Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline July 22, 2016

June 21, 2016

Fabulon is celebrating its anniversary with a revisit of our very first show, “Souvenirs of Summer”.

Theme: Artists will show off what they did on their summer vacation and/or capture some symbol of summer’s end and the change of seasons.

Guidelines: You will have space to display 3-5 pieces of work and we request that you also make a specific 4”x6” post card sized work that shows your style and interpretation of the above mentioned theme. Each piece will be sold for $50. This allows collectors or new art buyers to feel connected to you and get inspired to save toward a larger purchase. You can make up to 3 of this post card size.

Procedure: *Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $25 entry fee. This can be done on the website ( Accepted artists will be part of a group show that runs until Sept. 9, 2016. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.


Deadline for submission is 7/22.

Notification by 7/28. Art delivered on 8/8. Art retrieved by 9/13.

On 8/8, there will be a brief meeting for accepted artists at the gallery.

*An opening reception with refreshments will be held 8/26 from 5-8:30pm.

For further info call 843/566-3383 or e-mail to (

Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

June 21, 2016


Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at ( for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “27th Annual Juried Competition”

June 20, 2016


The Arts Council of York County announced its “27th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6pm. This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept, 11, 2016.

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.

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival.  Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

Gadsden selected 42 works by 30 artists out of 148 entries from 25 cities and 6 states to be displayed in the “27th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “27th Annual Juried Competition” are:

“Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard

Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard
1st Place: “Improvisation/Totemesque” by Bob Jolly
2nd Place: “Members Only” by Tabitha Ott
3rd Place: “Bunny” by Chris Smith Evans
Honorable Mention: “Pin Bottle” by Charlie Hickey
Honorable Mention: “Two Faces (Some Kind of a Crow)” by Jacob Olsen

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “27th 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 at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at (

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for a Gathering – June 30, 2016

June 20, 2016


What is art? Everything! What is art to our community?  That is what Travelers Rest Artists Alliance needs to hear from you!  So, we invite you to gather.

If you are an artist, this is your opportunity to meet your fellow artists, your community business leaders, and city leaders.

If you are an art lover, it is your chance to meet the artists; explore their creative process; and express your hope for art in our community.

Should you be business leader, city leader, or community activist you will hear of the passion for art in our community.

For us at Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, we hope that you will become as excited about the future of the arts here in Travelers Rest and our surrounding area. We will present our refreshed organization; our future art programs; and we will kick off Art on the Trail!

So, come gather! Bring friends! Join use Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5-7pm at Café Williams Hardware (Thank you Café Williams Hardware for sponsoring this event).

RSVP to Susan Savage at 864/903-3371.

SC Arts Commission and Conway Glass Invite You to an Arts Gathering in Conway, SC – June 23, 2016

June 8, 2016

The SC Arts Commission, in partnership with Conway Glass, is pleased to host an engaging and interactive gathering for artists of all artistic disciplines, and arts leaders in Conway, SC, on June 23, 2016, from 7-8:30pm.

You are invited to join us as we network, share knowledge about the arts, and talk seriously about the kinds of support needed for the arts.

We need you to contribute to an important discussion about the arts in Horry, Georgetown, and surrounding communities.

This gathering is free but space is limited! Please RSVP by June 21, 2016 at (

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where: Conway Glass, 209 Laurel Street, Conway, SC 29526.

For further info visit (

The June 2016 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

June 1, 2016


The June 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 67 pages of it.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the July 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the June 24 deadline. You do know you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

July begins our 30th year of publishing info about the visual arts in South Carolina and now the Carolinas.
Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306 (a new number)

Midlands Clay Arts Society in Columbia, SC, Invites You to Meet the Locals – June 3 – 5, 2016

May 31, 2016

Enjoy meeting local ceramic artists and potters who will have their work available for sale and will be performing demonstrations and challenges throughout the days from June 3 – 5, 2016, at Southern Pottery, located at 3105 Devine Street in Columbia, SC.

Friday, June 3, 2016, from 4-9pm…opening reception
Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11am-7pm…challenges, demonstrations and artist sale
Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 11am-4pm…artist sale continues

All happening in the upstairs gallery and front parking lot at Southern Pottery.

