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.


Tom Stanley
Scratching the Surface

May 19 - July 8, 2017

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. 


The Art of Anthony Dominguez
Ahead of the Wrecking Ball
Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston

January 20 - March 4, 2017

The Halsey Institute kicks of 2017 with a pair of exhibitions featuring the work of Anthony Dominguez and Ronald Ramsey. Anthony Dominguez was a philosophically uncompromising, intentionally homeless artist, an idiosyncratic figure on the margins of society and the art world, and a prolific creator who produced a staggering amount of work before his untimely death in 2014.  Ronald Ramsey has focused on meticulously documenting historical buildings—particularly those slated for demolition—in his native Charleston. This exhibition focuses on his unrelenting efforts to chronicle the very buildings that give his city its historic renown.


32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 31 - April 29, 2017

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.


Marc Trujillo
American Purgatory

August 25 - October 7, 2017

The paintings of Marc Trujillo portray quotidian scenes: fast food restaurants, big box store aisles, the long terminal corridors of airports, and so on. The scenes are remarkably unremarkable. In their ubiquitous nature, the paintings present an anti-place: scenes that refer not to a specific place, but to uncannily similar tableaus that unfold everyday in communities across America. While Trujillo models his paintings after specific locations, usually in the Los Angeles area, his scenes appear strikingly similar to viewers’ own relationships with local commerce. His paintings critique a hallmark of modern capitalism: one that aims to recreate identical commercial experiences across the country.


Riccarda de Eccher

August 25 - October 7, 2017

Riccarda de Eccher’s sublime watercolors of mountain peaks offers a similar exploration of familiar images. In this case, her works evoke picturesque representations of snow-capped mountains from the Italian Alps. de Eccher’s watercolors offer a subversion of our current age in which the internet images to be vastly and readily shared, especially those that are hi-resolution and digitally retouched. On view concurrently with Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory, her works correlate with Trujillo’s paintings: though titled, her pictures are cropped so that they convey anonymous mountains that could exist on almost any continent. As an Italian native and frequent mountain-climber, de Eccher uses her works to explore humanity’s relationship with mountains throughout history.


Aurora Robson
The Tide is High
Chris Jordan

October 20 - December 7, 2017

SEA CHANGE is a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on our planet. SEA CHANGE features the exhibitions Aurora Robson: The Tide is High and Chris Jordan: Midway at the Halsey Institute. Jordan’s breathtaking imagery helps us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems, and Robson’s work provides strategies towards intercepting the waste stream and upcycling discarded plastics into new objects. Aurora Robson will also have a piece exhibited at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Co-presented by the South Carolina Aquarium


Chris Jordan

October 20 - December 9, 2017

Chris Jordan’s photographs depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. His work sends a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, providing a platform for rich conversation and education around issues of ocean health, ecosystem interconnectedness, mass consumption and plastic consumption. The exhibition will present a number of photographs featuring his body of work entitled Midway: Message from the Gyre. On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of countless dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean. His feature length film about this subject will also be shown as part of the public programming for this exhibition.


Aurora Robson
The Tide is High

October 20 - December 9, 2017

The Halsey Institute presents a new body of work and site-specific installation by NY-based sculptor Aurora Robson. As an artist who explores ecological issues, she creates lively and intricate sculptures from plastic debris, transforming quotidian waste into aesthetic objects of beauty and reflection. Under her meticulous manipulation, the plastic materials she uses in her works take on an organic quality, thus connecting back to nature.  Many of her works take on forms that resemble the otherworldly organisms that exist on ocean floors; in this way, her work is further associated with the sea, which is often the ultimate repository for plastic waste. Her works reference a legacy of using found objects as media for sculpture, and by transforming everyday trash into works of art, her sculpture forces viewers to consider their own relationship with plastic materials and waste.


That's Show Biz!
On view in the Halsey Institute Video Cave

May 19 - July 8

Newly commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, That’s Show Biz! is a short film based on a diary kept by Betty Huber. Depicting her life in show business as a circus performer, the diary recounts Betty’s fascinating life through charming, detailed illustrations, rather than words.


