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University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Exhibit of Exploring the Anatomical Body Through Apr. 1, 2016

March 21, 2016


The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is presenting “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body,” featuring a group exhibition including works by Melissa Gwyn, Dawn Hunter, Lisa Temple-Cox, and Mallory Wetherell, on view in the McMaster Gallery, through Apr. 1, 2016.

Please join us for the Closing Exhibition Reception Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, from 5:30-7:30pm.

The “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body” exhibition showcases anatomically and medically inspired contemporary art including drawing, painting, and ceramics. The artists in the exhibition employ their own connection to the study of medicine and/or anatomy through a wide range of applications and approaches.

This visual art exhibition will coincide with the two-day symposium “Art, Anatomy, and Medicine since 1700”. The symposium is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Provost’s Office and the School of Visual Art and Design, in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The related symposium will showcase scholarly papers that address visual, theoretical, cultural, historical and/or contemporary connections, relationships, conflicts and/or collaborations among the visual arts, anatomy/dissection, and medicine from the eighteenth century to the present.

The symposium will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Mar. 31 – Apr., 1, 2016.

McMaster Gallery is located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson. The gallery is free and open to the public and the hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm (closed weekends and all university holidays).

For more information contact: Shannon Rae Lindsey, Gallery Director by e-mail at ( or call 803/777-5752

Tri-State Sculptors 37th Annual Conference to be Held in Wilmington, NC – October 1-4, 2015

August 9, 2015


The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), in Wilmington, NC, are excited to host the 37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference. Located on the coast of North Carolina, Wilmington offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference. Installation artist Judy Pfaff, recipient of 2014 International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the weekend will be packed with panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions.

Tri-State has also partnered with the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County to feature work by Tri-State members in the Pedestrian Art series. Up to 24 works will be installed at various locations in Wilmington from April 2015 – October 2015 and will represent a wide range of artistic styles, themes and media.

Cape Fear Community College will host the “Tri-State Members Exhibit” at the Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery. The opening will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6-9pm.

Conference Coordinator Andi Steele said “This conference is open to anyone with an interest in sculpture and sculptural processes. We are offering numerous presentations, demos and round table discussions by Tri-State members on topics such as the business of art and a variety of sculptural processes. Five different sculpture exhibits and a wonderful keynote speaker round out the conference.”

Registration information can be found on the Tri-State webpage at (

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc. Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location.

Installation by Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the

37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 1:

3:30-5:30pm – Registration; UNCW Cultural Arts Building (CAB)

5:30-6:30pm – Gallery Reception for the exhibit, “Time, Movement, Balance & Space: Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran”; UNCW CAB Art Gallery

“37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Outdoor Members Exhibition”; UNCW Sculpture Yard

Friday, October 2:

8:30am-4:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Developing Art as a Business,” with Jim Gallucci. This presentation will cover how to get started and how to make a living, what you need to be thinking about along the way, and the entrepreneurial aspects of the art business. The 3 do’s and the 17 years that are involved in starting your art business.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Casting With Rock Salt,” with Brian Glaze. Casting with Rock Salt will show how you can melt store bought rock salt in a crucible style furnace. This is accomplished mainly in the same way that you would cast bronze or aluminum. With the use of a bronze style furnace it is possible to cast rock salt that melts around 1450°-1500° Fahrenheit. In a molten state, salt is a translucent orange color, which is quite dramatic! A limited number of participants will be able to cast with Brian. Molds must be pre-made. Based on the style and thickness of your mold and pattern, green and oil based sand molds are better to use. Investment and resin molds are possible, but at your own risk. Please contact Brian Glaze ( for more information and availability.

