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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Aldwyth

January 31, 2016

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, is presenting two large, mural-size collages by the center’s current artist in residence, Aldwyth. The artist created the works during her current, January 2016, residency at 701 CCA. The collage installation subsequently will be open to the public during regular hours until Feb. 28, 2016, along with 701 CCA’s current gallery exhibition, “Bound”, by artist Kristy Bishop.

Aldwyth is creating the collages as part of 701 CCA’s Dada Days, with which the center marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire on Feb. 5, 1916, in Zurich, Switzerland. The Cabaret Voltaire is typically seen as the first organized manifestation of Dada. That art movement was the impetus for and deciding influence on most contemporary art as we know it today.

“As a contemporary art center, we thought we should mark the moment,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said.

For Dada Days, 701 CCA is turning its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation will provide the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit will present performances throughout February and March, 2016. A full schedule of those performance and other Dada Days activities will follow in a future press release.

Hilton Head resident Aldwyth (b. 1935, Pomona, CA) was represented in the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial” 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her work was in the “South Carolina TRIENNIAL” 1995 and 2001 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia and TRIENNIAL Revisited in 2011 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Her 2009 retrospective, “Aldwyth: work v./work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991 – 2009”, was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, and traveled to the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA. Aldwyth’s work is represented in the Ackland and Telfair Museums as well as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, the SC State Museum and the South Carolina State Art Collection, managed by the SC Arts Commission. The Oxford American magazine listed her as one the Superstars of Southern Art in 2012. Her residencies include those at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Kohler Arts and Industry in Kohler, WI.

Known for her amazingly complex collages and assemblages, Aldwyth typically utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts 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 and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–5; Thu-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 1-5; Sun, 1-5.

For more information call 803/319-9949 or visit (

Vista Studios/80808 Gallery in Columbia, SC, Offers Trenholm Artists Guild’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Jan. 21-21, 2016

January 16, 2016

The Trenholm Artists Guild will hold its “35th Annual Juried Art Exhibit” from Jan. 21-31, 2016, at Vista Studios/80808 Gallery, 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC.

Bruce Nellsmith will judge the show. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, from 6-8pm, as part of the Vista Third Thursday. The public is invited; those in attendance will also vote for a People’s Choice Award.

The show will include approximately eighty 2 and 3-dimensional art pieces created by many renowned midlands-area artists. Meg McLean’s acrylic, piece “Bloomin’ Okra,” won the 34th annual Best of Show award. Other recent top award winners of TAG’s juried shows are Pete Holland, Mark Conrardy, Karen Langley, Denise Greer, and Jackie Brantley, and Regina Moody.

Trenholm Artists Guild, also known as TAG, has a membership of over 200. The group includes both amateur and professional artists who work in all media.  Established in 1971, TAG is an incorporated, non-profit organization located in Columbia, South Carolina.  It is designated an IRS 501 (c) (3) organization.  TAG was created to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the creative arts among the people living in the greater Columbia area of South Carolina. To achieve this goal, TAG works cooperatively with other groups to help build audiences and participation in the arts.

More information on TAG can be found at its website (, or Facebook at (

Gallery West in Columbia, SC, Hosts Calendar Signing and Sale with Evelyn Wong – Dec. 20, 2015

December 18, 2015

Gallery West, located at 134 State Street in West Columbia, SC, invites all for a calendar signing by Evelyn Wong on her drawings for each month from the Limited Edition 2016 Calendar series “Finding Romanticism Among the Grunge”, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, from 1-3pm.


A portion of the proceeds from the day of the signing will be shared with the One SC Fund, (formerly the SC Flood Relief Fund).

Gift yourself or someone special, and gift those in our community who continue to need our assistance.

Evelyn Wong is an artist from Columbia, SC, who has earned an impressive reputation throughout the Southeast. Her work has been chosen for exhibition at Artfields© in Lake City, SC, for the last three years, as well as inclusion in numerous juried exhibitions at which she also earned awards and recognition.

Wong’s work for the calendar is from a series of botanical drawings that explore the idea of finding beauty from within despite chaos and ugliness. “When we slow down to appreciate even the smallest flower or look at the shape of a leaf, we can appreciate its inherent beauty and even its imperfections. Isn’t that what we all want from life?”

