Archive for the ‘Midlands SC Visual Arts’ Category

SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, to Honor Nine Recipients with 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts

March 18, 2019

Nine South Carolinians are to be honored by the South Carolina Arts Commission with the 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts—the state’s highest arts honor.

The following recipients from their respective categories are being recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Cecil Williams, Orangeburg

ARTIST Tyrone Geter, Columbia

INDIVIDUAL Kathleen (Kathi) P. Bateson, Hilton Head Island

ARTS IN EDUCATION Simeon Warren, Charleston (Individual) and S.C. African American Heritage Commission, Hartsville (Organization)

BUSINESS Hampton III Gallery, Taylors

GOVERNMENT Florence County Museum, Florence

ORGANIZATION Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston and Columbia Stage Society (Town Theatre), Columbia (Special Award)

Further info about these receipients can be found at (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/plf40ffa55oxh5g/AAAksiSWeKNQxxytp5yBM8DQa?dl=0).

Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Calls for Participation in She Festival – Deadline Feb. 20, 2019

January 29, 2019

Celebrating Women in the Arts, the She Festival is now accepting applications. Calling all womankind; 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!

Apply to be part of the only festival showcasing women in the arts in 2 one-of-a-kind shows, March 2019, Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, SC.

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.
Did you know? Sponsorship forms are available to all participants, request one today e-mail (shefestivalsc@gmail.com).

Visit applications page at (http://www.shefestival.org/) for more information.

The Artist BLUE SKY is Painting a New Mural in Columbia, SC

January 20, 2019

Blue Sky is painting a new mural in the vista in Columbia, SC, on the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets. I have created a gofundme page for the mural as he’s paying for this out of his own empty pockets – just like he did for the “Neverbust” sculpture. If you can donate any amount, thank you or please share. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years!

Donate at (https://www.gofundme.com/new-blue-sky-mural).

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.

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).