Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Art Scholarships Awarded to Two Local Students

May 23, 2015


Two high school students, both planning to major in art next year when they go to college, have been awarded $1,000 by The Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts. They are Kaleb Michael Dill of Landrum, SC. and Thaddeus John Troxell of Boiling Springs, SC. This annual scholarship program is administered by Chapman Cultural Center, and the fund is held by The Spartanburg County Foundation.

Each year, one or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. The selection is based on the character, financial need, and artistic potential. Also, the scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts. This scholarship was established in 1989 to honor the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. She was a local community leader and involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations.

Work by Kaleb Michael Dill

Dill is currently a senior at Landrum High School, and he plans to attend College of Charleston, next year to major in studio art with a concentration in photography. Eventually, he hopes to open his own photography business in Spartanburg. Dill’s accomplishments include a first-place in the Spartanburg Soil and Water Conservation photography competition for the past three years, and participation in various exhibits in the Upstate, Western North Carolina, and statewide South Carolina. In addition, one of his photographs will be published this fall in “Photographer’s Forum Magazine”, showcasing national high school and college students photography. Other exhibitions he has been a part of include the Wofford College Sandor Teszler Library Glendale Shoals Photography Gallery, the SC Wildlife Harry Hampton Photography Gallery, the “Focus on Youth Juried Show” at Chapman Cultural Center, “Upstate High School Art Exhibit” at Greenville Technical College, “Evening of Excellence” at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Milliken Art Gallery, and the “Congressional Art Show”. This year Dill received the Spartanburg District One Milliken Art Award.

Work by Thaddeus John Troxell

Troxell is currently a senior at Boiling Spring High School and plans to major in either illustration or graphic design. He will also be attending Winthrop University with hope of transferring to Savannah College of Art and Design his sophomore year. His mediums so far have been pencil, digital, ceramics, and screen-printing. He would like to design movie posters or album covers of his favorite musical artists. His work has been seen in the “Boiling Springs High School Literary Magazine” and at Gallery East in Spartanburg. This summer he is the Graphics Manager for local Fine Arts Day Camp at Converse College and his work includes managing the camp’s social media sites. His private art teacher is Bailie of Spartanburg. He has also participated in live theatre, marching band, symphonic band, and will join the open mic club and radio station at Winthrop.

“Both of these young men are exceptional in their creativity,” Chapman’s Arts Education Director Ava Hughes said. “In looking at their work, I know they will go far in their careers, and it is my hope that this scholarship will make their educational journeys a little more secure. I believe Mary Wheeler Davis would be very proud to know she is being a part of these young men’s success.”

Applications to this scholarship program come due in April each year. For more information, please contact Hughes at 864/278-9693.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Free Admission From May 26 – June 5, 2015

May 23, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces upcoming 10 days of free admission from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, June 5, 2015, in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA. During these days, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including Bunzlauer Pottery from the Collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, multimedia TAP tours, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.


Events at the CMA during the free days include:

CMA Shop Sale: The CMA Shop is having a huge sale through Sunday, June 7. Everything in the Shop is 30% off for members and 15% off for non-members. Select items are 50% off for all.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Sunday, May 31 at 2pm – A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Session
Monday, June 1, from 10am – 1pm – Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students.

Gladys’ Gang: Summer Heat
Wednesday, June 3, from 10 – 11am – Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 until 11am. This month, work with warm colors to create your own sunny artwork. Registration required as space is limited. Free.

Columbia Broadside Project Community Gallery Opening and Concert
Friday, June 5, from 7 – 11pm – The Columbia Broadside Project pairs artists and poets from Columbia and throughout South Carolina who work together to create an original “broadside,” comprised of an original work of art and an original poem. The goal is to strengthen the arts community by helping poets and artists meet their peers, share ideas, and create new works of art. The opening night event will feature live music and readings from the artists. Cash bar. $7 / $5 for members.

