Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Celebrate Clay at the South Carolina Clay Conference in Newberry, SC – Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

February 14, 2015

Attention potters and pottery lovers!

There is something new and exciting in South Carolina – the 1st Annual South Carolina Clay Conference – Moving Clay Forward. The conference is sponsored by the City of Newberry PRT and will be held on Feb. 27 & 28 and Mar. 1, 2015 at the Newberry Arts Center in historic downtown Newberry, SC.

For this first SCCC, art program and conference organizer Marquerite F. Palmer has brought together presenters Sue Grier from Asheville, NC and Mike Vatalaro from Greenville, SC. With many years experience each, both potters will demonstrate their talents and techniques during the conference. The overriding theme for this year is Altered Vessels. Also during the weekend, the presenters will have their work for sale along with pieces from the conference attendees. The pottery sale will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28. The Newberry Arts Center is located at 1107 College St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Work by Sue Grier

Work by Mike Vatalaro

Modeled after well-known clay conferences in North Carolina and Alabama, the conference will allow for presenters and attendees to be immersed in conversation on ‘all things clay’. Included will be a Friday evening reception and Saturday evening BBQ. Sunday morning, the conference will close with an informative lecture on a clay related topic. Professionals, educators, amateurs and students can all enjoy the creative atmosphere which this type of intimate gathering promotes.

Of the conference, Palmer says ”The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has put forth great efforts to create an art center that educates and nurtures the community and surrounding areas with visual art experiences for all ages. Newberry Arts Center – NAC – is thrilled to be hosting the first South Carolina Clay Conference. Instruction in pottery is a large part of our center.  Newberry Arts Center is excited to be bringing clay artists together from all over South Carolina and beyond to help build a stronger clay community and move clay forward in South Carolina.”

The cost of attending the conference is $225 and some meals are included – the complete schedule should be firmed soon. The organizers have set up a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in downtown Newberry with a double room at $89 a night including continental breakfast.

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, at 803/321- 1015 or e-mail to (

North Charleston Arts Festival in SC Reveals 2015 Design Competition Winner

February 14, 2015


The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce North Charleston, SC, artist Karole Turner Campbell (KTC), as the winner of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, KTC’s mixed media piece, titled “Jubilee”, will be used to promote the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9, 2015.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

KTC’s design was selected from a total of 47 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 KTC, “Jubilee” is a visual pun that explores a different approach to traditional color theory. Created with a variety of media including acrylic, oil, reclaimed Styrofoam, and paper, the abstract piece depicts an island of blue “floating and dancing” amidst a yellow sea. “The materials I use are diverse and go beyond just making marks, combining colors, or incorporating objects onto a surface,” she explains. “I am fascinated with layering and creating real or implied texture and this fascination leads me to consistently uncover new, distinct modes of expression.”

Karole Turner Campbell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and an art major diploma from the prestigious High School of Music & Art in New York City. A retired New York City principal, she now works as a full time visual artist with a passion for all things creative. Her full body of work is quite eclectic, ranging from representational to abstract, and two dimensional to three dimensional. Recently she has been creating conceptual, mixed media pieces that juxtapose antithetical ideas and materials with an objective to engage viewers in an open-ended conversation that can be ethereal and visceral, sublime and earthly, universal and specific, and spiritual and profane.

Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, KTC has immersed herself in the local arts community by exhibiting her works in solo shows, group shows, and galleries. She has curated two invitational group shows for the MOJA Arts Festival and served as a juror for the Avery Research Center’s national juried exhibition in 2011. In 2012, she was a featured artist at Penn Center’s Centennial Celebration Exhibition and exhibited her work in a solo show, titled “Eternal Vigilantes,” at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC, the following year. In addition, her work has been displayed in a number of venues and events throughout the state, including the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, the Charleston County Library, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, the North Charleston City Gallery, the North Charleston Arts Festival, and the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition”. In 2014, KTC was awarded an Honorable Mention in the oil painting category in the North Charleston Arts Festival’s “Annual Judged Art Competition”, second place in the “MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”, and was honored for her work in the arts community at the Community Awards Luncheon.