11:30am-12:30pm – “Hand in Hand: Digital Technologies and Traditional Stone Carving Methods in Sculpture”. Kathryn Cook, BFA in Sculpture, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro, independent artist; Felicia Dean, Academic Professional and Director of Digital Fabrication, Department of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina Greensboro; and Patricia Wasserboehr, Associate Professor in Sculpture and Drawing, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro. Digital fabrication technologies have been available to artists since the 1990’s and are increasingly available for widespread utilization across the globe. The ways in which sculptors conceive, develop, and produce sculpture are significantly altered by the use of 3D computer software, scanners, printers, and CNC milling. In this presentation, designers and sculptors will explore their recent studio practices as residents with the Digital Stone Project (DSP) in Gramolazzo, Italy, the access to the onsite CNC Milling machine that rough cut their models in marble, and where they finished them using traditional hand carving techniques. Each presenter will speak about their sculpture, 3D digital processes, and their learning experiences with the DSP.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “Paper Casting,” with Matthew Egan & Heather Muise. Handmade paper is a versatile, lightweight and strong material that can be used in a variety of ways including casting, mold making and as a textural surface element. This demonstration will show how to create paper from a variety of natural materials and how to use handmade paper and additives that aid in sheet formation, strength and variation to create three-dimensional forms. Tamping wet paper made of malleable fibers over dimensional objects such as plaster molds will be discussed and demonstrated. Everyone is invited to try their hand at papermaking.

2-3pm – “Chasing Stones and the Scholarly Pursuit,” with Matt Amante, Pitt Community College Fine Arts Professor, Tri-State Sculptors President. This presentation will cover Chinese Scholars’ Rocks and how their aesthetic criteria impacted my sculpture. This lecture chronicles how an obscure concept I came across in an art history course shaped my aesthetics, provided a topic for my thesis, and lead me to Asia for 40 days in pursuit of finding these objects.

3:15-4:15pm – “20 Low Cost or Free Ways to Promote Your Art,” with Melissa Walker, Artist and Marketing Director, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Take your art career to the next level with these easy, yet important ways to promote your art. Most are either free or very low cost and bring professionalism to your career that is needed is today’s competitive art market. Start with just one or try them all!

6-9pm – Gallery Reception for the “37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Members Exhibition”; CFCC Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery.

Saturday, October 3:

8:30am-12:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Panel Discussion: How They Are Doing It”. Panelists will discuss the various ways they make a living as sculptors.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Basic Blacksmithing and Forge Design,” with Justin Vorhis. This demonstration will be an introduction to the ideas and concept of forging steel. It will cover building a simple forge, types of fuel, and basic forging techniques. Anyone who would like to participate will have the opportunity to forge. Handouts with information for building a forge and what makes a good anvil will be available.

10:15am-11:15pm – “The Making of the Wilmington Fallen Firefighter Memorial,” with Ed Walker, Artist and Owner, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Follow along as Ed takes you through all the steps required to create a project of this magnitude. Starting with the idea, visualized as a 3-D animation flyby and using that as a proposal to the committee, the process is started. The next step is creating the model, scanning and enlarging to create a foam armature for the final clay surface. From there the traditional bronze casting process continues, but there is so much more. Dealing with the committee, fundraising ideas, arranging with contractors, including cement contractors, crane operators, lighting installation, construction delays and more! It is worth all the work once the final piece is unveiled. There was even a ride in a fire truck!

11:30am-12:30pm – “Patinas,” with Hanna Jabran. Hanna will demonstrate the application of various patina chemicals to bronze and aluminum. The processes demonstrated will be cold and hot patina application. Cold patina is a term used for special chemicals applied at room temperature, fumed, brushed or dipped. Cold patina takes approximately 24 hours or more to show results and usually are opaque colors and chalky. Hot Patina is applied with heat from a torch, where the metal is heated to approximately 200 degrees. The patina can be applied by airbrush, stippling or sponging. Hot patina is more controlled and can be layered to the desired color and opaque quality. After the application, the patina can be preserved by applying a coating of wax or a clear coat or lacquer.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “The Self-Built Propane Fired Melting Furnace,” with Carl Billingsley. This will be a demonstration of Carl’s self-built, reverbatory-type, propane fired  melting furnace. This furnace is designed so that it can be run using only a propane weedburner or similar type of self-contained portable burner (gravity fed Oil-burner, etc.). The system is designed to pour directly into molds that are brought to the furnace. This system avoids the necessity, expense and safety issues of commercial crucibles. No tongs, poring shanks, etc. are required. Perhaps the greatest advantage of this system, aside from not handling fragile crucibles full of hot metal, is that it can be operated single-handed. Although the system can be arranged to melt bronze, he will demonstrate aluminum casting for the conference. Bring a small ready to pour mold and aluminum if you’ve got it!

