Archive for the ‘Lancaster SC Visual Arts’ Category

South Carolina Archival Association Honors Brent Burgin with Endowment Fund

December 7, 2018

At its annual meeting in October, the South Carolina Archival Association read and passed a resolution creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center’s Archivist, Brent Burgin. The fund was designed to help new archivists learning their craft.


The South Carolina Archival Association is creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of Native American Studies Center Archivist Brent Burgin, pictured with SCAA President Beth Bilderback.

Money from the endowment will assist new archivists in purchasing new professional development materials and literature to help them perform their job duties.

Beth Bilderback, President of the SCAA and Visual Materials Archivist at the University of South Carolina’s Caroliniana Library, said that she came up with the idea of setting up an endowment in Burgin’s honor to recognize the work he has done not only for the Association, but also for his work with archives in South Carolina.

“When you go through school and you have a new job, usually new jobs don’t pay a lot, especially if you’re working in a smaller institution or organization that doesn’t have a budget for those sort of things,” said Bilderback. “We felt it would be a good way to assist our membership, as well as honor Brent for what he’s done.”

Burgin has been a member of the SCAA for over a decade and has held several offices in the group, such as Membership Officer, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and First- and Second-Year Director, a position that works with the SCAA’s continuing education program presenting workshops, arranging guest speakers, and coordinating the annual meeting.

In 2005, Burgin helped to establish the Native American Studies Center’s Archive, which contains roughly 200 linear feet of materials and continues to grow. Burgin also created the USCL University Archive and curates the papers of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, also located at USC Lancaster.

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USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Hosts Sixth Annual Winter Native American Art and Craft Sale – Dec. 1, 2018

November 12, 2018

Just in time for the holiday season, see and shop for jewelry, Catawba pottery, baskets, quilts, and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the sixth annual Native American Art and Craft Sale, held in conjunction with the City of Lancaster’s annual Christmas in the City event. The sale will take place at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center from 9am-4pm, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

The event will feature a broad range of work from 12 South Carolina Native American artists showing and selling their handmade creations. Artists include JoAnn Bauer, pottery; Nancy Basket, basket making and kudzu paper art; DeAnn Beck, watercolor paintings; Keith Brown, pottery; Beckee Garris, pottery and basket making; Cindy George, beadwork and jewelry; Faye Greiner, basket making and pottery; Teresa Harris, pottery, quilts and crochet; Marcy Hayden, multiple items; Barbara MorningStar, beadwork; Fred Sanders, soapstone pipes and pottery; Sharon Simmers, beadwork and pottery.


Artist Faye Greiner will be one of several Native American artists selling unique handmade creations.


Shop for Catawba pottery, such as these creations from Teresa Harris, and more.

Crafts, decorative items, mixed media artwork, and more will be featured from around six Native American tribal groups, including the Catawba, Cherokee, Pee Dee, and Ojibwa.

Traditional artist Beckee Garris, who has appeared this fall as the Center’s Artist-in-Residence, will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques and will share Catawba oral histories and traditions.


Artist-in-Residence Beckee Garris will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques.


Shop for jewelry, pottery, quilts, and baskets, like these from artist Nancy Basket.

The Native American Art and Craft Sale and admission to the Native American Studies Center is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Center, call 803/313-7172.

City of Lancaster, SC, Reveals 19th Collectible Christmas Ornament – Nov. 20, 2018

November 12, 2018

The 19th in a series of collectible ornaments, featuring Lancaster, SC, landmarks, will be revealed on Nov. 20, 2018. From 10am until noon, visitors to the holiday-bedecked historic Springs House at 201 West Gay Street will enjoy live music, delectable goodies, and the introduction of the 2018 ornament design.

All ornaments in the series will be available for sale, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Gift Galleries will be open, and original artworks by Lancaster artist, Brittany Taylor-Driggers, will be on exhibit.

The Morning Bells handbell choir will perform special holiday selections at 10:30am and 11:15am. Visitors are encouraged to plan to visit other Cultural Arts District locations while in the historic downtown of the Red Rose City. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

For information, visit (www.lancastercitysc.com) or contact Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Fall Artist-in-Residence

August 30, 2018

Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC-Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as Artist-in-Residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions.


