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The South Carolina Arts Commission has launched The Hub to promote all that is special about the arts in the state. The Hub features arts news and opportunities, resources, calls for art, research, events and more. Join us on The Hub by submitting news and story ideas for consideration, commenting on posts and sharing Hub posts via social media.

“The Hub is a one-stop shop where readers can find real-time news, events and resources they need to participate in and learn about the arts in South Carolina. We want to help residents and visitors find arts activities, direct artists and arts organizations to opportunities, and let our citizens know they can be proud of our state’s contributions to the arts. In fact, we want the world beyond our state’s borders to know that South Carolina is a place where the arts can and do thrive.” - Ken May, Executive Director, S.C. Arts Commission

One Hub feature, "Experience the Arts in SC," offers a Google map of the state with arts venue locations, making it easy for readers to find places to enjoy the arts. The Hub does not replace the Arts Commission’s current website, rather it serves as a portal to the main website, to the agency’s Arts Daily calendar and to websites of other organizations. Hub posts are a mix of original content, news gathered from other sources and items submitted by readers. We're happy to see you on the Hub and hope you'll stop by often! A screenshot of The Hub home page

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S.C. Philharmonic “kick starts” fundraiser to commission unique concerto

A Kickstarter fundraising campaign lets “little guy” donors help the South Carolina Philharmonic commission a unique concerto to premiere at its March 14, 2015, Masterworks concert. Dan ViscontiAmerican composer Dan Visconti (right) is currently composing Beatbox, the first concerto to pair a full orchestra with a string quintet. Classical music rock stars Sybarite5 (above) team with the S.C. Phil and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara for the work’s world premiere. Rather than seek a corporate or wealthy, individual donor to make Beatbox a reality, the S.C. Phil is using Kickstarter.com to empower non-traditional donors – from every-day patrons to the community at large – to pool smaller donations and fund a portion of the non-traditional new work. Donations ranging from just $1 to $1,200 can help raise $5,000 to go toward the often-prohibitive cost of commissioning new music. The catch with Kickstarter is that the S.C. Phil has just 30 days to raise the full $5,000 goal – or else get nothing at all. “While the S.C. Phil supports contemporary American composers and would like to participate in commissions and consortiums more often, the costs involved are in addition to those of putting a performance on stage,” S.C. Phil Executive Director Rhonda Hunsinger said. “With Visconti, we are also bringing in a critically acclaimed string quintet, which involves additional fees, transportation and lodging. We are able to raise a portion of this through traditional fundraising, but need new sources of support to cover the full cost of this endeavor.” Beatbox is to combine Visconti’s classical/bluegrass/rock style with Sybarite5, who are characterized by their unique style and virtuosity. Visconti and Sybarite5 have worked together before, and while this piece promises to have a folk music influence from Visconti's Virginia upbringing, it is being written specifically for Sybarite5 and will capture the group's energy and musical spirit. The Duluth Superior Orchestra (Minn.) and Midland Symphony Orchestra (Mich.) are joining the S.C. Phil in the commissioning consortium. Visit the Kickstarter campaign page for more information. Via: South Carolina Philharmonic

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Charleston’s new Gaillard Center prepares for community engagement

From the Charleston Post and Courier (Article by Adam Parker; photos by Brad Nettles)

Professional concert presenters tend to take a long view. They work a year or two, sometimes three or four, in advance in order to ensure that their performance halls are booked. Spoleto Festival USA is already putting the pieces in place for its 2016 arts extravaganza, even as it finalizes the details of next year's 17-day event. The Charleston Symphony, too, is charting its programs and other offerings for the 2015-16 season, the first to include newly named music director, Ken Lam. The recently formed Gaillard Management Corporation, responsible for booking the concert and exhibition halls, is faced with a unique challenge: It must ensure that construction is completed by spring and the facility's crew is ready for action in time for the April 2015 gala. It's got little time. The first full season begins next August. Going forward, GMC will strive to present 10-15 concert programs and other events each season, relying on local arts groups to fill out the rest of the schedule, according to Tom Tomlinson, who was named the organization's first executive director in March. Two weeks ago, GMC hired its new education director, Rick Jerue, former head of the Art Institute of Charleston.

