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North Charleston Arts Festival in SC Reveals 2015 Design Competition Winner

February 14, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce North Charleston, SC, artist Karole Turner Campbell (KTC), as the winner of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, KTC’s mixed media piece, titled “Jubilee”, will be used to promote the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9, 2015.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

KTC’s design was selected from a total of 47 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

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“Jubilee”

According to KTC, “Jubilee” is a visual pun that explores a different approach to traditional color theory. Created with a variety of media including acrylic, oil, reclaimed Styrofoam, and paper, the abstract piece depicts an island of blue “floating and dancing” amidst a yellow sea. “The materials I use are diverse and go beyond just making marks, combining colors, or incorporating objects onto a surface,” she explains. “I am fascinated with layering and creating real or implied texture and this fascination leads me to consistently uncover new, distinct modes of expression.”

Karole Turner Campbell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and an art major diploma from the prestigious High School of Music & Art in New York City. A retired New York City principal, she now works as a full time visual artist with a passion for all things creative. Her full body of work is quite eclectic, ranging from representational to abstract, and two dimensional to three dimensional. Recently she has been creating conceptual, mixed media pieces that juxtapose antithetical ideas and materials with an objective to engage viewers in an open-ended conversation that can be ethereal and visceral, sublime and earthly, universal and specific, and spiritual and profane.

Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, KTC has immersed herself in the local arts community by exhibiting her works in solo shows, group shows, and galleries. She has curated two invitational group shows for the MOJA Arts Festival and served as a juror for the Avery Research Center’s national juried exhibition in 2011. In 2012, she was a featured artist at Penn Center’s Centennial Celebration Exhibition and exhibited her work in a solo show, titled “Eternal Vigilantes,” at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC, the following year. In addition, her work has been displayed in a number of venues and events throughout the state, including the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, the Charleston County Library, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, the North Charleston City Gallery, the North Charleston Arts Festival, and the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition”. In 2014, KTC was awarded an Honorable Mention in the oil painting category in the North Charleston Arts Festival’s “Annual Judged Art Competition”, second place in the “MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”, and was honored for her work in the arts community at the Community Awards Luncheon.

KTC’s work, including the winning piece, “Jubilee”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 2 and 3 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries from African American Fiber Artists for Special Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 2, 2015

January 6, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the “9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled Maya Angelou. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from Apr. 30-June 19, 2015. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Monday, Mar. 2, 2015.

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“Reflecting on the Past” – art quilt by Pauline Barrett

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s installment calls for fiber pieces inspired by the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, a phenomenal woman, daughter of the South, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Speaker of Truth to Power, and inspiration to so many women from all walks of life. The challenge for this tribute exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal relationship to Maya, her work, and her life.  Artists may address how Angelou has made their artistic journey more meaningful, which of her words inspires them to keep keeping on, and/or how she has helped him/her to RISE.

Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The “9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 30-June 19, 2015, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Entries Sought for 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition by City of North Charleston, SC – Deadline Feb. 25, 2015

December 17, 2014

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Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the tenth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, held in North Charleston, SC. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

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“An Ode to Architectural Form” by Jordan Krutsch (Best in Show, 2014/15)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC, will jury this year’s exhibit. York heads the Cultural Arts Division of the Parks & Recreation Department where he oversees the Town’s Percent for Art Program. In addition, he administers the Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts, Downtown Arts, temporary gallery exhibition, and yearly outdoor sculpture exhibition programs, as well as community festivals. Formerly, York was the Director of Public Art & Community Design for the North Carolina Arts Council where he assisted communities with public art planning/implementation and cultural facility design through an annual grants program he developed. He has been an advisor to the Art-in-Transit Program of the Charlotte Area Transit System and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Prior to his involvement with public art, York spent 18 years as an art museum educator, curator, and director. He has been a selection committee member or juror for dozens of public art projects, gallery exhibitions, and arts festivals throughout the south.

The 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2015, through March 25, 2016, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, May 1, 2015.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Artists in all Disciplines Sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 5, 2014

September 30, 2014

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The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Artists have the option to submit a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.

Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2015 Artist Application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Oct. 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing over 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions and activities in all arts disciplines.  The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and  Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with 65+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities and fireworks over the Cooper River.

