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College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lectures on Arts Management – May 28, 2016

May 14, 2016

As one of the few undergraduate studies of its kind in the Southeast, the arts management program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, is one of the fastest growing majors on campus. The program prepares its students for careers in supporting the work of performing, visual and media artists. The curriculum includes studies in arts presenting, gallery management, fund raising and grant writing, programming and event planning, arts marketing, music industry, volunteerism and board development, financial management, and arts policy. To further enhance the program, the Director of Arts Management, Dr. Karen Chandler, and the faculty of the program announce the academic appointments of Dr. Katherine (Kate) Keeney and Dr. Jason C. White, who will join the faculty this fall.

During the opening weekend of Spoleto Festival USA and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Keeney and White will give talks about their research and work in arts management and arts entrepreneurship – Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, and White will propose and discuss a framework for researching and analyzing the state of entrepreneurship across the South Carolina arts sector. The lecture/event on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will be an opportunity for local and statewide arts and business leaders to meet the new faculty members, and will take place at 11:30am in room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip Street in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Kate Preston Keeney’s research interests bridge arts management and public policy and management scholarship with a specific focus on arts policy, organizations, and nonprofit management. She is both a scholar and an experienced administrator in the arts and higher education administration settings. Keeney has published in “The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society”, and has co-authored work with Pam Korza, co-director of Animating Democracy. She has presented related research at many annual conferences of public administration and arts management, is a reviewer for the “Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership”, and serves on the research committee for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). Over the past two years, she has assisted in the creation of a new master’s degree in nonprofit organization for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.

As a project director at Virginia Tech, Keeney has been at the center of several high-level, university-wide initiatives, including the construction of the $100 million Moss Arts Center. She also has served as the Assistant Production Manager for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has held research and contract positions with Americans for the Arts and the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC.

Keeney holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Management from American University, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) in viola performance from James Madison University. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in arts management and nonprofit financial management at Virginia Tech.

Drawing from her research in public administration, Keeney will speak about the importance of understanding arts organizations as a complex ecosystem supported by the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. She explores why it is not enough to prepare the next generation of arts organization leaders; instead we must integrate the arts into different facets of society, and work across sectors to achieve a robust arts field that is broadly defined. Keeney’s talk builds on her dissertation work—an investigation of the role of public higher education institutions in state-level arts policy. Specifically, she argues that performing arts centers on college campuses are significant contributors to the state arts landscape, but that this position is not accurately reflected in our understanding of public support for the arts and culture.

With over twenty years of experience as a professional actor and independent theatre producer, Dr. Jason C. White is well aware of the unique challenges and barriers that many artists, administrators and technical creative workers face when attempting to produce, exhibit, distribute, sustain and legitimize works of art. Through a combination of research, teaching and service, he will work with students to address arts management issues, co-identify solutions to common challenges in art fields, and co-develop new opportunity structures in arts sectors. In doing so, students will be better prepared for the practice of arts management and arts entrepreneurship.

Recently at The Ohio State University, White completed his dissertation research study, The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Ohio Arts Sector. He is also a published author in the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”, “Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts”, and “Arts Education Policy Review”. In addition, White is a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), and serves as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research” and as an Assistant Editor for the “Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education”. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White attended The University of Akron, obtaining both a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Administration, and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) degree in Assessment and Evaluation.  He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.

White’s lecture is titled “The State of Entrepreneurship Across the Arts Sector.” His talk will focus on findings from his doctoral dissertation on arts entrepreneurship where he conducted surveys and interviews with owners and founders of 115 arts organizations in Ohio to determine demographic information, shared characteristics and experiences, and venture trends over the last fifteen years within distinct arts fields. Through research at the College of Charleston, White intends to utilize his framework to better understand the nature of both arts entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurs across the South Carolina arts sector.

Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, visited the College’s campus during the spring 2014 semester and expressed his opinion of the Arts Management Program as “one of the best, if not the best in the nation…this program is outstanding!  …I have never seen another undergraduate program as impressive, and I congratulate the Arts Management faculty, staff and students on their tremendous success.”

