The Halsey Institute produces several types of events throughout the year. These include an exciting mix of artist and curator lectures series, panel lectures, film screenings, concerts and exhibition openings. Most of our events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

View the calendar of events here.

Across the Threshold of India: Art, Women, and Culture – A lecture and book signing by Martha A. Strawn
January 31, 2017, 6:00 PM
Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents an evening with photographer and visual ecologist Martha A. Strawn on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Strawn will lecture on her new book Across the Threshold of India: Art, Women, and Culture, with a book signing and reception to follow. Free and open to the public.


Unfolding Perspectives in Preservation: a panel discussion
Saturday, February 11, 2:00PM
Alumni Memorial Hall, Randolph Hall, 66 George Street

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Historic Preservation & Community Planning program at the College of Charleston are glad to host a public roundtable discussion dedicated to new thinking on the topic of old architecture.  Held in conjunction with the Halsey Institute exhibition on the meticulously detailed architectural drawings and fabrications by Charleston native Ronald Ramsey, this roundtable is designed to highlight and debate emerging issues in preservation that are often ignored or poorly understood, even in Charleston.  From learning to how to see threatened elements of urban memory such as street pavements and small outbuildings, to the awkward topic of preserving modernist structures that have failed to earn public affection, we seek to expand debates on preservation into arenas illuminated by the art of Ronald Ramsey and by the work of our four guest speakers.


Tuesday, February 22, 2017, 5:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.
Halsey Institute Galleries

Artist Tom Stanley will be featured at our Meet the Maker event on February 21, 2017. A large selection of Stanley’s vivid paintings and drawings will be on view at the Halsey Institute during the showTom Stanley: Scratching the Surface, May 19 – July 8, 2017.

Over the past several decades, Tom Stanley has utilized sgraffito as a significant component of his abstract paintings. Popular in the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, sgraffito refers to the practice of scratching a layer of paint to reveal a contrasting layer beneath it. In his geometric abstractions, the sgraffito adds an inherently expressive quality, creating a contrast between the frenzied scratching and his clinically precise lines and forms. His works also explore the history of painting techniques: beyond sgraffito, his works often contain drips of paint evoking Abstract Expressionism, and his expressive lines recall Surrealist automatic drawing.  

Stanley’s abstractions draw on the forms of the world around him, typically including items like boats, ladders, water towers, and houses. In his recent Vessels series, his canvases riff on the motif of a boat, often portraying one of more such vessels amidst a plane of harried lines and sgraffito. Such a series emphasize the duality contained within his paintings: expressive yet measured, formally-engaged  yet conceptually-driven, abstract yet connected to reality.


EXHIBITION OPENING | Young Contemporaries 2017
Friday, March 31, 5:00-7:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us for the opening of Young Contemporaries 2017, our 32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition on Friday, March 31 5-7pm!

Each spring, current College of Charleston students, and recent grads, are eligible to submit their work to be considered for the Young Contemporaries exhibition. This gives them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2017 exhibition, visiting artist Josephine Halvorson has been chosen to select works.


Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2pm
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

In this illustrated talk, Chris Johnson will summarize a number of issues related to the history, creation and outcomes of the Question Bridge: Black Males project, which was recently inducted into the permanent collection of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.


In Transit: A lecture by Steve Johson
April 13, 2017, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

The focus of this lecture by Steve Johnson, Associate Professor of Drawing at the College of Charleston, is a body of work that was made during a nine month Fulbright-Nehru teaching fellowship in India. The small watercolors are a response to living and teaching in India, a country of relentless movement and saturated colors. While there, his eyes often fixed upon the small trucks and auto rickshaws racing around him during daily work commutes, inspiring many of the watercolors in this body of work. The travel photographs offer a sampling of the many sights and experiences that continue to enrich his studio practice.


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