Archive for the ‘Lowcountry SC Visual Arts’ Category

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Launches 2020 Membership Campaign

November 26, 2019

For almost 50 years, Art League of Hilton Head, on Hilton Head Island, SC, has been the Lowcountry’s creative core for the visual arts with their beautiful gallery, teaching academy and special community events.

As the League launches its 2020 membership campaign, “Hang with the Best”, they are honored to have been chosen as ‘Best’ in a survey of both the Island Packet and Hilton Head Monthly readers.

Art League believes that by nurturing the artist, they enrich the community. Their members are part of a vibrant arts community that inspires, educates, supports and promotes them.

Members also enjoy the best Lowcountry value for their membership dollar. Membership starts at $55. Exhibiting membership costs $140 – with no requirement for monthly volunteer hours. Higher-level, patron memberships are available and range from $150 to $1,000. Membership includes all visual arts categories. However, jewelry artists need apply for space in the gallery display cases.

Membership benefits include discounts on academy workshops, monthly newsletter and e-mails, ‘Open Studio’ sessions and access (as available) to personal studio space. Exhibiting members display and sell at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and other satellite galleries. This membership level includes access to be the ‘featured’ artist in the center of the gallery with significant advertising and promotion of their work. Patron memberships include appreciation gifts, discounts on gallery artwork and invitations to special private events.

For more information, visit the Art League website at (www.ArtLeagueHHI.org) or contact Peg Weschke, Membership Chair by e-mail at (dolphinscull@gmail.com).

City of Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 2020 Piccolo Spoleto Festival – Deadline Dec. 6, 2019

November 5, 2019

Annually presenting over 500 performing, literary, and visual arts events, the 17-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival transforms Charleston, SC, into an exhilarating celebration of the cultural vitality and diversity of the South Carolina Lowcountry. With a focus on accessibility and community participation in the arts, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA.

For more info about applying visit (http://www.piccolospoleto.com/piccolo-applications/).

Applications may be submitted online via Formstack at (https://office_of_cultural_affairs.formstack.com/forms/piccolo_spoleto_2020_application_to_participate) or submitted by mail/hard copy.

Should you need assistance, please call 843/724-7305.

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery on the Move Again to the Market Area in Charleston, SC

September 18, 2019

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery is moving to a new location at 84 North Market St. across from the Historic Charleston City Market in downtown Charleston, SC. Charleston Crafts is a cooperative Arts and Crafts gallery located in downtown Charleston and is open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm. While preparing for the move from 161 Church St. to its new location at 84 North Market St. the store will be closed intermittently over the coming weeks. The Co-op has plans of re-opening on Oct. 1, 2019.

Charleston Crafts began 30 years ago, in May 1989, as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and currently features 41 local and regional South Carolina artists in a variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft media, including clay, woodworking, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber, metal, paper, polymer, and leather. Over the years, Charleston Crafts has been a springboard for over 315 artists. The co-op is moving from its former location, at 161 Church Street, where it has been for 11 productive years, since 2008.

A cooperative gallery, Charleston Crafts is owned and operated by its exhibiting members. Each juried member is an equal partner and shares the responsibility of operating the business. It is the only cooperative arts gallery in the Charleston area. The main focus of Charleston Crafts is to sustain a viable gallery for artists to consistently sell and market their work. Experienced craft artists have been able to exhibit and sell their work while emerging artists have a safe platform to mature and let their careers flourish.

For further information visit (www.charlestoncrafts.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, is Now Accepting Applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2020-21 Exhibitions – Deadline Nov. 30, 2019

September 18, 2019

Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in Dec. 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com) by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in order to be considered.


View of works by Pascale Bilgis on exhibit

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

Kristi Ryba is the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Visiting Artist in September in Charleston, SC

August 19, 2019

Kristi Ryba, a South Carolina based artist who explores contemporary events and messages of morality, will stir the pot as the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Visiting Artist in September.

Since the November 2016 election, Ryba began to substitute photographs of Trump and his administration, family, and tweets and quotes into existing manuscripts and altarpieces that depict, illuminate or illustrate what she believes to be a corrupt nature of this government. Ryba uses 22k gold leaf and the elaborate skill of handmade egg tempera painting to create narrative works of art on wooden panels. This technique is used to replicate the look of early religious imagery.


“The Disputation of St. Christine (Blasey Ford), after Masolino” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 36” x 24” x 2”


“Pope Sixtus IV, after Melozzo del Forli” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 40” x 36” x 2 ¼”


“Tree Of Consanguinity, Kinship and Affinitiy” – 2019 Egg Tempera & 22k gold leaf on panel 40” x 36” x 2 ½”

Ryba will host open studio hours on Wednesdays from 2-7pm and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. Museum visitors will experience the different stages of one of her paintings; how she lays out the composition, prepares the painting supports, grinds the pigment and applies gold leaf to envelop the final piece in regalia.


Portrait of Kristi Ryba by Paige Schaberg

Ryba received a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in 1988 from the College of Charleston and an MFA from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT, in 2006. Ryba recently had work included in the 2017 and 2015 “701 CAA SC Biennial”, held at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, and was the Second Place winner of the 2016 ArtFields competition in Lake City, SC, winning the $25,000 award. Her cover image on the 2017 Nov. issue of “Carolina Arts” was the most popular cover in its 32 year history. She is represented locally by Corrigan Gallery LLC, located at 7 Broad Street in Charleston . For further info about the artists visit (www.kristiryba.com).

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence Katherine Hester

August 13, 2019

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Katherine Hester as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for FY2019/20. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Hester will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups in North Charleston through June 2020.


