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SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Launches First Citizens First Sunday on Sept. 7, 2014 – Where General Admission is $1 the First Sunday of Every Month

August 30, 2014


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is proud to announce a generous donation from First Citizens to sponsor First Citizens First Sunday, which will take place the first Sunday of every month starting Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The donation from First Citizens will allow guests to pay a reduced price of $1 for general admission to the State Museum during First Citizens First Sunday.


“First Citizens is proud to support the State Museum’s First Sundays program,” said Sharon Bryant, First Citizens Executive Vice President and South Carolina Banking Executive. “We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community can enjoy educational opportunities like those offered by First Sundays, and we invite everyone to come and explore the State Museum’s diverse collections displayed through interactive and engaging exhibitions.”

Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the brand new observatory and the new Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor. Two temporary exhibits are also included in general admission: “Chapman’s Charleston: 1863-1864″, which tells the story of the Civil War Charleston from 1863-1864 through the eyes of artist and Confederate soldier Conrad Wise Chapman, and “Building a Universe”, which features contemporary art by 16 South Carolina artists whose work deals with space and the universe.

For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. On Sept. 7, “Seven Wonders” will play in the planetarium at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, and “Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs the 4D Experience!” will play at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

As South Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

First Citizens First Sunday will take place the first Sunday of every month. The museum is open every Sunday from noon – 5pm.  Visit ( to learn more about the State Museum.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Artist Salon with Virginia Scotch – Sept. 5, 2014

August 27, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents the next Artist Salon with Virginia Scotchie, ceramics artist and head of ceramics at the USC Department of Art, at the Museum on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at noon. This year, the CMA placed an installation of Scotchie’s work entitled “Columbia Spheres”, consisting of 27 colorful spheres, on display in the entrance of the Dubose-Poston Reception Hall. She discusses the installation and her artistic process.


“The sphere has been a form that I have worked with off and on for the past nine years,” says Scotchie. “Its illusive simplicity, economy, and boundless visual associations permit me to work with the sphere in many ways. I respond to the minimal nature and play/humor quality of the sphere. I should also mention that I have three children and the plethora of toys, specifically balls, abounds in my everyday world. ‘Play’ is significant in this artwork!”

In “Columbia Spheres”, the sphere is used to create a minimalist repetition through the use of form, color, and arrangement. Within this visual repetition Scotchie pulls the viewer closer to inspect each sphere as they approach the installation. The juxtaposition of color and texture serves to separate, and at the same time, unite each sphere. The colors used for this installation represent Columbia’s abundance of lush nature and blue sky.

Scotchie’s sphere installations are found in the permanent public collections of the Yingee Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; The Trinity Building in Charlotte, NC; A Loft in Asheville, NC, Queens University in Charlotte, NC, as well as in numerous private collections in the US and Europe. She currently has a year-long exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum.

The event is free with membership or admission.

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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.

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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.

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