Archive for April, 2014

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, Offers Lecture on Art History by Cindy Male

April 30, 2014

Artist, Art Educator, yoga instructor, and former professor at USC-Beaufort, Cindy Male gives her last lecture in this series, “Art History: an On Going Pursuit” at Picture This Gallery on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 4-6pm.

This PowerPoint presentation on “Trends and Materials/Art and Interiors,” discusses the use of light in images throughout the history of art, the use of light today as inspiration for modern works and as an element of internal mindfulness.

Male is currently exhibiting in the “ReNude” show in Charleston, SC, at Redux Contemporary Art Center and in the Savannah Fibers Guild exhibition that opens at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, on Hilton Head Island, on May 9.  This lecture series will be held at the Bluffton (SC) Library in September, October, and November of this year. Make sure you bring with you a picture of an environment you want to change!

For more information contact Picture This Gallery at 843/842-5299 or at (www.picturethishiltonhead.com).

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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of 5th Congressional District Art Competition

April 30, 2014

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The “33rd Annual Congressional Art Competition” for the Fifth Congressional District, hosted by the Honorable Mick Mulvaney, will be on display in the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts, in Rock Hill, SC, April 16 – May 2, 2014. The winners were announced on April 22, 2014:

1st Place: “Glimpse” by Christian Pellot of Fort Mill High School

2nd Place: “Kultuur” by Emily Beckley of Northwestern High School

3rd Place: “Wet Spoon” by Christian Pellot of Fort Mill High School

Honorable Mention: “Hiding Behind Illusions” by Karen Nicole Smith of Rock Hill High School

Honorable Mention: “Shokolad” by Yulia Tretiakova of Northwestern High School

Honorable Mention: “Contact” by Sally Frost of Fort Mill High School

Honorable Mention: “Tethered” by Madison Martin of Northwestern High School

Of the competition, Representative Mulvaney said, “We are very proud to be a part of this nationwide art competition, which provides members an excellent opportunity to showcase the talents of their creative high school constituents and acknowledge our nation’s gifted young artists.” Since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students from across the United States have participated. The winning piece of art from each congressional district will hang for an eleven-month period in the Cannon Tunnel, which leads to the US Capitol, and the artist will be eligible for scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Arts and Design.

On June 26, 2014, there is a celebratory reception in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, to honor the participants. Invitations are sent to each member of Congress and to each winning student plus their guest.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787 or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Art League of Hilton Head On Hilton Head Island, SC, Announces 2014 Scholarship Award

April 30, 2014

The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, is proud to award the 2014 Art League of Hilton Head Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Heidi Stine. Stine is a senior at Hilton Head Island High School where she is an honors student, and has shown exceptional creativity in her art endeavors. She has been accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design where she plans to major in Animation Design.

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Work by  Heidi Stine

Since the year 2000, the Art League of Hilton Head has awarded an annual scholarship in the amount of $2000 to a graduating high school senior who is studying or living on Hilton Head Island and attending a local high school. The scholarship program encourages students to develop their art skills and pursue a career in visual arts. The funding of this scholarship is made possible through charitable donations made to the Art League of Hilton Head.

For more information about the Art League please contact Rebecca Brown by e-mail at (RBrown@artleaguehhi.org).

Shares for Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Delivered May 14, 2014

April 30, 2014

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April has been labeled “Eat Local Month” in the Lowcountry and Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is advocating for “localvores” to not only fill their bellies with local foods, but to fill their live and work spaces with local art. The group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way to do so by offering seasonal shares of art for purchase based on the community supported agriculture model. Individual shares are priced at just $450, and consist of six original pieces of artwork produced by a curated group of local, established and emerging artists. The shares are limited and will be delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season – spring, fall, and winter.

The debut pick-up event, dedicated to the spring season, takes place on Wednesday, May 14, at GrowFood Carolina, a venue and organization with strong ties to traditional CSAs and the buy local movement. Shares may be purchased at (www.charlestonsupportedart.com), or at the event.

The eighteen artists participating in the inaugural year of Charleston Supported Art (CSA) were announced in February and the public was invited to get to know them and their work at a Meet and Greet event at Redux Contemporary Art Center in early March. The well-attended gathering provided potential shareholders a glimpse of the quality and variety in styles and media of the works offered in each of CSA’s 2014 seasons.

