Archive for February, 2014

Photo Contest to Promote What’s Good About Spartanburg, SC – Deadline Apr. 10, 2014

February 28, 2014

As part of the five-month campaign to promote what’s good about Spartanburg, SC — Spartanburg Soaring! — Spartan Photo Center, Spartanburg Photography Guild, and Chapman Cultural Center are sponsoring a photography contest. Anyone can submit photographs to the contest, and the winners will be exhibited at Chapman, Apr. 19-May 2, 2014, and at this year’s city festival Spartanburg Soaring Spring Fling, May 2-4, 2014.

All entries must be submitted to Spartan Photo Center by Apr. 10, 2014. The fee is $5 for up to three images. All images must be submitted and mounted on 11 x 14-inch display boards. All submissions must reflect the theme and spirit of Spartanburg Soaring!, which is “to build civic pride and engage people in active play and cultural curiosity.” Kites and kite flying are the visual symbols being used to represent Spartanburg Soaring! First place prize is $100, second place is $75, and third place is $50.

It is suggested that participants utilize one or more of the eight kite-flying opportunities at city parks. Public and organized kite flying will be held Saturday, Mar. 15, 2-4pm at Stewart Park, Northwest Center, Jesse Bobo Elementary, and Adams Park; on Saturday, Mar. 22, 2-4pm at the YMCA, C.C. Woodson, and Woodland heights Elementary; and on Saturday, Mar. 29, 12:45-4pm at Barnet Park, the site of the International Kite Festival. Representatives from Spartanburg Photography Guild will be on hand to give out contest entry forms and to help with general photography questions.

For more information, please call Spartan Photo Center at 864/583-6835.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Host SC Arts Alliance Board Meeting – Mar. 7, 2014

February 28, 2014

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, is proud to announce that it will be the location for the meeting of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Arts Alliance (SCAA) on Friday, Mar. 7, 2014. The meeting will be held in the historic Douglas Reed House. A reception will be held on Mar. 6 at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce welcoming the SCAA, along with members of the Wateree Outdoor Life Festival (W.O.L.F) of Camden. W.O.L.F.  will be holding their first annual festival on the FAC campus over the weekend of Mar. 7-9, 2014.

The Arts Alliance is a private, non-profit statewide coalition of arts organizations, educators, administrators, artists, business and community leaders, that serves as the state’s leading arts policy and advocacy organization. The SCAA generates support for public funding of the arts and arts education and is beginning its 35th year of service to the arts in our state. Kathleen Bateson, President & CEO of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island is president of the SCAA board.

“Our board realizes the value of meeting in different cities and art venues around the state and we are especially excited about meeting at the vibrant arts campus of the Fine Arts Center in historic Camden,” said Betty Plumb, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance. “The Center is one of the state’s premier local arts organizations.”

Local hosts, along with Kristin Cobb, Executive Director at the FAC, are two Arts Alliance board members: Mary Jones, Chair of the FAC Board and Rose Sheheen a former Chair who is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the Arts Alliance.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden, SC.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For further info contact Jane Peterson by calling 803/425-7676, Ext.  305 or e-mail to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org).

Columbia Design League Now Accepting Entries for Runaway Runway 2014 – Deadline is Mar. 21, 2014.

February 28, 2014

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The Columbia Design League, a membership affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. The deadline for entering the design competition is Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. Entry is open to everyone and each entry in the competition costs $30, with a reduced $15 rate for student designers. There is no limit to the number of designs that can be submitted by a designer. All designers must register online or at the front desk of the Columbia Museum of Art. The design competition is limited to 60 entries and entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. All designers must be available for a mandatory rehearsal on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 from 2-4pm.

Runaway Runway is a design competition in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into ultra-creative, sustainable fashion treasures. The event is Columbia’s premiere spring fashion show and highlights the value of recycling and living green. This fun and funky event attracts a wide audience – from the young, hip, and creative to long-time patrons of the arts in Columbia.

“Runaway Runway is a unique opportunity for anyone who loves design to hone their creativity and practice sustainability in a wildly fun way,” says Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson, President of the Columbia Design League. “We’re always thrilled to see what designers dream up each year. It’s never the same show twice. “

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show takes place on Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014, from 8-10pm, at the Township Auditorium. Judges for this year’s event include Gwen Rawls, Italian shoe boutique owner and entrepreneur; Lisa Arnold, fashionista blogger; Victoria Cooke, Curator at the Columbia Museum of Art; and, Rasa Don, Grammy award-winning musician and producer. Judging criteria include: design, material re-use, construction, quality, overall effect and appeal, as well as live runway modeling of the entry.

This fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League to bring speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge, and inspire us all to appreciate the impact of design on our lives. Join the Columbia Design League and become a part of Columbia’s dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by good design. Design League membership is $15 per adult or $25 per couple in addition to Columbia Museum of Art membership.

For information, registration, and tickets visit (http://www.columbiadesignleague.org/).

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2014-2015 Season – Deadline Apr. 30, 2014

February 28, 2014

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The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2014 through May 2015. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists may submit images via e-mail or by sending a CD or DVD of at least 10 images which will encompass the artists’ methods and styles to the FAC. A resume, submission form, list of style, size and type of work being submitted, and brief artist statement must also be included with the submission. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center web site at (www.fineartscenter.org/gallery), or you may call or drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. If you need your materials returned, please include a pre-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.

Materials will be accepted through April 30, 2014.

Send to:
Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
PO Box 1498
Camden, SC  29021

Or you may e-mail your submissions to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org).

For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org) or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging of the exhibition as well as tear-down. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. However, special consideration could be made for unique exhibitions where the artwork is for display only. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2014.

Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks.  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, NC, Calls for Artist Participation in First Art Block Festival

February 28, 2014

Council for the Arts in partnership with the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority announces the inaugural Art Block Festival to be on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014, on the block of the Council for the Arts in in Jacksonville, NC. This outdoor festival starts at 10am-4pm. Rain or Shine.

This is a family friendly event with entertainment, food, interactive arts and demonstrations throughout the day. A celebration of the arts! Come and enjoy paper doll art, painting murals, face painting and creating artwork. Arts and one of a kind crafts will be for sale and on display as well.

Artists and food vendors may register now! Cost to register: Early registration for a booth space is $50, and with electricity $60 (limited Spots with electric). Registering after Apr. 16, 2014 is $70. Food vendors welcomed.

For further information about Art Block contact Council for the Arts, 910/455-9840, e-mail to (jaxarts@jaxarts.com), or visit (www.jaxarts.com).

Council for the Arts is located at 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC. 28540

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Panel Discussion on Homeless and Hungry – Mar. 2, 2014

February 25, 2014

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, offers a free panel discussion on the Homeless and Hungry, on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, with moderator Sheldon Paschal

Panel Members include:

Carrie Draper: USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

Shirley Gossett: Food Not Bombs

Denise Holland: Harvest Hope Food Bank

Paul Moore: Washington Street Soup Cellar

Food Not Bombs homeless receiver of food services

The panel discussion is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South”, on view at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, through Mar. 2, 2014.

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Jan Banning’s 24 large photographs in the 701 CCA exhibition, “Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South,” portray homeless people in Columbia, Atlanta and Mississippi in a dignified manner, free of clichés, with aesthetic and artistic qualities that have made the Dutch photographer’s work world-renowned. The portraits are a reminder that “the homeless” are individuals. The exhibition adds to current discussions about homeless people in Columbia including conversations about hunger, affordable housing, and facilities for professional and personal development among many others.

This panel will focus on the unique and endless challenge of people who are hungry in our community. In South Carolina, countless adults and children are skipping meals, going without food for an entire day and lowering quality of food purchased due to the inability to afford healthy meals which can lead to malnutrition. What are we, as a community, doing for low income families and the homeless population to ensure that hungry mouths are fed?

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. Exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11am–8pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; & Sun, 1-5pm.

For more information, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

Robeson County Arts Council in Lumberton, NC, Calls for Entries for the GREAT GETAWAY Celebration – Deadline is Mar. 20, 2014

February 24, 2014

The Robeson County Arts Council and the GREAT GETAWAY celebration are showcasing the talents of visual artists in the Eastern region of North Carolina in their premier exhibition at the Lumberton Art Space (101 South Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC) Apr. 7-13, 2014. Artists working in both two- and three- dimensional mediums other than crafts* are invited to submit their original artworks for jury consideration for the GREAT GETAWAY ART 2014.

The juror will be Jennifer Dasal, associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where she has been employed since 2008. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Notre Dame as well as a BA in art history from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed PhD coursework in art history at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research expertise includes contemporary art with a particular interest in women artists and Asian art. Prior to joining the NCMA, she held positions as assistant to the curator of Western art at the Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and at the Richard L. Nelson Art Gallery, University of California, Davis. She has additional experience working in commercial art galleries.

As associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Dasal works primarily with chief curator and curator of contemporary art Linda Johnson Dougherty. She has been involved in the research, development, and implementation of a number of exhibitions at the Museum, as well as acquisitions for the Museum’s permanent collection. Dasal also played a role in the organization and reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection in the new West Building.

