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.

HALSEY TALKS: 5 Women Artists
Monday, March 27, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

In conjunction with Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists campaign by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Halsey Institute is hosting a discussion on what it means to be a woman working in the arts today in Charleston. Beginning by highlighting each of their own work, the participants will lead an informal discussion based on their own experiences as women artists.


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.


ARTIST TALKS | Young Contemporaries 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us on Saturday, April 1 at 2pm as a selection of the students who have work in the Young Contemporaries 2017 exhibition will discuss their work. 


HALSEY TALKS: Marian Mazzone
Thursday, April 6, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

For the next instance of our Halsey Talks series, Dr. Marian Mazzone wants to know: Is contemporary art a chaotic period with no sense of singular styles or cohesive agendas?

It seems to many people that the contemporary period is somehow different from other periods in art when styles were more consistent and criteria for quality clearer. Is this really the case? Dr. Mazzone will lead a discussion that delves into contemporary art and how it may be defined in the context of art history.


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 Johnson
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.


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.

Photographer Rachel Boillot will be featured at our Meet the Maker event on April 27, 2017. Boillot is one of the fifty-odd photographers who will be featured in the upcoming fall 2018 exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

Boillot is a photographer, documentary artist, and educator based in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Boillot has recently served as a Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Duke University and as a Multimedia Documentarian for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. Her work has been funded by the Annenberg Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga, TN), the Tennessee Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.). Boillot teaches in the Art Department at Lincoln Memorial University, serves as Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, directs the Cumberland Gap Folklife Project, and maintains her independent photography practice in East Tennessee.

Boillot’s photographs in Southbound will feature images from three different bodies of work: Post Script, which documents disappearing rural post offices and the communities they serve, Silent Ballad, which explores musical heritage in East Tennessee, and Despues del Dia, which looks at the dwelling places of migrant Hispanic farmworkers in North Carolina.


Community Partners 2017