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

March 18, 2015

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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 (www.eventbrite.com/e/native-and-now-an-evening-with-dark-water-rising-tickets-16140946004). 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.

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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 (lbrock@cfma.sc.gov) 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

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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.

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“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 (www.columbiamuseum.org).

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

March 5, 2015

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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.

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“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.

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“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 (info@701cca.org), call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Art Day – Mar. 7, 2015

February 28, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, from 10am– 4pm. The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.

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Part of the installation piece by Jonathan Brilliant

Art Day offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Carolina art and artists with live, unique and interactive opportunities throughout the day. Several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe,” will be onsite representing their work, including Jonathan Brilliant, who is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by partaking in the breakdown of his massive installation made up of 50,000 coffee stirrers held together by tension. In addition, Jon Prichard and Will Johnson will present their multidisciplinary ritual performance art piece, “Color Code.” Printmaker Gene Speer and ceramist Virginia Scotchie will also be onsite discussing their work. “Building a Universe,” closing Saturday, Mar. 15, features original work from a variety of South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The day will also feature live plein air painting from members of About Face, a group representing a wide range of ages and abilities, and demonstrations of pottery, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and painting by South Carolina artists. Throughout the day there will be special guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, which include more than 4,000 works of art dating between 1590 to present, live music and a variety of “creation stations” in which guests can participate in hands-on art projects inspired by the State Museum’s collection.

“South Carolina is culturally diverse and has an incredible visual representation that spans more than 300 years,” said Paul Matheny, State Museum chief curator of collections. “Art Day is a celebration of the many great artists from our state and the works they have produced and continue to produce every day.”

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Work by William Halsey

“Halsey 100,” a new mini-exhibit that examines the work of Charleston artist William Halsey in the 100th anniversary year of his birth will open during Art Day. The exhibit includes original works of art that look into the important career of Halsey, who was a pioneer of contemporary art in the Palmetto State and helped pave the way for other contemporary artists. For those looking to take home a piece of art, there will be a Guy Lipscomb art sale, in which all proceeds will benefit the South Carolina State Museum Foundation.

In addition to the excitement at Art Day, the museum will open its doors the day before to aspiring art students at the second annual College Art Day on Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, from 10am – 2pm. Aspiring art students will meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying art degrees in their professions.  Advance reservation is required. To sign up, call 803/898-4999 or e-mail to (groupvisits@scmuseum.org).

Both Art Day and College Art Day are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  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 opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

List Revealed for Columbia Open Studios Tour, Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, on Apr. 11-12, 2015

February 28, 2015

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The roster of 41 participating visual artists, including 7 newcomers, has been released for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. The free, self-led driving tour of artists’ studios will take place Apr. 11 and 12, 2015 across Richland and Lexington Counties.

Now in its fifth year as a signature event presented by 701 CCA, the popular, self-guided tour opens the doors of visual artists’ working studios across the Midlands. Thanks to major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County and other sponsors, visitors enjoy free admission to all studios, and artists keep 100% of artwork sales.

701 CCA will host a #ColaOpenStudios tour stop as well. Polymedia artist Eto Otitigbe will appear live while creating new work throughout the weekend in the 701 CCA gallery at 701 Whaley. Otitigbe is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY, and Austin, TX, whose sculpture, performance and installation work investigates issues of race, technology, politics and human interaction.

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Participating Artists.

The 7 artists who are new to the tour are marked in bold italics. The 4 artists who are returning after a two-year or longer hiatus are marked in italics. (41 total.)

Christy Aitken

Jeremy Butler

Nancy Butterworth

Khris Coolidge

Michael Donkle

Clark Ellefson

Renea Eshleman

Betty Evans

Henry Foster

Diane Gilbert

Ron Hagell

Lyssa Harvey

Mary Ann Haven

Ruby Haydock-Deloach

Howard Hunt

Judy Bolton Jarrett

Russell Jeffcoat

Alicia Leeke

Susan Lenz

Patrick Mahoney

Sean McGuinness

Regina Moody

Julia Moore

One Eared Cow Glass

Patrick Parise

Carol Pittman

Marie Powell

Carolyn F. Ramsey

Dave Robbins

Jane Schwantes

John & Venetia Sharpe

Kelly and J. Spencer Shull

Marian Soule

Laura Spong

Curran Stone

Jan Swanson

Christian Thee

Kathryn Van Aernum

Carey Weathers

Charlene Wells

Ellen Emerson Yaghjian

Details and full guide will be available at (http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art will host a Preview Party for Columbia Open Studios on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7-9pm on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley, next to the 701 CCA gallery. DJ Irv of Art Bar Fridays fame will spin, and guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

