Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

SPRING 2017 – CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM WINTHROP CVPA GRADUATES – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017

February 14, 2017

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LOOM Coworking is a dynamic work environment in downtown Fort Mill that is filled with
entrepreneurs and independent creatives from across York County and south Charlotte. It includes a
brand new substantial exhibit space for local artists called GALLERY@LOOM. Our current professional
exhibit is from Marge Loudon Moody, internationally shown artist and Winthrop professor. The
Gallery@LOOM is free and accessible to the public 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, after hours and on
weekends during public and private events, and by appointment. See our website for a virtual tour of
the gallery, more details related to this call for entries, and information regarding the closing reception
for this exhibit (http://loomcoworking.com/artists-and-students/)

Call for Entries – The March-June 2017 Gallery@LOOM juried show will highlight Winthrop University
CVPA graduates and encourage graduates to explore alternative venues, creative display opportunities
and publicly accessible spaces to exhibit their work to the greater community.

The artists:
Winthrop University, College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduates (undergrad or graduate degrees)
from 2007 through 2016. 2D (and specific 3D) works from graduates from ANY program housed within
any CVPA academic department are welcome. Works do not have to represent that graduate’s particular
degree or concentration media. Priority given toward those who are currently actively working as
practicing artists and designers as well as those still living in the Carolinas.

The art:
• 2D work appropriate to be hung in a corporate environment / public events venue • Due to the scale of the venue,
priority given to larger works or multiple related pieces • 3D work that is wall mounted (low-relief) or ceiling mounted may
be accepted, based on space availability. Small 3D work will be shown at pop-up exhibit at reception
• Able to have work on exhibit until late June, 2017
• Potential opportunity for public site sculpture (contact Programming Coordinator to discuss)

Entry Requirements –
Digital images (JPEG) approx. 10” x 8” 72dpi (no more than 2MB each to ensure transmission) of up to
eight (8) works submitted via email to jbelk@loomcoworking.com no later than midnight Sunday, Feb
26th
. File names to include artist/piece (ex: jbelk_stilllife.jpg, jbelk_collage.jpg, etc.). Email must include: • All digital
submission images, correctly named
• Artist bio (3-4 sentences regarding background, education, interests) • Artist email address, mailing address, phone
number, degree and year of graduation, website
• For each piece (Title, Artist Statement, Media used, Sales price, Size of piece, Any installation
requirements or instructions

Notification to artists: March 3rd Accepted Entries Due Date/Delivery: March 6th or March 7th

Installation: March 10th and 11th

Gallery events and artist promotion:
A reception will be held for the exhibit mid-way through the show and artists are encouraged to provide
cards, pamphlets or other promotional information to be kept on site. LOOM will promote works,
exhibit, artists and reception on multiple social media outlets.

We would love to know if you are intending
to submit. To let us know or to ask questions,
please contact:
Jennifer Blanchard Belk
Director/Programming Coordinator
jbelk@loomcoworking.com; 803-548-LOOM

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Aquires Works from the Exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art” – Talk Offered on Feb. 16, 2017

February 10, 2017

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The Columbia Museum of Art  in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of four major works of art previously on view as part of the seminal spring 2016 exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art”. The acquisition consists of powerful pieces from artists Bing Davis, Renée Cox, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Colin Quashie. The latter two artists will discuss their works and creative processes as part of the “REMIX/REDUX” lecture and reception presented by the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) on Feb. 16, at 6pm.

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Clockwise from top left: Details from Renée Cox’s “Liberation of Aunt Jemima” and “Uncle Ben”, Michaela Pilar Brown’s “Speak No”, Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly”, and Bing Davis’ “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568”.

“Our goal with “REMIX” was to raise awareness of contemporary African-American art and the mercurial yet magical nature of a ‘remixed’ methodology,” says Will South, CMA chief curator. “The acquisition of these phenomenal pieces helps these important and challenging conversations to continue.”

Among the four newly acquired works is “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568” by Willis “Bing” Davis of Dayton, OH. An artist and art educator who unabashedly looks to the distant past, Davis has created an ongoing series of sparkling pastels based on the high-energy patterns of African kente cloth made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo. Davis riffs on these patterns in the vein of a soloing musician, exploding them out into a riot of colorful abstraction.

