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  • RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

    Halsey receives $10,000 NEA grant | Mon. Dec. 12, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is $10,000 richer, thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts. The organization’s Challenge America Fast-Track program awards grants to small and mid-sized arts organizations around the country, particularly places that bring the arts to underserved audiences. The Halsey is one of 162 winners in 46 states.

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    Tanja Softic and Hamid Rahmanian share their migration stories | Tue. Dec. 6, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    If Tanja Softic and Hamid Rahmanian have one thing in common other than their immigration to the United States, it’s their belief that everyone can relate to the experience of an immigrant.

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    NASA-funded Halsey exhibit explores lunar history | Wed. Nov. 9, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Galileo created the first telescope in the 17th century, and now, 400 years later, we’ve got Google Moon, an application that allows users to get a live satellite view of the lunar surface. In 2009, scientists found water on the moon, and College of Charleston Professor Cassandra Runyon was one of the lead scientists in the discovery. The following spring, she received a NASA grant to mount a moon exhibition, and she asked Halsey director Mark Sloan to curate. The result is the Halsey’s large-scale exhibition, From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration, which offers viewers a comprehensive examination of our relationship with our “sister sphere.”

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    Lunar exploration | Sun. Nov. 6, 2011

    Charleston Post and Courier

    The notion that there is a great, yawning chasm separating art and science dissolves, like most misperceptions, under close inspection.

    As ways of experiencing — and deciphering — the cosmos, they can be complementary. Especially when the subject of scrutiny is a neighboring body we thought we knew so well: the moon.

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics and the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library offer an object lesson in this fruitful interaction beginning Saturday when they unveil “From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration.”

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    Artists Steve Johnson and Bob Ray check in at the Halsey | Wed. Aug. 24, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Inspiration can come from any number of sources, but for Bob Ray and Steve Johnson, the unexpected often provides the most interesting fodder, whether it’s a rat caught in a cage or a homeless man in Chinatown. In the Halsey’s most recent pair of exhibitions, the artists will reveal the roots of their influence.

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    Halsey debuts 2 exhibits | Wed. Aug. 24, 2011

    Charleston Scene

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston usually puts together some interesting exhibits. And the duo lineup of shows opening this weekend certainly fits the bill of “interesting”. Well-known artist Steve Johnson, who is from Arizona and California, has merged drawing and painting on wood panels in his exhibit, “From the Ground Up.” 

    “One of my objectives as an artist is to bridge conflicting views by revealing shared concerns and common ground,” Johnson says. “The basic desire to find and maintain security, whether in a home, job or relationship, in a forever shifting landscape can create more losers than winners.

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    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Shows Works by Bob Ray & Steve Johnson | Fri. Aug. 19, 2011

    Art Knowledge News

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions, “White Days Unswallowed” by Bob Ray and “From the Ground Up” by Steve Johnson. The exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, August 26th from 5 until 7pm and run through October 7th. Prior to the public reception, the community is invited to a gallery walk-through with Bob Ray and Director/Senior Curator Mark Sloan at 4:30pm. During the opening reception, Bob Ray and his son will debut an original performance entitled “White Days Unswallowed”. Visitors will have the chance to hear Steve Johnson speak about his work on Saturday, August 27th at 2:30pm inside the Halsey Institute’s galleries. Throughout the exhibition, guided group tours will be offered. All events are free with the public encouraged to attend.

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    Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts | Fri. Aug. 19, 2011

    Smithsonian Magazine

    The Halsey Institute is committed to providing a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education. In addition to producing exhibitions, lectures, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website, the Halsey serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College of Charleston and as a cultural resource for the region.

