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JAY 2018 (Jasper Artists of the Year) Nominations are Now Open!

Call for Nominations for

Jasper Artists of the Year 2018

are Now Open!


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

Jasper Artist of the Year

based upon their artistic accomplishments during the period from

July 31, 2017 through October 31, 2018.

Nominations MUST be sent to with the subject heading “Artist of the Year” and MUST be accompanied by a numbered list of works or accomplishments produced or performed during the designated time period. (see checklist)

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.

  • 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, acting, or set design 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 & presentation of a 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. 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 should be made aware of their nomination before their official nomination and agree to participate in the competition.

Finalists will be announced by November 15, 2018 and voting will take place from November 15 through December 31, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the Jasper Artist of the Year Gala on

January 19th, 2019

at the historic Seibels House and Gardens in downtown Columbia.


Check list for nominating an artist for Jasper Artist of the Year:

1.    My nominee has agreed to be nominated

2.    I have included the nominee’s contact information (email and phone) in my nomination

3.    I have included a paragraph briefly explaining why I am making my nomination

4.    I have included a numbered list of accomplishments by my nominee

5.    All the accomplishments on my list will have occurred from July 31, 2017 through October 31, 2018

Send Nominations to

Failure to check off all five items will result in disqualification for your nominee.

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7:00 PM19:00

SAVE THE DATE - 2nd Act Film Festival

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What is the 2nd Act Film Festival? 

In its 5th year, the 2nd Act Film Festival, under the direction of noted film and documentary maker Wade Sellers, is a unique take on the film project. Presented by The Jasper Project, its mission is to encourage and promote the growth of independent filmmaking in South Carolina.

The 2nd Act Film Festival is a curated film project. Filmmakers submit their names and work to be considered for participation in the festival. A group of South Carolina media and arts professionals will select the final group of filmmakers to participate. This year 10-12 filmmaking teams from around South Carolina will be selected to participate.

The level of filmmaking experience by the filmmaker can range from beginner to professional. If entrants have never made a film before, but are selected based on their artistic/creative work, we can assist in placing them with an experienced filmmaking team. As a festival we are looking to gather a highly creative and diverse group of voices that represent independent filmmaking in the state.

Participating filmmakers will be featured in Jasper magazine and promoted heavily in events leading up to the festival screening. Previous festivals played to overflow crowds at Tapp's Arts Center and 701 Whaley.

We will give filmmakers the 1st Act and the 3rd Act (one page each) of a script. The filmmaker's job is to write the 2nd Act and make the film. There is no restriction on genre or subject matter, however, all scripts will be reviewed by the Jasper Project review team. All films will then screen the night of the festival at Trustus Theatre on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

Here are the rules and guidelines for entering filmmakers.

  • There is no entry fee for participating filmmakers and teams.
  • Filmmaking teams will be given a small amount of funding to offset the cost of production. Use it for food, a camera rental, whatever you feel necessary to help complete your film in the best way possible.
  • Selected filmmakers must currently live in South Carolina.
  • Past filmmakers may enter.
  • Filmmakers may select a team or create their film alone, but the entering representative will serve as "filmmaker" for the project.
  • The final group of ten filmmakers will be selected by a group of media professionals and editors of Jasper magazine.
  • Filmmakers will be selected based on their prior work(s), as well as their passion and commitment towards independent filmmaking.
  • When entering, the filmmaker must provide a link to their own previous work, but also may provide a link for works created by team members. Only one form needs to be filled out per team.
  • Team members may work on other film projects in the festival.
  • Selected filmmakers will receive 2 script pages, the first and last page of a short film screenplay.
  • Filmmakers will write the 2nd act and produce the film.
  • This year there is a theme that will be revealed at the first meeting.
  • No dialogue or script direction can be changed in the provided script pages. Any rewriting or shifting of lines will disqualify the film. Filmmakers can add scene descriptions to the pages provided.
  • Pages written will be entirely at the filmmakers discretion.
  • Completed films can be no longer than six minutes, including credits.
  • Submitted films may not contain gratuitous violence or acts of misogyny.
  • Final films will be owned in their entirety by the filmmaker but the 2nd Act Film Festival and the Jasper Project reserve the right to exhibit the films and market the films for their own promotional purposes.


Watch winning films from past years

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Jasper Magazine Fall 2018 Release Party - Thursday, September 27th - Stormwater Studios

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Join us for the

Jasper Magazine Fall 2018 Release Party

Thursday, September 27th at 6 pm

Stormwater Studios - 413 Pendleton Street, Columbia

Music by

The Witness Marks

Exkphrasis by USC MFA students

based on visual art by

Jan Swanson and Heather LaHaise

Readings from CMA Writer in Residence

Ray McManus

Meet the 2018

2nd Act Film Festival Filmmakers

Purchase a $10 Jasper Souvenir Cup and Drink All Night!

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Fall Lines - a literary convergence volume V Release & Awards Ceremony

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The public is invited to join us on Sunday, August 12th from 3 – 4:30 at the Richland Library at 1431 Assembly Street in Columbia, SC as the Jasper Project presents the Fall Lines – a literary convergence, volume V Release and Awards ceremony with selected readings.

In its fifth year of publication, Fall Lines has published the work of more than 150 writers of poetry and prose from South Carolina and throughout the world. We are indebted to our partners at Richland Library, the Friends of Richland Library, One Columbia for Arts and History, the South Carolina Academy of Authors and, for the first time this year, Palmetto Luna.

