Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Columbia SC’

Behance Portfolio Review of South Carolina Takes Place in Columbia, SC – Nov. 7, 2015

September 22, 2015


Are you ready to be a part of the biggest network of visual artists and creatives in South Carolina?

The Behance Portfolio Review provides a fun, comfortable, insightful and educational environment for both established and aspiring professional creatives to meet and provide feedback for one another, and builds a network of support within the greater South Carolina arts community.

Our goal is to bring artists of South Carolina together in a casual environment for lively critiques and fun networking. This is your opportunity to connect with other creatives from all across South Carolina to gain new perspectives and learn to grow as professionals.

You don’t have to be a part of Adobe’s Behance to participate in this great event, but why wouldn’t you want to join the world’s largest network of creative professionals? Check out some of the great artwork at ( and join now!

The best part about this? It’s all free and you can get incredible door prizes if you get your tickets early! So tell your friends, and visit Eventbrite at ( for info to get your ticket now!

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 9am until 1pm.
Where: The Graphics Source, 2122 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
Cost: Free

Eventbrite: (
Facebook: (
Twitter: @BeReviewsSC, #behancesc

More questions?  Contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong by e-mail at (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Works by African-American Artists to Its Collection

September 13, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of art by Tyrone Geter, Charles Ethan Porter, and Joseph Norman, three prominent African-American artists all new to the collection. Porter’s 19th-century still life, Norman’s contemporary lithographs, and Geter’s recent large-scale drawing collectively help tell the story of African Americans in South Carolina and in American history. For over four decades, the CMA has been committed to exhibiting African-American art and cultural heritage. The museum’s collection includes work by more than 30 African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Betye Saar, SC artist Leo Twiggs, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

Tyrone Geter’s “I Don Old, I Don Tire But I Ain’t Done Yet”, a gift made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin J. Gimarc, is a powerful charcoal drawing. Geter, who has worked and exhibited across the United States as well as in Nigeria, is a teacher of drawing and painting and manager of The Ponder Fine Arts Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. The charcoal drawing is from Geter’s series “Ain’t I a Woman” that examines the role of African-American women in culture and community, and is inspired by Geter’s own mother. He writes of the piece, “My mother once told me ‘sometimes she felt like she didn’t have no life.’ That statement made with so much honesty, conviction, and passion yet free of even a hint of self-pity has throughout my career been one of the guiding principles of not only how I live my life, and relate to other people, but has also profoundly influenced the philosophy of my art.”

The striking oil painting, “Roses in a Green Vase” (c.1885-90) by Charles Ethan Porter (American, c.1847-1923), a museum purchase, is a treasure by a rediscovered master. Porter, the son of a poor laborer, was one of the first African-American artists to study at the National Academy of Design in New York, and later studied in Paris. “The acquisition of this lovely painting by the Columbia Museum of Art allows us to more fully show how African-American art has always been a part of American cultural life,” says Chief Curator Will South. Though Porter faced difficulties throughout his life, compounded by racism in the art world and society at large, his mastery and contributions to American art ensure that his name belongs in the canon of great American painters.

Two sets of lithographs by Joseph Norman are gifts from collectors Kerry and Betty Davis of Georgia and Donnell and Dorothea Walker of Pennsylvania through the efforts of CMA board member D. Delores Logan, who also serves on the board of the CMA as well as its membership affiliate group Friends of African-American Art and Culture (FAAAC). Norman is a professor of drawing and painting at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA. To celebrate this donation, the CMA has placed “The Art of Joseph Norman” on view through Feb. 7, 2016, in Gallery 15. These works include the complete series “Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume 1”, and “Patti’s Little White Lies”. “Out at Home”, a set of nine lithographs, explores the great accomplishments of African-American baseball greats like Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson while also confronting the racist system in which these athletes worked and struggled. The five lithographs in “Patti’s Little White Lies” comprise a deeply personal series, using art to deal with guilt and shame related to Norman’s own experiences of being falsely accused of a crime. Both series are challenging and reflective, yet also starkly beautiful.

“We have been committed and passionate about building our collection of art by African Americans,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “We have a collection that tells the story of everyone in our community, and these new additions contribute an invaluable and impactful piece of that story. We look forward to fostering even more engagement with our audiences with these new works through a diversity of programming and exhibitions for years to come.”

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (

Historic Columbia, SC, Celebrates with the 37th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage – Sept. 19, 2015

September 13, 2015

Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in Columbia, SC, the 37th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage takes place on the grounds of Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons Site & Outdoor Museum at 1403 Richland Street on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, from 11am to 6pm. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

For 37 years, families and friends have come from across the state to celebrate African American heritage and the legacies of the Mann-Simon’s family at Jubilee. When the festival started in 1978, it was a small community celebration of African American heritage and history. Over the years, Jubilee has grown into a can’t-miss event that draws attendees from all over the state and region.

