LOOKING TO SEE is a program providing structured guided tours and educational outreach to the general public, with a focus on K-12 schools, after-school programs, and community organizations. The Halsey is committed to increasing community engagement while providing greater access to contemporary art, and the program is open to all interested groups and schools FREE of charge. The program also offers travel subsidies to schools/groups that demonstrate an economic or geographic disadvantage.

Tours are led by experienced guides and can be adapted to follow specific content or course objectives as well as geared towards any age. Our discussion-based tours help students learn how to look closely, think critically, and engage with concepts and ideas related to art and their personal experiences. Through group conversations students learn about the objects in the exhibition and also gain an understanding of the context for the work and related themes and ideas.

The Looking to See program would not be possible without the talent and hard work of our tour guides. Thank you Diane Aghapour, Tyler Blanton, Sandra Brett, Dave English, Taylor Fischer, Amanda Gehman, Anne Janas, School of the Arts Dean Valerie Morris, Ruth Rambo, Karen Thompson, Linnie Trettin, and Jan Welborn!

Request a tour by contacting Lizz Biswell at or call (843) 953 5957.


ARTIST LECTURES accompany each exhibition the Halsey Institute originates. When possible, the lectures take place within the exhibition in the form of a gallery walk-through with the artist and curator. Check out all upcoming artist lectures and additional exhibition programming here.

FILM SCREENINGS are scheduled throughout the year and are free and open to the public. We show independent films, and the subject matter varies greatly, but the filmmaker is often in attendance for Q & A and discussion. Check our film page for information on upcoming films.

BIBLIOTECA is the Halsey Institute reference library that is open to the public for browsing. Biblioteca contains exhibition catalogues, art history books, artist monographs, rare books and books on uncommon topics. This is a non-lending library that offers a cornucopia of inspiration for those interested in visual culture.

EDUCATIONAL BROCHURES are often created to accompany our exhibitions to assist visitors in their understanding and appreciation of the artist's works on view. We've made these guides available online so you can revisit all your favorite past exhibitions and continue to learn about our shows.

Rebound | May 2013 - click [HERE] to download 
Yaakov Israel | Sept 2013 - click [HERE] to download
Kathleen Robbins | Sept 2013 - click [HERE] to download
Renee Stout | Oct 2013 - click [HERE] to download
Picasso | Oct 2014 - click [HERE] to download
Jumaadi | Oct 2014 - click [HERE] to download
Pat Potter | Jan 2015 - click [HERE] to download
Alyson Shotz | May 2015 - click [HERE] to download
Lonnie Holley | Sept 2015 - click [HERE] to download
Jiha Moon | Oct 2015 - click [HERE] to download
Susan Klein | Oct 2015 - click [HERE] to download
Correspondence Art | Jan 2016 - click [HERE] to download
Erwin Redl | May 2016 - click [HERE] to download
Fahamu Pecou | Aug 2016 - click [HERE] to download

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Looking to See is generously supported by the Henry Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.

We had a great time – the tour guides did a wonderful job bringing the exhibition to life for our students.
Sara Peck, Write of Summer camp, Blue Bicycle Books

I was pleasantly surprised to see how engaged six 7-11 year old boys cold be in an art museum! The docents were very patient with the group and excellent tour guides!
Starr Jordan, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Loved the activity at the end – it was a related to the exhibit so we were able to get a hands-on feel without touching the exhibit!
Summer camp counselor 2013, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

I think we all walked away in awe. It really was a great experience. Wonderful show, brilliant artist and wonderful tour guide.
Carla Marchione, Art Institute of Charleston

Our students came away with an amazing experience that they spoke about weeks after the visit. 
Ashley Wyrick, Wando High School

Community Partners 2017