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USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Fall Artist-in-Residence – Nancy Basket

July 21, 2019

Traditional artist Nancy Basket will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, as Artist-in-Residence this fall, demonstrating and discussing basket making techniques.


Nancy Basket at work.

Basket is a traditional pine needle basket-maker who helped form the first basketry guild in North America. For decades, she has made baskets and other folk art creations and has researched and shared her basketry and storytelling skills at powwows as a National Indian Education Association presenter of traditional and contemporary baskets.

USC’s McKissick Museum has recognized Basket as a master basket maker, and she has presented workshops for students and teachers through sponsorships at Lander University, Clemson University, Converse College, University of South Carolina, Furman University, and Columbia College.

Basket also is an approved artist in the SC Arts Commission Arts in Education programs and was a 2005 recipient of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, an award presented annually by the South Carolina General Assembly to traditional artists who practice and promote art forms transmitted through their families and communities.

“We are delighted to have Nancy Basket as our sixth artist-in-residence, and we are grateful for the continued support of the SC Arts Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program and for making Nancy’s residency possible,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster. “She is a multi-talented artist and storyteller who uses natural materials from the land around her to create beautiful works of art.  In addition to creating traditional pine needle baskets, Basket has crafted beautiful masks, wall hangings, sculptures, and even paper from the ‘vine that ate the South’—kudzu.”

Basket will demonstrate her work at the Center on select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December, appearing Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10am – 5pm. Other residency dates include Aug. 30-31, Sept. 20-21, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 5, Oct. 24-25, Nov. 8-9, Nov. 29-30, Dec. 5-7, and Dec. 20-21. A complete list of residency dates will be available at (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

She also will demonstrate her work at the annual winter Native American Art and Craft Sale, from 9am to 4pm, at the Native American Studies Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Basket’s residency is made possible through a 2020 South Carolina Arts Commission Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center at 803/313-7172 or visit (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, NC, Call for Entries for the “Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline August 30, 2019

June 19, 2019

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is issuing a Call for Artists for the “2019 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older. Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award.

Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, August 28-30, 2019, during office hours.

All paintings must be framed, ready to hang with screw eyes and wire, and identified on the back with the names of the artist, title, medium, and price. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Artist Reception is Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 3 to 5pm. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information and guidelines, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803/285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Hosts 75th Lunch and Learn Event – June 21, 2019

June 10, 2019

Join USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, this month in celebration of its 75th presentation of the monthly Lunch and Learn lecture series. At noon on Friday, June 21, 2019, Joe Timmons, III presents “A Walk Through Lancaster County Cemeteries and Graveyards,” discussing some of the funny, twisted, and scary stories of some of those buried in Lancaster County. He also will reveal hidden graveyards and cemeteries and will explain how to preserve graves and mark them through GPS.

The series began in 2013 after the Center’s Director of Archives, Brent Burgin, and a colleague presented a similar program as guest speakers at another museum. When Burgin suggested the idea to other Center faculty members, he was charged with coordinating the programs.
“When we opened the Center, we were trying to find ways to bring people in on a more consistent level, because a lot of people may visit a museum and not come back for another year,” said Burgin. “It was just a way to reach out to the community and it’s succeeded wildly beyond my expectations.”

The series typically features six Native American-themed topics throughout the year, with other talks covering local history, natural history, southern culture, and more. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch to Lunch and Learn events, which typically take place for an hour on the third Friday of each month.

Three programs this year are sponsored by a generous donation from OceanaGold/ Haile Operation.

The Lunch and Learn programs, as well as admission to the Native American Studies Center, are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Center, call 803/313-7172 or visit (www.sc.edu/lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Artist Participation – Deadline August 15, 2019

June 8, 2019

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is issuing a Call for Artists for the second litter of Paws on Parade! We are seeking Lancaster County artists for this creative, public art project to design one of our fiberglass dog forms! Litter #2 will extend the project past the initial ten placed around the county, to shine more light on even more artists and special places in our community. If interested, please contact the Lancaster County Council of the arts at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) to get the application and to learn more about the project.

