Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Headquarters Library of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC, Calls for Entries for “3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline June 1, 2015

April 10, 2015


The Spartanburg County Public Libraries are sponsoring the “3rd Annual Juried Exhibition” that will be on display from Aug. 14 – Oct. 18, 2015. The competition is open to all artists, ages 18 and over, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC), Union County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Rutherford County (NC), and Polk County (NC).

Amber Smith, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at The Mint Museum, located in Charlotte, NC, will serve as juror for this year’s exhibition.

ENTRY DATES: Apr. 13 – June 1, 2015

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $2,500.00 will be presented in this year’s exhibition. Entries may be submitted digitally through our online submission form at ( that will open Apr. 13 and continue through June 1. There will be a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, from 7-9pm at the Headquarters Library. Live music and hors d’oeuvres will be provided during the reception.

Please download the prospectus for full details on eligibility and submitting artwork at (

For more information regarding this event contact Miranda Mims Sawyer by calling 864/285-9091 or e-mail to (

The Headquarters Library of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC, Announced Winners of the “3rd Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition”

April 9, 2015


The Headquarters Library of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC is presenting the “3rd Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition”, on view in the AT&T Exhibition Lobby, through May 7, 2015. Stop by to view student and faculty artwork on display. The schools participating are: Anderson University, Bob Jones University, Converse College, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, North Greenville University, USC Upstate and Wofford College.

1st Place Award – K.C. Christmas of Bob Jones University

2nd Place Award – Angela Hargrove of USC Upstate

3rd Place Award – Alyson Record of Anderson University

The awards were selected by Winston A. Wingo, an artists/educator who lives in Spartangurg, SC.

The award winner include:

Honorable Mention – Victoria Hodge of Converse College for “Patrick of Colorado” a screen-print

Honorable Mention – Parks Schoen of Wofford College for “Admirable Freedom” an acrylic on canvas

Honorable Mention – Amy Galloway of Anderson University for “Falling Ballerina” an oil on linen

Honorable Mention – Deanna Finley of Greenville Technical College for an “Untitled” woodcut

Merit Award – Caren Stansell of Converse College for “Asphyxia” a two color lithograph

Merit Award – Kayla Frost of Lander University for “Remnants” for raku fired stoneware

Merit Award – Victoria Horne  of North Greenville University for “Sleepy Sailor” a linocut

Staff Award – Katie Harmon of Wofford College for “Pioneer Peak” an acrylic on canvas

Librarians Award – Andrew Blanchard, Faculty at Converse College for “Dixie Totem, IV” a screen-print on Magnani Pescia

Friends of the Library Award – Braden Burns of Lander University for “Allocation” wood, steel

Library Purchase Award – Kayla Frost of Lander University for “Remnants” raku fired stoneware

Faculty Award – Carly Drew, Adjunct Instructor at Greenville Technical College, for “Old Tom Turkey” acrylic, graphite, watercolor

3rd Place Award – Alyson Record of Anderson University for “Unpainting: Soda-Fish” recycled aluminum cans on panel

2nd Place Award – Angela Hargrove of USC Upstate for “Family” acylic/mixed media

1st Place Award – K.C. Christmas of Bob Jones University for “Broken” oil/mixed media

For further information contact Miranda Mims Sawyer by e-mail at ( or call 864/285-9091.

Rock Hill, SC, Offers The Disappearing Frogs Project – Apr. 16 – 25, 2015

April 8, 2015


Hop on over to the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, during the 52nd Annual Come-See-Me Festival, Apr. 16 – 25, 2015, for The Disappearing Frogs Project. This Project is a part of the Arts Council of York County’s Three x Three Series | Family Outings presented by Williams and Fudge.

Some 300 species of frogs may become extinct within our lifetime if we do not change our behaviors. The Disappearing FrogProject aims to expose the rapid decline of the frog population across the world, and explores the meaning of their demise. The Project features puppet shows, lectures by a noted photographer and a conservationist, and an exhibition of frog-themed artwork by artists and students from across the region curated by Terry Thirion – founder of The Disappearing Frog Project. There will be hands-on opportunities to engage those in attendance during several of the events, including the opportunity to create your own frog artwork.

Work by Barbara Curry

The Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibition Apr. 16 – 25, 2015, Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 2-5pm. The event is free.