2-3pm – “Movement, Meditation & Making: Integrating Contemplative Practices,” with Maria Borghoff, Artist, Yoga Teacher. Movement, meditation and art making are all forms of contemplative practice that provide a unique set of tools for the individual to tap into an infinite source of creativity. Whether a contemplative practice is intended for personal health or growth, knowledge or spirituality, utilizing the tools of both ancient and modern practices can support any creative endeavor. This presentation will discuss the neurobiological effects of movement, meditation, and mindfulness and how these practices shape the brain, particularly for the creative process.

3:15-4:15pm – “History of Tri-State,” with Jim Gallucci. Learn how and why Tri-State was started, who the initial people involved were, and why we stay together. What the artistic climate was in the region at that time and how it has changed. What the future holds for Tri-State.

4:30-6:30pm – Judy Pfaff, Keynote address

7pm-Until – “Gathering of Sculptors,” at Hampton Inn. Come join us for dinner and conversation. You must purchase a ticket in advance to eat.

Sunday, October 4:

9am-11am – Business Meeting

For further information call Melissa Walker at 336/873-8291, e-mail to ( or visit (

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Presents Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty – Feb. 6, 2015

January 30, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty on Feb. 6, 2015, from 3:30–5pm in the Museum’s second floor south gallery. This event is free and open to the public.


Today, the ability of artists to express themselves through their work is often taken for granted. Many indigenous artists, however, confront challenges in the creation and display of their works. Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty will focus on these challenges, addressing topics such as: who has the power to control artistic expression, how indigenous artists use their power to address issues that face American Indians, and the power of indigenizing the curation process.

The program will involve a series of presentations by leading national and regional scholars including: Gabrielle Tayac of the National Museum of the American Indian, Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Nancy Palm of the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, and Christopher Olszewski of the Savannah College of Art and Design.  The presentations will be moderated by Stephen Criswell, director of the Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina – Lancaster.

“This program presents a fascinating opportunity to understand the various issues associated with American Indian artists and artistic expression in the contexts of traditional and contemporary art,” says Doug Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director. “Importantly, the presenters involved are not only well-respected scholars and artists, but several are members of Native American tribes. These experiences provide invaluable perspectives to the goals of this event.”

Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty is the fourth public program for McKissick’s exhibit “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”. This program is presented in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, to Host Symposium on African Art on Nov. 15, 2014

October 13, 2014

A special one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa,” will be held at Mint Museum RANDOLPH, in Charlotte, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 10amto 5:30pm. Presentations by leading scholars of African art will be capped by an Egungun masquerade by Oyotunji African Village Yoruba performers from Sheldon, SC.

The symposium accompanies an exhibition of African art at The Mint Museum, Arts of Africa, which includes objects from the museum’s permanent collection along with loans from several private individuals, with a significant number drawn from the collection of Michael Gallis of Charlotte. It also marks the publication of a new catalogue titled “Art in the Many Africas”. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Herbert M. Cole, professor emeritus in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who also wrote an essay for the catalogue.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Michael Gallis and Dr. Cole on both the catalogue and symposium,” said Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, the museum’s Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art. “Their generosity and their dedication to helping the museum develop and enliven this important area of its collection is inspirational.”

The Mint Museum has long been a leader in exploring global themes in art and relating them to the broader community. In addition to African art, Mint Museum Randolph hosts ongoing exhibitions from its permanent collections of European Art and Art of the Ancient Americas. And at Mint Museum Uptown, Dr. Stuhlman has organized an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Panama Canal, “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100”, and the museum is playing host to many affiliated events emphasizing the Charlotte region’s global ties. “Panama Canal at 100” is on view Nov. 1, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015.

“The Arts in Global Africa” symposium speakers include Cole along with Drs. Akinwumi Ogundiran, UNC Charlotte; Henry John Drewal, University of Wisconsin; Cécile Fromont, University of Illinois; Victoria Rovine, UNC Chapel Hill. Their presentations will focus on the interactions of Africa with the wider world, especially as reflected in the arts both within and outside the African continent. The masquerade performance will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a brief reception. Admission to the symposium is free and pre-registration is required at ( or by calling 704/337-2107.

