Archive for the ‘Hartsville SC Visual Arts’ Category

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions – Deadline Oct. 31, 2017

July 17, 2017

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is reviewing applications for 5 solo exhibitions for the 2018/19 season. Upload 15 images, image list, and CV to ( and share folder with ( or send materials to Ashley Gillespie, Coker College Art Dept., 300 East College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550 (SASE if you want it returned.). Gallery provides $300 towards shipping and $200 for a gallery talk. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2017. E-mail notifications will be sent out by early January. Prospectus: (, E-mail to ( Phone: 843/383-8156 or 843/621-3005.


Student Art Shows Taking Place in the Pee Dee of SC – Not Forgotten

April 5, 2016

As usual, and I don’t know why, but who ever is in charge of publicity – students or staff – at these universities and colleges in the Pee Dee region of SC, we never seem to receive this info about year-ending student exhibits before our deadline goes by.

Students – we’re not forgetting about you at Carolina Arts. And, for most of you it may be the last time you’re mentioned in our operations – even if you are mentioned. Coker College didn’t even include names for students who would have work presented in their Senior show and in this case it may have been their own fault, but the buck stops with their instructors.


Senior Shows at Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, opened on Monday, April 4, 2016. That show will continue through May 5, 2016.

Senior Shows are required of all studio art majors. They offer students an opportunity to share their works with friends family and the community.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am-4pm & Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-8pm while classes are in session. Summer hours are 10am-4pm.

Admission to all shows are free and open to the public. Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located on Coker College Campus inside the Gladys C Fort Art Building, 300 East College Ave. in Hartsville, SC, 29550.

For further information call the gallery at 843/858-7187, e-mail to ( or visit (


Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Presents Senior Art Exhibition

Pivot is a senior art exhibition featuring Shaira K. Lowery, Elizabeth Carter, Zachary Nivens, Tomasha McIntyre, Cole Fenters, Jonathan LaCross, and Tony Lockhart, on view at the Hyman Fine Arts Center, from Apr. 6 through May 7, 2016.

The gallery will display works from a photographer, a painter, and five designers that cover a broad spectrum including: package design, textiles, social issues, imagination, and illustrations.

The Hyman Fine Arts Center is open Mon. through Fri., from 8:30am-5pm.

For further information call 843/661-1385 or visit (

The Coker College Art Program in Hartsville, SC, has been granted Associate Membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

June 17, 2015


“NASAD accreditation is an affirmation of both the quality of the program and the commitment of its faculty,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson. “In particular, the efforts and leadership of the program chair, Professor Jean Grosser, are at the heart of this outcome.”

According to NASAD, accreditation involves an evaluation that determines if an institution or specific program achieves educational objectives and meets established standards. Reviews focus on education quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements. Associate membership is granted based on a program’s ability to meet curricular standards as well as a substantial portion of all other standards of the association.

“National accreditation is a great achievement for the Coker College art program,” said Jean Grosser. “This milestone is a result of the collaborative efforts of the art faculty to create a top-notch program that provides opportunities for our students to excel.”

NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design-related disciplines. The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides development for leaders of art and design schools and engages in policy analysis. For more information about NASAD, go to (

The mission of Coker’s art department is to teach students to think analytically and use art to express their ideas and demonstrate competencies in their major concentration. Students learn to communicate visually, orally and in writing. This mission is an essential component of the liberal arts. Students meld ideas from diverse areas of academe with their search for personal expression in their art production. Students who are engaged in art making as an extension of their total development are prepared for graduate study and multiple careers in the arts.

For further info call 843/383-8017 or visit (

Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Announce Winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”

June 14, 2015


The Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, have announced the winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”, on view at the Center’s Jean & James Fort Gallery and the Library, through June 30, 2015.

The Best of Show award went to “A Fence Hung Through Time,” by Katherine Askins, which was chosen from the 18 and Under category.

Carolinas category: Lee Benoy’s, “Drayton Hall Staircase” won 1st place and honorable mention awards also were given to Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” and “Oak Island Beach”.

