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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 (

Ellen Taylor Interiors Features Eva Carter for Third Thursday in the Vista Art Walk in Columbia, SC – May 15, 2014

May 12, 2014


Ellen Taylor Interiors invites you to join them next Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 5:30-8pm for Third Thursdays in the Vista in Columbia, SC. Nationally recognized artist Eva Carter will be our featured artist for May. Carter will be present at the gallery to answer questions and discuss her work.

Eva Carter has been a fixture in the Charleston, SC, art scene for nearly 30 years. Her large abstract works in oil have been described as paintings drenched in color and brimming with movement and emotion. A spiritual connection can be drawn between her paintings and the ambiance of the natural environment. Although she doesn’t paint the literal landscape, her inspiration is charged by the idyllic setting of her Wadmalaw Island, SC, studio where she watches the ebb and flow of intercoastal tides or a fading light on the watery horizon.


There is a balance of energy and grace in Carter’s paintings and it is that distinctive perspective that has won her national acclaim. Her abstract expressionist paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions at gallery spaces, universities and colleges, as well as museums throughout the Southeast. Carter has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States and her work is cherished by collectors in many countries.

“For me painting is a state of being, rather than a state of mind,” says Carter. “As I work, I respond to each stroke placed on the canvas. The painting itself tells me what to do next. When I get into that trancelike process, the oils just flow.”


Like the mix of fresh and salt waters in Charleston Harbor, Carter’s expressionistic paintings commingle diverse life experiences, which include three distinctive stages in her life: her upbringing and education in rural Tennessee, her extensive travels into the desert southwest, and her mature life steeped in the tradition of the historic south. The blend of all these external influences is reflected in Carter’s emotional juxtapositions of delicate tones and saturated hues, from verdant mountain greens, to marine blues, atmospheric lavenders, arroyo beiges, aspen golds, and chili reds – colors that she illuminates with darts of light or penetrates with gashes of black. Although inspired by the environment and natural phenomena, Carter observes that it is not the literal world she conveys but rather her internal response to her passage through the world. For her, that passage includes the depths of her subconscious, as well as her dreams.

For further info and to see more of Carter’s works visit (

Ellen Taylor Interiors is located at 1012 Gervais Street, across from Mellow Mushroom, in the Vista area of Columbia, SC.

For further information about the event call ETI at 803/758-1007 or visit (

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Calls for Ongoing Artist’s Submissions for Gift Gallery

May 9, 2014


Wendyth Wells, the Gallery Director at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, would like to begin a new program featuring smaller pieces of art and fine craft in sizes not to exceed 16″ in any direction to be displayed in their newly renamed Gift Gallery.

The work must be presented in a professional manor and submitted by JPEG with title, medium, size and retail price accompanying each image. If the work is selected, a three month Artists Contract will be sent for consideration with the completion returned with the art work and consignment list. The three month agreement allows a continuous rotation of smaller work in the smaller gallery adjacent to the Main Gallery. If the work does not sell (within three months) it must be removed and replaced with others if requested by the Gallery Director.

Current Small Works Gallery

City Art Gallery is excited to be able to hopefully show a wider selection of small “gift sized” art which is always seen by the hundreds of guests attending the many functions such as wedding receptions held in the City Art Gallery space. We will create a new “Gift Gallery” presence on our website to show the work worldwide.

Send submissions to ( For further info visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete – Apr. 24, 2014

April 16, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins

7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.

701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201


Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.

Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.

Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.

The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway.  Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.

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., 9am-5pm; & Sun., 1-5pm.

Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to ( or visit (

Clean House and Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014, in Columbia, SC

April 16, 2014

Spring Cleaning?

Time to part with grandmother’s glass?

Love those linens but hate to iron?

Wanting to redecorate but know it all won’t fit?

Help your good things find a new life.

Clear the clutter and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014

Bring us all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff with that je ne se quoi we especially like. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia and bring them to us at the historic 701 Whaley building. Donate at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley, 2nd floor.

Donation times:
May 7: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 8: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 9: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 10: 10am-2pm

Contact by e-mail to ( to set a donation appointment if the above times do not work.

New Richland County Library Partnership Grants Public Access to Columbia Museum’s Art’s Library in Columbia, SC

April 8, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and Richland County Library in Columbia, SC, are expanding their partnership to increase community access to a special collection of books about art history, exhibition catalogues and artist biographies. Gathered by Museum curators and given by donors since the founding of the Museum in 1950, the CMA’s Lorick Library collection has been a non-circulating reference library that served primarily as a staff resource since 2001.

Materials from the Museum’s Lorick Library ( are in the process of being carefully moved and integrated into Richland Library’s collection, and will be accessible to the community beginning in the summer of 2014. In honor of the Lorick family and Museum donors who have contributed books to the CMA over the years, a special bookplate will be added to each book – designating it as part of the Lorick Library collection.

Reflecting the strengths of the Museum’s collection, primarily European and American art, materials from the Lorick Library will be available for checkout for the first time at Richland Library, making them accessible for anyone in Richland County through the 11 Richland Library locations and its state-of-the-art website.

“This thriving partnership underscores the Columbia Museum of Art’s deep commitment to accessibility and learning and, through the extensive network of Richland Library, helps to bring new resources to the 400,000 citizens of Richland County and the Midlands,” said CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “By transferring this collection to Richland Library, it becomes available seven days a week and in the evenings.”

“We’re hopeful that by adding these resources to the Richland Library’s collection, more people will discover the arts and be inspired in new ways,” said Bob Gahagan, Richland Library board chair. “Our efforts to partner with the Museum allow both organizations to reach more people of all ages in our community and have a more meaningful impact.”

This move is the latest example of a joint effort by the Museum and Library to provide arts and literacy education for the community. Together they pioneered a hands-on initiative in 2012 that enabled all third graders from every Richland District One school to learn about Richard Samuel Roberts, an important South Carolina artist. The effort has since been expanded statewide to reach nearly 1,500 students each year. Regular “Hands On” art programs are also held at four library locations, allowing Museum and Library staff to combine art activities and storytimes – sparking children’s creativity and imagination. In October, the Library established a free wireless hotspot in Boyd Plaza outside the Museum-offering access to hundreds of users during the first five months the service was available.

“When art museums and libraries work together, they can give all students a strong start in learning through culturally rich and engaging opportunities as well as provide lifelong learning to adults,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This partnership allows the Richland County community access to resources that bolster the awareness and celebrate the appreciation of arts and culture from around the world.” The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

The Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

For more information, visit ( or call 803/929-3440 or the Columbia Musuem of Art at 803/799-2810 or visit (


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