“Art has unique powers to communicate truths and to inspire people to take action,” say Terry Thirion. Curated by Thirion, works of art created by artists and students from across the region will be on exhibit at the Community Performance Center throughout the 10-day event. These works feature artists’ interpretations of frogs of all kinds, bringing to light the decline and demise of fragile environments that surround us. There will also be video and digital presentations on the plight of amphibians. The proceeds from the sale of the artwork featured in this exhibition will be donated to the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

The Green Heaven Royal Spa & Resort Puppet Show and Fun Frog Facts with Dr. Steve Fields, Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm. TICKETS| $5, no discounts. The Green Heaven Spa & Resort Puppet Show presents an inspiring and entertaining tale about a gathering at a frogspa, nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and playfully illustrates the very serious dangers of treating water and soil with pesticides and chemicals.

After the puppet show, learn how you can help! Dr. Steve Fields, Curator of Natural History for the Culture and Heritage Museums, demonstrates how to make your backyard “frog friendly.”

The Disappearing Frogs Project Artist Reception, Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 6pm. Celebrate the artists whose artwork has been featured throughout The Disappearing Frogs Project. The artist reception is open to the public.

Lecture by Robin Moore (author – In Search of Lost Frogs; photographer – National Geographic, Time Magazine), Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 7pm. The event is free.

What is happening to the amphibians? Robin Moore, author of In Search of Lost Frogs and noted conservation photographer explores this question and discusses his journey with biologists to find frogs last seen decades ago.

Moore is also the co-founder of Frame of Mind, an initiative that aims to connect youth with their natural and cultural worlds through photography. His work has been featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, and TIME for Kids.

The Green Heaven Royal Spa & Resort Puppet Show and Fun Frog Facts with Dr. Steve Fields, Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015, at 1:30pm. The event is free.

The Green Heaven Spa & Resort Puppet Show presents an inspiring and entertaining tale about a gathering at a frogspa, nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and playfully illustrates the very serious dangers of treating water and soil with pesticides and chemicals.

After the puppet show, learn how you can help! Dr. Steve Fields, Curator of Natural History for the Culture and Heritage Museums, demonstrates how to make your backyard “frog friendly.”

A Perilous Time for Frogs in the Piedmont, Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 at 7pm. TICKETS for Adults $7.50, Children $5.00.

Two-time winning South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year and Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, Dr. Bill Hilton presents a lecture that focuses upon climate change and human impact, and their impact on the frog population in the Piedmont of the Carolinas. Discover magazine cited him as one of “50 Best Brains in Science.”

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

Entries Sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, Art Walk, Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions in North Charleston, SC – Deadlines Apr. 20 and 29, 2015

April 7, 2015


The 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival is just one month away, taking place May 1-9, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 6, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (

Art Walk – Local fine artists, fine craft artisans, photographers, and sculptors are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Festival’s Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 6, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along the sidewalks and within a number of local businesses and restaurants in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, notecards, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 20, 2015. Applications may be e-mailed to (, mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston.

Fine Art Competition & Exhibition – Fine artists are invited to enter original work into the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Wim Roefs, an independent curator, author, art consultant, exhibition designer, and owner of the ifART Gallery in Columbia, SC. Roefs is the chairman of the board of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) and was the organizations founding volunteer executive director from 2008-2013. He chairs the curatorial team for 701 CCA and has curated dozens of exhibitions for his own gallery and art institutions throughout South Carolina and beyond. In addition, he is a member of the Art in Transit Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Area Transit System, supervising the implementation of the light rail system’s public art component. He has taught courses in contemporary art and African-American art at the University of South Carolina Art Department and Honors College. Roefs has published more than 20 exhibition catalogues and written dozens of essays about the artists he represents, and has written numerous articles on art for a wide variety of other publications.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7:00pm, as well as Friday, May 1, from 9:00am to noon. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries in one or more categories. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

Photography Competition and Exhibition – Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter original prints into the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digitally Enhanced. Judging and awards will be based on the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Three competent judges in the field of photography will score entries using the 3-9 range of scores. Each judge will evaluate each entry as a whole, considering the areas of Impact, Composition, and Technique. However, there is no specific weighting or allotment of points for each category. This system is used efficiently and effectively by many arts councils, at international exhibitions, and by camera clubs. It allows an adequate qualitative separation of entries while lessening the potential for a large number of the higher scoring entries having identical scores. In the event of a tie-breaker, judges will choose the winning entry.


Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries in one or more categories. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Exhibitions” are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Festival. Viewing times are Saturday, May 2, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 3, 2–5pm; Monday through Friday, May 4-8, 9am–5pm; and Saturday, May 9, 9am–Noon. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the “Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions” will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, May 1, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by David Archer and Abe White and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Festival, scheduled May 1-9, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of nearly 200 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, visit ( For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (, or call 843/740-5854.

Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC, Offers Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley – Apr. 15 – May 30, 2015

April 7, 2015

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, in Pickens, SC, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, is pleased to announce that “A Bluesman’s Close-Up: Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley”, will open to the public on Apr. 15, 2015. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th, this special documentation of one of our region’s most loved musicians will be on display in the museum’s LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium & Gallery through May 30. A reception to meet the photographer will be held as part of the museum’s “36th Annual Juried Exhibition” opening on April 25th from 1-4pm.

“Mac and Buster 1”; color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

About Arnold and Kelley’s relationship, journalist Cindy Landrum wrote in the “Greenville Journal”, “Brian S. Kelley was in the audience during one of the band’s (Mac Arnold’s Plate Full of Blues) early concerts at the Happy Cow Creamery in southern Greenville County, just a short trip from Arnold’s farm. The two talked and discovered that Kelley’s parents lived near Arnold. Arnold asked him to come by his house and photograph the band. That led to a long gig – seven years if you ask Kelley, about nine if you ask Arnold – that included album covers, a documentary and a photography book. ‘We started dragging him around the country with us,’ Arnold said. Kelley said the experience ‘still feels surreal sometimes. To be able to combine photography, art and music was a dream.’ That relationship led to a book and an exhibit of Kelley’s photographs of Arnold – on stage, on the bus and on his farm.”

Mac Arnold, color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

Now living in Travelers Rest, SC, Brian S. Kelley is a multi-faceted photographic artist who is as comfortable with fine art photography as he is in photojournalism and studio portraiture. Kelley’s studies have included work at Erskine College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Greenville Technical College. He received his B.A. in IDS: Studio and Art History from the University of South Carolina.

About his work Kelley has said, “Visual interpretations of my surroundings have been essential elements of expression throughout my life. My passion for art surfaced at a very young age, yielding another channel for communication.  Through the lens of introversion I became an observer of life.” He continued, “I often watch interactions among people, appreciate the forms created by nature or study the light as it moves through the day. These observations were first recorded through my drawings, which quickly led to painting, and then sculpture. However, photography would eventually receive the majority of my time and efforts.”

Fifty Percent of any sales from this exhibit will be donated by the artist to support the Dr. Mac Arnold Scholarship Fund. “A Bluesman’s Close-Up” is sponsored by in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at 864/898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County visit (

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Features Works by USC Advanced Photography Students – Apr. 7 – 11, 2015

April 6, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) is pleased to announce “You Are Here”, the 2015 USC Advanced Photography Student Show, at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. “You Are Here” will be on display from Apr. 7 – 11, 2015,  with an reception on Thursday, Apr. 9, from 6 to 8pm.

The show features recent work from eight student artists: Robert Agullo, Elle Olivia Andersen, Julia Bennett, Haley Durham, Carly Kimpland, Catherine Hill Hyman, Wesley Peterson, and Vicki Wilson.

City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC. Hours of Operation are Monday – Thursday, 10am to 6pm,  Friday 10am to 5pm, and Saturday 11am to 3pm.

For more information, please visit (, or contact City Art at 803/252-3613.

Winthrop University Alumna Caroline Rust Chosen McColl Center Affiliate Artist in Residence in Charlotte, NC

April 6, 2015

This summer, visual artist and Winthrop University alumna Caroline Rust (’97) will continue her exploration of women’s effects and practices and their impact upon self-image and sense of self during her residency at the McColl Center of Art+Innovation in Charlotte, NC.


Rust, who works in the Division of Institutional Advancement at Winthrop, will serve as affiliate artist in residence at McColl through Aug. 18, 2015. During her residency, Rust will participate in a variety of McColl Center events from April through August, including Open Studio Saturdays and open house nights where visitors can view Rust’s ongoing work. She plans to create a body of sculptural artworks in the form of dressing tables, joining 3D framework with abstracted “reflections” of women painted upon them and shelves displaying objects people may encounter in vanities.


