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Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Receives Hayes Sculpture for Public Display

May 21, 2016

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For public display, Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has received a painted-steel nonobjective sculpture by the noted artist David Hayes. The multisided sculpture is painted in bright primary colors and sits at the entrance of Chapman’s theater. It is on permanent loan from an anonymous patron.

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Hayes, 1931-2013, was an American sculptor noted for pioneering sculptures in metal and for his work’s graceful curves, shapes abstracted from sketches of objects and ideas. His earlier works were usually black, however, early in this century, he began adding bright and bold colors to his work, which became his iconic style. The unnamed piece at Chapman is a fine example of his later work.

Hayes’s work is sought after around the world and displayed in the most prestigious galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In reference to his work, Hayes once said: “Each sculpture begins with the ink and gouache drawings that I do each day. The forms and shapes, and their interaction, are delineated on paper, with the color showing each different form. The drawings themselves are derived from copious notebooks of sketches that I make to depict objects and shapes that I respond to in nature and the environment around me. Later they are painted with several coats of primer and weather resistant colors. The coloration of the pieces is determined by what I see in the shapes themselves. And though the pieces have individual titles, I leave the interpretation of each to the realm of the viewer’s imagination. The sculptures are out in the open and can be viewed under different weather and light conditions as they are all made for out of door exposure. I have a strong conviction about art in public areas where it can be seen and enjoyed in uninhibiting surroundings.”

The Hayes sculpture at Chapman can be viewed daily. For extensive information about Hayes, please visit his website at (www.DavidHayes.com).

Call to Artists for LCAB in Lexington, SC – Deadline Aug. 1, 2016

May 21, 2016

South Carolina Artists’ Semi-Annual Exhibit at LCAB/Lexington County Administration Building, located at 212 S. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC, 29072, call for submission to exhibit work.

Hours of operation Monday – Friday 8am-5pm | 54 + spaces.

Members & Non-members may apply up to 10 entries of two-dimensional art.

Visit (http://www.southcarolinaartists.com/exhibiting-locations.html) for specific information. E-mail to (contact@southcarolinaartists.com) or call 803/808-5328.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition”

May 18, 2016

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Twelve out of 54 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, James Davis, ASLA, founder/president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm.  Once installed at the exhibition site, Davis then made his selections for Best of Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions. After determining the award winners, he offered the following juror’s statement:

“What’s it supposed to be?” the elderly couple inquired as I was pondering my decisions for the awards. There was no signage yet so not even a title for them to go with. I told them the name of the piece, shared what it meant to me and suggested maybe they decide what it means to them. After a short pause, “Hmmmmmm…” was the reply.

Hmmmmmm, indeed! That’s what is so wonderful about art. Even if you don’t understand it, it can still make you feel Hmmmmmm!  I always think it’s better to know the message the artist is revealing, but missing that, if we just pause for a moment, we will know what it means to us! So the attraction might be the message or it could be the creativity or the craftsmanship or the design or the aesthetics or the complexity (or simplicity) or the attention to detail.  Sometimes it’s all of these!!!  As juror, that’s what I hope to find.

My choices of sculptures to take part in the exhibit were an effort to select pieces that presented a range of materials, colors, textures and emotions. My choices for the awards lean towards my personal notions of creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

I hope all the visitors to this wonderful park will take some time to stop and reflect upon each sculpture. It may not be for the same reason but if they pause, I think they’ll find something to make them say Hmmmmmm!!”

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Best of Show, Truce by Adam Walls (credit: Ryan Johnson)

The twelve sculptures selected for exhibition are by twelve artists from three states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show: “Truce” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
Outstanding Merit: “Orpheus” by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)
Honorable Mention: “Off by One” by Casey Narron (Kenly, NC)
Honorable Mention: “January Wind” by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Honorable Mention: “Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Other works on display:
“Red Balance” by Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC)
“Mare and Foal” by Edward Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Undulation” by Jordan Fowler (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Creatures of the Sky II” by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)
“Voyageur Outdoor” by Corrina Sephora (Atlanta, GA)
“Swing Thing” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
“Go Take a Hike” by Davis Whitfield (Sylva, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free.

