Young Contemporaries

April 5 - May 4, 2013

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Young Contemporaries, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2013 Young Contemporaries exhibition, Minnesota based artist and curator Scott Stulen was chosen to select the student works. Local artist Hirona Matsuda selected 17 works to receive awards.  

We received a total of 616 submissions for the 2013 Young Contemporaries exhibition. Scott Stulen, our 2013 juror, selected 79 works to be on view within the Halsey Institute galleries.

Students who were not accepted into the Young Contemporaries exhibition, had the chance to be selected by their professors for the Salon des Refusés, taking place in the Hill Gallery, located just outside the Halsey Institute. 30 works were selected for the Salon des Refusés.

Students who were not accepted into the Salon des Refusés, had the chance to be selected by their peers for the Salon des Refusés des Refusés, taking place in the VAC Gallery, located on the first floor of the Simons Center. 11 works were selected for the Salon des Refusés des Refusés.

The origin of the “Salon des Refusés” dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Notable painters in this “Salon des Refusés” were Pissaro, Latour, Whistler, and Manet.

These annual exhibitions are jointly produced by the Halsey Institute, the Studio Art Department, and the Student Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. The 2013 Young Contemporaries is dedicated to Dr. Norton Seltzer, who passed away last Fall. Norton was a tireless advocate for the potential of young artists.

Annual Student Exhibition

The annual exhibition shows off the brightest talents coming out of the college’s School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers.

2013 Juror | Scott Stulen

Scott Stulen is an artist, dj, curator and programmer. He is the Project Director of, an online art hub serving over 20,000 Midwest artists, Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers and former Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center (MN). He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 2004.  

He has developed innovative on and off-line programming including Community Supported Art (CSA) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, Open Field at the Walker Art Center, Drawing Club and the first Internet Cat Video Festival. His has curated exhibitions and programs at The Rochester Art Center, Walker Art Center, The Soap Factory, Soo Visual Art Center, TuckUnder Gallery and Northern Spark Festival.  Scott is the co-founder of the SELLOUT gallery and has served on the board of the Soap Factory. Stulen has presented at TEDx Indy, IN; SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX; and the upcoming Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR.

Stulen’s visual artwork explores personal and collective memory, pop culture, failure, loss and obsession through painting, sculpture, installation and video. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2004 Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize, 2005 and 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and 2008 Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections Grant.  Scott exhibits throughout the country including recent solo exhibitions Wait for It, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN;  Kool Aid Drunk at ebersmoore gallery, Chicago, IL; Why are you making me sad at the 9th Street Gallery, St. Paul, MN; and Lead Guitar, No Vocals at St. Cloud State University. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Weisman Art Museum and University of Minnesota. His work was selected for inclusion in the juried national publication New American Paintings in both 2004 and 2007. He also performs as a DJ and electronic musician under the name Black Lacquer. More information can be found at  or @middlewest

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