CSA’s spring season features works by Jen Ervin, Tina Hirsig, Anna Hopkins, Alan Jackson, Joshua Lynn, and Kate MacNeil. Each artist produced 32 pieces of original artwork specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The May 14 pick-up event, open only to spring shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include photography, mixed media, wooden sculpture, pen-and-ink drawings, oil paintings, and intaglio prints, will not be available for purchase anywhere else.

About CSA’s Spring Artists

Southern artist Jen Ervin is currently working with a 1963 Polaroid Land Camera to explore the ethereal world of childhood at her family’s historic cabin, located on the Little Pee Dee River. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University, and a BA in Fine Art from Francis Marion University. Originally a painter, Ervin became interested in photography while under the tutelage of Alston Purvis (artist/author and former student of Walker Evans). Ervin actively exhibits her work in the Southeast. Recent solo shows include Land & Family at the Charleston Center for Photography, and This Side of Summer at Jericho Advisors. In 2013, Rebekah Jacob Gallery selected and featured Ervin as an Emerging Artist of the South. Ervin was invited to show her work among many notable photographers in the recent exhibit, “Somewhere in the South”, at Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, SC.

After graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education and Art, Tina Hirsig moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she studied painting and printmaking in the Studio Diploma Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This experience solidified her commitment to the arts and arts education. Teaching the next ten years in Boston, Hirsig gained the knowledge and experience in art education, arts advocacy, as well as established a studio practice. In 2003 she moved to Charleston, SC, and has since completed a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Hirsig currently maintains an active studio practice, exhibits her artwork nationally, and gives back to the community through teaching at local universities and public schools.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Anna Hopkins is preparing to graduate at the College of Charleston in May. She studied drawing, painting, and photography, but has landed on sculpture as her true outlet. Hopkins is exhilarated by the process of bringing an idea from her mind into the third dimension. Her work explores the visual stimulation that results from various color combinations when applied to geometric shapes. Hopkins is inspired by her daily surroundings, street art, patterns, architecture, design, and the natural world. Her work has been featured in the 2012 and 2013 “Young Contemporaries” exhibitions at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Alan Jackson is originally from Savannah, GA. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Architecture in 1975 and worked in a series of architectural offices in Savannah, Beaufort, Kiawah Island, and Charleston. He has lived in Charleston since 1979. He is a LEED accredited professional architect and formerly a partner in the Mt Pleasant architecture firm McKellar & Associates. He now has a private practice. Jackson’s interest in black and white photography began while he was in Architecture School. He developed and printed his own work until the mid-90’s, when his focus turned to freehand pen and ink drawing. Borrowing from his training as an architect, these non-representational compositions include elements of both hard line drafting and freehand sketching. They are intended to provide a creative counterpoint to the representational work demanded of architectural drafting and rendering. Each piece is conceived and initiated with a set of limitations while the final execution is intended to be a spontaneous, and creative semiautomatic process allowing for progression and innovation within the limitations. Uninterrupted, straight lines are executed with a continuous vertical stroke not unlike the vertical cut of a sword.

Joshua Lynn was born and raised in Springfield, IL. He received his BFA in 2003 from Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking. While attending he received the Manhattan Studio Award and interned at the Center for Book Arts. After graduating, he moved to Chicago, IL, where he pursued his painting practice and exhibited regularly. Lynn returned to Savannah, GA, and achieved his MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012. He currently lives and works in Charleston, where he is a professor at the College of Charleston.

Born in Asheville, NC, in 1989, Kate MacNeil spent her childhood all across the US, roaming from the Rocky Mountains to the shores of Californ-I-A to Fostah-Glostah, Rhode Island. She has spent the past few years in Charleston, SC, where she currently resides. MacNeil graduated from the College of Charleston Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art in 2011. She has been a studio renter at the Redux Contemporary Art Center since 2011 and currently works as the Printmaking Technician at the College of Charleston. In her most recent work, MacNeil uses flowers as an allegory for emotional responses to death experienced in life. A portrait of a hanging sunflower recalls a once fragile existence, just as a memory preserves the life of a loved one. She manipulates plants and their spatial surroundings, the way the mind manipulates thoughts, to re-tell a never-ending story of life, struggle, and ultimately, release.

