OUR EXHIBITIONS ARCHIVES
The Halsey Institute hosts between five and seven exhibitions per year, highlighting adventurous contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists of national stature. All exhibitions are accompanied by extensive educational programming. In addition, the Halsey Institute has maintained a strong international component over the years, bringing in artists from all over the world for residencies, lectures, and exhibitions.
Poetic Visions focuses on two bodies of Lesley Dill’s work. Unified by their layers of words, figures, and symbolic imagery, the artworks in this exhibition underline Dill’s desire to render transcendental experience into form. The artist cultivates wonder and a reflective atmosphere through her expressive use of materials that incorporate excerpts of poetry.LEARN MORE »
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, visiting artist and curator, Scott Stulen, has been chosen to select the student works.LEARN MORE »
Increasingly, contemporary artists have been exploring the interplay among the function, structure, and format of books. Curated by Karen Ann Myers, Assistant Director of the Halsey Institute, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art brings together the work of five mixed-media artists from around the world who, using books as a point of departure, sculpt, scrape, bend, and carve to create astonishing compositions. Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramée, and Francesca Pastine transform various types of literature and/or printed books through sculptural intervention.LEARN MORE »
The stereotypical image of the artist’s studio as a paint-splattered, sparsely furnished garret where the lone artist toils away producing their brilliant works is in much need of re-examination. Many artists’ studios are a far cry from this description, and serve very different functions for their inhabitants. This exhibition will examine the relationship between the studio and the work produced within it by two contemporary artists who will recreate their studio spaces within the Halsey Institute’s galleries.LEARN MORE »
The exhibition will feature recent work by Washington, DC-based Renée Stout, who is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s assumed role through an array of works in various media.LEARN MORE »
Using Willem van Haecht’s painting of a kunstkamer (1593-1637) as a point of departure, Los Angeles based artist Jody Zellen will assemble images of her own works to create a salon-style installation. The exhibition will explore the relationships between images and the narrative threads that can be intuited from the juxtapositions. The installation becomes a montage of montages. She works in many media simultaneously making photographs, installations, net art, public art, as well as artists’ books that explore the subject of the urban environment. She employs media-generated representations of contemporary and historic cities as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition is comprised of sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.LEARN MORE »
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 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, NY visiting artist, Julie Heffernan, has been chosen to select the student works.LEARN MORE »
The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his two-week residency at the Halsey Institute. Curated by Mark Sloan, director and senior curator of HICA, the exhibition will also feature a series of recent drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, a video about the artist’s process and the importance of salt in Japanese culture to be produced by the Halsey Institute, and a 170-page color catalogue documenting fourteen years of the artist’s saltworks around the world.LEARN MORE »
The Paternal Suit consists of over 100 paintings, prints, and objects selected from the collection of the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation. Allegedly spanning four hundred years of American culture and creativity, the work of these artists and craftsmen range from the most famous exemplars of their era to the unknown, unheralded, and unbelievable. Sculpture, ceramics, furniture, toys, newspaper clippings, historic photographs, guns, and costumes advance the tale of F. Scott Hess’ paternal ancestors and their struggles to carve out a life on the American continent. Energized by a desire to reanimate the lives of past family members, Hess has relentlessly pursued his goals, amassing an unparalleled collection of ancestral artifacts in a period of only five years. Psychologically driven by his own personal history of a missing father, Hess’ cutting-edge genealogical research into his heritage lead to the discovery of a moving and deeply personal morality play; an American historical journey whose plausibility is built upon gross exaggeration, and an examination of the truths and fictions that comprise ʻhistory.ʼ Ultimately, says Hess, “The Paternal Suit shows not who I am, but who we are.”LEARN MORE »