Deadline for applying artists is August 15, 2019.

For more information and guidelines, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803/285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

Warriors of AniKituhwa Dance Group Dances at USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week in Lancaster, SC – March 15, 2019

March 5, 2019

As part of USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week celebrating Native American powwows and celebrations, the Warriors of AniKituhwa of Cherokee, NC, will demonstrate and discuss their social and traditional dances in an interactive, family-friendly performance on Friday, March 15, 2019, at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA. The event, hosted by USCL’s Native American Studies Center, begins at 6pm in the YMCA’s gym and is free to the public.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762.


The Warriors of AniKituhwa, designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The War Dance was used not only when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee Nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee Nation.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They can provide living history demonstrations and programs in flute, storytelling, Cherokee language, beadwork, quillwork, and more.

The original members are: Bo Taylor, Sonny Ledford, John Toineeta, Daniel Tramper, Hoss Tramper, Bullet Standingdeer and Will Tushka. They are also joined at difference performances by: Micah Swimmer, Mike Crow Jr., Antonio Grant, Ernest Grant, Kody Grant, Jarrett Wildcatt and Malaciah Taylor. They have performed at: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg, United South and Eastern Tribes Conference and the National Congress of American Indians.

A performance can be viewed on the Museum’s YouTube channel at (https://youtu.be/FxFz2-xrWaU).

The USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA is located at 512 Hubbard Drive in Lancaster, SC.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa and other events offered during Native American Studies Week are sponsored in part by OceanaGold/Haile Operation. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803/313-7172.

South Carolina Archival Association Honors Brent Burgin with Endowment Fund

December 7, 2018

At its annual meeting in October, the South Carolina Archival Association read and passed a resolution creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center’s Archivist, Brent Burgin. The fund was designed to help new archivists learning their craft.


The South Carolina Archival Association is creating the Brent Burgin Endowment Fund in honor of Native American Studies Center Archivist Brent Burgin, pictured with SCAA President Beth Bilderback.

Money from the endowment will assist new archivists in purchasing new professional development materials and literature to help them perform their job duties.

Beth Bilderback, President of the SCAA and Visual Materials Archivist at the University of South Carolina’s Caroliniana Library, said that she came up with the idea of setting up an endowment in Burgin’s honor to recognize the work he has done not only for the Association, but also for his work with archives in South Carolina.

“When you go through school and you have a new job, usually new jobs don’t pay a lot, especially if you’re working in a smaller institution or organization that doesn’t have a budget for those sort of things,” said Bilderback. “We felt it would be a good way to assist our membership, as well as honor Brent for what he’s done.”

Burgin has been a member of the SCAA for over a decade and has held several offices in the group, such as Membership Officer, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and First- and Second-Year Director, a position that works with the SCAA’s continuing education program presenting workshops, arranging guest speakers, and coordinating the annual meeting.

In 2005, Burgin helped to establish the Native American Studies Center’s Archive, which contains roughly 200 linear feet of materials and continues to grow. Burgin also created the USCL University Archive and curates the papers of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, also located at USC Lancaster.

USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Hosts Sixth Annual Winter Native American Art and Craft Sale – Dec. 1, 2018

November 12, 2018

Just in time for the holiday season, see and shop for jewelry, Catawba pottery, baskets, quilts, and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the sixth annual Native American Art and Craft Sale, held in conjunction with the City of Lancaster’s annual Christmas in the City event. The sale will take place at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center from 9am-4pm, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

The event will feature a broad range of work from 12 South Carolina Native American artists showing and selling their handmade creations. Artists include JoAnn Bauer, pottery; Nancy Basket, basket making and kudzu paper art; DeAnn Beck, watercolor paintings; Keith Brown, pottery; Beckee Garris, pottery and basket making; Cindy George, beadwork and jewelry; Faye Greiner, basket making and pottery; Teresa Harris, pottery, quilts and crochet; Marcy Hayden, multiple items; Barbara MorningStar, beadwork; Fred Sanders, soapstone pipes and pottery; Sharon Simmers, beadwork and pottery.