About 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, Apr. 11-12, 2015

Preview Party Thursday, Apr. 9, from 7-9pm at 701 CCA

Saturday, Apr. 11: 10am – 6pm

Sunday, Apr. 12: noon – 6pm

This free, self-led driving tour of fine artists’ studios throughout the city of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties showcases the Midlands’ talented visual art community. Artists will open their studios and be on hand to share their personal stories, backgrounds and inspirations as well as introduce visitors to techniques and tools specific to their trade. Artists’ work will be available for purchase with no markup. Visit Columbia Open Studios for more information on participating artists and to map out your Columbia Open Studios tour.

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Facebook event:

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About 701 CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit 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 via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit (http://www.701cca.org).

Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/701CCA)

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Hashtag: #ColaOpenStudios

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Features Tim Floyd for Its New Meeting – Mar. 14, 2015

February 20, 2015

Tim Floyd will present a talk on creating your art plan and finding purpose and meaning at the meeting of the Log Cabin Art Guild at 10am, Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC. Refreshments begin at 9:30am.

Floyd serves currently is Creative Director for the largest hospital system in South Carolina, Palmetto Health. He studied fine art, photography and earned a BA in advertising design. After he graduated he worked as a designer for the University of South Carolina, as Art Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield, and was Media buyer and design manager at Midlands Technical College.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers “ArtBreak” Lecture with Ward Briggs and Louise Fry Scudder – Feb. 10, 2015

January 30, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents “ArtBreak: Art and Myth with Classicist Ward Briggs,” continuing the new series of unique art talks, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 10:30am to noon. “ArtBreak” is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker, typically from outside the art world, who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, Ward Briggs, Carolina distinguished professor of classics and Louise Fry Scudder professor of humanities emeritus, discusses mythology and its impact on art through the ages.

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“Join me for an exploration of the gods and mortals in antiquity and beyond found in the CMA collection,” says Briggs. “I will discuss mythology illustrated in the ancient and contemporary renditions at the museum and how some stories waxed and waned as subjects through the ages while others remained enormously popular through Renaissance and later painting.”

Briggs served as Carolina distinguished professor of classics and Louise Fry Scudder professor of humanities emeritus at the University of South Carolina until 2011. He has published widely in the field of classics, with particular attention to Roman authors and the history of classical studies in the US.

Briggs lends his years of classical scholarship to a fascinating discussion connecting mythology and the art at the CMA. Begin the morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café by Drip before the program.

Upcoming ArtBreaks are on the following Tuesdays:

March 17 – The Music of the 1893 World’s Fair with CMA Adjunct Curator of Music Peter Hoyt

May 12 – The Victorian Language of Flowers with Horticulturalist Amanda McNulty

June 16 – Warhol and Printmaking with Art Historian Brad Collins

Pop-up cafe begins at 10:30am. Program begins at 11am. Free with membership or admission.

For more information call 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia, SC, Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia – Symposium and Ceremony Held on Feb. 17, 2015

January 30, 2015

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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, SC, Columbia’s cultural institutions have come together to present a full day of events on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, exploring the events of Feb. 17, 1865, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the burning of South Carolina’s capital city.

The day will begin at 9am with Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal, a symposium featuring scholars and authors discussing the burning of Columbia and civic dialogue on difficult pasts, as well as a period luncheon and presentation on 19th-century foodways. At 4pm, the SC Department of Archives and History will unveil the official historical marker for the burning on the 1200 block of Main Street. At 5pm, the official commemoration ceremony will be held in Boyd Plaza, featuring speakers, music, poets and the premier of two performance art pieces created for the occasion. Following the ceremony, attendees can explore exhibits, performances, readings and more on Main Street.

“The University of South Carolina, with its outstanding public history program, excellent faculty, and commitment to university-community partnerships, takes seriously its responsibility to work with citizens and scholars to help puzzle through a fraught and difficult chapter of our city’s, our region’s, and our nation’s past with the best research and interpretive framework available,” said Jessica Elfenbein, senior associate dean of the University of South Carolina Graduate School.