Check Rust’s availability at McColl in the events schedule* below:

· April 15, 2-3:30pm, Central Piedmont Community College – Presentation at CPCC’s “Sensoria”, a week-long celebration of the arts

· April 18, 7-10pm – UPCYCLED Studio Party/Gala

· May 9, noon-4pm – Open Studio Saturday

· May 15, 6-9pm – Open House

· May 21, 6-7:30pm – Artist Talk

· June 13, noon-4pm – Open Studio Saturday

· June 18, 6-8pm – Community Workshop

· July 11, noon-4pm – Open Studio Saturday

· Aug. 8, noon-4pm – Open Studio Saturday

· Aug. 14, 6-9pm – Open House

*All events held at McColl Center unless otherwise noted.

Fashion + identity + adornment is a common theme among all aspects of Rust’s summer residency at the McColl Center, from her artwork to the April 18 Gala to the June 18 Community Workshop. Rust’s current work delves into a visual communication marrying fashion and identity with adornment. Her pieces also highlight several historical female couture designers and employ aspects of their work to further describe the paths of women.

Rust, a Rock Hill, SC, resident, said she is “thrilled and honored” to spend her summer in residency with the McColl Center.

“As a Charlotte native who can still picture the burned-out church shell on Tryon Street before it was resurrected as the Tryon Center (now McColl), I am thrilled and honored to have been selected to be an affiliate artist in residence through a competitive juried process,” said Rust.

Rust earned her BFA (concentration in painting) at East Carolina University and her MFA (concentration in painting) at Winthrop. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York, and she is a recipient of artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council. Rust has patrons worldwide who collect her work, and she exhibits annually in both solo and juried exhibitions across the US.

For more information about Rust’s summer residency, visit the McColl Center website at ( Learn more about Rust’s artwork on her website, (

Winthrop University’s 12th Annual Medal of Honor in the Arts Ceremony Takes Place in Rock Hill, SC – April 24, 2015

April 6, 2015


Winthrop University’s 12th annual Medal of Honor in the Arts ceremony on April 24, 2015, will recognize a rising comedic star, an arts-minded state senator, a celebrated sweetgrass basket weaver and an influential musician involved in civil rights struggles.

The 8pm event includes an evening of performances by faculty and students, and a reception in Johnson Hall to honor this year’s recipients:

– Fortune Feimster – A stand-up comedian from North Carolina who wrote and appeared on E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” show and is now working on a sitcom produced by Tina Fey.

– SC Sen. Wes Hayes – A Rock Hill legislator who is one of the most faithful and effective advocates for the arts in the General Assembly.

Mary Jackson

– Mary Jackson – A Charleston, SC, master fiber artist whose intricately coiled vessels preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry.

– Si Kahn – A Charlotte, NC, resident who has spent 45 years working as a musician and in civil rights, labor and as a community organizer.

Winthrop’s Medal of Honor in the Arts event has acknowledged individuals and groups since 2001 who have made a significant contribution to the arts, as well as those who have positively impacted the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas.

Tickets for the April 24 event are $50 each and can be purchased online at ( A portion of Medal of Honor event proceeds goes to a scholarship fund which helps support talented students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the visual arts, dance, music or theatre at Winthrop.

The Medal of Honor scholarship will be presented during the evening to Leianne Nicole Johnson, a junior choral music education major from Gaston, SC.

More on the honorees:

* Fortune Feimster is a Belmont, NC, native and Peace College graduate who taught English for a year in Sevilla, Spain, and then headed in 2003 to Los Angeles. She worked as an entertainment journalist for the syndicated newspaper column Beck/Smith. By 2005 Feimster was taking improv and sketch classes at the Groundlings Theatre to meet people. After four years of intense training, she was selected to be in the Groundlings’ prestigious Sunday Company and performed a new sketch show every week for a year-and-a-half.

Feimster made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished as a semi-finalist. She auditioned twice in front of Lorne Michaels for “Saturday Night Live,” but she got her lucky break from Chelsea Handler who hired her as full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s popular show, “Chelsea Lately.” Feimster has opened for Chelsea at Caesar’s Palace in Windsor and performed in front of 15,000 people as part of Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchord’s “Oddball Fest.” Her standup was also featured on HBO Canada’s “Funny As Hell.” She’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s storytelling show “This Is Not Happening” and can currently be seen in the Jim Belushi movie, “The Secret Lives of Dorks.” Feimster also has made recent guest appearances on current television shows, such as “Glee” and “Two Broke Girls.”

*  Robert Wesley (Wes) Hayes Jr. has represented District 15 in the SC Senate since 1991, and previously served from 1985-91 in the SC House of Representatives. He now chairs the Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee.

