The Marian Hagins' Memorial Art Competition was started in 1983 by the three children of Marian Hagins, in loving memory of their mother who "understood that art is the past, present, and future" as written by Mrs. Inez Plyler in 1983. Marian studied commercial art at The Washington School of Art under the tutelage of Dayrell Kortheur, Paul Bartlett, and Russel Henderson, and took workshops from John Brady, Dean Barber, Boyce Kendrick and many others who influenced her love and talents in the arts. She loved to experiment with many different types of painting materials and mediums, and developed life-long friendships with other local artists. This mutual love of art led Marian and friends to start the The Lancaster County Art League in 1954, as a means to help further the arts as well as provide a meeting place for artists and art lovers to share their love of the arts.

"The Art League and the Arts Council are not just for artists - they are for anyone who loves art and wants to learn."

     The annual competition is open to any resident of Lancaster County of high school age and older, for work done in the last two years. This competition is sponsored by the Hagins Family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, and the Lancaster County Art League. Marian's children also established a trust fund which provides for the majority of the competition awards.




1st Place: $300.00

2nd Place: $175.00

3rd Place: $125.00

4th Place: $100.00

Honorable Mention (4): $25.00

People’s Choice: $75.00




Friday, September 18, 2020 | 5 PM

 Online Entry Deadline for Intent to Submit Work


Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Deliver Work to the LCCA

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Deliver Work to the LCCA

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Final Day to Deliver Work to the LCCA


Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 3:00-5:00 PM

Outdoor Reception & Awards Ceremony

The Historic Springs House, 201 W. Gay St, Lancaster, SC

 The Reception is FREE and Open to the Public.

Please Invite Your Friends and Family.


October 12 – October 27, 2020**

Exhibition at the Historic Springs House by Reservation


October 28 – 30, 2020

Exhibited Work Must Be Picked Up by 3 PM, October, 30


October 11 – November 27, 2020

Virtual Exhibition Dates


**at present we plan to hang the exhibition at the Springs House for limited viewing in small groups. Should this change due to COVID-19 circumstances, we will alert you prior to the delivery date of any schedule and exhibition redesign.


Please download and review the Full Prospectus. We strongly encourage all artists to submit details about your work using the Online Entry Form.
If for some reason this is not possible, please let us know. 

2019 Winner

Joanna Lothers

2018 First Place Winner

Elizabeth Cutrer

2017 First Place Winner

Bill Bradley


201 W. Gay Street

PO Box 613

Lancaster, SC 29721



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