Phase Transitions,’ acrylic painting by Jim Aiken

Art League of Hilton Head will present the 27th iteration of Biennale, a national juried exhibit of artworks, May 4-26 at its gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane.

Representing 100 artists from 28 states, including South Carolina, the 27th Biennale promises to be a showcase of exemplary artwork.

The national call for entries attracted 735 artworks from 40 states. Top pieces were selected based on originality of concept, composition and execution. The exhibition, which is the longest-running national juried art exhibition in the area, will feature work across major media categories including Three-Dimensional, Oil, Acrylic, Photography, Pastel, Mixed Media, Watermedia and All Other.

More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding works, selected by this year’s Biennale judge, Marc Hanson.

Hanson is a nationally known, award-winning landscape artist currently based on Tybee Island. He is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.), having won awards of excellence over numerous years at the OPA National Exhibit.

He has also placed four times in The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition. Hanson has been featured on the covers of Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazine, and in the book “Oil Painting Secrets With The Masters” by Cindy Salaski.

Hanson’s work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad and can be found in both private and public collections.

Hanson will be on hand to present the awards at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Hanson also will lead a discussion on his selection process during the Critic’s Coffee event from 10 a.m. to noon May 8. Cost is $10.

Attendees to either event can RSVP at

The gallery is located mid-island, inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.

For more information, visit or call 843-681-5060.