Attendees will be able to choose a box lunch from Panera Bread at check-in on the morning of the symposium; these will be available on a cash-only basis, prices TBD.

What: Free one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa”

Where: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 10am – 5:30pm

Registration at ( or 704/337-2107

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. The Mint proudly offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via its renowned collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and scholarship.

Mint Museum Uptown houses an internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as outstanding collections of American and Modern & Contemporary Art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 175,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s dynamic center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium; the Lewis Family Gallery; art studios; a museum shop, and a critically-acclaimed restaurant, Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the Art of the Ancient Americas, Decorative Arts, Fashion, European and African Art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop.

For more information, visit (

USC Upstate Professor Bridget Kirkland Presents at Southeastern College Art Conference, in Sarasota, FL – Oct. 8-11, 2014

October 7, 2014


The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce that Bridget Kirkland will present a paper entitled, “Whaddya Say Jim, Time and Memory in Slices,” during the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference in Sarasota, FL, Oct. 8-11, 2014.

Kirkland’s paper will be presented during the themed session, “Reinventing Memory.”

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kirkland is a part-time professor of graphic design at USC Upstate and serves as a faculty design mentor for the STUDIO, a student-run design firm housed in the incubator at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Kirkland also serves an adjunct professor at Converse College. She is a digital artist at Bridget Kirkland Design and serves as the art director for a college-themed app scheduled for release in summer 2015.

For further info call Carolyn Farr Shanesy at 864/503-7419.

Art-Force and the National Rural Assembly will Host Cross-Currents: Art + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies in Greensboro, NC – Sept. 3-5, 2014

July 15, 2014


Art-Force and the National Rural Assembly are hosting a convening of rural practitioners and leaders, artisans and artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, policy makers and nonprofit organizations for three days of dialogue, workshops, and exploration of how partnerships between the creative arts and agriculture can produce innovative strategies for economic redevelopment and well-being in rural and economically distressed communities.

This three-day convening, to be held at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC, from Sept. 3-5, 2014, includes keynotes, workshops, dialogue and discussions, panels, innovative practice presentations, field trips, and tours to advance creative and critical thinking and solutions.

According to co-organizer Janet Kagan, Director of Art-Force, “Rural leaders, philanthropists, policy makers, creative thinkers, and entrepreneurs are realizing the transformative and sustainable power of artists-artisans-designers in facilitating healthier and inclusive futures for rural communities – from growing methods to delivery systems, and from repurposed buildings to networks of producers. This conference responds to the need for creative solutions to distressed economies whether in small rural towns, impoverished neighborhoods, or communities without resources and infrastructure.”

The opening keynote address “What If Everything You Thought About Rural Communities Was Wrong” will be delivered by Robin Rather, Founder and CEO of Collective Strength. Other session presenters include representatives from Americans for the Arts, ArtPlace America, ArtFields, BlackBelt Treasures, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Imagining America Reconsidered, LISC, LoMo Market, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Foodways Alliance, State of North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development, the Catalyst Initiative, Triangle Community Foundation, and USDA Rural Development.

The conference is organized around six themes: Artisan + Agricultural Entrepreneurs, Creative Infrastructure, Rural Ingenuity + Creativity, Getting to Scale, Attracting Investment and Philanthropy, and Policy. Full details and descriptions can be found at (

Onsite throughout the conference, participants will take part in art-based endeavors including designing and prototyping farm products and creating an interactive wall for new strategic alliances.

Conference information and registration is available at (

Art-Force is a non-profit organization that stimulates and diversifies economic development in distressed communities. They ally artists, designers, and creative thinkers with entrepreneurs, small businesses, educational institutions, and local agencies to reaffirm connections to place through cross-currents of artistic design and production. For further info e-mail to ( or visit (

The National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities. Participants include more than 500 local, regional, and national organizations based in 47 states and the District of Columbia. For further info e-mail to ( or visit (

4th Annual WNC Foto Fest to be Held in Montreat, NC – Sept. 12 – 15, 2013

August 7, 2013

Western North Carolina photographers Kevin Adams and Bill Lea invite all enthusiastic nature and outdoor photographers to the 4th Annual WNC Foto Fest September 12 – 15, 2013, in Montreat, NC. This year’s theme “From the Mountains to the Sea” offers a range of presentations by nationally known photographers, a photo contest, vendors showcasing the latest gear and time to meet and learn from other photographers.