The “2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 22, 2017.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2017/18 competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

PHOTO TALK / CHARLESTON Takes Place at the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC – June 13, 2016

May 18, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 6:15PM. Program starts at 6:30pm sharp.
CHARLESTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – MAIN BRANCH, CALHOUN ST
“CUBA: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE”

A panel of Charleston photographers will present their premium images from Cuba and discuss ways of traveling to Cuba, where and how to shoot for maximum results.

For further info e-mail Ron Rocz at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2016 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest.  A total of 226 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris is a contemporary mixed media artist and who currently teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

A total of 107 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or photo illustration. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle has been the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship and the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship and is currently a professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

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Heather Thornton with her work “Dichotomy”

Best in Show – Fine Art:
“Dichotomy” (acrylic) by Heather Thornton (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” (acrylic) by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
“Wabi-Sabi” (2-D Mixed Media) by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
“Arts My Bag” (watercolor) by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)

Fine Art – Acrylic:
1st Place – “Exposed Innocent” by Jarrett Davis (Pamplico, SC)
2nd place – “Red IBM” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kaudi 3005” by Davina Felder (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Projector with Sunflower” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “School of Fish” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wash Me” by Rosemary Giusti Dillon (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wild About Coffee” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Emanuel Forever 9” by Kelvin Bluffton Sr. (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – “El Corozon de la Sabana” by Kolepeace (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – Oil:
1st Place – “A Father’s Love” by Robert Maniscalco (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Water the Old Way” by Marvin Youngblood (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Annie” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Leaving Moma” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Night Cup” by Keith Van Zant (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Toby” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Beach Peace” by Dorothy Alston Rogers (North Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel:
1st place – “Strike of an Eye” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – “Rough Girls” by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “The Abstraction” by Catherine Case (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chucked” by Susan Everitt (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Untitled” by Elliott B. West (Bonneau, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Paved Paradise” by Michelle Brooks Bank (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Love at First Sight” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor:
1st Place – “Jen” by Johnny Sandler (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Ciara x4 by Carolyn Epperly (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Arts My Bag” by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)
Honorable Mention – “They Are Waiting” by M. Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media:
1st Place – “Frozen in Time” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
2nd Place – “Qualia” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
3rd Place – “All My Life” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Believe Me, I Woke Upon” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sinnamon” by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Network” by Susanna Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Color:
1st Place – “Great Blue Heron Pair” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Devine Light” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting Patiently” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Orchid Study 1” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “The Cooper’s Barrel” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Step into Liquid” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Poppy #2” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Clearing November Storm” by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hats!” by Larry Gale (Mt Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cobwebbed Anchor” by Christine Jones (Goose Creek, SC)

Professional Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “Sleep Walker” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Tale of the Seas” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Calls and Echoes” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Taking Flight” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color:
1st Place – “By the Sea” by Steven Ives (Moncks Corner, SC)
2nd Place – “Fulfilling Our Promises” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Stars” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “At Sea” by Steven Ives by (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A Pumpkin Spider!” by Nancy Nellis (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Corsair Reflection” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Empty Seats” by Tom Beck (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sun Escape” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hidden” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “Iris” by Michael D. Summer (Dalzell, SC)
2nd Place – “Double” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Smokin’” by Nicole Robinson (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Isolation” by Melissa Honour (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Preparation” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Stump of Time” by Jimmy Hartnett (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Spokes” by Rudy Lutge (North Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “On Display” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 36 applicants were asked to participate and 82 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip. After making her selections, Haislip stated, “The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today.”

After awarding ribbons, Haislip also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

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Folks looking at work by Tom Boozer

Best of Show:
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)

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“Boot Scoot” by Patz Fowle

Outstanding Merit:
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Rice Plantation at Brookgreen” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Gosu Basket Form” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Honorable Mention:
“Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Blueberry Tart Cake” (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Vessel No. 373” (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Wrench Wench” (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)
“Gameboard” (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
“Natural Edge Maple Bowl” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Triangular Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Haida #6 Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Wormloe Plantation” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Handle With Care” (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Butterfly Bowl” (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Salty” (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program by calling 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lectures on Arts Management – May 28, 2016

May 14, 2016

As one of the few undergraduate studies of its kind in the Southeast, the arts management program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, is one of the fastest growing majors on campus. The program prepares its students for careers in supporting the work of performing, visual and media artists. The curriculum includes studies in arts presenting, gallery management, fund raising and grant writing, programming and event planning, arts marketing, music industry, volunteerism and board development, financial management, and arts policy. To further enhance the program, the Director of Arts Management, Dr. Karen Chandler, and the faculty of the program announce the academic appointments of Dr. Katherine (Kate) Keeney and Dr. Jason C. White, who will join the faculty this fall.

