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The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Presents Artist’s Talk with Mary Edna Fraser – Apr. 18, 2015

April 11, 2015


Join artist Mary Edna Fraser for an informal discussion about her work and technique on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.  Her new exhibition, “Above, Between, Below,” featuring batiks on silk, which will be on view through May 3, 2015, at the gallery.


“Above, Between, Below” is an ambitious exhibition of work by Lowcountry artist Fraser, depicting breathtaking perspectives of space, earth and deep sea through her signature large scale batiks on silk. Developed with leading researchers in the fields of planetary science, coastal geology, and oceanography, “Above, Between, Below” bridges cutting-edge science and the living, ancient art of batik to afford a vantage point the human eye and traditional cameras cannot reveal.

Collaborators Ted Maxwell (Planetary Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), Orrin H. Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University) and Cindy Lee Van Dover (Director of the Duke University Marine Lab) assisted Fraser in developing batiks as a vehicle to share information, to educate and to inspire. The artist has drawn upon their scholarship and insights to develop images that emphasize the fragility of ecosystems and bring the grandeur of distant spaces near to us. Fraser refers to her pieces as “snapshots” in geologic or galactic time and asserts that artists can condense and interpret scientific observations so that viewers may develop a greater understanding of our place in the universe.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, is a free and non-profit gallery owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates are Tue.-Fri., 10am – 6pm and Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm.

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

“2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions – Deadline Apr. 17, 2015

March 30, 2015


The “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is artist Tyrone Geter.

The “2015 Juried Art Exhibition” will be held May 22 – June 7, 2015, at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in historic downtown Charleston, SC, with an art delivery date of May 14. Entry Specifications/Eligible Works: Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2013 or 2014 “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions”, the 2013 or 2014 “MOJA Arts Festival”, or at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park at any time and work exhibited at the 2015 ArtFields© or that will be entered into the 2015 “North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition” will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

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

To Submit:
My submission of this form confirms that the submitted artwork complies fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:
(1) The artwork is my original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph and
(2) the artwork was created solely by me and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Received upon submission:
Thank you for your submissions for the “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”.

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

Deadline: April 17, 2015
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Application Link: (

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

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Calls for Visual Artwork – Deadline Feb. 13, 2015

February 3, 2015


Since 1979, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, has been the official outreach companion of Spoleto Festival USA. Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases annually more than 500 arts events in all disciplines of the literary, visual and performing arts. As a feature of its promotional efforts, Piccolo Spoleto has historically highlighted the work of local visual artists, selecting signature images for use in marketing pieces, and this call for submissions specifically seeks out artists and artwork with design qualities and personal style evocative of the festival’s overall mission. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration for the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” Call for Entries and the “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition”.

Call for Entries will be posted separately. All artists living in the state of South Carolina are invited to submit. Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Limit your submission to one (1) digital image of an original artwork (should not exceed 36″ x 36″) for the festival’s consideration. Include no more than four (4) other digital images as samples of your work. Two-dimensional artwork only and all media are eligible. Do not include “Piccolo Spoleto Festival” on the image. Only submissions that meet the stated guidelines will be considered. Selected artist will be considered for items including festival posters, merchandise and print and electronic marketing materials. The City of Charleston and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival will license legal rights to artwork selected, but the artist will retain copyright and ownership of the artwork.

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

Deadline: February 13, 2015
Application Fee (USD): $5.00
Application Link: (

For More Information: Please contact Francina Smalls-Joyner, Visual Arts Coordinator at 843/724-7305; or e-mail to (; or City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs, 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401; 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 (

A Trip to Check Out Some of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Visual Arts and Other Art in Charleston, SC

June 3, 2014

Editor’s Note: Usually I would be posting this at Carolina Arts Unleashed, my blog for doing posts like this, but when we launch a new issue of Carolina Arts, which we did June 1, I usually don’t post on our blogs for five days. However, due to the limited exhibit time of some of these shows – I’m using Carolina Arts News to post this commentary. This is not news – it’s just my opinion, so take it for what it is. And, for the record, I received a press release on Piccolo Spoleto Visual Arts by one of those Constant Contact e-mails, Friday May 30 – a week after the Festival started. Attention ArtFields – don’t look to Piccolo Spoleto for suggestions on how to market your event.

All righty – I checked my weather app on my smart phone and it looked like my only window of opportunity was to get an early start on Saturday, May 31. Our June issue was finally finished, but we would be launching on Sunday and that’s an all day operation.