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    The visual arts scene heats up during Spoleto | Fri. Jun. 3, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Don’t be boring. That’s what Spoleto Festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti demanded of his staff. And for 35 years, the festival has responded to that challenge with innovative theater, music, dance, and visual art, usually in that order. As traditional festival underdogs, the visual arts offerings seem to fluctuate each year. Some are stronger than others, and festival-goers will remember Nigel Redden’s 1991 site-specific Places with a Past; that season was particularly strong for visual arts at Spoleto. This year, a few local galleries (some official, some not) have succeeded in taking Menotti’s mantra to heart.

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    Kcymaerxthaere | Sun. May. 29, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Daunted by the title? You should be. Kcymaerxthaere is an incredibly imaginative, genre-bending project by Eames Demetrios, grandson of feted design duo Charles and Ray Eames. It’s an ever-growing alternate universe linked to ours by plaques and artifacts.

    Bring your imagination. Everything about Kcymaerxthaere aims to get viewers thinking outside the box. “In art there are many self made worlds, with people creating their own universe,” says Halsey Director Mark Sloan. “This guy literally created a separate world.”

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    Kcymaerxthaere and Winter Stories take visitors on an adventure | Sun. May. 29, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    A mythical character is blown into obliteration in the Charleston Harbor while visionaries hide out on the grounds of the Old City Jail in Eames Demetrios’ parallel world, Kcymaerxthaere. Meanwhile, across the Halsey gallery, circus performers breathe fire, walk the tightrope, and swallow swords in Paolo Ventura’s fantastical Winter Stories. The opposite of reality TV, these dual exhibits at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art blur the lines between fact and fiction, inviting the viewer to step outside their comfort zone.

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    Eames Demetrios shares his otherworldly stories | Sun. May. 29, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    On Saturday afternoon, Eames Demetrios hosted a casual lecture about his project Kcymaerxthaere at the Old City Jail. A curious crowd gathered under the oak trees hoping to glean some insight into the artist’s fictional alternative universe and see the unveiling of his latest plaque. I can’t say I feel much more knowledgeable about the project after hearing Demetrios speak, but I do know how to pronounce it now: Ki-mer-ix-theer.

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    Some artists fly higher than others in Under the Radar | Sun. May. 29, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    An eclectic crowd filled into the City Gallery Thursday night for the opening of Contemporary Charleston: Under the Radar. The exhibition showcases the talents of eight up-and-coming local artists offering a range of different but complementary works. The work of so many artists in one space could overwhelm, but City Gallery has managed to present it in a way that is seamless and balanced.

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    Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar | Thu. May. 26, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    On view at the City Gallery is the annual Contemporary Charleston element of Piccolo Spoleto. For the sixth year running, the event has highlighted work of lesser known, up-and-coming contemporary artists of the Lowcountry. This year’s exhibition had submissions from 170 artists, and a panel of judges selected eight winners. A selection of work from each artist is on view and ranges from large-scale sculptural installations to mixed media works, paintings, drawings, and textile art.

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    Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories | Thu. May. 26, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Paolo Ventura digs back into childhood dreamtime by building miniature sets of small Italian towns and making large photos of them. The result is a lush and contemplative body of work that may inspire you.

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    Mapping out your visual arts openings plan of attack | Thu. May. 26, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    Spoleto doesn’t technically start until Friday, but it unofficially begins on Thursday. We’ll see preview performances of Khmeropedies, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Red Shoes. And then there are the opening receptions for a slew of art exhibits. Fitting them all in will take some seriously smart scheduling and wine chugging.

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    An ambitious artist links Charleston to his living novel | Wed. May. 25, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    We’re raised to identify objects and process them in a practical fashion. If we’re crossing a street and a car approaches, we’re programmed to tread cautiously. If a pan sizzles, we don’t grab it with both hands. We’re so focused on life’s prickly realities that we rarely spare a thought for what isn’t there and what could be.

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    Piccolo and Spoleto art roundup Festivals go out of this world and stay ‘Under the Radar’ | Wed. May. 25, 2011

    Charleston Scene

    It’s festival time again in Charleston! Get ready for multiple cocktail parties, lots of performances and tons of visual art. It seems that the visual arts are especially ramped up this year. In addition to all the artists battling the sun on a daily basis at Marion Square, there are so many other things taking place, pretty much everywhere. Don’t worry — you can sleep on June 13.