Who should consider the major or minor in arts management? Students who are interested in Art History, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance and Music who wish to combine work in an artistic discipline with management and administrative skills are good candidates, as well as artists who wish to combine their artistic work with management and administrative skills. Additionally students interested in Business, Economics, and Communications who wish to broaden their career choices may be interested in a minor or double major. Finally managers, employees, directors and volunteers currently working with arts and cultural organizations who wish to become more effective at managing those organizations, are good candidates for our undergraduate or graduate offerings in arts management.

For more information on the program offerings of the Arts Management Program and for details on the May 28 public lectures of Drs. Keeney and White, visit (artsmgmt.cofc.edu) or call 843/953-6301.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Riccarda de Eccher – Mar. 1, 2016

February 9, 2016

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The Halsey Institute presents an artist lecture by Riccarda de Eccher, entitled “Mountain and Watercolor: Riccarda de Eccher,” on Mar. 1, 2016, from 6 – 7pm.  The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the School of Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Charleston, 202 Calhoun Street, in Charleston, SC, and is free and open to all. The artist’s subject is mountains, more specifically the Dolomites, which are a stunning group of mountains and part of the Alps in Northern Italy. Her obsession with these mountains is evident in the way each watercolor painting in this series appears to be a tender portrait. In this lecture, de Eccher will discuss her fascination with these mountains and the artwork that has resulted from her lifelong conversation with the natural world.

Riccarda de Eccher was born in Bolzano, Italy and started painting, mostly in large format watercolor, later in life. In addition the artist has published several small books in collaboration with various writers. While her work has focused on the Dolomites, she has also climbed and hiked mountains throughout her life. She currently lives on Long Island in New York.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.

For further info contact: Mark Sloan, Director & Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts by calling 843/953-5659 or e-mail to (SloanM@cofc.edu).

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Offers 8th Annual Membership Appreciation Event – Nov. 9, 2012

August 31, 2012

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts invites its members and soon-to-be members to Honey Moon, the Halsey Institute’s 8th annual membership appreciation event. The party will take place on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, from 7 – 10pm in the Halsey Institute’s galleries and the Hill Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts in Charleston, SC.

Throughout the moon-themed affair, members can revisit the exhibition, “Pulse Dome: Art and Design by Don ZanFanga” and have their photograph taken in the Halsey’s signature Moon Portrait Booth while enjoying the cheerful and twangy acoustic rock band, The Local Honeys.

Honey Moon also marks the official unveiling of the Halsey Institute’s four newest Patron Prints. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. This event is open to new, renewing, and current members of the Halsey Institute. Memberships begin at $15 for students and $30 for individuals. Festive attire is suggested.

Honey Moon offers an opportunity for current Halsey Institute members, potential members and visual arts enthusiasts to show their support of the Halsey Institute’s continuing efforts to provide innovative contemporary art programs to the Charleston community. Guests may renew, upgrade or join the Halsey’s membership program upon entrance or have a current Halsey Institute Membership. Membership dollars support the Halsey Institute’s programming initiatives and supplement funds received through grants and consistent support from the College of Charleston. The Halsey is able to sustain their dynamic programming with the encouragement and financial support of our members-those who keep the mighty Halsey afloat.

The public is invited to join the Halsey Institute and their loyal members for this special event and encourage friends, family and colleagues to become a part of the exciting adventure. More information is available by contacting the Halsey Institute at 843/953-4422 or by visiting (www.halsey.cofc.edu/support).

The Halsey Institute’s programming is supported by HICA Community Partners: All Occasions, Alloneword Design, Charleston Civic Design Center, Cortney Bishop Interior Design, Crushed Fine Wine, David Richards Architects, Dolphin Architects & Builders, Gil Shuler Graphic Design, Flyway, Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Morgan Keegan, Michael J. Moran Woodworked Furniture, O’Dell Landscaping, Objectivity Squared Wealth Management of Raymond James, O’Hara & Flynn Wine Shop & Bar, RTW Charleston, and Worthwhile.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is committed to providing a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education. In addition to producing exhibitions, lectures, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website, the Halsey serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College and as a cultural resource for the region.

