Posts Tagged ‘Charleston SC’

Hurricanes Have Victims, But the Media Hurts Many More

October 12, 2016

When a hurricane comes to an area, it leaves many victims in its path, but not all are wiped out of commission, but media reports of disasters can leave all in the path of their destruction. I learned this during Hurricane Hugo and I see it happening again during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

I live 45 miles North-West of Charleston, SC, and had power until 11:30am Saturday, Oct., 8, 2016, when Hurricane Matthew had already come to the Charleston area and headed to North Carolina where it really did some of the worst damage in the form of rain and flooding in the US. I heard the weather folks tell us that Matthew could do more damage than Hugo in Charleston and then they went on to the next place the storm was headed. They never seem to follow up on anything but damage done. They’ll search and search until they can find that one place to stand in front of and show a huge tree down on a house or cars floating in water. They don’t come back and show what wasn’t harmed.

I feel sorry for those who suffered damage, those who are still suffering and those who may still feel damage from this hurricane. But this isn’t Haiti. Americans recover from damage much more quickly from tragedy and have the capacity to take a hit and at the same time help others.

I recently made a trip to downtown Charleston on Oct. 10, just a few days after the arrival of Hurricane Matthew and I was amazed at how little signs of damage was seen just a few days later – unlike Hurricane Hugo. Here’s a few notices I’ve received that represent pleas from folks who did not suffer damage from the storm, but don’t want people to forget them.

A Letter from Charleston, SC, from Hagan Fine Art Gallery and Studio, located at 27 1/2 State Street, in the heart of the French Quarter area of historic Charleston, SC.

Thank you for your calls and e-mails of support!

Dear Friends,

We’d like to give you an update on what’s going on in Charleston right now.  In general, we all feel very lucky to have homes and businesses to walk back into with little or no damage from Hurricane Matthew. However, there are many people here that are still struggling with no power and damaged homes.  Our pretty little State Street remained high and dry during the storm, and the gallery and paintings are all safe.  Our staff’s homes are all safe and standing. Some of us are still waiting on electricity, but we are all okay and very thankful. Most streets in Downtown Charleston that I’ve been on are dry and passable. Whew… we were spared.

We had just hung Dee Beard Dean and John Beard’s new paintings, when we heard the news of Hurricane Matthew’s approach. So we had to hurry and un-hang the show and store it safely away.  Dee and John’s Show and the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk were cancelled and we covered everything in plastic.  It was an anxious time for everyone in Charleston.

Dee and John have been working on their show for many months, and it was (and still is) so very beautiful. It’s a really awesome thing to be witness to such a family of talent, inspiration and training by seeing these paintings in person and to know the artist who created these works so well.  We have found the paintings to feel calming, relaxing and soothing.

If you need a brief diversion from all the news of the Hurricane maybe you’ll enjoy looking at the paintings or this short video at (

We wish you a speedy recovery if you’re dealing with the aftermath of the storm. If you need any help, please let us know. I have a car full of tarps and plastic, and I’ll deliver if you need them.

If you’re far, far away and you’re getting this – hopefully you’re safe and sound and you’ll enjoy looking and supporting these artists who have worked so hard for their show.  By the way, both Dee’s and John’s homes (as are they) are safe. We were anxious because they both are near the water and John actually lives on a boat in Florida.

If you see a painting you can’t live without, the gallery will extend free shipping on your choices through Sunday at 5PM and we will add a copy of Dee’s beautiful book with the purchase of any of her paintings.

Artwalk (the Charleston Gallery Association first Friday ArttWalk) has been rescheduled for this Friday, October 14th from 5-8pm. Please join us on Friday night in raising a glass to John and Dee and the invincible spirit of Charleston.

Warm wishes, Karen Hagan

For further info call 843/754-0494 or visit (

Here’s a notice from the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Museum is Fine and Will Re-open Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 10am.

If you saw the photos of the damaged Springmaid Pier and worried that the Art Museum was in the same condition – relax.  Aside from a few missing shingles and pieces of siding, the Museum came through Matthew relatively unscathed.  Power returned on Tuesday and we will open with regular Museum hours on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016.  We can’t express enough our gratitude to the City of Myrtle Beach for their help with our outdoor issues.

On exhibit is the “39th Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Juried Exhibition”. Celia Pearson’s “Layerings: A Glimpse of Southeast Asia” will re-open shortly. The delayed opening for “Logan Woodle: Blessed Burdens” will be Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30 – 7:30pm, featuring a Gallery Talk by the artist.

If you have questions about any other events or the Museum itself, please contact us via our website at (, or by leaving a voicemail at 843/238-2510. We promise we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your support of the Art Museum, which is normally open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm, closed Mondays.

