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A Sojourn to Spain with Ramón y Cajal: Fulbright España Senior Research Fellowship Awarded to Dawn Hunter

August 31, 2017

The prestigious Fulbright España Senior Research Fellowship had been awarded to Dawn Hunter, an associate professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

The award is in support of her new series of drawings and paintings titled Aesthetic Instincts: the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. This new body of artwork is an immersive, comprehensive biographical project that, through visual art, examines and represents the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (May 1, 1852 – October 17, 1934). Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish scientist and the first person to demonstrate that the nervous system was made up of individual units (neurons) that were independent of one another but linked together at points of functional contact called synapses. Ramón y Cajal illustrated the results of his studies with elegant drawings of neurons that he proposed work independently or collectively, and that each individual unit can participate simultaneously in individual or multiple neuron functions. Ramón y Cajal was a 1906 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine that was awarded jointly to another neuroscientist, Camillo Golgi “in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system,” however, their research was mutually exclusive and embraced opposing theses. Santiago Ramón y Cajal is considered by many to be the father of modern neuroscience.


Dawn Hunter, “Portrait of Cajal in Pyramidal Neurons”, ink and pen on paper, 2015

Hunter said: “It is an honor to receive such a tremendous life-changing opportunity. I am immensely thankful to everyone at my University, the NIH and the Instituto Cajal who have helped me in the development and realization of this project. I am particularly grateful the Dr. Jim Augustine for believing in the vision of my idea and encouraging me to invest in this creative endeavor. Cajal was such a fascinating and inspiring individual. I look forward to deepening my understanding of him and his work through this upcoming sojourn in Spain.”


Dawn Hunter, detail from “Cajal Inventory: Silveriahead”, heart and spine, graphite, ink and acrylic on paper, 11″ x 14,” 2016

While in Spain, Hunter will continue the development of her creative project by researching the archives of the Cajal Legacy of the Cajal Institute or Instituto Cajal. The Cajal Legacy contains many items bequeathed to the Instituto Cajal, which includes some research items like microscopes, manuscripts, medals, as well as Cajal’s scientific drawings and photographs. The Instituto Cajal is the oldest neurobiology research center in Spain which belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The Cajal Institute originates from the Laboratorio de Investigaciones Biológicas, founded in 1900 by order of King Alfonso XIII in honor of the Moscow Prize awarded to Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

Dr. Juan De Carlos, the curator of the Cajal Legacy, invited Hunter to apply for a Fulbright at the Instituto Cajal after meeting her and seeing her speak at a professional meeting hosted by the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NINDS Senior Investigator, Jeff Diamond, invited Hunter to deliver a presentation at the first international symposium honoring Cajal, October 2015 held at the NIH. Hunter also participated in the second international conference, May 2017 held at the Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.


Dawn Hunter with Cajal Inventory exhibition, May 2017, Instituto Cajal, Madrid Spain – exhibition was held as part of the 2nd Collaborative International Symposium honor Cajal coordinated by the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD and the Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.

Fulbright Scholar awards are made possible through funds appropriated annually by the US Congress, contributions from partner countries and the private sector. The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations.

Dawn Hunter pursued her undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA), Parsons School of Design, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art & Music. As a Regents Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of California, Davis. She has participated in numerous solo and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Additionally, she has also received many awards and grants for her artwork, most notably, a Starr Foundation Fellowship, enabling her to be the first American woman to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Academy of Art, London. A selection of seven artworks from her series, Aesthetic Instincts: the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, are currently on display alongside several original scientific drawings completed by Cajal at the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NINDS Senior Investigator, Jeff Diamond curated the exhibition.

For further information e-mail to (dawnmariehunter@yahoo.com) or visit (www.dawnhunterart.com).

 

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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offer Tour to Winston-Salem, NC, to See Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition – Sept. 21, 2017

August 31, 2017

The Arts Council of York County is hosting a bus trip from the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, to see the exhibit, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The bus will depart from the Center for the Arts at 9am, and will return at 5pm.


Bruce Weber (American, born 1946). “Georgia O’Keeffe”, Abiquiu, NM, 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

From the Reynolda House Museum of American Art: “The Reynolda House Museum of American Art marks its centennial as an estate and its fiftieth anniversary as a museum with an exhibition of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” explores how the artist’s modern sensibility saturated her art, her life, her homes, and her carefully fashioned public (and private) personas. In addition to a number of carefully chosen paintings by O’Keeffe, and photographs of her homes, the exhibition features selected items from her personal wardrobe that highlight her preferences for compact masses, organic silhouettes, and minimal ornamentation. The Reynolda House is one of only three venues to host the exhibition, and the only venue south of New York.”


Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills” (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, NM), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Tickets are $75 for members of the Arts Council, and $85 for the general public. They include transportation, and admission to the museum and the O’Keeffe exhibit. Tickets for the trip must be purchased in advance by 5pm on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 – online at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), by phone at 803/328-2787, and in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. There will be time to shop and eat in Reynolda Village prior to the museum visit.

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 at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “28th Annual Juried Competition”

August 31, 2017

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, announced the winners of the “28th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept. 10, 2017.


“Field Notes 33” by Joana Wardell

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Margaret Strickland, a Charlotte based photographer, has been making portraits of family, friends, and strangers for over a decade. Born and raised in Valdosta, GA, Strickland was influenced by cultural norms of the Deep South — a foundation that would later surface as an undercurrent in her work. Strickland’s work explores concepts of gender identity and performance, expectations of the self and of society, and the confluence of these ideas in the constructed poses of intimate portraits. Her works have been shown nationally at galleries and institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC.

Strickland selected 33 works out of 114 entries by 47 artists from 18 cities and 4 states to be displayed in the 28th Annual Juried Competition exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Awards were presented to:

AWARDS:
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show went to “Field Notes 33” by Joana Wardell of Charlotte, NC
1st Place was given to “Inanimate Altruism” by Jacob Olsen of Rock Hill, SC
2nd Place went to “Flux Number 10” by Matthew Nielson of Florence, SC
3rd Place went to “Ultimate Lullaby” by Tabitha Ott of Columbia, SC
Honorable Mention was given to “Gold” by Jake Francek of Rock Hill, SC
Honorable Mention was also given to “Pawpaw” by Alexis Howard of Rock Hill, SC

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; and the 2nd and 4th weekends, Saturdays, 10am-2pm; Sundays, 2-4pm. O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “28th Annual Juried Competition”.

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, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

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).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Appoints New Executive Director Della Watkins

August 9, 2017

The board of trustees of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) in Columbia, SC, announces the appointment of Della Watkins as the new executive director. Watkins currently serves as the executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA.

“We heard it consistently from her current board and Mr. Taubman himself, one of Della’s greatest strengths is her engagement in the community,” says CMA Search Committee Chair Earl Ellis. “That was a very important factor in our consideration set. The Columbia Museum of Art is a community asset, and we were seeking a proven leader who had demonstrated strengths in community engagement.”

After 14 years of working as an art educator, Watkins began her career in museum education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she held successively more senior roles during her 16-year tenure. Watkins joined the Taubman Museum of Art in 2013. Under her leadership, the museum completed build-out of the last remaining gallery space that now hosts major national traveling exhibitions, reclaimed financial stability through steady fundraising, and forged new collegial partnerships in Roanoke and beyond to champion the region’s arts and culture community.

“After a thorough search process, selecting Watkins was a clear choice to lead this dynamic organization,” says CMA Board President R. Scott McClelland. “Her experience and passion allowed the search committee to check every box for leadership attributes essential to achieving the next step in the museum’s vision.”

Watkins officially takes the helm as executive director on October 1, 2017.

“With the completion of the renovation next year, the Columbia Museum of Art is poised to take an even greater leadership role as a vibrant local and statewide arts and education powerhouse,” says Watkins. “I look forward to working tirelessly to get to know the community, grow membership, friends, donors, business supporters, colleagues, and partners. Together, we’ll ensure that the CMA is a proud and lively cultural arts destination for everyone in South Carolina and beyond.”

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Stakeholders Announce Plans for “Southern Lights,” a Signature Art Installation for Columbia, SC

June 29, 2017

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges in Columbia, SC. Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is coming to fruition through supporters including, What’s Next Midlands, the Congaree Vista Guild, the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, the City of Columbia and One Columbia for Arts and History. The laser installation will launch on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend celebrations.

With the support of the cities of Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce and Richland County, the installation’s design is meant to connect our cities and the Midlands community. The project offers an innovative approach to public art and celebrates and highlights public infrastructure uniquely. Southern Lights will be the only installation of its kind in the United States, and celebrates the work of Charles Townes, a native South Carolinian whose theories led to the development of laser technology.

“Southern Lights is a product of What’s Next Midlands and an example of our community coming together to move our region forward,” said Meghan Hickman, executive director of EngenuitySC. “This will be a signature piece for our community and a must-see for tourists, and we’re proud to be formally introducing Southern Lights as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend.”

Along with leadership and support from the communities who touch the bridges, leaders in the Midlands business community, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, are sponsoring the project, which will cost an estimated total of $120,000, a value for a signature art piece that will be part of the fabric of our region for a decade.

