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    The Halsey’s 2017 fall programs highlight human behavior and its effects on the environment | Fri. Aug. 18, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art announces a fall season teeming with exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, special member events, and discussions. From American purgatory to mountain peaks to trash as treasure, the Halsey’s programming is as diverse as it is universal — check out the full lineup below.


    Halsey Institute receives $15,000 grant from the NEA for Roberto Diago exhibit | Wed. Jun. 21, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    The College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has received a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for a 2018 exhibition of Cuban artist Roberto Diago’s work, which focuses on racism and the traces of slavery in the Caribbean.

    The exhibit is part of the special classes, performances, and events surrounding Cuba en el Horizonte, the college’s semester-long interdisciplinary project. Diago’s status as a Cuban artist was a big draw, Mark Sloan, the director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute, says.

    “He is among the most prominent contemporary artists in Cuba, and an emerging voice on the global stage,” Sloan says. “We have a long history of introducing artists like this to the Charleston community.”


    Two exhibits offer intriguing looks at technique, color | Thu. Jun. 15, 2017

    Charleston Scene

    Tom Stanley, #1 from the series Red, White, and Black, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 68 inches. Courtesy the artist and the George Gallery, Charleston.

    With Piccolo Spoleto at an end, the official start of summer happening next week and the kids (hopefully) sent off to camp, it’s time to fill up your calendar with artistic summertime events. Don’t forget to visit our art galleries and events (and take the kids, too!) so those mental muscles don’t atrophy while school is out.

    This week the focus is on two events that extend and expand the boundaries of contemporary art and its universal elements. I’ve met a few people who are frightened by the notion of contemporary art, incorrectly assuming contemporary art is distant and filled with indecipherable, confusing or alienating imagery. But, like many of our assumptions, they can be proven wrong through experience. And one of the best experiences is to hear directly from the artist.

    Tom Stanley, whose exhibition “Scratching the Surface” is on display at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art through July 8, will be offering an artist talk and guided gallery walk at 2 p.m. Saturday. 

    Stanley uses sgraffito in his abstract paintings, a method that scratches a layer of paint on a work to reveal a layer underneath. The underneath layer is sometimes a differing color and gives the painting a depth and contrast you might not see otherwise.


    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Presents Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface | Fri. Jun. 9, 2017

    artGuide art news blog presents Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Associated with the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a leading contemporary exhibition space in South Carolina.  A top destination in the heart of Charleston, the Halsey is a must visit for any art patron.


    Tom Stanley’s sgraffito art is a mysterious world where nothing is really black-and-white | Tue. May. 23, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    When you walk into the Halsey this week, you’re being invited to solve a mystery.

    Tom Stanley’s paintings are a series of black-and-white rectangles etched with geometric shapes, tangled lines, boxy houses, and round-bellied boats. Coming face-to-face with his canvases feels like walking into a stark picture book co-created by Sweeney Todd and a young Frank Lloyd Wright. The works, produced over the last 14 years — while Stanley was doing double-duty as Chair of Winthrop University’s Department of Fine Arts — range from straightforward to mindfucking (in the best way).



    TOM STANLEY: Calm and Chaos | Thu. Apr. 20, 2017

    Art Mag

    Tom Stanley, ‘#1’, from the series Red, White, and Black, 2010, 48 x 68″, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

    Tom Stanley draws with paint. His work is graphic and he uses a limited palette of black, white and red, which he calls “the most useful colors.”

    He builds his own stretchers and often paints in the hallway outside his office/ studio at Winthrop University. Preferring to work on several pieces at once, Stanley paints one panel, takes it down, then moves onto another, and then another. This rotation allows him to be free from formulaic concerns.


    Chris Johnson’s Question Bridge brings divisions in African-American culture into focus | Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    When he was a child back in the mid-1960s, photographer, performance artist, and filmmaker Chris Johnson lived in Brooklyn. That was pre-gentrification Brooklyn, meaning that Johnson, whose family was solidly middle-class, was surrounded by other African Americans who were both wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated.

    “African Americans couldn’t buy property outside of a few exclusive neighborhoods like Harlem and Bed-Stuy in New York,” Johnson says. “So you had this rich mixture of different classes of African Americans living in close proximity. My family was middle-class, and I had doctors and lawyers living not too far away from me.”