Jamaican-American photographer Renée Cox draws inspiration from the history of women artists remixing images to make powerful statements about liberation, leadership, and revolution. In her elaborately staged photographic collage “Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben”, Cox herself assumes the identity of the superhero character Raje stridently leading the titular characters, who have shed their stereotypical caricatures, to freedom. Their pose directly references Eugène Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”, arguably the most famous painting of the French Revolution.

Columbia artist Michaela Pilar Brown also uses photography to explore concepts of blackness and black femininity. Using her own body in combination with everyday objects, Brown creates vignettes that challenge conventional notions of race, feminism, and physicality. In “Speak No”, the arrangement of small plastic soldiers, rhinestones, and black paint on her head and face and the black Kewpie doll on her shoulder powerfully demonstrate the internal battle women of color often experience regarding their own beauty and self-worth.

Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly” was one of the most popular works of art in “REMIX”. A native Charlestonian, Quashie explores the well-known board game Monopoly and the historic plantation experience with wit and humor along with a large dose of criticism and irony. In repurposing something familiar and fun into a critique of the horrors of slavery, the piece commands the viewer’s undivided attention and then confronts that viewer with harsh historical realities that continue to resonate to this day. A fully functioning board game, “Plantation Monopoly” also provokes dialogue about the age-old question, “What is art?”

To further explore two of these fascinating works, the FAAAC presents “REMIX/REDUX”, a program featuring discussion between Brown and Quashie.

“I am extremely excited to sit in conversation with Colin Quashie,” says Brown. “He carries a sharp ax. He brings his sharp intellect, a deep understanding of history, and fearlessness to artmaking. His voice is essential at this moment in America’s story. The CMA’s acquisition of a seminal Quashie piece speaks to their commitment to addressing challenging ideas about contemporary American art. It’s good company to find myself in, and I’m thrilled to have this platform to engage in critical dialogue about artmaking, museum acquisitions, and inclusion.”

Porchia Moore, CMA consulting curator and Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina, will moderate the program.

“The acquisition of these four works marks a significant purchase for the museum and the direction we will continue to take in our strategic strengthening of adding African-American work to our collection,” says Moore. “These four extraordinary artists each have a distinctive voice and style. A little provocative. A lot of truth. Some beauty. Some satire. Some pain. Each piece tells a story and invites you to truly participate in both the telling of that story and the listening of it. I think that this event featuring Michaela Pilar Brown and Colin Quashie is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the powerhouse visual artists of South Carolina and the work being created in the region which directly engages with and advances the art being created both in the Southeast and in the nation.”

All four works of art will go on view in the CMA’s future contemporary galleries.

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

Olive’s in Fort Mill, SC, Calls for Entries for “All About Bikes” Exhibit – Deadline is May 15, 2017

February 8, 2017

We are having a call for entries at Olive’s in Fort Mill, SC. It will include any medium and will be displayed during the BMX World Championship, the month of July and the month of August.

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The subject is “All About Bikes”. There will be a cash prize for First, Second and Third place. The subject matter must be bike related and is due by 5pm, May 15, 2017. The size of your piece shall be no bigger than 3ft x 3ft.

Deadline May 15, 2017

$25 entry fee for up to two entries.

All other information is at (http://www.olivesmudpuddle.com/competition-information.html).

Olive’s is located at 229 Maun Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715

For further information call Debbie Whitsett at 704/301-2619 or visit (www.olivesmudpuddle.com).

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2017 Design Competition Winner – Judy McSween

February 8, 2017

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department (SC) is pleased to announce Judy McSween of Charleston as the winner of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s oil painting, titled “Scraping the Sky II”, will be used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7, 2017.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Scraping the Sky II” by Judy McSween

McSween’s design was selected from a total of 60 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to McSween, “Scraping the Sky II” evokes the exuberance of a new day and the anticipation of discovery. The piece was created after a summer trip the artist took with her husband, daughter, and nieces, where they explored galleries, parks, and restaurants. “I painted the fresh, inviting view recalling the vibrant city skyline when we embarked,” she explains. “It parallels how I approach a blank canvas – with a simple plan and with excitement to see what I’ll uncover along the way.”