As I walked out the door at the headquarters of PSMG, on the shores of Lake Moultrie in Bonneau, SC, it started to rain. It had been thundering for about 30 minutes so I just got out in time. Not a good sign, but the closer I got to Charleston the rain was behind me and the skies looked better weather-wise. The highway into Charleston is cluttered with billboards so it’s not a scenic ride. There was even one for a certain Piccolo Spoleto art show – not to be mentioned here. I don’t like billboards – never have.

I have to say this. Coming into Charleston from I-26 on Meeting Street is still a shock to me to see the over-development on this street. It’s like driving through a canyon and it’s only going to get worse.

I found a parking space near Wragg Square where the second Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show was going on, but I wasn’t attending this day. The Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show is always a top notch show filled with excellent works, but it would be over before I could post this – so I couldn’t help draw people there. I had to make the most of my short time. Thank you – to the folks who left an hour on the meter I found, which with the little bit of change I had on hand would give me two hours to visit the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show in Marion Square Park.


I was in the park by 9:30am – well before it officially opened, but it was already in full gear – as was the Charleston Farmer’s Market, which they share the park with on Saturdays. So there were lots of people in the park – some for the art – some for the Farmer’s Market.


Having attended this show for many years in many different locations, it didn’t take long to run into some folks I knew, but there were lots of new artists that I didn’t know, and they could have been doing the show for a few years or more. I tend to talk with the folks I know to get a good reading of how things are going. Throughout the years this reading never seems to change – some are doing poorly, some OK, while others are doing great, but from year to year it’s like musical chairs. Each year, it’s a different judge and a different audience. Some artists have a faithful following and people come see what they are up to every year. Some years they buy, some years they are just looking. The thing is, they must do well or something draws them back to this place year after year, because no one in their right mind would put themselves through 16 days of questionable weather, heat and humidity, long hours of set up and take down, and the hours of just waiting for someone to take an interest in your art. Not to mention the questions of the general public – the looky lous – who are never interested in buying art, but just like being an art critic for the day.

Wait a minute – I guess in the eyes of the artists – I might fit in that category. But, remember my mission is to get other people to go see art and it’s not my problem if they don’t buy. Besides I own an arts newspaper – I have no money.

My preferred view of Marion Square with Francis Marion looking down

So, why should people go to one of these outdoor shows? After all, Charleston is full of art galleries – all over the city. Well, it’s like going to an outdoor shopping mall. As far as 2-D art goes – you’re going to find it all here – even nudes.  So be aware – all you folks who have a hang up about seeing nude folks on canvas or on paper – there are some there – in the park. After all this is a fine art show – of art. Whether it be a veteran of this show or a new first-timer, I’m sure you’ll find some art you like and even some you just might need to buy. And, the artists are there just waiting for a decent conversation about art.


Remember, no one needs to buy art, but some of us just find that sometimes we have to. We’ll give up some necessities to buy art – we just can’t help it. Now don’t you want to be one of those folks?

So where are all my images of art? Well, you see there are 80 booths full of art – art under glass, art inside booths, art in divided sunlight and shade – all a photographer’s nightmare, but I wouldn’t be an editor and publisher of an arts newspaper if I didn’t tell you that the one individual artist who took out an ad in both our May and June issues – sold the work they put in their ad. Besides I’d take pictures of stuff I like and that wouldn’t be fair to everyone. I’ll show you those kind of images later.

I’ll say this, the judge who selected the awards this year took some risks in selecting unusual works – especially small works showing that some good things do come in small packages.

You still have until June 7, 2014, to go see this show. It’s open from 10am-6pm, but they’ll be up early next Saturday again with the Farmer’s Market, and some artists take their time closing up – depending on how many folks are in the park.

The one thing I didn’t plan on this day was parking in metered spots all day. I used up all my change on the first meter. Good thing I know where and how to park free in downtown Charleston. I’m a 40 year veteran of parking in Charleston and early on I paid my dues to the City of Charleston – a lot of dues.

My next stop was to head over to Nina Liu & Friends gallery in the French Quarter area of the downtown. I wanted to check in on the long-running story of Liu trying to sell her building. She moved to Mexico years ago, but a recession got in the way of her selling her building – usually not a problem in downtown Charleston – especially where she is located on State Street. The catch is she would like to sell it to someone who would keep it a gallery and perhaps keep some of her artists, which would be a good deal for anyone in the gallery biz. The gallery represents some great artists. And, before I even entered the door of the gallery, I was looking at many new works by Aggie Zed in one of the gallery’s windows. Zed’s creatures are very popular in the Charleston area. A new shipment had arrived just in time for Spoleto, but they won’t last long. So if you haven’t gotten one or two for your collection – you better hurry on down to that gallery.

