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McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries of Works that Speak to the Civil War – Deadline Oct. 31, 2014

June 5, 2014


As the first state to secede from the Union, and the place from which the first battle shots were fired, South Carolina arguably started the Civil War. One hundred and fifty years later, McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, aims to end it with a juried exhibition of contemporary craft we hope will animate civil conversations about Civil War legacies.

A WPA-era building located on the University’s historic quadrangle, McKissick Museum stands in the company of the largest collection of slave-made structures on any campus in the United States.  These structures bear witness to enslaved African Americans’ artisan skill and manual labor.  They also provide a poignant backdrop for the Museum’s significant collections of 19th-century, alkaline-glazed stoneware and sweet grass baskets, cultural forms intimately tied to the presence of African slaves in the region and now seemingly synonymous with the southern experience.  It seems fitting, then, that McKissick Museum commemorate the 150th anniversary of end of the Civil War on April 9, 2015, with a major exhibition that symbolically re-enacts the Civil War’s end as a scene of reconciliation—not between the North and the South—but between former slaves and former slave owners.

We seek entries from artists working in what historically have been regarded as craft-based media – clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood – who will imagine and give visual and sculptural form to this scene.  It is perhaps the scene that Martin Luther King conjured when he dreamt of a day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

What kind of table might energize and sustain continued civic dialog about how the institution of slavery continues to shape southern life?  What kind of table, chairs, and table wares might bring people together to share a meal, share experiences, and speak candidly about the collective work that remains to be done?  Would the table be set with china, ceramic stoneware or wooden plates?  Would sterling flatware or oyster shells serve as eating utensils?  Would guests drink from glasses or gourds?  Would a tablecloth grace the table’s surface?  Do napkins or placemats define individual place settings?  Are there serving pieces on the table suggestive of the food traditions southerners forged and share?

In other words, what might the material culture of restorative justice look and feel like?

Jurors – See McKissick Museum’s website for updates.

Awards – $25,000 in purchase awards will be given to prize winning artists and/or artist collaboratives.  Artists are welcome to submit images of an individual artwork conceived of as a component part of a scene of reconciliation OR to submit images of an installation with multiple components OR to collaborate with other artists to submit images of an installation with multiple component parts.

Timeline for Exhibition:
March 31 – CALL for ENTRIES issued
October 31 – DEADLINE for submission of IMAGES of objects entered
November 30 – ACCEPTANCE notices go out
December 15 – DEADLINE for delivery of artwork at Museum

Eligibility – To participate, artists must have been born in, raised in (minimum one year), or be currently living and working in one of the states that joined the Confederacy:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. This eligibility requirement ensures that the prize-winning artworks that will become part of McKissick’s permanent collection are aligned with the Museum’s collections policy.

Artists must work in craft-based media—clay, fiber, glass, metal, and/or wood.

Submitted artworks must have been completed since April 2011, the start of sesquicentennial commemorations of the American Civil War.

To be eligible for this juried exhibition, artists must be 18 years old on or before the October 31, 2014 submission deadline.

Artists must pay a $25 non-refundable entry fee.

Artists may submit up to five high-resolution digital images (minimum 300dpi/1MB) of artwork(s) for consideration to (

All artwork/installations submitted for consideration should be able to fit in the elevator and/or be broken down into component parts that will fit in the elevator, the dimensions of which are 72”x48”x50”.  Designs for objects that will not fit these dimensions should be discussed with McKissick’s Curator of Exhibitions, Edward Puchner at 803/777-2515 or e-mail to ( prior to production and/or submission.

The artist is responsible for transporting artwork juried into the exhibition to and from McKissick Museum.

Should an artist or artist collaborative submit for consideration an installation that includes digital media, that artist or artist collaborative will be responsible for providing the hardware (projector and/or motor) for the duration of the exhibition at McKissick.

Should an installation be juried into the exhibition, the installation artist or a member of the artist collaborative originating the work must be present one week prior to the opening of “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations” to assist Museum staff with installing the installation.

The artist’s or artist collaborative’s work must presently be wholly owned by the artist or artist collaborative.

Artists whose work is juried into the exhibition will receive and must sign and return to the Museum a loan agreement that will require the artist to loan the artwork for up to 3 years in order that the exhibit might travel to other venues.  McKissick aims to travel “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations” to a minimum of one venue in each of the states that joined the Confederacy to foster civil post-Civil War conversations regionally and nationally.  Hence, artwork juried into the exhibition needs to be available to travel for three years after the exhibit premieres in South Carolina.

