Archive for January, 2019

The February 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

January 31, 2019

Editor’s Note: We’re launching early again this month as so many events will take place on Feb. 1st

The February 2019 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/219/219carolinaarts.html) – all 56 pages of it.

On our cover this month we bring you the Letter “R” by Claire Farrell of Columbia, SC. The work is part of the exhibit, “A is for Art,” a collection of 26 mixed media monotypes, one for each letter in the alphabet, on view at City Art in Columbia through Mar. 30, 2019. You can read all about the exhibit on Pages 15 & 16 of this issue.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our March 2019 issue will be Feb. 24 at 5pm. That only leaves us 4 days to put that issue together, so don’t be late – in fact, be a pal and be early this month. I mean it this month – I kind of jumped the gun last month.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds New Quilt Blocks

January 29, 2019

#242 A-D & #243 Citizens of Westminster Project

The City of Westminster is an attractive historic community with lots of southern charm. Strolling down Main Street notice the many hand painted quilt blocks that line the street. The newest additions are the eight new quilt blocks in the downtown area. Four of the quilt blocks are located in the historic Depot parking lot; these 2ft. x 2ft. blocks are replicas of quilts made by local residents. The other four 1ft x 1ft blocks are located on power boxes on East Main Street.

Quilt #242 A: Claudia’s Star
The South Carolina Star is the creation of Claudia Spearman. The pattern comes from The Quilter’s Cache by Marcia Hohn. Claudia is a longtime resident of Westminster. We’re proud to include her quilt. Claudia plans to make a pillow from her quilt block, and her mother will hand quilt the piece.

Quilt #242 B: Denise’s Design
Denise McCormick is an avid quilter and already has two UHQT quilt blocks in town. This quilt is a Sassafras Lane design. Check out her other blocks—one on the depot and one across from the water tower. Although not a native of Westminster, Denise and her husband have lived here for many years and are very active in the town. They love this area and are proud to call it home.

Quilt #242 C: Paige’s Star
Paige Price, also a lifelong resident of Westminster, likes to quilt when she can work it into her busy schedule with the school system. The design on her quilt block is a pattern called Lindy’s Star by Linda Hayes.

Quilt #242 D: Rebecca’s Star
Also a lifelong resident, Rebecca’s Star is part of a quilt Beckie DeFoor finished several years ago. Bright, vivid colors are the hallmark of this quilt. Now retired from the school system, ‘Beckie’ spends lots of time at her sewing machine. She is also very active in the painting of the quilt blocks with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

Quilt #243
The four 1ft. x 1ft. quilt blocks on Main Street were the inspiration of Sandy Brockington. She thought the power boxes on Main Street were unattractive and organized a group to commission the UHQT to paint quilt blocks for them. These ‘flowers’ are part of a quilt entitled, “The Garden Club” from Smith Street Designs. The quilter, Beckie DeFoor is proud to have her quilt represented.

Local residents including residents Kathy Barker, Sandy Brockington, Beckie DeFoor, Denise McCormick, Kathy Smith, and Mildred Spearman who helped the artists on the quilt trail paint these beautiful quilt blocks. The citizens of Westminster contributed to the funding to support this project.

There are currently 144 quilts on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Oconee County. Westminster is proud to have 24 of them within the town limits on their walking/driving trail. In addition, another 13 quilt blocks are sprinkled throughout the Westminster area.

For additional information on the City of Westminster, Oconee County Oconee County and latest updates and interactive map visit (www.uhqt.org).

Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Calls for Entries – Deadline is Mar. 31, 2019

January 29, 2019

The Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, is pleased to feature the Apr. 7 – May 17 – “2019 All Media Juried Art Show” in a six-week long exhibit this spring. The location of the gallery is 1027 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

There will be a total of $1200 in prize money awarded. Both two and three-dimensional work may be submitted. Prize offerings will be $500 first place, $300 second place, $200 third place, and $100 fourth place, with four honorable mentions, $25.00 each. All work to be considered must be original – conceived and created by the artists. The fee is a non-refundable $10 for each entry. There is no limit on the number of pieces that an artist may enter. The juror is Mark Gordon, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art at Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Deadline for entry is Mar. 31. 2019.

The “Call for Artists” will bring in artists from the Roanoke Valley, Lake Gaston, and surrounding areas in Virginia and North Carolina. The Rules and Application are available at (www.Halifaxarts.org). The public is invited to the opening Awards, Sunday, April 7th (3:00-5:00 pm.) as well as the Sip n’ See, at Halifax County Arts Council, on Roanoke Avenue, Monday, April 8t (6:00-8:00 pm.)

