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City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence Camela Guevara

August 9, 2017

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Camela Guevara as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for FY2017/18. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Camela will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC, through June 2018.


Camela Guevara, photo by Paige Schaberg

Guevara is a contemporary textile artist and painter based in Charleston, SC. Her tactile fiber art pays respect to traditional, time-honored sewing and weaving techniques through the lens of spare, geometric imagery with an emphasis on materials. Figure skating costumes, over-the-top fashion, and utilitarian textiles inform her abstract and non-functional fiber pieces. In addition to working with textiles, she has most recently been creating expressive gouache paintings that visualize her internal stream of consciousness without judgment.


Knot II (fabric sculpture with hand beading)

Guevara received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and beyond. Recent shows include the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition (North Charleston, SC), the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition (Charleston, SC), Nasty Women at Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC), Feminist Fiber Art at the Virago Gallery (Seattle, WA), New Weave at the Southern Gallery (Charleston, SC), and Telling Her Story at the Greenville Center for the Arts (Greenville, SC). Guevara has offered art instruction to children and adults for 7 years through organizations such as the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Girls Rock Charleston, Space Craft Studios, and Redux Contemporary Art Center, and currently works as both Assistant Manager and Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply’s Charleston Uptown location.


Plume (gouache)

The opportunity to inspire others through art and make art accessible to a wide spectrum of the community were key motivators for Camela to pursue the artist-in-residence position with North Charleston. “I grew up in North Charleston and feel really lucky to have had art in school every single year,” she says. “It’s definitely why I’m still making art today.”

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Guevara plans on teaching embroidery and sharing fiber art with the community. “Embroidery is so expressive and customizable, as well as therapeutic,” she explains. “I’m always amazed by how quickly people pick it up and do their own thing with it.” In addition, Guevara has her sights set on creating collaborative pieces with students, like a quilt or weaving. She also intends to offer instruction in expressive gouache techniques that are reflected in her current body of work. “I am interested in merging my fiber art and painting practices, so we shall see what happens there,” she says.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Guevara’s work throughout December 2017 and January 2018. 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, December 7, 2017, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR 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 2018.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR 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).

 

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City of North Charleston, SC, Features Works by Inja Cho

August 15, 2016

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that paintings by Kalamazoo, MI, based artist Inja Cho will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC, through Aug. 30, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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“Rhythm of Life #11” by Inja Cho

“In Rhythm of life,” Cho presents a collection of abstract encaustic and oil paintings. Cho enjoys the demanding and occasionally chaotic process of working with encaustic, laboring through concepts of control versus spontaneity, flow, and patience. The work in the featured series was created using a unique and experimental method. First, the surface of each piece was transformed into a deeply layered, sculptable palette. Next, Cho called upon the same techniques of bold and free movements she uses for abstract oil on canvas paintings and added techniques of sculpture such as scraping, carving, and fusing of wax onto the surface. The final outcome of this demanding process and influence of the artist’s hand in manipulating the medium is an extremely expressive, complex, nuanced scene ostensibly in landscape. “As if bringing up water from a deep well, I attempted to bring out the color within colors and line within lines on the surfaces,” Cho explains. “Color to me is ‘self,’ representing ‘life.’ The richness of oil and encaustic paint did the perfect service for me in order to create the richness of life and my intense gratitude.”

Originally from South Korea, Cho moved to Ann Arbor, MI, in the early 1990s to attend school and work as a private school teacher and graphic designer. She went on to study fine art in painting at Western Michigan University (WMU). As part of a study abroad program through WMU, she had the opportunity to study painting and art history at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, with additional academic work at Art Students League in New York, New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including an International Women’s Exhibit in Gwang-Ju, South Korea; the Studio Art Center International alumni show in Florence, Italy; the Dupage Chicago Children’s Museum; Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Maryland; the Michigan State Legislature in Lansing, Michigan; and several others. In addition, Inja’s art is included in a number of corporate and private collections throughout Michigan and abroad. Most recently, her work received first place at the 2015 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair in the 2D Mixed Media category. She often speaks to at risk youth and art groups to share stories that inspire and encourage people to express themselves through art. She is an active member of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the College Art Association and creates in her studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located on Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.

Inquiries regarding the artist or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2016 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest.  A total of 226 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris is a contemporary mixed media artist and who currently teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

A total of 107 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or photo illustration. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle has been the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship and the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship and is currently a professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

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Heather Thornton with her work “Dichotomy”

Best in Show – Fine Art:
“Dichotomy” (acrylic) by Heather Thornton (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” (acrylic) by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
“Wabi-Sabi” (2-D Mixed Media) by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
“Arts My Bag” (watercolor) by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)

Fine Art – Acrylic:
1st Place – “Exposed Innocent” by Jarrett Davis (Pamplico, SC)
2nd place – “Red IBM” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kaudi 3005” by Davina Felder (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Projector with Sunflower” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “School of Fish” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wash Me” by Rosemary Giusti Dillon (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wild About Coffee” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Emanuel Forever 9” by Kelvin Bluffton Sr. (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – “El Corozon de la Sabana” by Kolepeace (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – Oil:
1st Place – “A Father’s Love” by Robert Maniscalco (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Water the Old Way” by Marvin Youngblood (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Annie” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Leaving Moma” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Night Cup” by Keith Van Zant (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Toby” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Beach Peace” by Dorothy Alston Rogers (North Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel:
1st place – “Strike of an Eye” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – “Rough Girls” by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “The Abstraction” by Catherine Case (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chucked” by Susan Everitt (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Untitled” by Elliott B. West (Bonneau, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Paved Paradise” by Michelle Brooks Bank (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Love at First Sight” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor:
1st Place – “Jen” by Johnny Sandler (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Ciara x4 by Carolyn Epperly (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Arts My Bag” by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)
Honorable Mention – “They Are Waiting” by M. Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media:
1st Place – “Frozen in Time” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
2nd Place – “Qualia” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
3rd Place – “All My Life” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Believe Me, I Woke Upon” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sinnamon” by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Network” by Susanna Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Color:
1st Place – “Great Blue Heron Pair” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Devine Light” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting Patiently” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Orchid Study 1” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “The Cooper’s Barrel” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Step into Liquid” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Poppy #2” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Clearing November Storm” by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hats!” by Larry Gale (Mt Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cobwebbed Anchor” by Christine Jones (Goose Creek, SC)

