Posts Tagged ‘Charleston SC’

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  (zapplication.org). 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 (finecraftshowscharleston.com), e-mail (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com), 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.

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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 (www.lowcountryartists.com) or (www.deborahpalmerfineart.com). 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”.

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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 (www.charlestonartistguild.com).

Charleston Center for Photography in Charleston, SC, Moves Lecture Series to Tuesdays at the Citadel – Oct. 14, 2014

October 9, 2014

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The Community Lecture Series offered by the Charleston Center for Photography is moving to Tuesdays at the Citadel, in Charleston, SC.

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Work by Scott Henderson

The Center for Photography lectures will now be held at the second floor of Mark Clark Hall at the Citadel.

October 14th, at 6:30pm featuring, Behind the Lens with Scott Henderson

For further info e-mail the Charleston Center for Photography at (info@ccforp.org).

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Seeks Local, Emerging and Established Artists for Second Year of Program

September 30, 2014

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After a successful launch in late 2013, Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is gearing up for its second year of local art sponsorship and distribution. On Oct. 1, 2014, the group will begin accepting proposals from emerging and established visual artists to create original work for its 2015 seasonal shares. Contemporary visual artists ages 18 and up working in any media and living in the tri-county area are eligible to apply to the open call jury process, which closes on Nov. 1, 2014. A link to the application as well as answers to frequently asked questions are available at (www.CharlestonSupportedArt.com/how-to-apply).

Charleston Supported Art (CSA) aims to support artists in the creation of new work, cultivate a culture of support for original work by Charleston area artists, and foster new relationships between buyers and artists with the potential for future art purchases. The program, which is based on the buy-local, from-the-source model of community supported agriculture, was met with great enthusiasm and support from artists and art patrons in its inaugural year.

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Photo by Jessika Stocker

Artists who wish to participate in 2015 must submit an online application via Slideroom including a CV, work samples, and a proposal detailing the nature of the pieces that they intend to create for the program. A minimum of twenty-five artists will be chosen to move on to Phase II of the selection process and will be asked to create one piece that represents the style and quality of work that they will create for their season. After a review of these works and personal interviews, a total of 12 artists will be selected and will receive a stipend of $1500 to produce 32 pieces of original fine art or fine craft, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textile, jewelry, and more. A jury panel consisting of the seven co-founders of CSA will make the selections. The panel will seek input from the 2014 roster of artists.

CSA’s 2015 program will consist of three seasons – Spring, Summer, and Fall – with four artists per season. The 2015 artists and their season assignments will be publicly announced in January 2015. Seasonal shares will be available for purchase at $425 + tax following the announcement. The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and view their work at a Meet & Greet event in February 2015.

For more information about Charleston Supported Art, visit (charlestonsupportedart.com). Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (info@charlestonsupportedart.com).

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors.  Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, SC. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Cannonborough Beverage Company, Drill Films, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Ink Meets Paper, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, Three Little Birds Café, and Tree Climber Productions.

The Confederate Home and College in Charleston, SC, Offers Tour of Studios – Nov. 6, 2014

September 30, 2014

The Confederate Home and College, in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce it’s premiere event entitled, “The Confederate Home Tour of Studios”, on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, from 5pm to 7pm. The tour is open to the public. Limited tickets are available; tickets are sold at $50.00 each. Wine and hor d’oeuvres will be served.

This event is a rare and exclusive opportunity to vista and experience the Confederate Home, her secretive lush gardens and the working studios of 17 successful and accomplished artists. This is a one of a kind event and all proceeds will benefit the Confederate Home and go towards helping restore and maintain this cherished and historical building.

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The Confederate Home was built circa 1800 and was first the home of Governor John Geddes with special visitors such as President James Monroe. It later became the Carolina Hotel in the 1840’s and also housed the federal court up to the Civil War. In 1867, in the aftermath of the war, Ms. Mary Amarinthia Snowden and her sister, Isabella Yates Snowden, established the building as a refuge and home for Confederate widows and orphans. Later, a private library and school was founded for the education of women, and so the house became the Confederate Home and College. The home and school served thousands of women, providing economical room and board as well as scholarships to higher education. In the spirit of the Snowden sisters and their compassion, the home continues to fund 5 college scholarships, provides moderately priced housing for qualified residents and serve those in need.

