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Columbia College in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong

August 20, 2014

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, will present “The Big Paint: New Works by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong,” on view in the Goodall Gallery, in the Spears Center for the Arts, from Aug. 22 through Oct. 13, 2014. A reception will be held on Sept. 2, from 4-6pm. An artist’s talk will be given at 4pm.

From the minuscule to the massive, and every size in between, artists are naturally sensitive to scale challenging their sensibilities in new and exciting ways. For Columbia based artists, Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong, this predisposition to size was no different. “I’ve always heard a man’s grasp should extend his reach,” Spong said; “That is what I was going for. I found it very exciting and challenging to do something I had never tried before and thought that even if I didn’t pull it off, I’d always be glad I tried.”

“The Big Red” by Laura Spong, 2013, mixed media 8 feet by 16 feet

After sharing their desire to paint big, Blyth decided to take action on the notion of painting in the large. In 2013, Blyth and Spong partnered on a first-ever endeavor to create works that extended well beyond their current sizes in a project simply dubbed, The Big Paint. The artist rented The Vista Studio’s gallery space and procured roughly the length of fifty feet of canvas at ten feet wide. With intentions, materials, and space in place, the two artists were equipped to explore this new territory of scale.

“First Black Line,” by Eileen Blyth, 2013 , acrylic and graphite, 6 feet by 12 feet

Motivated by the complexities and rigors of working so large, The Big Paint yielded inherent challenges that Blyth and Spong found at times, trying, but equally captivating, “Having to step back and literally see the big picture of this size was new to us,” said Blyth. “It is that moment of knowing, of seeing that shape or line, of finding the composition that is the exciting thing…. It was hard physical work but it was a challenge and we were addicted,” says Blyth.  By the end of the project, Blyth and Spong had gained an invaluable creative experience that materialized new and exciting works representative of each artist’s abstract styles.

Laura Spong, of The Big Paint Project, working on her piece, “The Big Red”, measuring 16′ x 8′

The Columbia College Goodall Gallery is located inside the Spears Center for the Arts at 1301 Columbia College Drive in downtown Columbia, SC, off of North Main Street. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

For further information about exhibits please contact Jackie Adams at 803/786-3899 or visit (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Features Photography Invitational

August 20, 2014

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will present “PATHWAYS: Photography Invitational”, on view in the McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina, from Aug. 28 through Oct. 4, 2014. A reception will be held on Aug. 28, from 5-7pm.

“PATHWAYS” is an invitational exhibition that explores historical photographic methods in use today. The photographers included have rediscovered some of the forgotten early processes, bringing a distinctive style to present-day image making. Incorporating methods such as tintype, palladium, gum bichromate, and collodion into their work involves both skill and a creative blending of new and old.

Tintype by Christine Eadie

Artist included in this exhibition are: Anne Berry, Diana Bloomfield, Carolyn DeMeritt, Christine Eadie, Frank Hamrick, Aspen Hochhalter, Kevin Bruce Parent, Emma Powell, Laurie Schorr, and S. Gayle Stevens.

The McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina is located at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri.,  9am-4:30pm (Closed Weekends and all University holidays).

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

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Features Talk by Christian Thee and Rachel Haynie – Sept. 13, 2014

August 17, 2014

Trompe L’oeil artist Christian Thee and writer Rachel Haynie will present “Touching Art” as Log Cabin Art Guild’s monthly program at 10am, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church’s Potts Hall, at the back of the church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Columbia, SC.

Trompe L’oeil artist Christian Thee at work on the bas relief that he created from “Two Riders of the Beach”, which was stolen by Nazis in World War II.

The program will center around the time earlier this year when Thee read with great artistic empathy internationally-published accounts surrounding the discovery of the Nazi Art Trove in Europe, and was struck immediately by one story date-lined New York, his former home. One of the found paintings’ verified owners was David Toren, a retired Long Island attorney. Even if Toren got the painting back from the German government, he would be unable to see his long-lost painting because he lost his sight a few years ago.

In an artfelt gesture, Thee created for the 90-year old survivor a three-dimensional replica of a Max Leibermann oil – “Two Riders on the Beach” – and intended to deliver in person. When snow finally relented, making winter travel possible, Thee was professionally engaged in other commitments. Rather than delaying the arrival of the gift further, the Columbia artist dispatched Rachel Haynie to New York to present the piece and interview the recipient. Toren still doesn’t have his original painting back, but the 90-year old was able to feel his painting via the bas relief figures Thee raised on the painting’s surface.