During the opening weekend of Spoleto Festival USA and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Keeney and White will give talks about their research and work in arts management and arts entrepreneurship – Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, and White will propose and discuss a framework for researching and analyzing the state of entrepreneurship across the South Carolina arts sector. The lecture/event on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will be an opportunity for local and statewide arts and business leaders to meet the new faculty members, and will take place at 11:30am in room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip Street in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Kate Preston Keeney’s research interests bridge arts management and public policy and management scholarship with a specific focus on arts policy, organizations, and nonprofit management. She is both a scholar and an experienced administrator in the arts and higher education administration settings. Keeney has published in “The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society”, and has co-authored work with Pam Korza, co-director of Animating Democracy. She has presented related research at many annual conferences of public administration and arts management, is a reviewer for the “Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership”, and serves on the research committee for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). Over the past two years, she has assisted in the creation of a new master’s degree in nonprofit organization for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.

As a project director at Virginia Tech, Keeney has been at the center of several high-level, university-wide initiatives, including the construction of the $100 million Moss Arts Center. She also has served as the Assistant Production Manager for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has held research and contract positions with Americans for the Arts and the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC.

Keeney holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Management from American University, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) in viola performance from James Madison University. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in arts management and nonprofit financial management at Virginia Tech.

Drawing from her research in public administration, Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. She explores why it is not enough to prepare the next generation of arts organization leaders; instead we must integrate the arts into different facets of society, and work across sectors to achieve a robust arts field that is broadly defined. Keeney’s talk builds on her dissertation work—an investigation of the role of public higher education institutions in state-level arts policy. Specifically, she argues that performing arts centers on college campuses are significant contributors to the state arts landscape, but that this position is not accurately reflected in our understanding of public support for the arts and culture.

With over twenty years of experience as a professional actor and independent theatre producer, Dr. Jason C. White is well aware of the unique challenges and barriers that many artists, administrators and technical creative workers face when attempting to produce, exhibit, distribute, sustain and legitimize works of art. Through a combination of research, teaching and service, he will work with students to address arts management issues, co-identify solutions to common challenges in art fields, and co-develop new opportunity structures in arts sectors. In doing so, students will be better prepared for the practice of arts management and arts entrepreneurship.

Recently at The Ohio State University, White completed his dissertation research study, The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Ohio Arts Sector. He is also a published author in the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”, “Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts”, and “Arts Education Policy Review”. In addition, White is a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), and serves as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research” and as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White attended The University of Akron, obtaining both a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Administration, and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) degree in Assessment and Evaluation.  He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.

White’s lecture is titled “The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Arts Sector.” His talk will focus on findings from his doctoral dissertation on arts entrepreneurship where he conducted surveys and interviews with owners and founders of 115 arts organizations in Ohio to determine demographic information, shared characteristics and experiences, and venture trends over the last fifteen years within distinct arts fields. Through research at the College of Charleston, White intends to utilize his framework to better understand the nature of both arts entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurs across the South Carolina arts sector.

Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, visited the College’s campus during the spring 2014 semester and expressed his opinion of the Arts Management Program as “one of the best, if not the best in the nation…this program is outstanding!  …I have never seen another undergraduate program as impressive, and I congratulate the Arts Management faculty, staff and students on their tremendous success.”

Who should consider the major or minor in arts management? Students who are interested in Art History, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance and Music who wish to combine work in an artistic discipline with management and administrative skills are good candidates, as well as artists who wish to combine their artistic work with management and administrative skills. Additionally students interested in Business, Economics, and Communications who wish to broaden their career choices may be interested in a minor or double major. Finally managers, employees, directors and volunteers currently working with arts and cultural organizations who wish to become more effective at managing those organizations, are good candidates for our undergraduate or graduate offerings in arts management.

