Deadline is August 26th! CALL for Nominations – JASPER ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 2016







Jasper Magazine 

Announce the CALL for Nominations for the Title

“Jasper Artist of the Year”

in each of the following categories:




Visual Arts

Literary Arts

Individual Artists, 18 and older, working in the greater Columbia arts community are eligible for the title 

based ONLY upon their artistic accomplishments during the period from

August 26, 2015  until August 26, 2016.



Nominations should be sent to 

with the subject heading “JAY”

and MUST be accompanied by:

  1. The category in which the nominee should be considered.
  2. list of work produced or performed during the designated time period. (No paragraphs. No forthcoming work. No stories of awesomeness.)  
  3. The nominee’s complete contact info and a statement confirming that the individual has consented to be nominated.

Nominations must be received online by midnight August 26th, 2016. *

Finalists will be announced in the September issue of Jasper Magazine and winners will be announced at the JAY Gala in November – details to come.

Upon closing of the nomination call, a panel of judges will select the top three candidates in each field, and the public will be invited to vote online for their top choices.

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Fine Print:

The category Dance includes:  performance, choreography, or direction of any form of dance including, but not limited to ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, ballroom, folk, or dance-based performance art.

The category Theatre includes: directing or acting in one or more local performances.

The category Music includes: conducting, directing, writing, or performing any style of music in one or more local concerts or recordings; both individuals and groups are eligible.

The category Visual Arts includes: the completion and presentation of any form of non-performing or non-literary arts, such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, print-making, mixed-media, etc.

The category Literary Arts includes: the completion, publication, and/or presentation of any form of prose, poetry, or non-fiction writing, as well as playwriting and the writing of executed screenplays.

Only individual artists may be considered for nomination. While arts groups, such as musical groups or arts troupes, are no longer eligible for consideration, individuals within those groups may be nominated.

Jasper 2016 Artist of the Year Awards will not be awarded based on achievements accomplished prior to August 26, 2015. The purpose of the awards is to recognize artistic achievements accomplished within a calendar year

There is no fee to enter.

Artists may nominate themselves.

Artists must be made aware of their nomination and agree to participate in the competition.

* Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of the potential nominee. 

About Jasper

What Jasper Said is the blogging arm of Jasper – The Word on Columbia Arts, a new written-word oriented arts magazine that serves artists and arts lovers in the Columbia, SC area and its environs in four ways: Via Print Media – Jasper is a bi-monthly magazine, releasing in print six times per year in September, November, January, March, May & July, on the 15th of each month. Jasper covers the latest in theatre and dance, visual arts, literary arts, music, and film as well as arts events and happenings; Via Website – Jasper is an interactive website complete with a visual arts gallery, messages from Jasper, an arts events calendar that is updated several times daily, bite-sized stories on arts events, guest editorials, local music, dance & theatre videos, community surveys, and more; Via Blog – What Jasper Said -- you're reading this now -- is a daily blog featuring a rotating schedule of bloggers from the Jasper staff as well as guest bloggers from throughout the arts community; Via Twitter – Jasper Advises is a method of updating the arts community on arts events, as they happen, with more than a half dozen active tweeters who live, work, and play inside the arts community everyday ~ Jasper Advises keeps the arts community abreast of what not to miss, what is happening when it is happening, and where to be to experience it first hand.
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