New-look CMA reopens today

Today, the CMA collection returns to the galleries with a whole new way of looking at art. Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Museum of Art The mainstay museum in the state capital is still undertaking an aggressive renovation plan begun in 2016, but Phase 1 is now complete. After being closed completely for the last three weeks to finalize that work, it's back in business today. (Work on Phase 2 continues through 2018.) Each gallery examines a different theme, such as Art and Identity or Vice and Virtue, placing works from all over the globe and all throughout history in conversation with each other. Many of these works will be on view for the first time, and a number have been restored especially for the occasion. Three brand new galleries are devoted to modern and contemporary art. You'll see work from Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol along with works by artists like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, and Georgia O'Keeffe. You’ll be invited to contemplate, connect, and create with activities sprinkled throughout the galleries. All new brochures and a multimedia TAP tour give you multiple perspectives through which to consider what you see. And lightweight, collapsible stools make it easy to sit and think a while anywhere you’d like in the galleries. Two new exhibitions will open at the same time:

Explore on your own with a companion(s) or join a public tour (offered free with membership or admission every Sunday). CMA is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See weekend and other hours here.

Poet Kwame Dawes back in Columbia this Saturday

Poet and Verner Award recipient Kwame Dawes returns to Columbia for a workshop presented by Allen University on Saturday, Aug. 18. Dawes, a former USC professor now working as Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, will lead a workshop titled "The Art of Spoken and Written Word/Poetry in the Bible." The workshop will be held on Saturday at Bishop Memorial AME Church (2221 Washington St., Columbia) from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. The workshop is free and open to the public, but you must register online first. The workshop will explore poetic moments in the Bible and turn them into spaces of inspiration for new poems. Spoken Word poets, page poets, anyone interested in exploring their creative side are welcome. Kwame Dawes will create spaces to explore language and lyric that will result in forms of creative expression that will be “as urgent and vulnerable as true prayer,” says Dawes. Allen’s year-long project titled "Standing in the Need of Prayer" focuses on the use of art in worship and prayer and is partnering with four neighborhood churches: Bishop Memorial AME Church, First Calvary Baptist Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Born in Ghana in 1962, Dawes spent most of his childhood in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of the country, citing in a recent interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius (2007) remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Read his full bio on In 2008, the South Carolina Arts Commission presented him with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts in the individual category. In 2009 he was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

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Remembering Laura Spong (1926-2018)

The South Carolina Arts Commission notes with sadness the passing of Laura Spong of Columbia, recognized as one of South Carolina’s most prominent painters and the state’s premier abstract expressionist. In 2017, Spong was recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award Governor's Award for the Arts for Lifetime Achievement, presented annually by SCAC. She began painting in the 1950s, facing all of the obstacles common to women artists, and overcame these barriers through persistence and commitment to her work. She focused on developing her talents, always aiming to create good art rather than quick notoriety. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May issued the following statement on the agency's behalf:

"Looking back at Laura Spong’s long career as a painter, it is hard to imagine that her recognition as an artist came later in life. The South Carolina Arts Commission was able to purchase two paintings by Laura in 2006 for the State Art Collection.  These works mark important moments in her career – White Flowers from the late 1950s and Dancing Under the Street Light from the early 2000s. White Flowers is unique as it is one of only three works in the collection that pre-date 1960 and it’s even more unique in this group of three – it’s an abstract work by a female artist.

"Laura’s nomination for the 2017 Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement was a packet of  'love letters' from artists, arts professionals and others who thrived under her mentorship and were inspired by her quiet leadership. Yet, even during the Verner Awards activities, which are designed to shine a spotlight, she shrugged off the attention. Her focus was as always, on art as a way of life, and not on the acknowledgement of her extraordinary career."

Details on arrangements can be viewed here. Below, some who knew or worked with Ms. Spong share feelings or anecdotes about her life and work.

From Wim Roefs

“Laura was ready, and so we have to be. I am terribly sad about it, though, and a bit choked up, even though I knew it was coming. Laura simply was one of the greats, as an artist and a human being, and I am very glad that I was part of her life for the past 18 or 20 years, and that she is part of mine. Laura just never disappointed. Great painter, cool person, living in an unusual but so compelling home, funny, quirky, principled, living the opposite of an un-examined life. You name it. Committed, to art and doing right and treating people well. All of it. And so unassuming, as a person and an artist. It took her forever to refer to herself as 'an artist;' for the longest time, she would say 'painter' instead. She never quite got used to being considered such a good artist and, at least within the South Carolina context, an important one. When she won the Verner Award, she looked at me, somewhat sheepishly, and said: ‘I thought that was only for really important people.’ I explained that she was important. "She won’t fade out of people’s memory anytime soon. And when those people and their memories die, there will be hundreds of Laura Spong paintings in hundreds of homes and public and institutional collections. So she’ll live on, and that’s great comfort.”  

