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Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers Student Exit Portfolio Show – July 24, 2014

July 17, 2014

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The members of the graduating class cordially invite you to their Summer Exit Portfolio Show on July 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm, in the Trident Technical College’s College Center, building 920, 700 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, SC.

The evening showcases student work from all Film, Media and Visual Arts majors including certificate programs. Faculty will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Please show your support for these talented individuals by helping them celebrate the triumphant end of their visual arts studies and the beginning of new adventures.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please visit (www.tridenttech.edu/create.htm) for more information.

City of North Charleston (SC) is Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Deadline July 9, 2014

June 12, 2014

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Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2014/15.

The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time position by Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

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City of North Charleston’s 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence, Charlynn M. Knight, demonstrating watercolor techniques to a group of young artists

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2014/15 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout January 2015. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Festival in May.

Rate of pay for this part-time position is $20 an hour for up to 300 hours. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Application materials may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Nancy Rodriguez at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”

May 20, 2014

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Eleven out of 75 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Once installed at the exhibition site, Thomas then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“It is an honor to participate in this year’s ‘National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition’ in North Charleston. The natural beauty of Riverfront Park offers the ideal setting for each of these remarkable sculptures.” Thomas stated. He continued, “I have long been a proponent of art outside the confines of museum and gallery walls. In recent years, I have participated in initiatives to acquire sculptures by world-renowned artists for college campuses in North Carolina and served as Chair of Charlotte’s Public Art Commission. Through these experiences, I have gained a deep appreciation for how these very public interventions of art activate natural and built environments, as well as our relationship to them. Furthermore, sculpture in public spaces can also serve to intrigue those who may be considered excluded from the world of art. By virtue of its placement, art in public spaces serves as ambassador, possessing the potential to break down perceived barriers of exclusivity and unlock a lifetime of creative thought and inquiry.”

The eleven sculptures selected for exhibition are by eleven artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”:

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Work by Jordan Krutsch

“An Ode to Architectural Form” (painted steel) by Jordan Krutsch – Greenville, NC (Best in Show)

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Work by Kevin Eichner

“Duet” (reclaimed steel) by Kevin Eichner – Hilton Head Island, SC (Outstanding Merit)

“Cloud Rain” (steel) by Jeffie Brewer – Nacogdoches, TX (Honorable Mention)

“Slice of Heaven” (concrete & limestone) by Craig Gray – Key West, FL (Honorable Mention)

“Summit” (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Priene Schultze – Eliot, ME (Honorable Mention)

“PC Column” (powder coated steel) by Carl Billingsley – Ayden, NC

“Dancer” (stainless steel) by Bob Doster – Lancaster, SC

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Work by Gary Gresko

“Tumbling Towards the Sun” (steel) by Gary Gresko – Oriental, NC

“Growth & Direction” (forged & fabricated steel/perforated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff – Atlanta, GA

“Foreversphere” (polyethylene) by Matthew Newman – Damascus, VA

“The Dance” (cor-ten steel) by Davis Whitfield, IV – Sylva, NC

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 24, 2015.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2015/16 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information and to view photographs of the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2014

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “13th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 2-10, 2014, as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 50 applicants were asked to participate out of the 97 entries submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. After making his selections, Ward stated, “It is so gratifying to observe the expansion and growth of contemporary craft in this exhibition, based as it is, on the strong traditions of fine art crafts in South Carolina. I congratulate the participants on an exceptionally strong body of work submitted for the 2014 show.” He continued, “Due to the excellent level of works submitted, I found it most challenging to decide on the prizes, awards, and pieces for the Traveling Exhibition. As ever, I carefully considered and evaluated each piece on the basis of creativity, innovation, material qualities, and craftsmanship. In addition, it’s always encouraging to observe risk taking and evidence of creative thinking in new materials.”

After awarding ribbons, Ward also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program. “My intention for the traveling show was to provide an exhibition that evenly divided into a good representation of all major media and also provide the public with some indication of the diversity of South Carolina crafts.” Ward said. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:

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“SC State Bird” by Matt Wilson

