Posts Tagged ‘Charleston SC’

Call for Visual Artists for 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

January 19, 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, SC, 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.

Submissions Deadline: March 13, 2015
Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
8466 Rice Basket Lane
North Charleston, SC 29420


The Charleston Museum in Charleston, SC, Holds Annual Oyster Roast at the Dill Sanctuary – Feb. 7, 2015

January 13, 2015


Please join the Charleston Museum on Feb. 7, from 2-5pm for its Annual Oyster Roast. Enjoy an incredible view of the Stono River at the Dill Sanctuary while you shuck oysters and eat delicious barbecue from Sticky Fingers. Sit by the river and enjoy a beer from Palmetto Brewery or a “Natural Blonde” Bloody Mary accessorized with a Granna’s Gourmet garnish as you listen to the tunes of Air Sculptures. Those of you with a sweet tooth will be excited to hear that Charleston’s famous Diggity Doughnut truck will be parked on site! Attendees are also invited to join Chief Curator Grahame Long as he leads a guided tour to the earthen works of Battery Pringle, once used as a Confederate fortification. So, bring your friends, your appetites, chairs and blankets, and join us for a day of Lowcountry fun!


Tickets are all-inclusive and account for admission, BBQ, oysters, beer, wine, Bloody Marys, oyster shooters, a battery tour and one gourmet Diggity Doughnut. No pets, please.

Please purchase your tickets in advance. You can do so online at ( or call 843/722-2996 ext. 235. Tickets are $35 for Members and $45 for non-Members.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

January 6, 2015


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.


Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Jeff Whetstone and Stephen Marc, mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark.

Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize opened on Jan. 1, 2015, and can be made exclusively online at ( through May 29, 2015. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

Supported by the museum’s auxiliary group, Society 1858, the prize is administered annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

For more information, please visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Receives $150,000 from The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

December 15, 2014


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, has received a grant award in the amount of $150,000 from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to support the installation of the museum’s miniature portrait collection in the renovated building. The Donnelley Foundation supports efforts to preserve and provide greater access to regionally significant collections. The Foundation’s strategy is to support a range of specific projects including stabilization, cataloguing, preservation and restoration, digitization, enhanced opportunities for access by both the general public and scholars, and reinterpretation.

American eye miniature, unknown, ca. 1830’s, watercolor on ivory; 1 inch diameter. Gift of Mr. James Sellers in memory of James Nelson Sellers

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Donnelley Foundation for the installation and preservation of the miniature collection. The first-ever American miniatures were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is home to one of the most prestigious American portrait miniature collections in the country,” says Gibbes Museum of Art Executive Director, Angela Mack.

A major highlight of the newly renovated museum will be a dedicated gallery space featuring the nationally-acclaimed collection of portrait miniatures. With over 600 miniature portraits, the Gibbes collection is the third largest in the United States and ranks in quality among those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. New state-of-the-art display cases featuring accessible open storage drawers will allow visitors to experience, up-close, nearly three hundred portrait miniatures by some of America’s most significant painters while simultaneously providing custom microclimates to preserve this sensitive collection.

“Prior to the renovation, gallery conditions at the museum allowed for the exhibition of just 30-35 miniatures at a time—a fraction of the total collection. The new, dedicated miniature portrait gallery will introduce visitors to the refined colors and exquisite draftsmanship of these tiny treasures,” says Sara Arnold Gibbes Museum of Art Curator of Collections. This unprecedented access to the collection will be accompanied by digitally enhanced interpretive materials that will offer visitors of all ages, in-depth insight into painting techniques, materials, jeweled casework, conservation, and the social and cultural significance of these unique objects.

Gaylord Donnelley was a former chairman of the R.R. Donnelley Company, a Chicago-based publishing company founded by his grandfather in 1864. Gaylord and his wife, Dorothy, were avid lovers of the outdoors. They contributed to numerous land conservation efforts in the Chicago region and their adopted home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. They were equally devoted to the arts and preserving collections. The Donnelley’s legacy lives on in the Foundation they established in 1952. Today, the Foundation supports land conservation, artistic vitality and collections of regional significance in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further info call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (

City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, Offers Artist’s Talk with John Duckworth – Dec. 14, 2014

December 9, 2014

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents: “AWAKE by John Duckworth”, an Artist’s Talk offered Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 2pm, at City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC.

Join us as artist John Duckworth personally leads visitors through a guided tour of his “AWAKE” exhibition. During this free event, attendees will receive an insider’s view, as Duckworth hosts a sequential tour explaining his inspiration and process, revealing how his personal exploration of Eastern contemplative wisdom traditions inspired this current exhibition.