Work by Katherine Hester

Hester is a local artist working in oil and mixed media. She paints outdoors, onsite when painting landscapes in order to capture the changing light of the Lowcountry. She also enjoys creating portraits, working in mixed media in order to put a modern twist to the classic genre.

Hester is a native of the Lowcountry and a graduate of the College of Charleston. She holds a Master’s in Education and worked as a studio art, art history, and science teacher before leaving the classroom in order to pursue her painting career full time. Hester has been represented by galleries in Charleston and exhibited her work throughout the region. She has won numerous awards and participates in the annual “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Outdoor Art Exhibition” each spring.


Work by Katherine Hester

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Hester will offer instruction in painting and drawing. Her art curriculum often includes concepts of science. “Whether it is something as simple as using oil pastels with watercolor paints in order to instill the concept of solubility, to purposefully calculating the ebb and flow of the tide to teach principles of gravity and painting realistic waves, the essence of teaching is instilling curiosity,” she explains. In addition to teaching, Hester will also be working with the Cultural Arts Department on public art projects throughout the City as part of her residency.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Hester’s work throughout December 2019 and January 2020. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of June 2020.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions for “2019 MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2019

August 9, 2019

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration for the “2019 MOJA Arts Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”. The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. This year’s festival is Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2019. The “2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition” will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center, juried by artist Alvin Glen.

A native of Dorchester, SC, Alvin B. Glen began drawing at an early age. Graduating from South Carolina State University, in 1979, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, he went on to become a certified Art instructor, Band Director, and was voted Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches art at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School, and has been an art teacher for 31 years. As for Glen’s work, his earlier work contained mixed-media; (pencils, fabric dyes and spray paints). Presently, he combines those medium with watercolor, dye and pencils. His work is mostly inspired by children and the elderly. He sometimes creates work reminiscent of people and events from his past, church, school and even his students. He has competed in many juried art exhibitions, served as an art exhibition juror and has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions extensively, including Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC, Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, I.P. Stanback Museum at S.C. State University, Orangeburg, SC, the Spartanburg Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC and a host of other venues. His work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections. Currently, he is exhibiting at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in Charleston, SC.

Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Artwork in the following categories may be submitted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, and graphics. Additional work in fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media will also be juried, however, space constraints will dictate our ability to exhibit. Wall pieces must be framed and ready for hanging. Freestanding pieces must be fully assembled and ready for installation. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from future participation. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display. Please be aware that the exhibition space is unable to store any packing materials or crates at delivery from local artists. Out-of-state artists are responsible for packing, insuring, and shipping (to and from the exhibition space) their works if they are chosen.

Estimated art delivery date for the exhibition is Sept. 18. All artists living in the state of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia are invited to submit. Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece.

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion: (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Important Information
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2019
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Click here to apply at (https://cgwp.slideroom.com/#/login/program/49977).

For more information, please contact Katrina Staaf at the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843/724-7305 or by e-mail at (staafk@charleston-sc.gov).

Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston will Offer a Focus Group for Artists on Public Art in Charleston – June 25, 2019

June 19, 2019

Artists of all media are invited to join a group of Morehead-Cain Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill and Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, for a focus group to discuss Public Art in Charleston, on June 25, beginning at 6pm.

This event will focus on gaining input from artists in the community to inform the drafting of a public art policy for Charleston. A working group, established by a city committee, is in the early stages of creating a draft of a public art policy for the city of Charleston. Through this focus group on Tuesday June 26 at Redux, the scholars are hoping to gain as much insight as possible into an artist’s perspective on what would constitute effective guidelines for the process of creating public art.

Redux Contemporary Art Center is located at 1056 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

For further info call 843/722-0697 or visit (www.reduxstudios.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Deadline June 28, 2019

May 30, 2019

Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR). The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2019/20. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations in public schools, recreation facilities, and community gathering spaces within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, June 28, 2019.

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the AIR will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2019/20 school year. Additional workshops and demos will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. The AIR will also conduct a workshop for the department’s monthly Creative Arts Workshop program and offer instruction for summer arts camps in June 2020. In addition, the AIR will present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2019 through January 2020. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May. Past artists who served in the position include Quintin Chaplin (2018/19), Camela Guevara (2017/18), Caroline M. Self (2016/17), Daryle Halbert (2015/16), Alexandra Roberts (2014/15), Charlynn Knight (2013/14), Kristy Bishop (2012/13), Lori Starnes Isom (2011/12), Deborah Meyer (2010/11), and Robert Maniscalco (2009/10).

Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2019 through June 2020. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV reflecting their exhibition and teaching experience by 5pm on Friday, June 28, 2019. Application materials may be e-mailed to (kyeadon@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

Fletcher Williams III Invites You to Visit Him at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, During His Studio Residency

May 30, 2019

Fletcher Williams III invites you to stop by his 1st-floor studio at The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. See what’s cookin’. Ask questions or just wander the room while I work. Don’t mind me. Free to the public. Btw, the 1st-floor is always free to the public. And be sure to check out “Bless ‘Em” on display in the 2nd-floor Mary Jackson Gallery. #staycurious


“Untitled”, acrylic on paper, 38″ x 52″

Open Studio Hours:
Thursday 2-5pm
Friday 2-5pm
Saturday 1-5pm

The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

My 5-week residency will coincide with the exhibition “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem”, on view through August 18, 2019. With works in all media from the 1930s to the present, this will be the first traveling exhibition to reflect the full breadth of the Studio Museum’s unparalleled permanent collection. The exhibition, including work by artists such as Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Norman Lewis, Wangechi Mutu, and Lorna Simpson, will expand understanding of modern and contemporary art by artists of African descent.

For further info on Williams visit (www.fletcher3.com).