Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, Wins Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund

December 14, 2018

Fletcher Williams III of North Charleston, SC, is the 2018 recipient of the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award from The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund.

“With this award, I was able to utilize an array of materials collected over several years and craft them into a 7ft house-like structure indicative of vernacular architecture and agricultural practices unique to the lowcountry,” says Williams.


Homestead by Fletcher Williams III

“Throughout the past two years, I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my practice to exploring, collecting, and documenting communities within the lowcountry that are representative of African American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. It is common for me to scour my familiar urban terrain but just recently I began venturing into rural South Carolina where I’ve come across vestiges of master craftsmanship, agricultural expertise, and architectural beauty. Homestead is an assemblage of the most iconic fragments collected during those explorations.”

“The overall design of Homestead was inspired by a multi-use barn near the outskirts of Walterboro, SC,” adds Williams. “It is a grand structure that housed grain, hogs, cauldrons, and farming tools. It is an elegant matrix of rafters and raw timber columns enclosed by dull corrugated tin. I’ve mimicked these fixtures in Homestead by creating an intricate exposed rafter system using weathered picket-fence and wrapping the core structure with rusted tin roofing recovered from a Freedman’s Cottage located on upper Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The haint-blue concave section of the structure is comprised of tongue-and-groove siding taken from a small vacated home located only a few miles from the barn. And to represent the barn’s agricultural component, the sculpture is decorated with a series of rusted rebar hooks identical to those used to aid farmers in the butchering of livestock.”


Fletcher Williams’ studio in North Charleston, SC

Fletcher Williams III (b. 1987) is a North Charleston, SC, based interdisciplinary artist whose theoretical and conceptual art making practice is rooted in southern vernacular. Williams studied drawing, painting, print making, graphic design, and sculpture at The Cooper Union, where he received a BFA in 2010 and worked for several years thereafter as a freelance graphic designer. While the core of Williams’ education focused on the visual arts, a significant portion of his education was dedicated to studying ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology. These concepts play an important role in his later works. In 2013, he returned to Charleston and began creating multimedia objects and installations that incorporate historical and contemporary narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the lowcountry. Currently, Williams works out of his single car garage located in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston.


View of an exhibition of works by Fletcher Williams III at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC

The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn as an endowment with Coastal Community Foundation. The endowment provides the annual “Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award” to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s unique life, culture, or environment— its “look and feel.” The award is intended to assist the artist during creation of an original work of art which is then the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion.

For further info visit (www.fletcher3.com).

Advertisements

Entries Sought for 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Held in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is Feb. 25, 2019

December 12, 2018

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the fourteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).


Work by Joni Younkins-Herzog from the current exhibition

The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Katelyn Kirnie. Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Chattanooga, TN, after living and working in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA — where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Kirnie was introduced to the public art world early in her career as Exhibition Manager for renowned sculptor, John Henry. She went on to establish an award winning and highly anticipated rotating mural program, dubbed The Greenway Wall, in Boston, MA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and has an extensive background in fabrication project management and exhibition production for the public realm. Kirnie is inspired by the way art and artists enhance the urban environment – adding meaning, building community, and creating connection.

The 14th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2019, through March 22, 2020, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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).

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Exhibition Proposals – Deadline is Jan. 11, 2019

December 10, 2018

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar. The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 shows per year. All mediums will be considered for exhibition.

DEADLINE FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: JANUARY 11, 2019

Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:

Work reflects consistency of quality
Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration
Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition
Submission Requirements:

Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
Artist Bio
CV or Resume
6 – 8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form.

CLICK HERE to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.

Award Winners Announced at “CraftHiltonHead2018” Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, SC

December 10, 2018

Fine art craft artists from 24 states competed for cash prizes at “CraftHiltonHead2018”. This national, juried craft exhibition showcases over 100 two and three dimensional high-quality craftworks from over 60 featured artists at Art League Gallery.

The award winners were announced at the Awards Reception on Dec. 5, 2018. The winning selections were chosen by two nationally-recognized jurors, Linda Bloom and Patricia Willcox. $4,000 in prizes were awarded.

View the prize winners plus many more one-of-a-kind crafts available for inspired gift-giving. Don’t miss this exclusive presentation on display, and for sale, now through December 29, 2018.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, next to the box office. Art League Gallery now open every day, Mon. – Sat., 10am – 4pm & Sun., 12 – 4pm plus 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.

“Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships” is Art League of Hilton Head’s mission.

Artwork Examples:


Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

First Place – $1500 Prize – “Redemption”, Acrylic, Oil, Wood, Iron, Metal Leaf by Aldo Muzzarelli from South Carolina

Second Place – $1000 Prize – “Vertural Humanity”, Ceramic by David Zahn from Illinois

Third Place – $600 Prize – “A Friend of Lucian”, Wood, Acrylic Paint by James Harney from Illinois

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “The Seven Bases”, Ceramic, Wood by Yelitza Diaz from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Viking”, Terra Cotta by Sheri Farbstein from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Persian Garden”, Fiber by Ron Hodge from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Carbon Copy”, Paper Mache’, Paper Coil by Flavia Lovatelli from South Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Dreamcatcher”, Silver, Copper, Agate, Labradorite, Sandstone, Wood by Kelly Noonan from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Pelican Teapot”, Pewter, Silver by Bill Price from Tennessee

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Nature’s Mood”, Wood, Metal, Fiber, Cloth by Joan Siem from Texas

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Shiva”, Tulip Poplar by Hutch Traver from North Carolina

Honorable Mention – $100 Prize – “Ascending from Earth to Sky”, Mixed Media by Maxine Uttal from South Carolina

For further information call 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.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.

African American Fiber Artists Sought for 13th Annual Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is March 1, 2019

December 7, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 1-5 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 13th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled “BLACK GOLD”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 21, 2019. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator for the exhibition. The application is available online at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s theme is directly inspired by the song “Black Gold” by Esperanza Spalding from her 2012 album “Radio Music Society”. Washington was particularly moved by the lyrics, “Think of all the strength you have in you / From the blood you carry within you / Ancient ones, powerful ones / Built us a civilization…” The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to review the full lyrics of Spalding’s song, as well as the official music video, then create a fiber art piece that will inspire the next generation.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The 13th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: “BLACK GOLD” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from May 1-June 21, 2019, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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).

The December 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

November 29, 2018

The December 2018 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1218/1218carolinaarts.html) – all 54 pages of it. We’re launching a little early as some events take place Dec. 1.

On our cover this month have works from three galleries in the University of South Carolina system: “Empowerment Through the Lens of AfroArt,” featuring works by the Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography, on view at USC Upstate’s UPSTATE Gallery on Main in Spartanburg, SC; “Radiant Geometry,” featuring works by Carl Gombert, on view at USC-Upstate’s Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, in Spartanburg, SC; and “Framing Interference,” a joint exhibition by two artists, Jodi Lightner and Adrian Rhodes, on view at the University of South Carolina’s McMaster Gallery, in Columbia, SC.

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 this publication possible.

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

Don’t forget that the deadline for our January 2019 issue will be Dec. 24 at 5pm.

Ya’all have a happy holidays – here.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com