We encourage those who have not yet experienced “AWAKE” to arrive at least one hour early to view the installation in its entirety.


Local artist John Duckworth has transformed the City Gallery at Waterfront Park into an immersive space within a guided exhibition layout, displaying his photography, sketches, paintings, video, and audio installation. Duckworth’s most comprehensive show to date, this non-traditional presentation of the artist’s work encourages viewers to become more aware and focus on the present moment, freeing their minds of constant to-do lists and daily thoughts in order to embrace calmness and contemplation.

Much of Duckworth’s work has an underlying meditative quality, embedded both in his Buddhist-inspired paintings and his most-recognizable photographs of nature. “AWAKE” will feature over forty artworks in an exhibition setting that also highlights Duckworth’s creative and meditation practices.

Duckworth states: “I believe that art/creativity is an essential component of human nature. Art inspires people to access their imagination, and imagination is the fuel that propels dreams and purpose in order to realize true human potential, and reveal our authentic self. Exterior guides often assist this sort of inner revelation; I believe that my artwork can function as a guide. My creative process is a personal exploration that mirrors my meditation practice and both are healing and self-transformative, and the result (my ‘art’) can resonate with others like a tuning fork – and either awaken this seed within, or simply affirm that we’re not alone in our searching.”

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston , SC.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park is owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates:
Monday, closed; Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5pm. Please call the gallery for holiday closures.

For more information call 843/958-6484, e-mail to (, or visit (

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Eric Horan

December 6, 2014


Eric Horan will present “Portrait of the Lowcountry” a photo exhibition at the Saul Alexander Gallery in the Charleston County Public Library through the month of December beginning Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  Horan’s exhibition will feature new and previously shown images that showcase his extensive work photographing South Carolina. His work captures the natural beauty of a wide diversity of sea and shorebirds and other wildlife along scenic waterways, pristine beaches and inland maritime forests.


Horan is a commercial photographer based in Beaufort, SC, providing commercial assignment, stock, fine art prints and gifts, educational presentations and serves as photo and field guide on his Lowcountry Wildlife Photo Safaris. His tour destinations are planned around peak, seasonal wildlife action throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


An award winning photographer, Horan has received notable awards throughout his career including the coveted International Studio Design Annual. Among the publishers where his work has appeared are: OUTSIDE, Compass American Guides, an imprint of Fodor’s Travel Publications Inc., Clairmont Press & Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Silver Editions and National Geographic. Books. Magazines where his work has appeared include: Business Week, Cruising World, Fortune, New York Sunday Times Travel, OUTSIDE, SAIL, Southern Living and on the covers of Spur and Smithsonian. He has received awards from prestigious art competitions including the coveted International Design annual. His stock images are represented by agencies international with fine-art prints in area galleries and online.


The hours of the Saul Alexander Gallery are the same as the library, Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday, 2-5pm.  The address is 68 Calhoun St and the telephone 843/805-6930.

For more information on the artist you may contact him at 843/524-3037 or visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Announces 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

November 22, 2014


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Donna Shank Major as this year’s recipient of the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art. The winner was announced at the South Carolina Art Educators Association annual meeting in Greenville, SC, on Nov. 21, 2014. “Mary’s support of art educators in South Carolina is immeasurable. The Gibbes is honored to support the award. There are so many teachers worth recognizing and we hope they will continue to apply year after year,” says Curator of Education Rebecca Sailor.


Donna Shank Major is the instructor for 2D and 3D Design courses, teaches in the ARMES program at the Fine Arts Center, in Greenville, and serves as the Coordinator for Explore the Arts summer program. The ARMES program is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of students in grades 4 through 8 who have demonstrated outstanding talents and a deep interest in theatre, visual arts, strings or dance. Major grew up in Greenville and was an art student at Fine Arts Center for three years. She graduated from Converse College and continued studies at Converse College earning a Master’s Degree in Education. She has been teaching art for 18 years in Greenville and Spartanburg County, and works in a variety of media and techniques including clay, printmaking, painting, and bookmaking. She has received many grants, including a Fulbright Memorial Fund grant to study in Japan, and fellowships to study at Arrowmont School of Crafts and Penland. Her work has been exhibited in shows at the Art Bomb, Open Studios with the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Belton Juried Professional Show, the Anderson Art Show and the Union Juried Professional Show.

“I am so pleased to announce Donna Shank Major as this year’s recipient of the Art Educator Award. Major is an instructor at the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, and together with the other two state finalists, Josh Drews and Mary Catherine Peeples, represents the finest this state has to offer in art education. South Carolina has most definitely set the bar high in fine art instruction,” says Mary Whyte.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, SC, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L’Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of numerous books and her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames.