For more information visit (

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawleys Island, SC, Offers Talk with Sculptor Grainger McKoy – May 30, 2015

May 23, 2015


On Saturday, May 30, 2015,  Grainger McKoy, one of the artist featured in the current exhibit “Carolina Roots” will give a talk about his work at 10am and 2pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, at Brookgreen Gardens, located near Pawleys Island, SC. The talk is free with garden admission but reservations are required by calling 843/235-6016.


Grainger McKoy is a renowned sculptor living and working near Sumter, SC, who has a special relationship with Brookgreen Gardens. It has been a wellspring – a source of subjects and ideas for his unparalleled depictions of native birds. In 1999, his first major museum exhibition in South Carolina took place here. In 2012, he was instrumental in helping Brookgreen Gardens acquire a gift of his work from the collection of the late Earl Slick of Winston-Salem, NC. Containing several of McKoy’s landmark sculptures, such as “Covey Rise”, “Sandpipers”, and “Least Bittern”, the gift included 11 important wood and bronze pieces from the 1970s to the 1990s and several are shown in the exhibition. The sculpture was the gift of the Family of Earl Slick. On view with the sculpture will be rarely seen sketches and small scale models.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

For further information call the Gardens at 843/235-6019 or visit (

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Announces Winners of 2015 Carolina’s Got Art!

May 15, 2015


Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art exhibition and sale, has announced prize winners in its fourth competition for artists who live and work in North and South Carolina. Just under 3,000 entries were received from points across both states.

Entries were reviewed by Eliza Rathbone, who served as chief curator of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years. Selected pieces are on display at Elder Gallery in Charlotte’s SouthEnd art district during a month-long show in May.

Prizes were rewarded to the following artists:

$5,000 Best of Show Award: Greg Siler of Raleigh, NC for “Nude with Umbrella”

$3,500 First Place Award: Kymberly Day of Simpsonville, SC for “Loyal Dog”

$2,500 Second Place Award: Howard Frey of Florence, SC for “Pilot Mountain”

$1,500 Third Place Award: James Celano of Greensboro, NC for “Brayer”

$500 Honorable Mention: Wilfred Spoon of Mount Pleasant, SC for “Wren with Blueberry”

$500 Honorable Mention: Vaughan Justice of Charlotte, NC for “Havana Taxi and Bus”

$500 Honorable Mention: Sondra Dorn of Asheville, NC for “Cloud Cover with Yellow and Red Dots”

$500 Honorable Mention: Terri Otten of Charlotte, NC for “Kalvin”

$500 Honorable Mention: Heather Allen Hietala of Asheville, NC for “On a Quest”

This competition gives selected artists an opportunity to sell their work in one of the region’s premier art galleries. For those not selected by Rathbone, there will be a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces will be exhibited during the month of June.

New to the competition this year is a special ceramics component selected by internationally acclaimed ceramicist Peter Callas. Ceramic artists will compete for $6,000 in cash prizes and all selected pieces will be shown at Elder Gallery during the month of June.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

In 2009, as a reaction the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists.

For further information visit (

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Entries for “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America”

May 14, 2015


The African American Atelier, Center for Visual Artists (CVA), Greenhill, Guilford Native American Art Gallery and National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad(NCCJ) in Greensboro, NC, announce a ground-breaking collaborative project entitled “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America (A + D)”, intended to bring community together in dialogue around racial tension. “A + D”, using art as an equalizing, thought-provoking platform, will ask all visitors and participants to put aside stereotypes  and misconceptions and ask each other and ourselves the questions we may be afraid to voice. The project will take place at Greensboro College, site partner for “A + D” and will run from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Oct. 11, 2015.

