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Charleston HarborFest Invites Artists to Submit Poster Design for 2008 Event

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (January 10, 2008) — Charleston HarborFest is proud to announce the first annual official poster competition. Artists who are 18 years or older may submit original works for the design of the 2008 Charleston HarborFest poster. These designs are to be judged by a panel representing both the maritime and art communities and should reflect Charleston’s rich maritime history while also featuring attributes that reflect Charleston’s modern harbor and highlights of the annual event. Artists are encouraged to capture the look and feel of Charleston HarborFest, with its blend of tall ships, pirates, classic wooden boats, education village, children’s activities and celebration of all things related to the sea.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, recognition, 5 commemorative posters, 10 t-shirts, a VIP package for the event, and the poster design will be featured as the 2008 Official HarborFest Poster. The poster art design will be showcased on official retail merchandise as well as posters in storefront locations, posters for sale and various other promotions.

To enter, artists must submit an application with their mounted artwork no later then Friday, February 1, 2008 to the South Carolina Maritime Foundation office at 47 Calhoun Street in Charleston, South Carolina, 29401. Once submitted, all entries become property of Charleston HarborFest and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. Entry into the competition is free. Additional information and application forms may be downloaded from

Judges Include:

John Duckworth

As a painter and photographer, John challenges his means of expression by working in a variety of techniques and styles-always reinventing himself. A frequent collaborator, he has created with and for symphonies, museums, filmmakers, and commercial collections around the world.

Rick Jerue

Rick Jerue is the President of The Art Institute of Charleston. Established in 2007, The Art Institute of Charleston is less than a year old and exceeding growth expectations. The school attracts local students, as well as students from outside the Lowcountry, into its culinary art, design and media programs.

Ann Long

Ann Long is the owner of Ann Long Fine Art on King Street in Charleston. Established in 1997, Ann Long Fine Art has earned distinction as a leading gallery specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings, and sculpture by contemporary artists.

Ellen Dressler Moryl

Under the direction of Ellen Dressler Moryl, Piccolo Spoleto was designed and launched in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs together with a group of volunteers from the Charleston arts community. Ellen remains the Director of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival today.

Ann Silliman

Ann Silliman, with her husband David, owns A. Fairfax Antiques on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Their shop specializes in American Furniture from the 18th and 19th century that is highlighted by an assortment of mirrors, porcelain and silver.

Brad Van Liew

Brad Van Liew is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. He manages the non-profit’s central project, the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship, along with a variety of events that support the educational mission of the organization, including Charleston Harborfest. Before his current position Brad was a professional sailor, competing in two solo circumnavigation races and winning the Around Alone in 2003.

Charleston HarborFest is an event of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. Proceeds from this festival support educational programs for South Carolina youth aboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship. The foundation’s mission is to offer effective, unique educational opportunities for the students of South Carolina, focusing on history, science, math and literature within the context of our state’s coastal region and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment. For additional information and event updates, visit or call (843) 722-1030.