Archive for June, 2011

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Society 1858 Summer Party – Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans – July 29, 2011

June 30, 2011

Society 1858, the dynamic young professionals group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, hosts Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans on Friday, July 29, 2011, from 8 to 11pm in the museum courtyard at 135 Meeting Street.

Guests will be transported back to 19th-century New Orleans with a lively atmosphere of nostalgic music and performance by Theatre Marvelosa, classic cocktails, regional delicacies, and vintage attire. Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Maverick Southern Kitchens and Palmetto Brewing Company. This sultry summer party complements the subject matter of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, which opens on July 22, 2011.

Tickets for Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans are $40 for members of Society 1858 before July 15 and will be $50 beginning July 15. Tickets for the general public are $60 before July 15 and will be $70 beginning July 15. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or by calling 843/722-2706 ext. 22. Due to capacity, tickets may not be available at the door so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

“After the success of our Flirting with Art party in February, we wanted to create another unforgettable event. We know our guests will be surprised by what we have in store for them – we really want to transport them to another place and time,” noted Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas.

Bitters and Twisted is sponsored by Maverick Southern Kitchens, FIA Forever Photography, Wells Fargo, Palmetto Parking, Maybank Industries LLC, Bradley Creger and Louisa Shingler, and Palmetto Brewing Company.

In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, on view in the Gibbes Rotunda Galleries from July 22 to October 16, 2011, is the first retrospective of the brief but important career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working during the 19th century. The exhibit is co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Creative Genius. Initial research was funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

Advertisements

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities in Greenville, SC, Ranked in Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

June 30, 2011

Newsweek announced the Top 500 High Schools in the nation and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities (SCGSAH) was ranked 105th.

Newsweek compiled the 2011 list after reaching out to administrators, principals, guidance counselors, and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coordinators at more than 10,000 public high schools nationwide. In order to be considered for the list, each school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2009-2010 academic year. In total, more than 1,100 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 500 high schools.

Derived from a panel of experts, the rankings are to reflect a school’s success in developing college-ready and life-ready students.

Newsweek’s panel based its ranking on six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%).

“This exceptional recognition demonstrates that South Carolina’s young artists can compete nationally at the highest level in both their academics and artistic endeavors,” says Dr. Bruce Halverson, President of SCGSAH.

Three additional schools for South Carolina were ranked: SC School for Science & Math in Hartsville, SC, Academic Magnet in North Charleston, SC, and Dutch Fork in Irmo, SC.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school located in Greenville, South Carolina, 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.

For more information, visit (www.scgsah.org) or call 864/282-3713.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Small Grants Recipients

June 30, 2011

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of six Small Grants awards for the firstquarter of 2011-2012.  Recipients include:

Ben Grant, $450
To fund purchase of woodturning tools.

Shakespeare Carolina, $250
To fund production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” & “The Tempest.”

Cameron Bunce, $500
To fund chemicals & materials for darkroom.

Dominique Verechia, $245
To fund framing for upcoming exhibit at Gallery Up.

Rock Hill Community Theatre, $300
To fund production of “Camp Rock, The Musical.”

Winthrop University English Department, $600
To fund musical component of Volunteer Arts in Medicine with Piedmont Medical Center.

Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.

The Arts Council allocates between $2,000-$3,000 to small grant awards each quarter.  Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

For further information contact Katie Price by e-mail at (kprice@yorkcountyarts.org) or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org/).

Andre Christine Gallery in Mooresville, NC, Offers Lecture by Sculptor Michael Alfano

June 28, 2011

The Andre Christine Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Mooresville, NC, is very pleased to announce that sculptor  Michael Alfano is coming to the Gallery to present a new piece for the Garden and also to speak about his work on July 28, 2011, from 6-8pm. The public is invited.

Where do you get the ideas for the surreal designs? What does that piece mean? How did you create such a good likeness in that portrait and how long does it take you to make it? These are some of the questions Massachusetts sculptor Michael Alfano hears regularly and will addresses in his artist talk at the Andre Christine Gallery and Sculpture Garden where his work is on display.