KTC’s work, including the winning piece, “Jubilee”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 2 and 3 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, 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 at (, or visit (

Winthrop University Galleries in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Submissions the Exhibit “Water: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability” – Deadline Mar. 30, 2015

February 11, 2015


The Winthrop University Galleries, located in Rock Hill, SC, invites artists and designers to submit a proposal for a group or possible solo exhibition to be held in conjunction with the interdisciplinary conference “Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability”. Water is integral to the survival of life on earth. As abundant as it may seem, water quantity and quality have become some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The conference will focus on the social, political, historical, economic, and user issues that surround water worldwide. The Galleries seek a variety of contemporary perspectives on these issues and creative work reacting to the current water situation for exhibition. Political, social, environmental, user and aesthetic themes related to water in all media will be considered. Exhibited works will be located in the Rutledge Gallery (94.75 Iinear ft.) and the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery (117.17 linear ft.) at Winthrop University and will be on view from Sept. 21 – Nov. 13, 2015.

Consideration of professional work in all 2D and 3D mediums or presentation of creative practice may include but is not limited to; sound, new media, video, installation, design, architecture, social practice and performance. It is preferable that proposals are interdisciplinary in nature and draw on a variety of fields. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Work proposed must be actual work available for the exhibition and work selected must be available through the entire run of the show.

Interested persons are required to submit the following for consideration:

Artist(s) / Exhibition Statement / Design Brief

Resume and professional website link, if available

Work Samples – a maximum of ten (10) digital images @300 dpi of recent work, preferably the actual work or work indicative of the pieces that you propose.  Include an identification of each image (a work’s list) including title of work, medium, dimensions or duration, and date. You may also provide video clips, sound clips, Vimeo/ YouTube links, publicity items or links to other pertinent media.

Work/Project Proposal:  A written proposal (maximum of 2 pages) detailing the work or creative project that you wish to be considered.  This should include: A description of the work that will be exhibited, total number of pieces, and how it aligns with the theme.  All accepted work must be professionally prepared for installation. Please indicate how the work will be presented. If a work is a site-specific installation, please indicate with requirements. If accepted, the artist is required to install site-specific installations.

Please send all of the above materials in one pdf file no larger than 20mb by e-mail to ( with the subject line “lastname_waterconference2015”.
ONLY complete, digital submissions will be reviewed.

Entrants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance status no later April 30, 2015.
Those whose work has been accepted will also be e-mailed an exhibition agreement packet that must be completed and shipped with the work.
The exhibitor will be responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the gallery and applicable insurance coverage.

All exhibitors will be given equal opportunity to submit. The selection of works is final, as well as conditional to proper submission of the artwork represented by the images. The Winthrop University Galleries is responsible for works only while they are on the premises of the University. Artworks will be handled carefully and displayed in a climate-controlled gallery. The gallery will be secured while closed, but left unattended during operating hours. The Winthrop University Galleries reserves the right to photograph artworks in the exhibition for publicity and educational purposes.

For more information, please contact Karen Derksen by e-mail at ( or visit (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Hosts Four Galleries During ArtWalk – Feb. 19, 2015

February 11, 2015


Four galleries and museums at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will be open for the public’s enjoyment during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, from 5-9pm. ArtWalk is a free community event on the third Thursday of each month when downtown’s art galleries and museums stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Most venues have receptions, opportunity to meet artists, and refreshments.

At Chapman, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Students Galleries will all be open, making Chapman one of the most collective venues in the city.

At SAM, two new exhibitions will be on display. “From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason” is a collection of paintings on loan from The Johnson Collection. Thomason developed the gritty Ashcan School aesthetic as a student in New York into a distinctive regionalist style that captured the color and culture of Appalachia. “Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads by Juylan Davis” is a collection of contemporary oil paintings that offer viewers glimpses into haunting narratives that depict the region’s history, as well as present day culture. Both exhibitions will be on view through April 19, 2015. Normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm. There is no admission charge.

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will have a reception and awards ceremony, 6-9pm, for its current exhibit, the “Guild Members Show”. Artists in this exhibit include Eduardo Sandry, Eula La Croix, Bridget Kirkland, Lou Webster, David Allio, Pat Kabore, Pam Stevens, Susan Seiber, Aimee Wise, Rebekah Dove, Jona Darwin, Doris Turner, Rick Orr, Patty Orr, Cleveland Gosset, Chris Harris, Elizabeth Bagwell, Stacy Beville, Betsy Skipper, Charles Redback, Scott Quinn, Anne Stewart, and Susan Hopps. Until ArtWalk, the public is invited to visit the gallery to vote on their favorite pieces of work. Awards will be made during ArtWalk at which time some of the artists will be on hand to meet and greet. The Guild Gallery is free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will also highlight member Melissa Earley during a “Demo Night” presentation in the Callie & John Rainey Conference Room, from 6-8pm. Earley will discuss her process and inspiration for doing bead art, and guests are encouraged to bring their own materials to create their own work.