For further information call the gallery at 803/207-9265 or visit (

McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Gala Art Sale Fundraiser – Dec. 4, 2015

November 12, 2015


McKissick Museum, located on the horseshoe at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will celebrate its “Southern Rhythms Annual Gala Art Sale” on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, from 7-10pm. Tickets are $50 for McKissick Museum members; $60 for non-members.


“Southern Rhythms” features work by South Carolina artists and artists with ties to the Palmetto State that reflects on the music that enriches the Southern experience. Held in conjunction with “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina”, the artworks featured consider how music shapes our lives and how it affects and is inspired by different communities.

“Rhythm can be found anywhere,” says Edward Puchner, McKissick’s Curator of Exhibitons, “within a dance step, in the rumble of a train on a trestle, or within the sound of raindrops on a roof top. Featuring works by over thirty artists from across the Southeast, “Southern Rhythms” signals the beats, rhythmic patterns, or tempos of our everyday activity that together make up and enrich the world we all share.”

“Southern Rhythms” artist list includes: Jo Ann Amidon, Joseph Begnaud, Renee Bergeron, Karen Brown, Paula Brown-Steedly, Jemes Davis, Colin Dodd, Mary Ann Ehasz, Winton and Rosa Eugene, Claire Farrell, Bonnie Goldberg, Ann Hubbard, Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Doni Jordan, Julia Knight, Alicia Leeke, Connie Lippert, Lee Malerich, Eleanor McCain, Carol Pittman, Cindy Saad, Glenn Saborosch, Edward Shmunes, Michael Story, Amanda Suber, Janet Swigler, Betsy Thorne, Wendyth Wells, Fletcher Williams III, Mike Williams, Ellen Emerson Yaghjian, and Olga Yukhno.

For tickets and information contact McKissick Museum at 803/777-7251 or visit (

City of Columbia, SC, Declares Nov. 13, 2015, Women Artists’ Day

November 5, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is honoring South Carolina’s wealth of creativity and celebrating our female artists in conjunction with the exhibition “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina”, on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

On Friday, Nov. 13, all self-proclaimed women artists and their families enjoy free admission to the CMA with the completion of a simple form declaring “I am an artist because…” At noon, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine delivers an official proclamation declaring Nov. 13, 2015, S.C. Women Artists’ Day in the City of Columbia.

“The City of Columbia is excited to honor South Carolina’s women artists on this special day,” says Councilwoman Devine. “Georgia O’Keeffe and women artists have made an invaluable contribution to the cultural landscape, and we hope residents and visitors will take the opportunity to explore the extraordinary, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits” exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art,” also on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

The CMA’s current exhibitions put a focus on how women are pioneering voices in the arts. Georgia O’Keeffe sheds light on how one of the most iconic female artists in American history came into her own in Columbia, South Carolina 100 years ago. “Independent Spirits” showcases women working in every medium who are carrying on the spirit of O’Keeffe in South Carolina today. “With these landmark exhibitions that tell the stories of women in the arts who have contributed so much to our state, we want to also give back to the women artists working in our Columbia community,” says CMA Deputy Director Joelle-Ryan Cook.

The full list of artists in “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina” is: Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Mary Edna Fraser, Doni Jordan, Elizabeth Keller, Diane Kilgore-Condon, Kimberly LeDee, Anna Redwine, Kathleen Robbins, Kirkland Smith, Tonya Gregg, Mary Robinson, Deanna Leamon, Susan Lenz, Karen Ann Myers, Renee Rouillier, Aldwyth, Jeri Burdick, Alice Ballard, Rebecca Davenport, Jan Dreskin-Haig, Pat Callahan, Aggie Zed, Janette Grassi, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Jane Nodine, Laura Spong, Katie Walker, Bri Kinard, Diana Farfan, Eva Carter, Beverly Buchanan, and Virginia Scotchie.

To learn more about “Independent Spirits”, visit ( Columbia Museum of Art

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

Columbia, SC’s Congaree Vista Area Named South Carolina Cultural District by SC Arts Commission

October 31, 2015

The Congaree Vista Guild, a membership organization of Vista supporters, announces that the SC Arts Commission has named the Vista an official South Carolina Cultural District. The City of Columbia, SC, and the Vista Guild will use the new cultural district designation to attract visitors and residents to the neighborhood and continue to promote the Vista as a hub for arts and culture.

A cultural district, defined as an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities that support cultural, artistic and economic activity, was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. The SC Arts Commission awards the designations after communities prove their desire to retain artistic identity and creativity that will encourage responsible economic development and growth in tourism.