This exhibition presents a series of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and 3-D models by Don ZanFagna that explicate the futuristic concept of “growing your own house.” Conceived in the 1970s, the artist imagined a home created, constructed, and maintained by all-organic processes and in perfect harmony with nature.LEARN MORE »
Leslie Wayne: Recent Work represents the past five years of Wayne’s vibrant, sculptural oil paintings. The works range in size from 14 feet long to as intimate as 10 x 13 inches. Wayne states that her large works are inspired by landscape and geology and are a secular contemporary and abstract response to 19th century Romantic Landscape painting. “Rather than paint pictures of landscapes, Wayne chooses to capture the corporeal essence of nature by offering an analogous experience to being in the natural world.LEARN MORE »
Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the “Young Contemporaries” annual, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally recognized juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with “Young Contemporaries 2011″ is the “Salon des Refusés” exhibition to be shown in the Hill Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts.LEARN MORE »
The artists Eames Demetrios and Paolo Ventura have created parallel worlds that exist outside of our shared reality.LEARN MORE »
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents two concurrent solo exhibitions: “White Days Unswallowed” by Bob Ray and “From the Ground Up” by Steve Johnson. During the opening reception on August 26th, Bob Ray and collaborator Kevin Hardy debuted an original performance entitled “White Days Unswallowed”.LEARN MORE »
Two artists, working through different media, present visualizations of their experience as immigrants. Throughout the exhibition, guided group tours will be offered through the Halsey Institute’s Looking to See program. All events are free with the public encouraged to attend.LEARN MORE »
From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration addresses our visual perceptions of the Moon, from Earth and from space, and demonstrates how advances in optical technologies have increased our understanding over time. This is an exhibition exploring our relationship to the Moon through the lens of the sciences. From Galileo’s first observations to today’s powerful telescopes, this exhibition will include a broad range of man’s attempts at mapping and understanding lunar history.LEARN MORE »
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
The Innocents: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda
The pairing of these exhibitions is intended to highlight humanitarian crises in two troubled African nations. In an effort to familiarize our audiences with aspects of history that do not often receive in-depth attention in conventional media, these exhibitions serve as examples of the College of Charleston’s campus-wide commitment to the discussion of international issues.LEARN MORE »
Artist Nick Cave creates sculptural works that he calls “Soundsuits” consisting of brightly colored fabrics, elaborate embroidery, beadwork, raffia, and, other natural materials. Phyllis Galembo’s photographic portraits feature masqueraders from the West African countries of Benin, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition is a comprehensive examination of painter, David Stern’s work since his immigration to the United States in 1994. Karen Wilkin is the curator of this national traveling exhibition and primary author of the accompanying catalogue.LEARN MORE »
Chris Jordan is a photographer who creates digital images of jarring statistics related to American consumption. On his website, Jordan states, “Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics.”LEARN MORE »
Bluesphere: Earth Art Expo
A Collaboration between HICA, REDUX Studios, The City Gallery, Eye Level Art, The Gibbes Museum and The Addlestone Library
Bluesphere: Earth Art Expo was initiated by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and made possible by collaborations between many of Charleston's art and education organizations. We seek to bring sustainability education to the residents of Charleston, SC through a mixture of visual art exhibitions, lectures, films and activities focusing on the environment, conservation and how views of our world's resources are presented and expressed through art.
A partnership between MUSC and HICA presenting noted and emerging artists from the state.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), in partnership with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston have developed a multi-year collaboration called the Palmetto Portraits Project. Noted and emerging photographers from throughout the state of South Carolina have been commissioned to focus on portraying South Carolinians in the Lowcountry, the Piedmont, and the Upstate.