Beckee Garris

A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles. Garris, who was first introduced to pottery making by her grandmother, says her art forms are inspired by her ancestors.

“I’m in a long line of Catawbas who have made pottery,” said Garris. “Here at the Center, it shows how the pottery tradition can be traced back 6,000 years and I don’t want to be the link that makes it stop.”

Garris will be at the Center select Fridays and Saturdays during late summer and fall, appearing Aug. 31- Sept. 1 from 10am-4pm. Other residency dates include Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26, Nov. 9-10, Nov. 16-17, Nov. 30- Dec. 1, and Dec. 14- 15.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Garris will demonstrate at Kershaw’s Stevens Park Nature and Art Day in the Park from 11am-1pm and from 4-8pm at the Center as part of the City of Lancaster’s Boo Fun Fest.

Garris also will demonstrate her work and present a gallery talk at the annual winter Native American Art and Craft Sale, from 9am to 4pm at the Native American Studies Center on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native Studies, says Garris is the epitome of the teacher who is always learning.
“Beckee Garris is one of the first traditional artists that I met when I moved back to the Carolinas 20 years ago,” said Criswell. “In that time, she has honed her pottery-making skills, become a talented basket-weaver, and has always been a gifted storyteller. We are thrilled to have her as our fifth artist-in-residence, and we are grateful to the SC Arts Commission and the USCL administration for their support.”

Garris’ residency is made possible through a 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center at 803/313-7172 or visit (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2018

August 10, 2018

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is issuing a Call for Artists for the 2018 “Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County, SC, artists, high school age and older.  Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award.

Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, in Lancaster, SC, Aug. 28-30 during office hours. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Artist Reception is Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 3 to 5pm. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information and guidelines, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803/285-7451 or at (www.lccarts.net).

2018 Red Rose Festival Photography Contest in Lancaster, SC, Call to Artists – Deadline April 20, 2018

March 31, 2018

Red Rose Festival Photography Contest & Exhibition is a collaborative partnership between the City of Lancaster, SC, Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 18/19, 2018, in downtown Lancaster. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8×10 color or black/white photograph, focusing on the beauty and breathtaking views of nature in Lancaster County​.​ There is no entry fee. This is a juried competition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries during May.

All submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC. For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or visit (www.lccarts.net). ​

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Offers “Activism of Women” Symposium, Keynote Speech Held During Native American Studies Week – Mar. 20, 2018

March 9, 2018

From Native American activism in the Dakota Access Pipeline movements to the exploration of symbolism in contemporary artwork, four female panelists will discuss their roles in modern Native movements during the “Activism of Native Women” symposium on Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018, from 2 – 4pm.

Held at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, at UNC-Lancaster in Lancaster, the symposium takes place in conjunction with the Native American Studies Center’s 13th Annual Native American Studies Week.

“In most current activism movements of the 20th-21st century, what you typically see is that Native women are at the forefront of these movements,” said Dr. Brooke Bauer, a citizen of the Catawba Indian Nation and a USCL Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and History.

Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, a citizen of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor in the History Department at New York University, will present “In the Wake of Standing Rock: Activism, Academia, and the Fight for American Indian Sovereignty in the 21st Century.” Ellis will discuss her activism as a leader with the Philadelphia Standing Rock gatherings supporting the Standing Rock water protectors of North and South Dakota.

Dr. Courtney Lewis, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Columbia, will present “The Subversive Act of Indigenous Small Business Ownership,” taking a look at economic development in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Jamie Powell is a citizen of the Osage Nation and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will present “An Ethnography of ‘The Field:’ Contemporary Art and Critical Interventions,” discussing her research of Osage ribbon work, inspired by her grandmother, renowned ribbon worker Georgeann Gray Robinson.

Marvel Welch of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, will present “Future in Tomorrow’s (FIT),” taking a look at the Indian Child Welfare Act in North Carolina.

After the panel, hear Catawba activist and keynote speaker DeLesslin George-Warren present “Remembering the Past, Healing the Present, and Creating the Future,” also in Bundy Auditorium. George-Warren will discuss the history of presidential policies toward indigenous people and his work with the Catawba language revitalization project. Refreshments will be served at 5pm and George-Warren will speak at 5:30pm.

