Posts Tagged ‘Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’

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

halseyinstitutelogo

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, Receives Several Grants

December 13, 2012

halseyinstitutelogo

Capping a successful year of exceptional contemporary visual art programming in 2012, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce that it has received another National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. Earlier this year, $10,000 was awarded to support the exhibition Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto. A second grant, in the amount of $20,000, will be used for the upcoming exhibition Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art. This exhibition, curated by Halsey Assistant Director Karen Ann Myers, brings together the work of five mixed media artists from around the world who sculpt, scrape, bend, and carve books to create astonishing compositions. Rebound will be on view May 23 – July 6, 2013 and is an official offering of the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA.

The Halsey Institute is also pleased to announce that it has received $30,000, to be distributed over two years, from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. This grant will be used to support general operations. The Donnelley Foundation has been consistently providing support to the Halsey Institute since 2005.

Additionally, the Halsey received a grant for the traveling exhibition Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. This organization makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The exhibition Pulse Dome Project presented paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and a 3-D model by Don ZanFagna that explicate the futuristic and metaphoric concept of “growing your own house.”

For the exhibition Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto the Halsey received grants from the NEA, Asian Cultural Council, the Japan Foundation, and the Carpenter Foundation. The Asian Cultural Council supports international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchanges that nurture the individual talents of artists and scholars in Asia and the United States. The Japan Foundation is dedicated to sharing Japanese culture and language with people throughout the world to create platforms of communication and understanding between the peoples of the world and Japan. The Carpenter Foundation is a private family foundation committed to creating opportunity, choice, inclusiveness, enrichment, and a climate for change. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto is now traveling nationally, including stops in Los Angeles, Charlotte, NC (at the Mint Museum of Art), Monterey, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Halsey has also received a generous donation from Bibliolabs. This $10,000 donation will be used to support the upcoming exhibition Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art. Bibliolabs is a hybrid media company that focuses on creating widespread commercial access to rare and interesting materials in print-on-demand and digital formats, enabling curators and experts to create new works from the licensed, open source and public domain materials available within their core databases and creating a seamless global book experience.

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

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Lilly Wei – Sept. 18, 2012

September 9, 2012

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present the lecture entitled “Art Today: The Case of Documenta 13” by Lilly Wei. Established in 1955, “Documenta” is considered one of the world’s major must-see art exhibitions. Providing an overview of this fantastic exhibition and how it re-defines art of the moment, this lecture also re-examines the changing role of the art critic. The lecture on Tuesday. Sept. 18, 2012, at 6pm is free and open to the public and will take place at the College of Charleston’s Education Center, 25 St. Philip Street, Room 118 in Charleston, SC.

Wei is a New York-based independent curator and critic whose focus is contemporary art. She has written regularly for “Art in America” since 1984 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews” and formerly at “Art Asia Pacific” among other national and international publications. Wei has also written for “Art & Australia”, “Asian Art News”, “Sanat Dünyamiz”, “Art Papers”, “Sculpture Magazine”, “Tema Celeste”, “Flash Art”, “Art Press”, and “Art and Auction”, among other publications, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Venice, Sydney, Cairo, Athens, Reykjavik, Shenzhen and Hong Kong and international exhibitions such as “Documenta” and “Sonsbeek”, the sculpture international in the Netherlands. She has written on countless artists, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Xu Bing, Chakaia Booker, Paul Chan, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Diana Cooper, Tara Donovan, Theaster Gates and Ragnar Kjartansson to name a few.

Wei has been the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and brochures on contemporary art, including publications for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knoedler, Marlborough and Pace Galleries, New York, NY. A curator of exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, she is currently working on “The Compromised Land”, a 2013 exhibition of contemporary Israeli video art and photography for the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. Other upcoming projects include a profile on Theaster Gates for “Art & Australia” and she just completed an essay on “Documenta” and “Münster” for a book to be published by “Sculpture Magazine”.

Wei lectures on critical and curatorial practices and serves on numerous advisory committees and review panels. Additionally, she sits on the board of several not-for-profit art institutions and organizations including AICA/USA (the International Association of Art Critics), Art in General, Bowery Arts & Sciences, Art Omi International and is a fellow of the CUE Foundation as well as the organizer for its Young Art Critics Mentoring Program. Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

“Documenta” is a 100-day, international exhibition of mostly contemporary works by over 300 artists, which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. The exhibition includes an extensive public program with congresses, seminars, lectures, workshops for kids, and films. “Documenta” ranks among the most important European exhibitions and attracts arts professionals, including artists, curators, museum directors, critics and art dealers. Established in 1955, “Documenta” is considered one of the world’s major must-see art exhibitions. Providing an overview of this fantastic exhibition and how it re-defines art of the moment, this lecture also re-examines the changing role of the art critic.

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

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).

Director of Redux Contemporary Art Center Takes Job as Assistant Director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC

September 6, 2011

After serving as executive director of Redux Contemporary Art Center for 3 years, Karen Ann Myers has resigned her position effective October 1, 2011. While sad to lose such an effective leader of Redux, the board, staff and studio artists are very supportive of her decision to become the Assistant Director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. The Board will begin a search for a new executive director immediately.