Past applicants to the North Charleston Arts Festival may notice that the application timeline for 2015 has been changed from previous years. The deadline is now one month earlier and booking notifications are set to be distributed in mid-January of 2015, rather than early February. “The number of applications we receive each year continues to increase, as does the quality and complexity of the proposals,” says Marty Besancon, Cultural Arts Director for the City of North Charleston. “The adjusted application schedule will give our office more time to process and review the increasing number of applications and also allows us to notify applicants of our selections sooner, which will give artists more time to plan and produce their work for the festival in May,” she explains.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over ten years.  The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Oct. 1, 2014, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New 2014/2015 Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Roberts

August 31, 2014

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of mixed media artist Alexandra Roberts as Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Roberts will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Work by Alexandra Roberts

Born in Virginia, Alexandra Roberts moved to South Carolina as a young child. Visual art has always been a major part of her life; participating in various art clubs and advanced art programs throughout her early education. As a high school junior, she was accepted into the prestigious Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Roberts graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Fine Arts in 2006 and immediately went on to pursue the career she is most passionate about, community arts, by obtaining an MA in Community Arts in 2007. Through MICA’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program she had the opportunity to teach art and promote community involvement to young people in the Better Waverly Community located in Baltimore, MD.

Currently, Roberts is a freelance artist and art instructor with the Casey Community Center in Goose Creek, SC. She is also a teaching artist with the City of North Charleston’s After School Arts Enrichment Program and served as the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival’s resident artist to create a sculpture with students at the Persephone Moultrie Community Center. Roberts enjoys sharing her passion for art with students of all ages and her classes consist of working with a variety of materials, such as various papers, paint, ink, and much more. Roberts’s art is an exploration of media culminating in a symphony of color and texture, with much of her work inspired by personal experiences, observations in society, and her work as a community artist. Being an artist is an ever evolving process and recently she has been creating art on wood, as well as working with various textiles.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Roberts’s work throughout January 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the Artist-in-Residence by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2015.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s Artist-in-Residence program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston (SC) is Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Deadline July 9, 2014

June 12, 2014

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Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2014/15.

The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time position by Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

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City of North Charleston’s 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence, Charlynn M. Knight, demonstrating watercolor techniques to a group of young artists

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2014/15 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout January 2015. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Festival in May.

Rate of pay for this part-time position is $20 an hour for up to 300 hours. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Application materials may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Nancy Rodriguez at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”

May 20, 2014

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Eleven out of 75 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Once installed at the exhibition site, Thomas then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“It is an honor to participate in this year’s ‘National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition’ in North Charleston. The natural beauty of Riverfront Park offers the ideal setting for each of these remarkable sculptures.” Thomas stated. He continued, “I have long been a proponent of art outside the confines of museum and gallery walls. In recent years, I have participated in initiatives to acquire sculptures by world-renowned artists for college campuses in North Carolina and served as Chair of Charlotte’s Public Art Commission. Through these experiences, I have gained a deep appreciation for how these very public interventions of art activate natural and built environments, as well as our relationship to them. Furthermore, sculpture in public spaces can also serve to intrigue those who may be considered excluded from the world of art. By virtue of its placement, art in public spaces serves as ambassador, possessing the potential to break down perceived barriers of exclusivity and unlock a lifetime of creative thought and inquiry.”

The eleven sculptures selected for exhibition are by eleven artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”:

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Work by Jordan Krutsch

“An Ode to Architectural Form” (painted steel) by Jordan Krutsch – Greenville, NC (Best in Show)

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Work by Kevin Eichner

“Duet” (reclaimed steel) by Kevin Eichner – Hilton Head Island, SC (Outstanding Merit)

“Cloud Rain” (steel) by Jeffie Brewer – Nacogdoches, TX (Honorable Mention)

“Slice of Heaven” (concrete & limestone) by Craig Gray – Key West, FL (Honorable Mention)

“Summit” (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Priene Schultze – Eliot, ME (Honorable Mention)

“PC Column” (powder coated steel) by Carl Billingsley – Ayden, NC

“Dancer” (stainless steel) by Bob Doster – Lancaster, SC

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Work by Gary Gresko

“Tumbling Towards the Sun” (steel) by Gary Gresko – Oriental, NC

“Growth & Direction” (forged & fabricated steel/perforated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff – Atlanta, GA

“Foreversphere” (polyethylene) by Matthew Newman – Damascus, VA

“The Dance” (cor-ten steel) by Davis Whitfield, IV – Sylva, NC

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 24, 2015.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2015/16 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information and to view photographs of the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

North Charleston, SC, Seeking Sculptor for Performing Arts Center Monument Busts – Deadline Apr. 8, 2014

March 3, 2014

The City of North Charleston, SC, seeks to commission a sculptor to create depictions of the city’s two prominent mayors. The commissioned busts will be permanently featured on granite outdoor pedestals at the newly built outdoor monument at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. Each sculpture should be at least two feet tall and cast in bronze or another metal suitable for outdoor exhibition. Professional sculptors nationwide are invited to submit their qualifications and proposals for this unique public art opportunity via the online application at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com). There is a $7 application fee and submissions are due by Apr. 8, 2014.