Artist/President of Lake Country Artisans Guild, Sarah Bolduc, remarks, “Halifax County Art Council Gallery, in Roanoke Rapids, is an exceptional exhibit opportunity with great wall and open space. Excellent lighting enhances the exhibit. Plus, there is plenty of parking around the gallery and across the street. The receptions offer find food and beverage, as well as vibrant artistic conversation.” Exhibit Chairwoman, Carol Moseley, says, “I look forward to chairing this exhibit!”

For more information call 252/537-8657 or visit (http://www.halifaxarts.org).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Artists to Participate in Several Exhibits

January 29, 2019

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has placed an open call for artists to submit artwork in 2019 for the following open shows: “Balance”, “Figure & Form” and “Small Wonders – Small Works”. TC Arts will also host the White Squirrel Photo Contest and the July 4th Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase. “These are all opportunities for local artists of all ages and mediums to be in an art exhibit”, said Tammy Hopkins, executive director of TC Arts. “We just ask that they follow the theme presented at each exhibit. We are proud that we have 425+ artists a year participate in the TC Arts Council’s gallery exhibits.”

“Balance” an open art exhibit will accept all mediums that fit the theme. It is up to each artist to interpret the theme. The exhibit will run from May 24 – June 21. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on May 20 or 21. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on May 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

The 2019 White Squirrel Photo Contest will be on display in downtown Brevard from May 24 – 27 as part of the White Squirrel Festival weekend. Each photographer may enter up to two photos. There is $5 entry fee, per photo, that goes towards the awards. Photos may be delivered to the TC Arts Council from April 15 – May 17. Judging will happen on May 20. To get a list of the rules and an application e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net).

“Figure & Form” is an open art exhibit that will hang in the TC Arts Gallery from Sept. 27 – Oct. 18. All mediums will be accepted, as long as it fits the theme. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on Sept. 23 or 24. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 27 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

“Small Wonders – Small Works” is an open show from Nov. 22 – Dec. 20. All mediums will be accepted, artwork just needs to fit the theme. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on Nov. 18 or 19. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

The TC Arts Council will present the 47th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on Main Street during the 4th of July Celebration. TC Arts Council juries in more than 40 visual artists to sell their artwork on West Main Street – the Art Block during the festival. The event takes place in conjunction with the Heart of Brevard’s annual 4th of July Celebration and the Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show. Artists who apply should have their own tents and display items. This is a juried show with a fee.

To get more information on any of the exhibits or to request an application e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net) or call 828-884-2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. TC Arts is a 501-c3 non-profit arts organization promoting arts in Brevard and Transylvania County and beyond.

Call for Applications for the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, SC – Deadline Jan. 31

January 29, 2019

Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach companion festival to Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 (+) local and regional artists and more than 700 arts events–literary, visual and performing arts–against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

MISSION
Piccolo Spoleto’s mission has always been to connect Spoleto Festival USA to the entire community by making the festival experience available to everyone, regardless of social, physical or economic considerations. Its presentations impart lightheartedness, vitality and energy to this most comprehensive of the world’s great arts festivals. The Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit has a goal of presenting the work of South Carolina artists in a free open air venue the entire community can enjoy.

ELIGIBILITY
All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
Artists may submit via e-mail 4 digital photographs representing original artwork and one photograph of your outdoor booth setup (or an image that shows a collection of your work hanging on a wall so scale and finished presentation of your work can be evaluated) • Images must be in jpg format and be a minimum file size of 1500 pixels on the long side • Photographs submitted must not have any identifying information such as the name of or a picture of the artist • Original 2D media are eligible • Artists who provide more or less than 4 images of work, fail to provide one of the booth (or display wall) or who have identifying information in photos will be disqualified • Digital photographs must be sent via e-mail to (psoaesubmission@gmail.com).

JUDGING
Artists who have exhibited in the previous year are invited to return to this year’s exhibit. Therefore, the number of available spaces will depend on the number of people who will not return from last year. A panel of working arts professionals will select artists to participate. Only submissions which meet the stated guidelines and agree to follow Rules and Responsibilities will be considered.

RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. All applicants must submit a $40 application fee payable to Washington Park Art Show. If accepted, all artists must send a check for the booth fee of $400.00.
2. It is the goal to have artists actively represent their work during the exhibit. Therefore artists are required to be at their booth representing their work for at least 75% of the time (12 of the 16 days). Artists booths are required be open and artwork represented for all 16 days (May 24 – June 8, 2019) of the show. Hours of the show are 10am to 5pm Mondays through Thursdays and 10am to 6pm Fridays through Sundays.
3. Artwork is to be displayed in a professional tent supplied by the artist. Craft Hut (www.crafthut.com) or Light Dome (www.lightdomecanopies.com) style tents are acceptable. “Easy Up” style tents ARE NOT acceptable. Artists must also have a professional looking display wall to support the artwork. All tents must be weighted and/or staked for the duration of the show to help prevent damage from wind and rain.
4. At all times, at least seventy-five percent (75%) of works displayed on screens must be originals. Work in bins, on tables and portfolios will be left to the discretion of the artist. However all works should be labeled as original, giclee, limited edition print, mono-type, etc. No t-shirts or other “craft” type
merchandise will be allowed.
5. Eligibility for awards. All work to be judged must be original. The name of the work and the medium should appear on or with each piece. You must be setup by 9:00 AM on Friday May 24, 2019 to be eligible for judging.
6. Spaces are 10×10 feet. All artists must set up within their marked spaces.
7. Security: Off duty police will patrol during evening hours the show is not open from Thursday May 23, 2019 through Saturday June 8, 2019.
8. A city of Charleston business license and SC Retail License is required and they will be checked by a city employee, so the license should be kept on premises. Sales Tax in Charleston County is 8.5%. Artists will keep 100% of all sales made during the exhibit.
9. Exhibitor agrees not to smoke in Marion Square.
10. Exhibitor shall return the premises to the condition in which they were in prior to occupancy.
11. Any violation of the terms the PSOAE Rules and Responsibilities will result in the exhibitor not being allowed to participate in the PSOAE the following year.

For questions about the application process or the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit, please contact either of the coordinators: Vicki Ellis by e-mail at (Plattellis24@gmail.com) or call 843/425-6102 or Lesley Johnson by e-mail at (ljohn16123@aol.com) or call 843/276-3394 (cell).

HUB-BUB Artists Create Mosaic Portrait of Home in Spartanburg, SC

January 29, 2019

HUB-BUB, a division of Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, announces its Artists-in-Residence Public Art Project around the theme of “Home.” Marisa Adesman and Ambrin Ling will create over 100 small paintings for a single series that pictures the many, diverse visions of home as contributed by individual community members in the Spartanburg area.

Ambrin Ling a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago says, “The motivation behind this project was that we wanted to use painting as a way to connect with individual Spartanburg residents and to learn about its identity as lived by members of different communities.”

Between January and July, the resident artists at the Creative Placemaking Studio which is located inside Chapman Cultural Center, will engage the community of Spartanburg County with a series of prompts around the theme of “Home.” The project will focus on encouraging the community to envision the individual’s notions of home as a space for defining their lived-experience in Spartanburg. In other words, this project seeks to answer to the question: What does home look like to me?

Marisa Adesman, from New York, is a recent graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. “In the process of making this work, we hope to foster empathetic connections between community members by allowing people to actually see the ways in which individual lives differ and intersect in an overall image of life in Spartanburg,” says Marisa about the project.

“A Mosaic Portrait of Spartanburg” will result in a gallery exhibition where all of the paintings will be on display to the public at the Artist Guild Gallery, from June 1-30, 2019. During the opening reception of the exhibit, Ambrin and Marisa will give a talk about the project, their process, and the outcomes. By interweaving multiple narratives, this project will not only help foster empathy between community members, it will both refine and complicate our shared understanding of Spartanburg as home.

The artists are encouraging the entire community to participate in the project. The public can participate in the following ways:

E-mail (eKocher@spartanarts.org) with an image or a story of how you see your individual home

Stop by the Creative Placemaking Studio during open studio hours and chat with the artists

Visit the HUB BUB Website (www.hub-bub.com) or Facebook Page @hubbubsc to learn more about events happening in your neighborhood.

HUB-BUB is an artist-in-residence program hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, designed to provide time and space for emerging artists to live free and create. Two residencies will be offered to studio artists for 11-months, from September 2018 – July 2019, during which the artists will receive a monthly stipend, studio space, and housing with utilities paid. During their residency, artists are expected to hold regularly scheduled open studio hours for 15 hours each week during which they will be available to discuss their work and their process with the public. Visit (www.hub-bub.com).

Our mission is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Visit our website at (https://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/) to learn more.

Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers The Ceramics Series

January 29, 2019

The Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, offers The Ceramics Series Programs which take place at Mint Museum Randolph unless otherwise noted. The Programs are free and open to all.