Details stemming from this artfelt gesture continue unfolding, months after the painting was delivered to the blind inheritor.

Refreshments will be served, beginning at 9:30am in the back of the church in Potts Hall, and the public is invited.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Final Kress Anniversary Lecture – Aug. 29, 2014

August 14, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Kress gift of Renaissance, Baroque, and 18th-century art, which established the foundation of the Museum’s collection. The Kress Anniversary Lecture Series invites four scholars to the Museum this year to deliver lectures on topics that highlight our Kress Collection through their particular expertise in their field.


This final lecture in the series features Rebekah Compton, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the College of Charleston. Compton’s lecture, “The Glory of Color: Pigments in Early Florentine Altarpieces,” explores the glorious colors of Giovanni di Marco dal Ponte’s Madonna and Child with Saints, paying particular attention to how the artist paints the flesh and clothing of his sacred characters. The Kress lectures are supported through a grant provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The lecture takes place on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at noon.
Free with membership or admission.

The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in downtown Columbia, SC.

For more information, visit (

SC Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation to Host “Sunday with Our Stars” a Benefit at Wavering Place Plantation Near Columbia, SC – Nov. 2, 2014

August 12, 2014

The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation will host “Sunday with Our Stars,” an afternoon celebration to benefit The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities at historic Wavering Place Plantation. in Columbia, SC, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, from 3-5pm. Proceeds will support scholarships and operations at the acclaimed public residential high school for emerging artists in South Carolina. Tickets are $50 available at (

The benefit will feature live entertainment by students – a.k.a. “Govies” – as well as catered hors d’oeuvres and an open bar on the grounds of the antebellum Wavering Place Plantation, located in historic Lower Richland County.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located in Greenville, SC, first opened its doors as a residential, year-round institution in 1999 after offering a summer program for many years. This public, non-profit residential high school accepts artistically talented high school students of South Carolina studying creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts.  Auditions are held around the state each February for the residential school and summer programs.

There is no tuition for attendance; students pay only minimal processing and meal plan fees. An estimated 30% of residential students at SCGSAH benefit from scholarships that fund the meal plan fee, the only major cost required for the 9-month residential school year.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the picturesque Wavering Place Plantation is Columbia’s premiere venue for weddings and events. It has remained in the Adams family since 1768 and consists of several hundred acres, six historical structures (including the 1850 Greek Revival manor house and outbuildings dating back to 1790). The nationally acclaimed native gardens were designed and restored by Dr. Julian Adams and continue to be preserved for future generations.

While the formal address of Wavering Place Plantation is 427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover, SC, the entrance to the venue is situated just off of Congaree Road. To view a map and more information, visit (

The Midlands Advisory Board of the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation: Lisa Adams, Cindi Boiter, Mrs. Erwin Boyd, Mary Boyd, Tracie Broom, Reba Campbell, Susie Dibble, Kristy Ellenberg, Rachel Hodges, Laurie McIntosh, Linda Rogers, Tom Savory, Amy Sheheen, Julianne Sojourner, Irene Dumas Tyson and Marti Wallace

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school located in Greenville, SC, providing a unique arts and academic education to the state’s emerging artists. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.

To learn more about upcoming Foundation events, donation opportunities or purchase tickets, please visit (

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Presents the 2nd Annual FOLKFabulous Festival – Aug. 23, 2014

July 30, 2014


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present the 2nd annual FOLKFabulous festival on Aug. 23, 2014, from 10am-4pm, in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe. This event is free and open to the public.

FOLKFabulous is the largest, single-day gathering of Southeastern Native American artists in the history of the University of South Carolina. The festival will feature Native American musicians, storytellers, artisans, and community leaders from more than six Southeastern tribes, each sharing their cultural traditions. Participating artists include Keith Brown demonstrating Catawba pottery, Choctaw bead artist Roger Amerman, Tuscarora music by the Deer Clan Singers, and Cherokee storyteller and stonecarver Freeman Owle.  Traditional food will be available from the Native American Café and attendees will have numerous opportunities for direct dialog with artists and community leaders.