Although often overshadowed in the popular imagination by the burning of Atlanta, GA, the burning of Columbia, SC on the evening of Feb. 17, 1865, was a major event in American history and a defining moment in the history of the state, city and the Civil War. Through a multi-disciplinary coalition of organizations and agencies, a two-month-long initiative is currently underway to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the burning through lectures, tours, films, exhibits, literature, public discussions and visual and performing arts. The events planned for Tuesday, Feb. 17 are below. Find more information and a full list of commemorative events at (www.BurningofColumbia.com).

“The commemoration events on Feb. 17 help us as Columbians reflect on the impact of the events of 150 years ago and explore Columbia’s identity through historic recollection and artistic interpretation,” said Lee Snelgrove, executive director of One Columbia for Arts and History. “And, the events will emphasize to those visiting that Columbia continues to emergence as a modern, thriving capital city.”

Tuesday, Feb. 17 Events:

Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal – Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC – Presented by the University of South Carolina’s History Center, Institute for Southern Studies and Graduate School; Columbia Museum of Art; and Historic Columbia. Registration is required for all sessions. Register at (www.BurningofColumbia.com).

9 – 11:30am – Panel Discussion on the Burning of Columbia – Free session – By bringing in scholars who are generating new work on the burning of Columbia, our goal is to shed fresh light on the meaning of the events of February 17, 1865 as an example of urban disaster and recovery. The arrival of the Union army marked a day of jubilant emancipation for blacks, thousands of whom followed in the wake of Sherman’s advance northward. These and other topics, including the evolution of modern warfare, will be discussed.

Moderator: Dr. Don Doyle, University of South Carolina

Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, author, “Through the Heart of Dixie, Sherman’s March and American Memory”

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, Historista.com and author of “Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War”.

Caitlin Verboon, Yale University, author, “Urban Encounters: Race, Space, and Citizenship Struggles in Southern Cities, 1865-1877”

Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina, author, “Civil War Canon: The Emplacement of Confederate Memory in South Carolina”.

12pm – Presentation on mid-to-late-19th-century foodways by Dr. David Shields, University of South Carolina, with period appropriate meal by Scott Hall Catering. The luncheon is $30 to attend.

2 – 4pm – Dr. Tom Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania) will lead this discussion looking at the role of public history/public intellectuals in shaping and advancing civic dialogue to deal with difficult pasts, as well as the role of the academy in preparing students for community and public engagement. Free session.

4pm – Burning of Columbia Historical Marker Unveiling, 1200 Block of Main Street, Columbia, SC. Free and open to the public.

5pm – Columbia Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main Street. Free and open to the public. Join us for a commemoration of one of the most significant events leading to the end of the Civil War, of the destruction of the city and the suffering endured by SC and its citizens during Sherman’s March, but also pointing to a rebirth of both Columbia, SC and the nation, unified and free, that led to the prosperity and freedoms we enjoy today. Featuring comments by elected officials and historians; performances by Benedict College Concert Choir, Sandlapper Singers; a reading by Columbia’s Poet Laureate; and new performance art works by Candice Ivy, Martha Brim and Kimi Maeda, the Columbia, SC community will reflect on this defining moment in the city’s history. Following the commemoration ceremony, explore exhibits, performances, tours, music, readings and more on Main Street.

7pm – Readings from Jasper Magazine’s Art from the Ashes Monograph

7pm – Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main Street, Columbia, SC
Poets and prose writers will read their unique literary reactions to the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia from Art from the Ashes, a juried monograph publication, released in conjunction with a visual art exhibition of the same name to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

8pm – Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main Street, Columbia, SC
“Cleaning up the Dirty South” performed live by THE Dubber is an American journey through the deep south, distinctively slinky, percussive style affects a jazzy, dub-inflected funk-hop swagger that combines smirking island charm, surprisingly intricate playing, and a casual, speak-sing manner reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron.

Open Exhibits on Main Street – “Impressions of Chimneyville: Columbia’s Civil War Destruction by Historic Columbia,” on display through Mar. 31, 2015, at the Gallery at City Hall, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, SC. After the Burning of Columbia, citizens came to identify their hometown by the remnants of buildings that dotted its skyline. Columbia’s physical transformation is shown through historical images and descriptions in this exhibit.