“A + D” Partner Organization Planning Team members include:
· Dara Nix-Stevenson, Center for Visual Artists
· Ivan Canada, NCCJ
· LaShari Clemons, African American Atelier
· Laura Way, Greenhill
· Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D, Greenhill
· Wanda Attmore, Guilford Native American Art Gallery

“A + D” will consists of three project areas. The first area will be a juried art exhibition with the jury members from each partner organization and an august panel of artists and educators. A Call to Artists has been disseminated statewide and can be found at ( Artists will be selected based on artistic quality and relevance to “A + D” themes: intersection of race with gender, age, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability status and other identities; visibility of multi-racial individuals and families in the US; how art can express pain, grief, rage—and still inspire healing; historic roots of race and racism and resulting realities today and visions for the future; different forms of racism; cultural appropriation versus cross-cultural exploration/inspiration, and how immigrants and immigration status are defined.

The Jury Members are as follows:
· Susan Harbage Page, Artist, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
· Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Artist, Founder, Project Art Aid, Charlotte
· Pedro Lasch – Visual Artist & Associate Research Professor, Duke University
· Jina Valentine, Artist, Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill
· Courtney Reid-Eaton, Exhibitions Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
· Chanelle Croxton, Curatorial Assistant, Nasher Museum, Duke University

Katie Lank, Executive Director at CVA says, “As a partner organization, CVA is committed to making the visual arts approachable, accessible, and affordable. The CVA invests in using art as a tool of engagement to bring together diverse voices in the Greater Greensboro community. Therefore, participation in “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America” is an extension of the work that CVA is already doing. CVA is grateful for the opportunity to partner in coalition with other visual arts organizations to bring “A + D” to Greensboro and beyond in an effort to reframe how we think about, write about, discuss, or otherwise consider race and racism in America with the goal of creating sustainable, equitable systemic change.”

Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, NC, Calls for Applications for Grassroots Sub-Grants – Deadline July 17, 2015

May 14, 2015

Applications for Grassroots Arts Programs are now available from the Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, NC. The Council will be accepting applications for sub-grants for the 2015-2016 FY with funding available for arts programming in Onslow. “With funding from the NC State Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program we are able to provide quality arts programming for our citizens, school children and visitors. Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants in Onslow will fund arts-related programming such as community festivals, classes, workshops, choral society concerts, and poetry & writers workshops and performances” said Connie Wenner, the Executive Director of Council for the Arts.

A grant Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 5:30-7pm. Applicants applying for the first time are strongly encouraged to attend.

The deadline for turning in applications is July 17, 2015.

Proposals must be for projects that occur between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Past recipients have been Georgetown High School Alumni Association, Jacksonville Recreation & Parks, Onslow County Parks & Recreation, Northeast Community Development and the Crystal Coast Choral Society.

For more information call 910/455-9840.

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition

May 13, 2015


Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2015 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. A total of 269 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Wim Roefs, an independent curator, author, art consultant, exhibition designer, and owner of The if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC.

A total of 174 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or digitally enhanced. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three fine art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art
Children of the Gilded Age (oil) by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Coney Island Ladies (watercolor) by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Windblown (acrylic) by Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)
Blue Crab Crawl (acrylic) by Tracy Gansrow (Mt. Pleasant, SC))

Fine Art – Acrylic
1st Place – Buying Peanuts by Debbie Broadway (Florence, SC)
2nd place – Feed the Birds by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Ebb-Tide by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Spring Preening III by Amanda Mclenon (Daniel Island, SC)
Honorable Mention – Sucks Being Short by Khaliya Davis (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – Marsh Inlet #2 by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Herod’s Folly by Pedro Rodriguez (Hanahan, SC)