Student Galleries in the first- and second-floor hallways of the Carlos Dupré Moseley Building will showcase the work of students from Spartanburg County School Districts 1 and 5. There are dozens of drawings, paintings, and mixed-media works of art from students of all ages. As part of its ongoing and extensive arts education program, Chapman Cultural Center has student art on display continuously, rotating about every one and a half months. Normal viewing hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 1-5pm. It is free for public viewing.

Spartanburg Regional History Museum will present its “Civil War to Civil Rights” exhibit, highlighting stories of the fight for African-American freedom and equality in Spartanburg. Step inside a model slave ship, witness efforts to desegregate schools, and be inspired by community leaders. This exhibit will end Feb. 28. Normal viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm. Admission is free.

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

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Entry for Juried Show – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

February 8, 2015


Artist CALL for ENTRIES!
Visit ( for full prospectus.

Best of Show $1000
1st Place $ 500
2nd Place $ 200
3rd Place $ 100

Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5pm Entry Deadline

Friday, March 20, 2015 Artists Notifications sent via e-mail.

Friday, March 27, 2015 10am-5pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Saturday, March 28, 2015 10am-2pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Sunday, March 29, 2015 2-4pm Final day to deliver accepted work to BCAC

April 2 – May 29, 2015 Exhibition Dates

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

For further info call 843/332-6234 or visit (

City of Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation in 2015 Red Rose Festival – Deadline Apr. 20, 2015

February 7, 2015


Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival, the City of Lancaster’s signature event, is seeking artists, commercial and food vendors. The Festival will be held Friday, May 15 from 6-10pm and May 16 from 10am-10pm in downtown, Lancaster, SC.

For details regarding vendor dates and times or to apply online, visit ( Those interested can also e-mail ( or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is Apr. 20, 2015. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Check our website often for festival updates at (

Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

February 7, 2015


The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project.  This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, SC. This year, 240 designs were submitted by 24 schools. Of those 240 designs, 96 were selected, resulting in 48 banners.

In its 8th year, the Banner Project remains an important program that instills pride in community, and highlights the importance of public art.  This project impacts more than 500 students from all over the county with the creation of the designs that are submitted to Arts Council. Once approved, the designs are transformed onto the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights.”  The banners will be on display from February 21 through March 13, 2015.

The Arts Council, York County’s school districts and city governments recognize the value of public art for student engagement. This project is a great example of bringing new ideas from the classroom to the community, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges. A study conducted by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts, three hours a day on three days each week through one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is Now Accepting Proposals for Exhibits at Dalton Gallery in 2016 – Deadline May 1, 2015

February 7, 2015


The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting applications for 2016 gallery exhibitions. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. Located at the Center for the Arts, the Dalton Gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2016 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

$20 application fee (non-refundable)

10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs please)

Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums

Artist Resume

Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

For more information on Arts Council programs and events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2015

February 7, 2015


Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include Carolina Crown (music), Simply Creative Works (No Fear For Freedom: the musical) Carolinas Wind Orchestra (music), Culture & Heritage Museums (art exhibit), Doris Ezell-Schmitz  (poet), Saluda Trail Middle School (photography), WFBK (music), and the York County Choral Society (music).

The Arts Council awarded a total of $4,500 to projects occurring during our January – March 2015 granting period. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the April – June 2015 granting period are due by Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5 PM.  Information and applications are available at (, on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The Arts Council’s offices are closed the first, third (and fifth) weekends each month. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, grant applications must be submitted by 5pm the Friday before. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is Accepting Online Entries for 2015 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award Through June 1, 2015

February 7, 2015


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to accept submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.


“Since 2008, the Gibbes Museum of Art has been privileged to present the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. With the award now statewide, it is an even bigger honor for the finalists and winner. Quality teachers deserve recognition and the Gibbes is making every effort to do this for our state,” says Rebecca Sailor, Gibbes Museum Curator of Education.

Entries for the annual award and $2,500 cash prize can be made exclusively online at ( through June 1, 2015 Artists who have applied previously for the Mary Whyte award must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible for the 2015 award. The award is being offered to educators throughout the state. The review panel will select the finalists in June, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner at the South Carolina Art Educators Association annual meeting in the fall.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, SC, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L’Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of numerous books and her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art with a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further info visit (


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