    NMWA’s #5WomenArtists Campaign is Rousing Success | Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    520 national and international cultural institutions from seven continents and 30 countries participated in the second year of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) acclaimed #5WomenArtists social media campaign, which has just been awarded a 2017 American Alliance of Museums’ MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in media. NMWA, the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating women artists, champions women in the arts all year long, but in March, during Women’s History Month, the museum has an even greater opportunity to celebrate women artists.



    The Halsey hosts a discussion on what it means to be a woman in the arts next Mon. March 27 | Fri. Mar. 24, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    “Ask Your Mama” by Arianne King Comer, one of the five women artists speaking at The Halsey Mon. March 27

    At the beginning of the month, The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art joined the social media campaign #5womenartists; started by The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the goal of the campaign is to “call attention to the inequity women artists face, inspire conversation, and bring awareness to a larger audience.”

    On Mon., March 27, at 6 p.m. The Halsey will host five SC-based female artists — Michaela Pilar Brown, Arianne King Comer, Camela Guevara, Donna Cooper Hurt, and Kristi Ryba — who will each discuss their work and experience as women artists.


    The South’s Best City 2017: Charleston, South Carolina | Wed. Mar. 15, 2017

    Southern Living

    Jiha Moon, Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here, installation view, 2015. Courtesy the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Rick Rhodes.

    Charleston is having a moment. Again. Nearly 400 years after a group of enterprising colonists settled the jewel of the Lowcountry—a velveteen seaport that would come to be synonymous with Southern charm, skimmer boats, and the clip-clop of carriage tours—the Holy City continues to cast its spell on visitors far and wide.


    Halsey Institute Receives $1 Million Endowment Gift | Thu. Feb. 16, 2017

    The College Today

    (L-R) College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell, Jennifer A. Chalsty, Deborah Chalsty, Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

    This fall, the College of Charleston received a $1 million endowment in support of The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, announced Mark Sloan, the Halsey’s director and chief curator.  The donation is a gift from Deborah Chalsty, a member of the Halsey’s Advisory Board.

    “We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Deborah Chalsty, a longtime friend and advocate of the Halsey, and a committed champion of the visual arts,” said Sloan.

    “With the tremendous support of Deborah Chalsty, the Halsey can further its vital role as a creative force on our campus and in our community,” said President Glenn F. McConnell ’69.


    Charleston makes room for contemporary art | Sun. Feb. 12, 2017

    Post & Courier

    Erwin Redl, Rational Exuberance, installation view, 2016. Courtesy the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Rick Rhodes.

    Until recently, Charleston was not a place associated with contemporary art. Mostly it was known for its charming galleries on Broad Street and in the French Quarter, its pastel images, endearing church-steepled cityscapes and light-filled views of marshes and creeks and oyster beds.

    Other kinds of art could be found in town: still life paintings, some decorative abstract works, pictures made in the classical tradition, some portraits. The only place to go for a dose of contemporary art was the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston, which has long featured work by lesser-known and marginalized living artists.

    But that is changing.

    The Halsey still is a fountainhead of new art, especially now that it’s comfortably ensconced in the Cato Center for the Arts, which opened in 2010. On its firmer footing, director Mark Sloan has been able to show off some extraordinary artists. Local artists have declared repeatedly that Charleston never could have cultivated a contemporary arts scene without the presence of the Halsey.


    MODERNIST GETAWAY: Three Days to Explore Contemporary Charleston | Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

    Charleston CVB


    Fahamu Pecou, DO or DIE: Ritual, Affect, Resistance, installation view, 2016. Courtesy the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Rick Rhodes.

    Pop into the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art that serves as a multidisciplinary laboratory of sorts for visual artists.



    The Halsey hosts panel discussion in conjunction with ‘Ahead of the Wrecking Ball’ | Wed. Feb. 1, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    Charleston is often awarded titles such as the World’s No. 1 City or Most Beautiful City by Travel + Leisure Magazine. The world loves Charleston’s marriage of beautiful landscape and architecture with rich history. Historic preservation, the unsung hero of the Lowcountry’s fruitful tourism industry, works behind the curtains to maintain the city’s antebellum architectural integrity.