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North Charleston seeks teaching artists for elementary after-school program

Application deadline: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 Thanks to the dedication of Mayor Summey and city council, North Charleston has been committed to providing after school programs in public elementary schools within city limits since 2008. One component of these programs is to provide arts enrichment classes through the city’s cultural arts department. The department provides a multi-disciplined roster of artists to teach these classes and is currently seeking artists to offer instruction in the program for the 2018/19 school year. Local artists in all disciplines with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to instruct elementary age students are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted positions by Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. There is a particular need for teaching artists in dance, music, theatre, and creative writing. The parameters for the After School Arts Enrichment Program are as follows:

1) Time Commitment: Program dates are Sept. 4, 2018, through June 6, 2019. Teaching artists offer instruction at their assigned site twice a week for two months, which equals 16 days of class activities. Instruction takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Timeframe includes one (1) hour for class activity and 30 minutes prep/clean-up time for a total of 1.5 hours each visit (3 hours total each week). Cultural Arts requests a minimum two-month commitment from participating artists. Artists able to serve longer are rotated to a new site after each two-month term and may serve up to two sites each term, depending on need/availability.

2) Site Details: Eleven elementary schools in North Charleston are identified program sites. Class size will vary at each site. Teaching artists should anticipate working with an average of 30 students at a time. Each site has at least one staff member in the class to assist with the children.

3) Rate of Pay: $20/hour. Cultural Arts provides materials. A limited supply budget is available depending on the needs of the arts discipline. All disciplines are approved for 1.5 hours per day for a total of 3 hours per week.

To ensure the safety of the children, background checks are required for all teaching artists selected to participate in the program. Interested artists should submit samples of their work (images, sound clips, videos, etc.) along with a current résumé or CV by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Application materials may be emailed to or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016. For more information about the After School Arts Enrichment program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website or call 843-740-5854.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Simmons, Deputy Director City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department 843.740,5854 |

Leo Twiggs wins prestigious 1858 Prize

Orangeburg artist Leo Twiggs – 2017 recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts for lifetime achievement and "elder statesman of contemporary art in South Carolina" – is the first S.C. artist to win the Society 1858 Prize for Contemporary Art. A native of St. Stephen, Twiggs works in batik, a wax-resist method of dying textiles. Much of his work explores family history, cultural heritage, and how the past is manifest in contemporary life. His series titled Requiem for Mother Emanuel recently traveled throughout the southeast, earning acclaim as a powerful tribute to the nine church members slain during the horrific shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art awards $10,000 to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted exclusively from August through September each year.
The prize is presented by Society 1858, a member auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art where young professionals support the Gibbes Museum with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Further reading See the exclusive by Adam Parker in the Post & Courier.

Tuning Up: SCAC fellow’s new play to debut + Camden gallery’s season opens

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

SCAC fellowship recipient to debut new play. “Boy About Ten” will debut Aug. 17 and run until Aug. 25 on the Thigpen Main Stage at Columbia’s Trustus Theatre. It is playwright Dr. Jon Tuttle's sixth world premier at Trustus, where he is resident playwright. Tuttle received the SCAC's fellowship for playwriting in 2000. Read more on "Boy About Ten" and Tuttle from the Morning News/SC Now. Bassett Gallery opens new season. "Tuning Up" is happy for a quick check-in just up U.S. 1 in Camden, where grantee the Fine Arts Center is set to open the 2018/2019 Bassett Gallery season on Thursday night. Camden artist Dot Goodwin's exhibition "Life with HeART" is first up. Spartanburg 1 touts ABC Project grants. Spartanburg School District 1 scored the largest percentage of ABC — Arts in Basic Curriculum — grant funding of any district in the state, according to the Herald-Journal. The total amount headed to the district is $67,000 distributed among seven district schools. Thanks for promoting your grant!
The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. ICYMI: Calling all potters! The Macon (Ga.) Arts Alliance would like to share with you Fired Works 2019 Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale featuring 60 potters from Georgia and the Southeast to be held April 5-14, 2019 in ... Macon, Georgia. The entry fee and exhibition are free to the exhibitors. Get, ahem, fired up! Hard details here. Let's show them what #SCArtists can do! (The deadline is Dec. 1, so we'll remind you once or twice between now and then.)