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, SC. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Three Little Birds Café.

For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit (www.charlestonsupportedart.com). Depending on availability, shares may also be purchased in person at the seasonal pick-up events via cash, check, or credit card. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed to (info@charlestonsupportedart.com).

Parkway Craft Center in Blowing Rock, NC, Announces Demonstration Schedule for 2014

April 30, 2014

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The Parkway Craft Center, of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, located in the Moses Cone Manor House, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 294, in Blowing Rock, NC, announces its demonstration schedule for 2014

Educational Demonstration Schedule 2014 (subject to change) visit our website for updates (www.craftguild.org) – “Shops & Fairs” tab – Parkway Craft Center, 10am – 4pm (unless noted otherwise – closed for lunch at demonstrator’s discretion).

May
9th & 10th – Ronnie McMahan (wood; carving)
16th – 18th – Jeff Neil (wood; shaker box construction)
23rd – 26th–Lin Oglesby (fiber; yarn plying, knitting, crocheting)
30th – June 1st – Jeff McKinley (glass; blowing)

June
1st – Jeff McKinley (glass; blowing)
5th – 8th – Debbie Littledeer (paper; lithography) Beth Zorbanos (natural materials; corn shuck)
13th – 15th – David Crandall (wood; dove tail box construction)
16th – 22nd – Judi Harwood (mixed media; drum making)
21st – 27th – Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)
28th – 30th – Jay Pfeil (paper; etching)

July
1st & 2nd – Ellie Kirby (paper; block printing & book design) and Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry weaving)
7th – 10th – Ronnie McMahan (wood; carving)
11th – 14th – Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)
16th – 20th – Jack Rogers (wood; wood turning)
24th – 27th – Allen Davis (wood; wood working)
28th – Aug. 1st – Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)

August
1st– Lynn Jenkins (cont.) (clay; raku)
2nd & 3rd – Anne Freels (natural materials; corn shuck dolls)
4th & 5th – Charlie Patricolo (fiber: doll making)
6th & 7th – Jay Pfeil (paper; etching)
8th – 10th – Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry weaving) Betty Fain (fiber; quilting)
15th – 19th – Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)
20th – 26th – Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)
29th – Sept. 1st – David Crandall (wood; dove tail boxes)

September
1st – David Crandall continued (wood; dove tail boxes)
4th – 7th – Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)
8th – 14th – Judi Harwood (mixed media; drum making)
13th – 19th – Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)
20th – 23rd – Tom Gow (wood; cottonwood bark carving)
24th – 26th – Jeff Neil (wood; shaker box construction)
27th – 29th – Bill & Tina Collison (wood working)

October
2nd – 5th – Allen Davis (wood; wood working)
6th – 8th – Marc Tickle (glass: kaleidoscopes)
– 10th – Jeff McKinley (glass; glass blowing)
11th – 16th – Jack Rogers (wood; wood turning)
17th – 19th – David Crandall (wood; dove tail boxes)
20th & 21st – Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)
22nd – 27th – Lin Oglesby (fiber; yarn plying, knitting, crocheting)
25th & 26th – Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry weaving)

November
25th – Thanksgiving Day – Closed
30th – Last Day of the Season – reopen March 15th

For further information call 828/295-7938.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Announces Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D. for the Director of Programs Position

April 30, 2014

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The Director of Programs is a position that will lead the programmatic operations of the organization and will be integral in creating synergies between Greenhill’s exceptional exhibition program, and ArtQuest, the award-winning children and families educational program.  According to Laura Way, Executive Director, “Greenhill is thinking about the future, and looking toward 2016 when the Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts opens—we need to be bold and make our mark as the anchor to the Cultural District as to not get lost in the enthusiasm of a new venue. Lynn, with her expertise in program development and assessment, will help us move forward into this very exciting time for both Greenhill and Greensboro. I could not be more pleased that Lynn will be joining our talented team.”