“The arts have been and continue to be a vital part of the development of the City of Columbia and we have made significant strides in the past several years,” said Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia. “We are seeing tremendous growth in the Vista because of the efforts of so many artists and arts organizations that have led the way in establishing the unique, creative identity of that area of the city.”

Over the past year, the Vista Guild, One Columbia, city leaders, business owners, artists and residents of the Vista worked together to craft a cultural vision for the future of the Vista. A five-year cultural plan for the district includes goals of attracting tourists and visitors, encouraging responsible economic development, attracting artists and creating opportunities for the public to experience the rich arts and culture the Vista offers. The Vista is only the fourth entity to receive a cultural district designation. Previous cultural district designations have all been awarded to the cities of Spartanburg, Lancaster and Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“Those non-arts businesses are important pieces of a cultural district, says Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director. “A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theaters, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity.”

According to the cultural district designation guidelines as set forth by the SC Arts Commission, a qualifying district is made up of galleries, live performance venues, theaters, artist studios, museums, arts centers, arts schools and public art pieces, all of which are located and thriving in the Vista.

“With more than 5,000 programs offered last year and 117,000 people who participated, Richland Library is a portal for those who want to explore the arts and improve their craft and as a destination for all ages for high quality entertainment,” said Melanie Huggins, executive director of Richland Library. “We are so proud to be a part of one of the most creative and vibrant arts and entertainment districts in the state and look forward to what this designation will mean for future developments.”

The Vista Guild is planning a special announcement about its designation as a cultural district for Vista Lights, the neighborhood’s annual holiday open house, which takes place Nov. 19, 2015, from 5-9pm.

“The Vista as we know it today is a hub for entertainment and tourism because of the artistic aesthetic and vision that artists and the arts community founded many years ago in this neighborhood,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “We’re proud that responsible growth in the Vista through the years has retained the character of the neighborhood, continued to support the arts and led to this cultural district designation.”

For more information about the SC Arts Commission’s cultural district guidelines, visit ( or contact Rusty Sox at 803/734-8899 or e-mail to ( For more information about the Vista Guild, please visit ( or contact Meredith Atkinson at 803/269-5946 or e-mail to (

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, is Calling for Proposals for Outdoor Art to be Added to the New Children’s Garden – Deadline Dec. 3, 2015

October 31, 2015

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Children’s Garden is currently under construction and due for completion in March of 2016.  The Garden is located on an approximate four (4) acre site on the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden West Campus in Columbia, SC. The Children’s Garden is adjacent to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s established and successful Botanical Garden. The Zoo and Garden currently attracts one million visitors per year. Approximately 200,000 additional visitors per year are anticipated for all destination projects once they are established which includes the Children’s Garden.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is seeking the participation of artists and/or crafts makers to assist them in enhancing and embellishing the Garden with works that will provide a safe and engaging place for play, learning, exploration, discovery and positive social interaction within the natural environment.


Primary features of the Children’s Garden will include:
Rabbit Hole Kid’s Entry
Rabbit Warren
Dino Dig
Vegetable Garden
Maintenance Sheds
Education Center
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater
Changing Booths
Wading Pool
Natural Pond
Deck Overlook
Climbing & Slides
Natural Playground (Future)
Fairy Garden (Future)
Playhouse Row
Tot Lot (Future)

These words and the images they evoke describe the environment that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Children’s Garden wishes to provide for its guests:

natural world

This juried Call for Entries is open to artists and crafts makers 18 years or older producing works suitable for long-term outdoor and public exposure which will be in keeping with and enhance the concept of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s upcoming Children’s Garden.

Artists and crafts makers are encouraged to review the Garden’s layout and features prior to submitting their proposal and may suggest possible location(s) for their work(s). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden cannot guarantee the location, but every effort will be made to consider the artists’ and crafts makers’ request. Submitted proposals will serve as an agreement to the conditions herein stated for exhibiting in the Children’s Garden.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 2pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 10am
Friday, December 3, 2015 – Artist Proposal Submission Closes
Monday, December 14, 2015 – Artist Notifications of Acceptance and Award
Week of February 22, 2016 – Art Placement
March, 2016 – Garden is anticipated to open to the public
Children’s Garden Tour

Two tours of the site (nearing completion of the construction phase) will be offered during the entry period to provide interested parties context. To attend a tour, interested participants should assemble on the dates noted above prior to the times listed at the West Entrance Ticket Plaza located at 1225 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia, SC.