War on Terror: Inside / Out—Photographs by Christopher Sims and Stacy Pearsall juxtaposes the work of two artists: Sims’ photographs capture simulated Iraqi and Afghani villages in the US where troops train prior to their overseas deployment; while Pearsall, a military photographer, shows troops in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. Timed to coincide with the beginning of Barack Obama’s first term as President, this exhibition provides a glimpse into two worlds we have had very little access to since the War on Terror began. According to Sloan, “These photographers show us aspects of what life is like for the U.S. soldier from training to battlefield.”LEARN MORE »
Young Contemporaries 2009 is our annual juried student exhibition. Submissions are open to all students enrolled in a Studio Art class during the academic year.LEARN MORE »
This group exhibition, curated by Mark Sloan, explores the rich and diverse history of human hair—from its importance in mythology, cultural anthropology, fashion, and folklore, to its metaphorical possibilities. Each artist creates works that are either made of hair, or relate to the subject.LEARN MORE »
This is the first major retrospective of the collage and assemblage artist Aldwyth. Now in her 70′s, Aldwyth lives and works in an octagonal house on the edge of a salt marsh on one of South Carolina’s sea islands. Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. features fifty-two collage and assemblage works created within the past two decades.LEARN MORE »
Red State Blues displayed works by South Carolina artists who explore social and political commentary through their work. Visual artists often have the capacity to frame complex social and political dynamics in ways not reachable by language alone.LEARN MORE »
Calin Dan interweaves found photographs, sound, and manipulations of video to evoke the emotional and psychological experience of a place. That experience is first visual—made up of what is seen, what is remembered, and what can be projected onto an environment. I invited Calin Dan to Charleston hoping that this place would provoke and inspire him—the results of the encounter are found in the gallery under the title Azimuth of Fissure, a phrase drawn from a haunting photograph of a geological fissure left by Charleston’s 1886 earthquake.LEARN MORE »
For the past eighteen years, Richard McMahan has been creating his own personal museum collection featuring miniature replicas of the world’s greatest works of art. This Florida savant has an exceptional talent for producing tiny images representing famous art in museum collections such as the Hermitage, the Prado, the Louvre, the Metropolitan, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. The online exhibition features videos, text and over 200 objects from this collection.LEARN MORE »
Loul Samater and Jarod Charzewski are visiting instructors in the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston. Both artists will create large scale installations made from discarded materials creating environments that evoke the questions about our use of space and the physical debris we accumulate or refuse.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition explores the paradoxical nature of the idea of mending–be it a human who is sick, a heart that is broken, or a profound grief over a death. The patch is often stronger than the original–hence the paradox. The artists in this show probe the dualities of strength/fragility, hope/despair, joy/grief, pretty/nasty, dainty/brutal, etc. using fiber as the key metaphor. Each of these ten nationally known artists employs the yoking of opposites as an expressive vehicle. The works in the show contain at least some sort of fiber—string, hair, thread, yarn, etc., and clearly demonstrate the enduring strength of the mend.LEARN MORE »
ART @ MUSC
A unique partnership between MUSC and the College of Charleston has allowed for the creation of a remarkable collection of work by South Carolina artists.
Art is medicine for the mind and body. Art evokes calm, creative and inspirational feelings that can improve attitudes and perceptions about wellness. Art elicits a relaxed state of being that can enhance immune processes and blood fl ow. The presence of art in hospitals has been shown to reduce the lengths of patient stays and to help relieve stress for patients and visitors.
These two exhibitions provided privileged access to the inside of America’s prisons. One Big Self is a remarkable collaboration between photographer Deborah Luster, poet C.D. Wright, and inmates in three Louisiana prisons.LEARN MORE »
The works of both Cindy Neuschwander and Hiroyuki Hamada hover somewhere between painting and sculpture, transcending the definitions of these particular media. In many ways, both of these artists create works that are better understood by looking rather than by reading or describing. Neuschwander and Hamada both work with an intense focus on process, creating heavily worked, layered multimedia objects.LEARN MORE »
“The Projectionist” is a film and exhibition that explores one man’s lifelong fascination with an era in American culture almost forgotten: the age of the grand movie palace. This fascination culminates in Gordon Brinckl’’s magical creation – The Shalimar Theatre – lovingly constructed in the basement of his modest Delaware home. Using parts from the original theatre, The Shalimar Theatre has been reconstructed to be shared with the public along with documentary photographs and a film.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition presented the works of two College of Charleston Studio Art faculty, painter John Hull and printmaker Barbara Duval.LEARN MORE »
London-based landscape photographer, Simon Norfolk, examines the technological effects of war on landscapes in Normandy, Liberia, Bosnia, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq.Â His work is frequently published in the New York Times Magazine, and other international publications. He was the 2004 recipient of the Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York.LEARN MORE »
For the past few years, artist Gideon Bok has used his various studios as the subject matter for his paintings, attempting to recreate his ever-changing environment into one seemingly static painting. Each painting is painted at the same time of day, keeping a consistency in the lighting, however the contents of the studio change as the painting develops. Bok’s paintings are like time capsules, being the products of his constantly evolving studio they document a specific place during a window of time.LEARN MORE »
This group exhibition features the recent work of four collage artists and a collage poet/filmmaker. Collage artists utilize existing images and combine them in ways that often surprise and illuminate. Beginning with Dada and Surrealist artists of the 1920′s, collage art became a provocative form of artmaking, with heroes such as Kurt Schwitters,Hanna Hoch, John Heartfield in its pantheon. In the 1950′s and 60′s, San Francisco collage artistJess reinvigorated the genre by combining the sensibilities of jazz music and beat poetry.LEARN MORE »
All of the participating artists in this exhibition are dedicated, full-time adjunct faculty members of the College of Charleston’s Department of Studio Art. The Halsey Institute has hosted a number of past exhibitions that showcase the work of studio art faculty.LEARN MORE »
This unique exhibition was a grand collaboration between seven institutions in North and South Carolina and ten contemporary Japanese artists. The artists lived in the Carolinas for six-week residencies, creating work using natural materials or processes and were installed at their host institutions.