Works by Aggie Zed

There was also a collection of Cynthia Tollefsrud’s paintings on display – works from a collector who was now selling these works. I’ve been in that situation and it hurts, but it is sometimes necessary. So, this is a great opportunity for others to add to their collections.

Work by Cynthia Tollefsrud

More works by Cynthia Tollefsrud

There are also some good works by Diana Farfan on hand.

Works by Diana Farfan

Are you beginning to see a pattern yet? All three of these artists offer an unusual take on our world – a little weird, a little naughty, a little twisted. I love the work of all three. Gosh, what does that say about me? Hey, that’s what happens when a mid-western boy from Michigan comes to the South and lives in the Charleston area for 40 years. And they say the South is for moral values. Who says that anyway? Where have they been living?

Oh, that reminds me – you might see some nudity in this gallery too – it’s full of art. Of course the main exhibit on view here is The Last Picture Show, featuring black and white photographs by Michael Johnson, on view through June 30, 2014. Don’t tell anyone but Johnson specializes in capturing Mother Nature – in the nude. And, at times it’s very graphic and seductive. All these works were behind plexiglass – so I have no images.

While Liu and I were chatting about things, we were sitting next to one of Johnson’s works of a canyon from out West from a very high viewpoint. After a while I kept glancing down into the canyon and had the feeling I was high up on one of those ridges looking down. I don’t suffer from vertigo, but I know a few folks who would have been uncomfortable sitting there. Liu and I thought it was kind of nice.

My next stop was the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, which was displaying the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, on view through June 8, 2014. But I’m going to save my remarks about this show for last. Don’t start trying to read between the lines – I have my reasons.

My last stop was at Corrigan Gallery on Queen Street. On view here was Look Back, featuring new works by Joe Walters, an artist who lives and works in Charleston, but his works are probably seen more outside of Charleston, all over the country. I’ve always liked Walter’s sculptural works of flora and fauna and his primitive looking drawings or paintings on paper. This exhibit is small, but interesting nonetheless. The gallery itself is small but packed with lots of interesting art you won’t see anywhere else in Charleston. If you stay there long enough looking, you’ll begin to feel like you’re on a treasure hunt discovering more gems – pealing back each visual layer.

Work by Joe Walters

Works by Joe Walters

I didn’t have to peal back any layers to discover some new, large, “abstract” works, just delivered by Gaston Locklear, of Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in the Murrells Inlet area of SC. I’ve seen work by Locklear before and these works were very different – very nice. Like I’ve learned over the years of doing an arts newspaper – you can never tell where an artist will go – so I’ve learned not to judge too much from first impressions or even second ones. And, Corrigan says collectors in Charleston like his new works too. I bet they do. Go check them out while seeing Walter’s exhibit.

Lese Corrigan, the gallery owner and an artist, figured that it had been about a year since my last visit, which isn’t bad figuring the area Carolina Arts covers. There are many galleries that we have featured articles about their exhibits in the paper that I have never stepped foot into – not even when I was delivering papers – a physics problem I don’t think I’ll ever solve.

We at Carolina Arts strive to bring you the news about exhibits taking place in North and South Carolina – at least the ones we know about. No one ever promised we would get to see many of them. And we don’t get to see many, but I’ve seen a lot in our 27 years which brings me to the exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, a gallery managed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

This gallery space is the City of Charleston’s best and currently their only exhibit space. It’s a very nice space, except that one whole wall of the gallery, on two levels, is glass so guests attending parties there can look out at Charleston’s Waterfront Park and Charleston Harbor. It’s a pretty nice view, but not something a designer would do when creating an art gallery.

I have seen some outstanding exhibits in this space despite its handicap and some where every inch of the space was filled – even in the stairway to the second floor. That never bothered me. And, since the Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs concurrent with the Spoleto Festival USA – a pretty big deal in the art world, you would think a juried show in this space during the festivals, open to all visual artists in SC, would draw a fair number of entries. But not this one. They got less than 150 entries and the juror, local Charleston artist, Linda Fantuzzo, selected 35 of those to be put on display and that restriction may have been placed on her. In fact, that low number was for other reasons.