For further info call 843) 953-4422 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

 

 

 

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Julie Heffernan – Mar. 17, 2012

December 16, 2011

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will host a lecture by Julie Heffernan, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ, on Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012, at 3pm in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts located at 54 St. Philip Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Heffernan has been chosen as the official guest juror for the “Young Contemporaries 2012” exhibition that opens with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012, from 5-7pm. Both the lecture and the opening are free and open to the public.

Each spring, current College of Charleston students may submit recent work to the “Young Contemporaries” annual exhibition, giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. Works are available for sale at the discretion of the artist, offering the community an opportunity to purchase artwork by these emerging artists. “Young Contemporaries 2011”, along with the concurrent “Salon des Refusés” exhibition, will open with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, March 29 from 5-7pm and run through Tuesday, April 28. “Young Contemporaries 2012” is co-produced by the Visual Arts Club, Department of Studio Art and the Halsey Institute. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Lee and Ann Higdon. Admission is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Julie Heffernan will talk about her work and process. Heffernan says, “I began painting in the 70’s when Pop had taken over figuration and Minimalism had supplanted Abstract Expressionism. I needed to re-engage the emotions in art, and eventually went my own way, going forward by looking back to the long history of imagery that was still as ripe and potent as ever to me—the golden persimmons of Spanish Still Life Painting, the skirts of Ter Borch, the wigs of Las Meninas. Seen through the lens of feminism, those early paintings had an erotic charge that I mined for my own purposes. What kept me interested in painting throughout the ironic 80’s were the pictures that would stream into my brain just as I was falling asleep. They were like a movie in my mind that I would close my eyes and watch. I began to jot down quickly in paint some of these individual “film stills”, and then to use them in larger still life paintings as mini “projections” onto enlarged apples and pears. I came to see these thought bubbles as accumulated features of an interior self, and as a way into painting a different kind of self-portrait, one more akin to a truer self, conceived without the distortion of a mirror.

“Gradually I was able to pierce the space of the still life and find landscapes that mirrored a similar interiority. They invited you to enter them more and more deeply in a kind of quintessential feminine space. After awhile I came to understand that this “image streaming”—a sort of mental montage—as well as designs I would find in those landscapes, were making a peculiar kind of sense out of my experiences, giving me the components in abstract form to tell my own story.”

“I became very interested in what narrative painting could mean in an age where we look to film and video for our visual stories. When any kind of story is well told the reader or viewer will, at a point, find herself in the realm of the imagination as the so-called “real” world falls away and we take on the identity of the character around whom the events take place, assuming his or her body. This is the fundamental phenomenon that is central to a good narrative—the assumption of the body of another, the empathic event. Empathy is, at its core, imagination.  Our minds create the linkage that allows us to care. In painting, this occurs through the tactile imagination, the ability to feel through our eyeballs.”

Julie Heffernan, this year’s guest juror for “Young Contemporaries”, is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Heffernan has been actively exhibiting her paintings around the world since 1988 and is represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010-11 she had solo exhibitions at PPOW Gallery in NYC, Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and Catharine Clark Gallery in SF, CA.  In 2009-11 Heffernan was invited to participate in 26 group shows including The 183rd Annual: “An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art” at the National Academy Museum in NYC; “Old School”. At Hauser and Wirth Gallery, London, England and Zwirner and Wirth Gallery in NYC; and “Arcimboldo-Artista Milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio,” at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy Heffernan was invited to be a member of the National Academy of Art in 2011 and was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She was also invited to be the Clive Distinguished Artist Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2010 and the 2009 Spring Season Guest Artist at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Heffernan has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years including a Thomas Bennett Clark Prize from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2008 and the Thomas R. Proctor Prize also from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2004; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NYFA), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin.

Heffernan’s work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, Harpers, The Chicago Tribune and Art and Auction.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located on the campus of the College of Charleston, on the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets. HICA offers a comprehensive contemporary arts program that is committed to providing a direct experience with art works in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning. The Halsey Institute serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College of Charleston and as a cultural resource for the region by producing exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website. In addition, the Halsey Institute seeks to foster meaningful partnerships with local organizations in order to further the reach of contemporary art within the Charleston community. Admission into the galleries and to most programs is free with the public encouraged to attend.