Artworks juried into the exhibition may not be sold before the exhibition opens.

Artists may not substitute a different artwork for that juried into the exhibition.

Works must be original creations.  Gicleés and reproductions will not be accepted.

Wall-mounted works must be ready-to-hang (wired or include D-rings, screw eyes, or other hanging apparatus).

If the artwork requires any special mount(s) for display, the mount(s) must be provided at the time of artwork delivery.  Museum staff will furnish some standard risers/platforms for presentation purposes only.

Prize-winning artists must agree to transfer all ownership of and reproduction rights to the winning artwork to McKissick Museum On May 31, 2015.  Any sales of artwork in the exhibition will be considered pending until the exhibit closes at McKissick and prizes are awarded.  If prize winning artwork(s) were sold pending prize announcements, those pending sales will be voided once the artist accepts a purchase award.

Prize-winning artists must agree to grant McKissick Museum an irrevocable limited, permanent license to reproduce the artwork for the purposes of promoting the exhibition or McKissick Museum.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Announces Winners of “Annual Student Art Exhibition” at McMaster Gallery

March 4, 2014

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, announces winners of Annual Student Art Exhibition at McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina, on view from Mar. 4 – 26, 2014.

Please join us for the Awards Reception with the student artists on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014, from 5-7pm. The public is invited.

Each year USC’s Art Department invites students to submit work in any media for the annual juried exhibition. This years competition was juried by USC Art Alumnus and South Carolina artist Scott Peek, he selected 48 works ranging from traditional media such as drawing, photography and painting, and sculptural installations. The works are a good representation of the departments undergraduate and graduate majors.

The awards were as follows:

“Necromage” by Zach Jenkins

BEST IN SHOW – Zach Jenkins for “Necromage”

1st Place Graduate – Jessica Christine Owen for “Ersatz Plate 35″

1st Place Undergraduate – Elle Olivia Andersen for “Across The Street”

2nd Place Graduate – Robert Keith IV for “Findlay & James”

2nd Place Undergraduate – Shannon Donnelly for “Metamorphosis”

3rd Place Graduate – Alexandra Stasko for “Fight or Flight”

3rd Place Undergraduate – Patrick Francis for “Block 1-3″

Honorable Mention – Moses Tsai Sydney Hinson for “lymphogranulomatosis”

Honorable Mention – Allan Anderson for “Back Yard Just Before Sundown”

Honorable Mention – Danny Crocco for “deed”

Honorable Mention – Emmy Persall for Still Life With Pumpkin

Honorable Mention – Kathryn Roberts for “Cabinet”

McMaster Gallery is located at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. Gallery hours are M-F, 9am -4:30pm (Closed Weekends and all University holidays).

For more information contact: Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director at 803/777-7480 or e-mail to (

University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library Offers Exhibit in Columbia, SC

October 14, 2013

The University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library (accessed through Thomas Cooper Library) at 1322 Greene Street, in Columbia, SC, is offering the exhibition “Art in the Library: Original Artwork in the Collections of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections”, on view through Jan. 4, 2014.

“The Garden at Wilton,” oil on canvas, Winston S. Churchill, 1935

It might be best to think of this exhibit as a “cabinet of artistic curiosities.” Rather than tell a linear or connected story, this exhibition displays some of the surprises and delights to be found in the USC Libraries’ Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Visitors will find watercolors by an English Poet Laureate; nineteenth-century book illustrations; doodles by famous authors; art by F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda; a landscape by Winston Churchill; original Peanuts panels by Charles Schultz; and many other items.

The library is open 8:30am-5pm, Mon.-Fri., and is free and open to the public.

For further information contact Jeffrey Makala, exhibit curator Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Hollings Library by calling 803/777-0296.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers FOLKfabulous – Apr. 27, 2013

April 21, 2013


Due to a scheduling conflict, Rudy Mancke will NOT give a horseshoe tour during FOLKFabulous.

FOLKfabulous, McKissick Museum’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards, will feature live musical, dance, and storytelling performances; demonstrations; hands-on art-making activities; traditional South Carolina foodways, and a special horseshoe tour with Rudy Mancke. FOLKfabulous folk heritage festival will take place on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013, from 10am to 4pm on the historic horseshoe at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. This event is free and open to the public.

