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March 27 - April 25, 2020

35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition


March 27 - April 25, 2020

35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition


Due to the College of Charleston’s plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CofC campus and the Halsey Institute are temporarily closed. Young Contemporaries 2020 is our first online-only exhibition!

Click here to view the virtual exhibition: Young Contemporaries 2020

Click here to view the virtual exhibition: Salon des Refusés

Now in its 35th year, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the College of Charleston Studio Art Department are proud to present Young Contemporaries 2020. The annual exhibition is a celebration of talented artists at the College of Charleston. With works selected by a nationally renowned juror, the exhibition reflects the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’ rigorous programs. Featuring a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints, the exhibition showcases the efforts of the student body at the College.

Painter Melanie Daniel was the juror and awards judge for Young Contemporaries 2020.

Concurrent with Young Contemporaries is the Salon des Refusés exhibition, showing in the exhibition space of the Simons Center for the Arts. The works in the Salon were chosen by Studio Art faculty, and the awards were chosen by Charleston-based artist Joe Walters. 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. Among the painters in the original Salon des Refusés were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet.

The opening reception and awards ceremony is a signature event of the College of Charleston’s 250th Anniversary. The Young Contemporaries and Salon des Refusés awards are funded by Dean Valerie B. Morris and the Dean’s Excellence Fund for the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

View the Young Contemporaries virtual exhibition here: 

35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition


March 27 - April 25, 2020
Submission Day
Halsey Institute
Monday, March 9, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Selected works announced
Halsey Institute
Thursday, March 12
Opening Reception & Award Ceremony
Halsey Institute and Hill Exhibition Gallery
Instagram Stories of @halsey_institute
Slow Art Day 2020
Halsey Institute
Halsey Talks: Art & Artificial Intelligence
Halsey Institute
Postponed until fall 2021
Membership Morning
Halsey Institute
Salon des Refuses gallery
About the juror, Melanie Daniel

Originally from Canada, Melanie Daniel immigrated to Israel, and is currently working in the US. Her psychedelic, unnatural palette, dense areas of vibrating pattern, and skewed perspectives underscore the uneasy relationship between the subjects and their environment. The result of nature overwhelming the human presence is reminiscent of Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, or Lisa Yuskavage. Daniel’s big, brash, and strangely beautiful works are cautionary yet hopeful. They show the resilience of nature, as plants and flowers intermingle with graffitied ruins and threaten to overrun the canvas.


After studies in Canada, Melanie Daniel completed her BFA and MFA at Bezalel Academy, Israel. Daniel has had numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv; Ashod Museum of Art, Israel; Shulamit Gallery, Los Angeles; Kelowna Art Gallery, BC, Canada; and Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; among others. Her work is included in collections such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Harvard Business School, and the Brandes Family Art Collection. She has received press in publications such as Maake Magazine, Artnet, Newsweek, Frieze, Haaretz, CBC/Radio Canada, The Huffington Post, Beautiful Decay, and the Artists Magazine.


Melanie Daniel is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the 2009 Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Painter, a Creative Capital Grant, and the NARS Foundation Residency in New York City. She is currently the Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Grand Valley State University, MI.


Find out more about Melanie Daniel at

Submission information


Monday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Works must be dropped off at the Halsey Institute (in Cato Center for the Arts, 161 Calhoun Street) during this time. You must be present with your artwork in order to sign off on the Conditions for Submitting contract.


CofC Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Students including December 2019 graduates.


Original artwork completed between April 2019 – March 2020. Students may submit up to three pieces per artist, per medium (prints, sculptures, etc.).

Students must obtain yellow labels from the Studio Art Office (Simons Center, 4th Floor) or by downloading it from our website here.)

Fill out labels legibly and attach to the back of EVERY artwork submitted.

Indicate on the label if there are any special installation instructions.

Bring eligible work to the Halsey Institute on Monday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. You must bring your own work yourself.

Oversized work must also be registered at this time, even if it will be delivered later. Indicate on the registration form if you have oversized work, where it is located, and attach a picture or photocopy of it.




Monday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Halsey Institute


Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 PM, Simons Center, Room 309

Juror: Melanie Daniel

Free and open to the public


Thursday, March 12, Halsey Institute


Friday, March 27, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Artist awards ceremony at 6:00 PM


March 27 – April 25, 2020


Contact Bryan Granger, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, at

For labels to affix to your artwork, click here.

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