Professional Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “Sleep Walker” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Tale of the Seas” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Calls and Echoes” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Taking Flight” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color:
1st Place – “By the Sea” by Steven Ives (Moncks Corner, SC)
2nd Place – “Fulfilling Our Promises” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Stars” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “At Sea” by Steven Ives by (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A Pumpkin Spider!” by Nancy Nellis (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Corsair Reflection” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Empty Seats” by Tom Beck (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sun Escape” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hidden” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “Iris” by Michael D. Summer (Dalzell, SC)
2nd Place – “Double” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Smokin’” by Nicole Robinson (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Isolation” by Melissa Honour (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Preparation” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Stump of Time” by Jimmy Hartnett (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Spokes” by Rudy Lutge (North Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “On Display” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

The City of North Charleston, SC, is Calling for South Carolina Visual Artists to Participate in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition – Deadline is Dec. 5, 2015

October 8, 2015

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The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online, and more.  The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and be given the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older.  Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com) by the Dec. 5 deadline.  Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

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2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition Winner – Jubilee by KTC

The North Charleston Arts Festival is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.  The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. For over 30 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience 100+ free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. Previous Arts Festival Design Competition winners include Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Hanahan, SC (2011).

Past participants in the North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition may notice that the entry timeline for 2016 has been changed from previous years. The deadline has been moved up more than one month to allow for use of the design in earlier promotional materials. For more information about the 2016 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). Artists in need of assistance with the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

North Charleston, SC, Harvest Festival and Block Party Set for Oct. 17, 2015

September 30, 2015

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The City of North Charleston announces the Third Annual Harvest Festival and Block Party featuring live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children’s activities. The fall festivities will take place in the Olde Village of North Charleston, SC, located on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, from 4-8pm. Admission and parking are free. East Montague Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Jenkins Avenue to Virginia Avenue at 2pm and remain closed for the duration of the event.

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The festival features a Kid’s Zone with a student art exhibit, craft activities, carnival games, face painting and inflatables from 4-6pm, a street market showcasing fine art and crafts by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 4-8pm, and live music by Jordan Igoe, Chaquis Maliq, Gino Castillo, and DJ Trailmix from 4-8pm. Many of the restaurants in the Olde Village will offer additional programming and food and drink specials.

Other highlights include trick-or-treating for kids age 12 and under, ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers, live screenprinting (bring your own t-shirt), and costume contests with prizes for children, adults and pets. The costume contests for children and adults are free to enter and prizes will be furnished by the City of North Charleston and the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association. The pet costume contest is sponsored by The Flats at Mixson with a suggested donation to the Charleston Animal Society as an entry fee. Participants for all contests should be prepared to line up for judging at 6:30pm for the contests to take place at 6:45pm.

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Artists interested in participating in the street market can do so by becoming a member of the North Charleston Artist Guild. Visit (northcharlestonartistguild.org) for more information.

The Harvest Festival and Block Party is sponsored by the Park Circle Business Association, the North Charleston Artist Guild and the City of North Charleston.

For further info call 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is Seeking Applications for 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 4, 2015

September 30, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Artists have the option of submitting 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 Apr. 30 and May 1 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 2016 Artist Application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning October 1. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

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Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, December 4, 2015. Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2016.

The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 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, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1 offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four-themed 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 more than 70 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.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing arts groups may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for more than 10 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 Dec. 1, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016.

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, is Accepting Applications for Exhibitions at North Charleston City Gallery, City Hall, and other City sites – Deadline Nov. 30, 2015

September 11, 2015

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department offers exhibition opportunities for serious visual artists, photographers, fine craft artisans, sculptors, and installation artists. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and groups to display original works at the North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston City Hall, and other public sites for the July 2016 through June 2017 program calendar. There is no fee to apply. Selections are made by a review panel appointed by the department. Artists must apply online at (https://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com/#/login/form) by Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in order to be considered.

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View of the North Charleston City Gallery

The North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach thousands of local patrons and out-of-state visitors to the multi-use facility.  Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. This exhibition opportunity is open to visual artists and artist groups creating two-dimensional works or three-dimensional works suited to hang on display rods provided. Pedestal and freestanding pieces cannot be accommodated in the venue. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission is free. The gallery desk is managed by a Cultural Arts staff member on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the express purpose of promoting the exhibit and sale of artwork, prints, note cards, and gift items.

As a civic venue, North Charleston City Hall allows for great visibility among residents and visitors. In addition to showcasing the City’s Public Art Collection along the atrium areas of three floors, the building is equipped to display two-dimensional works as well as pedestal or free standing pieces in an enclave on the second floor. Exhibits in this space are rotated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and may be viewed by the public daily with no admission fee. Cultural Arts staff maintains offices on the same floor of the exhibit space and are available to assist visitors.

In addition to the City Gallery and City Hall, other indoor and outdoor display spaces are available throughout North Charleston.  Applicants can propose a location or may contact the Cultural Arts Department to discuss possible exhibition or installation sites. Options will be reviewed with the artist prior to distribution of acceptance notifications.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

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).