For further information contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by calling 843/953-422 or visiting (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Fast-Track Grant to Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC

December 9, 2011

As National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has noted, “Art works everywhere,” which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA) at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, was selected to receive one of the 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

The grant will support Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto, a two-week residency and solo exhibition featuring the work of contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. During the residency, which will begin in early May 2012, Yamamoto will create a large-scale salt installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on the College of Charleston campus, which will also be a featured presentation of the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA. In addition to the installation, the exhibition will feature new work on paper and a documentary about the artist created by HICA. To accompany the exhibition, HICA is producing a major exhibitions catalog. HICA is organizing extensive education and outreach programs for the Charleston community including K-12 schools. Yamamoto will participate in a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and artist talks, during which the public with have an opportunity to watch and interact with the artist. The exhibition will open to the public on May 24 and close on July 7, 2012.

“Taken together, these Challenge America Fast-Track grants provide an extraordinary sampling of the work that arts organizations do to reach underserved communities,” said Chairman Landesman. “With these grants, we are helping to ensure that art works for all Americans.”

“We are honored and very thankful to be a recipient of the NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant,” said Mark Sloan, Director and Senior Curator at HICA. “Motoi Yamamoto is an extraordinary artist and we are looking forward to sharing his work with the Charleston community. Yamamoto’s uncommon yet familiar medium of salt is what makes him such an engaging and fascinating artist for all ages.”

HICA has also received funding from the Asian Cultural Council for the project. The exhibition will travel throughout the United States after its debut at HICA including the Monterrey Museum of Art, CA; and Loyola Marymount University, CA.

The program is called Fast-Track because of its expedited review timeline. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art was notified approximately six months after applying. Also, with 375 eligible applications submitted from across the country, there was significant competition for funding for these grants. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s grant award is evidence of the artistic excellence and artistic merit of Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.  To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at (www.arts.gov).

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art. The Institute is committed to providing a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education. In addition to producing exhibitions, lectures, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website, the Institute serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College and as a cultural resource for the region.

To find out more, please visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

Fine Craft Shows Charleston is Calling for Applications for Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows 2012 in Charleston, SC

November 23, 2011

Fine Craft Shows Charleston is calling for applications for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows 2012 – the 33rd annual craft show events in Charleston, SC.

Dates for the shows are May 25 – 27 and also June 1 – 3, 2012.

95 artists are expected each weekend exhibiting and selling their work at Wragg Square in the heart of downtown, historic Charleston. Juried by professional working artists and arts administrators, participants are selected by images of their work. Purchase and merit awards totaling more than $4,000 will be presented. Artist demonstrations of their media are ongoing during the shows.

Applicants should use ZAPPlicationTM to apply via the web. For assistance with the process, please see information available via (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

In 2011, the coordinators of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows created a new corporation, Fine Craft Shows Charleston, to provide an organization dedicated to the promotion of fine crafts in Charleston. The annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, which attract talented craft artists from all over the country to Charleston for two weekends during Piccolo Spoleto, are the main focus of the organization.

Piccolo Spoleto, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival USA. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. Events begin on May 25 and conclude June 10, 2012.

Questions should be directed to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com). Find us on Facebook at Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Membership Event – Nov. 11, 2011

October 30, 2011

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts invites its members and soon-to-be members to Full Moon Bash, the Halsey Institute’s 7th annual membership appreciation event. The party will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, from 7 – 10pm in the Halsey Institute’s galleries and the Hill Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts in downtown Charleston, SC.

Throughout the Sputnik-themed affair, members can revisit the exhibitions, Hamid Rahmanian: Multiverse and Tanja Softić: Migrant Universe and have their photograph taken in the Halsey’s signature Moon Portrait Booth while enjoying the blues-driven, vintage sounds of local band, The Royal Tinfoil.

This event will also mark the official unveiling of the Halsey Institute’s three new Patron Print selections in their Patron Print Program to be unveiled in the HICA Hall of Patron Prints. This event is open to new, renewing, and current members of the Halsey Institute. Memberships begin at $15 for students and $30 for individuals. Festive attire is suggested and guests are encouraged to wear costumes that harken to the 1950’s and 1960’s era of space exploration.