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Today the home has been converted into apartments, small studios and banquet and meeting rooms. The home boasts ownership to one of Charleston’s largest and most secret gardens. Tucked away in downtown Charleston, it is beautiful and hidden gem that has been used for private events and famous weddings. This studio tour will also permit a rare glimpse into the secret gardens of the Confederate Home, which are normally private and closed to the public. It will provide much needed funds for the restoration and maintenance of this historical and monumentally important building.

The tour includes the work places of a wide array and range of professional artists; photographers, painters, conservators, authors and creative Confederate Home residents. Those participating will be: West Fraser, Marion Hunter, Martha Jackson, Catherine Rogers, Sara Boyd, Steven Nicoll, Stephen Smith, Mary Ann Reames, Matt and Ted Lee (the Lee Brothers), Carol Gardner, Helen Warren, William Matalene, Josephine Humphrey, Betsy Cahill, Anne Patrick, Pam Dullum and Sally Smith.

The Confederate Home and College is located in historic downtown Charleston at 62 Broad Street and will host this unique and special event Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7:30pm. This will be a once in a lifetime chance to stroll through the studios of working artists and writers and to interact with them personally.

For more information please call 843-722-2026 or visit (http://www.confederatehomeandcollege.org/).

Society 1858 Announces Sonya Clark as the 2014 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art in Charleston, SC

September 19, 2014

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Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges 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.

This year, over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications. Clark is the first female artist to be awarded the 1858 Prize. Her work examines contemporary issues of gender and race through a variety of mediums.

“Sonya Clark is a phenomenal artist whose intellectual rigor and thoughtful approach to materials stands out from the crowd. Her work truly embodies the spirit of the 1858 Prize and its mission to contribute to a new understanding of contemporary southern art,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions, Pam Wall.

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“My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” 2013, by Sonya Clark, photograph, 28″ x 28″.

Clark holds an MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art), a BFA (Art Institute of Chicago), and a BA in psychology (Amherst College) and chairs the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States.  She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Simple objects become an interface for dialog that ranges from the vernacular to the political to the poetic.  Her work includes a variety of mediums. In “My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” she engages Southern hairdressers to use her body as canvas to re-frame Black hairdressing as art.

“Given the caliber of the finalists, I am absolutely humbled to be chosen for the 1858 Award. The complexities and the simplicities that drive the content of my work will be amplified by this generous support. I am both buoyed by this endorsement of my past work and eager to delve into the well of the next possibilities. To the folks in Society 1858 at the Gibbes Museum: thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Sonya Clark.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further information contact Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Gibbes Museum of Art by calling 843/722-2706 x38 or e-mail to (amercer@gibbesmuseum.org).

Charleston, SC, Artist Bob Wilson, Jr. Has Works on View at the Pentagon

September 19, 2014

Six paintings by local artist Bob Wilson, Jr. are on display in the Pentagon’s Patriotic Arts Program for a minimum of one year. His works are being shown along with other well known, international military artists. More than 100,000 visitors tour the Pentagon each year to experience firsthand its historical significance and glean from its historical exhibits, of which the patriotic art program is a part. Paintings selected for the exhibition honor America’s military men, women and families and recognize their selfless service and sacrifices in preserving the freedoms of our great nation.

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One of Wilson’s paintings on display, “The Fair Faces of Courage”, honors women in combat roles. At the time of the painting was finished in 2011, 124 US Military women had been killed in Operation Iraq Freedom and another 42 in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). The painting focuses on our modern day female warriors and the various combat roles they are engaged in. Their sacrifices, isolation from family and children, hardships, and having to face the dangers of real combat require extraordinary courage. The women in this painting are truly “fair faces of courage”.

The “Fair Faces of Courage”, along with the copyrights, was donated to the American Legion, Post 28, in Spartanburg, SC, and was featured in the March 2012 “American Legion Magazine”. Proceeds from the sales of prints have contributed to over $3,000 to the Post’s veteran’s support programs and community work. Post 28 Commander, General (Retired) Ed Hall, was instrumental in bringing the painting to the attention of the Secretary of Defense. Coincidentally, the Pentagon was putting together the final display of patriotic art and needed one more exhibiting artist. The “Fair Faces of Courage” was a perfect fit for the Pentagon exhibit.

