Archive for the ‘Midlands SC Visual Arts’ Category

Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Calls for Application to Participate in the She Festival – Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019

December 11, 2018

Celebrating Women in the Arts, the She Festival is now accepting applications. Calling all womankind; from painters, dancers, musicians, poets, performers and more, regardless of experience or education in any art field, ages 13 and up. It’s time to shout! Shout your talents, let the world know you are here! Apply to be part of the only festival showcasing women in the arts in 2 one-of-a-kind shows, March 2019, at the Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC. Festival dates are Mar. 9 & 30, 2019, from 6-10pm

The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2019.

She Festival is a grassroots organization promoting women in the arts. Connecting all womankind in arts community with the wider public by providing a platform to discuss issues that affect women both locally and globally. The Mission of the She Festival is to create events that showcase talented women in the arts. Shows will be filled with singers, dancers, musicians, speakers, painters and more. Each festival is designed to celebrate the professional talents of womankind in the arts.

Our vision is to inspire womankind of all ages by creating a stage to tell our stories, express our works and achievements throughout herstory and the broader LGBTQ community. To raise awareness about and help fight violence towards women. Organizers create multi-layered marketing/publicity campaigns that draws attendees from SC, NC, Tennessee and Georgia region.

Visit applications page at (www.SheFestival.org) for more information.

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces Jena Thomas Wins the 701 CCA PRIZE 2018

December 10, 2018

Artist Jena Thomas won the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Thomas was announced as the winner during the Nov. 28, 2018, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care.


701 CCA Prize 2018 Winner Jena Thomas, photo courtesy of Jamar Riley

“Thomas is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Carey Morton and Alexander Thierry.” Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.

As the winner, Thomas will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of Osamu Kobayashi, Brooklyn, NY, painter and Columbia, SC, native; Jessica Moss, curator, artist, writer and founder of The Roll Up CLT in Charlotte, NC; and Catherine Walworth, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2018 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 23, 2018. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $3.00.

Thomas also was a finalist for the 701 CCA Prize 2016. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Florida and in 2016 joined the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Thomas has exhibited extensively in the past decade in Florida and New England. Among her recent solo and two-person exhibitions are those at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT; Contemporary Art Space in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Green Monkey in Miami. Thomas has been represented at Art Hamptons, Art Palm Beach and the Miami International Art Fair. She has exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Gables Museum, and the South Florida Cultural Center, all in Florida. Her work was selected for New American Painting’s 2014 MFA Edition.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.” This year’s installment was the fourth 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries call Hannah Shepard at 803/319-9949 or e-mail to (director@701cca.org).

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.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “York County High Schools Art Show”

December 7, 2018

The Arts Council of York County hosted the opening reception for “Vernon Grant’s A Christmas Wish” and the “York County High Schools Art Show” at the Center for the Arts, in Rock Hill, SC, on Nov. 29, 2018. During the reception, the winners of the “York County High Schools Art Show” were announced. This year, 18 art teachers from 7 York County high schools, representing 3 districts, selected 91 works by 87 students for exhibition. The students’ work will be on display in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery through Dec. 30, 2018.

The following students received awards sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild for their artwork:


Work by Cheyenne Shoffner

Best of Show – “Glass” by Cheyenne Shoffner of York Comprehensive High School – Teacher: Leslie Templeton

First Place – “Perfume Bottle and Jar of Marbles” by Sonya Long of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Kimberly Grant

Second Place – “Midnight” by Abigail Ketner of Nation Ford High School – Teacher: Alicia Cobler

Third Place – “Scream” by Cheyenne Shoffner of York Comprehensive High School – Teacher: Leslie Templeton

Honorable Mention – “Thirst” by Mia Collins of Rock Hill High School – Teacher: Tina Vincent

Honorable Mention – “Jazz” by Meghan Gillikin of Clover High School – Teacher: LuAnne Lovelace

Honorable Mention – “No Pain, No Gain” by Piper Grant of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Sandy Queen

Honorable Mention – “Dumbo” by Raquel Lopez of Rock Hill High School – Teacher: Kim Cash

Honorable Mention – “Marie Antoinette” by Paxton Pliska of Fort Mill High School – Teacher: Jessica Calloway

Jack Bolin of the Yorkville Artists’ Guild, and Dr. Bradley Sabelli of the Catawba River Art Guild served as jurors for the show. The “York County High School Art Exhibit” is coordinated by the Arts Council of York County and the Catawba River Art Guild, and is sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

South Carolina Watermedia Society has Announced Top Winners from Annual Exhibition on View at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC.