Image by Bill Lea

Scott Hotaling is an adventure photographer who specializes in shooting hard-to-reach locations. As a featured speaker, Hotaling will provide insight into a range of topics related to taking an adventure mindset to nature photography. He’ll provide tips on photographing more remote locations and guidance on shooting landscapes in the Appalachians.

Each year WNC Foto Fest showcases a photographer who is making a difference with photography. Claire Waller is presenting this year’s program. Her topic “Rescue Me” chronicles her photographic work with the rescue and adoption of stray, abandoned, orphaned, mistreated, or simply unwanted dogs. Waller says it’s more like “who rescues who”. She was influenced by Stephanie Thomas who spoke at the 2012 event – documenting stories of women begging on the street in her hometown of Greensboro. Waller used that inspiration to move from primarily shooting landscape images to photographing rescue dogs. Like Waller, Foto Fest attendees will learn more about developing a personal project that demonstrates passion and inspires others.

image by Kevin Adams

There will be several other speakers throughout the weekend. South Carolina photographer Donna Eaton will present “Creative Tools for Creative Minds”. Photographer Jared Lloyd will share his years of experience photographing the wild horses of the Carolina coast. For those wanting to learn more about the technical side of photography Tom Vadnais will discuss “Fundamentals in the Field” and “Post-Processing Possibilities”.

A favorite feature of WNC Foto Fest is the photo contest. Prints for the first place winners in each category and the best of show winner will be unveiled on the event’s opening night and exhibited throughout the weekend. This year’s categories are:  Landscape, B & W Tones, Wildlife, Close-up, Hand of Man and Anything Goes. Entries in the contest must be received from registered attendees by August 12, 2013. All the contest details can be found on the WNC Foto Fest website.

image by Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams and Bill Lea will also present and each will host Thursday evening photography shoots. Lea will lead a group to Cataloochee where there’s an opportunity to photograph elk, whitetail deer, turkey, and the valley’s historical structures. Adams will demonstrate light painting – a night photography program, at Lake Susan on the Montreat campus.

WNC Foto Fest is a classroom style event. Many of the attendees are from the Carolinas and photographers come from around the country. Visitors are encouraged to spend time visiting and photographing Western North Carolina venues. There is a list of photographic opportunities provided on the event website including the Cradle of Forestry, the Blue Ridge Parkway and metro Asheville.

Adams and Lea have each authored several books on photography and nature. In 2010 they founded WNC Foto Fest as an opportunity to work together to share their collective experience and to build a photographic community of those wanting to learn in a fun, festival environment.

The registration fee is $165. ($95 for students). To learn more or to register visit (

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in Charlotte, NC, and Wells Fargo Partner to Present Henry Louis Gates and Kinsey Collection in a Symposium – June 27, 2013

May 3, 2013


The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture will launch its inaugural Gantt Symposium on Thursday, June 27, 2013, with Harvard University’s Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Gates will speak at 6:30pm at Knight Theater. The 2013 Gantt Symposium – sponsored by Wells Fargo – will also serve as the kick-off for the Center’s summer exhibitions which will include “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect”.

“With Wells Fargo’s generous support this year, we are joining with our institution’s namesake to host the Gantt Symposium,” said David Taylor, Gantt Center President & CEO.  “Our objective with the annual symposium is to engage Charlotte residents in conversation about important topics that we believe are relevant, not only to African-Americans, but to the community-at-large.”

Bernard & Shirley Kinsey

The Gantt Center will host an optional reception and guided preview of the Kinsey’s exhibit with collectors Bernard, Shirley and Khalil Kinsey immediately following the symposium at 8:15pm. Exhibition of the Kinsey Collection at the Gantt Center has also been underwritten by Wells Fargo.