Wilson’s other paintings on display include “Iraq Bound” which depicts a Charleston based C-17; “Big Friend, Little Friend” showing a WWII B-17 bomber flown by Wallace Story of Spartanburg, SC; “Operation Castle” depicting a Gearing Class destroyer on patrol during the hydrogen bomb tests of the 1950’s; “The Last Survivor” which is actually a portrait of Wilson’s father shown drinking a toast to his lost war buddies who stand around him in ghost form; and a portrait of “Captain Kimberly Hampton”, the first woman from South Carolina to be killed in combat, and the first American woman to be killed in air combat.

In addition to his military paintings, Wilson is also an accomplished portrait artist. He is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild and is a member of the Portrait Society of America. He and his wife, Karen, are well known in the local art community through their West Ashley home-based business of reproducing art for other artists. Wilson’s work can be seen at (www.RobertWilsonFineArt.com), (bob-wilson.artistwebsites.com), or at his home/studio gallery.

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Fall Pick-Up Event – Aug. 28, 2014

July 30, 2014

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Charleston Supported Art, LLC, in Charleston, SC, is preparing to reveal the second round of artwork for its inaugural year. Offering seasonal shares of art for purchase based on the community supported agriculture model, the group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way for art lovers to begin or add to their personal art collections.

Individual shares are priced at just $450, and consist of six original pieces of artwork produced by a curated group of local, established and emerging artists working in a variety of media. Charleston Supported Art (CSA) shares are limited and delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season. The first season of work was released at a spring pick-up event at GrowFood Carolina in May. The next pick-up event, dedicated to the fall season, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014,from 5-7pm at Mixson Bath and Racquet Club in Park Circle, North Charleston, SC. Shares may be purchased on site or ahead of the event at (www.charlestonsupportedart.com).

CSA’s fall season features works by Mariah Channing, Olivia Cramer, Miyako Fujiwara, Fred Jamar, Jennifer Henriques Phillips, and Kristi Ryba. The six artists will be present at the August 28 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and discuss the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include photography, jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, and monotypes will not be available for purchase anywhere else.

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For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit (www.charlestonsupportedart.com). Shares for both the spring and fall seasons will be available to purchase and carry home at the fall pick-up event. Shares for the winter season may also be purchased, with delivery slated for early December. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (info@charlestonsupportedart.com).

About CSA’s Fall Artists:

Mariah Channing is a Charleston-born photographer who is currently focusing on alternative processing, such as Vandyke Brown. The process in itself is what makes her work unique and interesting. Channing photographs figurative portraits of mysterious, serene women and creates surreal-like settings. Her imagery is printed inside a Victorian inspired cameo frame that is intended to contain the classic beauty of mystery and imagination. Channing graduated from the College of Charleston in the spring of 2014 with a BA in Studio Art, concentrating in photography and minoring in arts management.  She can be found in her studio at Redux, playing with her three cats, or in a coffee shop looking out a window, daydreaming with her cup in hand.

Olivia Cramer is a jeweler and metalsmith from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, currently living and working in Charleston. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, where she majored in Jewelry Design and won the award for Jewelry Designer of the Year in 2011. When she wants to feel inspired she simply takes a walk outside; picking and sketching various sticks, seeds, and leaves is usually what drives the process. Hand-crafting wearable sculptures by creating casts, making molds, setting stones, and polishing metal is something that also allows each of Cramer’s pieces to be one of a kind works meant to capture all of the amazing details found in nature.

Born in Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after graduating from college, where she studied Mathematics in Tokyo. After college, while she was working as a computer programmer, she trained in the practice of Japanese traditional arts and crafts, such as tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arrangement, Japanese embroidery, rope weaving, and sewing kimonos. Later she moved to the US and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard University while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology. Benefiting from that extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar. Fujiwara moved to Charleston at the end of 2010 and became a member at Cone 10 Studios. She became an instructor there in 2012. The same year, she also became a member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative by juried evaluation of her work. She continues to interact with potters, ceramics studios, and galleries during her frequent trips back to Japan. In her creative process as a ceramicist, Fujiwara aspires to an essential aspect of tea ceremony, which is to make all guests feel relaxed, content and happy.

