Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Columbia SC’

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Free Admission From May 26 – June 5, 2015

May 23, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces upcoming 10 days of free admission from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, June 5, 2015, in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA. During these days, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including Bunzlauer Pottery from the Collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, multimedia TAP tours, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.


Events at the CMA during the free days include:

CMA Shop Sale: The CMA Shop is having a huge sale through Sunday, June 7. Everything in the Shop is 30% off for members and 15% off for non-members. Select items are 50% off for all.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Sunday, May 31 at 2pm – A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Session
Monday, June 1, from 10am – 1pm – Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students.

Gladys’ Gang: Summer Heat
Wednesday, June 3, from 10 – 11am – Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 until 11am. This month, work with warm colors to create your own sunny artwork. Registration required as space is limited. Free.

Columbia Broadside Project Community Gallery Opening and Concert
Friday, June 5, from 7 – 11pm – The Columbia Broadside Project pairs artists and poets from Columbia and throughout South Carolina who work together to create an original “broadside,” comprised of an original work of art and an original poem. The goal is to strengthen the arts community by helping poets and artists meet their peers, share ideas, and create new works of art. The opening night event will feature live music and readings from the artists. Cash bar. $7 / $5 for members.

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Artist Submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015″ – Deadline June 29, 2015

May 10, 2015


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, seeks submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015″, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″ will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

The goals of the “Biennial” exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″ is the third installment of the exhibition at 701 CCA.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. Artists must be a current resident of South Carolina.

An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:
“Biennial Part I”, Sept. 10 – Oct. 25, 2015
“Biennial Part II”, Nov. 5 – Dec. 20, 2015

Selection Process: A jury panel of three curators/critics representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date.

Submission Materials, all to be submitted on a CD/DVD:
* Ten images of available work produced in the last two years. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform.
* Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):
* Checklist that includes title, date, medium, size
* Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
* Resume and biographical sketch
Also, include:
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (for return of submitted materials).

Fees: $25.00 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA.

Submission Deadline: All materials should be submitted by June 29, 2015, at 5pm.

Notification: Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by July 20, 2015.

Submit Materials To:

“701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, PO Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to ( or call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949.

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., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For more information visit (

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

May 8, 2015


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, and its May 2015 Artist in Residence, Frank McCauley, present “The Frank McCauley New Media Festival” in the center’s artist’s loft. The Sumter, SC, artist and curator will show a different new media production by different artists on four consecutive Sundays – May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2015. McCauley will introduce each production during its Sunday matinee premiere with talk at 2pm. Each production will run continuously during regular opening hours at 701 CCA along with the exhibition “Shannon Rae Lindsey: Entropic Perceptions”, which is in the center’s gallery.

McCauley’s first presentation will be Canadian artist’s Jillian McDonald’s monumental three-channel video “Valley of the Deer”. Filmed in Scotland, characters in the production wear traditional Highland dress along with unsettling animal masks created by McDonald. The video is part of the artist’s exploration of Hollywood genres and archetypes such as horror and romance and their effect on the viewing audience. For more information, go to (

A still image from Jillian McDonald’s “Valley of the Deer”

The second, third and fourth installment of the Frank McCauley New Media Festival will be announced later.

McCauley also will conduct a two-part workshop teaching participants how to shoot and edit their own films on an iPhone or iPod Touch. The workshops will take place Sunday, May 24 & 31 at 3:30pm at 701 CCA. For more information, go to (

Frank McCauley in 2012 was 701 CCA’s guest curator for Faster Forward, a gallery-wide, international new media exhibition that drew large and enthusiastic audiences. He has organized several exhibitions in the new media genre including “The Big Switch” at Sumter County Gallery of Art as well as “Channeling and Art & Television” as part of the Accessibility project in downtown Sumter. He is currently the assistant director and chief curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art as well as a painter, mixed media artist and new media artist.

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, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5.

For further inquiries, contact Sheldon Paschal by e-mail at (, call 803/319-9949 or visit (

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, will Present HIGH NOON with Artist Adrian Rhodes – May 9, 2015, at Noon

May 7, 2015


City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, will present HIGH NOON with a presentation by artist Adrian Rhodes on Saturday May 9, 2015, starting at noon. It’s free and no reservations are required….just don’t be late!