Marc Trujillo
American Purgatory
Riccarda de Eccher

August 25 - October 7, 2017

The Halsey Institute will kick off the fall 2017 season with two exhibitions featuring work by Marc Trujillo and Riccarda de Eccher.



Correspondence Art
Words, Objects, and Images By Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray

January 22 - March 5, 2016

This exhibition brings together the correspondence works of three prolific mail artists:  Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray. Conceptual artist Ray Johnson (1927–1995) was a pioneer of mail art, utilizing an ever-evolving lexicon of graphic and textual elements in his work.


John McWilliams

January 22 – March 5, 2016

John McWilliams’s work is inspired by life in the Lowcountry, where the issues of life and its transitions are poignantly felt within the landscape. The artist explores the organic shifts of both natural and imagined worlds.


31st Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 1 – 30, 2016

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 2016 exhibition, visiting artist Amanda Wojick has been chosen to select works.



May 20 – July 9, 2016

The title is a play on the famous phrase “irrational exuberance” used by former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute during the Dot-com bubble of the 1990s.


Fahamu Pecou
DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

August 26 – Oct 8, 2016

This solo exhibition features the work of Fahamu Pecou, an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – today. Violence in our society is endemic and pervasive. Undeniably Black bodies are disproportionately affected, through the shameful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow to current day shootings – the massacre at Charleston’s own Emanuel AME church in summer 2015 sadly just one tragic example of many.


Peter Eudenbach: This is Not an Object

Sara Angelucci: Aviary

October 21 - December 10, 2016

The Halsey Institute ends the 2016 season with two exhibitions including work by Peter Eudenbach and Sara Angelucci.



Patricia Boinest Potter
Patterns of Place

January 24 - March 7, 2015

Patricia Boinest Potter creates seemingly enigmatic artworks in the form of three-dimensional maps that she refers to as Isomorphic Map Tables and 1:1 Map Insets. They represent a 100-mile stretch of northern Alabama wilderness. The work offers a tantalizing mix of technical experimentation, metaphoric expansiveness, and curiosity in every square inch. Potter lives and works in Anniston, Alabama.


Annual Student Exhibition

April 4 - May 2, 2015

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 2015 Young Contemporaries exhibition, visiting artist, Lawren Alice, has been chosen to select the student works.


Alyson Shotz
Force of Nature

May 22 - July 11, 2015

This eponymous exhibition features new and recent work by Alyson Shotz, a Brooklyn-based abstract artist who creates monumental sculptures, photo-collages, and installations. Her practice examines the properties and interactions of light, gravity, mass, and space. Shotz bridges disciplines in her work, drawing on scientific methods, mathematical principles, and literature, among other fields.


Something to Take My Place
The Art of Lonnie Holley

August 22 – October 10, 2015

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is organizing a multi-faceted showcase of American artist and musician Lonnie Holley. The comprehensive project features a residency, exhibition, video, concert, and monographic catalogue. This exhibition is Holley’s first solo museum exhibition since 1994. The exhibition will feature a selection of the artist’s assemblage works since the early 1990s, with an emphasis on recent work.


Jiha Moon
Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

October 29 – December 5, 2015

Jiha Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over fifty works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions that appear both familiar and foreign simultaneously.


Susan Klein
Shadow Things

October 24 – December 5, 2015

Klein’s painting explores questions of time, of accumulation and losses, of spaces that become layered by history. In her paintings, she often combines imagery from separate places and times into one image. Usually, she begins with a landscape painting, sometimes rural, sometimes urban. She then works over these representational paintings, referencing the visual world of objects.



Jody Zellen
Above the Fold
Bob Trotman
Business as Usual

January 31 - March 8, 2014

Both Trotman and Zellen explore the human condition in very different ways. Zellen presents humans in her work as abstracted, nameless ciphers navigating a complex and often violent world. Through her use of one full year of the New York Times “World News” website, Zellen presents us to ourselves through the media, mediated in a variety of ways. Trotman’s approach is much more direct and less abstracted, but his sculptural works address the corporate world with all of its discontents. His larger than life human figures are suffused with dread, melancholy, or desperation, yet they are cloaked in the uniform of the powerful. Through both artists’ works, we see the de-civilizing effects of greed, power, and privilege.