In addition to curating exhibitions and researching collection and acquisition options, Dasal is a frequent contributor to the NCMA’s member magazine, “Preview”, and the Museum’s blog, “Untitled”.

SPECIFICATIONS

No one dimension shall exceed 72 inches (183 centimeters).
No work shall exceed 150 pounds (68 kilograms).
All work must have been executed within the last three years.
All work must be original.
All submissions must be made online.

ENTRY PROCEDURES

A maximum of two works may be submitted.
The non-refundable entry fee is: $25.00 for the first entry; $15.00 for the second entry both payable by debit or credit card. Your debit or credit card will be charged. You will be notified with a receipt of your exhibition entry.
Artists should go to (www.thegreatgetaway.slideroom.com) and complete their registration. Artists may submit one to three images for each entry. All required information must be completed in order to be entered.
If you need further assistance please call Sarah Barbee at 910/739-9999.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Eight entries will be selected for inclusion in the Art and the Garden exhibition. Eight local garden clubs will each design a floral response to the art work selected. *These works are eligible for BOTH the standard awards and the special Garden Council award.

AWARDS:
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
People’s Choice: $250
Garden Council Award: $100 to Popular Choice visual art winner and $100 to corresponding floral design Popular Choice winner
In additional to the cash prizes all winners will be given free tickets to the Gala at Candy Sue’s Downtown (111 West Third St., Lumberton, NC) on Saturday, April 12.

NOTIFICATION

All submitting artists will be notified by e-mail of selection decisions. No selection decisions will be released over the phone.
All awards and purchase awards will be presented at the reception on Wednesday, April 9. Artists are encouraged to attend. Call 910/739-9999 for details.

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES

Artists are responsible for mounting, matting, and framing. All works must be “dry” and ready for hanging/displaying with wire properly attached.
Selected works must be submitted for exhibition on Sunday, April 6, at the Lumberton Art Space (101 South Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC) between the hours of 1-4pm.
Exhibited works must be picked up at the Lumberton Art Space between the hours of 2-4pm on Saturday, April 12. Artists not picking up work by 4pm on April 12 will be charged a handling fee of $10.00 per day.

ROBESON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIES

All accepted works will be received and will be carefully handled and secured in the Lumberton Art Space (101 South Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC). There will be an arts council member on site during hours that the exhibition is open to the public; however, we will not be responsible for any damage to or theft of your art. All works received must be officially released for pickup by the artist or the artist’s designated representative and their signature will be required for receiving and release.

CALENDAR

March 20 -Deadline for all entries online by 5pm EST
March 22 – Notification of Juror’s decision
April 6 – Accepted entries received at the Lumberton Art Space from 1-4pm. The entries will be judged and winners will be notified by e-mail
April 9 – Opening reception 7-9pm
April 8-11- Exhibition open to public 10am-2pm
April 12    – Exhibition open to public 10am-2pm. Artists pick up exhibited work from 2-4pm

For further info visit (www.robesoncountyartscouncil.org).

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Announces Free Admission Policy

February 24, 2014

As part of its continuing celebration of the 80th year anniversary of the founding of Black Mountain College (BMC) and the 20th year anniversary of the founding of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), the Board of BMCM+AC has approved a new admissions policy, providing free admission to its exhibition and gallery spaces, located at 56 Broadway Street, in downtown Asheville, NC.

BMCM+AC, which celebrates the legacy of creativity and educational innovation associated with Black Mountain College, announces this free admissions policy in the spirit of the educational and experimental nature of its namesake, seeking to welcome new and growing WNC and tourist audiences to enjoy, explore and understand the history, and ongoing relevance, of this famous college.

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Board Chair, Dr. Brian Butler, announced this news, commenting that “As an institution that adds to and thrives within Asheville’s amazing cultural offerings, we thought that a proper celebration of our 20 years as a museum and the 80 year anniversary of the opening of Black Mountain College would include free admission to our unique exhibits. We think of this as both a thank you to our community and as a gentle invite to anyone who has not already stopped in to learn about our exhibitions and events.”

This new policy offers free regular admission to the BMC Museum + Arts Center during the following regular hours when BMCM+AC is open to the public: (noon- 4pm, Tuesday-Wednesday and 11am-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

The current exhibition is “Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest” on view through May 17, 2014.