January 29, 2019, at 10am ***
Curator’s Tour at Mint Museum Uptown -“Michael Sherrill Retrospective “ Exhibition- Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

February 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
STIMULUS – What inspires artists to create? An Interactive program coordinated by Bob Scheer, VP of Development, McColl Center for Art + Innovation

February 25, 2019, at 10am ***
Porcelain and Place: Thinking Through Ladislav Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware Sets Emily Pazar, Assistant Editor, Art Reference at Oxford University Press New York, New York, & Former Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

March 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

March 25, 2019, at 10am
Making a Big Intricate Ceramic Platter, Film and Talk
Herb Cohen, Ceramic Artist

April 10, 2019, at 5:30pm
Folk Art Ceramics-Catawba Valley Pottery
Dr. Allen Huffman, Collector

April 29, 2019, at 10am
History of Salt Firing
Kira Campbell, Ceramic Artist and Instructor

*** Space is limited, Reservations required at (https://mintmuseum.org/events/).

Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Calls for Participation in She Festival – Deadline Feb. 20, 2019

January 29, 2019

Celebrating Women in the Arts, the She Festival is now accepting applications. Calling all womankind; painters, dancers, musicians, poets, performers and more, regardless of experience or education in any art field, ages 13 and up. It’s time to shout! Shout your talents!

Apply to be part of the only festival showcasing women in the arts in 2 one-of-a-kind shows, March 2019, Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC.

She Festival is a grassroots organization promoting women in the arts. Connecting all womankind in arts community with the wider public by providing a platform to discuss issues that affect women both locally and globally.
Did you know? Sponsorship forms are available to all participants, request one today e-mail (shefestivalsc@gmail.com).

Visit applications page at (http://www.shefestival.org/) for more information.

Award Winners Announced at “CraftHiltonHead2018” Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, SC

January 29, 2019

Fine art craft artists from 24 states competed for cash prizes at “CraftHiltonHead2018”. This national, juried craft exhibition showcases over 100 two and three dimensional high-quality craftworks from over 60 featured artists at Art League Gallery of the Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC.

The award winners were announced at the Awards Reception on Dec. 5, 2018. The winning selections were chosen by two nationally-recognized jurors, Linda Bloom and Patricia Willcox. $4,000 in prizes were awarded.

View the prize winners plus many more one-of-a-kind crafts available for inspired gift-giving. Don’t miss this exclusive presentation on display, and for sale, now through December 29, 2018.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, next to the box office. Art League Gallery now open every day, Mon. – Sat., 10am – 4pm & Sun., 12 – 4pm plus 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.

“Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships” is Art League of Hilton Head’s mission.

Artwork Examples:

First Place – $1500 Prize – “Redemption”, Acrylic, Oil, Wood, Iron, Metal Leaf by Aldo Muzzarelli from South Carolina

Second Place – $1000 Prize – “Vertural Humanity”, Ceramic by David Zahn from Illinois

Third Place – $600 Prize – “A Friend of Lucian”, Wood, Acrylic Paint by James Harney from Illinois

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “The Seven Bases”, Ceramic, Wood by Yelitza Diaz from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Viking”, Terra Cotta by Sheri Farbstein from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Persian Garden”, Fiber by Ron Hodge from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Carbon Copy”, Paper Mache’, Paper Coil by Flavia Lovatelli from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Dreamcatcher”, Silver, Copper, Agate, Labradorite, Sandstone, Wood by Kelly Noonan from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Pelican Teapot”, Pewter, Silver by Bill Price from Tennessee

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Nature’s Mood”, Wood, Metal, Fiber, Cloth by Joan Siem from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Shiva”, Tulip Poplar by Hutch Traver from North Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Ascending from Earth to Sky”, Mixed Media by Maxine Uttal from South Carolina

For further information call 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Tyrone Geter One of Neema Fine Art Gallery’s Artists in Charleston, SC, is Awarded Residency to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY

January 28, 2019

Neema Fine Art Gallery artist, illustrator and educator, Tyrone Geter has accepted an invitation from The Corporation of Yaddo to participate in a 3 week residency at the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, from Feb. 21-Mar. 13, 2019. In accepting the invitation, Geter will join the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished and iconic artists in both 20th and 21st centuries who have taken up residency at Yaddo. American novelist and short story writer, John Cheever, wrote that the “forty or so acres on which the principal buildings of Yaddo stand have seen more distinguished activity in the arts than any other piece of ground in the English-speaking community and perhaps the world.”

Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 74 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, and a Nobel Prize. Notable Yaddo artists through the turn of the millennium include James Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence, Langston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Martin Puryear, Katherine Anne Porter, Amy Sillman, Clyfford Still, and David Foster Wallace. More recent guests include Terry Adkins, Laurie Anderson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sheri Fink, and Matthew Weiner. Yaddo currently welcomes approximately 220 guests a year from all over the world. Though much has changed since 1900, Yaddo’s mission has remained constant. In recent years the Board of Directors has reasserted Yaddo’s commitment to aesthetic daring, social egalitarianism and internationalism, and the support of artists at political risk.

In a career that spans across two continents, Tyrone Geter has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. The recently retired Associate Professor of Art at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, grew up in Anniston, AL, during a time defined by strict segregation laws and social injustice. With a population of less that 25,000, Anniston was a site of numerous acts of racial violence during the Civil Rights Era. The immediacy of these events and an inherited legacy of spiritual strength and fortitude against all the odds inform and shape Geter’s work.

Geter received his Master’s of Fine Art from Ohio University in 1978 with an emphasis on painting and drawing. In 1979, Geter relocated to his beloved and deceased wife’s home country of Zaria, Nigeria, a move that proved to be a turning point in his development and growth as an artist. For seven years he lived, drew and painted among the Fulani and local people of Northern Nigeria. During this period he created numerous paintings that captured the richness and depth of the cultures of Northern Nigeria. He describes the experience as an experience that taught him ”to understand the nature of life in a society where life was nature and sometimes both hard and cruel.” Those seven years in Nigeria proved to be the most important influence in his life and art. He returned to the United States in 1987 and a teaching position at the University of Akron where he transformed his experience in Nigeria into the most powerful work of his career.

His work has been exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC, Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, OH; Hampton Institute College Museum, Hampton, VA; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, to name a few. His honors include first place, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC; first place Robert Duncanson Award from Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH; artist fellowship grant from Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, Boston, MA and grant from Columbus, Ohio Arts Council.

Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is quoted as saying, “Geter has distinguished himself as a consummate realist able to render in spirit and form a world of peoples–especially black people. His eyes, honed over decades, miss no characteristic gestures, nor do they overlook any hidden features of peculiar interest. His grasp of color allows him to express skin tones with unmatched radiance and accuracy. His hands deftly outline with elegance and power the physical features of his subjects.” Gaither goes on to say, “It cannot be questioned that he knows how to construct space, and fill it with figures and artifacts whether drawn or painted, of exceptional beauty and grace. In short, Geter is a fully developed wizard of his media, endowed with enormous psychological perception and intellectual wit, and he has shown repeatedly that he can coral these powers in the production of his art.” Gaither concludes that, “Tyrone Geter creates compositions that indisputably speak of black realities from black perspectives, while they are also profoundly American. Through pathos, humor and acidic commentary, Geter’s art presents a new visual vocabulary for America’s intractable problems of racial justice, social acceptance, and collective healing.”

Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art said, “Geter explores through his art the thorny issue of uniting different ethnicities in America and understanding each other without stereotypes. Tyrone takes that on,” South said. “He’s not a politician, and yet he is. By default, he makes statements that people listen to, and that’s powerful.”

Geter himself said, “My work is not supposed to allow you to walk past and not feel. I believe that one of our problems in society is that we’ve learned not to care. We see something happening to someone, we say ‘oh, wow, that’s too bad,’ and you go on about your business and that keeps happening. Mine was to make us feel like we are one with the human race.”

Geter is represented by Neema Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC’s newest art gallery featuring original works of art by both established and standout emerging African-American artists who are from or who currently reside in South Carolina. Located at 3 Broad St., Ste. 100, and positioned at the start of Charleston’s Historic Gallery Row, ironically Neema Fine Art Gallery is located in the former home of Walkers, Evans and Cogswell, printers of lithograph copies of the Articles of Secession and Confederate money and bonds. It is rumored that the basement of 3 Broad was also part of the Underground Railroad.

Gallery owner, Meisha Johnson says she, “can’t think of a better artist on which to bestow the honor of a residency at Yaddo upon at this critical point in history than artist, illustrator and educator Tyrone Geter. Tyrone consistently and unequivocally produces groundbreaking work that affirms, uplifts, challenges and reveals, consequently creating a path to racial and social healing. We look forward to seeing what works Tyrone is inspired to create as a result of his experience at Yaddo.”

For additional information, contact Meisha Johnson, Owner, Curator & Gallery Director at Neema Fine Art a Gallery at (neemagallery@gmail.com), call 843/353-8079 or visit (www.neemagallery.com).