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Add your event to Arts Daily!

The South Carolina Arts Commission's arts calendar, Arts Daily, has joined forces with The Hub. Now you can visit one place to view or submit arts news AND events! Long-time Arts Daily users will notice that the revamped event submission process is simpler. You can also add your arts venue (if you haven't already) to The Hub's venue list through the Arts Daily submission process. Online readers of Arts Daily can search and sort events to find activities based on location, art form or type of event. Is your event or opportunity right for Arts Daily? If it's arts-related, open to the public, and of interest to people in South Carolina, then yes! Event types include auditions, calls for entries & contests, classes, conferences, exhibitions, fellowships & residencies, openings, book signings, performances, screenings and more. You'll choose the type when you submit your event or opportunity. To submit arts events to Arts Daily, use the Submit Events button. (Be sure to submit your event at least one month in advance.) If your event has an interesting news element, you can also send it to The Hub through the Submit Story button. Arts events submitted at least one month in advance will appear on the Arts Daily website, and some will be recorded for radio.

How to decide what to submit where

Submit Event to Arts Daily: Arts Daily listings and radio announcements are limited to the key details and a brief description of your event and will direct readers to your website or organization for a lengthier description. Arts events submitted at least one month before the event will be posted to the online Arts Daily calendar. Not all events are recorded for the radio. The earlier you submit, the longer it will appear on the Arts Daily site for readers to find and the better chance the event will be recorded for radio. You can even submit an entire season at once! Submit Story to The Hub: If your event has a news component, you can also submit a lengthier article or news release through The Hub's Submit Story button. Story submissions, if accepted, appear as articles on The Hub's main page and "roll off" the page as other articles are posted -- the lifespan of a Hub article is much shorter than an Arts Daily entry. Hub articles will direct readers to your website or organization for more information. What makes an event newsworthy? A few questions to ask: Does the event relate to a larger purpose (e.g., an artist's studio or gallery opening is a result of the arts reviving a downtown, a celebrity S.C. artist is participating to raise awareness and/or funds, a student exhibition illustrates the benefit of arts education, etc.)? Is this a first time for the event, or a milestone anniversary? Did the project break an attendance or fundraising record? Sometimes the news element occurs after an event when you're ready to share results and photos. Bottom line: Submit ALL arts events to Arts Daily, at least one month in advance. Submit more info about your event to The Hub ONLY if there is an extra news element. Remember, you may also use the Submit Story button to send your feature articles, blog posts, stories, etc. about arts topics other than events.

Writing your Arts Daily Event Description

Arts Daily web listings and radio announcements are designed to provide the most vital pieces of information about your event or opportunity and refer users to ArtsDaily.org and/or to your website or organization for details. We encourage you to use your Event Description space to provide a self-contained, factual summary of your event or opportunity. ONLY the text in the Event Description field will be used in your radio announcement, should your submission be chosen for broadcast. What to include in the Event Description:
  • The name of the event or opportunity and a brief description of it
  • Who is responsible for it (hosting or presenting organization)
  • Where (venue and city)
  • When (date and time)
  • Cost to participate
  • Deadline for the public to participate (e.g., registration, submission), if applicable. (Note: This is not a deadline for posting on Arts Daily.)
What not to include in the Event Description:
  • Contact information. Radio announcements will direct listeners to the Arts Daily website where you have entered this information.
  • Superlatives (such as “the best,” “beautiful,” “a great achievement,” etc.) will be excluded from the final listing.
Want a template? Try this: (Name of the presenting or host organization) presents (name of the event), (event date) at (event time), at (event venue) in (city, and state if not South Carolina). (Provide a description of the event, so that Arts Daily users will understand what it is and whether or not they would like to attend.) Tickets are (cost). (Provide registration and/or submission requirements and/or deadline, if applicable.) Questions? We're happy to help. Contact us here. About Arts Daily Arts Daily is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina ETV Radio, and the College of Charleston.