McSween was born in Warren, OH, and earned a BFA with a specialization in painting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She began her career as an art teacher in Warren, OH, and taught art at a number of private and public schools when she relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC, in the late eighties. Her attention turned from painting and teaching to raising a family of four children after a move to Lexington, SC, in the late nineties. She returned to painting full time when her family relocated to Charleston, SC, in 2008.

McSween has participated in numerous regional art shows. She was the featured artist at The Saul Alexander Gallery located in the Charleston County Library in January 2016 and was invited to be an exhibiting member in Charleston’s “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibit” that spring in Marion Square. Her work was selected for the 2010 “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit” and has been awarded Honorable Mentions in the North Charleston Arts Fest’s Judged Fine Art Competition. Her paintings have also been featured on the cover of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, “Dreaming .400”.

McSween’s paintings are primarily abstract with an emphasis on color and texture. A painting may come to viewers as representative – such as a landscape – and at other times, her paintings are defined by a thought or idea. She currently paints in her home studio and teaches part-time at The Montessori Community School of Charleston. For more information about the artist, or to see her work, visit (www.judymcsween.com).

A new series of McSween’s abstract land and sea inspired scenes will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2017. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Scraping the Sky II”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 6 & 7, 2017. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

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

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Features Works by Ralph Pàquin

February 8, 2017

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, is presenting “RALPH PÀQUIN : Evolution: Of Origin & Form,” on view in the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery in the Harper Center for the Arts, through Feb. 25, 2017.

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Ralph Pàquin was born in Newport, RI. During his adolescence, he studied with craftsmen and artists in California, Nebraska, Virginia, Florida and Rhode Island. He received a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and his MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

After graduate school, Pàquin shifted into large-scale artworks conceptually based upon the “human condition.” In the following years, Pàquin has held teaching positions at Ohio State University, Furman University, and Presbyterian College, where he joined faculty full time in 1998 and is currently a tenured Professor of Studio Art.

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Pàquin’s work has evolved over forty years in a natural progression, leading to the present concise and refined configuration while still retaining the muscular volume of his French and German heritage. Inspired by such artists as Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, life’s rencounters, and the renewal and reflection of teaching, Pàquin most recently has mastered the challenge and economy of mold making, creating counterparts that can be recreated into varied sculptures. Works in this exhibit include both ceramic and fiberglass sculptures and works on paper.

Pàquin states, “My current series consists of meticulously fabricated organomorphic shapes that are a result of pausing to consider the interior of the human body and its connections to primordial forms of life.”

The Harper Center Gallery is host to four exhibitions annually—two exhibitions of work from nationally/internationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibition, and the Annual Student Exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon–5pm; admission to the gallery is free.

Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus between Columbia and Greenville, SC. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor and ethics that prepares students to be leaders in their communities, PC students benefit from an exceptional faculty who take an individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010 and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community.

For more information about Presbyterian College, contact Ann Stoddard, College Curator, by e-mail at (astoddar@presby.edu) or visit (www.presby.edu).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for “2017 Biennale” – Deadline is March 6, 2017

February 8, 2017

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The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites you to enter the “2017 Biennale”, its 25th national juried exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

The “25th Biennale” judge will be Susan Mayfield. Mayfield is an award-winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils. Raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, she earned a Fine Arts degree with honors from the College of Charleston and further studied with prominent artists from around the country. Mayfield has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, the Joyce Robins Gallery in Sante Fe, NM, the Red Piano Gallery on Hilton Head, SC, and the City Art Gallery in Greenville, NC, among many others. In addition to painting, Mayfield teaches art classes in her studio and leads artist workshops around the country. Read more about Mayfield here at (http://susanmayfield.net/).

Deadline to enter is March 6, 2017

All entries will be juried from digital image. Each artist may enter up to three pieces of original artwork created within the last three years and never accepted into an Art League of Hilton Head juried show before. Only one piece of art per artist will be accepted into the show. To enter click here at (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

For further information contact Kristen McIntosh, Gallery Manager by calling 843/681-5060, e-mail at (admin@artleaguehhi.org) or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Love

February 7, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, is presenting “Not Your Typical Love Story”, featuring works that express different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…, on view from Feb. 2 – 28, 2017. A reception will be held on Feb. 11, from 5-8pm.