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Mayor Bourne and Mayor Summey at North Charleston’s 40th Anniversary Celebration (credit: Ryan Johnson)

A Selection Committee comprised of city officials and community leaders will choose one artist to create both sculptures. The committee is looking for design proposals that will generate excitement and interest for the community and compliment the outdoor monument where the busts will be installed. The total budget for this project is yet to be determined. Artists’ proposals should include all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: artist’s design fees, materials, production costs, travel, documentation, shipping, and any permits, license, or insurance. Artists will be notified of the commission award by Apr. 15, 2014. The sculpture installation will be approximately 120 days from the Apr. 8 submission deadline.

In order to be considered for the commission, sculptors must prepare and submit the following RFP materials using the (www.Slideroom.com) online application:
A. Statement of Interest describing specific interest in the project, potential approach, and any relevant past experience
B. Thorough proposal including costs, materials, process, and timeline for creating the busts.
C. Current resume/CV
D. A maximum of five quality digital photographs of artist’s previous work that accurately represent the artist’s aesthetics and style.  All images must be accompanied by a brief description of the artwork, title, location, size, and completion date.
E. Optional: The artist’s web site may be listed. The artist may include up to three additional materials such as references, reviews, news articles, awards or other related information.
F. Application fee of $7.00, payable online

The City of North Charleston reserves the right to reject all applications and/or adjust the project time line. For more information about this public art project, contact Cultural Arts Director, Marty Besancon, at 843/740-5850 or e-mail her at (mbesancon@northcharleston.org). For technical assistance, contact Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue Nelson, at 843/740-5852 or e-mail to (anelson@northcharleston.org).

To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts).

North Charleston Arts Festival Reveals 2014 Design Competition Winner – Amiri Geuka Farris

February 19, 2014

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The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Bluffton, SC, artist, Amiri Geuka Farris, as the winner of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Farris’ mixed media piece, titled “Gullah Islander Toss”, will be used to promote the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10, 2014. In addition, the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Gullah Islander Toss”

Farris’ design was selected from a total of 53 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to Farris, “Gullah Islander Toss” honors the traditions of the Gullah-Geechee culture and is also an attempt to draw a greater focus to what he calls “a celebration of history.” “You will see elements like dance and rejoicing with references to important cultural elements like the land, cast net making, trowing and artistic traditions,” he explains. The piece is composed of a number of layers that involve design elements such as Adinkra symbols, paint drips, and paint embellishments. The dynamism of these elements represents the passing of time and movement into the future. As with many of Farris’ other works, the piece makes reference to specific Gullah traditions and historic elements while blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation.

Amiri Geuka Farris received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting, with his BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. He is known for dynamic, powerful artwork that combines an alluring blend of vivid colors, layered textures, and a signature use of Adinkra symbols. The images of Sea Island culture that are evoked in his work introduce viewers to uplifting moments and insight into his contemporary view of culture. At the heart of Amiri’s artistic vision is the desire to capture the essence and tell the history of the Gullah-Geechee people and their way of life. His dedication to that vision was rewarded in 2012 when he was the co-recipient of a very prestigious award for preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Farris’ work has been exhibited and displayed in permanent collections nationally and internationally. He was named the 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, and is the current artist-in-residence at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, SC. His client list includes numerous cultural, educational, and commercial organizations including the Telfair Museum of Art, The Savannah Children’s Museum, Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Youth Opera International, the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, Historic Penn Center Landmark, Savannah Jazz Festival, Heritage Jazz Festival, The Boys & Girls Club, The Coastal Discovery Museum, and many others.

Farris’ art studio, located at the Sea Island Art Center at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus, is open by appointment. His work is currently featured locally in an exhibition curated by Jonathan Green titled “Spirit & Memory: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Heritage”, on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.

More of Farris’ work, including the winning piece, “Gullah Islander Toss”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2014. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 3 and 4 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Seek Visual Artists and Fine Craft Artisans for Annual Co-Op Gallery in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 3, 2014

February 6, 2014

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Applications are now being accepted from visual artists and fine craft artisans for participation in The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op, an annual, temporary artist-run gallery coordinated by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival. The Co-Op is dedicated to presenting many artists of varied backgrounds working in a diverse array of media and representing a full range of styles. Eligible applicants include South Carolina artists, ages 18 and up, creating original fine art, fine crafts, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, glass, sculpture, and more. There is no fee to apply. Applications can be found online at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Deadline for applications is Monday, Mar. 3, 2014.

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The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery is located at 1077 East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays, Apr. 4 through May 31, 2014, and are overseen by participating artists. A free, public reception will be held at the gallery during the North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 7, from 5-8pm.

The 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival is scheduled for May 2-10. The nine-day celebration of arts and culture provides over 30,000 thousand residents and visitors with an array of performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held the first weekend in May, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit”, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with over sixty events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.

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For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, The Meeting Place Art and Fine Craft Co-Op Gallery, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).


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