Call for Art

Florence Library seeks authors for expo

The Florence County Library is accepting applications from local and regional authors to appear at the Fourth Pee Dee Local Author Expo. The Expo takes place Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 South Dargan St., Florence. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 22 for the 17 available slots. Applicants will be notified of the selections before January 10. The application form is available online. The Pee Dee Local Author Expo features a variety of works including poetry, plays, romance, inspirational works, children’s books, ghost stories, instructional nonfiction and historical fiction. The books will be available for sale, and authors will sign their works and answer questions. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (843) 413-7074. Via: Florence County Library

Recognition

Artist spotlight: Claire Bryant – cellist, teacher, advocate

clairebryantSouth Carolina is well-represented by successful artists who were born or raised here but who now live beyond the state's borders. Cellist Claire Bryant, based in New York City, is one artist who maintains close ties with her birthplace as a musician and educator. Bryant performs Nov. 20 in a homecoming recital at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (details available on the FAC website.) Here's an excerpt from Bryant's bio. Find out more about her on her website.

New York City-based cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a leading performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire in premiere venues such as Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Barbican Centre. Bryant is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber music collective, Decoda - an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and is the principal cellist of Trinity Wall Street’s chamber orchestra, Novus N.Y. Bryant is a frequent guest artist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band and Ensemble ACJW, of which she is an alumna. Bryant has appeared as a soloist with orchestras from South Carolina to California and from Honduras to Finland performing concertos of Haydn, Elgar, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Vivaldi, among others, and appears frequently at festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Bryant is equally engaged as an educator and advocate for inclusive arts in society. Her international body of work in these areas was recognized in 2010 with The Robert Sherman Award for outstanding innovation in community outreach and music education by the McGraw Hill Companies.  In 2009, she founded a community residency project through chamber music in her native South Carolina called “"Claire Bryant and Friends.”" This endeavor brings world-class artists to communities for weeklong residencies which go beyond the concert hall - bringing engaging pedagogy and performances into the public schools, advocacy forums supporting arts education, and community concerts and creative projects in diverse and innovative venues including hospitals, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities.

She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was in the pilot class of The Academy -- A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an assistant faculty for Professor Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School from 2007 –to 2012.

Photo of Claire Bryant by Caroline Bittencourt Fotografia
 

News

Nickelodeon begins renovation of second theater

From The Free Times:

The Nickelodeon, which moved to its new home on Main Street in 2012, is forging ahead with construction of an upstairs screening space, scheduled to be completed by spring 2015.With 125 seats, the upstairs theater will be both larger and more upscale than the current screening space downstairs, which has 100 seats.The seats will also be nicer and more comfortable, says Executive Director Andy Smith, and plans call for restoring all the Art Deco flourishes from the refurbished theater’s Depression-era heritage.The theater will be equipped with projection systems that will accommodate both digital and 35 mm formats.After completing the $3 million Phase 1 construction of the Main Street theater in 2012, The Nick started raising $2 million for Phase 2, which covers the upstairs screening space.This final phase is still just shy of raising $180,000, which is needed both to cover construction costs and to establish a facility reserve fund.The facility reserve fund is both a rainy day account to cover emergencies and to prepare for any expensive format changes to film projection standards that may be on the horizon.The Nickelodeon is hoping to raise the $180,000 remainder through the Save Your Seat campaign, wherein donors can buy a seat at the new theater for $1,500. For Smith, having two screens not only doubles viewer choices but reduces programming conflicts. The Nickelodeon would not have to choose between indie films that open on the same weekend, as was the case this past summer with Boyhood and Magic in the Moonlight. Also, having two screens keeps the theater from being tied up with a single movie for an extended period. “If we’re showing Birdman for two weeks, we’ll have the opportunity to bring in some of the smaller films that, when you only have one screen, are tougher to program,” Smith says. Another consideration is The Nick’s core audience, some of whom were there from the beginning in 1979, and never missed a show at the old Pendleton and Main location. “We have audiences, especially from the old space, that are used to coming to us every week to see what we were showing. If we show the same film for four weeks in a row, we don’t see them three other times during the month. That’s what’s so exciting to us, is that it allows us to bring more to our potential customers.” Also, it allows for more risk, which has always been a Nickelodeon trademark. “When you’re only one screen, your revenue for the night is 100 percent dependent on what you’re showing,” Smith says. “If you’re showing something kind of obscure, and you only have six people come, that’s kind of expensive.” Having one screen showing a well-known or popular film shoulders the financial burden of a lesser-known foreign import or documentary. “What multiplexes figured out a long time ago is the more screens you have, the better chance you have that you’re showing something that someone wants to see,” Smith says. “And your overhead doesn’t really go up when you add a screen. You’re still selling tickets and concessions at the same place." On average, Smith says, theaters across the country have seen a 110 percent increase in ticket sales by adding a second screen. “Your audience more than doubles, and that’s going to have a real impact on us and really let us grow.” Smith expects the added revenue will also help support the theater’s Helen Hills Media Education Center, which teaches filmmaking and cinema appreciation to students, as well as the annual Indie Grits Festival. The construction plans will put staff offices upstairs, freeing downstairs space for the Media Education Lab for afterschool and summer camp programs. Smith says keeping a 35 mm projection system is important to show films that are not available digitally. That would include the bulk of material stored at the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections, which uses the Nickelodeon for its annual Home Movie Day and other events. Once construction is complete next year, Smith says the Nick’s immediate focus will be on the film program. “Our big goals are going to be to grow the education programs a lot,” he says. Besides the annual Indie Grits Festival — which has become an annual institution for new and struggling filmmakers around the South — the Nick is expanding its focus both high (New York Film Critics Series) and low (First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion). “We want to foster the artistic community here in Columbia,” Smith says. “We’ve still got work to do, but I think we’re really making strides.” Image: rendering of the upstairs second screen