A fun event designed to bring together artists with their community!

For more information, call 803/251-3001.

Mayo Mac Boggs Sculpture on Display at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

May 30, 2016


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has received the modern stainless steel sculpture — “Chariot” — made by the late Mayo Mac Boggs, one of Spartanburg and South Carolina’s most noted artists. It is now proudly displayed on Chapman’s campus, thanks to the artist’s widow Ansley Boggs, Ed.D., an education professor at Converse College.


Created in 2005, the piece was first named “Constellation” by Boggs. However, in 2010, during Boggs’ “40th year Retrospective Exhibition” on the college campuses of Converse, Wofford, and USC-Upstate, he redubbed it “Chariot”. In recent years, the piece has been showcased at USC-Upstate’s library. Boggs passed away in March 2014.

Boggs had a long and celebrated career in the arts, after humble beginnings as the son of a welder in a Kentucky industrial city. In addition to his more than 40 years of teaching art at Converse College, he kept an active and productive career in creating art. Some of his noted achievements include receiving a 2013 Verner Award, the highest art award given in South Carolina; being named “Professor Emeritus of Art” by Converse College in 2013; and being named “Honorary Artist of Spartanburg” in 1991. Boggs’ art is placed in the Presidential Libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His work is located also internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations. In addition, he has received many sculpture commissions for city parks, public libraries, college campuses, schools, local businesses, and private residences, one of which was for the home of author Lillian Jackson Braun.

In regards to his inspiration and preferred medium, Boggs once said, “The welded steel sculpture has remained a constant as my medium of expression. I love the look, feel, taste, smell and sound of steel. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith in Kentucky; both my grandfathers and my father were welders and steelworkers. I grew up watching steel pouring from the blast furnaces and the nightly spectacular display of slag being dumped from huge, railroad-sized crucibles. I walked the railroad tracks and picked up scrap metal that had fallen from freight cars. The ironworker’s material and process were an everyday part of my childhood in Ashland, KY. I have taken this material and its process and made art, continuing a family tradition of ironwork.”

In his artist statement, dated March 2011, he wrote: “There are many things one can do to occupy his time while on this earth. I prefer to have non-verbal conversations with my soul. My art is the residue.”

“Chariot” can be viewed daily at Chapman Cultural Center.

For further info contact Steve Wong, Marketing Director, Chapman Cultural Center by calling 864/278-9698 or e-mail to (

USC-Beaufort and SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, SC, Presents “Digital Media in the Lowcountry” – June 10, 2016

May 30, 2016

USC-Beaufort & SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, SC, presents “Digital Media in the Lowcountry”, featuring the work of USC-B Fine Arts and Computational Science Faculty and Students at the Sea Islands Center Gallery. The exhibition will host a public reception Friday, June 10, 2016, from 7-9pm.


The gallery reception will showcase media arts, animation, and video games designed by USC-B students and faculty. Presentations include “Teaching Practice-Based Media Arts Research to Fine Artists” by USC-B Media Arts faculty Topher Maraffi at 7:30pm, and “Bugs ‘N Boo Hags Video Game: A Marriage of Folklore and Technology” by USC-B Computational Science faculty Brian Canada at 8pm.

Refreshments and snacks will be served and the exhibition is free and open to the public. The Sea Islands Center is located at 1106 Carteret Street and is on the university’s Historic Beaufort campus. Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, USC-B is a baccalaureate member of the USC system and houses an innovative Studio Art Program.

For more information about the “Digital Media in the Lowcountry” reception, contact Topher Maraffi by e-mail at ( or visit the following websites at (, ( and (

Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, On the Move Around the Carolinas

May 30, 2016

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC’s, Cultural Arts District is owned and operated by the artist, but it is becoming rare to find him there.  The sculptor is in his studio, with artist assistant Jamie Ouzts, just long enough to create new sculptures, fabricate student-designed works, and meet deadlines for commissioned works. More often, Doster will be found traveling throughout the Carolinas conducting artist residencies in schools, teaching summer camps, and delivering work to public art and gallery exhibitions.