Applications for the 2015 Mary Whyte Award opened in September, 2014. For more information, please visit (

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further info visit (

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Calls for Artists.

November 22, 2014

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC is issuing a call for fine craft artists to participate in the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, in downtown Charleston, SC. This will be the 36th year for these shows, which are part of the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a 17-day city-wide arts festival produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The venue for the two Piccolo Spoleto Craft shows is the picturesque Wragg Square, a raised and fenced park located at the corner of Meeting and Charlotte Streets in downtown Charleston. Approximately 95 exhibitor booths will be available for each weekend show.  Our paid admission averages 7000 – 9000 dedicated fine craft patrons, designers, and gallery representatives per weekend.

New this year:  Emerging Artist Grants covering single booth fees ($250) will be awarded to two first-time show applicants each weekend. Grants will be awarded based on jury scores media quotas, and artist statement included with application.

Applications are available online through ZAPPlicationTM  ( The application fee is $30, and booth fees are $250 per booth per weekend. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2015. Artist selection is based on jury scores and media quotas.

For more detailed information about the shows and selection process, visit the official web site at (, e-mail (, or call Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival USA. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 23 and concludes June 8, 2015.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

Deborah Palmer is Now Represented Exclusively by Lowcountry Artists Gallery in Charleston, SC

November 10, 2014

Deborah Palmer is pleased to announce that she is now a guest artist at Lowcountry Artists Gallery at 148 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, SC. She is showing new and recent works featuring plein air studies and studio paintings in oil of familiar images in and around Charleston.


Palmer, who had been exhibiting her oils for over 11 years at the Spencer Galleries, in Charleston, may be better known for her cityscapes and rural barn series which showcase her skills in linear perspective and her love of depicting the texture of old buildings. However, at Lowcountry Artists she debuts with natural landscapes populated by venerable live oaks, coastal dunes, “haunting” sunsets and sunrises. All have her keen eye for light and shadow and her sense of timelessness.

Palmer earned her undergraduate fine arts degree at Skidmore College and went on to become an art director in several New York City advertising agencies. Upon retiring to the Charleston area in 2000, she took up pastels and oils to return to the study of fine art taking workshops with many prominent regional and national landscape artists. She has won numerous awards and her paintings have found their way into private and corporate collections across the country and in Canada. She will be at Lowcountry Artists Gallery, Dec. 5, 2014, during the French Quarter art walk from 5 to 8pm (open to the public and all are welcome).

Her work can also be seen at ( or ( For inquiries or previews, please call the Gallery at 843/577-9295. For further information, contact Deborah Palmer 843/881-6490.

South State Bank in Charleston, SC, Announces Awards – “People’s Choice Art Exhibit” Continues Through Oct. 16, 2014

October 19, 2014

The people have spoken, and Lowcountry artist Steve Jacobs is the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the South State Bank “People’s Choice Art Exhibit”.

Steve Jacobs

In its 30th year, the exhibit honors 10 Lowcountry artists and comes to a close on Oct. 16, 2014.

Helen Beacham and Caroline Trickey judged this year’s exhibition. The Oct. 3-16, 2014, exhibit features original artwork and photography from approximately 75 exhibiting members of the Charleston Artist Guild, and is open to the public for viewing at the South State Bank location at 34 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Cash prizes and ribbons have been awarded to the following: Sandra Booker, South State Bank Purchase Award; Pat Forsberg, Best in Show; Carla Johannesmeyer, first place; Mark Beale, second place; and Brenda Orcutt, third place.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to Stan Ullmer, Peggy Ellis, Blaine Tailer-Kimball Dixon and Judith Chamberlin.

As the recipient of the Purchase Award, Booker’s piece has been added to the bank’s permanent art collection.

The exhibit was judged by Beacham and Trickey, who are both professional artists, exhibitors and instructors, and have extensive reputations in the art community.

The “People’s Choice Exhibit” is sponsored annually by South State Bank with the goal of recognizing the talent of local artists and stimulating increased exposure of visual arts within the Lowcountry.

South State Corporation is the largest bank holding company headquartered in South Carolina. Founded in 1933, the company’s primary subsidiary, South State Bank, has been serving the financial needs of its local communities in 19 South Carolina counties, 12 Georgia counties and 4 North Carolina counties for over 80 years.  The bank also operates Minis & Co., Inc. and First Southeast 401K Fiduciaries, Inc., both registered investment advisors; and First Southeast Investor Services, Inc., a limited purpose broker-dealer. South State Corporation has assets of approximately $8.0 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SSB on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

For further info contact the Charleston Artist Guild by calling 843/722-2454 or visit (


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