Stories

Kidney transplant connects theatre alums for a lifetime

Monica and Erin at fundraiser Monica Wyche, left, and Erin Wilson at a fundraiser held in their honor Two South Carolina actors, Erin Wilson and Monica Wyche, already connected through the arts, are now bonded in a life-altering way. Wyche recently donated a kidney to Wilson, who was diagnosed with acute kidney failure in 2013. The transplant operation took place in early November, and both women are doing well. This blog post, written by Sheryl McAlister and reprinted on Jasper Magazine's website, is a synopsis of their story, their connections through the arts, and the arts community that embraces all of us.  

Part 1, Erin’s Story: “Let’s get this Show on the Road” The first time I saw Erin Thigpen Wilson was March, 2014, in Charleston, SC. She was playing a sadistic human trafficker in PURE Theatre’s production of Russian Transport. She was the matriarch of a group of equally sadistic family members. She scared the shit out of me. “Art…,” Edgar Degas said, after all “… is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Meeting her, mercifully, was altogether different. She’s groovy in an old school, hippy sort of way. Laid back with a been-there, done-that attitude. Funny. Quick wit. Seemingly carefree. She grew up in community theatre in Columbia, SC, the child of a father who was a community theatre actor and high school drama teacher and a mother who ran the box office of the local theatre out of her living room. She performed in too many plays to count, starting at the age of 5 as “Rabbit #3” in Workshop Theatre’s production of Winnie the Pooh. Long ago, she learned how to play make believe. Seemingly…. carefree. Early in the summer of 2013, she nearly died. Her kidneys were destroyed. Doctors still don’t know why. “I was having trouble breathing, but that’s normal for me,” Wilson, an asthma sufferer, said. “The first doctor told me I had bronchitis and gave me an antibiotic. But a week later, I had this incredible body pain. My bones hurt. I didn’t sleep for days.” A second opinion led to tests that revealed elevated creatinine levels. As the doctor ran yet another set of tests to verify her assumptions, she told Wilson to decide which hospital she wanted to go to in the meantime. And she told her to decide quickly. Wilson’s husband Laurens had met her at the doctor’s office. “We just looked at each other and were like ‘WHAT?’ The doctor told us we could go by ambulance or drive ourselves but if we decided to drive ourselves, we had to drive straight there. No stops.” They called her parents – Sally Boyd & Les Wilson and Jim & Kay Thigpen. And her in-laws, Hank & Sue Wilson. She spent two days in the ICU and was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. Her only option was dialysis. And just like that… Life, as she knew it, had changed forever. Read the rest of the post on Jasper Magazine's site.