“The Wells Fargo Foundation provides grants to support innovative educational programs in the arts, history and culture,” said Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo Charlotte Region Community Banking President. “Our support for the Gantt Symposium and the Kinsey Collection exhibition provides a unique opportunity for the community to experience the intersection of art, artifacts, history and legacy.”

Dr. Gates’ lecture, “Finding Your Roots,” will be a lively discussion about individual lineage and American history. Gates will address research and DNA analysis and will also share poignant family stories during the presentation. A Q&A session, facilitated by Harvey Gantt, will follow.

Dr. Gates wrote and produced the PBS documentary entitled “African-American Lives,” the first documentary series to utilize genealogy and science to provide an understanding of African-American history. His latest PBS special, “Finding Your Roots” examines the nation’s shared history as Dr. Gates peers into the family genealogies of a number of well-known personalities.

Wells Fargo is funding the national tour of the Kinsey Collection – an exhibition of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the story of African-American achievement and contribution – to honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,

Tickets to the symposium go on sale to the public May 1, 2013, at ( Seats are $20 – $35 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets to the post-event reception and preview of the Kinsey Collection on June 27 at the Gantt Center are available as an add-on for an additional $15.


Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American art. Please visit (

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, and has been credited with transforming the school’s African-American studies program. He is a literary critic, educator, scholar, writer and editor and has been named one of “Time” magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans. Gates earned a BA summa cum laude in History from Yale University. He continued his education at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, earning his MA and PhD in English literature, making him the first African-American to receive a PhD from the university.

The Kinsey Collection strives to educate, motivate & inspire Americans to learn more about the remarkable contributions of African-Americans in building America. The Kinsey Collection has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” and scores of television and radio shows and in newspapers and magazines nationally. It has been cited in three national awards including the nation’s highest honor, The President’s Medal for Museum and Library Services, and was selected one of the “Top Ten Exhibits to See in the World.” With their son Khalil, the Kinseys have developed a 198-page coffee table book that has been adopted by the State of Florida to teach African-American history, and a companion lecture series titled “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History.” The Kinsey Collection exhibition has been on display in eight museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, with an iteration of the collection showing at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World Resort through 2015.

For further info call the Center at 704/547-3700 or visit (

Phil Mechanic Studios and Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Business of Art Seminar – Apr. 11, 2013

March 29, 2013

Phil Mechanic Studios and Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center in Asheville, NC, will offer a Business of Art Seminar on Apr. 11, 2013, from 9am-4pm. This community seminar sheds light on the Business of Art or the Art of Business.

Join us on April 11 to hear all the regional business providers describe the services and funding sources available for artists. Phil Mechanic Studios and Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center,  in association with RiverLink, Self Help Credit Union (SHCU) and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), are pleased to present: “Shedding Light on the Business of Art:  An Intensive One-Day Workshop on Business Basics for the Artists of the Watershed.”

Phil Mechanic Studios will open their doors for this one-day-only, free seminar (with lunch included) that will engage you in topics such as:
Improving Your Credit Score

Licensing, Registration with the State, and Legal Considerations

Obtaining Funding

Developing a Business Plan

Growth Strategies

Marketing, Pricing, Preparing a Professional Portfolio, and the Appropriate Use of Social Media

Each topic will be discussed by a group of experts in the field and then opened up for questions from the audience.  In addition to members of the four sponsor organizations, panelists will include, among others, representatives from AB Tech’s Small Business Center, Asheville Grown, the City of Asheville, Eagle Market Street Development, Handmade in America, Mountain BizWorks, the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling, SCORE, the Small Business Administration (SBA),  The Support Center, Venture Asheville and from the consulting firm, Who Knows Art.

Two special sessions will round out the day:  one that will present two artists in front of a select group of experts and give them the opportunity to present issues/problems/needs facing their business and receive feedback and a second that will wrap up the day with “success stories” that will inspire and empower you.

Participating artists will include Sean “Jinx” Pace, Melissa Terrezza, Jeremy Russell, and others.

This one-day event is FREE and open to all artists in the Watershed, but registration is required in order to assure seating and lunch. Register today by calling 828/252-8474 ext. 10.