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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 (

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.


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