Archive for the ‘Spartanburg SC Visual Arts’ Category

USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, to Display Award-winning Photos from Annual Audubon Society Competition on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

April 15, 2016


The University of South Carolina Upstate is proud to present a special exhibit featuring 10 award-winning photographs from the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards on Thursday, April 21 during Spartanburg, SC’s monthly Art Walk event.

The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be on display from 5 – 8pm at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics located at 160 E. St. John Street in downtown Spartanburg.

“Great Egret” by Melissa Groo 2015 Audubon Photography Contest winner.

The sixth annual photo contest featured more than 9,000 entries from 2,300 participants submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art and Youth.

This exhibit is sponsored by the USC Upstate galleries.

For more information, contact Jane Nodine, director of the USC Upstate galleries, at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (

West Main Artist’s Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod

April 5, 2016


Editor’s Note: We missed having this article in our Apr. 2016 issue of Carolina Arts because of an e-mail problem with out server. We’re sorry for this omission.

The West Main Artist’s Co-op announces a collaborative show by members and local artists Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod entitled “Pigments of Our Imagination”. The show opens during the Spartanburg Art Walk, April 21, 2016, from 5 – 9pm, and is a celebration of color, texture and form represented in jewelry, paintings and mixed media creations. The exhibit continues through May 14, 2016.

This spring exhibition will showcase their latest work in vibrant colors, geometric forms, and inspired design. Many of the Co-op’s followers are already familiar with both artists because of their active participation in wholesale and retail trade markets and festivals.


Debbie Harris describes herself as a “late bloomer” and as a self-taught mixed media artist. Her technique relies on the inclusion of vintage textiles and found objects, incorporating inspirational poetry and song lyrics into her whimsical designs. She also combines a variety of substrates and mediums built into various layers as she works to create assemblages and colorful canvases.

Many of Harris’ creations begin with a base of organic design and abstract representation in vibrant color. She teaches her technique at Greenville Health Centers Cancer Center and at the Cyrill-Westside Library in Spartanburg. She is an active member of the West Main Artists Co-op and hosts her signature “Crazy Fun Art pARTies”.


Rosemary McLeod is a jewelry artist and painter inspired by the colors, shapes and textures found in nature and in the elegant lines of geometry. She studied art while attending Winthrop University and attended various adult classes in metalsmithing, silversmithing and enameling.

The brilliant palette of Monet and the larger than life flowers of Georgia O’Keefe serve as inspiration for much of McLeod’s work. She is self-taught in the use of alcohol inks as a medium for her vibrant paintings and has extended this technique to copper metals for her jewelry creations. Her palette is bright, happy and playful as she manipulates organic shapes into unique works of art.

McLeod is an active member of The West Main Artists Co-op and serves on the board as Retail Committee Chair.

West Main Artists Cooperative is located at 578 West Main Street, in Spartanburg. WMAC is open from 10am until 6pm. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays.

For more information visit ( or (

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, to Participate in Accreditation Academy

February 28, 2016


Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), in Spartanburg, SC, has been selected as one of 10 museums from across the country to participate in the Small Museum Accreditation Academy. This is a new initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by an advisory panel of leaders in the museum field. It is a year-long readiness program to make the Alliance’s accreditation process more accessible to smaller institutions. At the end of the program, the participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation. Joseph Klem from the American Alliance of Museums writes: “The Academy is designed for high-performing organizations with five or fewer staff members who are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation.”

Spartanburg Art Museum has been working hard to re-position itself as a vital component within the cultural landscape of Spartanburg and beyond. Two years ago, Elizabeth Goddard was hired as the Executive Director, and since that time the museum has undergone significant transformation. “When I began there was a palpable risk of failure from a financial, governance, and programmatic perspective. The first year was spent finding the ground and rebuilding an organization that had minimal members, lackluster exhibitions, and weak programs for an increasingly diverse community,” Goddard said. “It is inspiring to see how far we have come.  Knowing that the Board of Directors is as committed as I am to become the destination for contemporary visual art in the Southeast keeps the wind in our sail as we continue to improve, strengthens and build our capacity to serve the community in relevant and meaningful ways.”