APRIL 4 - MAY 3, 2014

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 2014 Young Contemporaries exhibition, visiting artist and curator, Bill Dunlap, has been chosen to select the student works.


Shepard Fairey

Jasper Johns

May 22 - July 12, 2014

The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns features new work by Shepard Fairey and a survey of prints made between 1982 and 2012 by Jasper Johns at Universal Limited Art Editions. Both Fairey and Johns recycle graphic elements in the works they produce and in each case these repeated fragments gain new meaning through fresh juxtapositions and associations. Additionally, both artists have the capacity to transform the quotidian into the iconic. Each artist will occupy a separate gallery space, and no attempt is made at comparing their works. Rather, this exhibition demonstrates the power of this strategy of image repetition in the works of these two distinguished American artists.


Yaakov Israel
The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey
Kathleen Robbins
Into the Flatland

Aug 23 – Oct 4, 2014

The Halsey Institute opens the 2014 fall season with two photography exhibitions including work by Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins. Both exhibitions are curated by Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator at the Halsey Institute. The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, by Yaakov Israel, consists of 42 images, printed in various sizes. Inspired by the Orthodox Jewish tradition of the Messiah (the Prophet) who will arrive riding on a white donkey, this 10-year photographic project features portraits and landscapes made in Israel. Into the Flatland, by Kathleen Robbins, is a series of photographs documenting the land, people, and culture of the Mississippi Delta.


forgive me not to miss you not

Oct 18 – Dec 6, 2014

The Halsey Institute ends the 2014 season with two exhibitions including work by Jumaadi and Picasso. Jumaadi is our fall 2014 International Artist-in-Residence and will be creating a new body of work during his two-month residency. He works in multiple media with equal fluency – painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and shadow puppets.

Alongside Jumaadi’s work, we’ll feature a largely unknown series by Picasso entitled Diurnes, organized by guest curator Dr. Diane Chalmers Johnson. Diurnes is a box decorated with color lithographs containing 30 original photograms made by a then-young unknown photographer, André Villers, under Picasso’s instigation to “play with” some paper cutouts he had done for his grandchildren shortly after Matisse’s death, in 1954.



Lesley Dill
Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan

January 25 - March 9, 2013

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.


Annual Student Exhibition

2013 Juror | Scott Stulen

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, visiting artist and curator, Scott Stulen, has been chosen to select the student works.


Dissections and Excavations in Book Art

May 23 – July 6, 2013

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.


Herb Parker:
Studio Practice
Joseph Burwell:
School of the Viking Spaniard Revisited

August 23 - October 5, 2013

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.


Renée Stout
Tales of the Conjure Woman

October 18 - December 14, 2013

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.



Aggie Zed
Keeper's Keep

January 20 – March 10, 2012

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.


Annual Student Exhibition
Young Contemporaries
Julie Heffernan - 2012 Juror

March 30 – April 28, 2012

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.


Motoi Yamamoto
Return to the Sea: Saltworks

May 25 – July 7, 2012

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.


The Paternal Suit

August 24 - October 6, 2012

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.”


Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna

October 19 - December 8, 2012

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.



Leslie Wayne
Recent Work

Jan 21 - Mar 12

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.


Young Contemporaries 2011

April 1 - 26, 2011

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.


Eames Demetrios
Paolo Ventura
Winter Stories

May 27 - July 15, 2011

The artists Eames Demetrios and Paolo Ventura have created parallel worlds that exist outside of our shared reality.


Steve Johnson
From the Ground Up
Bob Ray
White Days Unswallowed

Aug. 27 - Oct.7, 2011

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”. 


Hamid Rahmanian
Tanja Softić
Migrant Universe

Oct. 22 - Dec. 9, 2011

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.


From the Moon: Mapping & Exploration

November 14, 2011 - March 31, 2012

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. 



Jonathan Torgovnik
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
Heather McClintock
The Innocents: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda

Jan. 22 - March 13, 2010

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.


Nick Cave
Call and Response: Africa to America
Phyllis Galembo

May 27 - June 26

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.


David Stern
David Stern: The American Years

Aug. 26 - Oct. 8

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.


Chris Jordan
Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait - Digital Images by Chris Jordan

Oct. 22 - Dec. 10

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.”


