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Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC Announces Winners of Annual Juried Show

May 11, 2015

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015, in Pickens, SC. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 11, 2015.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection.

Arendt, Cooke and Rupp spent Apr. 10, 2015, looking at and contemplating a vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums created by the hands of South Carolina artists. This made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 149 works of art represents 110 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Sandy Rupp stated, “A nice variety of various mediums and subjects faced the judges as we attempted to narrow down the selections for the exhibition. Congratulations to all who submitted to the jurying process and who have the courage to face an empty canvas or pick up a tool.”

Jim Arendt added, “The pleasure and difficulty of selecting this year’s show from so many outstanding submissions is a credit to all the hard-working artists who submitted work. My co-jurors and I were able to select those pieces that displayed the highest level of technical skill, content, and innovation.”

Victoria Cooke summed up the day saying, “It was thrilling to see artists that embraced such a diverse array of materials, subject matter and modes of expression. I think that every visitor to the exhibition will find art that touches them and thrills them, art that challenges their expectations and even art that amazes them and makes them laugh.”

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First Place – “Balancing Act”, ceramic w/ mixed media by Diana Farfán of Greenville.

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Our panel of jurors chose the ceramic with mixed media sculpture, “Balancing Act” by Greenville’s Diana Farfán as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Tom Dimond of Seneca for his mixed media, “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.” The Third Place honor went to Greenville’s Ryan Roth for his acrylic on paper painting, “Business Laocoön”.

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Tanna Burchinal of Clemson for her monoprint, “I 57”, and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his photograph, “VW Van”.

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Second Place – “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.”, mixed media by Tom Dimond of Seneca.

In addition to the above awards, the jurors presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Steven A. Chapp of Easley for his reduction linocut print, “The Debate”; to Spartanburg’s Jim Creal for his ink monotype, “Cursive Practice”; to Deborah Feiste of Central for her assemblage, “Jack”; to Seneca’s Amanda Mensing for her oil painting, “Indian Motorcycle”; and to Kathleen B. Wood of Greenville for her sterling silver jewelry piece, “Tree Box with Pendant Lid”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the acrylic with wood painting, “High Lonesome Sound # 5” by Glen Miller of Greenville as the recipient of the 2015 Director’s Choice Award.

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Juror’s Choice – “VW Van”, photography by Sam Wang of Clemson.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, Mrs. Doreen Heimlich, Ms. Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Mr. Chris Hepler, Wayne Kelley, Shirley Reese, Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected five works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Melody M. Davis of Salem for her oil painting, “IF”.

The 2015 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Mary E. Barron of Seneca for her oil painting, “First Light”.

The 2015 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Kathy Moore of Belton for her assemblage, “Nonconformity”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Easley’s Steven A. Chapp for his linocut, “The Debate”, and to Bev Peeples of Taylors for her photograph, “Floating”.

In addition to the fifteen works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and thirty-four others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963 or visit (www.pickenscountymuseum.org).

Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC, Offers Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley – Apr. 15 – May 30, 2015

April 7, 2015

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, in Pickens, SC, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, is pleased to announce that “A Bluesman’s Close-Up: Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley”, will open to the public on Apr. 15, 2015. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th, this special documentation of one of our region’s most loved musicians will be on display in the museum’s LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium & Gallery through May 30. A reception to meet the photographer will be held as part of the museum’s “36th Annual Juried Exhibition” opening on April 25th from 1-4pm.

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“Mac and Buster 1”; color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

About Arnold and Kelley’s relationship, journalist Cindy Landrum wrote in the “Greenville Journal”, “Brian S. Kelley was in the audience during one of the band’s (Mac Arnold’s Plate Full of Blues) early concerts at the Happy Cow Creamery in southern Greenville County, just a short trip from Arnold’s farm. The two talked and discovered that Kelley’s parents lived near Arnold. Arnold asked him to come by his house and photograph the band. That led to a long gig – seven years if you ask Kelley, about nine if you ask Arnold – that included album covers, a documentary and a photography book. ‘We started dragging him around the country with us,’ Arnold said. Kelley said the experience ‘still feels surreal sometimes. To be able to combine photography, art and music was a dream.’ That relationship led to a book and an exhibit of Kelley’s photographs of Arnold – on stage, on the bus and on his farm.”

