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Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Two Weeks of Free Admission – Sept. 23 – Oct. 3, 2014

September 19, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, for “Free Days at the CMA.” During the 2-week period, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artworks to explore–from ancient to modern. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.

Also FREE on view:

French Masters: Henri Fantin-Latour’s Jonquils and Narcissus (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Two Girls Wearing Hats (1890), and Georges Braque’s Still Life with Oysters (1938), all generously on loan from a private collection, are on view through the end of the year in the Andrew Kerns Gallery.

John Singer Sargent: Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., a beautiful charcoal portrait by the famous artist on loan from John and Kay Bachmann, is on view in the “Portraits on Paper” exhibition in the BB&T Gallery.

“¡FUERZA! Artistas Latin@s in South Carolina”
On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery September 23 through November 30, 2014. ¡FUERZA! visually explores the connections between domestic violence and the underrepresented minorities in the United States through the lenses of a cadre of Latin@ artists based in South Carolina.

CMA hosts an Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, “¡FUERZA!,” with live music by DJ Alejandro, tango, and cash bar at the Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6-9pm. The event is free to the public.

“Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection”
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art.

“Main Street, South Carolina”
On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery through September 30, 2014. Main Street, South Carolina is an exhibition of South Carolina student photography capturing “main drag” streetscapes in counties across the state.

Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

For more information, visit (columbiamuseum.org).

University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, has Confirmed Jurors for “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations” Exhibition

September 16, 2014

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The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, recently identified five distinguished museum professionals and academics with expertise in the craft-based media of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood to serve as jurors for “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations”, on display Feb. 2 – May 30, 2015. This major exhibition invites artists who work in these various media to create artworks that imagine a scene of reconciliation between the descendants of enslaved people and the descendants of slave owners, all as a means to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War.

The jurors include:
•           Carla Funk, Director & Chief Curator, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, The Foosaner
Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

•           Anne C. Currier, Professor of Ceramics, Division of Ceramic Art, Alfred University,
Alfred, NY

•           Albert LeCoff, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Wood Art,
Philadelphia, PA

•           Jim Masterson, Shop Forman, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

•           Diane C. Wright, Barry Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Our hope is that this roster of jurors—including people with national and international perspectives on ceramic, textile, glass, metal and wood arts—will inspire even greater participation on the part of artists throughout the Southeast.  McKissick Museum will present $25,000 in purchase awards to prize-winning artists and/or artist collaboratives.

For more information, visit (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum) or call Edward Puchner at 803/777-2515 or Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Presented by Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries in Columbia, SC – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014

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The Contemporaries, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group dedicated to engaging young professionals in the arts and philanthropy, will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 5:30 until 8:30pm at Boyd Plaza in front of the Museum in Columbia, SC. This will be the Contemporaries’ membership appreciation event and will also serve to raise awareness for the group and its benefits.

The fun-filled event will feature live music from the Kenny George Band, a Budweiser beer wagon, and traditional bratwursts. Last year’s event attracted over 300 attendees to Columbia’s revitalized Main Street.

Oktoberfest is one of several events Contemporaries host throughout the year to encourage the young and the young at heart to become involved in supporting the Columbia Museum of Art. “The CMA is a premiere art institution and our goal is to excite and empower young community members to further its growth,” said Contemporaries’ President, Haskell Kibler. The Contemporaries have been integral to several art acquisitions for the museum, including its iconic Chihuly Chandelier.

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Tickets are free for members of the Contemporaries and $15 for non-members. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, including volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please visit (www.columbiacontemporaries.com) or contact Thomas Brantley by e-mail at (tbrantley@landmarkbuilders.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Lecture by Barry Gaither, National Juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, on Sept. 18, 2014, will present a lecture by Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) in Boston, MA. The lecture, “You Gotta Make Some Place To Be Somebody!: The Birth And Rebirth Of A Museum”, is free of charge and open to the public. It will take place at 7:30pm at 701 CCA.