Artist Faye Greiner will be one of several Native American artists selling unique handmade creations.


Shop for Catawba pottery, such as these creations from Teresa Harris, and more.

Crafts, decorative items, mixed media artwork, and more will be featured from around six Native American tribal groups, including the Catawba, Cherokee, Pee Dee, and Ojibwa.

Traditional artist Beckee Garris, who has appeared this fall as the Center’s Artist-in-Residence, will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques and will share Catawba oral histories and traditions.


Artist-in-Residence Beckee Garris will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques.


Shop for jewelry, pottery, quilts, and baskets, like these from artist Nancy Basket.

The Native American Art and Craft Sale and admission to the Native American Studies Center is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Center, call 803/313-7172.

City of Lancaster, SC, Reveals 19th Collectible Christmas Ornament – Nov. 20, 2018

November 12, 2018

The 19th in a series of collectible ornaments, featuring Lancaster, SC, landmarks, will be revealed on Nov. 20, 2018. From 10am until noon, visitors to the holiday-bedecked historic Springs House at 201 West Gay Street will enjoy live music, delectable goodies, and the introduction of the 2018 ornament design.

All ornaments in the series will be available for sale, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Gift Galleries will be open, and original artworks by Lancaster artist, Brittany Taylor-Driggers, will be on exhibit.

The Morning Bells handbell choir will perform special holiday selections at 10:30am and 11:15am. Visitors are encouraged to plan to visit other Cultural Arts District locations while in the historic downtown of the Red Rose City. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

For information, visit (www.lancastercitysc.com) or contact Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Call For Artists

September 30, 2018

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is seeking local artists for a new, permanent public art exhibit: “Paws on Parade!” Phase I will see ten creatively painted fiberglass dog statues be placed in different parts of Lancaster County to be designed and painted by local artists. Any resident of Lancaster County is eligible, high school age or older. An artist roster will be compiled for future installations.

“Paws on Parade”will be installed in Lancaster County, north to south, in 2019.

For more information or an application, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com), (www.lccart.net), or call the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451.

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Fall Artist-in-Residence

August 30, 2018

Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC-Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as Artist-in-Residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions.


Beckee Garris

A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles. Garris, who was first introduced to pottery making by her grandmother, says her art forms are inspired by her ancestors.

“I’m in a long line of Catawbas who have made pottery,” said Garris. “Here at the Center, it shows how the pottery tradition can be traced back 6,000 years and I don’t want to be the link that makes it stop.”

Garris will be at the Center select Fridays and Saturdays during late summer and fall, appearing Aug. 31- Sept. 1 from 10am-4pm. Other residency dates include Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26, Nov. 9-10, Nov. 16-17, Nov. 30- Dec. 1, and Dec. 14- 15.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Garris will demonstrate at Kershaw’s Stevens Park Nature and Art Day in the Park from 11am-1pm and from 4-8pm at the Center as part of the City of Lancaster’s Boo Fun Fest.

Garris also will demonstrate her work and present a gallery talk at the annual winter Native American Art and Craft Sale, from 9am to 4pm at the Native American Studies Center on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native Studies, says Garris is the epitome of the teacher who is always learning.
“Beckee Garris is one of the first traditional artists that I met when I moved back to the Carolinas 20 years ago,” said Criswell. “In that time, she has honed her pottery-making skills, become a talented basket-weaver, and has always been a gifted storyteller. We are thrilled to have her as our fifth artist-in-residence, and we are grateful to the SC Arts Commission and the USCL administration for their support.”

Garris’ residency is made possible through a 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center at 803/313-7172 or visit (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).