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SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries for “30th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Sept. 7, 2018

August 13, 2018

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, will accept entries for the “30th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition” now through Sept. 7, 2018.

Since opening in 1988, the South Carolina State Museum has been dedicated to the exhibition, collection, preservation and documentation of South Carolina’s visual artists, past and present, through a variety of exhibitions and programs.

This year marks the museum’s 30th anniversary, and to celebrate the diversity of South Carolina art, we will host a juried exhibition. Artists from across the state will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the State Museum in Columbia, and to win cash prizes up to $1,500.

Eligibility – This juried exhibition is open to South Carolina residents who are 18 years of age or older. Individual artists must submit their own work; collectives and collaborative projects may not enter. Each artist may submit up to three works of art for consideration.

Specifications – Only original works of art that have not previously been exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum will be accepted. Work must have been created by the applicant within the last three years. Original works of art from any medium will be considered, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, fiber art, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. All works of art selected for the exhibition must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

All two-dimensional works of art must be ready to hang and should not exceed 10 feet high x 12 feet wide (120 x 144 inches). Any work that is not framed should include specific installation guidelines. All three-dimensional artwork may not exceed 75 pounds and 10 feet (120 inches) in height.

The South Carolina State Museum is a family-friendly venue and a destination for school children from across the state. Artists are encouraged to be mindful of our core audience when submitting work for the exhibition.

Cash & Purchase Awards

$1500 First Place/Best in Show
$1000 Second Place
$500 Third Place
$250 Honorable Mention (3)
$250 People’s Choice Award – selected by the public during the course of the exhibition

There will also be a Curator’s Choice Purchase Award which will be selected by the Curator of Art and the South Carolina State Museum’s Acquisition Committee. The award winner will be purchased for inclusion in the museum’s permanent collection.

Submission process – Submissions must include up to 3 hi-res images of available work produced, a checklist with information about each piece, a brief statement about the submitted work and a short artist bio. For more information and to submit your entry, please click this link (https://scmuseum.submittable.com/submit).

All materials are due on or before Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Selection process – A panel of jurors will review submitted materials and select work for inclusion in the exhibition. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, from 6-8pm with awards announced at 7pm.

Entry fee – A non-refundable entry fee of $30 per artist for up to three works of art submitted must be included upon submission of materials.

Sale of the work – Work will not be available for sale through the museum and no specific information related to sales will be provided. The museum will forward information to artists directly regarding individuals interested in purchasing work.

Liability – The South Carolina State Museum will insure all works of art included in the exhibition while on site at the museum. The museum is not responsible for shipping or insurance while in transit, and reserves the right to refuse any entry at its own discretion. The museum also reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any entry for educational or promotional purposes. The receipt of an entry into the juried exhibition will constitute an agreement by the artist with the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

Schedule

Sept. 7 – Deadline for submissions
On or before Sept. 19 – Notification of selection
Oct. 11 – 13 – Hand delivery dates
Oct. 8 – 12 – Shipped delivery dates
Nov. 2 – Opening reception
Nov. 3, 2018 – March 9, 2019 – Exhibition dates

Selected artwork can be picked up between March 9 – 15, 2019.

Questions

Contact us by e-mail at (juried30@scmuseum.org).

SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Hosts Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 24, 2016

September 8, 2016

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am-5pm, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The festival presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to enjoy South Carolina barbeque and food, craft beer, live bluegrass music, artist demonstrations, kid friendly activities and more outside and inside the museum.

The festival will feature a variety of barbeque made by award-winning South Carolina pit masters cooked on-site at the event including mustard-based sauce by Jim Hayes of West Columbia, light tomato sauce by Buddy Rogers of Marion, and vinegar and pepper sauce by David Elliott of Hemingway. In addition, chicken bog, delicious sides and local craft beer will be available for guests.

Throughout the day, there will be live music from a variety of bluegrass bands performing, including Steam Drill, Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Blue Iguanas. The SC Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association will also be on hand at the festival.

