South Carolina Arts Commission

Emerging Artists

Support for career satisfaction and sustainability

“Emerging artists” are defined as those who are at an early stage in their career development (specifically, artists who are starting their careers and have been active for one to five years).

Further, the term “emerging” refers to professional accomplishments and recognition, not to stylistic evolution.

  • An emerging artist is expected to have a limited performing, publishing, or exhibition record.
  • Emerging artists may demonstrate potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.

The South Carolina Arts Commission recognized the needs of artists who fit into this category—of any age. Thus was born a grant and accompanying program designed to assist emerging artists in South Carolina through project grant funding up to $1,500 as well as free mentorship and professional support during the grant period.

This page is a showcase of the current grantees and work samples resulting from their involvement in the program.

FY21 Grantees


If you are seeking more program information or advisement before submitting a grant application, please contact Artist Development Director Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 |