Darlington County Travelers category: Charlie Simms’ “Sun and Ice” won 1st place and her “Moon Over Cuernos de Paine” won honorable mention. The other honorable mention was awarded to Susan Askins, for “A Room with a View”.

18 & Under category: Paula Merono’s “A Road Less Traveled” took 1st place. Receiving honorable mention awards were Luke Martin with “Dragon Fly” and Lizzy Askins with “BFF’s”.

Anything Goes category: 1st Place went to Anne Baldwin for “Wash Day” and honorable mentions went to Jo Robbins for “Airborne” and Mary Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

People’s Choice Awards: Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” at BCAC and Hartsville Memorial Library, May Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s “Carolinas” exhibit.

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville and the Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue in Hartsville.

For more information, please call 843/332-6234 or visit (

Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice Award

May 11, 2015

Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice award ($12,500), for their work “Consume”, which was announced on May 2, 2015, in Lake City, SC, home of ArtFields©.

Detail of “Consume” by Patz and Mike Fowle

Contemporary sculptors, Mike and Patz Fowle, share a passion for creativity and collaboration. They utilize innovative processes and various media to create unique sculptures for public and private collections. The couple’s largest work of art, “Big Bleu Birdnanna”, is a 23-foot tall, kinetic metal sculpture located in the Cultural Arts Corridor adjacent to the Florence County Museum in Downtown Florence, SC. Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle support the visual arts community as teaching artists and have been Artists-in-Residence as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

The Fowles offer the following artist statement, “Creating art is a wondrous journey from the conception of a juicy idea to the final aesthetics; it’s what propels our spirits as creative beings! With a whimsical and colorful and nod to contemporary culture, our mixed media installation “Consume” turns discarded plastic into a swirling school of fabulous, funky fish. As you walk around and through the installation you become part of the art. We hope to encourage the use of non-traditional art materials and to also spark dialog about post-consumerism waste and the plight of our oceans and fish due to plastics. After all, as the old saying goes, “You are what you eat!”

To see a list of other winners from ArtFields© 2015 visit (

To view more of their works visit (

Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit and Gallery Crawl” – Deadline May 29, 2015

May 7, 2015


The Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, will be hosting their annual community photography contest and exhibit in June. The “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit” will debut at the Hartsville Library and the Black Creek Arts Center with an opening reception and gallery crawl on June 4, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 18 -29, 2015. Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages who live, work or create in Darlington County, SC, are invited to enter.

“One of the great aspects of this event is the exhibition of the community’s photographers. Also working with Hartsville Memorial Library and its staff is a great example of the area organizations working together to bring unique arts-related shows and programming to our community,” said Allison Pederson, Executive Director of Black Creek Arts Council.

Four Categories include:
“Anything Goes” – If your photograph is abstract or digitally manipulated…there are no limits
“Carolinas” – If you have taken a photo in the Carolinas (any size)
“Darlington County Travelers” – If your photo has been taken outside North or South Carolina
“Photographers 18 and Under” – If you are 18 years of age or younger…anything goes

All photographs will be considered for Best of Show as well as entered into one of the categories listed above. Photographers choose their category. There will be one (1) winner with a cash award of $75 and two (2) honorable mentions for each of the categories and one (1) People’s Choice for each location. All winners will receive a ribbon.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s Carolinas exhibit.

For more information, contact Black Creek Arts Center by calling 843/332-6234, Hartsville Memorial Library, at 843/332-5115 ext 4 or e-mail to (, (, ( or visit ( and go to the events tab.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County.  BCAC’s offices are located at 116 West College Avenue.  The Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library is a group dedicated to serving and providing for the patrons of the library through programming, events, and fundraisers. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue.

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Entry for Juried Show – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

February 8, 2015


Artist CALL for ENTRIES!
Visit ( for full prospectus.

Best of Show $1000
1st Place $ 500
2nd Place $ 200
3rd Place $ 100

Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5pm Entry Deadline

Friday, March 20, 2015 Artists Notifications sent via e-mail.