A number of accomplished artists and craftspeople from across the state will be demonstrating and discussing their techniques, including folk artist Herman Thompson, blacksmith Heyward Haltiwanger, woodcarver Joda Snipes, lotion and soap maker Polly Fitzgibbon, painter Rick Wells, Sweetgrass basket maker Jennifaye Singleton, black folk artist Geraldine Smith, decoy artist Tom Boozer and luthier/guitar maker Jack Bouknight and more.

“Fall Festival is great opportunity to experience some of the reasons why South Carolina is incredibly unique, from foodways to music to art,” said Celeste Wszola, programs manager at the State Museum. “It’s an event for people of all ages to not only learn about the trades of the artists, but also purchase some one-of-a-kind handmade objects.”

The museum will also conduct a “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen. Textile historian and restorer Maree Dowdey and State Museum registrar Robyn Adams will showcase quilts from the State Museum’s collection, revealing their history, pattern, significance and backing.

There will be a children’s area with a variety of activities and hands-on crafts. Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party will take place in front of the museum, as well in the lobby and in areas throughout the museum. Guests are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket to enjoy some of the bands playing outside. All Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party activities are included with museum general admission or membership, except for food, beverages and art purchases.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For further information visit (www.scmuseum.org).

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives $1.4 Million Donation for Acquisitions and Conservation

April 21, 2016

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The South Carolina State Museum Foundation received the largest private monetary donation in its history in the amount of $1,425,000. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has gifted the donation to specifically serve as a tool for the conservation and acquisition of artifacts and objects for the museum’s collection.

This donation will ensure that the museum’s acquisition program remains active, providing funds so that the museum is able to continue to acquire and preserve important artifacts. These artifacts provide a tangible connection to the stories told through the museum’s exhibitions.

“The South Carolina State Museum collection helps tell the stories of our state,” says Paul Matheny, Director of Collections for the State Museum. “The museum preserves artifacts and objects from the past so that we can tell these stories in the future.”

The funds used in this acquisition process will help the museum close gaps within the museum’s collection. A procedure that is very specific, requires objects to be presented by curators to the museum’s acquisition committee for consent and approval. Selections are based on curator’s knowledge of need within their respective collections of natural history, art, cultural history and science and technology.

“We are so appreciative of this generous donation which will be essential in providing the necessary funding to continue our mission of collecting and preserving artifacts representing South Carolina’s wonderful history” said Willie Calloway, executive director. “These objects will be used to provide educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of our visitors”

Founded in 1980, the State Museum Foundation was established as a non-profit ((501(c)(3)) organization to support the mission of the South Carolina State Museum. The foundations helps promote the programs and welfare of the museum, sound educational programs and exhibits, and give the public an opportunity to become involved in the educational efforts, history, natural history, science and technology, and art of South Carolina.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For further information visit (www.scmuseum.org).

SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Hosts Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 19. 2015

September 13, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am-5pm, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The festival presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to enjoy South Carolina barbecue and food, craft beer, live bluegrass music, artist demonstrations, an exhibition opening and more outside and inside the museum.

The festival will feature a variety of barbecue made by award-winning South Carolina pit masters cooked onsite at the event, including mustard-based sauce by Jim Hayes of West Columbia, light tomato sauce by Buddy Rogers of Marion, and vinegar and pepper sauce by David Elliott of Hemingway. In addition, there will be chicken bog, hash and rice, and a special kid-friendly menu. Local craft beer will also be available for guests.

“Each year we continue to grow and expand this annual event,” said chief curator of collections Paul Matheny.  “In addition to great barbeque, we’ve added more food options, a larger selection of bluegrass bands, including inviting Willie Wells to recreate Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor at the museum for the day, and several artists who will be demonstrating their craft.  It will be a great opportunity to experience some of the reasons why South Carolina is incredibly unique – from foodways to music to art.”

Throughout the day, there will be live music from a variety of bluegrass bands performing on multiple stages, including Flatland Express, Palmetto Blue, Roadkill, The Carolina Rebels, The Mustache Brothers, The Sweet Potato Pie Kids of the Young Appalachian Musicians, and Willie Wells and The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Guests will also enjoy a re-creation of Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor, which was originally created by Bill Wells as a public gathering place for people to play country and bluegrass music. The parlor is still open in West Columbia and is operated by Bill’s son, Willie Wells. Willie will be heading up the re-creation of the Pickin’ Parlor at Fall Festival, which will include several bluegrass musicians picking and singing for guests to watch and enjoy.