For nearly twenty years, Alfano has been creating figurative sculpture with both realistic and surreal designs. Typically he works in clay, then casts the work in bronze and other materials. Alfano’s monumental sculptures and public art dot the east coast, including “Ethics of Peace” at Georgetown University and “The Starter” at the Boston Marathon starting line. Portraits he’s created include world leaders such as the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Senator Edward Kennedy on display at Senator John Kerry’s office in Washington, DC. Private collections and museums around the world house his sculptures, and he has earned over sixty awards in art exhibitions.

Outside at Andre Christine is Alfano’s “Peace Offering,” a functional bench that invites two people to sit down and discuss their differences. Inside the gallery are numerous smaller sculptures-in-the-round as well as bas reliefs for the wall, including his series of iconic faces. As part of the talk, Alfano will share quotations from eastern literature that open up interpretations of the sculptures. Afterward, he will be on hand to further discuss his artwork at the gallery.

The gallery is located at 148 Ervin Road in Mooresville, NC.

For further information visit (www.AndreChristineGallery.com).

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Related Programs with Summer Exhibitions

June 28, 2011

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will present two new exhibitions from July 22 through Oct. 16, 2011. The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection, organized by the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, FL, will be on view in the Main Gallery. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and sculpture by the foremost self-taught artists of the American South.

The exhibit, In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, was co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition, on view in the Gibbes’ Rotunda Galleries, is the first retrospective of the brief – but important – career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working in the 19th century.

Gibbes Museum of Art Related Programming:

On Friday, July 29, 2011, from 8-11pm –  Society 1858 Summer Party – “Bitters & Twisted in the Salon D’Orleans”. The fee is $40 for Society 1858 members, $60 non-members (before July 15) $50 for Society 1858 members, $70 non-members (beginning July 15). Tickets at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events).

On Friday, August 26, 2011, and Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Sara Arnold, Gibbes Curator of Collections. Free with museum admission.

On Friday, August 12 and Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Pam Wall, Gibbes Curator of Exhibitions. Free with museum admission.

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10am – 1pm – Community Day: Folk Art. Museum visitors can enjoy art-making activities and special performances. Free.

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Creates New Artist Salon Series

June 28, 2011

The Artist Salon Series provides visitors with a new way to learn about art through a personal and intimate exchange with artists – some represented in exhibitions and some responding to works by other artists. The gallery talks, led by Columbia-based artists, cover a wide range of subjects, topics and disciplines and create a dialogue with the audience. All gallery talks begin at noon at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, and are free with admission or membership.

“We had such a success with our series of gallery talks led by ceramicists last year we knew we’d hit on something exciting. Visitors love hearing directly from artists about their creative process,” Leslie Pierce, Associate Director of Public Programs and Community Relations, said.”

Upcoming Gallery Talks in the Artist Salon Series

Friday, July 22, 2011 – Boyd Saunders responds to An Artist’s Eye

Friday, August 19, 2011 – David Yaghijan responds to his work in An Artist’s Eye

Friday, September 9, 2011 – Mary Robinson responds to Rembrandt: From Sacred to Profane

Friday, September 23, 2011 – Tarleton Blackwell responds to An Artist’s Eye

Friday, October 14, 2011 – Katheleen Robbins responds to Michael Kenna: Venezia

Friday, October 21, 2011 – Jeff Donovan responds to An Artist’s Eye

For further information call the Museum at  803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Call for Entries for Exhibition of Small Works

June 28, 2011

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, in Greenville, SC, is calling for entries for its Small works Show, The deadline for entry is Sept. 28, 2011.

All information is on our website. It’s going to be a really big show, please read all about it!  Also, look us up on Face book!

For further information call 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC, Call For Artists to Participate in Art With A Heart Fundraiser

June 28, 2011

Editorial Comment: I would be concerned about any organization asking you to provide your e-mail list for their use. Once they have it – they can’t or won’t give it back. Do you want the important contacts on your e-mail list subjected to fundraising? You’re already giving them 30% of sales – if you make sales. Don’t give them something as important as your e-mail list for this opportunity which only last a few hours. Let them bring their supporter to this event.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC, is looking for painters, sculptors, potters, textile, jewelry, photography, glass artisans and more to participate in Art With A Heart Show on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, from 5:30 to 8:30pm, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley Street, Columbia.

