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“Southbound” exhibit is now open to the public

Sat Jun 13, 2020
WTOK-TV Meridian, Ms.

A new exhibit focused on the visions of the south at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is open to the public.

The new exhibition “Southbound” explores Photographs of and about the New South. The MAX and Meridian Museum of Art partnered to spit all 220 photographs and to showcase them in their museum. According to southboundproject.org, “The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising scenes and colorful characters.” If you want to see the other half of the exhibit, the Meridian Museum of Art will open Tuesday to the public.

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The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience and the Meridian Museum of Art come together to present the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South beginning Saturday for the general public.

Take a journey through the history, culture, environment and people since Reconstruction through the lenses of 56 photographers.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 6. Free with museum admission at The MAX; free and open to the public at The Meridian Museum of Art.

An opening reception will be held at the two venues Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The MAX and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Meridian Museum of Art.

Hors d’oeuvres + beverages will be served at The MAX, and desserts and coffee will be served at the museum. A cash bar will be available at both locations.

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Photographs of and about the New South’ opens June 12

Sat May 30, 2020
The Meridian Star

An exhibition comprised of 56 photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the 21st century will be a joint venture for two downtown Meridian venues.

“Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South” will be on display at The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) and the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA) simultaneously through September.

“Southbound” offers a composite image of the region. The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising scenes and colorful characters. The project’s purpose is to investigate the senses of place in the South that congeal, however fleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own preexisting ideas about the region.

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Seeing the New South

Fri Apr 24, 2020
UNC Greensboro

What does contemporary “Southerness” look like?

This is the challenge that UNCG geography professor Dr. Rick Bunch and his collaborators from the College of Charleston – Mark Sloan and Mark Long – took on in their book and exhibition, “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.” In the project, fine art meets geography in a collaborative effort to depict and map the New South.

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Young Contemporaries 2020

Wed Apr 15, 2020
Charleston City Paper

You may not be able to enjoy this year’s Young Contemporaries exhibition in person, but the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is making it so that you can enjoy it online with a virtual exhibition. The annual show is a celebration of talented artists from the College of Charleston, with pieces that reflect the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’ programs.

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For more than three decades, budding artists have proudly displayed their work across a variety of mediums from photography and sculpture to painting and prints at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition at the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now in its 35th year, the Young Contemporaries competition faced a new challenge ahead of the exhibit’s opening on March 27 : How to share the students’ work in a virtual space instead of a traditional art gallery. The Halsey was forced to make the shift amid the College’s move to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Once we realized that we wouldn’t be able to have the Young Contemporaries exhibition, we wanted to find another way to do it,” says Bryan Granger, director of exhibitions and public programs for the Halsey. “It’s an important show for us as it showcases some of the amazing work the students are doing at the College. As the rest of the world is turning to virtual options, we decided to create a virtual exhibition that would help recognize the students who are a part of this year’s Young Contemporaries.”

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For more than three decades, budding artists have proudly displayed their work across a variety of mediums from photography and sculpture to painting and prints at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition at the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now in its 35th year, the Young Contemporaries competition faced a new challenge ahead of the exhibit’s opening on March 27, 2020: How to share the students’ work in a virtual space instead of a traditional art gallery. The Halsey was forced to make the shift amid the College’s move to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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New exhibit at Hunter Museum puts the new South on display

Sat Feb 08, 2020
Chattanooga Times Free Press

The new South is now on display, thanks to 200 images taken by more than 56 photographers, at The Hunter Museum of American Art as part of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, the exhibit showcases the history of the American South on film. The region is among the most culturally diverse and storied, and, therefore, photographed in the world.

These photographs, though relatively small in number, capture that diversity and vitality.

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Southbound Comes To Town

Wed Feb 05, 2020
Chattanoogan Pulse

If someone asked you to come up with a mental picture of the South, it’d probably be pretty easy; I mean, we live in the South. However, if you really think about it, the South is an incredibly diverse place. There are the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, the bayous of Louisiana, the Mississippi deltas, and so much more in the states between.

Thinking even further, the South has changed substantially over the years, especially since the turn of the 21st century. The Hunter Museum will be showcasing the New South since the year 2000 in their newest photography exhibit, titled “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South”.

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is presenting an exhibition of all large assemblage pieces by Butch Anthony titled Inside/Out. Anthony is an artist and contributor to Auburn’s Rural Studio program. The exhibition is on view from Jan. 17–Feb. 29 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. 

As a multi-faceted self-taught artist, Anthony creates works that investigate and appropriate images from the American vernacular. His practice includes painting X-ray like skeletons on top of antique portraits in elaborate, often gilded frames. Though Anthony’s work emanates from the folk art or vernacular idiom, his works are unmistakably original in concept and execution.

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