Best of Show – “SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit – “Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC) and “Large Stained Glass XLIII” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Honorable Mention
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Low on the Hog & Chitlin Cleaning Funnel” (Metal) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Summer Wind” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Hidden” (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
“Vessel No. 357″ (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
“Peaceful Peacock” (Glass) by Kris Manning (Charleston, SC)
“Koi Pond” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Gingko Vase” (Clay) by Janet Webster Rogers (Summerville, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Volume Nine – Hobbies & Irrigation” (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Carolina Crow” (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
“Garden Journal” (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
“Open Space Vase” (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“01050” (Metal) by Katie Poterela (Greenville, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Piece by Piece” (Fiber) by Mary Jefferson (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
“Vessel No. 357″ (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
“Emptiness I” (Fiber) by Kris Westerson (Charleston, SC)
“Tool Box” (Wood) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Birds of a Feather” (Glass) by Keller Lee (North Charleston, SC)
“Modern Dancer” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“Pole Vaulter” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“House: Reclaimed by Nature Circa 86AD” (Clay) by Holly Benton (Charleston, SC)
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Tundra” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art and Photography Competition Winners Announced

May 14, 2014

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state and beyond were invited to participate in the 2014 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, and presented May 2-10, 2014, as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival. A total of 234 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $2,975 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Tiffany Reed Silverman, Director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

A total of 150 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome.  Cash awards totaling $1,450 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three fine art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art - “Let You Go” (mixed media) by Brandi Butcher (North Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards - “Evening Skies” (oil) by Sandra Booker (Mt. Pleasant, SC); “Labor of Love” (watercolor) by Lynda Lawrence (Ladson, SC); and “Doggy Bag” (watercolor) by Charlotte L. Holman (Ridgeville, SC)

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“Labor of Love” by Lynda Lawrence (2nd Place in watercolor and North Charleston Purchase Award winner)

Fine Art – Acrylic
1st Place – “Rockville Regatta” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
2nd place – “Infinite Nature” by Abby Smith Clark (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Gate Study IV” by Cameron Bantz (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The Red Cliff” by Susanne Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant)
Honorable Mention – “Creation” by Pedro Rodriguez (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Woosh” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Settle” by Judy McSween (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Welcome Back Berlin” by Desiree Langston (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – Oil
1st Place – “The Red Scarf” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “On the Prowl” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Yellow Eyes” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Roots” by KTC/Karole Turner Campbell (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sultry Days” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cityscape” by Charles Parnelle (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel
1st place – “Plume Crazy” by Elliott West (Bonneau, SC)
2nd Place – “The Market” by Blaine Tailer-Kimball-Dixon (Folly Beach, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting” by Jane Hart (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The Virginian” by Paige Duvall (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Only Florence” by Christopher Kyle (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Heart Tree of Life” by Willis Sanders (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “German Shepherd” by Amanda Rose (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Lexi” by Susan Scampini (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kayak” by Mary Brigman (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor
1st Place – “Bucket of Chicken” by Charlotte L. Holman (Ridgeville, SC)
2nd Place – “Labor of Love” by Lynda Lawrence (Ladson, SC)
3rd Place – “The Breakings of Surrender” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chasing Tail” by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media
1st Place – “Pollination” by Mary Catherine Peeples (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Medicine Woman” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
3rd Place – “Rhythm of Life” by Sharon Robertson (Washington, DC)
Honorable Mention – “God is Ever Present” by Latasha Hollins (Charleston, SC)

Professional Photography – Color
1st Place – “Indian Ocean Moonrise” by Vanessa Kauffmann (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Reflecting on the Day” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Philip Simmons Heart Gates” by Vanessa Kauffmann (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Dreamscape” by Donnie Smith (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Granddaddy’s Pipe” by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – “Wisdom” by Nese O. Zinn (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Owls Head Lighthouse” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Bare Bones” by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Winds of Change” by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Battle of Gettysburg” by Nadine Todd (Ladson, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st Place – “Two Colors” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Middleton Grist Mill” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Three Amigos” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Lake Sunset” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A River Runs Through It” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – “Cold As Ice” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Rustic Memories” by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)
3rd Place – “Locked Up” by Michelle Messing (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Waiting for the Roar” by Matt Krausmann (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The View From Below” by Mark S. Moore (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (www.northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Festival, visit (http://northcharlestonartsfest.com/).

2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Gala Set for May 2, 2014, in North Charleston, SC

April 10, 2014

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The spring festival season is in full swing and the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival is just around the corner. In honor of the annual event, the City of North Charleston invites the public to don their Lowcountry best and head to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7-11pm for the Sweetgrass Soirée, a gala celebration, featuring cocktails, dinner, and dancing with a Lowcountry flair. Tickets for the premier event are $50 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Pearson at 843/740-2538.