On the left, work by Laura Liberatore Szweda, and on the right, work by Marge Loudon Moody, selected Best of Show. There’s a lot of space left on this wall.

Now I will say this with all my heart – there is nothing wrong with any of the works on display. I’ve seen some in other exhibits and a few knocked my socks off. They are all worthy of display, and not seeing the rest of the works entered, I will never know if more works were worthy of display, but I would have to think there were some more that could have been included. My overall complaint is in the way the works were displayed and why didn’t this opportunity draw more entries.

Work by Reynier Llanes – my personal favorite from this exhibit.

First off, a good bit of the gallery’s wall space was taken up by displaying four youth art exhibits. These shows should not be in this venue – not with what should be a major fine art show. As you’ll see – some of these works were worthy of being in this juried show – when the artists come of age and they have had a chance to earn their spot in the visual art community. Some of them, although talented, may never create art again and never pursue a career as an artist. So these shows should have been displayed somewhere else.

Work by Julie Dotson, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Work by Ava Leach, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Work by Ava Leach, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Secondly, three major wall spaces were left completely empty and another misused by placing an installation piece sideways against a wall and a back window. This work is only meant to be seen from the front, so it could have been placed fully in front of one of the window walls in the gallery (finally, a good use for them).

A view of some of the empty walls in this exhibit space.

When I asked about the center walls of the gallery not being used I was told that was because the space was also being used as a performance space and they didn’t want people in chairs up against artworks, and – get this – I was also told that placing works on those two central walls might make visitors think those artworks were better or more important than others. A problem I guess others have never experienced in other gallery spaces while hanging shows. Let’s see if those impressive walls are used in the next group exhibit.
Well, these explanations will also sound pretty shallow to one artist whose work was placed in a very unique space in the gallery. For some reason works that represent printmaking, photography and drawing were all placed on one wall – I’m not sure why. Several works on this wall were stacked on top of each other (they were small – so that was OK), but there was one work that couldn’t fit on this wall so it was placed around a corner, up against a window wall – all by itself.

Look to the far left where the wall almost meets the window – around that corner is one work of art.

Now, if the central walls would place too much attention on works shown on them- what did this corner space say about this work on it? I’m not mentioning the artist as I hope by the time you read this they have complained enough and had this disservice corrected.

There was a lot of good art on display and I want you to go see this show, but I hate to spend all this time talking about how it was displayed and how little artists around this state might think of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival or this gallery space. I’m beginning to think I’m channelling Jeffrey Day – complaining about how the old Columbia Museum of Art hadn’t painted the electric socket covers in a while when reviewing an art exhibit in their old building. I used to say when someone walks into a gallery and starts talking about how bad the carpet looks or about holes in the ceiling – there is something wrong with the art on the walls, but there was nothing wrong with the art on these walls.

A lot of artists in the region have been waiting for years to have the Office of Cultural Affairs take this juried show serious – taking it out of the hands of the Charleston Artist Guild and out of the Visitor Center where it used to be displayed. Now that it has moved to a much better space – we get this.

Of course a lot of visual artists in the area are well aware that Charleston is a performing arts town – at least in the City’s mind and where they put their funding and support, so this will be no surprise. They once placed the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show on the sides of King Street.

OK, on to another pet peeve I have for juried shows in the greater Charleston area. For some reason when it comes to providing info about artists participating in these shows – organizers don’t seem to think it’s important to provide info on where the artists are from. Do they want viewers to think all these good artists are from the Charleston area? Do they do it so artists from outside the state can get local relatives to front for them by using local addresses – that happens in some shows. What’s wrong with letting us know where they live?

Now for the real kicker of this exhibition. I haven’t mentioned the title of the exhibit. This was the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, but the title is Charleston: Cradle of Creativity. If that’s so, what have we become? Some people just seem to be going though the motions of presenting art exhibits. I found no connection with this exhibit and that title.

Enough is enough. Go see this show and see what you think. Maybe I’m just nuts. Maybe I’ve been doing this too long, but I get tired of seeing opportunities wasted.

City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for the “Piccolo Spoleto 2014 Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Apr. 21, 2014

March 31, 2014


The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Redux Contemporary Art Center, is posting a Call for Entries for the Annual “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”, which will take place at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, in Charleston, SC, from May 23 – June 8, 2014.