Selected by the National Art Education Association as the 2011 National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, Lynn Sanders-Bustle holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education from East Carolina and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. She taught art in public schools working with students across the K-12 spectrum and most recently at the University of Southern Mississippi. From 2002 through 2012 she served as coordinator of the Art Education program at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She is editor of the book, “Image, Inquiry, and Transformative Practice: Engaging Learners in Creative and Critical Inquiry Through Visual Representation” published in 2003 by Peter Lang. Sanders-Bustle has published in professional journals such as “Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy”, “The International Journal of Education and the Arts” (2012), and “Art Education”. In addition she has presented at conferences such as the International Society for Arts and Education, the American Education Research Association, the National Art Education Association and the Literacy Research Association. Sanders-Bustle has received grants supporting the integration of technology into instruction, faculty development, and community-based art projects. Sanders-Bustle’s research focuses on community based service-learning, arts integration, and place-based pedagogies.

Lindsay Jones, Greenhill’s Board Chair explained, “Over the last nine-months, the board and a special task force have been looking at ways to make sure Greenhill remains a vibrant, sustainable organization for the future. One outcome from this study was the staff reorganization, which was difficult for everyone on both the staff and board.  Now, we are moving ahead with someone who brings academic scholarship, research and program development and will be a great fit for Director of Programs. Lynn is creative, innovative, committed to our mission and vision for the future. She brings leadership, intellect, fun and energy to Greenhill and we are happy to have her on board.”

The mission of Greenhill is to promote the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs and providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. Greenhill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating for contemporary visual art and artists of NC.  Since its founding in 1974, the organization has presented and sold artwork of over 9,850 visual artists and engaged nearly one million visitors through free access to The Gallery, The Shop & ArtQuest, the award-winning education program for children & families. Greenhill is located in downtown Greensboro in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

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

Awards Announced for the “Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition” at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC

April 30, 2014

The Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday Apr. 26, 2014. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 12, 2014.

The Juror for this year’s competition was Clark Whittington, an artist and the creator of the Art-o-mat; retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. After moving to Winston-Salem, NC, Whittington was setting up a show at a local venue and he used a recently banned cigarette machine to create the first Art-o-mat. The show opened in June 1997 and the original machine was installed along with 12 of his assemblage paintings. Scheduled to be dismantled in July 1997, the owner of the space asked that the machine stay permanently. Whittington felt that the machine would create a conflict in the space unless it was open to artists in the community. She then introduced Whittington to a handful of other local artists and Artists in Cellophane was formed. Today, there are 90 machines around the world and over 400 artists involved. Six of the machines are featured at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Whittington spent Apr. 11 & 12 looking at, and contemplating 315 works of art representing 170 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 113 works of art represents 94 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Whittington said, “It was an honor to be asked to be a juror for this show and to be allowed to experience what is happening culturally in your community & state. When entering the space, I was immediately overwhelmed with the quantity of submissions. Shortly after, I was overwhelmed by the quality until eventually pulling myself together. This was when it became obvious that the work submitted to this exhibit was very strong while encompassing a wide range of approaches, techniques, vision, etc.”

Whittington continued, “With any exhibit of this nature, the juror’s job is to make selections based on their background, vision and general preferences. Being an artist who has always lived in the western half of the Carolinas, I feel connected to the landscape and its inhabitants. At the end of day, the artworks awarded in this exhibit were chosen because they made me feel comfortable…..as if we were having a visual conversation.”

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Whittington chose the mixed media painting, “Escape Pod # 13″ by Hopkins’ Richard Morgan as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Karen Maters of Liberty for her collage, “Eat Your Asparagus”. The Third Place honor went to Spartanburg’s Jim Creal for his lithograph, “Donnelley Wildlife Management Area: Storm Clouds Gather”.

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Linda Hyatt Cancel of Laurens for her oil painting, “A Mother’s Glove” and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his photograph, “Untitled (Dogwoods)”.

In addition to the above awards, Whittington presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Jamie Lee Gillespie of Pickens for the oil painting, “Table Rock from Papa’s Canoe”; to Easley’s Shaula Jo Johnston for her paper & acrylic collage, “Some Glad Morning”; to Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville for his mixed media painting, “Monkey Maze”; to Greer’s Tracy Metge for her acrylic mixed media painting, “A Singing Bird Will Come”; and to Patricia Stalb of Central for her jewelry work, “Bird in Hand”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the charcoal & white pastel drawing, “Portrait of Mona Canino” by John Schaeffer of Seneca as the recipient of the 2014 Director’s Choice Award.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, Dan & Kathy Brazinski, Doreen Heimlich, Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Wayne Kelley and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected six works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Kolton Miller of Central the watercolor and graphite work, “Aristocracy”

The 2014 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Diarmuid Kelly of Moore for his oil painting, “I was Just Thinking”.