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Mac Arnold, color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

Now living in Travelers Rest, SC, Brian S. Kelley is a multi-faceted photographic artist who is as comfortable with fine art photography as he is in photojournalism and studio portraiture. Kelley’s studies have included work at Erskine College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Greenville Technical College. He received his B.A. in IDS: Studio and Art History from the University of South Carolina.

About his work Kelley has said, “Visual interpretations of my surroundings have been essential elements of expression throughout my life. My passion for art surfaced at a very young age, yielding another channel for communication.  Through the lens of introversion I became an observer of life.” He continued, “I often watch interactions among people, appreciate the forms created by nature or study the light as it moves through the day. These observations were first recorded through my drawings, which quickly led to painting, and then sculpture. However, photography would eventually receive the majority of my time and efforts.”

Fifty Percent of any sales from this exhibit will be donated by the artist to support the Dr. Mac Arnold Scholarship Fund. “A Bluesman’s Close-Up” is sponsored by in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at 864/898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County visit (www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar).

Artists Invited to Submit Work for the 36th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC – Deadline Apr. 8, 2015

March 5, 2015

Editor’s Note: I love this competition’s selection of jurors – an accomplished artists, a museum curator and a commercial gallery director. Winners of this competition should feel that their selection is more – much more than one person’s whim of the day.

The “Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning April 1, 2015. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. His work was awarded the top prize at ArtFields©, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s “Emerging Carolina” and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during “Fantastic Fibers” at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. His work has been included in “Fiberarts International 2013” in Pittsburgh and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk “Textile Biennial”, Netherlands. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and has been an instructor at Penland School of Craft.

Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art    history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. She became an associate curator of painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1997 and was named the senior curator of painting at in 2002. In New Orleans she was the curator of “Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America” and “Jefferson’s America and Napoleon’s France: An Exhibition for the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial”. She left there in 2007 to become the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art where she stayed for 3 years. After a year as a museum director in Florida, Cooke decided to return to curatorial work exhibitions and in 2013 she joined the staff of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection. In addition to her gallery work, she assists museums in their programming. In recent years she has worked with the University of Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, in organizing the Leo Twiggs’  retrospective; curated the Sigmund Abeles’ retrospective at the Burroughs-Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC; worked on the Carl Blair retrospective and the “Merton Simpson Confrontations” exhibition at the Greenville County Museum in Greenville, SC. Serving on Greenville’s committee of Art in  Public Places, Rupp has consulted with the Falls Park leadership in helping to secure a Joel Shapiro sculpture among other public art placements throughout the city. In 2009 she organized the “Chairman’s Exhibition” for Artisphere in Greenville, SC, and has served on the board of Artisphere since that time

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Wednesday, April 1 and continuing April 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Till 7:00 on Thurs 4/3).

The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 25 and the exhibit will continue through June 11, 2015.

The “Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671; or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at (picmus@co.pickens.sc.us) or by visiting (www.pickenscountymuseum.org) and clicking the prospectus link or (www.VisitPickensCounty.com/calendar) clicking the prospectus link at the event description.

Hagood Community Center in Pickens, SC, Opens Fiber Arts Room

June 19, 2014

The Hagood Community Center, home of the Pickens Senior Center, plans to dedicate a room in their Community Center for fiber arts activities. This room will be available to individuals, small groups, and fiber arts organizations for both casual “get-togethers” and instructional programs.

The new Fiber Arts Room at Pickens Hagood Community Center, 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, has scheduled 3 open house sessions next week: June 25, Wednesday at 10am and 2pm and June 25, Thursday at 5:30pm.

For additional information contact Lucy Harward by e-mail at (daleandlucy@gmail.com) or call 864/419-1794.