beginning with a reception from 10-10:45 a.m. and the ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

More on this year's event

Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts



SIMEON A. WARREN Arts in Education | Individual





TOWN THEATRE Organization Special Award

CECIL WILLIAMS Lifetime Achievement

Read bios on the Verner Award recipients here.

Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award

JOHN ANDREW (ANDY) BROOKS Artist, Old-Time Music


JULIAN A. PROSSER Artist, Bluegrass Music


DALE ROSENGARTEN, PH.D. Advocacy, African-American Lowcountry Basketry & Southern Jewish Heritage

Read bios on the Folk Heritage Award recipients here.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia)
  • 10 a.m. reception
  • 11 a.m. ceremony
  • Free and open to the public

Parking is available in the Park Street garage adjacent to the Alumni Center. Enter on Park or Pendleton streets. Hourly fees apply. The garage accepts cash and debit/credit cards.

Lead Sponsor                             



  • Bank of America
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Crawford Strategy
  • Lake City Creative Alliance
  • SYSCO Columbia
  • The Wrenn Group
  • United Community Bank
  • Elizabeth & John Sowards
  • Columbia Music Festival Association
  • Lincoln Energy
  • Lizard’s Thicket Restaurants
  • Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.
  • The Capital Corporation
  • Jeffry C. Caswell
  • Michael Haga
  • Flavia & Lynn Harton
  • Sue Sadik
  • Katie Alice & Drew Walker
  • John Whitehead
  • Barbara & Bobby Williams
  • First Citizens
  • Law Office of Childs Cantey Thrasher
  • T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc.
  • Terra
  • Beth & Scott McMillan
  • Susie & Pat VanHuss
  • Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America
  • South Carolina Humanities
  • Dacey Bell
  • Shannon & Steve Bygott
  • Dee Crawford
  • Julia & Bud Ferillo
  • Jerry Dell & Benjamin Gimarc
  • Harriett Green
  • Sarah Lynn & John Hayes III
  • Jamie & Henry Horowitz
  • Bev & Bob Howard
  • Robin Chandler Leverton
  • Martha Brim & Ken May
  • Rachelle & Charlie Mickel
  • Barbara & Chuma Nwokike
  • Bhavna & Raj Vasudeva
  • Erica & Dixon Woodward

Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arranging Through a partnership with Ikebana International Chapter #182 Columbia, SC and a group of South Carolina potters, the South Carolina Arts Foundation is pleased to present for sale the table centerpieces created through this partnership.

Participating Vase Artists

  • Angel Allen
  • Nick Boismenu
  • Kerri Boyd
  • Patrick Burke
  • Kirstin Dow
  • Tim Graham
  • Sue Grier
  • Betsy Kaemmerlen
  • Bri Kinard
  • Virginia Scotchie
  • Paula Smith
  • John Taylor

Participating Ikebana Artists
Ikebana International Chapter #182 Columbia, SC

  • Judy Chung
  • Norman Churchill
  • Joan Danforth
  • Kathy Elliott
  • Valerie Marcil
  • Karen McMillan
  • Vijaya Prabhu
  • Patricia Salvant
  • John and Lucy Spence

For more information about Ikebana International Chapter #182 Columbia, SC visit

We are proud to offer for sale original works of art by some of South Carolina’s finest contemporary artists. 2019 Art Sale Participating Artists

  • Angela Bruch
  • Jeri Burdick
  • Clay Burnette
  • Sharon Campbell
  • Norman Churchill & Betsy Kammerlen
  • Marsha L. Dargan
  • Patrick Faile
  • Diana Farfan
  • Allison Ford
  • Tyrone Geter
  • Jean Grosser
  • Chief Bill Harris
  • Kim Hassold
  • Mana Hewitt
  • Joi High
  • Michelle Jardines
  • Matt Jones
  • Dana Kilgore
  • Janet Kozachek
  • Kim LeDee
  • Susan Lenz
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Lee Malerich
  • Christopher E. Murphy
  • Janet Orselli
  • Brian Rutenberg (shown, details below)
  • Kristi Ryba
  • Cindy Saad
  • Glenn Saborosch
  • Lee Sipe
  • Lee Stewart
  • Michael Story
  • Carole K. Tinsley
  • Leo F. Twiggs
  • Karen A. Vournakis
  • Katie Walker
  • Simeon A. Warren
  • Ann Watcher
  • Stephen E. Webb
  • Beth Wicker
  • Cecil Williams
  • Aggie Zed

List current as of 4/12/19 Image at right: Brian Rutenberg Silver Favorites #5 1999 Oil & pencil on paper 9” x 7.”

Additional images from the sale
Talking Heads on Paris Mountain | Greenville

Enjoy a day on Paris Mountain with artist Diana Farfan and create a work of art under the instruction of the artist.

Farfan’s studio is set in a picturesque environment with spectacular views of downtown Greenville. Upon arrival, participants will enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres before settling in to hear about Farfan’s artistic journey from Bogota, Colombia to our Columbia and to Greenville, where she currently resides.

The artist who created the Bread and Circus series, We Marionette, the Dream Life of Broken Toys, and the Toy Republic will discuss these works and the origins of the Heads.

With interest piqued and creative juices flowing, participants will spend about two hours designing and hand painting with underglazes their own HEAD which has been formed and bisque-fired by the artist prior to the workshop.  Each head measures approximately 7” x 5” x 3”. The artist will add the finishing touches before kiln firing the works at a later date.

The day ends watching a beautiful sunset and enjoying dinner at the artist’s home.

Bonus Experience: Participants are invited to the Kiln Opening (date and time to be determined).

About the Artist

Diana Farfan was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of South Carolina in 2010. Farfan also studied at the University of Anchorage, Alaska, and at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as exchange student.

Farfan is a 2019 South Carolina Class of Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Includes one bisque-fired ceramic head, workshop instruction, materials, light fare and dinner. Participants must provide their own transportation.

  • Cost: $300
  • Capacity: 12
  • Date: September 21, 2019
  • Times:
    • 12-4:30 p.m. – workshop
    • 5-7 p.m. – cocktails and dinner

Additional experiences forthcoming!

Parking is available in the Park Street garage adjacent to the Alumni Center. Enter on Park or Pendleton streets. Hourly fees apply. The garage accepts cash and debit/credit cards.

Luncheon Ticketing

Reserve admission for you and your guests OR honor an S.C. Arts Awards recipient with a donation if you can’t attend.

Reserve your admission to the S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon & Art Sale through using the registration link below. Admission is $50 and includes luncheon and art sale access. Please note:

  • Your credit/bank card statement might reflect a charge to PayPal for your purchase.
  • Hard tickets are not issued. You will check in at the door.

Click here to register for the luncheon. (Another browser tab/window will open.)

Though online sales are strongly preferred, those who are unable to use the online registration may call 803.734.8696 for assistance.

Can’t make it? We understand. Your presence can still be felt. Consider honoring a recipient of one of the S.C. Arts Awards with a completely tax-deductible donation of any amount to the S.C. Arts Foundation. Simply tell the SCAF in the memo/instructions area which recipient you wish to honor. Please note: Your credit/bank card statement might reflect a charge to PayPal for your purchase.