Fine Art – Oil
1st Place – Time Machine by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Resting by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Roses by Marilyn Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Reflection by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel
1st place – The Elephant Man by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Self Portrait with Wolves by Paige Duvall (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Resplendence by Judith Chamberlin (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Every Story Has a Name by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fakebeard by Daryl Armstrong (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fruit of Tammy by Hayes Lott (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – A Somber Night of Contemplation by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Our Boys by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Eternal Love by Susan Everitt (Bluffton, SC)
Honorable Mention – Matthew 10:16 by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)
Honorable Mention – Totem by Paige Duvall (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor
1st Place – Underwater School by Adelia Shirer Ruth (Saluda, SC)
2nd Place – Camellia III by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)
3rd Place – For an Audience by Eric Vest (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Musician by Anna Kay Singley (Prosperity, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media
1st Place – Tulip Tree by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – Dance by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
3rd Place – Happy Hour by Denise L. Greer (Rembert, DC)
Honorable Mention – The Evening of Consequence… by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Shrimp by Susan Haynes (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Rooted Memories by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – Downtown by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Splash by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Flutterbye by Maureen Carter (Columbia, SC)
Honorable Mention – Meta by Shawn Allison (Charleston, SC)

People viewing the photography exhibit

Professional Photography – Color
1st Place – Napoleon Complex by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
2nd Place – Sound Peace by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – Shred by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Starfish in the Surf by Justin Falk (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Three R’s by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Old Grand-Dad by by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Into My Dream by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Daily Wisdom by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Clearing November Storm by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Mrs. Rob’s Corner by Gloria Welch (Charleston, SC)

Professional Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Eluding Sleep by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Butterfly Gardens at Sunrise by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Rainy Days by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Taking Flight by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st Place – Middleton Reflections by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Avocets by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – Western Sky by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Returning to the Nest by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Pelicans by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Popeye by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Racers by Linda Vodzak (Johns Island, SC)
3rd Place – Bay from a Day Dream by Timothy H. Burke (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Bridge in Fog by Melissa Honor (Summerville, SC)

Amateur Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Magical Library by Milire Glenn (Orangeburg, SC)
2nd Place – Folly Pier at Sunrise by Richard Kaminsky (Summerville, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or the Arts & Culture section of For details on the North Charleston Arts Festival, visit (

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015


Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Fourteen out of 73 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC.  Once installed at the exhibition site, York then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“For ten years the City of North Charleston Cultural Department has offered residents and visitors alike, the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor sculptural forms and styles while enjoying the scenery along the Cooper River.” York stated. He continued, “My selections for the show and choices for awards are subjective. The viewer will form their own opinions and impressions. That is beauty of public sculpture. It is there to enliven the space. One can choose to enjoy it as a diversion from their surroundings, interact with it, discuss, contemplate, or just pass by.”

The fourteen sculptures selected for exhibition are by fourteen artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best in Show  – Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral (forged & fabricated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff (Atlanta, GA)

Outstanding Merit – Portal VIII (limestone) by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)

Bicycle Carousel by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski

Honorable Mention – Bicycle Carousel (steel and recycled bikes) by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention  – Excelerator (painted steel) by Ray Katz (Pontiac, MI)

Honorable Mention  – Rhett (recycled steel) by Jonathan Bowling (Greenville, NC)

COC XVIII (steel, fiberglass, epoxy resin) by Luke Crawley (Indianapolis, IN)

Splendid Maelstrom (powder coated aluminum and steel) by Andrew Denton (Greenville, NC)

Fall Wind (steel) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)

Tumble Gate (galvanized steel) by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)

In Motion (steel and paint) by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Studio Tracks #2 (rockite cement and steel) by Morgan Kinne (Seabrook Island, SC)

Learning Curve Sculpture (welded aluminum) by Frederick Napoli (Lake Zurich, IL)

Temple of the Roses (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Prien Schultze (Eliot, ME)

Core 1 (fabricated steel) by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 25, 2016.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2016/17 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to ( For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015


Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “14th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition.  Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 41 applicants were asked to participate and 104 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally renowned jeweler and paper artist, Jocelyn Chateauvert, After making her selections, Chateauvert stated, “The exciting part about jurying this show was imagining the hand working each element and surface of the artwork. It is evidence of the hand and choice of materials to convey a thought or feeling that is most compelling whether the medium be wood, ceramic, or the stuff from everyday life.”