Bluesphere: Earth Art Expo
A Collaboration between HICA, REDUX Studios, The City Gallery, Eye Level Art, The Gibbes Museum and The Addlestone Library

Sept. - Dec., 2010

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.


Palmetto Portraits
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.



Christopher Sims
War on Terror: Inside / Out
Stacy Pearsall

Jan. 23 - Feb. 27

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.”


Young Contemporaries 2009

Apr. 2 - 24, 2009

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.


Group Show
Hair On Fire

May 14 - June 15

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.


Work v. Work n. Collage and Assemblage, 1991 - 2009

Oct. 23, 2009 - Jan. 9, 2010

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.



Various Artists
Red State Blues

Jan. - March, 2008

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. 


Calin Dan

May - June, 2008

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.


Richard McMahan

May 16 - June 30, 2008

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.


Loul Samater
Faculty Spotlight: Installations by Loul Samater and Jarod Charzewski
Jarod Charzewski

Sept. 5 - Oct. 10, 2008

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.


Group Show
Mend: Love, Life, & Loss: Group Exhibition

Oct. 24 - Dec. 5, 2008

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.


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.



Deborah Luster
One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana & Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America

Jan. - March, 2007

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. 


Cindy Neuschwander
Surface Tension: Multimedia Absractions
Hiroyuki Hamada

May - June, 2007

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.


Kendall Messick
The Projectionist: An Exhibition & Film by Kendall Messick

Aug. - Oct., 2007

“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.


John Hull
New Works
Barbara Duval

Oct. - Dec., 2007

This exhibition presented the works of two College of Charleston Studio Art faculty, painter John Hull and printmaker Barbara Duval.



Simon Norfolk
Et in Arcadia Ego

Jan. - Feb., 2006

London-based landscape photographer, Simon Norfolk, examines the technological effects of war on landscapes in Normandy, Liberia, Bosnia, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  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.


Gideon Bok
Recent Paintings

Feb. - March, 2006

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.


Group Show
Penumbra: Points and Boundaries in Recent Collage

May - June 2006

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 HochJohn 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. 


Group Show
Recent Works

Sept. - Oct.. 2006

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.


Group Show
Force of Nature: Site Installations by Ten Japanese Artists

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

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.



Sumakshi Singh
Elsewhere: Installations by Sumakshi Singh & Paola Cabal
Paola Cabal

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.


Jon Michel
Monkey Paintings

Feb. - March, 2005

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.


Group Show
Alive Inside: The Lure and Lore of the Sideshow

May - June, 2005

“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 – ReduxRTW ;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.


Kara Hammond
New Faculty
Sara Frankel

Aug. - Oct.,2005

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.


Julie Evans
Cooperation of Pleasure
Barbara Takenaga

Oct. - Dec., 2005

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.”



Group Show
Head Show

Jan. - Feb., 2004

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.


Group Show
Oft Unseen: Art of the Lodge

Feb. - March, 2004

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.


The Gerlovins

May - June, 2004

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.


Group Show
No Man's Land: Contemporary Photographers and Fragile Ecologies

Sept. - Oct.. 2004

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.


Group Show
Fresh Work: College of Charleston Alumni Exhibition, 1994-2004

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.



Tim Hussey
Figure of Speech
Tom Stanley

Jan. - Feb., 2003

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.


Zelda by Herself

Feb. - March, 2003

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.


Yu Hong
A Woman's Life

May - June, 2003

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.


Clifton Peacock
Recent Paintings

Sep. - Oct., 2003

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.


Gay Outlaw
Chris Sullivan
Language & Photography

Oct. - Dec., 2003

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.



Maggie Taylor
Points of Intervention
Jerry Uelsmann

Jan. - Feb., 2002

Each of these internationally acclaimed artists intervene at a different point in the photographic process to produce their enigmatic images


Cheryl Goldsleger

Feb. - March, 2002

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.


Group Show
Portraits et Personnages

May - June, 2002

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.


Simon Norfolk
Palimpsest Afghanistan
Clay Stewart

Sept. - Oct.. 2002

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.


Marcus Kenney
Breath on a Mirror
Rikuo Ueda

Oct. - Nov., 2002

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.


Jonathan Hills
Tanja Softic

Nov. - Dec.,2002

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.


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