Archive for December, 2019

The January 2020 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

December 31, 2019

Better than watching a slow clock go to midnight!

The January 2020 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/120/120carolinaarts.html) – all 50 pages of it.

On our cover this month is a work by Sally Sutton, who will be the featured artist at Carolina Creation’s ArtWalk on Jan. 10, from 5-8pm, in New Bern, NC. You can read about the exhibit in our Jan. 2020 issue, on Page 19, found at (www.carolinaarts.com).

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 February 2020 issue will be January 24 at 5pm.

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

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition” – Deadline March 1, 2020

December 27, 2019

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, set to take place April 29-May 3 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “SANKOFA”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall, opening on the first day of the Arts Fest, April 29, 2020, and remaining on view until June 19, 2020. A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator of the exhibition. Artwork submitted for consideration does not have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. The application is available online at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of present-day Ghana. It is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Today, it is more simply interpreted as “go back and get it.” Sankofa also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people to represent the same idea, with one version appearing as a stylized heart shape and the other by a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward, its head turned backwards, and its mouth carrying a precious egg. Both the word and the symbols represent the concept of remembering our past in order to protect our future. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of sankofa. Entries must incorporate one of the two Sankofa symbols (heart or bird).

Following the close of the exhibition, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The 14th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition: SANKOFA” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 29-June 19, 2020, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, e-mail to (mailto:mculturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 19th Annual Statewide Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline March 15, 2020

December 27, 2019

Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 19th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects selected for the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held April 29-May 3, 2020. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Karen Watson. Watson has been the Executive Director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, since 2005. Before assuming the directorship, her professional background was in biomedical research. Watson’s path from biomedical research to gallery director is not as unlikely as it seems on the surface. She and her former husband were serious collectors of contemporary art. They had the opportunity to meet and befriend many artists and arts professionals within the state and beyond. Watson has a passion for the visual arts and the Sumter County Gallery of Art. She is committed to presenting challenging contemporary and traditional art exhibitions by culturally diverse artists and providing art education opportunities to all the citizens of Sumter County – an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state isolated from the major art centers of the US. Watson served as the juror for the “2009 Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Juried Exhibition” at Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum (Myrtle Beach, SC), was a juror for the inaugural “CCA 701 Prize” in 2012 at 701 Center For Contemporary Art, (Columbia, SC), and has been a judge for several local art competitions throughout the years.

The 19th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display April 29-May 3, 2020, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8:30pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 15th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline Feb. 25, 2020

December 27, 2019

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the fifteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).

The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for the 2020/21 exhibition is Daniel T. Beck. Beck was first exposed to public sculpture as a child through his family’s business, Tatti Conservation. He has worked with his family since 1990 on conservation projects such as the collection at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. In 2018, Beck was a juror for the “Rosen Outdoor Sculpture” competition in Boone, NC. He is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft near Asheville, NC, where he has worked since 2011, facilitating blacksmithing, fabrication, foundry, and sculpture workshops. He maintains a studio practice at his shop in Spruce Pine, NC, and is about to start his third year teaching incarcerated artists through the AMCI/Penland Prison Arts Partnership.

The 15th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display April 29, 2020, through March 21, 2021, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Calls for Entries for “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” – Deadline Jan. 22, 2020

December 27, 2019

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a Call For Entry for the “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show”, which will open on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County, and is known as the winter art event on the Outer Banks that brings out the most original work by local and regional artists. “Being raised on the Outer Banks, the Frank Stick Show has always been ‘The’ local show to enter and attend,” said Dare County Arts Council staff member Louise Sanderlin. “The work is always exceptional in execution, diverse in media and subject…it never disappoints. I am elated that Dare County Arts Council is able to continue to honor Glenn Eure, by presenting the ‘Eure Best In Show’ award. Recipients should be thrilled to receive such a prestigious award among their comrades and never forget all of the work Glenn did to create such a loving, treasured show and thus an extraordinary artist community.”

Artists wishing to participate in the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” can find the prospectus online at (DareArts.org/frankstickshow) and at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo. The show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members.

Artwork can be dropped off on Tuesday, January 21 or Wednesday, January 22 between 10am and 5pm at the DCAC Gallery, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954.

Artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at College of the Albemarle Christina Weisner will judge the show. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpture and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in World Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (2006) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sculpture and Ceramics from University of Texas at Austin (2010). Her work explores complex relationships between objects, humans, and the natural environment.

“I am honored to be the judge for this event that brings the local arts community here on the Outer Banks together year after year,” said Christina Weisner. “I am very much looking forward to seeing the diversity of work that this important annual show typically attracts.”

The show’s opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 6-8pm at Dare County Arts Council. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring an award for the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” can contact Chris Sawin by e-mail at (dareartsinfo@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

The show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, who was instrumental in having miles of the Cape Hatteras Seashore designated as the first National Seashore. The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 25.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (DareArts.org). Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Visit A Museum for Free During the Holidays and Beyond on Bank of America

December 20, 2019

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America cardholders
DECEMBER 26 – 31 and first full weekend of each month.

Bank of America believes in the power of the arts and makes art more accessible to their customers through their Museums on Us® program. Now in its 22nd year, Museums on Us® offers free admission to more than 220 cultural institutions nationwide during the first full weekend of every month, and the Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to be a continuing partner in this program.

This holiday season Bank of America will offer their valued cardholders six additional days of free general admission through Museums on Us to participating cultural institutions, from 12/26 through 12/31. Additionally, the program takes place the first full weekend (Sat and Sun) of each month.

This promotion offers one free general admission to individual cardholder at participating cultural institutions. A Photo ID with valid Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (US Trust) credit or debit card must be presented. This offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with other offers. This offer also excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed exhibitions.

This includes Museums in North Carolina:
Asheville Art Museum
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Levine Museum of the New South
Mint Museum Randolph
Mint Museum Uptown
Greensboro Children’s Museum
Marbles Kids Museum
Cameron Art Museum
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This includes Museums in South Carolina:
Gibbes Museum of Art
EdVenture Children’s Museum
Upcountry History Museum
EdVenture Myrtle Beach

For further info visit (https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture/partners.html#fbid=9tbEK-L8y3U).

A Trip to Florence, SC, to See Some Art

December 7, 2019

I just made a post on our blog “Carolina Arts Unleashed” about a trip I made to Florence, SC, to see a couple of exhibits. You can view it at (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/?p=3427). It was the first time I’ve been back to Florence to see some art in about five years and things have really changed. I got a look at the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s new national exhibit at the new Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence and the Jim Boden exhibit at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery. Check it out.


Work by Ashley Arakas, Best of Show in the Watermedia exhibit


Work by Jim Boden from the “Out of Paradise” exhibit