As is typical for the well-known artist, April proved busy month, with Doster’s “Summer Wind” exhibited at Lake City, SC’s ArtFields, a diverse competition comprised of over 360 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast. From there, “Summer Wind” travels to Willow Walk, a biannual signature event in Burlington, NC’s. Willowbrook Park. Alamance Arts, with the City of Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, coordinates the outdoor exhibition and which features more than 35 artists from all over the nation, whose works are chosen based on originality, creativity, and quality of workmanship and design.


Another of the “Wind & Waves” sculptures, “January Wind” traveled from Anderson, SC, after being part of a public exhibition to North Charleston, SC, where it received an Honorable Mention at North Charleston’s “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, and compete for monetary prizes. Sculpture sites are located throughout Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cooper River and the exhibition will be on view until April 2017.

A second sculpture from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “February Wind” was accepted to “Beyond Walls”, an annual national outdoor sculpture exhibition in Robbins Park, Cornelius, NC. One of ten sculptures selected by a jury from thirty applicants, it will remain on exhibit until March, 2017, in this annual public art project coordinated by Cornelius Art Center. The City of Anderson, in partnership with Anderson Arts Center coordinates an annual public art project in downtown, and a massive sculpture from Doster’s “Portal” series was chosen as part of the exhibit, which is on view until April of 2017.

Several monumental works by Doster are currently exhibited at University of North Georgia and new works by the artist, including one from the “Portal” series, have been accepted into the annual outdoor exhibition that represents artists living in the Appalachian states. The exhibition is open year-round in Dahlonega, GA. Doster’s “Dancer”, a ten-feet high stainless steel sculpture that has been shown in public art exhibitions in four states, was one of three sculptures chosen by Boone, NC, Downtown Development Association to be displayed next to Boone Town Hall until June 2017.

In September, look for Doster’s work in Lenoir, NC, at Caldwell Arts Council’s “31st Annual Sculpture Celebration”. Year-round, Doster’s work can be viewed in public art exhibits, collections, and art galleries in NC cities of Raleigh, Lenoir, Chapel Hill, Black Mountain, Sunset Beach, Charlotte, Pinehurst, Waxhaw, Weddington, and others. SC locations to find the artist’s work includes Lancaster, Chester, Spartanburg, Greenville, Cheraw, Anderson, Rock Hill, Richburg, Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Beaufort, Pageland, Chesterfield, Clemson, Laurens, Clinton, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Mt. Pleasant, Van Wyck, Indian Land, Camden, Bennettsville,  and others. In Georgia, look for the artist’s creations in Dahlonega and Atlanta and in Chattanooga, TN.


Doster has been conducting artist residencies in public and private schools since the 1970’s and recent residencies include Dorchester County’s River Oaks Middle School and Eagle Nest Elementary. SC schools now boasting sculptures designed by students under Doster’s instruction include New Prospect Elementary School in Inman and Blythewood High School. Lancaster residencies included South Middle School, Buford Elementary School, Heath Springs Elementary School, and Andrew Jackson Middle School. Lancaster students also designed and painted downtown banners and large art “cubes” that remain on public exhibit from March until October. More SC schools that participated in artist residencies include Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill, Laurens Elementary School in Clover, Duncan Elementary and Chapman High School in Spartanburg. Cary, NC’s, Weatherstone Elementary School recently completed and installed a large stainless steel sculpture honoring the “Class of 2016”.


Doster became interested in making art when he was eleven years old and watched his father create sculptures from metal and other materials. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. A native of Lancaster, he opened his studio in the downtown area in the 1970’s, where he continues to work. Arts workshops and classes are held there on a regular basis, many by other local artists. Ever the teaching artist, Doster conducts one-day metal sculpture workshops throughout the year. Participants design, weld, and polish their own individual works of art while Muddy, the “art dog” helps supervise the activities. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec and information can be found at (

The studio, gallery, and garden at Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC will be open on June 11 and 12 for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County and for the annual gallery open house on the first weekend of December. Visitors are always invited to tour the artist’s studio and group tours can be scheduled by calling 803/285-9190 or e-mailing to (

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