Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Columbia SC’

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 (

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

June 17, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will Offer a Gallery Talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo – June 20, 2015

June 16, 2015

if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will offer a gallery talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 2pm in conjunction with the
exhibition “Peter Lenzo & Joe Scotchie-Lenzo: Origins 2000 – 2002”, on view through June 27, 2015.


if ART Gallery is located at 1223 Lincoln Street, in the Vista, in Columbia, SC.

For further info call 803/238-2351 or e-mail to (

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.

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