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2014 Arts Festival design image – Gullah Islander Toss by Amiri Gueka Farris

The soirée begins with a steel drum serenade compliments of Charleston’s most prominent steel drum band, The Island Trio. While enjoying a menu of Lowcountry favorites and the evening’s signature cocktail, the Sweetgrass Sipper, patrons will have an opportunity to meet this year’s Arts Festival design artist, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris will be auctioning off an original piece and signing posters featuring his winning design, “Gullah Islander Toss”. Entertainment during dinner service includes a lively performance by Adande African Drum & Dance Company and a shoe tapping, hand clapping program full of traditional Gullah songs, spirituals, and gospel tunes by renowned a cappella singing group, The Plantation Singers. Following the performances, guests can dance the night away to music by Plane Jane. The band is built to keep the crowd on its feet with an extensive catalog of exciting hits from the sixties to the present. The evening’s line-up is sure to entertain and makes for an exciting kick off to the nine days of arts and cultural programs and activities offered during the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10.

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Photograph from 2013 Festival Gala – photo credit: Ryan Johnson

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Ticket price includes parking. The Sweetgrass Soirée is co-sponsored by “North Charleston Magazine”.

For more information about the event or the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, including the full schedule of events, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Entries Sought for 2014 North Charleston (SC) Arts Festival’s “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competitions & Exhibitions” – Deadline May 1 & 2, 2014

March 31, 2014

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Fine artists and professional and amateur photographers ages 18 and up are invited to participate in the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions and Exhibitions”. Entries will be on display throughout the festival, May 2-10, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded for winning entries. Complete entry instructions are available for download at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). Entries for photography will be accepted at the Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7:00pm. Entries for fine art will be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7:00pm, as well as Friday, May 2, from 9:00am to noon. Entry fees are $5 and $10, respectively.

Fine artists may submit work in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media. Entries will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4425. Awards are at the sole discretion of the judge, Tiffany Reed Silverman, Director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel, the Military College of SC. As the first full-time faculty member in the fine arts in the institution’s history, Silverman teaches courses and develops all art-related lectures, programs, exhibitions, and community partnerships on campus. She has added new courses in drawing, painting, drama, and film to create the Fine Arts Minor, now the third largest minor at the school. She has curated numerous exhibitions of artwork on campus, highlighting work by regional artists and cadets. Silverman is the former Director of Education & Outreach at the Gibbes Museum of Art and has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Arts Management at the College of Charleston. She holds a BA with Honors in Art History from the College of William & Mary, a master’s degree in Art History from Williams College, and is a candidate for an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Photographers may submit work in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color or Monochrome. Entries will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1450 and are judged using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Scoring is done by three competent judges in the field of photography who will score entries using the 3-9 range of scores. Each judge will evaluate each entry as a whole, considering the areas of Impact, Composition, and Technique. However, there is no specific weighting or allotment of points for each category. This system is used efficiently and effectively by many councils, at international exhibitions, and by camera clubs. It allows an adequate qualitative separation of entries while lessening the potential for a large number of the higher scoring entries having identical scores. In the event of a tie-breaker, judges will choose the winning entry.

Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division and category, as well as Honorable Mentions for both competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, May 2, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature musical entertainment by the Hi Lo Duo and Douglas Parker. Exhibition viewing times are Saturday, May 3, 10:00am–4:00pm; Sunday, May 4, 2:00–5:00pm; Monday through Friday, May 5-9, 9:00am–5:00pm; and Saturday, May 10, 9:00am–Noon.

The North Charleston Arts Festival, scheduled May 2-10, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents & visitors with a fabulous array of nearly 200 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held May 3 and 4 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, or to download entry instructions for the “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions and Exhibitions”, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts) or call 843/740-5854.

North Charleston, SC, Seeking Sculptor for Performing Arts Center Monument Busts – Deadline Apr. 8, 2014

March 3, 2014

The City of North Charleston, SC, seeks to commission a sculptor to create depictions of the city’s two prominent mayors. The commissioned busts will be permanently featured on granite outdoor pedestals at the newly built outdoor monument at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. Each sculpture should be at least two feet tall and cast in bronze or another metal suitable for outdoor exhibition. Professional sculptors nationwide are invited to submit their qualifications and proposals for this unique public art opportunity via the online application at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com). There is a $7 application fee and submissions are due by Apr. 8, 2014.

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Mayor Bourne and Mayor Summey at North Charleston’s 40th Anniversary Celebration (credit: Ryan Johnson)

A Selection Committee comprised of city officials and community leaders will choose one artist to create both sculptures. The committee is looking for design proposals that will generate excitement and interest for the community and compliment the outdoor monument where the busts will be installed. The total budget for this project is yet to be determined. Artists’ proposals should include all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: artist’s design fees, materials, production costs, travel, documentation, shipping, and any permits, license, or insurance. Artists will be notified of the commission award by Apr. 15, 2014. The sculpture installation will be approximately 120 days from the Apr. 8 submission deadline.