Don’t believe all reports by the media about these storms and don’t just write off whole areas that suffer some sort of damage. After the storm is when they really need your support. No one wants guakers but they also don’t want to be written off for a long period of time. Check with them to see if they’re ready to accept your visit. They’d love you to come see them – they need you to come see them.

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Hugo in 1989

October 9, 2016

Visual artists of the Carolinas who follow “Carolina Arts” – attention please. PSMG, Inc. who produced “Charleston Arts” at the time was a victim of Hurricane Hugo that kicked the art community in Charleston, SC, in the gut in 1989. For almost a year the tourist economy in Charleston was gone. The city’s hotels were full of re-builders, insurance agents, adjustors, FEMA personal, and lawyers suing insurance companies – but there were few tourist and the locals were busy recovering from the disaster. The arts were pretty much shut down. It was quite a bit later before homeowners got new homes and insurance payments to buy new art for their homes. It was a long draught for the arts. But those in the art community who suffered damages got some help – through the National Endowment for the Arts, State Art Agencies and even local art councils to recover. Some were too proud to ask for help while others dipped into the well as many times as they could. And believe me, if you’re an artist you will be harmed. Maybe the gallery you used to show your work at will close – for a few months or forever. Companies and corporations will be giving funds to help people recover not to the arts. So in one way or another you will be hurt. Maybe your studio is three feet under water or high and dry – the results will be the same – your market just took a big hit. Ask for help, ask for money – it’s going to be there for the arts. Check with the local arts council and your state agency and even the NEA, and do it now as that money won’t last forever. We run an ad for CERF+ an organization who helps craft artists and more who are victims of disasters. Contact them at ( Maybe you don’t need this help but you might know someone who does – let them know they don’t have to recover on their own – help is there – you just have to ask. Back in 1989 we didn’t ask for help – we were not a non-profit and we still are not and will never be one, but it would have been nice to get some anyway – that’s another story. You’re not us – ask.

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Calls for Proposals for Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery – Deadline Sept. 30. 2016

August 15, 2016


The Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery of the Charleston County Public Library provides space for juried art exhibitions, solo or group, at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Preference is given to work reflecting experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents.

Submissions to exhibit will be accepted through September 30, 2016. The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited between February 2016 – January 2017. For more information, please e-mail Sarah Burriss at (

Applications, which must be included with an artist’s submission, are available online (see link below) or by calling 843/805-6840.

Please click here ( to download the Gallery Application.

Gallery Procedures:

The Charleston County Public Library offers an opportunity to South Carolina artists and craftsmen, who have been selected by a jury of local art professionals, to present their work to the public.

With the exhibition space serving as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency, these exhibitions should reflect the varied experiences and viewpoints of the people of South Carolina. The Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee selects artists and craftsmen for inclusion in the exhibition schedule on the basis of the quality of their work and suitability for the space.

Submission Guidelines:

Artists must submit a current resume and 8 to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs, CDs or other electronic medium appropriate for display to the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the space prior to submission to determine the suitability of the space for your work.

Examples submitted must be representative of the work intended for display, and appropriately labeled with the artist’s name, the title, medium and size.

Artists must be at least 18 years old to be considered by the gallery committee.

The work should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Preference will be given to newly created works.

After the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee has met to select those artists who will display in the following year, those selected will be notified and assigned their exhibition month.

The director of the library has final approval for all exhibits.

Gallery Exhibit Standards:

Works on paper and photographs should be protected with glass or acrylic glazing. Acetate or shrink-wrapped works are not acceptable.

Alternative framing (with artwork sandwiched between glazing and backing) held together by plastic or metal brackets is acceptable if a secure hanger is provided.

For mediums not requiring glazing, such as paintings on canvas or fiber art, a sturdy framework with hanging wire is required.

The gallery utilizes a cable suspension system. A secure hanging wire or bracket attached to the picture is required.

Securing works to the cables using zip ties (provided upon request) is strongly recommended.

Artists will be required to hang their own works. Special hanging arrangements will be made for library sponsored exhibitions. All hangings are subject to the approval of the gallery committee.

Case displays will be subject to the approval of the gallery committee. If media cannot hang, the artist must make his/her own arrangements for secure display.

Dimensions of the Saul Alexander Gallery are as follows: When entering the gallery, the left wall is 17’8″, the rear wall is 14’6″ and the right wall is 19’2″. The room height is slightly more than 8′. The door to the gallery is 83″ high by 70″ wide.

Installation Standards:

A committee or staff member will approve the installation of exhibits in advance and after completion.

Artists are responsible for providing labels for their work. Artwork, labels or business cards must be on heavy stock and must not be glued or nailed to the wall. Pushpins are permitted.