The “Activism of Native Women” symposium, “Remembering the Past, Healing the Present, and Creating the Future,” and other events offered during Native American Studies Week are sponsored in part by OceanaGold/Haile Operation. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803/313-7172.

Native American Archive Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Rolls Out New Digital Archive

January 31, 2018

The Native American Studies Archive at USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, announces the launch of the Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA), a comprehensive digital archive for tribal histories, photos, correspondence, oral histories, and more. A collaboration between the Archive, the USC University Libraries Digital Collections, and the USC Institute for Southern Studies, NASCA is funded by an ASPIRE grant from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

Launching Tuesday, Jan. 16, NASCA will provide resources for studying Native American culture and will highlight the important role Native South Carolinians have played in our state’s history and prehistory.


Edisto Assistant Chief Frank Pye and his granddaughter at a Chicora powwow in Horry County. Photo by Gene Crediford.

The site focuses on three eras in our state’s history: Prehistoric South Carolina, Reconstruction-era to late 19th Century South Carolina, and late 20th Century to early 21st Century South Carolina.

Including information from these eras, the site contains digitized letters dating back to 1759 from the SC Department of Archives and History’s Governor’s Correspondence File, several hours of transcribed interviews from various tribal leaders and elders, an interactive map highlighting Native and archaeological points of interest around the state, a timeline of events from the Ice Age 19,000 years ago to events of recent years, and around 167 color and black and white images from photographer and USC Professor Gene Crediford.

NASCA also features histories and banners of the state’s 14 recognized tribes and tribal groups, plus five original short films about Prehistoric South Carolina, with a sixth short video tour of the Native American Studies Center and its location in historic downtown Lancaster’s Cultural Arts District.


In this image by photographer Gene Crediford, an unidentified pair of hands holds a ball of clay.

“There has never been anything like this before in South Carolina,” said Brent Burgin, the Center’s Director of Archives. “We have over 40,000 people in South Carolina who have claimed Native descent since our last Census. Native Americans often have been called an invisible people in this state; it’s very much an underserved community.”

Dr. Matt Simmons, Digital US South Project Coordinator at USC’s Institute for Southern Studies, worked closely with Burgin on digitizing the Center’s Archives, vetting and hiring computer programmers and web designers, and helping faculty members produce digital projects. In addition to providing new resources, Simmons says he hopes the archive also will fill in the gaps of our state’s history and provide context about South Carolina’s Native population.

“More than anything, it’s creating a resource for the people of South Carolina, for K-12 students, but also for the public in general coming to an understanding of Native people: who they are, that they’re still here, and really come to an understanding to get past silly and wrong thinking that they all disappeared after the Yamasee War.”

To access the Native American South Carolina Archive, visit (www.nativesouthcarolina.org). For more information about the Native American Studies Center, call 803/313-7172.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Aug. 31, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in Lancaster SC, is issuing a Call for Artists for the “2017 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older. Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award. Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, August 29 – 31, 2017, during office hours. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Opening Reception is Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or to submit entry form, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803-285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participants for 12/02/17 Winter Block Party

June 29, 2017

“See Lancaster Live”, a subsidiary of Lancaster Performing Arts is seeking participants for the fifth annual Winter Block Party. Entertainers, artisans and craftsmen, and food vendors are invited to apply for this family-oriented event that will be held from 10am until 4pm on December 2nd, 2017.

The outdoor Winter Block Party, located in the Cultural Arts District at 216 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster, invites musicians, dance troupes, theatre troupes, choral groups, and other Christmas-themed performers to entertain the holiday crowds that descend upon downtown for Christmas in the City. Artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors are encouraged to apply early as a limited number of outdoor spaces are available. Winter Block Party is one element of a downtown-wide holiday celebration that includes gingerbread contest, free trolley rides, Santa photos & letters, Santa’s workshop & carousel, artisans holiday market, Native American artisan sale, holiday open houses, L & C train museum, Lancaster history museum, historic Springs house, jewelry trunk show, artists exhibitions, stories with Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, and more.

Admission to the day-long activities is free and convenient parking is plentiful. Those interested in participating in the Winter Block Party should complete an application and return it to April Joplin, Peforming Arts Manager, P.O. Box 1149, Lancaster, SC 29721. Applications are available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba Street or Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street or apply online at (https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pas).

Information on all upcoming events can be found at (www.lancastercitysc.com).