Spend an exploratory evening with the Halsey Institute family. Full Moon Bash offers an opportunity for current HICA members, potential members and visual arts enthusiasts to show their support of the Halsey Institute’s continuing efforts to provide innovative contemporary art programs to the Charleston community. Guests may either renew, upgrade or join the Halsey’s membership program upon entrance or have a current HICA Membership. Membership dollars support the Halsey Institute’s programming initiatives and supplement funds received through grants and consistent support from the College of Charleston. The Halsey is able to sustain their dynamic programming with the encouragement and financial support of our members—those who keep the mighty Halsey afloat.

The public is invited to join the Halsey Institute and loyal HICA members for this special event and encourage friends, family and colleagues to become a part of the exciting adventure. More information is available by contacting the Halsey Institute at 843/953-4422 or by visiting (www.halsey.cofc.edu/support).

Full Moon Bash is made possible in part by event sponsors: MOON PIE, Charleston Artist Collective, Jenny and Keenan Interior Design. The Halsey Institute’s programming is supported by HICA Community Partners: All Occasions, Alloneword Design, Charleston Civic Design Center, Cortney Bishop Interior Design, Crushed Fine Wine, David Richards Architects, Dolphin Architects & Builders, Gil Shuler Graphic Design, Flyway, Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Morgan Keegan, Michael J. Moran Woodworked Furniture, O’Dell Landscaping, Objectivity Squared Wealth Management of Raymond James, O’Hara & Flynn Wine Shop & Bar, RTW Charleston, and Worthwhile.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

Admission to Full Moon Bash is a HICA Membership which begin at $15 for students and $30 for individuals.

For more information: Contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at: 843/953-HICA(4422) or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Presents Lecture by Amy Mackie – Mar. 18, 2011

March 8, 2011

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, will host a lecture entitled, Painted Bodies, Moving Canvases, by Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Art at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, on Friday, Mar. 18, 2011, at 7pm, in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts on 54 St. Philip Street. Mackie has been chosen as a guest juror for the Young Contemporaries 2011 exhibition. This event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Mackie will talk about the complicated, yet seemingly symbiotic relationship between painting, performance, and dance. Lynda Benglis’ fallen paintings and David Hockney’s installation Snails Space with VarioLites, Painting as Performance (1995-96) provide interesting platforms for this discussion. Another strand of investigation is the renewed interest in contemporary dance over the last five years, specifically through artists who emerged from the Judson Dance Theatre in New York in the early 1960s including Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Carolee Schneemann.  Two recent exhibitions concerning dance and movement, Dance with Camera at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009) and Move: Choreographing You (2010) at the Hayward Gallery in London are also important precursors to this conversation. The intersection of gesture, landscape, and the body will be discussed through artists whose work navigates the politics of space and movement.

Mackie was previously a Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York where she organized numerous exhibitions and projects. In 2005, she organized Open, an exhibition organized in conjunction with Paul Ramírez Jonas’ public art commission Taylor Square in Cambridge, MA. She has curated exhibitions and worked on projects with a number of artists including Nicole Eisenman, Mariam Ghani, Sharon Hayes, Ana Prvacki, and the New York-based collective LTTR and Ridykeulous. She was the recipient of a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant to produce a project in Sofia, Bulgaria and completed a fellowship in 2010 at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK, where she researched the work of Helen Chadwick. Mackie holds a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Each spring, current College of Charleston students may submit recent work to the Young Contemporaries annual exhibition, giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. Works are available for sale at the discretion of the artist, offering the community an opportunity to purchase artwork by these emerging artists. Young Contemporaries 2011, along with the concurrent Salon des Refusés exhibition will open with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011, from 5 – 7pm and continue through Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011.

The exhibit is co-produced by the Visual Arts Club, Department of Studio Art and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Lee and Ann Higdon.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art by producing & presenting exhibitions, lectures, film series, artist-in-residence programs, publications and a comprehensive website.

Parking is available in the St. Philip and George Street Garages.

For more information contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at 843/953-4422 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Peek at Spoleto Exhibit – Feb. 10, 2011

February 4, 2011

In preparation for the Kcymaerxthaere exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, running May – July, 2011, Eames Demetrios is visiting Charleston for a storytelling session. On Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, from 6-8pm, Demetrios will begin introducing the community to the alternative universe of Kcymaerxthaere. Limited edition hand-woven embroideries that have been created by the people of Penduka, a women’s collective in Windhoek, Namibia, will be available for sale. Proceeds will go to the Charleston Kcymaerxthaere plaque installations. This event is free and open to the public.