Get ready to be inspired!  Rhodes comments about her work, “While exploring ideas of generational memory I am reflecting on a sense of nostalgia and yearning. Printmaking is the core of my process. Incorporating prints into my mixed media pieces leads to recurring imagery that becomes my personal iconography. Bees represent matrilineal ties, complexity and fragility- hexagons the underlying structure of the universe. Sky charts and navigational imagery reflect the attempt to quantify the unknowable, while moths are an acknowledgment of mortality.  Strings literally tie up disparate parts while found objects reflect chance, and the gestural marks form an emotive counterpoint to the rational stability of the grid.  Above all I try to create within the work a sense of searching and questioning, rooted in the belief that asking and exploring the questions of both life and the studio are more rewarding than finding clear cut answers or illustrating ideas.”

Work by Adrian Rhodes

Rhodes grew up in Hartsville, SC. She attended Winthrop University from 2001-2005, earning a BFA in General Studio with emphases in Drawing and Painting. While studying at Winthrop she participated in a semester exchange with the South Carelia Polytechnic in Imatra, Finland. While there she studied Painting, Printmaking, and Academic Figure Drawing. After several years as a practicing artist she returned to Winthrop, receiving her MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking in 2011. She currently teaches at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

Rhodes’ work utilizes printmaking as the core of a mixed media practice. Her work has shown throughout the Carolinas, with solo exhibitions and successes in both local and regional venues. Adrian lives in Hartsville with her husband Michael and their three year old daughter Sophia. She has established her studio at the Black Creek Arts Center.

Rhodes’ exhibit, “Fathom”, will be on view at City Art Gallery through May 16, 2015.

City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC 29201.

For further info call 803-252-3613 or visit (

Gallery 80808 at Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Offers Tucker Prescott: Solo Thesis Show – May 7 – 11, 2015

May 6, 2015


University of South Carolina Honors College student and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art studio candidate, Tucker Prescott, will open his senior gallery exhibition with a reception from 7:30 to 11pm, Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Gallery 80808 at the Vista Studios. Refreshments will be served, and Prescott will be available to discuss his senior exhibition and experience at USC. The exhibit will continue through May 11, 2015.

Work by Tucker Prescott

Prescott’s thesis project, “Figuratively Speaking,” is an exploration of the relationships that exist between figures and landscapes. His works vary in size, but scale clearly plays a powerful role in this exploration of space and the human figure. Composed of about 18 pieces, “Figuratively Speaking,” is a collection of works that represent the skills Prescott has developed while studying at the University of South Carolina and abroad at the International Center for the Arts in Monte Castello, Italy.

“This exhibition is a synthesis of academic figure work and a yearning for a fantasy outside of those boundaries,” said Prescott. “I feel like this collection tip toes at the edge of breaking free of classical ideas but does not quite make the complete separation. As new paintings developed, they experimented with a more contemporary space.”

Prescott will graduate with an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from USC on May 9, 2015. This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of his honors distinction requirements as well as an incredible opportunity for Prescott to reflect on the works he has produced during his four years of study at USC. While Prescott’s passion lies in painting, he also enjoys film production and editing, and as he prepares for graduation, Prescott continues to work at Mad Monkey, the local film and television boutique, as a pre and post-production specialist. Prescott’s projects in painting, film and photography can be viewed on his website at (

For more information, please contact Tucker Prescott at 843/687- 6870 or e-mail him at (

Spring 2015 Behance Portfolio Review Takes Place in Columbia, SC – May 16, 2015

April 29, 2015

Calling all artists!

We want you to come to the first Behance Portfolio Review of Columbia, SC, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10am-1pm, at The Graphics Source, located on 2122 Platt Springs Road in West Columbia, SC.

Behance is a global arts community in the Adobe family (the same Adobe that brought us Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign!) that hosts your art portfolio for free so that you can share your work with other artists worldwide, and gives you a chance to get discovered by companies like Google, Nike, and Apple.

Twice a year, Behance encourages creative individuals to host portfolio reviews within their local community to bring together artists from all walks of life.  There has never been one within 75 miles of the Columbia area, and now is the time to start something great!

The Portfolio Review is free to attend, and is a nonprofit event.  You do not have to be involved in the Behance community to join us.  All we want to do is bring you together with your peers, local professional artists, and local businesses that support what you do!

There is limited space, so you must register for a free ticket on our Eventbrite page in order to attend.

Have any questions?  Check out these pages:
On Eventbrite: (
On Facebook: (
On Twitter: (

As a perk for attending, you will get a raffle ticket that gives you a chance to win some cool door prizes, including a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for free!

