The Judges

Tom Herzog

In my sculpture I strive to find that dynamic place where aesthetic and natural forces balance." A Wyoming native, Tom Herzog earned a BA in Art from Montana State University-Billings. He sculpted and painted in Montana for 30 years before moving to South Carolina in 2005. "I've always loved exploring wild places and creating sculptures that resonate with nature's order." Herzog's sculptures are in the permanent collection of the Florence Museum in South Carolina and the Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Montana as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States. He participated in the prestigious "Sculpture in the Park" in Loveland Colorado in 2008 and 2009. For more information visit

Alex Palkovich

Sculpture has always been my passion. Through the years I lent my hands to many different art forms, and wide range of subject matters, from representational sculpture of human and animal figures to furniture.... As with all my work, the focus is primarily on creating an original, dynamic and emotive composition with a great deal of energy. Each shift in the position of the form reveals some new facet or insight. I'm particularly fascinated by faces, and enjoy making portraits. I use clay, metal, and glass to convey the stories that lay within each piece.

Dr. Townsend Holt

Dr Townsend Holt was born in Raleigh, NC. He served in the Navy to two years as a dentist. He is currently a member of the SC Dental Society, Pee Dee Dental Society, SC Orthodontic Society and the UNC Orthodontic Alumni Society He and his wife, Jane live in Florence and share two dogs, Tally and Oliver. His offices are located in Florence, Dillon, Lake City, and Mullins. His love of the artistry of dentistry will bring a great prospective to the sculpture contest!

Sculptors Patz and Mike Fowle

Patz and Mike Fowle are a dynamic Husband and Wife team of sculptors where each brings out the best of the other's creative strengths through their shared passion for visual arts. For the past forty years they have explored a life together where they have utilized various media and innovative processes to express themselves artistically. The two are currently embarking on an exhilarating journey where they are exploring a new approach to sculpture using non-traditional media. Fusing metal, aesthetics and creative personification they break the constraints of "ordinary" by assembling new and found remnants of the past into extraordinary, award-winning, animal-like works of art.

The Fowle's are advocates for public art and special art programming in schools and they are both on the approved artist roster for the South Carolina Arts Commission as teaching artists. This dynamic duo has taught as far away as Tokyo, Japan. Through the years, they have shared techniques and ideas with countless numbers of students in public schools, universities and workshops in hopes that their innovative methods will inspire creativity in the arts for many generations to come. The Fowle's maintain a working art studio near Hartsville, SC where they create commissioned sculptures for public and private collections. Patz and Mike Fowle have a sculpture in the 2013 ArtFields Competition/Exhibition in Lake City, SC.

For more information, please contact

Jill Heiden
Florence-Darlington Technical College
2715 West Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29501