A number of accomplished artists and craftspeople from across the state, including several from the Carolina Makers art exhibitions, will be demonstrating and discussing their techniques, including Tom Boozer (wooden decoys), Jack Bouknight (handmade guitars), Jocelyn Chateauvert (handmade paper sculpture), Kaminer Haislip (silver and  copper objects and silver jewelry), Heyward Haltiwanger (blacksmithing), Leigh Magar (textiles), Jennifaye Singleton (sweet grass baskets), Geraldine Smith (memory painting), Herman Thompson (metal art), Jaryd Walley (furniture) and Joseph Thompson Woodworks (furniture and jewelry).

Guests can explore the new changing exhibition, “Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper”, opening the same day as the event. The exhibition features original etchings and prints by South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper, which tell the story of the Lowcountry through the artist’s eyes and experiences. The exhibition will be composed of more than 40 prints and plates donated by Fowler’s family to the museum – some of which will be seen by the public for the first time.

The museum will conduct a “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed. Textile historian and restorer Maree Dowdey and State Museum curator of history JoAnn Zeise will peel back several quilts from the State Museum’s collection, revealing their history, pattern, significance and backing.

There will be a children’s tent with a variety of activities and hands-on crafts. Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party will take place in front of the museum, as well in the lobby and in areas throughout the museum. Guests are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket to enjoy some of the bands playing outside.

All Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party activities are included with museum general admission or membership, except for food, beverages and art purchases.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 former textile mill listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit (scmuseum.org) for more information about the event.​

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives Six Awards for Renovation and Expansion Project

June 17, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, receives six awards for its major $23 million “Windows to New Worlds” renovation and expansion that opened in August 2014.  The industry-leading awards recognize the State Museum’s project for its extensive historic preservation efforts, unique and innovative design, and outstanding construction leadership.

Through private and public funding, State Museum leadership and industry-leading firms, the State Museum successfully transformed its nationally registered historic facility into a world-class attraction with one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, a state-of-the-art observatory and the only permanent 4D theater in the state.  The strategic collaboration of many individuals and organizations helped solidify a high-quality project that has received the following 2015 awards.

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· The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Preservation Stewardship Award: This award recognizes those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of historic buildings, structures or sites through long-term care, planning, management, protection or continuous ownership.

· Historic Columbia’s New Construction in a Historic Context award: This award recognizes new buildings in a historic district adjacent to or within existing historic structures that complement the historic context.

· Gilbane Construction Project of the Year Southeast Division: This award recognizes excellence on projects that embody core values, commitment to quality and the Gilbane family legacy of excellence in the construction industry.

· Construction Management Association of America South Atlantic Chapter’s Project Achievement Award for Renovation/Modernization:  This award recognizes excellence in construction management specifically for projects involving renovation and modernization.

· American Institute of Architects South Carolina Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

· American Institute of Architects Charlotte Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

“These awards are a direct result of a quality project made possible by the hard work of many stakeholders and an outstanding design and implementation team,” said State Museum executive director Willie Calloway. “We are proud to have successfully transformed our 19th century mill building into a true cultural destination.”

The State Museum worked with Jack Rouse Associates, one of the world’s most prominent experiential design firms, to develop a thematic visitor experience that would embrace and highlight the history of the mill.  Awarding-winning architects, Clark Patterson Lee and Watson Tate Savory, took their cue from the thematic design with an approach that both reinforced the rich historic fabric of the original structure and introduced additions that were contemporary yet sensitive to the mill in scale and rhythm. The museum then brought on industry-leading experts to construct the project, including Gilbane Construction (general contractor), Evans & Sutherland (planetarium contractor) and SimEx-Iwerks (4D theater contractor).  The project preservation, oversight and review were provided by South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Historic Columbia and the City of Columbia.

Although the project idea was formed in 1997, it was not until 2002 that serious deliberation, fundraising and planning began. The State Museum explored several design concepts and did extensive benchmarking, including a trip made by museum executive director Willie Calloway to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, which was the inspiration for the planetarium’s glass cube design. The final design plan focused on a historically-sensitive renovation, including repurposing existing spaces, uncovering and rehabilitating original interior features and adding modern additions to the exterior of the museum.

