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Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

June 21, 2016


Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at ( for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.

Art Pops Up @ FABulon in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC – June 11, 2016

May 30, 2016

Artist, crafters, and makers, come help celebrate the revitalization of West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, on June 11, 2016, from 5-8pm.

Show and Sale presented by the West Ashley Arts Initiative featuring Local Artists.

FABulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road – West Ashley 29407

Music provided by Clelia’s Guitar Studio – 856 Dupont Road, West Ashley 29407.

Demonstrations of weaving and spinning by Palmetto Fiber Art’s Guild

Food Truck selling food.

Information will be provided by the City of Charleston about the redevelopment of the DuWap area of West Ashley.

The West Ashley Arts Initiative (WAAI) was formed by residents to develop, promote, and support local arts and artists.

DuWap is part the focus of the WAAI as they work to introduce the public to artists already existing in West Ashley and encourage new artist to show their work here.  This is the first of many Art Pops Up events planned. Let’s make

West Ashley the creative southern gateway in the Charleston metro area.

For further info call 843-566-3383 or visit (

PHOTO TALK / CHARLESTON Takes Place at the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC – June 13, 2016

May 18, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 6:15PM. Program starts at 6:30pm sharp.

A panel of Charleston photographers will present their premium images from Cuba and discuss ways of traveling to Cuba, where and how to shoot for maximum results.

For further info e-mail Ron Rocz at (

College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lectures on Arts Management – May 28, 2016

May 14, 2016

As one of the few undergraduate studies of its kind in the Southeast, the arts management program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, is one of the fastest growing majors on campus. The program prepares its students for careers in supporting the work of performing, visual and media artists. The curriculum includes studies in arts presenting, gallery management, fund raising and grant writing, programming and event planning, arts marketing, music industry, volunteerism and board development, financial management, and arts policy. To further enhance the program, the Director of Arts Management, Dr. Karen Chandler, and the faculty of the program announce the academic appointments of Dr. Katherine (Kate) Keeney and Dr. Jason C. White, who will join the faculty this fall.

During the opening weekend of Spoleto Festival USA and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Keeney and White will give talks about their research and work in arts management and arts entrepreneurship – Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, and White will propose and discuss a framework for researching and analyzing the state of entrepreneurship across the South Carolina arts sector. The lecture/event on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will be an opportunity for local and statewide arts and business leaders to meet the new faculty members, and will take place at 11:30am in room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip Street in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Kate Preston Keeney’s research interests bridge arts management and public policy and management scholarship with a specific focus on arts policy, organizations, and nonprofit management. She is both a scholar and an experienced administrator in the arts and higher education administration settings. Keeney has published in “The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society”, and has co-authored work with Pam Korza, co-director of Animating Democracy. She has presented related research at many annual conferences of public administration and arts management, is a reviewer for the “Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership”, and serves on the research committee for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). Over the past two years, she has assisted in the creation of a new master’s degree in nonprofit organization for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.

As a project director at Virginia Tech, Keeney has been at the center of several high-level, university-wide initiatives, including the construction of the $100 million Moss Arts Center. She also has served as the Assistant Production Manager for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has held research and contract positions with Americans for the Arts and the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC.

Keeney holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Management from American University, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) in viola performance from James Madison University. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in arts management and nonprofit financial management at Virginia Tech.

Drawing from her research in public administration, Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. She explores why it is not enough to prepare the next generation of arts organization leaders; instead we must integrate the arts into different facets of society, and work across sectors to achieve a robust arts field that is broadly defined. Keeney’s talk builds on her dissertation work—an investigation of the role of public higher education institutions in state-level arts policy. Specifically, she argues that performing arts centers on college campuses are significant contributors to the state arts landscape, but that this position is not accurately reflected in our understanding of public support for the arts and culture.