Demetrios has created Kcymaerxthaere, an alternative universe largely consistent with this physical world, but with different stories, creatures, rules, and even laws of physics. As Geographer-at-Large, Demetrios travels the world installing bronze plaques at historic sites that honor events from the fictional world of Kcymaerxthaere in our present, linear world – like a novel with every page in a different place. By the end of this year, there will be approximately 90 permanent installations in 18 countries, including every continent (except Antarctica, so far).

In February 2010, Demetrios first shared his stories of Kcymaerxthaere with the people of Penduka, a women’s collective in Windhoek, Namibia. These skilled embroiderers, many from the San tradition, began rendering fragments of what Demetrios calls “disputed likenesses” of his stories. He returned in the Fall of 2010 to share the stories again, discuss the work-to-date and fine tune the collaboration with the embroiderers-focusing on the imagery for three kcymaerxthaereal legends: Culev Larsze, Eliala Mei-Ning, and Kirguellin. Through physical samples and digital connection, the process continued, resulting in (literally) otherworldly embroidery panels. Demetrios continues to work with Penduka to create products inspired by this work as a regular source of income for their community.

Demetrios will install permanent Kcymaerxthaere plaques within the city of Charleston while a documentation of past installations and the project as a whole will be shown in the Halsey Institute’s small gallery from May 27 through July 15, 2011. During this time Winter Stories by Paolo Ventura will be shown in the larger gallery. Both Demetrios and Ventura have created alternate worlds, which weave fact with fiction.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

The storytelling session will take place at The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, 161 Calhoun Street, 1st Floor (on the corner of St. Philip & Calhoun Streets) in downtown Charleston. Parking is available in the St. Philip and George Street Garages.

For further information contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by calling 843/953-4422 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Wins Award for Exhibit Catalog

December 26, 2010

The Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, has received the 26th Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Award for outstanding 2009 exhibition catalog for the publication, Aldwyth: work v. / work n. – Collage and Assemblage 1991 – 2009. The award is given by the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America and is open to art and architecture books, exhibition catalogues, serials and artist’s books published/copyrighted during 2009 in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, Puerto Rico, SC, TN, or the Virgin Islands.

The Halsey Institute opened the doors of its new facilities in The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts with the exhibition, Aldwyth: work v. / work n. — Collage and Assemblage 1991- 2009, the first major retrospective of this 73-year old, somewhat reclusive artist. Organized by the Halsey Institute but also shown at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, the exhibition featured assemblage sculptures and intricate, epic-scaled collages, as well as a video produced by the Halsey Institute about the artist’s work.

In conjunction with the exhibition, HICA produced a 112-page catalogue which most recently won the LoPresti Award for outstanding 2009 exhibition catalog and earlier this year won Honorable Mention for Best Exhibition Catalogue in the American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition. The full-color catalogue, designed by Gil Shuler of Gil Shuler Graphic Design, includes more than forty reproductions of Aldwyth’s two and three-dimensional work, a detailed appendix written by the artist, and essays by Mark Sloan and Rosamond Purcell.

The catalogue is currently for sale through the Halsey Institute and is distributed through D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. found at (http://www.artbook.com/).

The Halsey Institute previously won the LoPresti award for outstanding exhibition catalogue in 2007 with Force of Nature: Site Installations by Ten Japanese Artists.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is the largest international professional organization devoted to art librarianship. The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA established the LoPresti Publication Award Competition in 1985 to recognize and encourage excellence in art publications issued in the Southeastern United States. The publication awards are named for Mary Ellen LoPresti, who was the Design Librarian at the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library, North Carolina State University, until her death in 1985.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

The Institute is located on 161 Calhoun Street, on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. Admission is free and the Galleries are open from 11am until 4pm, Monday through Saturday during exhibitions. Guided group tours of exhibitions are offered through the Halsey Institute’s Looking to See program.

For further information contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art staff at 843/953-4422 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).