The artist must submit a list containing titles and descriptions as well as prices. If the art is for sale, the list will be available to the public at the information desk. The artist may have business cards at the exhibit. Prices may not be displayed or available within the gallery, but the artist may supply a small sign directing the public to the information desk for prices. Sales are strictly between the artist and customer; the library will not as intermediary for the exchange, and will not accept any money on the artist’s behalf.

Works that are sold must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, except under special circumstances.

The library will not be responsible for artwork not picked up at the agreed upon time.

The library will generate a gallery brochure featuring the year’s exhibits. The library will include information about the exhibits in monthly press releases, and an announcement of the exhibition will be included in the library’s monthly calendar. The artist may send out their own publicity at their own expense.


It is agreed that the Charleston County Public Library will not be responsible in any manner to the exhibitor or the owner for the items or fixture pertaining thereto, in the exhibition in case of theft, destruction or injury thereto from any cause.

It is agreed also that the exhibitor or owner or both named hereto, are responsible for timely delivery, hanging and pickup of their work.

It is agreed that the number of items, including frames and mountings, which may be exhibited in a given space and the arrangements thereof, will conform to all requirements as may be prescribed by the gallery committee and/or library staff.

It is agreed that the exhibitor is responsible for transporting the art works to the library, for planning the display, arrangement or hanging of the exhibit, and for providing necessary materials and tools.

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education, LLC, in Charleston, SC, Announces “2016 Juried Fine Art Sculpture Contest with Exhibit and Sale” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2016

July 17, 2016

Fabulon Gallery represents a diverse group of artists working with a variety of mediums in traditional and non traditional ways. Fabulon seeks new and exciting fine art in 3-D. The theme is literally wide open,  artists may choose to explore any theme but must provide a statement that connects the words to the visual.


Sculptures will be judged on technical ability, craftsmanship, use of materials, execution of theme and ability of the artist to tie the statement to the work. All sculptures must be original and for sale.


Artists of the Carolinas and GA.

All mediums accepted.

Indoor, outdoor, and scale models considered.

Minimum age: 18

Resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Artist should be able to be present at the reception.

Entry Procedure:·

Submit 1 image of the sculpture you are entering in the contest.

Add 2 close up images showing details of this sculpture.

Include 2 separate images that represent the body of your work in general.

Submit an artist statement that explains the theme and process of your project.

Notate materials used and provide dimensions of finished product.

Please follow the labeling procedure found on the website.

Images must be received by 8/30

$25 Submission Fee


All applicants will be reviewed by a panel of working artists and art education professionals. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.


1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $200

3rd Place: $150

People’s Choice Award: $100

2 Honorable Mention Prizes

Winners will be announced at the show and prizes will be awarded that night.

Deadline & Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 8/30

Acceptance Announced: 9/6

Drop off and meeting: 10/8

Show: 10/14 to 11/1

Reception: 10/14, 5-8:30pm

Retrieval: 11/5

For further information visit (, e-mail to ( or call 843/566-3383.

A Trip to Charleston, SC, When the Temps Were Over 100 Degrees to Pay Respect to a Gutsy Artist – Dr. Leo Twiggs

July 15, 2016


Last Friday, on July 8, 2016, I traveled down to Charleston, SC, from the headquarters of Shoestring Publishing Company in Bonneau, SC, to go to a reception for the exhibit, Requiem for Mother Emanuel, featuring nine works by Dr. Leo Twiggs, on view at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, through July 31, 2016. It was already 100 degrees when I left the house. Going to Charleston was the last thing I wanted to do that afternoon, but I had to. It was a matter of paying respect to an artist who well deserved it. Later on, the heat index would reach 110 and it felt like every bit of that and more.

I first met Dr. Twiggs at a special lunch set up by the Gibbes Museum of Art, back in the 90’s when they were showing an exhibit of photographs by W. Eugene Smith on his landmark photo essay, ‘Nurse Midwife’ Maude Callen, published in LIFE magazine in Dec. 1951. Back then I was still known as “somebody” in the Charleston photography community and I lived in Berkeley County where Maude Callen did her work. Dr. Twiggs was from St. Stephens, SC, in Berkeley County where Callan operated out of a small clinic.

I’ve never really talked with Dr. Twiggs since, but we have covered many an exhibit of his works throughout the years at institutional art spaces and commercial galleries in our publications South Carolina Arts and now Carolina Arts. In fact I loved every opportunity we got to show one of his works with the Confederate battle flag in it. I truly enjoy publishing works by a black man using that flag as a recurring symbol in his art.

And just like any day I go anywhere outside the area I live in, on Friday as I left to go to Charleston I had to drive past four Confederate flags flying in people’s front yards in my neighborhood.

