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.

Download a PDF of the calendar here.

Film Screening: Sign Painters
Thurs, March 19, 7PM
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney, and Stephen Powers. These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose that exemplifies the working-class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with an approach and an appreciation for balance between art and commerce.


Opening Reception for Young Contemporaries
Fri, April 3, 5-7PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Young Contemporaries opens on Friday, April 3. A reception from 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Icebox. The awards ceremony begins promptly at 6pm.


Gallery Walk-through with artists
Sat, April 4, 2PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

A gallery walk-through with a handful of the Young Contemporaries artists will be held within the Halsey’s galleries on Saturday, April 4, 2PM.


Film Screening: A/V Geeks
Thurs, April 9, 7PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, downtown Charleston

Skip Elsheimer is the founder and curator of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive – a collection of over 25,000 16mm educational films in Raleigh, NC. Most of the films have been rescued from libraries and schools that were throwing them out. He’s toured the country showing these films at universities, museums, galleries, clubs, and even on moving school buses. There are over 180 A/V Geeks DVD compilations available and more than 2,000 films and videos of the archive available online on YouTube and Archive.org. Skip has a chapter in Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2012) and is thinking seriously about doing a documentary on VD films. This screening will pair thematically with Young Contemporaries.


Miscellany Book Launch and Reading
Thurs, April 16, 5-7PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Miscellany, the College of Charleston’s literary magazine, seeks to showcase and celebrate the many and talented student artists and writers at our school. Each piece of work was reviewed and selected by the editor and the wonderful Miscellany student staff. Also, last year’s edition placed in the Gold at Columbia’s Scholastic Press Competition, recognizing Miscellany as one of the top college literary magazines in the country.


Lowcountry Giving Day
May 5

Lowcountry Giving Day is a local 24-hour online giving challenge sponsored by Coastal Community Foundation. This year the Halsey Institute is participating, and we need YOUR support! Your donation will be amplified by an incentive gift provided by generous donors.


Opening Reception for Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature
Thurs, May 21, 6:30 - 8PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature. The exhibition will be on view at the Halsey Institute May 22 – July 11, 2015. Admission to the galleries is free. The opening reception on Thursday, May 21, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Icebox.


Artist Lecture with Alyson Shotz
Fri, May 22, 2PM
Alumni Hall, School of Education at 86 Wentworth Street

A gallery walk-through with Alyson Shotz will be held within the Alumni Hall, School of Education at 86 Wentworth Street on Friday, May 22, 2PM.


Members-only walk-through of Force of Nature with Mark Sloan
Thurs, June 25, 6PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join the Halsey Institute staff and your fellow Halsey Institute members for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Beginning at 6pm, director and senior curator Mark Sloan will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature. Explore the exhibition, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/support/ or call Emily Rigsby at (843) 953-4422.


Community Partners 2015