Martha Benn MacDonald, Highland fling dance, Scottish balladry (Rock Hill)
Springfield Baptist Singing Convention, shape note singing (Greenwood)
John Fowler, storytelling (Boiling Springs)
Roffie Griggs, bluegrass music (Bishopville)
Lena Allen Davis, shape note singing (Anderson)
Freddie Vanderford, blues (Union)
Ricky McDuffie & Family, gospel quartet (Bennettsville)
Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribe

M.J. (Malcolm James) Holden – luthier (Heath Springs)
Alejandra Tamayo – crochet/cross stitch/knitting (Trenton)
Members of the Quilters of South Carolina demonstrating quilting (Columbia)
Paul Moore, Congaree potter (Columbia)

Saddler Taylor, McKissick Museum’s Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork, describes FOLKfabulous as, “song and story, speech and movement, custom and belief, art and ritual — expressive and instrumental activities of all kinds. Learned and communicated directly or in groups ranging from nations, regions, and states through communities, neighborhoods, occupations, and families.  The sum of a community’s traditional forms of expression and behavior that link people with their past and provide meaning and continuity for them in the present.”

FOLKfabulous is sponsored in part by the Humanities CouncilSC, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe between Sumter, Bull, Pendleton, and Greene streets.

For more information about McKissick Museum, please call 803/777-7251 or visit the website at (

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Celebrates FOLKFabulous – Apr. 27, 2013

April 8, 2013


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards with a folk heritage festival, FOLKFabulous, on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10am to 4pm on the historic horseshoe. FOLKFabulous will feature live musical, dance, and storytelling performances; craft demonstrations; hands-on folk art-making activities; and opportunities to learn about and sample traditional South Carolina foodways. This event is free and open to the public.

McKissick Museum, in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, has offered the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards since 1988. More than 100 individuals, groups, and organizations have been honored for practicing or advocating for traditional art forms in the state. FOLKFabulous will celebrate these award-winners and the folk arts they practice. Some of the confirmed performers and presenters are Dr. Will Goins (Native American foodways, music, and dance); M.J. Holden (luthier); Martha Benn MacDonald (Highland fling, Scottish balladry); Ricky McDuffie & Family (gospel quartet); Freddie Vanderford (blues). Additionally, folk heritage scholars Saddler Taylor and Dr. Jane Przybysz will introduce performances and presentations with background information about the art forms.

FOLKfabulous is sponsored in part by the Humanities CouncilSC, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Lexington Medical Center.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe between Sumter, Bull, Pendleton, and Greene streets.

For more information about the McKissick Museum, please call 803/777-7251 or visit (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers the 58th USC Art Auction – Apr. 9, 2013

April 5, 2013


The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers the 58th USC Art Auction on Apr. 9, beginning at 7pm, at the Campus Room of Capstone, at the intersection of College and Barnwell Streets in Columbia.

The works of art will be on display from 1pm until the time of the auction. You are invited to attend a preview party at 6pm the night of the auction at Capstone House.

Proceeds from the faculty and student artworks are divided between the artists and the University’s Art Scholarship and Gallery Fund.

For more info call 803/777-7480.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Sumposium on Sideshows – Mar. 28, 2013

March 18, 2013


The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will present “Step Right Up! The Symposium” on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013, starting at 5:30pm. Featuring lively presentations about the cultural and social history of the sideshow, the symposium will feature Dr. Robert Bogdan of Syracuse University, Kathy Maher from the Barnum Museum, James Taylor, publisher of the journal “Shocked and Amazed”, and artist Rebecca Davenport.

Work by Rebecca Davenport

Focusing on several key themes, McKissick Museum’s exhibition “Step Right Up! Sideshows in American Culture” explores the dynamic nature of sideshow culture, the concept of “the other,” and the public perception of showmanship and exploitation. “Ideas of what defines ‘normalcy’ are very subjective,” says Saddler Taylor, McKissick Museum’s Chief Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork. “The history of the sideshow provides an opportunity to explore the complexities involved with defining what  being ‘normal’ means  and why we as human beings are so fascinated with the unfamiliar, the mysterious.”