In his lecture, Gaither, a native of Great Falls, SC, will discuss the birth and rebirth of the Museum of the NCAAA, which was founded in 1968 and of which he has been the director and curator since 1969. Within the context of how museums generally serve or should serve artists and communities, Gaither will discuss his museum’s current development project that aims to secure its future.

Gaither is the national juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014, the center’s second installment of this competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Aside from his duties at the Museum of the NCAAA, Gaither is a special consultant at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts MFA, where he has served as curator for eight exhibitions. Gaither has served on many prominent committees and commissions in the museum field and has published and lectured widely. He has taught courses in African-American art at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Spelman College, Boston University and elsewhere.

Gaither will serve on the jury panel for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 that will convene at 701 CCA on Sept. 17, 2014, to select the three finalists for the Prize. Joining him will be regional juror Brad Thomas and statewide juror Hannah Davis.

Brad Thomas is the director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, Thomas was the curator of modern and contemporary art at Charlotte’s Mint Museum and director and curator of the galleries at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Hanna Davis is the gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, where she also is involved with the annual ArtFields© art competition and festival.

The jurors will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2014. The finalists will take part in 701 CCA Prize 2014 Exhibition, which will open with a reception on Oct. 30 and run through Dec. 21. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced on Dec. 3 at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration & Announcement of the Winner event.

The 701 CCA Prize is a biennial art competition and exhibition that aims to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in it 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 Jan. 1, 2012. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.

701 Center for Contemporary Art 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; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further inquiries, contact Sheldon Paschal by e-mail at (director@701cca.org), call at 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Kicks Off the Fall Season with the Museum’s Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 20, 2014

September 6, 2014

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with a festive day packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and folk art at its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

There will be a variety of award-winning barbecue from across South Carolina cooked onsite, including mustard-based, tomato-based and vinegar and pepper sauce. Guests can also enjoy local craft beer from Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia’s third and largest microbrewery.

“This will be a great day for people of all ages to come out and enjoy live music, art and a variety of delicious barbecue cooked by pit masters from across the state,” said Paul Matheny, chief curator of collections, South Carolina State Museum. “This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season and celebrate South Carolina culture.”

The festival will feature live music from a variety of bands representing several genres and locations across South Carolina, including folk rock from The Bent Strings, bluegrass from Conservation Theory and Dunder Chiefs, harmony-driven folk rock from Stillhouse and R&B and funk from The Real Del Murphy Band.

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Conservation Theory is one of several bands performing at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party on Sept. 20, 2014.

A number of accomplished artists and craftsmen will display their skills and wares for the public to observe, discuss with the artists and purchase. Some of the artists and craftsmen include metal sculptor Herman Thompson, potter Paul Moore, mandolin maker Frank Sox and painters Geraldine Smith and Marius Valdes. Booths of South Carolina crafts will line the newly-renovated entrance and plaza outside the museum’s new planetarium.

There will be a special visit from Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, who will both supply his special brand of tomato-based barbecue sauce and present a program on professional barbecuing, which includes cooking pigs on a spit. The National Wild Turkey Federation will also be onsite doing turkey call demonstrations. In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament, face painting and a children’s tent featuring a variety of activities and crafts.

The museum will conduct its very first “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed.  The museum will peel back each quilt to reveal the history, pattern, significance and backing of several quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. The day will also feature the viewing of a new contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe”, which showcases original artwork from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The excitement does not end with the festival. This is a great opportunity for guests to experience the museum’s brand new planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and historic telescope collection. Visit (www.scmuseum.org) to learn more about show times and tickets prices.

Fall Festival will take place in front of the museum and in the museum’s newly renovated lobby. All outdoor and lobby activities are free to the public, except for food, beverages and craft purchases.

As the state’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.

For more information about the museum, visit (www.scmuseum.org).

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

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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.

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“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 (www.scmuseum.org) 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

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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.

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“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.

For more information visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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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 (www.columbiasc.edu/goodallgallery).

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.

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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 (mana@sc.edu) or visit (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/mcmaster_gallery).

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.

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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.


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