Culminating over 15 years of research and investigation that has resulted in an enormous wealth of new information, artifacts and stories, the Mann-Simon Site and outdoor museum is being reinterpreted and renovated. Historic Columbia invites the public to learn the latest discoveries and participate in the redesign of the museum and choose how they want to learn these stories. Take a sneak peek walkthrough of Mann-Simons Site renovations and outdoor museum and be a part of the discussion!

This year’s festival features a variety of activities including live African drumming, R&B, jazz, and gospel musical entertainment, tours of the historic Modjeska Simkins House, an opportunity to see community histories presented by Columbia Housing Authority residents, hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen, vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise, live musical entertainment and many other activities throughout the day.

The Reggie Sullivan Band
DJ Prince Ice
Jubilee Choirs
Spiritual Expressions of Praise
GC Capital Steppers of Columbia
Studio C Zumba Dance Fitness
Larry “Lak” Henderson, The Hip Hop Educator
Benedict College Concert Choir

Kitty Wilson-Evans, storyteller
Tariq Mix, live visual artist
Arianne King-Comer, batik artist
Mary Graham-Grant, sweetgrass basket weaver
Jared Canty, Catawba bead artist
And more!

Become a Friend of Jubilee! Individuals can support the Jubilee festival for as little as $50. Click here to make your donation today!

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage is sponsored by NBSC, Providence Hospitals, Publix Super Markets Charities, The Columbia Chapter of Links, Inc., State Farm Insurance, AARP South Carolina, McDonald’s of Columbia, Elam Financial, Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P. A., Palmer Memorial Chapel, South State Bank, The Big DM. Hot 103.9, Carolina Panorama, and Party Reflections.

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit ( or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.

For more information on the 37th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, please visit ( or call 803/252-1770 ext. 23.

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

September 13, 2015


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 ( for more information about the event.​

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Features Quilts from SC and GA for Vista Nights – Aug. 20, 2015

August 18, 2015


“Cut From the Same Cloth,” an exhibit hosted by Susan Lenz and Robert Kennedy, at Gallery 80808 at Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, on Aug, 20, 2015, from 5-8pm during Vista Nights – an art stroll of the Congaree Vista area of downtown Columbia.

This show is on loan from the South Carolina/Georgia region of Studio Art Quilt Associates. The show will feature 20 original contemporary, 12″ x 12″ challenge quilts, created of tie-dyed fabric sent to all members of the organization.

“Am I a Pretty Boy?” by Molly Eckes Samuel of Bluffton, SC

“Echoes” by Ruth Ann Yak of Atlanta, GA

“My Blue Hawaii” by Margaret Salzman of Aiken, SC

The 2014 SAQA co-regional representatives Victoria Rondeau, Paula Brown, and Meg Filiatrault dyed the fabric.

Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street is also the site of a two-day workshop on heat activated techniques being taught by Susan Lenz whose studio is there. Browsers are invited to come see the exhibition during the workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The gallery will be open from 10 – 5 both days.

For more information on VISTA NIGHTS, please visit the Congaree Vista Guild’s website at (

University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offer FOLKFabulous – Aug. 22, 2015

August 13, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present the 3rd annual FOLKFabulous festival on August 22, 2015, from 11am-5pm in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe in Columbia, SC. This event is free and open to the public.

FOLKFabulous brings together the best of South Carolina’s traditional musical performers, instrument makers, and community music advocates for a day of education, music making, and fun. Scheduled performing artists include: NEA National Heritage Fellow Drink Small, Mill Billy Blues, Minister Jarell Smalls, Palmetto Blue, John Thomas Fowler, El-Shaddai Ambassador’s Choir, and Grupo Frenesi Digital.

Demonstrating instrument makers include: Appalachian Spirit Instruments, luthier Steve Reeves, Gullah Geechie cultural advocate Queen Quet, and Native American flute maker Chris Weik. In addition, advocates from the hip-hop, traditional gospel, old-time music, and bluegrass music communities will be featured in interactive presentations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments and participate in our “picking tent,” regardless of their skill level or genre preference.  FOLKFabulous will also feature a Food Truck Rodeo.  For more information on the day’s schedule, performers, and participating artisans, visit: (

FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition, “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina”. This exhibit represents year three of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. “Heard at Every Turn” will explore the diversity of traditional music in South Carolina from historical and contemporary perspectives, with a particular focus on the shared histories, geographies, and aesthetics among these varied musical expressions in the Palmetto State.

FOLKFabulous is funded with support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Community partners include OneColumbia for History and Arts and the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association.