The comprehensive online exhibition offers analysis, hundreds of images, video and much more.
Using the physical history of the space itself as their point of departure, Chicago artists Cabal and Singh will effect subtle changes in the way viewers experience the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Through the artists’ installed’ ‘interventions’, walls, entryways, windows and lighting will be extended, compressed, articulated, and in other ways modified, playfully engaging viewers in the question of what parts of their visual experience are ‘real’- both within the gallery and outside it.LEARN MORE »
While Michel is adept with painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and digital imaging, this exhibition features a body of monotypes created during a creative fugue in 1997. A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by painting on a sheet of metal or glass and transferring the still-wet-painting to a sheet of paper by hand or with an etching press. Monotype printing is not a multiple-replica process since each print is unique.LEARN MORE »
“Alive Inside: The Lure and Lore of the Sideshow” was a Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition on display May 13 – June 15. Curated and organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Director Mark Sloan in collaboration with Redux Contemporary Art Center, this exhibition was displayed in four downtown locations – Redux; RTW ;Magar Hatworks ; and the William Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art . These venues have joined forces to host an exciting exhibition featuring the works of 13 contemporary artistsfrom throughout North America who use the historic sideshow as muse or point of departure. These exhibitions are free and open to the public.LEARN MORE »
Both Sara Frankel and Kara Hammond are recent additions to the College of Charleston’s Studio Art department. This exhibition will show recent works by each artist, including drawings and paintings.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition presents the work of two abstract painters living and working in New York City. According to the curator, “Julie Evans and Barbara Takenaga each bring a sensuality of touch, vibrancy of color, and personal vernacular into a joyous confluence of form. Their paintings burst with luminosity and unpredictability making us aware of the physicality of living and the sheer joy of seeing.”LEARN MORE »
The exhibition was open to all artists, media, and sizes. Numerous local, regional and national artists were invited to participate in this exhibition. Additionally, submissions were received from far and wide. Nicoll curated a similar exhibition during Piccolo Spoleto 2002 that was held at Salon 45, the residence of Cindi Gasparre and Steven Nicoll. With the same structure and criteria as the inaugural offering.LEARN MORE »
Oft Unseen: Art from the Lodge and Other Secret Societies, exhibited from February 20th through March 20th, 2004. The exhibition presented the Webb Collection of art, artifacts and ephemera from the Freemasons and other secret fraternal organizations including The Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Knights Templar, Order of Red Men and many others. While not all of these organizations consider themselves truly secret societies they can all be considered societies with secrets. This exhibition provided a rare glimpse into the visual components of these mysterious and commonly misunderstood organizations.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition featured photographs by the Gerlovins, Russian-born artists, who were leading figures in the underground conceptual art movement in Soviet Russia. Their works explore the nature of thought and what lies beyond it, presented in their “metaphorical theatre of consciousness.” The artists photograph themselves not as models but as modules used for personification of the different stages of their life ‘perhappenings.’ Their works have been shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Orleans Museum as well as the Venice Biennale, Italy; and have been featured in many publications including the cover of The New York Times Magazine.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition of three contemporary photographers explores the delicate balance between man and the natural landscape in several locations around the globe. Exploiting photography’s power to entice the viewer, these images reflect both the beauty and the fragility of the earth, while illuminating seldom seen landscapes currently under siege.LEARN MORE »
