This just in: Last year saw the creation of the Factor Prize, $10,000 pile of cash judged and administered by the Gibbes Museum of Art. It’s open to all artists, but would it be great if a Charleston artist swept the standings? —J.S.

From the Factor Prize website:

Established in 2007, the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art honors an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. The Prize is accompanied by a cash prize of $10,000 and is administered and presented by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Submissions for this year’s Factor Prize will be accepted on this website through February 8th.