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.

EXHIBITION OPENING | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

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.  


SGRAFFITO WORKSHOP | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Saturday, May 20, 2pm
Charleston Farmer's Market, Marion Square

Stop by our table at the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square on Saturday, May 20 from 10am-12pm for a family-friendly Sgraffito Workshop with Tom Stanley. With his work featured at the Halsey Institute in Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface, Stanley will be on hand to help demonstrate his sgraffito technique, in which an artist scratches off a top layer of paint to reveal layers underneath. We will be using kid-friendly scratchboards, so there is no need to bring your own supplies. Stanley will also be demonstrating the technique with paint.

Once you are well-versed in the age-old technique of sgraffito, stop by the Halsey Institute to check out how Stanley utilizes it in his own paintings.


ARTIST TALK AND GALLERY WALKTHROUGH | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Saturday, June 17, 2pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 2pm for an artist talk and gallery walkthrough with Tom Stanley for his exhibition at the Halsey Institute Scratching the Surface.


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