Because Myers’ long-term career goal has been to work in academia, she regards the position of Assistant Director at the Halsey Institute as a logical step forward in helping her achieve her goals. Myers says, “I am still passionate about Redux, its mission, and most of all, the people that I’ve met there. But, my desire for broader experiences means that I have to take on new challenges. Working with Redux has been a rewarding adventure. Each project and collaboration has been an opportunity for personal connection and growth that I will always cherish. I intend to remain involved with Redux as a studio artist. I am leaving to pursue a new chapter in my professional life and nurture my own studio practice. I believe that Redux will benefit from the energy, expertise and perspective of a new director and I feel confident that my move to the Halsey Institute will have a positive impact on the contemporary art scene in Charleston.”

Redux Board President, Josh Silverman, says, “Karen has accomplished a great deal during her tenure at Redux, and we’re very excited for her in her new role at the Halsey. Redux is proud to have her continue her involvement in our organization by serving on our Board of Directors, and we look forward to seeing her and her gorgeous paintings and prints as a studio renter in our new facility.”

Since her arrival in 2009, Redux Contemporary Art Center has shown consistent growth. The operating budget has increased over 75%. The facilities at Redux have expanded to enhance exhibition, studio, and classroom spaces. The education program now includes over 150 annual classes, workshops for youth and adults, and an outreach program that serves Carolina Youth Development Center, the Citadel, Charleston County School District, Boys and Girls Club and the Girl Scouts of America. Notably a grant for exhibition support was received from the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in recognition of the contribution that Redux makes to the appreciation of contemporary art in the city of Charleston.

Redux Board Member and immediate past President, Chris Burgess, says “Karen has been a huge asset to Redux for the last three years and a primary reason for the growth we have enjoyed during that time. We will miss her greatly but are thankful for everything she has done for Redux and look forward to working with her and the Halsey Institute in continuing to promote contemporary art in Charleston.”

The exhibition program at Redux has expanded to include international and national artists whose work has never been exhibited in South Carolina. Through their work, these artists introduce Charleston to issues in contemporary art that would be nearly unavailable to the public otherwise. Arts education has a lack of funding in South Carolina, therefore the new programs that Redux provides are able to supplement what children are missing in school. By providing youth and adults the opportunity to learn from and develop relationships with professional artists, they are motivated and encouraged to be creative while gaining insight into what being an artist is all about.

Sandy Logan, Board member, 2004 through the present, says, “Karen came to Redux at a time of huge transition – the Board wanted to take the leap from the party locale of skate-boarders to an arts center of credibility and substance. Through her efforts, this goal is closing in on that reality, and the combination of her knowledge of current trends in the Arts along with an unflinching dedication to putting the unexpected in front of the Charleston audience has made her a force in the arts community – her departure from Redux will leave a large hole temporarily, but we wish her well at our sister gallery, the Halsey. We shall miss her.”

Redux’s studio program has also grown significantly over the last three years, to include over 35 artists who benefit from the subsidized studios, facilities and equipment that Redux has to offer. New studio programming; such as critiques, open studios, visiting artists and exhibition opportunities have increased the quality of art produced by Redux studio artists. Redux has served as a platform for emerging and mid-career artists to build a strong portfolio of work that has assisted three artists into prestigious graduate programs.

Redux studio artist, Sally Benedict, says “It was bittersweet when I heard the news of Karen Ann Myers taking the position as assistant director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. She has been a mentor, a friend, a support system, and one of the most selfless artists…if that’s even possible, during her invaluable time at Redux. While I will miss seeing her shining face everyday, I am so thrilled for the opportunity for Karen to share her talents with the Halsey Institute. With knowledge beyond her years, Karen has transformed the studio program at Redux. We will all support Karen for life, as she has helped change most of ours. Charleston is lucky to have Karen Ann Myers, and we look forward to her transition to Halsey Institute, and growth as an artist herself.”

Redux Director of Development, Kyle LeGette, says “I have truly enjoyed working with Karen for the past three years. During that time Redux has grown to become a national model for community art centers in the US. Although I will miss working with Karen on a daily basis, I look forward to continuing our professional relationship through the strong partnership that Redux and the Halsey Institute share. All aspects of the visual arts in Charleston will benefit from this transition.”

Now in its ninth year, the new director of Redux comes at a very important time for the organization. There is excitement, stability and promise for continued growth. Although Myers will be missed, she will only be three blocks away, and is eager to watch the organization continue to thrive.

Karen Ann Myers is an artist, educator and administrator. She received her MFA in Painting from Boston University and her BFA in Painting, Graphic Design and Art Education from Michigan State University. She is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, teaching in the Art Management Department. Myers has exhibited extensively throughout the country. Her paintings and prints exist nationally in private collections and have most recently been exhibited at LUIS DE JESUS gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Robert Steele Gallery in NY, NY, at the Commonwealth Gallery in Boston, MA, the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC, the FAB gallery at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. Myers is currently represented by SCOOP Studios in Charleston, SC.

Redux Contemporary Art Center is a Charleston, SC nonprofit arts organization committed to the fostering of creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for artists, expansive educational programming, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and audience. Redux offers free year round art exhibitions, artist and curator lecture series, and film screenings, while educating our community through classes and workshops, community outreach, and internship opportunities. Redux is instrumental in presenting new artists to our community through our artist in residency program, and our many live artist and music performances. In addition, Redux remains a bustling center for the contemporary arts with 22 private artist studios, and the only community printmaking and darkroom facilities in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

For further information call Redux at 843/722-0697 or visit (www.reduxstudios.org).

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).