Born in 1952 in Rock Hill, Hayes attended the US Military Academy at West Point, where he was elected president of his class and served as a battalion commander. After graduating in 1975, he was stationed at Fort Bragg from 1976-80 as a master parachutist and ranger, and received the Legion of Merit Award.

Upon leaving active service, Hayes became a member of the SC Army National Guard from 1980-2005, in which he held the rank of colonel. A University of South Carolina School of Law graduate, he first practiced at Harrelson, Hayes and Guyton, and later founded his own firm in Rock Hill.

Hayes has been very active volunteering with his church and organizations in York County, particularly with the Boy Scouts of America. The SC Arts Commission considers him a champion for the arts because of his tireless dedication and support, his collaboration with arts leadership, and his push for art budget increases and sponsorship of arts legislation.

* A descendent of the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina, Mary Jackson was born in 1945 in Mount Pleasant, SC. She learned the art of making baskets at the age of four from her mother and grandmother, a skill brought to the United States by their West African ancestors. She did not take up basketmaking as an adult until 1973 when she began producing baskets full time, and has since taught her daughter the art form.

Jackson’s work is exhibited widely in national juried shows and is represented in galleries, museums, and public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. A 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius award,” she has been recognized with many other awards such as the Lifetime Achievement in Craft Arts award from the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the SC Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2011.

Jackson is a founding member of the Mount Pleasant Sweet Grass Basket Makers Association. She is a leader in efforts to protect threatened sweetgrass habitats, thus ensuring that there will be access to these resources for future generations of basket makers.

*Si Kahn’s family and his own work history are lively and extensive. He has relatives who have been soldiers in the Czar’s army, shoe factory workers, gas station operators, rabbis, civil rights leaders, pick and shovel laborers on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Jewish faith healers, illegal immigrants, bootleggers, World War I soldiers, Talmudic scholars and a driver for Al Capone.

Kahn has spent 40 years as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater. As a musician, he has performed at concerts and festivals in Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the US.

He has toured with Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and John McCutcheon, and has shared festival and workshop stages with artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to the Fairfield Four. His musical body of work includes 16 albums of original songs; a CD of original songs for children, Good Times and Bedtimes; and a collection of traditional labor and civil rights songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp.

One of Kahn’s favorite musical experiences was being asked by publisher Harper-Collins to set to music and record the classic children’s books “Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon.” He has composed original music and lyrics for half a dozen films and videos, including labor videos.

During the civil rights era, Kahn began his organizing career in 1965 in Arkansas with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, more popularly known as SNCC, the student wing of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Kahn also served in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam era (1965-71). As a member of the 317th Military History Detachment, he co-wrote the official US Army histories of Fort McPherson, Georgia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and of the XVIII Airborne Corps in World War II.

He received his AB degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1965 and in 1995, received his Ph.D. in American studies with a specialization in cultural studies from The Graduate College for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences of The Union Institute.

For more information about Medal of Honor in the Arts contact Amanda Kibiloski at 803/323-2399 or e-mail her at (

2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour is Calling for Artist’s Applications – Deadline Extended to Apr. 13, 2015

April 6, 2015


The 2015 Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York County farms with area artisans located at each farm site. During this weekend-long event, visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. The Tour is the largest free farm tour in the Nation and has drawn over 16,000 visitors since it began in 2012.

The 2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour will be take place on Saturday June 27 from 9am – 5pm and Sunday June 28 from 1-5pm. An Artisan for the purpose of this program is defined as an individual that makes hand crafted products without the use of kits, commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured.  Craft artisans will be located at Farm Sites. Examples include but are not limited to painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers, etc. There is NO FEE to participate.

Artisan Participation Criteria:
· Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence.
· Artisans must participate during designated time/hours.
· Demonstrations are integral parts of the tour and are highly encouraged.
· If an artisan wishes to participate after the deadline 4/13/2015 they may be included but will not be listed on printed materials. They will be listed on the website.

You can apply to be a Tour artisan on-line at (

Applications are due before 5pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

County Artisan Coordinator: Debbie Jaillette/Lancaster County Council of the Arts

The April 2015 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

April 1, 2015


The April 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 72 pages of it. We’re heading into the peek of the season – soon the tourists will be invading our states.

We’re happy to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Halsey this month on our cover.

Single page downloads are still adding up to more than double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

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 this month. 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 these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the May 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Apr. 24 deadline. But, you do know that you don’t have to wait until the deadline comes up to send us stuff – you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts


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