After awarding ribbons, Chateauvert also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz

Outstanding Merit
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Draped Vase (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Ebb & Flow (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Mosquito (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Cardinal and the Showgirls (Fiber) by Ron Hodge (Bluffton, SC)
Vessel No. 370 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
In the Garden (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Nesting Firefly Bowls (Porcelain) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Tin Can Mitt (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Legs of Steel (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Plastic) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Metal) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Spirit Horse (Mixed Media) by Brian McBride (Summerville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Bone Twig Votive (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Opening Day Jitters (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)
Barn on McCleod (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Necklace and Earrings (Silver) by Jo Ann Graham (St. Helena, SC)
Intrinsic Memories (Glass) by William Austin Norvell (North Charleston, SC)
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit ( Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium in Orangeburg, SC, was Selected for a Pilot Project from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

May 13, 2015

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has honored the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at SC State University, in Orangeburg, SC, with its selection to participate in a Pilot Project to help establish guidelines for NMAAHC collaborations with HBCU Internship Programs. The Stanback is one of only five HBCU institutions in this nation to be selected.

The Stanback’s Internship Project is a partnership with the Philip Simmons Foundation, Charleston, SC. Two student interns have the opportunity to work with the Philip Simmons Foundation to help preserve the iron works and legacy of Philip Simmons. They will work with the Simmons collections to register and catalogue the iron gates around Charleston on the Collections Management System.

Interns Cornelius Blanding and Zaire McPhearson

The Stanback is a Learner Centered Museum, as part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and has been successful in working with students at the center of all activities. This project brings the museum and students into the community, creating a unique opportunity to assist and educate a community organization. The Stanback Director, the Education and Outreach Manager and the Interns will participate in an evaluation meeting with NMAAHC at the National Association of African American Museums in August at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

The two student interns working on this Pilot Project are Cornelius Blanding, a sophomore music industry major and Zaire McPhearson, a freshman, art major with a concentration in Digital Media and a minor in Biology. This internship opportunity provides a unique opportunity for them to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills in the museum industry. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, and strengthen their understanding of working in African American Museums.

Carlton Simmons (Philip Simmons Nephew)

“We are grateful to the Smithsonian-National Museum of African American History and Culture for its recognition of the Stanback’s Internship Program and for helping to foster this collaboration. This project will have a substantial impact on the Stanback, laying an important foundation in community participation and developing a basis for growth, through educational opportunities and organizational development,” said Ellen Zisholtz, I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Director.

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is a museum of Conscience, Social Justice and Education that promotes the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, including Civil and Human Rights. Its purpose is to create a world class Museum that encourages the development of critical thinking, creative skills and social consciousness through collecting, documenting, preserving, exhibiting, presenting and exploring ideas from a broad range of cultures. . The Stanback has a Philip Simmons Chandelier in its permanent collection, donated by the artist.


The Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, established in 1991, whose mission is to develop and maintain a commemorative garden from design to completion and to preserve the legacy and craft of Philip Simmons. Simmons was the most celebrated of Charleston ironworkers of the 20th Century. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded him its National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the United States can bestow on a traditional artist. This recognition was followed by a similar award from the South Carolina State Legislature for “lifetime achievement” and commissions for public sculptures from the South Carolina State Museum and the City of Charleston. Simmons was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach, SC on January 31, 1994. “The Order of the Palmetto”, South Carolina’s highest award, was presented to him on August 11, 1998 by Governor David Beasley. In 2001, Philip Simmons received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.” He was honored by Penn Center and inducted into the 1862 Circle.  And on May 12, 2006, he was the recipient of the Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. It will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural institution, devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting the African American story and its impact on American history. NMAAHC is scheduled to officially open in 2016.

For further information contact Davion L. Petty by e-mail at ( or calling 803/536-7174.


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