For more questions, contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong at (

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Features Works by USC Advanced Photography Students – Apr. 7 – 11, 2015

April 6, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) is pleased to announce “You Are Here”, the 2015 USC Advanced Photography Student Show, at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. “You Are Here” will be on display from Apr. 7 – 11, 2015,  with an reception on Thursday, Apr. 9, from 6 to 8pm.

The show features recent work from eight student artists: Robert Agullo, Elle Olivia Andersen, Julia Bennett, Haley Durham, Carly Kimpland, Catherine Hill Hyman, Wesley Peterson, and Vicki Wilson.

City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln Street in Columbia, SC. Hours of Operation are Monday – Thursday, 10am to 6pm,  Friday 10am to 5pm, and Saturday 11am to 3pm.

For more information, please visit (, or contact City Art at 803/252-3613.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Presents “Native and Now” – Apr. 3, 2015

March 18, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present “Native and Now”, a concert with contemporary Native American band Dark Water Rising, on Friday, Apr. 3, 2015, at 7:30pm in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium on the USC Campus. Admission is free with an e-ticket, which can be accessed at ( The concert is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”, on view through July 25, 2015.

Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising is one of the most vibrant bands in contemporary Native American music. The group is led by the dynamic vocalist Charly Lowry, who has grown from being a finalist on the popular television series, “American Idol”, into an accomplished artist that effortlessly blends Native American traditional music, gospel, blues, and R&B. Dark Water Rising has been featured on National Public Radio and their 2013 album, “Grace and Grit: Chapter I”, was recently awarded a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.” Members of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, the band describes their sound as “rocky soul,” evoking the landscape and musical roots of their native Eastern North Carolina.

“It is a common misunderstanding that Native American music boils down to flutes and chanting,” says Doug Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director. “Dark Water Rising counters this stereotype with bluesy guitar, soulful vocals, and undeniable energy.” “Native and Now” is the fifth public program for McKissick’s exhibit “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”. “Native and Now” presents a unique opportunity to see these artists at no charge and experience contemporary Native American popular music at its best.

This program is presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs’ conference series, “Working Together Works: Prosperity Through Minority Empowerment,” which will begin at 8am on Friday, Apr. 3 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia. For more information and to register, please contact Lori Brock by e-mail at ( or call 803/333-9621 x. 8.  The South Carolina Arts Commission and Word of Mouth Productions are also sponsors of “Native and Now”.

The Booker T. Washington Auditorium is located at 1400 Wheat Street with available parking across the street.

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

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Special Presentation by Artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 – Mar. 27, 2015

March 18, 2015


The CMA in Columbia, SC, presents the next event in its “Artist Salon” series with a special presentation by artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 on Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at noon among the art in the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition. The “Artist Salon” series features gallery talks about a wide range of topics and disciplines. This salon showcases Gallery 80808 artist’s creative responses to the spring exhibition.


“Feeling creative, the artists at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 decided to play a game,” says Kirkland Smith, an 80808 artist. “Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists used visual art in place of words. CMA Chief Curator Will South chose a piece from the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition currently on display. He shared this inspiration piece with the first artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received.

The game has been in play since last spring. None of the artists have seen the progression of work and are excited to share all the pieces at the “Artista Vista” opening on April 23, 2015. This “Artist Salon” reveals the Curran inspiration piece and offers a sneak preview of the artists’ work. Come and see what happens when artists play around and get inspired.”

Gallery 80808 opened in August of 1990 as part of the Vista Studios project, a joint venture of the Columbia Development Corporation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since then the facility has matured into a unique venue for Columbia’s visual arts and has become a vital part of the city’s contemporary art scene.

This event is free with membership or admission.

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

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents “Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence” – Reception Mar. 5, 2015

March 5, 2015

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents a solo exhibition, “Ruptured Silence”, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. “Ruptured Silence” is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt “Ruptured Silence” as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects.

“Passing Point” by Eto Otitigbe

The exhibit is on view from Mar. 5 through  Apr. 19, 2015. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, Mar, 5, 2015, from 7-9pm. Reception admission free to 701 CCA Members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs”, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs” will be performed Mar. 27 and 28, 2015, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on Mar. 19, 1-5pm.

“Spray” by Eto Otitigbe

During his residency, which ends Mar. 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, “Passing Point”, for outside on the Wayne Street side of 701 Whaley. “Passing Point”, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on “Passing Point”, Sunday, Mar. 15, 3pm.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few.

Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003).  He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012).

701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor in Columbia, SC 29201

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.

For further inquiries, contact by e-mail at (, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (


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