“Our goal was to embrace the mill and bring its original character back to life,” said Calloway.  “We paid close attention to every detail – from ripping carpeting out and refinishing 100 year-old wood floors, to bringing in reclaimed historic mill flooring, to removing sheet rock to expose the mill’s original brick interiors.  We also made sure any added features into the mill space complimented our vision of restoring and celebrating the historic mill building.”

In 2012, the State Museum broke ground on the 75,000 square feet “Windows to News Worlds” project to renovate and expand the Columbia Mills Building, the home of the State Museum and a former textile mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to the planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, the project consisted of adding a new telescope gallery, lobby, store, meeting and office spaces, and student entrance and lunch room.

The new expansion is having a positive cultural tourism and economic impact and is providing many new opportunities to educate and inspire South Carolina students through innovative programming that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

About the South Carolina State Museum:  As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Art Day – Mar. 7, 2015

February 28, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, from 10am– 4pm. The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.

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Part of the installation piece by Jonathan Brilliant

Art Day offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Carolina art and artists with live, unique and interactive opportunities throughout the day. Several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe,” will be onsite representing their work, including Jonathan Brilliant, who is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by partaking in the breakdown of his massive installation made up of 50,000 coffee stirrers held together by tension. In addition, Jon Prichard and Will Johnson will present their multidisciplinary ritual performance art piece, “Color Code.” Printmaker Gene Speer and ceramist Virginia Scotchie will also be onsite discussing their work. “Building a Universe,” closing Saturday, Mar. 15, features original work from a variety of South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The day will also feature live plein air painting from members of About Face, a group representing a wide range of ages and abilities, and demonstrations of pottery, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and painting by South Carolina artists. Throughout the day there will be special guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, which include more than 4,000 works of art dating between 1590 to present, live music and a variety of “creation stations” in which guests can participate in hands-on art projects inspired by the State Museum’s collection.

“South Carolina is culturally diverse and has an incredible visual representation that spans more than 300 years,” said Paul Matheny, State Museum chief curator of collections. “Art Day is a celebration of the many great artists from our state and the works they have produced and continue to produce every day.”

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Work by William Halsey

“Halsey 100,” a new mini-exhibit that examines the work of Charleston artist William Halsey in the 100th anniversary year of his birth will open during Art Day. The exhibit includes original works of art that look into the important career of Halsey, who was a pioneer of contemporary art in the Palmetto State and helped pave the way for other contemporary artists. For those looking to take home a piece of art, there will be a Guy Lipscomb art sale, in which all proceeds will benefit the South Carolina State Museum Foundation.

In addition to the excitement at Art Day, the museum will open its doors the day before to aspiring art students at the second annual College Art Day on Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, from 10am – 2pm. Aspiring art students will meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying art degrees in their professions.  Advance reservation is required. To sign up, call 803/898-4999 or e-mail to (groupvisits@scmuseum.org).

Both Art Day and College Art Day are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  Guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Announces Second Shift Twosdays

October 8, 2014

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is staying open late every Tuesday until 8pm for Second Shift Twosdays offering guests more time to experience the museum. The museum is calling their weekly extended hours “Second Shift Twosdays” to celebrate the history of its building and the mill workers who decades ago came in during the evenings to work the second shift. The museum is also incorporating the number “two” during Second Shift Twosdays through special offerings and savings.

Every Tuesday evening, the museum will feature something different, which may include programs, planetarium shows, 4D movies, lunar observing, exhibit previews, food and beverage events, discounts and more. In addition to special features, the entire museum will stay open during Second Shift Twosdays.

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During these evening openings, guests can sit back and watch a planetarium show, experience movies like never before in the 4D theater and explore the museum’s four floors of art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the newly reopened Lipscomb Gallery and the current blockbuster exhibit “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. Guests can also tour the new fourth floor observatory and telescope gallery. Night observing from the observatory will begin as soon as it is dark enough outside.  Please note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.

