Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Date for Spartanburg Soaring! 2017 – Apr. 22, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its fourth annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival for Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11am-5pm. This free and family-friendly festival has quickly become a much-anticipated event for people of all ages from all over the world. Hundreds of kites fill the sky above Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg, complemented by live music, food, and children’s activities. During the course of the day, individuals and kite club members float kites of every imaginable shape and size to the sky, from small kites to whale-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.

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The Spartanburg community has embraced the kite as a symbol of its creative, progressive, and playful spirit. Last year, the event attracted more than 3,000 participants from as far away as Europe.

“Every year we grow the Festival in terms of creativity and attendance,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to increase community vibrancy and civic engagement. It is a beautiful showcase of what it means to live in Spartanburg. It is a symbol of our progressive mindset, our creativity, our curiosity, and our playful nature.”

Chapman Cultural Center is now accepting the participation of kite clubs, food vendors, artists, and musicians.

For more information about this event, please call 864/542-ARTS or visit our Facebook Event Page at (https://www.facebook.com/ChapmanCulturalCenter).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “Biennale National Juried Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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Art League of Hilton Head, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, invites you to enter the 25th edition of our “BIENNALE, 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 from May 2-31, 2017, at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. This art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

“BIENNALE” judge Susan Mayfield is an award winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils.

For more info about the “BIENNALE” please visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

Entry deadline is March 17, 2017.

All entrants will be notified by Mar. 31, 2017.

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Farm Tour Sites for 2017 Tour – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

February 27, 2017

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in June 2017. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that produce food (produce or proteins), fiber or timber, or add value to traditional agricultural products (on-farm breweries, cideries, cheesemakers, etc.), or are other farm-based activities, such as farmer’s markets & roadside stands.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be assigned to participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The 2017 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend in June (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 9am- 5pm and Sundays from 1- 5pm each weekend.  Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Weekend Participating Counties:

June 3 – 4, 2017 – Chesterfield County, Darlington County, Florence County, and Horry County

June 10 – 11, 2017 – Chester County and York County

June 17 – 18, 2017 – Kershaw County and Lancaster County

June 24 – 25, 2017 – Fairfield County, Newberry County, and Union County

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at (www.agandarttour.com/farms) to learn more and apply.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.

Contact for Ag +Art Tour of Lancaster County is Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “42nd Annual Juried Show” – Deadline Apr. 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

The Anderson Arts Center’s “42nd Annual Juried Show” and Partnership for Public Arts: SculpTOUR will accept entries on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, through Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, from 10am–4pm in Anderson, SC. Over $18,000 in prizes for Best In Show, Second, Third with specials awards in photography, watercolor, fine craft, and purchase awards are available. Awards for outdoor sculpture total $6,000. The announcement of winners will be held at the Awards Ceremony on Friday, Apr. 28. The show will run until May 26, 2017.

Entries for the annual juried show should be delivered to 110 Federal Street in Anderson, SC. Sculpture entries may be entered as photographs with full description by e-mail at (sydneyb@andersonarts.org). A prospectus may be obtained by calling 864/222-2787 or online at (www.andersonarts.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC Enters Renovation Project

February 27, 2017

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As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, so that construction on the second floor can begin. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.

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Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection: March 2, at 5:30pm and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2pm and 3pm.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.

Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights: March 12, noon – 3pm.

This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1pm, with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.

For more information on renovations, visit (columbiamuseum.org/about/cma-capital-campaign). For more information on programs, visit (columbiamuseum.org/happenings). To access TAP tours, visit (columbiamuseum.org/learn/multimedia-tours).

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster Shares His Love of the Arts

February 27, 2017

The 2016-2017 school year has been a busy one for Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster. In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his studio to paint banners that will be exhibited from March – October in the Red Rose City’s Cultural Arts District. Other South Carolina schools to host artist residencies included Hunter Street Elementary and Larne Elementary in York County, Westwood High in Blythewood, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary in Campobello, Dorchester County School District, and Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary. In Apex, North Carolina, West Lake Elementary School joined the ranks of the hundreds of campuses to add student-designed sculptural works to the landscape.

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Doster’s thought-provoking “Southern Crosses” has been accepted by the Artfields Competition and will be exhibited in Lake City, SC, in March and April, 2017.  Artfields is a diverse competition, exhibiting approximately 400 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast and artists compete for over $120,000 in prize money.  Doster’s “Southern Crosses” represent the artist’s seventeen-year journey of personal redemption.  The first, created in 1999, was in reaction to controversy over the Confederate flag and why it was a symbol of hate.  Believing it to be a result of the KKK and other “hate” groups having used the battle flag as a symbol of power, Doster was moved to create a mild steel cross addressing violence that people heap upon fellow man, sometimes in the name of religion. Flames rising from the cross are consuming practitioners of hate.  The second cross, of stainless steel represents greed and hate preached by false prophets. The final, most recent stainless steel cross represents the purity of faith and redemption, inspired by the forgiveness shown by families of victims of Emanuel African Methodist Church. Doster states, “Their forgiveness has strengthened my faith in my loving God.” Visitors can vote for their favorites online or during the Artfields celebration, set for April 21-29.

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“Fall Wind”, a sculpture that appears to be gracefully flowing, was one of three chosen for public exhibition until Fall, 2017 at Radford Cultural Heritage Park, located on the grounds of Glencoe Museum and Gallery in Radford, VA. The juried competition coincides with the dedication of a statue honoring Mary Draper Ingles, colonial heroine whose story of escape from captivity by the Shawnees has been retold in many ways since 1755. The competition theme centered around the epic journey to honor Mary’s heroic return over hundreds of miles back to the New River Valley. The competition is made possible through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Radford.

Doster’s “Fall Leaves”, another organically-inspired sculpture was one of eleven chosen through competition to be exhibited in downtown Fayetteville, NC’s “Work In Progress”. The public art progress exhibition is gifted to the Fayetteville community through private donors matched with funding by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Visitors will find “Fall Leaves” at 106 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, until October 2017.

Two sculptures from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “Summer Wind” and “November Wind”, are two of fifteen sculptures selected for exhibit on the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences’ grounds until September, 2017.  They were chosen for the annual “Sculpture Salmagundi Exhibition” at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. The exhibition attracts sculptors from across the United States and represents emerging and internationally acclaimed sculptors working in many different media, scale, and concepts.

Other sculptural works by Doster will presently be found in public art installations that include NC cities of Boone, Raleigh, Cary, Pinehurst; GA cities of Dahlonega, Cummings; SC cities of Greenville, North Charleston, Lancaster, Columbia, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Chester, Rock Hill, York, Clinton, Laurens, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Clemson, and Anderson. In addition, commissioned works by the artist dot the corporate landscape throughout the Southeast and can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.  Doster’s unique galleries and garden at Backstreet Studio have a large selection of his artwork and also are available for special event rentals.

Doster first began making art when he was eleven years old and has been a teaching artist listed on the SC Arts Commission for more than thirty years. One-day metal sculpture and bottle tree workshops are hosted at his studio, located 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. Workshops are scheduled for March 4, April 1 and 22, May 20 from 8am-4pm. Students draw, cut, weld, and polish works of their own design and all supplies are included in the $100 per person fee.

To find more information, visit (www.bobdoster.com) or (www.facebook.com/backstreetstudio). To contact Bob Doster, call 803/285-9190 or e-mail at (rcdoster@comporium.net).

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).