With over twenty years of experience as a professional actor and independent theatre producer, Dr. Jason C. White is well aware of the unique challenges and barriers that many artists, administrators and technical creative workers face when attempting to produce, exhibit, distribute, sustain and legitimize works of art. Through a combination of research, teaching and service, he will work with students to address arts management issues, co-identify solutions to common challenges in art fields, and co-develop new opportunity structures in arts sectors. In doing so, students will be better prepared for the practice of arts management and arts entrepreneurship.

Recently at The Ohio State University, White completed his dissertation research study, The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Ohio Arts Sector. He is also a published author in the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”, “Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts”, and “Arts Education Policy Review”. In addition, White is a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), and serves as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research” and as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White attended The University of Akron, obtaining both a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Administration, and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) degree in Assessment and Evaluation.  He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.

White’s lecture is titled “The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Arts Sector.” His talk will focus on findings from his doctoral dissertation on arts entrepreneurship where he conducted surveys and interviews with owners and founders of 115 arts organizations in Ohio to determine demographic information, shared characteristics and experiences, and venture trends over the last fifteen years within distinct arts fields. Through research at the College of Charleston, White intends to utilize his framework to better understand the nature of both arts entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurs across the South Carolina arts sector.

Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, visited the College’s campus during the spring 2014 semester and expressed his opinion of the Arts Management Program as “one of the best, if not the best in the nation…this program is outstanding!  …I have never seen another undergraduate program as impressive, and I congratulate the Arts Management faculty, staff and students on their tremendous success.”

Who should consider the major or minor in arts management? Students who are interested in Art History, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance and Music who wish to combine work in an artistic discipline with management and administrative skills are good candidates, as well as artists who wish to combine their artistic work with management and administrative skills. Additionally students interested in Business, Economics, and Communications who wish to broaden their career choices may be interested in a minor or double major. Finally managers, employees, directors and volunteers currently working with arts and cultural organizations who wish to become more effective at managing those organizations, are good candidates for our undergraduate or graduate offerings in arts management.

For more information on the program offerings of the Arts Management Program and for details on the May 28 public lectures of Drs. Keeney and White, visit ( or call 843/953-6301.

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Offers PhotoTalk/Charleston with Jack Alterman – May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016


PhotoTalk/Charleston in association with The Charleston County Public Library – Main Branch, in downtown Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce a new program that will be held the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Library auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street. We aim to bring to you the absolute best in photography and innovative photographic projects, with presenters carefully chosen from both the local scene and renowned photographers visiting Charleston. Here is your chance for inspiration, encouragement and re-connecting with fellow photographers.

The Main Library is the place to be on the Second Monday of each month, starting this May.

May 9, 2016, 6:30pm

King Street – Faces of the 500 Block, a presentation by Jack Alterman

For further info e-mail Ron Rocz at (

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for “2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Apr. 25, 2016

April 6, 2016


The “2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is artist and curator Greg Colleton. The “2016 Juried Art Exhibition” will be held May 27 through June 12, 2016, at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, with an art delivery date of May 13.

Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2014 or 2015 “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions”, the 2014 or 2015 MOJA Arts Festival, or at the City Gallery at any time, or work exhibited at the 2016 ArtFields© or that will be entered into the “2016 North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition” will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

Artwork must be original and not copies of the work of others. Painted or enhanced photographs must be submitted in the Photography category. Photography: All types of fine art photography – from prints to digitally or manually altered images – are acceptable. All artwork must be framed or have a finished edge wrap and be gallery ready for hanging. No pieces will be accepted with saw-tooth hangers. City Gallery reserves the right to exclude work based on the way a piece is framed and mounted to ensure a cohesive look for the exhibition. We reserve the right to exhibit sculpture in alternate locations to accommodate work of varied size or scale. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from next year’s Exhibition. An Exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

Submissions Deadline: Apr. 25, 2016.

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:  (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Application Link at (

Selections for the exhibition will be made by early May and artists will be notified of their status by e-mail.