Call for Art

Greensboro, N.C. seeks artists for public art design and installation

Action Greensboro seeks submissions of interest and qualifications from professional artists residing in the United States who will work with their own artist-led team to design, fabricate and install the third of four major public art cornerstones to be commissioned for the Downtown Greenway in Greensboro, N.C. This project also requires that the artist and their team design an artwork that incorporates inclusive play into the overall public art concept, as well as a comprehensive plan for the site itself. Individual artists are also welcome to apply. Their work will be considered as a part of an overall plan that would be developed in collaboration with a larger team of city planners, local designers and landscape architects. The budget for the design, fabrication and installation of this cornerstone and the surrounding site is $430,000. The submission deadline is Dec. 5. Find complete project guidelines and application instructions online. Via: Greensboro Downtown Greenway  

News

New S.C. education superintendent says the arts are a priority

From The Greenville News Story by Paul Hyde

Her predecessor tried to cut funding for arts education, but newly elected state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is offering a sharply contrasting message to arts supporters: "You've got my ear and my support." Spearman, a former state legislature who spent 18 years as a choral music teacher in public schools, is pledging to be a staunch advocate for arts education in South Carolina schools. "I hope my friends in the arts community realize that they've got a friend, someone who understands the importance of the arts as a state superintendent," Spearman said. Spearman said she's a strong supporter of two state arts-education programs that in the past have been targeted for elimination by some of her fellow Republicans, including outgoing state Superintendent Mick Zais and Gov. Nikki Haley. Spearman's election is being widely praised by advocates for arts education in the public schools. "I think it's great that the state's lead educator is someone who has an understanding that the arts are an integral part of all children's education, not just something extra they do between math and English," said Braxton Ballew, education director for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Ellen Westkaemper, who oversees education programs for the Greenville Art Museum, said Spearman's election is good news particularly for students in rural South Carolina schools who may have less exposure to the arts. "I was very happy when I saw her name on the ballot because I've known her for many years as a fantastic arts educator," Westkaemper said. "South Carolina has a lot of great things happening in the field of arts education and I think Molly is really going to be able to make sure things are equally distributed to all parts of the state, guaranteeing access in some of the rural and remote parts of the state." Spearman said she would support the state Department of Education's primary funding stream for the arts, the Arts Curricula Innovation Grants Program. Arts educators can use the grants in a variety of ways to enhance a school's arts programs, from professional development to designing an arts curriculum with consultants. "In 2013-14, 73 grants benefited 105,890 students throughout South Carolina," said Betty Plumb, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, an umbrella organization of arts groups in the state. Zais provoked the wrath of arts advocates by twice recommending that the $1.5 million program be eliminated. Attempts to reach Zais for comment were unsuccessful. Ensuring access Spearman said she's committed to making sure all South Carolina students have access to arts education, particularly in the state's poorer rural districts. "I've seen the disparities of school districts that exist side by side," Spearman said. In the 1980s as a choral teacher, Spearman moved from the well-funded Chapin Elementary School to the then-struggling Saluda High School. "I moved 18 miles and I went from having everything possible at my fingertips — a keyboard lab, a guitar lab, a beautiful auditorium — to working in an old portable with an upright piano," Spearman said. "I still understand those disparities and I'm going to be speaking up for those children across the state," she added. Spearman said a state arts education program, the Arts in Basic Curriculum project, dramatically transformed Saluda High School's arts curriculum for the better. "I wrote a grant and Saluda was one of the first sites in the Arts in Basic Curriculum project," she said. "Because of that support, we were able to bring in resources, buy instruments and bring in artists-in-residence. We totally changed the arts program in Saluda. I'm a huge supporter of the Arts in Basic Curriculum." The ABC program is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, an agency that Haley sought to eliminate three years in a row. Her vetoes, however, were overturned by the Legislature. This year, Haley chose not to veto funding for the agency. "In South Carolina, the arts are under constant scrutiny, and in recent years, our state arts commission has come very close to extinction," said Alan Ethridge, executive director of Greenville's Metropolitan Arts Council. "Ms. Spearman will be an excellent advocate for arts education and ultimately the arts throughout the state." Plumb said the ABC program funds initiatives to enhance arts programs already in existence in a school. "It might be paying for a dance or theater teacher for a year if a district's finances can't cover those things," Plumb said. "It might be for other programs or to implement a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) project." Lifelong commitment Spearman's involvement with the arts extends back to her childhood. She began playing piano and organ at her small country church when she was 12 years old. She and her family still attend the same church today, and she continues to serve as the music director and organist. Spearman majored in music education at Lander College (now University) and was elected student body president. She later earned a master of education supervision from George Washington University and an education specialist degree from the University of South Carolina. Her first teaching job was as a choral teacher at Gilbert High School in Lexington School District 1. She taught for a few years in Maryland before returning with her family to South Carolina. Spearman continued to teach choral music before becoming a principal. In 1993, Spearman was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives, serving four terms. In 1998, Spearman was appointed deputy superintendent of education for governmental relations at the state Department of Education. For the past nine years, Spearman has led the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. "I'm excited about having a former arts educator with such a range of experience as our superintendent of education," said Anne Tromsness, director of education for the Warehouse Theatre. Spearman said the arts enhance — rather than detract from — a school's other academic subjects. "I know the importance of the arts," Spearman said. "It's not just about teaching an appreciation of the beautiful things in this world. It's part of the basic curriculum. You can learn math and science and teach all of the curriculum through the arts. I understand and appreciate that and I'm going to be pushing that." The arts also play a crucial role in keeping students interested in school and from dropping out, Spearman said. "We're going to be pushing the idea that the way to increase the graduation rate is to engage them while they're in school, and the arts do that for most every student," Spearman said. An emphasis nationwide on standardized testing has negatively impacted the arts, but that may be changing, Spearman said. "South Carolina used to be a leader in arts education and we still have some very strong programs, but it's true that, because of high-stakes testing, a lot of the funding for arts has been reduced in all states," Spearman said. "But I see that pendulum swinging back. I think people have realized that was a mistake. If we're going to teach the whole child and individualize and engage students in their learning, there's no content area for that better than the arts."
Image: Arts in the Basic Curriculum presentation, South Florence High School (2013)