Friday, March 27, 2015 10am-5pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Saturday, March 28, 2015 10am-2pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Sunday, March 29, 2015 2-4pm Final day to deliver accepted work to BCAC

April 2 – May 29, 2015 Exhibition Dates

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

For further info call 843/332-6234 or visit (

Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail Hold Open Jury for New Membership in Hartsville, SC – Oct. 24, 2014

September 11, 2014

The Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail will hold their next jury for new members on Friday, Oct. 24 at Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Oct. 24, 2014.

The ASCCT is open to artists and craftspeople working in all media listed below who live in the South Carolina Cotton Trail area – Florence County, Darlington County, Lee County, Chesterfield County or Marlboro County.

Accepted Media Categories: Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting, Paper, Photography, and Sculpture.

The jury is a live jury, and prospective artists are expected to bring five works representative of what they do to show to the jurors.  Artists will briefly discuss their work and their viewpoint as artists, then step out as the jurors review the work.  Artists will then be brought back in to answer any questions that might have come up, collect their work and leave. All artists will be e-mailed results along with a summary of jurors’ comments by the evening of the 24th.

Additional information and membership forms are available at the ASCCT website at ( under the Membership tab. There is a non-refundable jury fee, as well as a membership fee for those who are accepted.

Artists who plan to jury should contact Beth Wicker by e-mail at ( to be added to the jury list, or with any questions not answered on the web site. A schedule with jury times will be sent out prior to the jury date.

Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, Announces Winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”

June 12, 2014


The Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, has announced the winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”, on view in the Jean & James Fort Gallery, and at Hartsville Memorial Library, through July 31, 2914. The exhibit was sponsored by Sonoco and Darlington County Photography Club.

Congratulations to the following winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”:

Best of Show – Jim Boden, “Untitled III”

Carolinas 1st Place – Lee Benoy, “Twin Silos”
Carolinas 2nd Place – Rocky Collier, “Window to Heaven”
Carolinas 3rd Place – Jo Robbins, “Changing of the Guard”

D C Travelers 1st Place – Mary Lynn Daniels, “Guardian of the Trail”
D C Travelers 2nd Place – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
D C Travelers 3rd Place – Anne Baldwin, “Sail Away”

Anything Goes 1st Place – Suzanne Muldrow, “Memories of Bish”
Anything Goes 2nd Place – Taylor Schultz, “The Barrel”

People’s Choice, Library – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
People’s Choice, BCAC – Linda Humphries, “Lake City Tobacco Barn”

For further information call the Center at 843/332-6234 or visit (

Coker College Art Club in Hartsville, SC, to Feature Annual Student Competition

November 13, 2013


The Coker College Art Club’s annual student exhibition begins with a reception at 7pm, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Hartsville, SC. Merit awards and prizes will be presented at the opening, and light refreshments will be served. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The “41st Annual Student Competition” will exhibit a selection of the best student work from the past year. The exhibition is open for viewing through Nov. 26, 2013.

Work by Kara Suttle

Coker’s annual student exhibition is designed as a competition and includes entries from beginning through advanced students. This year, the judge will be John Rise, a professional artist whose paintings are currently on exhibit in the Cecilia Coker Bell Gallery.

Rise will select the pieces to exhibit, assign places and award prizes that have been donated by art manufacturers and suppliers. Judges for these shows are given free reign regarding a show’s size and focus, and the resulting shows have ranged from large and inclusive to small, theme-oriented exhibitions. As with all independent judges, Rise’s choices may support the opinions of faculty and peers, but his choices may also run counter to some of those opinions. In either case, this selection process has always served as a stimulus for critical discussion.

Rise received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. While pursuing his master’s degrees, Rise taught drawing and painting classes at the University of New Mexico, first as a graduate assistant and later as an adjunct professor.
Since 2005, Rise has taught drawing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was awarded the 2010-11 Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning and campus life.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.

For more information about the gallery, contact gallery director and assistant professor of art Larry Merriman at 843/383-8156 or visit (