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    Join The Halsey in World Art Drop Day today | Wed. Sep. 6, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    Did you know that the first Tuesday of September is World Art Drop Day? Well, it is, and guess what — that day is today. 

    Several years ago Jake Parker of Provo, Utah came up with World Art Drop Day as a means of connecting people through random acts of creativity. The premise is simple: all artists — a.k.a. anyone and everyone who creates — are invited to drop a piece of art and tell someone where to find it. Locally, The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is encouraging artists to participate. Head to their Facebook page to print off instructions. 

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
    2. Take a photo of the art and/or the hiding spot.
    3. Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on social media. Include #artdropday.

    Boom. You just added a little bit of sunshine to someone’s Tuesday. Carry on, artists of the world. 



    Halsey Institute Announces Arts Matter Day Participation and Incentive Benefits | Tue. Sep. 5, 2017

    The Charleston Chronicle

    Chris Jordan

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has announced its participation in the community day of giving, Arts Matter Day, on September 12, 2017. Organized by the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, Arts Matter Day is a 24-hour giving day supporting arts nonprofits in the Charleston area.

    On September 12, arts supporters can make donations online at to their favorite arts organizations, and the Arts Alliance will ensure those dollars go further by providing $150,000 in incentive funds to all participating groups.

    Donations to the Halsey Institute will directly support an upcoming project, SEA CHANGE, 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 Highand 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 up cycling discarded plastics into new objects. Aurora Robson will also have a piece exhibited at the South Carolina Aquarium.


    Charleston area boasts thriving arts scene befitting a much larger city | Tue. Aug. 29, 2017

    Post & Courier

    Erwin Redl, Rational Exuberance, installation view, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art 2016.

    Erwin Redl, Rational Exuberance, installation view, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art 2016.

    When it comes to the arts, Charleston is in a very good place. Its offerings are roughly equivalent to a city double or triple its size. It boasts a fine symphony orchestra, around 15 active theater companies, a terrific improv comedy group, multiple arts festivals (both large and small), important museums and galleries, film festivals, chamber music concerts, a few up-and-coming dance companies, a vibrant pop music scene and more.

    Patrons have so much to choose from on any given weekend, it’s impossible to see it all.

    It’s fair to say that Charleston is the cultural capital of the Southeast. The arts define the city’s character.


    Halsey Institute shows ‘sublime landscapes’ | Mon. Aug. 21, 2017

    Post & Courier

    Marc Trujillo, 200 East Cypress, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Hirschl & Adler, New York.

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is starting its 2017-18 season with a bang. The first of its fall shows is a fascinating study of landscapes, one set by Los Angeles-based painter Marc Trujillo, the other by Italian watercolor artist Riccarda de Eccher.

    Trujillo makes large hyper-realistic oil paintings of generic suburban subjects, sometimes interiors, sometimes exteriors, all focused on the banal yet strangely imbued with meaning, even emotion.

    He portrays “subjects not meant to be looked at,” he said. But in his hands they become mesmerizing, inescapable.


    The Halsey’s 2017 fall programs highlight human behavior and its effects on the environment | Fri. Aug. 18, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art announces a fall season teeming with exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, special member events, and discussions. From American purgatory to mountain peaks to trash as treasure, the Halsey’s programming is as diverse as it is universal — check out the full lineup below.


    Halsey Institute receives $15,000 grant from the NEA for Roberto Diago exhibit | Wed. Jun. 21, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    The College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has received a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for a 2018 exhibition of Cuban artist Roberto Diago’s work, which focuses on racism and the traces of slavery in the Caribbean.

    The exhibit is part of the special classes, performances, and events surrounding Cuba en el Horizonte, the college’s semester-long interdisciplinary project. Diago’s status as a Cuban artist was a big draw, Mark Sloan, the director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute, says.

    “He is among the most prominent contemporary artists in Cuba, and an emerging voice on the global stage,” Sloan says. “We have a long history of introducing artists like this to the Charleston community.”


    Two exhibits offer intriguing looks at technique, color | Thu. Jun. 15, 2017

    Charleston Scene

    Tom Stanley, #1 from the series Red, White, and Black, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 68 inches. Courtesy the artist and the George Gallery, Charleston.

    With Piccolo Spoleto at an end, the official start of summer happening next week and the kids (hopefully) sent off to camp, it’s time to fill up your calendar with artistic summertime events. Don’t forget to visit our art galleries and events (and take the kids, too!) so those mental muscles don’t atrophy while school is out.

    This week the focus is on two events that extend and expand the boundaries of contemporary art and its universal elements. I’ve met a few people who are frightened by the notion of contemporary art, incorrectly assuming contemporary art is distant and filled with indecipherable, confusing or alienating imagery. But, like many of our assumptions, they can be proven wrong through experience. And one of the best experiences is to hear directly from the artist.

    Tom Stanley, whose exhibition “Scratching the Surface” is on display at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art through July 8, will be offering an artist talk and guided gallery walk at 2 p.m. Saturday. 

    Stanley uses sgraffito in his abstract paintings, a method that scratches a layer of paint on a work to reveal a layer underneath. The underneath layer is sometimes a differing color and gives the painting a depth and contrast you might not see otherwise.


    The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Presents Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface | Fri. Jun. 9, 2017

    artGuide art news blog presents Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Associated with the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a leading contemporary exhibition space in South Carolina.  A top destination in the heart of Charleston, the Halsey is a must visit for any art patron.


    Tom Stanley’s sgraffito art is a mysterious world where nothing is really black-and-white | Tue. May. 23, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    When you walk into the Halsey this week, you’re being invited to solve a mystery.

    Tom Stanley’s paintings are a series of black-and-white rectangles etched with geometric shapes, tangled lines, boxy houses, and round-bellied boats. Coming face-to-face with his canvases feels like walking into a stark picture book co-created by Sweeney Todd and a young Frank Lloyd Wright. The works, produced over the last 14 years — while Stanley was doing double-duty as Chair of Winthrop University’s Department of Fine Arts — range from straightforward to mindfucking (in the best way).



    TOM STANLEY: Calm and Chaos | Thu. Apr. 20, 2017

    Art Mag

    Tom Stanley, ‘#1’, from the series Red, White, and Black, 2010, 48 x 68″, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

    Tom Stanley draws with paint. His work is graphic and he uses a limited palette of black, white and red, which he calls “the most useful colors.”

    He builds his own stretchers and often paints in the hallway outside his office/ studio at Winthrop University. Preferring to work on several pieces at once, Stanley paints one panel, takes it down, then moves onto another, and then another. This rotation allows him to be free from formulaic concerns.


    Community Partners 2017