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    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.


    Chris Johnson’s Question Bridge brings divisions in African-American culture into focus | Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    When he was a child back in the mid-1960s, photographer, performance artist, and filmmaker Chris Johnson lived in Brooklyn. That was pre-gentrification Brooklyn, meaning that Johnson, whose family was solidly middle-class, was surrounded by other African Americans who were both wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated.

    “African Americans couldn’t buy property outside of a few exclusive neighborhoods like Harlem and Bed-Stuy in New York,” Johnson says. “So you had this rich mixture of different classes of African Americans living in close proximity. My family was middle-class, and I had doctors and lawyers living not too far away from me.”


    NMWA’s #5WomenArtists Campaign is Rousing Success | Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    520 national and international cultural institutions from seven continents and 30 countries participated in the second year of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) acclaimed #5WomenArtists social media campaign, which has just been awarded a 2017 American Alliance of Museums’ MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in media. NMWA, the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating women artists, champions women in the arts all year long, but in March, during Women’s History Month, the museum has an even greater opportunity to celebrate women artists.



    The Halsey hosts a discussion on what it means to be a woman in the arts next Mon. March 27 | Fri. Mar. 24, 2017

    Charleston City Paper

    “Ask Your Mama” by Arianne King Comer, one of the five women artists speaking at The Halsey Mon. March 27

    At the beginning of the month, The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art joined the social media campaign #5womenartists; started by The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the goal of the campaign is to “call attention to the inequity women artists face, inspire conversation, and bring awareness to a larger audience.”

    On Mon., March 27, at 6 p.m. The Halsey will host five SC-based female artists — Michaela Pilar Brown, Arianne King Comer, Camela Guevara, Donna Cooper Hurt, and Kristi Ryba — who will each discuss their work and experience as women artists.


    The South’s Best City 2017: Charleston, South Carolina | Wed. Mar. 15, 2017

    Southern Living

    Jiha Moon, Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here, installation view, 2015. Courtesy the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, photo: Rick Rhodes.

    Charleston is having a moment. Again. Nearly 400 years after a group of enterprising colonists settled the jewel of the Lowcountry—a velveteen seaport that would come to be synonymous with Southern charm, skimmer boats, and the clip-clop of carriage tours—the Holy City continues to cast its spell on visitors far and wide.


    Community Partners 2017