    In order to spotlight and debate emerging issues in preservation, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program at the College of Charleston present an exciting panel discussion: “Unfolding Perspectives In Preservation,” in conjunction with The Halsey’s current exhibition, Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston. The panelists include four architects and critics who will discuss unique aspects of preservation.


    Will Salvation Mountain find its savior? The quest to save the desert folk-art landmark | Sat. Jan. 28, 2017

    Los Angeles Times

    Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain near the Salton Sea, photographed in 2012. (Irfan Kahn / Los Angeles Times)

    The Halsey Institute’s Director and Chief Curator Mark Sloan is quoted in this LA Times article on self-taught artist Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain.

    People call it a mountain, but it’s just 150 feet across and five stories tall, jutting skyward like a candy-colored, Jesus-inspired hallucination brought to life on the subdued pastel palette of the desert. Created in a sustained fever dream by the self-taught artist Leonard Knight over nearly three decades, Salvation Mountain rose as a monument to individual fortitude and artistic inspiration, growing in significance and fame even after Knight died in 2014 at age 82.



    The Halsey debuts works about life in two cities | Thu. Jan. 26, 2017


    Anthony Dominguez, EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Rick Rhodes.

    Bold red and black lines intricately tell stories of a reality that many are unaware even exist. Imperfect lines form a Charleston house, often unnoticed by passerbys. Such lines made up the drawings in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibits. “Exit/Alive” by Anthony Dominguez and “Ahead of the Wrecking Ball” by Ronald Ramsey debuted on Jan. 20.



    Artists Anthony Dominguez and Ronald Ramsey find creativity in unexpected places | Wed. Jan. 18, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    In a way, Charleston artist Ronald Ramsey and the late New York artist Anthony Dominguez are products of their respective cities. Dominguez, who preferred the term “houseless” instead of “homeless,” created drawings and fabric designs inspired by his life on the streets that were alternately heartbreaking, nightmarish, and beautiful. One of his works might be an exaggerated, horrific portrait of a brutal police officer, or a jailed Statue of Liberty, or a lone skeleton watching the skies amid the columns of a building.

    Ramsey, who refers to himself as a preservationist rather than an artist, creates delicate, intricately precise drawings of old, dilapidated buildings as they might have looked in their prime, using both his own vivid imagination and meticulous research. His father worked for the City of Charleston’s Health Department, identifying buildings that were in substandard shape and needed to be torn down. That seems to be the root of Ramsey’s other artistic passion, preserving and restoring architectural hallmarks of the past, like window latches or doorknobs.


    ‘One-man preservation army’ Ronald Ramsey captures memories of Charleston’s changing cityscape | Tue. Jan. 17, 2017

    Post & Courier

    Photo: Adam Parker/Post & Courier

    It’s difficult at first to know what to make of it all. Ronald Wayne Ramsey is not your typical artist and not your typical preservationist.

    Yet Ramsey, a small fellow with a round head, thinning hair, a big smile and a way of talking that can be hard to understand, has been obsessively documenting old Charleston buildings for decades, creating intricate drawings, collecting objects from the sites and assembling newspaper clippings and other written records of what has transpired within the city’s landscape.

    When all this material was brought to the attention of Mark Sloan, director of the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, he didn’t quite know what he should do with it. When nearly two years ago he asked Ramsey’s friends and advocates at Hines Studios on upper King Street to display some of Ramsey’s vast collection of stuff in the shop so that it might be contemplated better, Sloan began to see the possibilities.


    EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez | Fri. Jan. 13, 2017

    The Art Mag

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston presents a solo exhibition entitled EXIT/ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez. On view from January 20 – March 4, 2017, EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez gathers a substantial body of art produced by Anthony Dominguez over 20 years leading up to his untimely death in 2014. Curated by guest curator Tom Patterson and conceived as a definitive overview, the exhibition brings together a representative sampling of works by this philosophically uncompromising, intentionally homeless artist, an idiosyncratic figure on the margins of society and the art world.


    Community Partners 2017