Recognition

Furman University English professor wins Pushcart Prize

joni-tevisDr. Joni Tevis, associate professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for her essay, “What the Body Knows,” which was published in the November/December 2013 issue of Orion magazine. Tevis’ essay appears in the just-published 2015 Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses. The Pushcart Prize is a major literary award that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays and other works that appear in small presses during the previous year. The series has been published every year since 1976. “What The Body Knows” is about a river rafting trip that Tevis and her husband, David, took through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the summer of 2009. With a guide, the two spent two weeks paddling the Canning River 140 miles north to the Arctic Ocean.

“We were above the Arctic Circle in midsummer, so the sun never set the whole time we were there,” Tevis said. “We saw herds of caribou and muskoxen, lots of interesting lichen species, migratory birds. It was an amazing time.” Tevis joined the Furman English faculty in 2008, where she teaches literature and creative writing. Her first collection of essays, The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory, was published in 2007.  A new essay collection, The World Is On Fire, is slated for publication in April 2015 and will include the award-winning “What the Body Knows.” Tevis’ writing has also appeared in Oxford American, Shenandoah, Conjunctions, AGNI, The Bellingham Review, North Dakota Quarterly and Barrelhouse.  She is a graduate of Florida State University, and holds M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Houston. For more information, visit the Pushcart Prize website or call Furman’s News and Media Relations office at (864) 294-3107.

Recognition

South Carolina’s Brooklyn Mack breaks racial barrier

From The Free Times: Image: From the Washington Post - Brooklyn Mack in Giselle

South Carolina’s dance sensation Brooklyn Mack, who got his start with the Columbia Classical Ballet, is partnering with famous American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland in the Washington Ballet’s first production of Swan Lake, The Washington Post reported. The Post called Copeland's appearance with the Washington Ballet "a coup of historic proportions." Mack and Copeland have the leading roles as principal dancers in the story. Both Mack and Copeland are stars in the ballet world, known for their strong and bold charisma on stage, and both are African-American. Putting two African-American lead roles in a typically “white” production like Swan Lake represents the breaking down of barriers on the stage. This will be the first full-length production of Swan Lake in the Washington Ballet’s 70- year history. Click here for the full Washington Post article.