Last spring, SAM completed the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program, which involved months of reflection about everything from finances, collections, governance, and programming. Todd Smith, the professional peer reviewer who spent a few days with the museum staff and Board of Directors last March, commented in his final report: “There is a renewed energy that surrounds the organization, an energy if well harnessed can be transformative for the museum.” SAM also graduated from the Healthy Organization Institute in 2015. A local education program developed by Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Mary Black Foundation was designed for Executive Directors and Board Presidents to attend together and put a microscope over all aspects of daily and long-term operations.  “These experiences of rebuilding our infrastructure and truly understanding every aspect of the museum’s operations were invaluable for us to move forward,” SAM’s Board President George Nixon said. “SAM completed a strategic plan last spring, and we are energized to become a contemporary cultural leader in the region, serving our community in new and dynamic ways. We are also proud that our Executive Director was named Museum Educator of the Year recently by the South Carolina Arts Educator Association, which demonstrates her professional and personal commitment to education, which is a vital component of our mission.”

The Academy will involve the staff and members of the board as they move through a year-long process of preparation that includes, strengthening core documents, designing an emergency preparedness plan, finalizing a code of ethics, and collections management policies. All of these components are necessary for the accreditation process and signal SAM’s commitment to standards of excellence on a national scale. “Our size does not minimize our dedication to adhering to best practices put forth by the American Alliance of Museums,” Goddard said. “We are thrilled to be accepted into this vital program and look forward to getting started.”

For further information contact Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director, Spartanburg Art Museum, 220 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306, call 864/582-7616 x 236 or e-mail to (

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Classic Contemporaries Program

February 10, 2016


The Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, launches a new program, Classic Contemporaries, this February. Designed to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet, Classic Contemporaries encourages art enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.

“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”

The goal of this program is to provide an informal education and social outlet for those interested in the visual arts. There are four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program that bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Upon arrival participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, “Cognitive Dissonance”. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.

Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.

Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 10am-2pm, and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information please contact Goddard by calling 864/582-7616, ext. 236 or visit (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Seeks Woodworking Artist – Deadline is Feb. 12, 2016

January 16, 2016


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is looking for a professional South Carolina artist/craftsperson with experience in producing functional and large-scale wood sculptures. That person will lead a design team that will make four performance stages — Artlets — as part of Spartanburg’s redevelopment of its Northside neighborhood.

The lead artist will be paid $15,000, with additional funds for materials, civil and structural engineers, and other project expenses. Tools and workshop space will be made available. Volunteer college students and community residents will assist with construction and landscaping. As a collaborative endeavor, Chapman Cultural Center staff, community residents, the City of Spartanburg, and Northside Development Group will participate in this public art project. The project schedule is expected to run approximately 3-4 months for design, three months for fabrication, and one month for installation. The overall schedule is from January 2016 to January 2017. The artist will need to participate in one or two community meetings to explain the project designs and answer questions.

Chapman Cultural Center was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA ) Artworks Grant to design the prototype four Artlets as part of a larger neighborhood-wide redevelopment initiative to create a more livable neighborhood. This project is the next step in the cultural planning process funded by an Our Town Grant. The plan for the Northside Neighborhood of Spartanburg identified short-term and long-term goals for arts infusion in this underserved neighborhood with innovative approaches to how the arts may be experienced and appreciated.

The team will design and build four Artlets, measuring roughly 10’ x 10’ with movable/shifting walls at the perimeter edges that will provide a background for performers using the space as a stage, a private zone, a play area, or other impromptu activities. Each unique Artlet will sit on a concrete pad.

For additional information about the Northside redevelopment, please visit online at ( and ( (search “northside”).

