Furlow honored with Award of Excellence at Virginia Highlands Festival

Claudia Furlow

Claudia Furlow; Armadillo Tail.
8×10, oil on canvas

Claudia Furlow

Claudia Furlow; Possum Paw
8×10, oil on canvas


Claudia Furlow; Open Chest. 12x9, oil on canvas

Claudia Furlow; Open Chest.
12×9, oil on canvas

Virginia Highlands Festival’s Juried Fine Arts Show awarded Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Claudia Furlow, with the Award of Excellence for her series of oil paintings, Armadillo Tail, Open Chest and Possum Paw.

The Award of Excellence is the highest award an artist can receive at the Virginia Highlands Festival. Furlow received recognition at the awards presentation on July 31, 2014 by the exhibition’s juror, Charles W. Goolsby, the department chair and professor of art at Emory and Henry College in Virginia.

Each year, multi-talented artists from all over the East Coast enter the Virginia Highlands Festival Juried Fine Arts Show, and I have been among them. It is an honor for my body of work to be selected this year.” says Furlow.

Of 140 entries, 77 were accepted into the juried show. Awards ranged from 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Awards of Distinction, 3 Awards of Merit, Carl Jessee Award, and 10 Honorable Mentions.


About the Virginia Highlands Festival

The Virginia Highlands Festival, located in Abingdon, Virginia, was started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre  (State Theatre of Virginia), Porterfield’s mission was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. The two week festival, over the past 60 years, has grown into a regional festival representing all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but also imports talented artist and performers from all over the USA and the world for the enjoyment of area residents and visitors.


Call for Entries: GDUSA Cover

Visit and review the rich variety of paper colors and textures available. From this offering simply designate your desired Neenah Digital paper brand and color name on the Entry Form.

Call for Entries: Now You See Me (photography)

Sunday, August 3

An international juried competition challenging you to explore how you define yourself, the people you relate to and the world around you via dreamscape, fairy tale, fantasy world or reality check. The challenge is to take your creative process beyond self-created walls, inhibitions, or restrictions while using any one or a combination of the emerging apps, software, gadgets and technologies available on smartphones & smart devices.


Call for Entries: Level 25 Artjournal

Wednesday, December 31

Level 25 Artjournal, a new online art magazine, seeks artists to present their works to a worldwide audience and demonstrate their unique points of view. Each month, Level 25 Artjournal will select 10 artists to receive a multipage spread in the journal, showcasing the work submitted as well as an artist statement and biography. Featured artists will also be interviewed.

Entries may include works of drawing, mixed media, installation art, painting, photography and sculpture.

Learn more. For more information, send an email or call Sean David Wright at 480.234.6783.

Call for Entries: Applaud the Artist Cover Contest

Thursday, August 14

The Augusta Chronicle and Applause invite readers to join us in celebrating the arts in our community by entering our third annual Applaud the Artist Cover Contest.

The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the Applause fall arts preview edition on Sept. 4.


  • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, and must include the artist’s full name, age, address and phone number.
  • The contest is open to all ages, amateurs and professionals.
  • Cover design must be original work and must illustrate the arts in the Augusta community, including one category or several (dance, theater, music, visual arts).
  • Finished cover size must be 10¼ inches wide by 10 inches deep (your design can, but is not required to, include the word Applause; The Chronicle reserves the right to add the Applause logo, The Augusta Chronicle logo and the date of publication).
  • Employees of Morris Communications Co. and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.


Entries can be submitted electronically (.jpg format; minimum 200 dpi) by e-mail to or by mail to Applaud the Artist Cover Contest, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901. Entries will be converted to digital format by The Chronicle staff.


  • The winning entry, chosen by a panel of judges, will be the Applause cover Sept. 4. Finalists will be featured in the Sept. 4 Applause, and copies of finalists’ entries will be displayed at The Augusta Chronicle booth Sept. 19-21 during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.
  • Entrants retain copyright to their work but grant The Augusta Chronicle permission to use images of their work for digital and print publications and for promotion of Applause and this contest.
  • Artists may pick up the original artwork between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 23-26 at The Augusta Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St. Entries will be returned by mail if a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope is included with submission. The Augusta Chronicle will carefully handle submissions but cannot be held liable for their condition.


  • Keith Claussen, Applause columnist, The Artside
  • Todd Beasley, Creative Director, Morris Museum of Art
  • Alan C. MacTaggart, Chair, Department of Art, Georgia Regents University


Contact Mary Frances Hendrix, Applause Editor, at (706) 823-3347 or e-mail

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