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Aug. 13

Though far from the only thing, grants are certainly among the main things we do here. And because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the instances of people telling us, "If only we'd known about X grant!" We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

GrantsThis week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult your county or discipline coordinator with questions.

Next week

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Important Notes

  • NEW: Applications are now being accepted for individual artist fellowships in four disciplines. The deadline for artists in those disciplines to apply for the $5,000 grants is Nov. 8. As that is the next grant deadline after this week, this will be the last "Grants Roundup" until early October. We're not crying; you're crying! Other Hub content will continue apace. "Grants Roundup" will see you in Pumpkin Season.
  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC deadline page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult:
    • your county coordinator if you represent local organizations, businesses, or educational institutions, or
    • your discipline coordinator if you're an individual artist or serve the statewide population.

Teachers become students at SCAAHC’s Summer Teacher Institute

A group of 23 public school teachers from across South Carolina reversed roles and became students recently when they participated in the “2018 School Desegregation in South Carolina” Summer Teacher Institute. The institute was sponsored by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC), whose mission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the S.C. Department of Archives and History. “The five-day Summer Institute’s purpose was to provide teachers with additional resources they can use to enhance their teaching of the state’s history that reflects African American heritage,” said Jannie Harriot, vice chair of SCAAHC and executive director of its fundraising arm, the S.C. African American Heritage Foundation (SCAAHF). “The ... institute teachers create lesson plans for grades K-12 based on the public school desegregation lawsuits in Darlington and Clarendon counties: Stanley v. the Darlington County Board of Education and Briggs v. Elliot, respectively,” Harriot said. “So, we applied to the S.C. Arts Commission for a grant to conduct this institute and to bring teachers together to write the plans.” Wallace Foxworth is an eighth-grade social studies instructor who teaches South Carolina history at Johnakin Middle School in Marion. He said the institute expanded his understanding of how school desegregation happened. Meeting people involved with those cases, such as Nathaniel Briggs, the son of Harry Briggs, Sr., lead plaintiff in Briggs v. Elliott, and Joseph DeLaine, Jr., whose father was also involved in the case was inspirational. “I wanted to gain a better view of what is out there beside what we find in the textbooks,” Foxworth said. “The textbooks have a certain slant on history, and sometimes the slant is misguided concerning the contributions of African Americans in history. To be a more effective history teacher and bring more balance to history, this is something I feel is necessary.” In addition to learning about the school desegregation cases, institute participants also learned about other facets of South Carolina African American history that they can incorporate into lesson plans. Mary Hoyt, a music teacher who teaches strings to fifth- and sixth-grade students at Chapin Intermediate School in Chapin said that she already has some ideas about how to incorporate information she learned about jazz great and Cheraw native Dizzy Gillespie into lesson plans. “I just love history,” Hoyt said. “I am not from South Carolina and I find South Carolina to be a fascinating place with so many layers of history. I welcome the chance to learn more and enrich my classroom for my students. I feel privileged to be here.” The teachers will submit 20 lesson plans that will go into a teacher’s guide that the S.C. Department of Education will disseminate across the state for teachers to use in their classrooms, Harriot said. Teachers who participated in the institute included Jasmine Govan, Stephanie Gold, and Kay Ingram of Richland District 1; Melinda Hanna, Allison Geddings, Joceline Murdock, and Ashley Rogers of Darlington County School District; Andrea Walker from Allendale County Schools; Wallace Foxworth from Marion County Schools; Amy Robinson of the Beaufort School District; Mary Hoyt, Lexington/Richland School District Five; Tracy Carter, Lisa Hyman, and Michael Jenkins from Florence District 1; Wonda Hilliard of Greenville County Schools; Brian Day of Calhoun County Schools; Barbara Bodison from Berkeley County Schools; Coastal Carolina University English Professor Dr. Veronica Gerald; South Carolina State University student Enifinette; and retired educator Patricia Evans Hall. Institute presenters included:

  • Jean Grosser, professor of art, Coker College
  • Joy Young, S.C. Arts Commission
  • Dr. Larry D. Watson, professor of history, South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Bobby Donaldson, professor of history, University of South Carolina and the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at USC
  • Dr. Valinda Littlefield, director of African American studies, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Louis Venters, associate professor of history, Francis Marion University
  • Dr. Jennifer Heusel, assistant professor of communication, Coker College
  • Brian Gandy, Darlington County Historical Commission
  • Felicia Flemming McCall, Southern African American Heritage Center
  • Cecil Williams, photographer
  • Joseph DeLaine, Briggs v. Elliott
  • Nathaniel Briggs, Briggs v. Elliott
  • James Felder, historian
  • Alada Shinault Small, historian and Charleston tour guide

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Development, education positions open at Halsey Institute

Halsey InstituteThe Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art submitted two job openings to The Hub for applicants to join a fast-growing contemporary art organization and bring innovative and adventurous programming to the Charleston community. We've combined them into one post. Best of luck!