The juried exhibition “Fresh Work” includes 17 studio art alumni who graduated between 1994 and 2004, featuring their most recent work. It includes works in a variety of media, including photography, painting, prints, mixed media, and installation, all produced within the last 3 years. “Fresh Work” showcases the diversity and quality of art being produced by recent College of Charleston graduates, and highlights their involvement in the currents of the latest contemporary art. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Marian Mazzone, of the College of Charleston Art History department, with Katie Lee, an MA graduate in art history and an alumna of the College of Charleston.LEARN MORE »
Both Tom Stanley and Tim Hussey challenge traditional notions of figurative painting through the juxtaposition of narrative possibilities. Stanley will be showing a group of new works strongly informed by his extensive curatorial work with self-taught artists. Hussey will exhibit a selection of large-scale introspective painting/collages produced over the past three years.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition featured 54 watercolors by Zelda, which depicted not only aspects of the Fitzgeralds’ fast-paced lifestyle, but drew heavily from literary tradition. This show also included a selection of her delicate paper doll constructions.LEARN MORE »
Yu Hong is a contemporary Chinese artist who finds poetry in the everyday. She exhibits rich technical skills as a painter, rendering figures with endearing expression and verve. She mastered these skills as a student in the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. As she has matured as an artist, Yu Hong has fine-tuned her skills of observation, and is extremely sensitive to both facial expression and body posture.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition featured paintings completed by Peacock during his recent two-year sojourn in New York City. According to Halsey Gallery Director, Mark Sloan, Peacock is “a gifted painter with a fresh approach to figuration. His paintings infer rather than describe their subjects.” Peacock received his M.F.A. degree from Boston University in 1977 where he studied with James Weeks, John Wilson and Philip Guston.LEARN MORE »
Sullivan, a self-proclaimed “language photographer,” finds humor and profundity in the signs and letters that surround us. He will be creating new “language photographs” made in Charleston to accompany his installation.
Outlaw is a sculptor who often creates works using repetitive forms such as pencils, puff pastries, fruitcakes, plumber’s pipes, and caramel. She will be will be casting sculptures made out of caramel in the kitchens of Johnson and Wales University with the assistance of students from both schools.LEARN MORE »
Each of these internationally acclaimed artists intervene at a different point in the photographic process to produce their enigmatic imagesLEARN MORE »
This exhibition took measure of Athens, Georgia artist Cheryl Goldsleger’s production over the past six years. It traced her early architectonic spaces, through the maze-like repetitions and grid formats, to her current work involving computer- generated drawings and inset sculptural forms within the paintings. Throughout her artistic trajectory, Goldsleger has defied easy categorization. She has made drawings, prints, paintings with encaustic, and even sculpture, yet the medium has never been the message.LEARN MORE »
Portraits et Personnages: Selected Works from the Collection de I’ Art Brut’s Neuve Invention presented 50 works on paper that depicts portraits or human characterizations from the internationally recognized museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Co-curated by Genevieve Roulin and Tom Stanley, the exhibition provided a glimpse of some of Roulin’s favorite artists from the museum’s Neuve Invention Collection. Roulin was the curator at the Collection de I’Art Brut until her death this past January.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001. In the aftermath, the sentiment expressed by many Americans was to bomb Afghanistan “back to the Stone Age”—a sentiment that could not have been more ironic, given the fact that the Soviets had already leveled much of the country’s infrastructure in the 1980′s. But before 9-11, most Americans had little understanding of the country of Afghanistan or its people. Since then, our country’s and the world’s attention has been focused on this forgotten corner of the globe.LEARN MORE »
Rikuo Ueda and Marcus Kenney are two artists bound together by their embrace of what John Cage termed “chance operations.” Ueda’s wind drawings allow for a humorous, yet profound interpretation of human ability to invent technologies to chart and control nature, while Kenney’s found object constructions transform society’s cast offs into ironic icons.LEARN MORE »
This exhibition presented the sculpture of Jonathan Hils and the prints of Tanja Softic’. Sculptor Jonathan Hils is interested in revealing the skeletal forms of organic matter. Bosnian born painter/printmaker Softic’ combines botanical and anatomical drawings with an occasional allusion to architectural plans or utilitarian tools.LEARN MORE »