I have no personal connection to the Civil War so it shouldn’t matter to me whether that flag flies anywhere, but I’ve grown to hate what it stands for today. Don’t give me that line about heritage – I’m not buying it. When I first arrived in SC I would often get asked which side my family was on – North or South. Being from Michigan, many assumed I was one of those carpetbaggin’ Yankees, but my relatives weren’t even in the US when the Civil War took place. They where trying to get out from under the boots of Russian Czars and British rulers and they didn’t make it out until after the turn of the century.

I’ve lived in South Carolina for 42 years and I never thought that the Confederate flag would come down off the SC State House grounds, much less the State House, but a stupid kid who thought he was a Johnny Reb who killed nine people while they were at a bible study class brought it down. Who would have thought that? Not me.

I’m not going to go into what’s behind Dr. Twiggs work or the work in this exhibit, the gallery has a film you can watch about that and a nice exhibit catalog which you can read his words on his work. You don’t need to hear my interpretation. But you should go see this exhibit.


Here’s some information the gallery provided about this exhibition: Requiem for Mother Emanuel brings together nine new works by Leo Twiggs, created in commemoration of the nine victims who lost their lives on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A video produced exclusively for this exhibition will feature the personal commentary of Twiggs, who shares his artistic vision and gives tribute to the extreme grace displayed by the Mother Emanuel family.


“This series has been the most difficult I have ever done,” says Leo Twiggs. “Some of the members of Mother Emanuel are close to my family. No series has been more painful or personal. I want people to look at my works and know that something tragic happened in a Church . . .  that a horrible thing happened in a Church that changed lives. My paintings are testimonies to the nine who were slain. But I also record another moment: our state’s greatest moment . . . a response that moved us from tragedy to redemption. For one shining moment we looked at each other not as different races but as human beings. From the City Gallery I can see the docks where the ships came in carrying my ancestors. Through the decades many of them worshiped at Mother Emanuel. Hopefully, we will not forget but will remember that moment that brought us all together.”

Dr. Leo Twiggs (center)

One of the symbols that Twiggs has used in his paintings since the 1970’s is the Confederate Flag. The flag becomes a reoccurring symbol in the Requiem series as it is splashed across the surface of the Church. The flag morphs from a recognizable symbol to a disintegrating form that becomes a cross on a blood stained background and then changes to a cross with the red drained from it. The target and the symbol nine also appear in this series. There is a definite visual transition in the sixth painting as Twiggs recalls the afternoon he entered the Church and stood in front of the stained glass window.

People watching a film about Dr Twiggs and this exhibit.

I also want to mention that this exhibit was made possible with the help of the Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, (Greenville area) that is one of the galleries in SC which represents Dr. Twiggs’ work. Also, if you don’t live in the Charleston area or can’t get there in time to see this exhibit, that I understand it will be traveling to other parts of SC. Stay tuned into to Carolina Arts for more info on that.

Dr. Twiggs giving a short talk at the reception.

As I mentioned in a Facebook post after attending the reception, the crowd there was a Who’s Who of the SC visual art community. The director of the SC Arts Commission and staff members where there, City of Charleston officials and staff members, institutional and commercial gallery owners and directors, artists, and other folks involved in the visual arts, as well as members of the Mother Emanuel family. They were all there to pay respect to one of SC’s most talented artist and one who was not afraid to use symbols of SC’s racial history in his works.

Now you can go and pay your respects to the artist and see the works he made in commemoration of the nine victims.

The City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street in downtown Charleston, SC, and gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10am until 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon until 5pm.

For more information and holiday closures, visit ( or call 843/958-6484.

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline July 22, 2016

June 21, 2016

Fabulon is celebrating its anniversary with a revisit of our very first show, “Souvenirs of Summer”.

Theme: Artists will show off what they did on their summer vacation and/or capture some symbol of summer’s end and the change of seasons.

Guidelines: You will have space to display 3-5 pieces of work and we request that you also make a specific 4”x6” post card sized work that shows your style and interpretation of the above mentioned theme. Each piece will be sold for $50. This allows collectors or new art buyers to feel connected to you and get inspired to save toward a larger purchase. You can make up to 3 of this post card size.

Procedure: *Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $25 entry fee. This can be done on the website ( Accepted artists will be part of a group show that runs until Sept. 9, 2016. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.


Deadline for submission is 7/22.

Notification by 7/28. Art delivered on 8/8. Art retrieved by 9/13.

On 8/8, there will be a brief meeting for accepted artists at the gallery.

*An opening reception with refreshments will be held 8/26 from 5-8:30pm.

For further info call 843/566-3383 or e-mail to (

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.