Recognition

Converse College professor a finalist for annual art prize

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal: (Story by Jenny Arnold; photo by Michael Justus)

On road trips across the South, Andrew Blanchard collects images to be used in his artwork. Churches, rusted pickup trucks, graffiti, business signs and even roadkill - Blanchard, 37, a Converse College art professor, shoots photos of it all. He then incorporates these images of the South into his printmaking process. “I don't call them photographs,” Blanchard said, while working on a piece in a studio at Converse recently. “I call them images. They're a means to an end.” The new piece incorporates five churches - Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal and Methodist - from photos taken on Southern road trips. Sometimes a few words or a phrase inspires a new piece for Blanchard, who plans to title the latest piece, “Which Way Will I Go?” Some of his works aim to destroy Southern stereotypes or blur the lines between urban, rural and country, he said. The art that comes from Blanchard's unique process of printmaking on wood panels now has him in the running for a prize to recognize outstanding young artists in South Carolina. He is a finalist for the Columbia-based 701 Center for Contemporary Artists' annual prize. The purpose of the competition “is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit,” according to the center. Blanchard's prints have collectors around the world. His work has been viewed by best-selling authors John Grisham and Stephen King, and bought by NFL quarterback Eli Manning. Blanchard's mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in more than 100 national and international juried print exhibitions and was included recently in New American Paintings and the Oxford American magazine, which named him among the New Superstars of Southern Art. Although his work has received accolades, Blanchard is excited about his art being recognized in the state he now calls home. “I'm really happy, super thankful,” he said. As Blanchard says in his artist's biography on his website, andrewblanchard.net, he was born in the “wild swamps” of Louisiana and grew up in Waveland, Miss. While in high school, he was inspired by the woodcuts of Walter Anderson and developed his interest in printmaking. “I got a hold of printmaking in my sophomore year of high school,” Blanchard said. “Printmaking is a lot of manual labor, and that's what I grew up doing.” That manual labor included laying carpet and carpentry. Woodworking is something Blanchard continues today - he makes his own wood panels for his prints, and built the cabinets at Cakehead Bake Shop, which his wife, Liz, owns. Blanchard's portfolio includes the series, “Dixie Totems,” which features images hand painted signs and pickup trucks and began as paper prints. He uses similar photos with Southern themes in his work now, but prints on wood. “Most people print on paper,” Blanchard said. “Working on wood panels is just so fun. People think they're paintings.” Wood is a more forgiving medium than paper. If Blanchard sees a mistake, it's easy to wipe it away with a wet rag or sand it out, something he can't do with paper prints. Blanchard received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master's degree at the University of Mississippi. He's been working at Converse for nine years, and was the youngest faculty member at the college when he began working there. Blanchard entered seven pieces for the 701 Center competition. One sold at a reception held Oct. 30 There are two other finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA, consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm, a solo exhibition at 701 CCA, and an ad in a national publication. Susanne Floyd Gunter, chair of the Converse art department, said she's ecstatic that Blanchard has been chosen as a finalist. “Andrew gives a great twist on all things Southern,” Gunter said. Blanchard's originality comes from the way he mixes mediums, Gunter said. He uses printmaking, which is an old art form, but makes it new and unique by adding his own digital images and printing on wood panels rather than paper. “He really does have a Southern theme and a Southern sensibility,” Gunter said. “His technique gives it a freshness.” Gunter said Blanchard makes an impact on his students not only by his teachings in the classroom, but the work he produces himself. “I think Andrew is a consummate professional,” she said. “He sets high standards for himself and his students. Students see him exhibiting, and he requires his students to exhibit. He makes it part of the process.”

News

Beaufort Gullah Geechee artist workshop postponed

The "Promoting Your Gullah Geechee Art Form" workshop scheduled for Nov. 17 at the St. Helena Library has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled after the holidays. The December 8 workshop in Georgetown is still on. Read more about it here.