“Second Shift Twosdays are great for people who can’t make it to the museum during normal work hours or for those who are looking for something fun and different to do on Tuesday evenings,” said Merritt McHaffie, director of marketing, SC State Museum. “We decided to call these hours our ‘second shift’ to honor our largest artifact – our building, which was the first fully electric powered mill in the country.”

During the month of October, Second Shift Twosdays will be held on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and will feature two Halloween-themed laser light shows in the planetarium.

At 6pm, enjoy HalloScream Laser Lights, a thrilling family-fun laser show featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters.”

At 7pm, experience Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, an entrancing laser light show set to one of rock and roll’s most influential and bestselling albums, Pink Floyd’s 1973 “Dark Side of the Moon”.  Laser Floyd will only be available during Second Shift Twosdays and during Growl at the Moon on Oct. 30. Please note: Laser Floyd contains loud music and language that may not be appropriate for children.  Laser Floyd is appropriate for ages 17+.

Be sure to check out the museum’s new 4D theater during Second Shift Twosdays. In October, “Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole” will play at 5:30pm and “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” will play at 6:30pm.  Visit (scmuseum.org) for more information about Second Shift Twosdays and for ticket prices.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For more information about the museum, visit (scmuseum.org).

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Kicks Off the Fall Season with the Museum’s Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 20, 2014

September 6, 2014

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with a festive day packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and folk art at its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

There will be a variety of award-winning barbecue from across South Carolina cooked onsite, including mustard-based, tomato-based and vinegar and pepper sauce. Guests can also enjoy local craft beer from Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia’s third and largest microbrewery.

“This will be a great day for people of all ages to come out and enjoy live music, art and a variety of delicious barbecue cooked by pit masters from across the state,” said Paul Matheny, chief curator of collections, South Carolina State Museum. “This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season and celebrate South Carolina culture.”

The festival will feature live music from a variety of bands representing several genres and locations across South Carolina, including folk rock from The Bent Strings, bluegrass from Conservation Theory and Dunder Chiefs, harmony-driven folk rock from Stillhouse and R&B and funk from The Real Del Murphy Band.

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Conservation Theory is one of several bands performing at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party on Sept. 20, 2014.

A number of accomplished artists and craftsmen will display their skills and wares for the public to observe, discuss with the artists and purchase. Some of the artists and craftsmen include metal sculptor Herman Thompson, potter Paul Moore, mandolin maker Frank Sox and painters Geraldine Smith and Marius Valdes. Booths of South Carolina crafts will line the newly-renovated entrance and plaza outside the museum’s new planetarium.

There will be a special visit from Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, who will both supply his special brand of tomato-based barbecue sauce and present a program on professional barbecuing, which includes cooking pigs on a spit. The National Wild Turkey Federation will also be onsite doing turkey call demonstrations. In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament, face painting and a children’s tent featuring a variety of activities and crafts.

The museum will conduct its very first “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed.  The museum will peel back each quilt to reveal the history, pattern, significance and backing of several quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. The day will also feature the viewing of a new contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe”, which showcases original artwork from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The excitement does not end with the festival. This is a great opportunity for guests to experience the museum’s brand new planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and historic telescope collection. Visit (www.scmuseum.org) to learn more about show times and tickets prices.

Fall Festival will take place in front of the museum and in the museum’s newly renovated lobby. All outdoor and lobby activities are free to the public, except for food, beverages and craft purchases.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For more information about the museum, visit (www.scmuseum.org).

SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Launches First Citizens First Sunday on Sept. 7, 2014 – Where General Admission is $1 the First Sunday of Every Month

August 30, 2014

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is proud to announce a generous donation from First Citizens to sponsor First Citizens First Sunday, which will take place the first Sunday of every month starting Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The donation from First Citizens will allow guests to pay a reduced price of $1 for general admission to the State Museum during First Citizens First Sunday.

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“First Citizens is proud to support the State Museum’s First Sundays program,” said Sharon Bryant, First Citizens Executive Vice President and South Carolina Banking Executive. “We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community can enjoy educational opportunities like those offered by First Sundays, and we invite everyone to come and explore the State Museum’s diverse collections displayed through interactive and engaging exhibitions.”

Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the brand new observatory and the new Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor. Two temporary exhibits are also included in general admission: “Chapman’s Charleston: 1863-1864”, which tells the story of the Civil War Charleston from 1863-1864 through the eyes of artist and Confederate soldier Conrad Wise Chapman, and “Building a Universe”, which features contemporary art by 16 South Carolina artists whose work deals with space and the universe.

For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. On Sept. 7, “Seven Wonders” will play in the planetarium at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, and “Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs the 4D Experience!” will play at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

As South Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

First Citizens First Sunday will take place the first Sunday of every month. The museum is open every Sunday from noon – 5pm.  Visit (www.scmuseum.org) to learn more about the State Museum.

Museum Expansion Underway at South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC

March 31, 2013

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The bulldozers and excavators digging and shoving mounds of dirt and gravel around the east side of the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, are a sure sign that something is happening. Something good. No, something great. No, make that spectacular.

“Let’s call it ‘stellar,’ because the stars will be the only limit to our new expansion, “Windows to New Worlds”, that is under construction to bring to South Carolina a unique-in-the-nation combination of fun, educational and recreational facilities,” said Director of Education Tom Falvey.

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Construction has begun on the South Carolina State Museum’s $20.5 million expansion, “Windows to New Worlds”. The project will add a state-of-the-art observatory, 55-foot digital dome planetarium and theater, and the state’s largest 4D theater to what is already the largest, most comprehensive museum in the Southeast. Photo by Tut Underwood/courtesy SC State Museum.

The changes will add a state-of-the-art observatory, a 55-foot digital dome planetarium and theater, and the state’s largest 4D theater to what is already the largest, most comprehensive museum in the Southeast.

What these tremendous improvements will make possible include the planetarium’s views of the universe – from sunspots during the day and stars, planets, the moon and eclipses during the night (and sometimes day) – for individuals and groups, to spectacular shows ranging from the micro-world of sub-atomic particles to galaxies light years across the cosmos. Added to that will be dazzling laser-light and sound experiences and, in the 4D theater, 3D films augmented with water and wind, smells, bumps and other experiences to bring the films’ subjects alive.

One big change is noticeable right now, Falvey says, and that is the alternate entrance being used while the building’s front entrance is undergoing a facelift. “The museum’s large, metal ‘space frame’ entrance will give way to a new entrance that will lead museum guests from all over the Palmetto State and beyond under a giant, four-story tripod supporting the observatory’s colossal Alvan Clark telescope and into a much wider, grander entrance and lobby as just the introduction to this magnificent new facility.”

While the construction of this beautiful entryway is ongoing, large “pardon our progress”- type signs will temporarily re-direct guests to the west (Columbia Canal) side of the building to park in a two-story deck and enter the museum through the alternate entrance at the west side of the building’s atrium.

This new entrance will introduce guests to other changes – all temporary while the new facilities are being built – that include a new admissions area, membership desk and temporarily relocated Cotton Mill Exchange, the museum store.  In addition, the Crescent Café, the museum’s unique eatery, will temporarily close, and re-open when the Windows project opens, which is projected for April 2014.

“We want to stress that the museum will be open the entire time the building is going on,” said Falvey. “While the new parking and entry situation may be a little different, the end result will be absolutely amazing. So we ask for and appreciate a bit of patience from our guests, because the wait will be way more than worth it.”

Falvey is quick to point out that new exhibits and programs will continue to open at the museum during construction. “Not only will our terrific blockbuster exhibit “Secrets of the Maya” continue to thrill visitors into the month of June, but we have an intriguing art exhibit, “Between the Springmaid Sheets”, opening in April on our fourth floor while construction temporarily alters our first-floor Lipscomb Art Gallery, plus a summer full of fun camps and programs for kids, and our extremely popular signature events such as the Museum Road Show, the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show and more. Hard hats tours will be offered, too, as the building proceeds.

“So there are plenty of reasons to come to the State Museum this year, not only to enjoy the changing shows and weekend events, but to check out the progress on the construction and visualize the amazing possibilities that will be reality in a few short months when Windows to New Worlds opens its new worlds to all South Carolinians and their visitors.”

Follow the progress of “Windows to New Worlds” at (www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org).