Chris Robinson, a professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, concentrates on contemporary science and technology and its role in decision-making through installations and digital drawings. He holds a BFA from Florida State and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts and is the recipient of many awards including the Leonardo da Vinci Space Art Award and the Palmetto Pillar Award, along with many competitive art awards. He has lectured, written and exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Robinson has completed dozens of large-scale installations in his career, most notably installations on the National Mall in Washington, DC, (in conjunction with Rockne Krebs), and in Columbia his light installation at the celebration of the opening of the South Carolina State Museum in 1989 and for the Governor’s Carol Lighting at the South Carolina State House in 1992.

“My installations create a sculptural structure, draw attention to interesting aspects of the surrounding environment and illuminate the distinctive quality of laser light,” said Robinson. “The Congaree River is special and unusual in that it is relatively dark in the middle of an urban environment and the beams can go both under and over the bridges and the viewers.”

Southern Lights is representative of Robinson’s body of work and marks the end of Robinson’s academic career in the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina (May 31, 2017). Robinson will become chair of the Department of Art at USC Beaufort this fall.

Robinson will have Southern Lights completely installed by August 2017 but will test the lasers along the way. Two lasers are installed at points on the banks of the Congaree River. One laser is at the City pump station below Founders Park, the USC baseball stadium, and the other is at EdVenture. Additionally, a series of mirrors that will reflect the lasers will be placed on existing structures, including on the rooftop of Bridgepointe Condominiums in West Columbia. The lasers are blue and green in color and mirrors along the river and on the bridges will reflect the lasers. Viewers who take in the installation can expect Southern Lights to look different from different vantage points.

Southern Lights will formally kick off at an event on Saturday, August 19 in the evening in celebration of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend. The tie-in with the eclipse means that our region’s new signature art piece will be celebrated by locals and tourists alike. Stay tuned to (SouthernLightsSC.com) for event details.

This installation is slated to light up the night for three hours every evening for the next 10 years, (times will change depending on what time the sun sets) or as long as the equipment holds up. The City of Columbia is committed to the ongoing maintenance and management of Southern Lights, as is the South Carolina State Museum. Those who cross the Gervais and Blossom Street bridges or visit the riverfront regularly will be able to take in Southern Lights, and with signage and wayfinding surrounding Southern Lights to come, visitors to the region will discover this major attraction for years to come.

For more information on Southern Lights, visit (SouthernLightsSC.com) and on social media via #SouthernLightsSC.

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).

Red White and You!!!! A Pop Up Party in Cheraw, SC – June 29, 2017

June 24, 2017

An Art Pop Up Party at 192 McMillan Road, Cheraw, SC, on Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 2-7pm.

Look for the signs and balloons!

Participating artists include: Brenda Branson (jewelry, mixed medai, textiles), Jane Crossman (ceramics), Foundry G Art Glass (hand blown glass), MJ Martin (textiles), Beth Wicker (jewelry & photography).

For info call 843/910-0317.

 

See Lancaster SC, Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

June 22, 2017

See Lancaster SC has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by South Carolina Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and historic preservation.

See Lancaster SC promotes tourism through marketing, special projects, partnerships, production of performing arts series, and events. The City of Lancaster department assists businesses with relocation opportunities, facilitation of façade grant program, and by connecting them with resource providers. Through partnerships, See Lancaster SC spearheads revitalization and beautification efforts such as the Native American Studies Center, Cultural Arts District designation by South Carolina Arts Commission, Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Kennedy Center Public Art Projects, and Lindsay Pettus Greenway. See Lancaster SC is dedicated to development of quality of life and actively pursues opportunities that contribute to the creation communities in which visitors and citizens desire to work, live, and play.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For further info contact Cherry Doster, See Lancaster by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Reduces Admission Prices During Renovations

June 12, 2017

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces specially reduced admission pricing for the duration of building renovations, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018. Museumgoers gain entry for half the regular amount: Adults are now $6, seniors and military $5, and students $2.50. Children six years old and under remain free.

This initiative is partially funded through the Karen Brosius National Medal Fund, established last year to honor Karen Brosius, who served as CMA executive director from 2004 – 2016. The fund benefits CMA programs, exhibitions, and opportunities with dynamic approaches to public service.

“In the years I worked with Karen, I saw firsthand her passion for arts accessibility,” says R. Scott McClelland, president of the CMA board of trustees. “She was a driving force behind our National Medal win and the fact that a third of our programs are free. We thought this was a great chance to honor her dedication and service in a way that benefits our community.”

The onset of reduced admission pricing coincided with the opening of the summer exhibition “ReTooled: Highlights of the Hechinger Collection”, on view Friday, June 2, through Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

“The museum is staying active during renovations, and we want to make it that much easier for people to participate in our full schedule of exhibitions and programs,” says Lynn Robertson, CMA interim director. “Beyond the hammers and drills, we still have plenty to see and do.”

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

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).