Multidisciplinary artist Sherrill Roland of Morrisville, North Carolina, in May was awarded the 2020 Southern Prize by South Arts, a Midtown-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower artists, organizations and communities and to increase access to arts and culture. Roland, whose work is influenced by a three-year period of wrongful incarceration, received a $25,000 cash award and a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap. Opelika, Alabama, artist Carlton Nell, whose meditative drawings using silver on film explore the abstractness of the natural world, received the Southern Prize finalist award of $10,000. Roland and Nell were among the nine South Arts State Fellowship recipients honored by South Arts, each of whom received a $5,000 award in March. An exhibition of all nine artists’ work is expected to open at the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus in August. The South Arts State Fellowships are juried, state-specific competitive awards to visual artists representing the nine states served by South Arts. The nine other 2020 State Fellowship award recipients are: Alba Triana (experimental), Miami; Fahamu Pecou (painting), Decatur; Letitia Quesenberry (multidisciplinary), Louisville, Kentucky; Karen Ocker (painting), New Orleans; Ashleigh Coleman (photography), Jackson, Mississippi; Kristi Ryba (painting), Charleston, South Carolina; and Bill Steber (photography), Murfreesboro, Tennessee. To view the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellows’ submissions and learn more about the competition, visit

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