For a full listing of participants, please visit (

FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition titled, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration:  Native Artists of the Southeast”. This exhibit represents year two of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States.  The South is home to a wide variety of deeply-rooted Native American tribal groups, each with its own dynamic history. Traditions, Change, and Celebration pays particular attention to five primary culture groups: Iroquoian, Muskogean, Algonquin, Mobilian and Siouan, and features the expressive culture of over forty Natives tribes throughout the Southeast.

Keith Brown

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

This program is funded in part through the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Humanities CouncilSC.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces The 701 CCA Prize 2014

July 10, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the second installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a bi-annual art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The project will take place this year with a juried process resulting in an October – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner.

Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize by completing and submitting the application package by Sept. 8, 2014. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at (

“With this second installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art continues to add a crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The 701 CCA Prize is the most important platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina, and as such, this competition and exhibition has come to fill a void, not unlike the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial has with respect to a regular overview of contemporary art in our state.”

The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2012. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They must have or have had a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, regular commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility between September 1, 2012 – September 1, 2014. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.

An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the “701 CCA Prize Exhibition” from October 30 – December 21, 2014, at 701 CCA. The exhibition’s opening reception will be Oct. 30. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 27, 2014.

The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; and an ad in a national publication.

The jurors for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced later.

“The 701 CCA Prize is loosely based on the Turner Prize for artists in the United Kingdom,” board chair Roefs said. “The Turner Prize is one of the most prestigious art awards in the world and generates a lot of exposure for and excitement about the finalists. While the 701 CCA Prize differs in several ways from the Turner Prize, we hope that with a South Carolina context, it will trigger similar interest and excitement.”

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat., 9-5; Sun, 1-5pm.

For further inquiries, contact (, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319.9949 or visit (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Hosts Famed Art Collector Dorothy Vogel for Dinner and a Movie – June 27, 2014

June 19, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, hosts Dinner and a Movie with Dorothy Vogel, an epic evening with the renowned art collector on Friday, June 27, at 5:30pm. Dorothy Vogel joins guests at the Museum to enjoy cocktails, a viewing of the exhibition “Dale Trivieri’s Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection”, and an artisan dinner prepared by Chef Jamine Santiago. Following dinner and desserts is a viewing of the film “50 x 50″, the follow-up to director Megumi Sasaki’s 2008 award-winning documentary, “Herb & Dorothy”, about the New York collectors.


Low Country Broil
Old-fashioned tomato pie
Refreshing Vidalia onion and cucumber salad
Southern BBQ pulled chicken sliders
Sweet cornbread muffins
Buttered popcorn

Bar and Desert as well

Dorothy, a librarian, and her husband Herbert, a postal worker, became internationally recognized collectors of contemporary art and built a collection of over 4,500 objects spanning all media and covering the most innovative art movements of the late 20th century. In 2012, the Columbia Museum of Art received a generous and spectacular gift of nearly 600 works from their private collection, including a significant portion of work by Daryl Trivieri.


Daryl Trivieri’s Fantastic Animals features two dozen works on paper by an artist of wild imagination with tremendous drawing skills. Trivieri’s obsession with fantastic animal imagery is the subject of this whimsical exhibition.

“50 x 50″ captures the next chapter of the Vogels’ extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. This evening is to honor their gift and celebrate their dedication to the arts.

$100/ $75 for members. Couples tickets available: $175 per couple/ $125 per couple members.

For more information visit (

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.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Second Annual Great Garage Sale – May 14 – 17, 2014

May 14, 2014

For four days, browse through the unique collection of treasures at 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale in Columbia, SC. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, with useful things and funky finds, from fine art and crafts to mind boggling books and gently used and vintage items. Have a great time and walk away with a treasure or two.


Come support 701 CCA’s programs at 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale where the art meets the shopping cart, May 14-17, 2014. Wine, dine and shop for a great find at the garage sale opening party, Wednesday, May 14, 6-9pm! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Gourmet Shoppe and Silver Spoon. Beer and wine, donated by Morganelli’s, will also be served.


The garage sale continues Thursday and Friday, noon-4 pm, and Saturday 8am-noon. $5 all-you-can-carry-bags will be available at 11:45am, Saturday, May 17.

Come join us at the 2nd Annual 701 CCA Great Garage Sale in support of our programs!


701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia, SC.

For further information call 803/238-2351 or visit (


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