For More Information: Please contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator at 843/958-6484; or e-mail to (; or City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401; or visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is Taking Applications for a $10,000 Cash Prize Recognizing the Best of Contemporary Southern Art – Deadline May 31, 2016

February 17, 2016


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is now accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which awards $10,000 to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.


Applications are accepted exclusively through the 1858 Prize website at ( until May 31, 2016.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Riccarda de Eccher – Mar. 1, 2016

February 9, 2016


The Halsey Institute presents an artist lecture by Riccarda de Eccher, entitled “Mountain and Watercolor: Riccarda de Eccher,” on Mar. 1, 2016, from 6 – 7pm.  The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the School of Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Charleston, 202 Calhoun Street, in Charleston, SC, and is free and open to all. The artist’s subject is mountains, more specifically the Dolomites, which are a stunning group of mountains and part of the Alps in Northern Italy. Her obsession with these mountains is evident in the way each watercolor painting in this series appears to be a tender portrait. In this lecture, de Eccher will discuss her fascination with these mountains and the artwork that has resulted from her lifelong conversation with the natural world.

Riccarda de Eccher was born in Bolzano, Italy and started painting, mostly in large format watercolor, later in life. In addition the artist has published several small books in collaboration with various writers. While her work has focused on the Dolomites, she has also climbed and hiked mountains throughout her life. She currently lives on Long Island in New York.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.

For further info contact: Mark Sloan, Director & Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts by calling 843/953-5659 or e-mail to (

City of Charleston, SC, Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for the Exhibit “Flowers for Tony” – Deadline is Jan. 22, 2016

January 6, 2016


City Gallery at Waterfront Park’s upcoming exhibition, “Flowers for Tony” will be on view from Jan. 30 to March 6, 2016. This exhibition explores the work of Tony Csavas, a prolific painter, inspiring teacher, and significant part of so many lives. Prior to his death, planning was underway for the Press Street Gallery of New Orleans to bring Csavas’ work to Louisiana for an exhibition organized by Press Street Executive Director Bob Snead and Csavas’ longtime partner Karen Ann Myers. This posthumous traveling exhibition, entitled “Flowers for Tony”, was on view in New Orleans from Feb. 14 – Mar. 02, 2015 and next travels to Charleston.

For partner Karen Ann Myers, Csavas made several paintings and drawings entitled “Flowers for Karen.” It felt appropriate to produce flowers for him. Friends, family, former students, and others are invited to participate in the exhibition by contributing at least one 2D piece created in any medium measuring 8″x8.” This piece can be a visual reflection on Csavas’ life, his effect on the person as an artist or friend, an interpretation of a piece of his that is memorable, or simply a depiction of a flower. A written reflection in addition to the submission is encouraged. The resulting exhibition and work will be developed into a publication catalog after the exhibition. To date, 44 people have produced “Flowers for Tony.”

Create one (or more) 8″x8″ painting following the guidelines below and mail or drop off to the City Gallery at Waterfront Park – due January 22

No provision has been made for return of works. The organizing hope is that this is a growing collection as a tribute to his memory. If you require that your work be returned, provision of return shipping label and packaging is required at submission.

The City Gallery reserves the right to display the exhibited artwork at their discretion.

A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition. It will include images of all the “Flowers for Tony” produced in 2014 – 2016 and a selection of Csavas’ paintings produced in 2009 – 2014 while living in Charleston.

If you would like to submit your work via mail, please send it to: City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401.

If you would like to hand deliver your work, it can be received at the Office of Cultural Affairs at 75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3800 in Charleston during normal business hours.

Please call 843/958-6459 to insure that staff is on site to receive your work.

2016 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Jan. 31, 2016

December 18, 2015


Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 local and regional artists and more than 500 arts events–literary, visual and performing arts–against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

View the prospectus at (

Submissions Deadline: January 31, 2016

Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
4940 Lambs Road
North Charleston, SC 29418