For more info on this Call for Artists, contact Melissa Earley at 864/278-9685. Please submit a letter of interest, a resume or CV, a summary of project oversight experience (or experience working with volunteers), and up to five JPGs of recent works, or include a link to an online gallery of your work, by Feb. 12, 2016, to (

Cutting Edge of Fashion and Art Collide in Never-Before-Seen Spartanburg, SC, Event at Spartanburg Art Museum – Jan. 16, 2016

January 9, 2016


The Spartanburg Art Museum, in Spartanburg, SC, is challenging traditional notions of art and pushing the boundaries of fashion with this year’s installment of its annual art-themed party. The party, dubbed CONTEXTILE, will feature live music from a critically acclaimed jazz trio, live models wearing pieces of art as clothing, an open bar serving specialty cocktails, and fabulous food from Cribbs Catering. Mat Duncan, Spartanburg Art Museum’s Curator of Collections, says, “Spartanburg is becoming a cultural hotspot in the Carolinas. CONTEXTILE is a celebration of that energy and the sequel to SHIPWRECK, our last contemporary art party – but this time we’ve gone above and beyond anything we’ve done before and crafted an evening that’s twice as lavish, twice as fun, and, of course, twice as artistic.”


In an attempt to outdo the Museum’s last art party, Spartanburg Art Museum staff has worked tirelessly towards making every aspect of CONTEXTILE more creative than anything it has ever planned. Duncan says, “SHIPWRECK had an open bar, a two-piece acoustic band, and took place around the featured exhibition, but, if you’ll excuse my pun, CONTEXTILE blows our last party out of the water!” CONTEXTILE will feature an open bar that will serve a surprise signature cocktail, in addition to the beer, wine, and mixed drinks, which partygoers are accustomed. Partygoers will also enjoy the critically acclaimed stylings of Charlotte, NC-based jazz trio “The Fat Face Band” and witness a new, never-before-seen exhibition. “But this exhibition won’t be hanging on the walls,” adds Duncan, “the pieces of art will be worn by live models!”

Spartanburg Art Museum has brought together seven visionary local and national artists whose work occupies the space between fashion and art for CONTEXTILE. “These artists have made art that can be worn as clothing or clothing that can be seen as art – deciding whether it’s the former or the latter, we leave that up to you,” says Duncan. Pieces by each artist will be donned by local models and performers, who will then walk a runway in the museum in a fashion show-style event – the climax of the evening. “And,” continues Duncan, “this fashion show will be emceed by The Latest Thing in Spartanburg’s Tim Giles.  Register now – tickets are selling fast!”

CONTEXTILE will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 7-11pm and will include an open bar, gourmet food from Cribbs, live music, cutting-edge fashion and art worn by live models. Tickets are $40, $35 for SAM Members, and $25 for students, with additional special discounts for Spartanburg Young Professional and Spartanburg Downtown Association members.

Tickets are available online at ( or by phone at 864/582-7616.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Has Set a Date for Spartanburg Soaring! 2016 – Apr. 23, 2016

December 30, 2015

The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its third annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival for Saturday, April 23, 2016, 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, including small kites made of newspaper and whale-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.


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 of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to lead the community in all things creative and innovative, and Spartanburg Soaring! is one of the most popular events of the year. 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 864/542-2787.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Announces New Executive Director – Caitlin Boice

December 18, 2015


Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, an arts nonprofit organization supporting artists in Spartanburg County and surrounding counties since 1957, has announced the selection of Caitlin Boice as its new Executive Director. Boice has been working as the Interim Director since June 2014. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process.


“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” President Thomas Rickis reported. “Caitlin’s work ethic goes above and beyond, and her knowledge of community has benefited the Guild since she joined. Her effort and rigor as demonstrated in various Guild events have given the Guild increased visibility, a reconnection with former members and more new sponsors. Her knowledge with the various member organizations and staff at Chapman Cultural Center allowed her a smooth and successful transition into the position. The Board of Trustees wishes her all the best and continued success.”