McKissick Museum tells the story of Southern life: community, culture, and environment. It is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Museum hours are 8:30am-5pm, Monday thru Friday and 11am-3pm, Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and State holidays.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

Anastasia and Friends in Columbia, SC, Offers “Elements of Art” for First Thursday on Main – Aug. 6, 2015

August 4, 2015

Anastasia & Friends in Columbia, SC, will present “Elements of Art” featuring works by Page Morris, John Allen, David West and Richard Lund, hosted by Bohumila Augustinova and John Allen, on view from Aug. 6 – 28, 2015. A reception will be held on Aug. 6, from 6-9pm, during Columbia’s First Thursday on Main event. This exhibition is a mixture of photography, paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Work by Page Morris

Page Morris has been painting and creating since third grade. Her use of color, expressive brush strokes, and quirky subject material invites the viewer to see everyday objects in a whole new way.

The current body of work by Richard Lund for this show consists of sculptures made of clay, wire, wood, and other found material. The sculptures are a series of work called “Spirit Horses”.

“Each sculpture represents a protector to nature,” says Lund. “I like to think it would be nice to have a spirit that would protect all the air or water or the trees. Each sculpture takes several months to complete, so I can only make a few each year. Two years in a row my, Spirit Horses were selected to be included in ArtFields© in Lake City, SC.”

Work by Richard Lund

John Allen is a multimedia developer and professional photographer. One of Allen’s works was displayed at ArtFields© last year in Lake City while others have ranked highly in international photo competitions.

“I’ve always had a passion for historical subjects, browsing encyclopedias, books and studying pictures,” says Allen. “The first mosaic I attempted was one of Martin Luther King comprised of hundreds of photographs of people. As time went by, I began experimenting with the process more and created one called, ‘Georgie,’ based on the first US President, using thousands of stock images. ‘Georgie’ was well received last year, and on the suggestion from Marvin Chernoff, I decided to do the rest of the presidential mosaics in a similar manner.”

David West has a BFA in Studio Art / Painting from the University of North Florida and an MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. He lives in the Rosewood area of Columbia and teaches Visual Arts Foundations and Photography at White Knoll High School in Lexington, SC. Prior to teaching, he spent 13 years as a professional graphic designer.

A jack-of-all-arts, West enjoys exploring a variety of 2D artforms including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design and photography. He prefers to work from either life or imagination and totally geeks out on process.

For further info text Bohumila Augustinova at 803/394-8438 or e-mail to (

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Behind the Scenes Tours – July 18 and 22, 2015

July 17, 2015


Have you ever wondered how exhibits are created? Do you have great treasures tucked away in your house? If so, the McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, has two upcoming programs just for you!!!!

Saturday, July 18 at 1pm – From the Attic to the Exhibit: Making Collections Matter. Chief Curator of Collections and Research Claire Jerry offers a revealing look at how collections are converted to exhibits.

Wednesday, July 22, 12pm (noon) – Behind the Scenes Tour. Did you know that most museums on display between 1%-5% of their collections? Have you ever wondered what’s on those “M” floors listed in the elevator? McKissick invites you to take a peek behind the scenes at some of our most beloved, but rarely viewed treasures.

For further information call Ja-Nae M. Epps at 803/777-2876.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Talk by New York City Art Critic Peter Plagens – July 19, 2015

July 14, 2015


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, will present a lecture by prominent New York City art critic and artist Peter Plagens on Sunday, July 19, at 1pm entitled, “Thoughts on Contemporary Art, Especially Painting”.

Admission is free.

Plagens will be in town to serve as the national juror on the jury panel for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015”. The panel will take place on July 18; the Biennial will be shown in two parts from September – December, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art is currently showing the exhibit “Tyrone Geter: BLACK!,” curated by Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts both in Boston. The exhibit presents recent works by the artist who, after extensive travel, work and study in Africa, made South Carolina his home. The exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery through Aug. 23, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process, and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.

For further info call 803/779-4571 or visit (

2015 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries for Various Competitions – Deadline Sept. 1, 2015

July 7, 2015


The Fair offers $300,000+ annually in premiums and awards for winning entries (including livestock competitions).

The 2015 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, is excited to announce the official call for entry registrations for the 2015 Competitive Exhibits – our annual hunt for the best of the best and a celebration of Southern skill, craftsmanship and agriculture. The Fair offers numerous opportunities for exhibitors to compete in various departments including children, youth and adults.

Competitive exhibits include*:
Fine Art
Student Art
Home & Craft Department

* These particular competitions are limited to South Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending a South Carolina school of higher learning.

All competitions require pre-registration which is open now through September 1, 2015. To complete a registration form, please visit the South Carolina State Fair website at (

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at (

The 2015 South Carolina State Fair runs from Oct. 14 – 25, 2015, at the Fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia.

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, charitable organization dedicated to educating South Carolina’s young adults, with over $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually. For more information about the South Carolina State Fair, its programs or licensing opportunities, contact Nancy Smith at 803/799-3387 ext. 116, e-mail to ( or visit (


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