The 2014 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Patricia Stalb of Central for her copper, enamel, onyx, silver & steel jewelry “Not For The Timid”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Easley’s Bill Jordan for his photograph, “Paul’s Birthday”; to Kathleen Wiley of Walhalla for her oil painting, “Tiger Portrait”; and to Greenville’s Lu Wixon for her acrylic painting, “Paris Mountain from Pickens Wildlife Overlook”.

In addition to the seventeen works of art singled out for special mention, there are ninety-six others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC. For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963 or visit (www.pickenscountymuseum.org).

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Receives NEA Art Works Grant

April 30, 2014

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The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is honored to be one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, announced last week by NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. The Museum is recommended for a $35,000 grant to support the planned major renovation and expansion project to create the new Asheville Art Museum.

Since its founding by area artists 66 years ago, the Asheville Art Museum has been defined by its close ties to the community and its receptiveness to the area’s needs. Since then, as Asheville and Western North Carolina have grown, so has the Museum. The Museum has expanded five times in its history to serve growing demand from community partners, members, visitors, educators, students and artists, and in response to the needs of housing and showcasing a growing permanent collection, a unique cultural resource for our region.

The planned major expansion and renovation project to create the new Asheville Art Museum is the next exciting step. Utilizing the current building footprint of the Museum, this environmentally friendly project calls for the historic preservation of the Museum’s North Wing (the 1926 Pack Library Building), renovation of existing Museum spaces and new construction to transform current disparate spaces into a new cohesive, coherent Museum. A visually stunning new glass entrance will provide a 21st century architectural landmark in downtown Asheville. The project will result in new exhibition galleries, collection and conservation facilities, a well-equipped education suite of classrooms and studios, a larger library and the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and café. The exterior will be sheathed in glass inviting the public in to art-filled spaces and lighted at night to illuminate Pack Square Park and the City center. The overall design dramatically transforms the Museum’s identity and establishes a vital new cultural center and arts destination in the city and the region.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that the Asheville Art Museum is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

The Asheville Art Museum’s Executive Director Pamela Myers said, “The Museum is honored to receive this prestigious award from the NEA in recognition of the design excellence of the new Museum and of the need for an expanded Museum to better serve our community as a vibrant center for inspiration and education and an economic engine driving the city and region’s continued growth.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at (arts.gov).

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (www.ashevilleart.org).

Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, will Host the State of the Arts Luncheon on Friday, May 16, 2014

April 30, 2014

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The Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, will host the State of the Arts Luncheon on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11:30am. This year’s event will be held at Clemson’s City Hall Community Room for the first time. Speakers representing the state, city and university will present programs on relative arts and culture issues and initiatives.

Featured this year will be Harriett Green from the South Carolina Arts Commission, Jennifer Folz the City Planner for the city of Clemson, and students, Brittany Lamont and Stephen Farrow representing Clemson University. Green will present an update on the cultural district legislation and the percent for art initiatives on the state and federal levels. Folz will speak on the cultural aspects of the city of Clemson’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan, and Lamont and Farrow will present a program on the University’s Center for Visual Arts Atelier in Site program.

The third annual Abernathy Art Award will be presented to a recipient that has made a significant impact on the arts in our area.

Tickets are $15.00 for members of The Arts Center and $20.00 for the general public. Lunch will be catered by Friends Farm.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at The Arts Center website (www.explorearts.org) or by calling 864/633-5051.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, Calls for Summer and Fall Interns

April 30, 2014

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, is currently looking for Summer and Fall 2014 interns. Intern duties and responsibilities include assisting the Gallery Coordinator in the areas of exhibition production, marketing, development, and special events.

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If you are interested in applying for an internship position at the City Gallery please e-mail your resume and contact information to (CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov).

For more information visit us at (http://citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com/internships/).