Originally Valentine’s Day was about respecting people’s need for love, compassion, and acceptance. This group show illustrates artists’ interpretations on the theme. Celebrate all diverse interpretations of love in a less commercial representation. Except for the chocolate part. There will be lots of chocolate.

Participating guest artists include: Chrisi Blyth, Deane V. Bowers, Linda D’Elia, Kopeace, Dina Platt, Nicole Robinson, Shari Schultz, Vik, and Henry Wolf.

There will be new work by Fabulon artists including: Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, Amanda England, Eugene Horne, Susan Irish, Liza S. Lindahl, Laura McRae-Hitchcock, and Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407. Free parking is available on site.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

The February 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

February 1, 2017

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The February 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/217/217carolinaarts.html) – all 60 pages of it – a few more than last month.

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 March 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Feb. 24th deadline. It’s a short month so our deadline is very important this month. Please get your info to us well before the deadline of Feb. 24 so we have time to get our March issue produced in time. We’ll be moving at break-neck speed so don’t be late or you’ll be left behind.

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

Awards Announced at Opening of “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2017

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Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017, marked the formal opening of the “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC. The competition is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state, and has been presented by the Trustees of the Florence Museum annually since 1954.

Attendees were welcomed at 8pm by Rebecca Crawford, chairperson of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A. Representing Chick-fil-A this year was Blake Pate, assisted by Sara Black, who announced the juror’s winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards. The reception was organized by The Florence County Museum Hospitality Committee. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lilies of Florence.

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Yvette L. Cummings with her work “When the Magpie Came”

This year’s $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to Yvette L. Cummings, of Conway, SC, for her acrylic on canvas double portrait, “When the Magpie Came”. The painting is one of two works by Cummings in the exhibit. Both were recently shown at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, where she received the 701 CCA Prize 2016, for emerging artists under 40 years of age. Since earning her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2003, Cummings has received honors in numerous statewide competitions. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Coastal Carolina University, and is preparing new work for three solo exhibitions scheduled for 2018.

Watercolor on paper was the medium of choice for the remaining award recipients, presented to the following works: Second Place ($600), “And So it Was”, by Debbie Broadway of Florence.

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Third Place ($250) went to competition newcomer Ashley Arakas of Conway, SC, for her impressive photorealist portrait, “Apprehensive Love”. Arakas was recognized by the South Carolina Watermedia Society in their annual traveling awards exhibition. The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Lynda English of Florence for her sympathetic documentary work, “Through the Eyes of a Child”.

As in previous years, the “2017 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists native to the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region. The exhibition is comprised of 34 works selected from 119 submissions in multiple media by this year’s competition juror, Sanford Greene.

Greene’s twenty-year career as professional comic book artist has recently received critical success in multiple markets. He is currently the primary production artist for Marvel Entertainment’s popular contemporary restyling of the progressive 1970s interracial superhero comic book, Power Man and Iron Fist. The series follows main character, Luke Cage who forms an unlikely bond with the young, but powerful, Danny Rand (also known as Iron Fist). The Iron Fist character is set to debut in a Netflix original series this year, and will join Luke Cage for Marvel’s new Netflix superhero line-up.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 18, 2017, in the FCM Waters Gallery. Visitors are invited to selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 10 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 13.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 24, 2017.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC Announces Final Call for Artists for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows – Deadline Feb. 3, 2017

January 27, 2017

The Applications Deadline is quickly approaching for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.  The shows are to be held May 26-28 and June 2-4, 2017. This will be the 38th year the shows have been part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Craft artists in a wide variety of media are invited to apply to exhibit at one or both of the 3-day shows. Applications are being accepted online via ZAPPlication.org (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5212).

The application deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.

A list of acceptable media, rules and general information about the shows is available with the application materials. Please read the materials carefully before submitting your application. The application fee is $30. Booths are $275 per weekend.

Artists will be selected for participation in these shows based jury scores and media quotas for each show. Approximately 80 booths are available each weekend. Emerging Artist Grants, equal to booth fees, will be awarded a first-time applicants each weekend based on scores and artist statements.

For more detailed information about the shows, visit the official web site at (finecraftshowscharleston.com), e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com), or leave a message for Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival U.S.A. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 27th and concludes June 11th.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.