Development Director

Closing date: Aug. 27, 2018 (Official posting on Develops, presents and implements a comprehensive marketing and development plan for the Halsey Institute. Works with Institutional Advancement, Division of Marketing and Communication, the School of the Arts leadership, etc. to promote the Institute, cultivate new donors and grow the Halsey Institute’s membership. Represents the Halsey Institute’s membership program in the broader community and to other arts organizations. Also:
  • Works with Halsey and School of the Arts leadership to develop, promote and implement an annual calendar of events, appeals, and programs to engage the gallery donors, members, and the local community to achieve fundraising goals. Strategically leverages the gallery resources to support solicitation and stewardship goals. Develops and oversees all donor appreciation and acknowledgment activities (approx. 15 per year), membership drives and stewardship efforts. Oversees membership related events and manages a portfolio of individuals, corporations, and organizations with donor potential. Creates targeted appeals.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and summarizes activities and success rates for the Director and Chief Curator. Consults with leadership to build strategic and tactical plans for setting and achieving annual giving goals. Uses data and best practices to forecast annual and long-term fundraising projections. Prepares and analyzes ad hoc and regular reports to predict trends and advise leadership.
  • Researches new grant opportunities and creates foundation and government grant proposals. Ensures compliance with existing grant parameters. Works closely with the Office of Grants and Research to ensure accurate and timely submissions, tracking, spending and reporting on all grants.
  • Responsible for managing and monitoring a variety of complex State, foundation and grant accounts.
  • To see additional duties, required skills/knowledge/abilities, salary range, and to apply, please click here.

Education Coordinator

Closing date: Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 Part-time, entry-level position, 20 hours a week with additional hours during periods of high activity. Job duties
  • Assist the Director of Public Affairs in the implementation of all educational programs.
  • Primary contact for tour booking and coordination process
  • Maintain calendar of tours booked
  • Lead guided exhibition tours
  • Assist in recruiting and training Halsey Institute tour guides
  • Identify and recruit potential new organizations, groups, and schools for participation in the guided tour program
  • Coordinate the evaluation process for educational programming to monitor tour success and develop improvements to programming
  • Assist, on a project-by-project basis, with the implementation of educational outreach initiatives
  • Manage the Halsey Institute Archives
  • Manage the Halsey Institute’s library, Biblioteca
  • Salary: $12.50 an hour
  • Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Education or related fields
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Must be proficient with computers and Microsoft Office products
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to work on several projects simultaneously
    • Strong time management skills
    • Strong public speaking skills
How to Apply Send a resume, cover letter, and two references to the attention of Lizz Biswell, Director of Public Affairs at
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

SCAC calls ‘open season’ on fellowships, awards

We at the S.C. Arts Commission play nice with, if not actually like, all our fellow state agencies. But with all due respect to our S.C. Department of Natural Resources friends across the street in the Dennis Building, today we're calling "open season." That's because Aug. 8 marks the opening up of applications for individual artist fellowship grants and nominations for South Carolina's top arts awards: the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. You might ask, "Why today?" to which we'll reply, "Shhh, we're hunting wabbit"  "it just happened that way." Regardless, read below for information on what's open – and when it closes.


Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts These annual awards honor South Carolina arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community, and government entities who maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts. Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards Also presented annually, these awards honor practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards each year. These awards are in partnership with the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum.


Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards of $5,000 are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. (There is a long list of accomplished fellowship recipients here.) Applications are now open for FY2020. The disciplines in the rotation are:
  • Visual Arts
  • Craft
  • Music: Composition
  • Music: Performance
Each category will have one recipient if enough applications are received. Please contact the appropriate S.C. Arts Commission discipline coordinator for guidance regarding eligibility and restrictions:
  • Visual Arts and Craft: Harriett Green (email | 803.734.8762)
  • Music: Compostion and Performance: Joy Young (email | 803.734.8203)
Only online applications will be accepted. For additional information and/or assistance, please contact LaRuchala Murphy at the SCAC via email or by calling 803.734.8680.
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