November 12, 2018

City Art is presenting the “2018 SCWS Annual Juried Exhibition”, featuring works by SCWS members, on view through Nov. 26, 2018. The SC Watermedia Society has announced the top three winning artists.

Congratulations to the following artists:

Best In Show goes to Lynda English for her work, “Through The Eyes of A Child, Looking Up” which won the Tony Hardwick Memorial Award


Work by Lynda English

Second Place went to Anne Hightower Patterson for her work “Wading In” which won the Award in honor of Liana Sullivan Lemery


Work by Anne Hightower Patterson

Third Place was given to Suzanne Accetta for her work “Unspeakable Praise” which won the First Citizens Award


Work by Suzanne Accetta

Sixty-five pieces were juried into the exhibit from 184 entries. Awards for thirty of the 65 will be announced at the awards ceremony. The thirty awarded pieces will become part of a state-wide traveling show at various locations coordinated by the SC State Museum. Laurie Goldstein Warren, judged the show.

Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works towards achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinian’s

SCWS, the largest statewide visual arts group, is an active presenting organization. We nurture and promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. In addition, our goals include public outreach and participation in the arts.

For further information call City Art at 803/252-3613 or visit (www.cityartonline.com). Visit the SCWS at (https://scwatermedia.com/).

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).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists and Models for Competitive Portrait Drawing – Nov. 16, 2018

October 7, 2018

The Arts Council of York County’s Competitive Portrait Drawing is a tournament style knockout battle that begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two. Each pair is in competition to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer. The model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing their favorite of the two portraits drawn of them. The winning artist from each pair then moves on to the next round until only two artists remain. The final two artists go head-to-head in Round 4, with the decision going to the final model of the evening. The winning artist of the competition is crowned champion and is awarded the $100 grand prize.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | 6 – 7 PM
Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730

NEEDED | 16 artists | 15 models
ARTISTS | No Fee to Participate
E-mail Michael Gentry, Gallery Manager, (mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org)
MODELS | $10 sitting fee
Register online at (yorkcountyarts.org/competitiveportraitdrawing)
Models choose their favorite portrait of themselves and take it home that evening.
Round 1 | 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models
Round 2 | 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models
The 8 artists competing in Round 2 are the winning artists from Round 1
Round 3 | 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models
The 4 artists competing in Round 3 are the winning artists from Round 2
Round 4 | 2 artists go head-to-head, drawing a single model
The 2 artists competing in Round 4 are the winning artists from Round 3
Competitive Portrait Drawing is organized by the Arts Council of York County. It is a part of the Friday Arts Project’s 2018 ART PARTY.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, to Host For Freedoms Town Hall – Sept. 24, 2018

September 19, 2018

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice, a free event in participation with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at 6:30pm. A panel of artistic and legal experts will discuss this First Amendment right from artistic, local, and global perspectives.


A For Freedoms event at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo credit: Wyatt Gallery.

Following the panel discussion, attendees are encouraged to “talk back” with a response wall and to visit the voter registration booth to learn how their voices can be heard this November.

Featured speakers include Nikky Finney, Chad Henderson, Kathleen McDaniel, and Shaundra Young Scott, with Aparna Polavarapu serving as moderator.

Nikky Finney is the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. She has authored four books of poetry, the last of which won the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Chad Henderson is the Artistic Director of Trustus Theatre in Columbia. As a professional theatre artist, he has directed dozens of professional productions at venues across South Carolina.

Kathleen McDaniel is a founding partner in the law firm of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel. She focuses on administrative and environmental law.

Shaundra Young Scott is the first African American female executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. She concentrates on the civil liberties of individuals within the state of South Carolina, including but not limited to racial justice, criminal justice, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and youth justice.

Aparna Polavarapu is a professor at the School of Law at the University of South Carolina. As part of the Rule of Law Collaborative, she focuses her research on the rule of law and human rights.

For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation, not by ideology. The CMA is participating in their 50 State Initiative, which models how arts institutions become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism during the lead-up to the midterm elections.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Discussion at 6:30pm. Free. Cash bar.

For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

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).