Deadline for entries is April 21, 2014. The entry fee for each entry is $20 and is non-refundable. Applicants may enter online via (

There will be cash prizes for Best in Show ($500) and in each category: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Drawing, and Sculpture ($100 each). Applicants must be SC residents for the last 12 months.

The exhibition will feature those artworks receiving prizes, alongside a limited selection of pieces identified in the jury process as worthy of honorable mention or display. Selected artwork must be delivered to the City Gallery on May 16, 2014, ready to hang, for professional installation. Any work that is not delivered by that date, is not properly framed or ready to hang, or does not accurately reflect the image submitted is subject to exclusion from the exhibition. Accepted artwork may not be removed from the Exhibition before the assigned pick-up time. Early removal or late pick-up is not permitted; accepted artwork may only be removed from the Exhibition at the assigned pick-up time (Tuesday, June 10, 2014). Failure to comply will result in disqualification of applications for future exhibitions.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park will not handle any sales of artwork, and will direct all inquiries to the artist. Art sales may be arranged by contacting the artist or their designated representative directly. An exhibition checklist listing participating artists, their phone number, e-mail address, title and price of artwork will be available during the exhibition. If your work is not for sale please write “NFS” for the price on the entry form. Unless otherwise noted, the price listed on the entry form will be used for insurance valuation.

The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork on display at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Insurance is limited to the fair market value of the work.

Applications should include no more than five images of the artist’s work. The work submitted must represent the images that would be exhibited, if selected. Applications should also include the artist’s biography or CV.

Deadline for entries: April 21, 2014

For further information contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator by calling 843/958-6484 or e-mail to (

2014 Call for Visual Art Submissions for the “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC – Deadline is Mar. 14, 2014

March 3, 2014


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 companion festival to 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 and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 (+) local and regional artists and more than 700 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 Exhibit”. 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 14, 2014

Please send all applications to:
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200,
Charleston, SC 29401


Vicki Ellis by e-mail at ( or call 843/408-6922 or Lesley Johnson by e-mail at ( or call 843/276-3394

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, people who need alternative formats or other accommodation please contact Janet Schumacher at 843/577-1389 or e-mail to ( three business days prior to the application deadline.

City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for Visual Arts for the 2014 MOJA Arts Festival – Deadline Jan. 21, 2014

January 14, 2014


Established in 1983, the MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Program Committee in Charleston, SC. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures, specifically in the local context of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more.

MOJA’s mission is to impart heritage, insight and energy through this community celebration of African-American and Caribbean cultures.

Download the application for visual arts at this link (

Application Deadline: January 21, 2014

Mail all application materials in one package to:
MOJA 2014 Applications
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29401

If you have any questions please contact Romaine Heyward, MOJA Program Coordinator, at 843/724-7308 or e-mail to (

2014 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Issues Call for Craft Artists – Deadline Jan. 18, 2014

December 12, 2013

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC is issuing a call for fine craft artists to participate in the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 23-25 and May 30 – June 1, 2014, in downtown, Charleston, SC. This will be the 35th year for these shows, which are part of the 2014 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.

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. 18, 2014. 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 to (, 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 U.S.A. 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, 2014.

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.

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents A Lecture by Robert Epps and William Baldwin at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in Charleston, SC – Aug. 10, 2013

July 31, 2013


The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents a lecture by Robert Epps and William Baldwin at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in Charleston, SC, on Aug.10, 2013, beginning at 3pm.


The exhibition, “Past Presence”, on view through Aug. 18, 2013, combines the vibrant large scale photography of Robert Epps with the city-themed poetry of William Baldwin to create an exhibition of the iconic environs of Charleston. Discovering the contemporary in the old, the sublime in the ordinary, the poetic in the everyday: working at times in tandem, the artists have spent the last four years exploring the ways in which Southern culture, for better or worse, manages to endure and endure. An ever decaying beauty and a quiet/noisy reslience found here in both images and words.

Epps is a photographer who strives to capture the decaying beauty of old buildings in the Lowcountry. His work evokes a sense of time and history, providing the viewer with ephereal views into times long past.

Lowcountry native William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer, and historian. His works have garnered many accolades, including the Lillian Smith Award for his novel “The Hard to Catch” and the Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry for his book “The Unpainted South”, a collaboration with photographer Bud Hill.

“These Our Offerings: A place & Time of Southern Magic” is a collection of photographs by Epps and poems by Baldwin rooted in the history of the South and the things its inhabitants cherish most about their lives.

For more information call 843/958-6484 or visit (


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