Fred Jamar has been painting for 50 years. His favorite medium by far is oil. He likes to experiment with new textures and techniques, sometimes putting brushes aside in favor of a knife or trowel. He typically composes as he applies the paint, with perhaps just one or two lines penciled on the canvas to guide him. Jamar is enormously prolific, with over 100 works completed in the past year alone. He has had several solo exhibitions at local galleries. You can find his work locally at Robert Lange Studios. His recent work has been dominated by Charleston cityscapes – not seen, however, with the traditional eye. The sky is generally very dark, inky “Prussian” blue, and starless. The trees are assembled color masses, balloon-like in appearance, and the buildings are intensely vivid in form and color, an impression heightened by the overhanging darkness. The paintings are bright – but also lonely. The mood is stock-still. Most have no human or animal figures. It is as if Edward Hopper painted an abandoned carnival at 3:00 AM. They are brilliant.

Jennifer Henriques Phillips was born in Jamaica into a Sephardi family.  Her grandfather was an artist and architect of note on the island and she developed an early interest in art. She was educated in Jamaica, Switzerland, and Paris where she studied at the School of Oriental Language at the Sorbonne. After living and working in London and Jamaica, she settled in Charleston.  Throughout her travels, she retained her interest in art, taking classes and workshops but circumstances prevented her from entering into the formal study of art.  In Charleston, she took her degree in Fine Arts at the College of Charleston, graduating summa cum laude, winning the Carolina De Fabritis Scholarship Award twice, the Fine Arts Award, and a Liquitex Materials Award. In 2009, she received a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission and was also invited to a residency at Wildacres, NC, where she continued to develop the conceptual underpinnings of her work. She was awarded a grant by the Puffin Foundation in 2010. Phillips has exhibited in group shows locally and regionally. Her first solo show, Building Babylon (is woman’s work) opened in 2010. Phillips serves as docent for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s education program “Looking to See.” She is married and lives and works on Johns Island.

Kristi Ryba is an artist living and working in Charleston, South Carolina. Exhibiting since 1990, Ryba’s early work has toured the Southeast in both painting and printmaking exhibitions.  A graduate of the College of Charleston and Vermont College, Ryba also studied at Vermont Studio School and Studio Camnitzer in Valdotavvo, Lucca, Italy. In 2012, Ryba was selected as the SC Arts Commission Alternate Visual Arts Fellow and in 2009 she was an artist in residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Her videos debuted at Silo in New York City in 2004 and 2006, and Contemporary Charleston in 2004. Her video animations have been included in film festivals across the country. Ryba has exhibited at 701 Contemporary Center for Art and Columbia College in Columbia, SC; Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, OH; Waterworks Visual Arts Center in NC; The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC; Sumter Gallery of Art, in Sumer, SC; and Dialect Design in Charlotte, NC.

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, SC. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Three Little Birds Café.

For further information contact Ann Simmons  by calling 843/819-4167, e-mail to (info@charlestonsupportedart.com) or visit (www.charlestonsupportedart.com).

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Receives $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

July 23, 2014

On Monday, July 21, 2014, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects. The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is pleased to be one of two recipients in the state of South Carolina with an award in the amount of $250,000 to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum’s collections, which focus on American art.

Storage furniture will be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of the major renovation and expansion of the museum, which will begin in the fall of 2014. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support these exceptional research, educational, and public programs in the humanities,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole Watson. “The projects made possible by these grants will enrich our knowledge of our history and ourselves, encourage reflection on the traditions and values that have shaped our culture, and help preserve and make accessible our nation’s diverse wealth of humanities materials and resources.”

“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Gibbes Museum is at a defining moment in its history.  The storage project is at the core of our renovation design to ensure long-term, energy-efficient, sustainable preservation upon the collection’s return,” says Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration and project manager for the grant.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at (www.neh.gov).

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

For further information visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).


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