“Art from the Ashes: Columbia Artists Respond to the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Their City,” sponsored by Jasper Magazine, on display Feb. 1 – 28, 2015, at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main Street, Columbia, SC. Literary and visual artists respond to the 1865 Burning of Columbia, particularly the role and activities of civilian women and men and other individuals already marginalized in the culture of the time, and the effects of the burning on these individuals and groups.

Columbia Commemorates is a multi-disciplinary coalition comprised of Midlands and statewide organizations formed to plan and implement a citywide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Through lectures; tours; film; visual, literary and performing arts; exhibits; public discussion; and large public gatherings, Columbia Commemorates will explore the events of Feb. 17, 1865, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the burning of South Carolina’s capital city. This commemoration is made possible by The Humanities CouncilSC, South Carolina Arts Commission and Chernoff Newman.

For more information about the commemoration and a calendar of events, please visit (www.BurningofColumbia.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Presents Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty – Feb. 6, 2015

January 30, 2015

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The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty on Feb. 6, 2015, from 3:30–5pm in the Museum’s second floor south gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

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Today, the ability of artists to express themselves through their work is often taken for granted. Many indigenous artists, however, confront challenges in the creation and display of their works. Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty will focus on these challenges, addressing topics such as: who has the power to control artistic expression, how indigenous artists use their power to address issues that face American Indians, and the power of indigenizing the curation process.

The program will involve a series of presentations by leading national and regional scholars including: Gabrielle Tayac of the National Museum of the American Indian, Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Nancy Palm of the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, and Christopher Olszewski of the Savannah College of Art and Design.  The presentations will be moderated by Stephen Criswell, director of the Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina – Lancaster.

“This program presents a fascinating opportunity to understand the various issues associated with American Indian artists and artistic expression in the contexts of traditional and contemporary art,” says Doug Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director. “Importantly, the presenters involved are not only well-respected scholars and artists, but several are members of Native American tribes. These experiences provide invaluable perspectives to the goals of this event.”

Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty is the fourth public program for McKissick’s exhibit “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”. This program is presented in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

McKissick Museum 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.

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

Participants Wanted for Art Performance for Burning of Columbia Commemoration Ceremony in Columbia, SC

January 22, 2015

Midlands, SC, residents are invited to be a part of a new art performance event to be created for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, SC. Created and facilitated by South Carolina artist Candice Ivy, “Crossings” will be held on Columbia’s Main Street on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, closing the official commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.

The mission of the performance is to express the collective voice of participants through action and sound, symbolically recalling our inter-connected past with our present experience of local history. During the performance, participants will collaborate with the artist to work symbolically with sound, cloth, water and ash sourced from the remains of two historic homes. The goal will be to collectively create and hold a respectful space that reflects an acknowledgement of history’s continual presence within people, place and culture.

Anyone, regardless of background who would like to share their personal story may volunteer to participate. This performance is largely dependent upon the collective and diverse voices of the community to be successful. Narratives can be open in content, but should speak to each individual’s personal experience related to the traces of the Civil War in the South, not excluding stories connected to the range of complexities, sensitivities and divides connected to this shared history.

In preparation for the event, volunteers are invited to participate in several activities as a means to share their stories, connect with the artist, and each other. In part one of these preparatory meetings, participants are asked to bring any small object that connects them to their story. This performance pays reverential acknowledgement to our collective experiences. All potential participants are asked to bring their stories with openness and respect.

Meetings will take place at The Big Apple, located at 1000 Hampton Street in downtown Columbia, SC, and will be held at 6pm on Feb. 9, 11, 13 and 16, 2015. Participants are required to attend both the first and last meetings as well as the performance on the evening of Feb. 17, 2015.

Columbia Commemorates is a multi-disciplinary coalition comprised of Midlands and statewide organizations formed to plan and implement a citywide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Through lectures; tours; film; visual, literary and performing arts; exhibits; public discussion; and large public gatherings, Columbia Commemorates will explore the events of Feb. 17, 1865, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the burning of South Carolina’s capital city. This commemoration is made possible by The Humanities CouncilSC, South Carolina Arts Commission and Chernoff Newman. For more information about the commemoration and a calendar of events, please visit (www.BurningofColumbia.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, e-mail to (candiceivy@gmail.com). To sign up, visit (www.BurningofColumbia.com).


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