In order to be considered for the commission, sculptors must prepare and submit the following RFP materials using the (www.Slideroom.com) online application:
A. Statement of Interest describing specific interest in the project, potential approach, and any relevant past experience
B. Thorough proposal including costs, materials, process, and timeline for creating the busts.
C. Current resume/CV
D. A maximum of five quality digital photographs of artist’s previous work that accurately represent the artist’s aesthetics and style.  All images must be accompanied by a brief description of the artwork, title, location, size, and completion date.
E. Optional: The artist’s web site may be listed. The artist may include up to three additional materials such as references, reviews, news articles, awards or other related information.
F. Application fee of $7.00, payable online

The City of North Charleston reserves the right to reject all applications and/or adjust the project time line. For more information about this public art project, contact Cultural Arts Director, Marty Besancon, at 843/740-5850 or e-mail her at (mbesancon@northcharleston.org). For technical assistance, contact Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue Nelson, at 843/740-5852 or e-mail to (anelson@northcharleston.org).

To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts).

North Charleston Arts Festival Reveals 2014 Design Competition Winner – Amiri Geuka Farris

February 19, 2014

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The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Bluffton, SC, artist, Amiri Geuka Farris, as the winner of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Farris’ mixed media piece, titled “Gullah Islander Toss”, will be used to promote the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10, 2014. In addition, the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Gullah Islander Toss”

Farris’ design was selected from a total of 53 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to Farris, “Gullah Islander Toss” honors the traditions of the Gullah-Geechee culture and is also an attempt to draw a greater focus to what he calls “a celebration of history.” “You will see elements like dance and rejoicing with references to important cultural elements like the land, cast net making, trowing and artistic traditions,” he explains. The piece is composed of a number of layers that involve design elements such as Adinkra symbols, paint drips, and paint embellishments. The dynamism of these elements represents the passing of time and movement into the future. As with many of Farris’ other works, the piece makes reference to specific Gullah traditions and historic elements while blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation.

Amiri Geuka Farris received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting, with his BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. He is known for dynamic, powerful artwork that combines an alluring blend of vivid colors, layered textures, and a signature use of Adinkra symbols. The images of Sea Island culture that are evoked in his work introduce viewers to uplifting moments and insight into his contemporary view of culture. At the heart of Amiri’s artistic vision is the desire to capture the essence and tell the history of the Gullah-Geechee people and their way of life. His dedication to that vision was rewarded in 2012 when he was the co-recipient of a very prestigious award for preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Farris’ work has been exhibited and displayed in permanent collections nationally and internationally. He was named the 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, and is the current artist-in-residence at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, SC. His client list includes numerous cultural, educational, and commercial organizations including the Telfair Museum of Art, The Savannah Children’s Museum, Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Youth Opera International, the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, Historic Penn Center Landmark, Savannah Jazz Festival, Heritage Jazz Festival, The Boys & Girls Club, The Coastal Discovery Museum, and many others.

Farris’ art studio, located at the Sea Island Art Center at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus, is open by appointment. His work is currently featured locally in an exhibition curated by Jonathan Green titled “Spirit & Memory: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Heritage”, on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.

More of Farris’ work, including the winning piece, “Gullah Islander Toss”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2014. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 3 and 4 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Seek Visual Artists and Fine Craft Artisans for Annual Co-Op Gallery in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 3, 2014

February 6, 2014

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Applications are now being accepted from visual artists and fine craft artisans for participation in The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op, an annual, temporary artist-run gallery coordinated by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival. The Co-Op is dedicated to presenting many artists of varied backgrounds working in a diverse array of media and representing a full range of styles. Eligible applicants include South Carolina artists, ages 18 and up, creating original fine art, fine crafts, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, glass, sculpture, and more. There is no fee to apply. Applications can be found online at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Deadline for applications is Monday, Mar. 3, 2014.

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The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery is located at 1077 East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays, Apr. 4 through May 31, 2014, and are overseen by participating artists. A free, public reception will be held at the gallery during the North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 7, from 5-8pm.

The 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival is scheduled for May 2-10. The nine-day celebration of arts and culture provides over 30,000 thousand residents and visitors with an array of performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held the first weekend in May, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit”, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with over sixty events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.

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For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).


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