For more information on the program offerings of the Arts Management Program and for details on the May 28 public lectures of Drs. Keeney and White, visit (artsmgmt.cofc.edu) or call 843/953-6301.

Phifer-Johnson Foundation/The Johnson Collection Receives State’s Highest Art Award – Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award

May 12, 2016

The Phifer-Johnson Foundation/The Johnson Collection has been named the recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner 2016 Business/Foundation Award, by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The Johnson Foundation was nominated by Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC.

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The Johnsons with Gov. Haley

The Johnson Foundation received the award Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC. The Foundation received a handcrafted bronze statue, designed by Columbia-based artist Jean McWhorter.

The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina, and are the highest honor the state gives in the arts. These awards honor South Carolina arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community, and government entities who maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts. In 1980, the Verner Awards took on a special significance with their designation as the official “Governor’s Awards for the Arts.”

“On behalf of Chapman Cultural Center’s artists and patrons, we are thrilled that the Johnsons have been recognized as leaders in the supports of the arts, not only in Spartanburg, but through out South Carolina, the South, and the nation,” Chapman President and CEO Jennifer Evins said. “Over the years, the Johnsons have supported the arts with their wisdom, influence, resources, and time. We can never thank them enough. Receiving this award speaks to the world-class appreciation of and commitment to the arts that the Johnsons have.”

When Susu and George Johnson’s personal art collection outgrew their home and office space, they decided to share it. What began as an interest in paintings by Carolina artists in 2002 has grown to encompass over 1,200 objects that chronicle the cultural evolution of the American South. Three scholarly books have been published around the Johnson Collection’s holdings. Each of the books is accompanied by a touring exhibition that travels to leading museums in South Carolina and across the South for two to four years. In contrast to most touring shows, the Johnsons share these exhibitions with all participating museums at no cost. These efforts to provide broad access to the arts for free have attracted national attention from such prominent publications as “American Art Review”, “The Magazine Antiques” and “Garden & Gun”. A website for the collection features images and notes on hundreds of Southern artists and a searchable catalog of the collection’s library of over 4,000 volumes. The collection’s curator serves as a visiting scholar and lecturer at local colleges, and students are invited to apply for curatorial internships. A gallery in downtown Spartanburg presents regular exhibitions from the collection and loans artwork to a variety of public and educational institutions, making the collection highly accessible to the public.

The Johnsons’ philanthropic commitment to community, arts and culture extends beyond the Johnson Collection to support local and statewide arts programs and initiatives. The Phifer-Johnson Foundation is a major benefactor of the South Carolina First Novel Prize, which is establishing a national profile for South Carolina’s most promising writers. They have been important to the success of Spartanburg’s Chapman Cultural Center, a centerpiece in Spartanburg’s active cultural scene. They are key supporters of arts organizations and activities that add vibrancy and attract youth and talent to their community, including the Hub-Bub Artist in Residence Program, Ballet Spartanburg, the Music Foundation of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Brookgreen Gardens, and more. Equally dedicated to arts advancement and arts accessibility, the Johnsons generously share their vision, energy, passion and resources to benefit the arts in South Carolina.

Elizabeth O’Neill Verner achieved an international reputation for her etchings and pastels, many of which capture the spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry. She was also a teacher, writer and historian. Throughout her 96 years, Mrs. Verner traveled abroad extensively. Drawings of South Carolina residences, churches and street-life portraits are Verner trademarks recognized throughout the world for the way they capture South Carolina’s unique people and architecture. Mrs. Verner’s studio is located on Tradd Street in Charleston, SC.

Other 2016 Verner Awards include Charleston artist Mary Edna Fraser, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance Betty Plumb, arts education agency Joye In Aiken, government agency The City of Greenville, and arts organization The Columbia Museum of Art. Special recognition was given to Hootie and the Blowfish, and writer/poet Nikky Finney.

For further info call Steve Wong, Marketing Director, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC. at 864/278-9698 or e-mail to (sWong@SpartanArts.org).

City Art in Columbia, SC, will Present a High Noon Event with Amanda Ladymon Stockard – May 21, 2016

May 12, 2016

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It’s free at NOON for an hour or less… just don’t be late.