The winners of the Saluda River Prize for Poetry and the Broad River Prize for Prose will be presented at the Release and Awards Ceremony on August 12, 2018 at Richland Library.

Jurors for this year’s Fall Lines were Ray McManus, Tony Tallent, Kyle Petersen, and Cindi Boiter. Our poetry judge was Ray McManus and our prose judge was Scott Gould. Fall Lines is edited by Cindi Boiter. This year’s cover art is by Brian Harmon.




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The author of Stranger to Temptation (Hub City Press 2017), Scott Gould’s work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, New Madrid Journal, New Stories from the South, and New Southern Harmonies, among others. He is a past winner of the Literature Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Gould’s scriptwriting has won awards from the International Television Association and the London Film Festival. 


Ray McManus’s poems and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His poems can be quirky, sometimes funny, sometimes quite dark, often both at the same time.  His first book, ­­Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born, was selected by Southern poet Kate Daniels and published by USC Press in 2007. Since then he has gone on to publish three more books: Left Behind (published by Stepping Stones Press in 2008), Red Dirt Jesus (selected by Alicia Ostriker for the Marick Press Poetry Prize and published by Marick Press in 2011), and Punch. (published by Hub City Press in 2014, and winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award). McManus has recently co-edited an anthology with USC Press called Found Anew.


Congratulations to the following authors whose prose and poetry will appear in Fall Lines – a literary convergence, volume V.

Andi Arias

Derek Berry

Al Black

David Travis Bland

Stephen Byrne

Elena Castro

Brit Chism

Kat Coffee

McKayla Conahan

Tim Conroy

Juan David Cruz

Debra Daniel

Jo Angela Edwins

Matthew Foley

Lisa Hammond

Kristine Hartvigsen

Robin Hendricks

Shelley Hucks

Carol Parris Krauss

Susan Lenz

Kit Loney

Robert Maynor

Terri McCord

Matthew O'Leary.

Frances J. Pearce

Bo Petersen

Laura Rashley

Fran Rizer

Eileen Scharenbroch

J. Michael Shell

Randy Spencer

Irene Dumas Tyson


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Jasper Presents Kathryn Van Aernum's Common Ground at Anastasia & Friends

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The Jasper Project is delighted to guest host the August show at Anastasia & Friends and welcomes artist Kathryn Van Aernum as our featured artist.

Please join us on First Thursday for the traditional opening of the exhibit and throughout the month of August during gallery hours.

Common Ground: Artist Statement

Common: belonging to or shared by two or more individuals or things or by all members of a group. 

Common: widespread, general, ordinary

The photographs in Common Ground focus on human-made surfaces, such as pavement, asphalt, cobblestones, concrete etc., with attention paid specifically to the abstract “paintings” created on these ordinary surfaces by the interaction of time, weather and humans. 

All the artificial terrains portrayed have one thing in common: facilitating human flow and interaction, with some reaching back as far as the 2nd millennium BC. 

The locations represented are as widespread as the Carolinas, Ohio, and Greece; the latter
connecting us to our shared origins in Western Civilization

Kathryn Van Aernum

Kathryn Van Aernum’s subjects range from the mundane to the sublime, and she continues to cultivate a sense of spaciousness in her photography. The elements of design: harmony, balance and rhythm present themselves to Kathryn almost subconsciously, allowing her to capture a moment that transports the viewer into their own minds, memories and dreams. 

Ms. Van Aernum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Visual Arts from Naropa University, the premier educational institution combining contemplative practice with academic rigor. While photography is her main medium, she is also an accomplished watercolorist, mixed media and book artist. As a creativity coach she works with professionals who have buried their creative soul in the daily grind, helping them reclaim creative confidence so they can thrive at work and beyond. 

Her work has appeared in juried competitions, group and solo exhibits, in Key West, FL; Boulder, CO; Fort Collins, CO; Ann Arbor, MI; and Columbia, Spartanburg and Lake
City, SC and is in many private collections throughout the US.

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TommyGun Glass Trunk Show
6:00 PM18:00

TommyGun Glass Trunk Show

  • The Japser Project at Tapp's Art Center (map)
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Jasper is sad to see our visual arts & assistant music editors Kara Gunter and Tom Dempster move on to their next life chapter, but we're happy to be throwing their art glass business TommyGun Glass a show during First Thursday on Main in June. Please join us at the Jasper Studio in Tapp's Arts Center for your last chance to shop for some of Kara's beautiful creations AND support The Jasper Project at the same time.

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Jasper Magazine Release Party Featuring The Restoration's Constance - The Musical
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Jasper Magazine Release Party Featuring The Restoration's Constance - The Musical

In a celebration of the release of the 34th issue of Jasper Magazine, The Jasper Project presents an exclusive preview of the Restoration’s Constance – The Musical on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at Trustus Theatre. The party includes the opportunity to be among the first in Columbia to see and hear the long-awaited original production of Chad Henderson’s Constance, based on the album Constance by Daniel Machado, Adam Corbett, and The Restoration, in its entirety.

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Jasper Arts Fairway at WeCo's Kinetic Derby Day
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Jasper Arts Fairway at WeCo's Kinetic Derby Day

  • State Street West Columbia, SC 29169 United States (map)
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The Jasper Project is excited to announce the line-up for the Jasper Arts Fairway at West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day, Saturday April 21st including performing artists every 30 minutes featuring Columbia City Ballet, Cola City Jazz with Mark Rapp, alt folk music with Todd Mathis and Cully Salehi, and more, plus 13 tents packed with interactive visual, literary, and kinetic arts and demonstrations.

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