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  • RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

    Thanks to residencies, artists have the freedom to follow their muse | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    I was recently commiserating with my friend Erin Bennett Banks, local illustrator and creative director at the Gibbes Museum of Art, about the fact that there’s never enough time outside of work and family to spend on our own creative endeavors. I need more time to finish my book — she needs more time to work on her design projects. We fantasized about how great it would be to participate in a residency program. “Just imagine,” I said, ‘what could be accomplished with endless, uninterrupted hours to submerge ourselves in art.’

    Thankfully, some lucky souls actually get that chance, thanks to the handful of artist-in-residence programs in town.

    If you’re a visual artist in Charleston, you have at least five opportunities. Residencies are available through the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Robert Lange Studios, and The Vendue, and when the Gibbes Museum reopens this spring, it will have both short- and long-term artists in residence in their studio space on the first floor.

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    Groundhog Day Concert emerges as an annual tradition among local musicians | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston Scene

    Look out, Valentine’s Day. There’s a new holiday tradition in town that just might overshadow the fancy dinners and pink-hued candies that typically get all the attention in February.

    The Groundhog Day Concert at the Charleston Music Hall reaches its fourth installment Saturday, solidifying itself as the reason to look forward to an otherwise unremarkable holiday in Charleston. Featuring an all-star cast of local musicians who don’t often find the time or opportunities to play together, the performance is essentially a pu-pu platter of Charleston’s diverse music scene.

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    Groundhog Day Concert performers reveal the shows they’d relive if they could | Wed. Feb. 3, 2016

    Charleston City Paper

    http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/groundhog-day-concert-performers-reveal-the-shows-theyd-relive-if-they-could/Content?oid=5720996Ever been to a show you’d love to experience on repeat? That’s what the Groundhog Day Concert is like, which makes its title a fitting one. When the who’s who of Holy City musicians gather on the Charleston Music Hall Stage, magic happens — and that’s why the Groundhog Day Concert has become one of the local music scene’s most anticipated events of the year.

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    The art’s in the mail: Halsey Institute exhibition showcases correspondence art | Wed. Jan. 20, 2016

    The Hub

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located in Charleston, S.C., received a South Carolina Arts Commission Arts Education Project grant to help support this exhibition.

    “You’ve got mail” has different meanings, depending upon one’s age and current communications style.  The Halsey Institute’s exhibition, Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images by Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray, will appeal to those nostalgic for a time when keeping in touch could mean waiting a day or more for letter delivery, while also introducing the concept of creating and mailing art to young people accustomed to reaching their friends instantly via text.

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    Visualarts: McWilliams’ woodblock prints reveal sorrow, beauty of the Lowcountry | Wed. Jan. 20, 2016

    Charleston Scene

    For John McWilliams, the act of creating woodblock prints is monastic. “One mark leads to another and the piece just evolves. You never know where it will take you. I work under the premise that there’s no such thing as a mistake.”

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    The Gaillard opens, Durfee paints cool stuff, and Charleston can’t keep its mouth shut | Wed. Dec. 30, 2015

    Charleston City Paper

    Despite the fact that December marks the middle of the year for the arts world — if we were going to get all technical, we’d do this article in June, once Spoleto closed — the approach of New Year’s Eve tends to make us think back on the cool things we saw, heard, and experienced in our local art spaces this year. So without further ado, here’s our biased, unscientific list of the greatest developments in Charleston’s art scene, in no particular order.

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    Sneak peek: Halsey debuts new exhibit, Southbound, in 2017 | Thu. Dec. 17, 2015

    Charleston City Paper

    We know, talking about 2017 is about as taboo as talking about New Year’s Eve plans (we’re scrambling for some, too). But when we glimpsed some of the images set to be used in a huge multi-media project, Southbound, co-curated by Mark Sloan, director of the Halsey, and Mark Long, professor of Political Science at CofC, we knew we had to share the project with y’all.

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    Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Exhibitions Across the United States | Wed. Dec. 16, 2015

    Hyperallergic

    We love NYC and LA and all the art they have to offer, but we know they’re only two towns of many across the country mounting great exhibitions large and small. So we tried to travel and see a lot of shows this year, even though it’s next to impossible to be comprehensive with a list like this (and we surely missed a lot). From Nick Cave’s Detroit takeover to a retrospective of the artist known as Mr. Imagination, here are our picks for the best exhibitions of 2015 across the United States.

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    The Artist as Conjurer of Illusions and Truths | Fri. Dec. 11, 2015

    hyperallergic

    There are multiple magics at work in the art of Renée Stout. As the subject of her current solo exhibition at the Wellin Museum, Stout has chosen hoodoo, or conjure, a set of African American spiritual practices often referred to as folk magic. She’s also created a worker of this magic, a conjurer named Fatima Mayfield who is Stout’s alter ego. And in her objects themselves, Stout has embedded the magic of art — a bewitching artifice — which is to say that her paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs are so carefully constructed and so authentically felt they conjure and sustain their own reality.

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    REVIEW: PURE’s Failure: A Love Story is a heartwarming and humorous show | Wed. Nov. 11, 2015

    Charleston City Paper

    Spoiler alert: The three daughters of the Fail family, Nelly, Jenny June, and Gertie all die in PURE Theatre’s play, Failure: A Love Story. Well, actually, it’s not a spoiler because they announce this fact in the beginning refrain, even including the cause of deaths: “blunt object, disappearance, and consumption,” respectively. Surely this cannot make for an uplifting love story. On the contrary, this latest PURE production is entirely heartwarming, largely due to a splendid cast, innovative choreography, and scintillating set design.

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    Community Partners 2015