Accepted proposals and invited artists and crafts makers will each receive a stipend to install and exhibit their work. There will be one stipend per accepted proposal. There will be a limited number of opportunities for artists and crafts makers to have their work displayed at the Children’s Garden. No Entry Fee is required. Artists are welcome to submit their works as a donation to the Children’s Garden.

Categories of Works:
Category A: Large Sculptures and/or Complex Works    Up to $2500
Category B: Free-Standing Sculpture, larger and/or Complex Works Up to $1500
Category C: Interactive Display Series. Up to $1000
Category D: Musical Devices, Dioramas, Graphics Series    $500 to $750
Category E: Plant Art, Small Interactives, Wind Sculptures    $250 to $500

Category distribution of stipends is anticipated as follows but subject to change at the sole discretion of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden:
1 each    $2500
5 each    $1500
5 each    $1000
4 each    $750
6 each    $500
6 each    $250

Entry Submission
Please submit by e-mail and include the artist’s/crafts maker’s name, phone number, e-mail address and physical address. Also include the title, dimensions, medium, and a description of the work including a brief narrative on how the work meets the intent of the Call for Entries and Children’s Garden goals. Images shall be provided in JPG format of sufficient quality to convey intent and detail.  Sketches must be clear and may be provided in JPG or PDF format.

Total Images per Proposal:     Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

All entries shall be submitted in electronic format by the entry deadline above to:
Amanda Segura, Children’s Education Director
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
E-mail: (
Questions?  Reach us any Thursday and Friday, noon-6pm, at 803/602-0813 or by e-mail at (

To see the complete prospectus visit (

University of South Carolina Visual Art Graduate Students Host, “Art Uncaged” in Columbia, SC – Nov. 6, 2015

October 15, 2015

The University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design MFA students are pleased to announce “Art Uncaged”, our Fall 2015 Open Studios. This event will feature contemporary artwork from artists working in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and installation.

From 6pm to 8pm on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, the Graduate studios will be open to the public with artists present to interact with visitors. This event provides the unique opportunity for the public to converse with emerging artists in a more intimate location, as opposed to a traditional gallery setting. In addition to the diverse works featured within each studio, artist lectures and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening.

For further information contact:

Avant Grads- Graduate student Art organization
by e-mail at (


Visit ( to learn more about USC’s School of Visual Art & Design.

Devine Street studios is located at 718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29201, behind Thirsty Fellow.

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, Announces Winners for O’Keeffe Juried Art Competition, “A Natural Wonder”

October 15, 2015

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, is pleased to announce the winners of its statewide Georgia O’Keeffe K12 juried art competition: Rosewood Elementary in Columbia, The South Carolina School for the Blind in Spartanburg and Dreher High School in Columbia.

Proposals were received from schools across the state and the winners were selected based on their creativity and willingness to explore the significant nature of O’Keeffe’s Columbia College story. Each school will receive the Penland Prize of $1,000 to complete their proposal over the next few months, with works presented in a formal exhibition in the Goodall Gallery from Jan. 8 to Feb. 9, 2016, as part of the College’s Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial Celebration.

“We are thrilled for our annual juried art competition to be part of the College’s Georgia O’Keeffe centennial this year,” said Jackie Adams, Goodall Gallery coordinator. “O’Keeffe was not only a talented artist, but she was a dedicated art educator. We look forward to honoring this part of her life exhibiting the students’ works in the gallery this spring.”

The Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial is a year-long celebration of the artist’s transformative time as a professor of art at Columbia College in 1915. The Centennial is presented by the Michael J. Mungo Foundation in memory of Jennifer Mungo and is in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and South Carolina Educational Television.

For more information, visit (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers “Artist Salon: Nature in Independent Spirit” – Oct. 23, 2015

October 15, 2015


Columbia artists featured in the exhibition “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina”, Mary Betz Gilkerson, Doni Jordan, and Kirkland Smith present a salon talk to discuss their art as it relates to nature and South Carolina as a source of inspiration. These artists bring unique experiences with nature to this talk, whether their work represents nature, uses elements of the natural world as artistic materials, or reflects on the human impact on our environment.

Work by Kirkland Smith

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at noon
Free with membership or admission

WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC

For more information, visit (


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