Amanda Ladymon is owner of Ladybug Art Studios, a home-based creative center for art and education, working with local non-profits and the community. Ladymon has been an artist and art educator for 12 years, working with all ages and walks of life within the Columbia community.  She was the recipient of the Artist Ventures Initiative Grant in 2013 from the SC Arts Commission, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Ladymon is an Adjunct Professor teaching Sculpture and art studio courses at Benedict College. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of South Carolina in 2009. She has a wonderful supportive husband, Eric, and two amazing girls, Lily and Mia.

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Ladymon’s most recent work deals with family imagery, local history, womanhood and identity, and the concept of motherhood. Her mixed media works involve a circular dialogue, with one part affecting another, creating an endless flow of biomorphic, organic forms and evolving experimentation with materials. Balancing a tension through visual relationships of form and color, her mixed media pieces are the product of a naturally intuitive, self – organizing principle. Using found objects along with drawing and painting methods, Amanda’s work addresses the importance of upcycling while also addressing the symbolism of home and historical ties to her past and present.

City Art is located at 1224 Lincoln St, Columbia SC 29210.

For further info call 803/252-3613 or visit (www.cityartonline.com).

2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County Farm Sites A Part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour – June 11-12, 2016

May 9, 2016

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The Ag + Art Tour returns this June bigger and better than ever! Each weekend, farm sites in counties across the state of South Carolina will host the Ag + Art Tour. The nine counties participating this year are Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry (June 4-5), Lancaster and York (June 11-12), Fairfield and Kershaw (June 18-19), and Chester and Union (June 25-26). On Saturdays, visitors will be able to stop by farms and farm stands from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays, from 1-5pm. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest, free, self-guided farm tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and locally made traditional arts.

Each county participating in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour will host kickoff events leading up to the Tour. The Ag + Art Tour of York County kicks off on Thursday, June 9 at the Old Town Farmers Market, located adjacent to Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from 5-8pm. The Old Town Farmers Market is Rock Hill’s only all-local market. It features fresh, seasonal produce, farm products, handmade goods, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, free yoga sessions and more! For further info visit (http://onlyinoldtown.com/do/featured/9/eat-fresh-be-fresh).

Guinness World Record Holder Chef Smokin’ Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company will be our guest speaker for the kickoff. Chef Smokin’ Ed will speak from 5:30-6pm. Chef Currie will fill us in about how he came to grow peppers and win the 2013 Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper. Chef Smokin’ Ed will also have a few of his pepper creations available for sampling.

Take a trip along York County’s country roads during the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. The Tour originated in York County in 2012, and has grown annually. This year, the Ag + Art Tour of York County includes 19 farms and farm stands and 21+ artisans including painters, potters, quilters, sewers, musicians, fabric artists, storytellers, and more.

Farms and Farm Stands include:
Anne Springs Close Greenway Gardens, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Baker Farm, 2494 Greenwood Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745
Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
*only open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, 1536 Tom Steven Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Children’s Educational Garden, 954 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29730
The Garden: Happy from my Head To-ma-tos, 2399 West Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
J & J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover, SC 29710
Ketchen Place, 3218 Cedarvale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Myersart and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove, SC 29732
Peach Tree, 2077 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover, SC 29710
Roger Ridge Ranch | 4700 Canaan Church Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Sanders Peaches, Highway 321, Filbert, York, SC 29745
Stowe Dairy Farm, 169 Stowe Dairy Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
Tega Hills Farm | 1780 Zoar Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Ancillary Sites include:
Cat’s Paw Winery, 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill, SC
PuckerButt Pepper Company, 235 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 10am-6pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm
York Veterinary Services, l889 Highway 321 Bypass, York, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm

Be sure to pack an empty cooler to fill with fresh, locally grown produce! Artists will be creating and selling their work, and musicians will be performing at various stops. Many farms will host family-friendly activities including hayrides, farm tours, and opportunities to check out barnyard animals.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, commerce, Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, the Arts Council of York County and community volunteers. The Ag + Art Tour of York County is sponsored by AgSouth and the York County Farm Bureau. Support for this project is provided by the York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax, and by the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For visitors’ information, including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888/702-1320.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgandArtTour.com) for details.


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