Please register for “Step Right Up! The Symposium” at ( This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit ( or call Ja–Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Symposium on Face Jugs – Dec. 7-9, 2012

December 6, 2012


Face jugs. The term conjures images of bulging eyes and broad mouths. Why do they look that way? What did they mean in their own time? How were they used? For answers to these questions and more, join McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, for the “Unmasking the Mysteries of Face Jugs” symposium Dec. 7 – 9, 2012. The symposium, which takes place at USC and the Columbia Museum of Art, supports the exhibition “Face Jugs: African-American Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina,” on display at the Columbia Museum of Art through Dec. 16, 2012. “Face Jugs” is a masterworks show celebrating the aesthetic power of these objects and suggesting new consideration of their uses and cultural meanings. Objects in the show come from private and public collections, including McKissick Museum.


McKissick Museum director Dr. Jane Przybysz says, “We are grateful to be partnering with the Columbia Museum of Art to bring to South Carolina an exhibit focused on 19th-century face jugs from the Edgefield District that surely will spark lively conversations about what recent research reveals about these visually compelling objects.”

For additional information or registration, please visit (

For additional information, please call 803/777-7251 or e-mail to (

USC Art Department in Columbia, SC, Holds Annual Holiday Sale – Nov. 29 and 30, 2012

November 28, 2012

The USC Art Department in Columbia, SC, will hold its Annual Holiday Sale on Thursday and Friday Nov. 29 & 30, 2012, from 9am-6pm, at McMaster College and Gallery, located at 1615 Senate Street in Columbia.

The sale will include a broad selection of handmade artworks, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and prints, by students and faculty.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund visiting artists and equipment in the department.

For more information, call 803/777-4236.

South Carolina Artist, Harry Hansen to be Featured at International Symposium on Creativity and Dementia

August 19, 2012

South Carolina artist and former University of South Carolina art professor Harry Hansen continues to create art despite suffering from vascular dementia for the past ten years. He demonstrates a profound connection to his art and continues to draw or paint nearly every day. His late stage condition, which leaves him bed-ridden and mute, has not curbed his desire to create. In addition to using traditional materials to express himself he also enjoys creating on the I-pad. His remarkable story of enduring passion will be presented by his wife, Dee Hansen and daughter Susan Hansen, at the Voices and Vision in Creative Therapies in Dementia Symposium and Exhibition being held at The University of Worcester, Worcester, UK – Sept. 6, 2012, in talk a titled: “An Artist’s Immutable Passion in the Face of Dementia”. This event is being hosted by: The Association for Dementia Studies of the United Kingdom and The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care of Canada and Australia.

A local version of this presentation, open to the public will be held: Mon., Aug., 20, 2012, from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 170 St. Andrews Rd in Columbia, SC. Hosted by The Mature Adult Ministry of St. Mary’s – in their Hospitality Hall.

Dee Hansen and Susan Hansen have recently launched the Immutable Passion Project to promote Harry’s story and art to a broader audience. The aim of the project is to open up a dialogue about the role of art and creativity in degenerative brain disease. Their hope is to inspire creativity and person-centered dementia care locally, nationally and internationally. In Harry Hansen’s case he was an artist before dementia who is still able to access aspects of himself, his talent and his passion that was a huge part of his life prior to the disease. There is a growing national and international movement that claims that the arts have a profound effect on retaining and honoring personhood throughout the Alzheimer’s and dementia disease process even in individuals that have no prior artistic connection.

The abstract Susan Hansen presented to The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care for consideration stated: “After a five year, dementia induced, hiatus from art, accomplished artist and former professor at University of South Carolina Harry Hansen began to draw anew. Early in the disease, approximately the first five years, it was assumed that his self-dubbed ‘art brain’ was lost. Through continual stimulation of games, puzzles, and creative opportunities – offered as a means of behavioral redirection, we discovered that they had an artistic/creative accessing effect. Upon this reconnection with his creativity, he has created hundreds of drawings that undeniably hark back to his exceptional artistic talent, to his personhood and his life long passion. We offer his story as inspiration for family members and professional caregivers to continually seek avenues that will bridge the ‘patient’ back to the ‘person’. Based upon our journey with Harry, we postulate that the ‘Self’ is not lost. Patients given ‘Opportunities of Expression’ individualized to their own story can give way to a continuous kind of ‘Presence’ that is deemed non-existent in many late stage patients. Three years mute and now bedridden, Harry Hansen continues to communicate through his daily drawings. He exhibits a more profound and remarkable ‘Presence’ than we ever dreamed possible.”

In an effort to support the Immutable Passion Project the Hansen family launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The link to the campaign home page is: (

A video for the project has been produced and posted to youtube: (

Facebook Fan Page: (

Twitter: (!/immutablepassio)

Websites: ( – and coming soon (





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