Artists are required to have artwork display set-up by 5pm. All un-sold artwork must be removed from 701 Whaley by 9:30pm. All artists will have their own 8’ x 8’ work space and are asked to bring their own display tools (table, easels, etc.)

Each artist is asked to supply a copy of their mailing list to RMHC upon selection and agree to donate 30% of their sales to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia.

Artists will be decided by Thursday, July 21, 2011, so please send samples soon!

Each year more than 350 families are served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC through one or both cornerstone programs, the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room. These families are seeking shelter and solace during an extremely stressful time in their lives – facing the uncertainties of having a critically ill or injured child.  It is only because of the generosity and support of the community that we have been able to continue to ensure the highest quality of care and comfort for these families by providing them a safe and loving “home away from home” so they can focus on being together when being together is most important.

Space is limited to 25 artists and spots are filling up quickly! This is a family event and we ask all artists to bring family friendly artwork. With the current state of the economy, we are looking for a variety of artwork on the lower end of the price scale, solely to encourage sales to benefit both the artist and RMHC of Columbia, SC.

To be considered, please send art samples to:
Alex Nicyper by fax at 803/254-0119 or e-mail to (alex@rmhcofcolumbia.org).

Sculptor Julia C Burr’s Work Installed at North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville, NC

June 28, 2011

Julia C. Burr, a sculptor from Black Mountain, NC, is one of six artists, and the only woman, chosen for an outdoor public art commission installed this week at the new North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville, NC. This is North Carolina’s first state park dedicated to military veterans from all five branches of the armed services.

Each sculptor was tasked with interpreting a “touchstone word” and in their 3-D translation of the word must incorporate military artifacts. Julia’s word is “honor.” Her 18-foot abstract steel piece is based on the strength and growth it takes to maintain a strong moral compass. “I am excited that I was given the word honor. It is a big word, an important word – for me personally and certainly important within the powerful environment of the military,” Burr said.

Burr pointed out that after almost 30 years of experience creating concepts and designs for commercial, residential and public venues all over the world, she still approaches each project as if it were the first. “The challenge of public art is to maintain creativity while staying within the criteria of the project. Experience gives me confidence that I will find a strong solution; however, I don’t want to get too comfortable. I want my voice to be clear, but I don’t want to sing too many variations of the same song over and over. The goal is to push my comfort zone while staying true to my aesthetics. All of which is easier said than done,” Burr said.

Last year Burr completed another public commission in Asheville’s Pack Square Park: a 45’ elliptical steel railing that surrounds the observation deck. The Veteran’s Park commission exemplifies the evolution of her 3-D voice.

“In the case of the Veteran’s Park I had the opportunity to explore movement and growth in a more abstract way than I have in the past,” she said.

Attendance by political and military dignitaries and remarks by Governor Beverly Perdue, takes place July 4, 2011.

For further information call Julia Burr at 828-669-0901 or e-mail to (Burgurl@aol.com).

Zinnia Willits of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Selected as Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums

June 28, 2011

Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration for the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, has been selected to serve as a Museum Assessment Program peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums (AAM). Selection for this program is extended only to qualified museum professionals who have significant museum experience and a proven understanding of the museum field. Applicants to the Peer Review Program are expected to demonstrate a record of active participation in the field-wide dialogue of museum operations, standards, best practices, and emerging issues.

Willits has served on the curatorial staff of the Gibbes Museum of Art – a museum accredited with the American Association of Museums – for seven years. Prior to joining the Gibbes, she worked at the College of Charleston Jewish Heritage Collection, the Augusta Museum of History, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Willits is extremely active in the museum profession and speaks at conferences throughout the country. She is a member of the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums, has chaired sessions for the annual Southeastern Museums Conference, and serves as Professional Development Committee Chair of South Carolina Federation of Museums.

Willits will be volunteering her time to support AAM’s Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs. These two programs allow AAM to ensure that museums around the nation are performing up to current standards and best practices, and provide support and resources for museums that are looking to improve.

“Peer reviewers play an integral role in the museum field’s on-going efforts toward self-improvement,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “Peer reviewers demonstrate a commitment to their profession that is exemplary.  Their selfless service enables museums across the country to better meet their obligations to the public trust.”

The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 15,000 individual, 3,000 institutional and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit (www.aam-us.org).

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).