Boice’s background includes a bachelor’s of arts degree from the College of Charleston in Arts Management and a minor in Hospitality and Tourism, with various internships at different galleries in Charleston.

“I look forward to continuing to serve as the Director and working with Chapman Cultural Center and our partners to help better our community,” she said. “I am very dedicated to the arts in our community and only want to see them grow stronger and stronger.”

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its mission is to cultivate, nurture, and grow the visual arts in our community by supporting local artists.

For further info call the Guild at 864/764-9568 or visit (

Spartanburg, SC’s Cultural District Receives $2,500 Grant to Launch

November 30, 2015

Spartanburg, SC’s newly designated downtown Cultural District has received a $2,500 Elevate Upstate community vibrancy grant from Ten At The Top, a non-profit organization that fosters trust and collaboration through partnerships and cooperation that impacts economic vitality and quality of life across Upstate South Carolina.

The money will be used to implement temporary artwork that will introduce the Cultural District to the community and beyond. Spartanburg is the third city in South Carolina to receive a Cultural District designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission; it is the first in the Upstate. The four-square-block area is located in downtown Spartanburg, and it is a concentrated area with arts-related businesses, galleries, music venues, and public art.

“We are most grateful to Ten At The Top for this grant,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “This is one of the most exciting projects currently being pursued in Spartanburg. This is an opportunity for the arts to make a significant impact on the economic and social development of Spartanburg. We predict that more than one million people will see this artwork, and those people will be instrumental in letting the world know that Spartanburg believes in the power of creativity as a way to make our a community a better place to live and visit.”

Chapman Cultural Center made the application for the grant in partnership with Spartanburg Art Museum and the City of Spartanburg, and will be the coordinating agency for the District’s development during the next few months. The District is scheduled to be ready for public enjoyment in June 2016. The $2,500 grant will help fund the temporary public artwork that will launch the District. That artwork could manifest in many creative ways, but its primary purpose will be to let the public know where the District’s boundaries are.

Spartanburg’s downtown Cultural District was one of four Upstate projects to receive funding from Ten At The Top’s Elevate Upstate grant this year. The other projects were from Woodruff, Greenwood, and Greenville. There was a total of 26 applications for the 2015 grants from across the Upstate. Funding support for the grants is provided by Hughes Investments, an Upstate development company. Since 2013, a total of $43,000 has been awarded to 12 Upstate communities. The 2015 selections were made this past Thursday, Nov. 19.

In January, a Call For Artists will be issued, asking for artists to compete in the design of the temporary artwork. In February, the public will vote on the artists’ submissions. The artist will be picked in March, and fabrication and installation will begin in April and May. The official launch is planned for June. To keep costs down and to further identify with Spartanburg, the artists will be asked to make their designs using re-purposed materials readily available from Spartanburg’s manufacturing companies. The selected artwork will be on display for at least a year.

For more information about Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District, please call 864/542-2787.

University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Offer Exhibition Focused on Disabilities – Nov. 11, 2015

November 10, 2015


Disability Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Sparatanburg, SC, will present “PhotoVoice,” a unique exhibit featuring the voice and vision of people with disabilities, at 6pm, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

“PhotoVoice” is a grassroots method often used by groups that have been socially excluded. The exhibitors will share their experiences through art, photography and creative writing.

Six USC Upstate students and three faculty/staff members will focus on the voice and vision of people with disabilities, the challenges they face, and their unique gifts. Students presenting in the exhibit include: David Austin, Christina Burgess, JoAnna Jones, Sarah Montgomery, Miranda Tollison and Meredith Tucker. Faculty and staff exhibitors include: John Montemayor, Tawana Scott and Scott Smith.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Tawana Scott, program coordinator for Disability Services, at 864/503-5199 or e-mail to (