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    Who is Don ZanFagna? | Tue. May. 17, 2011

    Charleston Magazine

    There were boxes upon boxes, then more boxes. Crates stacked on crates. Inside were carefully wrapped canvases, delicate collages, various sculptures, Plexiglas installations. Watercolors, pen washes, oils, and charcoals; woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and trays upon trays of 35 mm slides. Paintings with 1950s museum tags still on them. And journals. Shelves of dated and numbered journals—six decades worth of ideas, sketches, designs, questions, commentary, to-do lists (“measure the Hudson River”), scattered thoughts, scribbled dreams, articulate rants, and gorgeously rendered fantasies. An artist’s frisky and fantastic mind spilled out on pages and pages, a compulsive creator’s catalogued journey.

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    Internationally acclaimed artist brings innovative style to Richmond | Mon. May. 9, 2011

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Close your eyes and picture an artist painting a landscape. You might see someone quietly seated in a sun-dappled meadow, brush in hand, serenely contemplating the beauty of nature.

    Leslie Wayne is not that artist.

    For her, landscape painting is a physical process. She pushes, she pulls, she slices, she scrapes and she scores the paint, all without benefit of a brush. 

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    Halsey welcomes the Art-O-Mat inventor | Tue. Mar. 22, 2011

    Charleston City Paper

    You know you’re dating yourself if you can remember the days when you could deposit a handful of change into a cigarette machine, pull the thick knob of your choice, reach your hand under the cold swinging door, and wait for the thunk of a tightly packed box of smokes. These machines were clunky, heavy on top with thin legs at the bottom, and usually positioned near the pay phone in the back corner of a bowling alley. As the years progressed and smoking lost its glamorous air, these machines slowly disappeared. They were no longer cool; they were relics from our country’s unhealthy past. Until Clark Whittington came along.

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    Wando students get artsy | Tue. Mar. 22, 2011

    Moultrie News

    Wando High students are immersing themselves in the arts. Eighty students recently spent the day touring The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts, The Gibbes Museum of Art, as well as some time sketching outdoors.

    “Students also utilized time to sketch in the downtown area as a means to observe their local environment and gain inspiration for future projects,” explained Ashley Webb, Wando’s Dean of Arts and Humanities.

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    Building Up Layers: An interview with Leslie Wayne | Sat. Feb. 12, 2011

    Daily Serving

    Leslie Wayne wants viewers to feel the Earth’s compression and sense the subduction of geologic forces in her dimensional oil paintings. She layers vibrant and dissonant colors built through the structural qualities of paint. When the top layer is dry, she cuts, flips and sculpts the material to evoke the power of the natural world. A collection of the last five years of her work is currently being shown at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. Amy Mercer recently spoke to the artist, on behalf of DailyServing.com, about her process, the physicality of her materials, and the nature of her restlessness.

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    Artist captures natural world in sculptural paintings big, small | Sun. Jan. 16, 2011

    The Post & Courier

    Exulting in the embrace of nature, especially in what feels like its “primordial” state, can be a spiritual experience having little to do with religion.

    It is this secular immersion in the natural world, alloyed with an abstract response to 19th-century Romantic landscape painting, that informs the work of New York artist Leslie Wayne. 

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    Halsey honored for Aldwyth catalog | Sun. Jan. 2, 2011

    The Post & Courier

    The Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston School of the Arts has received the 26th annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Award for outstanding exhibition catalog for the publication “Aldwyth: work v. / work n.: Collage and Assemblage, 1991-2009.”

    The 112-page catalog was designed by Gil Shuler of Gil Shuler Graphic Design, edited by Mark Sloan, with text by Sloan and Rosamond Purcell, and published by the Halsey Institute. 

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