Upcoming special events include:

• Mar. 6 – film screening (Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Robert Rauschenberg Collaborations)

• Mar. 28 – presentation (The Democratic Surround and the Forgotten History of Multimedia) by Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University

• Mar. 30 – poetry and music with Paulus Berensohn, Tracey Schmidt and musicians Chris Rosser and Peter Levitov

• Apr. 5 – the annual {Re}HAPPENING, an immersive, multi-sensory experience of art, performance & food in the Dining Hall and on the ground of the BMC Lake Eden Campus, now Camp Rockmont

• May 2-4 – weekend workshop called “The Poetics of Audience: Experimenting with Points of Address in Poetry,” taught by Jaye Bartell, Eric Gelsinger, Nathanael Roney and Bridget Elmer

• May 15 – presentation (We Were BMC Kids) with Megan Rice and John Corkran

And looking ahead to the fall, our 6th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference Sept. 26-28 co-hosted by UNC Asheville and focusing on The Writers of Black Mountain College this year.

This decision to change its admission policy reflects the Board’s dedication to advancing the stated goals of BMCM+AC, as expressed in its mission statement:

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College for public study and enjoyment. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

For more information about the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and our programming, please contact Alice Sebrell, Program Director at 828/350-8484 or e-mail to (alice@blackmountaincollege.org).

Deadline Extended for Cape Fear New Music Festival’s Photography Contest in Fayetteville, NC – Deadline Mar. 10, 2014

February 24, 2014

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The deadline for submitting original photography to the Cape Fear New Music Festival’s photography contest has been extended to Mar. 10.

The Cape Fear Music Festival in Fayetteville, NC, will be held Apr. 12, 2014, at Methodist University. The festival includes a photography contest which employs photography (visual art) to interpret music (auditory art). The contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels. The photos submitted to the contest will be exhibited at the festival.

The event will include a musical concert and an exhibition of photography from Legendary “Life Magazine” photographer, Burk Uzzle, one of America’s most highly regarded photographers. The festival will include at talk from Uzzle and a reception following the concert. Uzzle will also serve as a judge for the contest.

Uzzle is a North Carolina native who has given more than five decades to his unique blend of the American sensibility. In 1962 at age 23, he became the youngest contract photographer ever hired by “Life Magazine”. From 1967 to 1983 he was a member photographer of the Magnum Photo Agency and from 1979 -1980 served as its president. From 1983 he has worked as an independent photographer with numerous magazine and corporate clients, museum and gallery exhibitions, and he has had published several books of his work. Burk Uzzle is represented by the Lawrence Miller gallery in NYC.

Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with over 2,400 students from 41 states and 53 countries. Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations, 100 clubs and organizations, four master’s degree programs, and 20 NCAA III intercollegiate sports.

For more information on the selected music and contest guidelines, please visit (www.methodist.edu/capefearfestival) or contact Steven Brey, Dean School of Arts and Humanities at 910/630-7090 or e-mail to (sbrey@methodist.edu).

To learn more about Methodist University, please visit (www.methodist.edu).

Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, Celebrates National Quilting Day with a Weekend of Activities – Mar. 14 – 16, 2014

February 22, 2014

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In honor of National Quilting Day, the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, will host demonstrations and exhibitions celebrating textile arts Mar. 14 – 16, 2014. The National Quilting Association, Inc. began sponsoring National Quilting Day in 1991. Quilting groups across the country use the event as a way to raise awareness of the traditional craft.

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On Friday, Mar. 14, Southern Highland Craft Guild member and quilt historian Connie Brown will demonstrate quilting on a home sewing machine in the Folk Art Center lobby from 10am – 4pm. On Saturday, which is actually National Quilting Day, Brown will curate a small display of antique quilts. Visitors are invited to bring a quilt – a family heirloom, an antique purchase, or a vintage quilt with a unique design, for questions and analysis by Brown. She can help identify time periods by fabrics and patterns used. Information about how to care for quilts and how to learn more about the process will be provided.

On Sunday, the Asheville Modern Quilt Guild, a chapter of the national Modern Quilt Guild will host a pop up exhibition of fiber art in the Folk Art Center auditorium from 1 – 3pm. The public is invited to see the show and to learn more about the organization.

While at the Folk Art Center, visitors can enjoy “Eyecatchers: The Hunter Collection” in the Main Gallery. From the private collection of Barbara & Robert Hunter, the show highlights a variety of designs, fabrics and techniques found in traditional and contemporary quilts. Janice Maddox, a participant in the show and Southern Highland Craft Guild member, will be on hand in the gallery Saturday from 1 – 3pm to discuss her work as well as the techniques used by other artists exhibiting. “Eyecatchers” will be on display through May 11.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

For more information about the Folk Art Center’s celebration of this event, call 828/298-7928 or visit (www.craftguild.org).