Conway man wins $50,000 in Lake City's Artfields

James Arendt's "Jamie"

A professor of art at Coastal Carolina University won the top prize at Lake City's Artfields competition.

James Arendt is the director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at CCU.

He won the Artfields Competition with his piece called "Jamie." Arendt's piece is made of donated denim jeans.

"This is an unexpected prize and honor and so I'm a little flabbergasted to say the least," he said.

When asked why he entered, he said, "You have to look at the prize money of course. It's a ridiculous amount of money, and it's very close by, so it seemed like if I didn't do it, I might regret it."

This is the first year Lake City has held the 10-day competition. It was expected to bring as many as 20,000 people to the small town. About 400 Southeast artists' works were displayed.