'Maturing of the arts'

GMC board member Luther Cochrane said the opening gala will be a 10-day affair that begins April 17 and concludes two Sundays later. It will include "someone or a combination of people who will be nationally and internationally significant," he said. The concerts all will be acoustic. "The whole point is to showcase the hall," Tomlinson said, adding that negotiations with performers are still underway so details can't be publicized yet. Cochrane said the programming will likely include concerts for children, gospel music and presentations by local artists and ensembles, including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The concert and exhibition hall both will be used. "We will try to make it as diverse as we can," he said. The show featuring "internationally significant" artists will be an opening night fundraiser. "As programming for the building is done, it will be done in such a sensitive way as there will be something for everybody," GMC board member Renee Anderson said. Looking further ahead, the Gaillard could host holiday concerts, New Year's Eve galas, opera productions, touring orchestras, popular entertainers and more - in addition to performances by local groups, of course. Jason Nichols, director of the Charleston Concert Association said he was once concerned about whether and how his presenting organization and GMC would work together, but after a series of "very positive discussions," he is happy and optimistic. "I think things are going to work out beautifully for the two organizations," Nichols said. "I think what we'll see with the development of the new Gaillard under (Tomlinson's) leadership is a maturing of the arts community in a very positive way." Work on the building, a $142 million project, continues, now at a frenetic pace. Cochrane said the facility will be ready for public use in April, even if a few punch list items remain unfinished. In May, Spoleto Festival USA takes control of the Gaillard and is planning its own opening festivities, according to General Director Nigel Redden. "We will do our own celebration when we open the festival, trying to show it off in a variety of ways," Redden said. "We are planning a festival that will take full advantage of the Gaillard. We want to test its possibilities." That means a big opera production, dance, classical music concerts and amplified popular music shows. "And we've very excited about it," Redden added. "I think it's going to be a wonderful theater."

'A true civic center'

Jerue, like his GMC colleagues, hit the ground running. He is meeting with leaders in Charleston's arts community, gathering information about education programming here and elsewhere and thinking about ways in which the Gaillard can facilitate stronger outreach. "We don't want to duplicate what others are doing," he said. "We should find out the areas that aren't being served, (where) we might have the unique ability to move in and serve those areas." Eventually he will devise a plan of action. "My philosophy is that the Gaillard needs to be a true civic center that's embraced by the community at large, so I'm going to find ways to try to make that happen," he said, emphasizing the need to be inclusive so that all arts organizations, large and small, have a chance to collaborate with the Gaillard and, potentially, one another. "If it's done right, it's going to provide long-standing direction for the Gaillard." Meanwhile, Tomlinson is (among other things) working to schedule events. Already, 268 "use days" have been booked for the Gaillard Center's first 12 months of operation. Of those days when either the concert hall or exhibition hall is in use, about 170 are "public days" when the Gaillard hosts a performance or event, he said. (The rest are days when rehearsals, set-up and other activities are underway.) He's in discussions with a group in the Southeast that might hold its 2017 convention in the Holy City, and he's actively negotiating with local organizations, including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Concert Association and Jazz Artists of Charleston. Leah Suarez, executive director of Jazz Artists of Charleston, said she is "happy to be at the table" discussing opening festivities and other opportunities. "It says not only that the Gaillard is important but the whole musical landscape," she said. From her organization's perspective, the Gaillard presents some intriguing possibilities. "There are lots of opportunities to utilize the performance hall, as well as the exhibition hall and the outdoor spaces - pretty much the entire building," she said. Jazz Artists of Charleston produces the big band series featuring the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, among other initiatives. The CJO has made its home at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street since its inception more than six years ago, and that's not going to change, Suarez said. But that doesn't mean the CJO and other groups associated with Jazz Artists of Charleston can't present a variety of concerts, education programming and community outreach events in collaboration with the Gaillard, she said. The potential opportunities for engaging young people and drawing them to a major, centralized performance space, are particularly attractive, Suarez added. And the interest the GMC has shown in working with a variety of arts organization is encouraging. "We have a responsibility to make sure Charleston's imprint is diverse and inclusive, and that artists' integrity is intact," Suarez said. "There's plenty of room for everything. That's the feeling I'm getting. It challenges us to be creative as a community, and inclusive, and to collaborate."
Via: Charleston Post and Courier (more images available here.)

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24 Hour Musical uses theatre arts to benefit the Anderson Free Clinic

Anderson, South Carolina's 24 Hour Musical took the stage August 9, with a production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Anderson University’s Belk Theatre. The inaugural event was put together by theatre artists from around the Upstate to raise funds for the Anderson Free Clinic. 24 Hour MusicalThroughout July, local actors submitted audition videos, and the creative team notified those who were cast in the show. The title of the show remained a secret until just 24 hours before showtime. The cast, creative team, and sponsors came together for a kick-off party on August 8 where the show was revealed, and the actors’ roles were announced. Rehearsals began immediately and ran through the night, while teams of volunteers simultaneously located props, made costumes, and built sets. (Editor's note: Anderson joins communities around the country in producing a 24-hour theatre event to benefit a local charity. According to the New York Times, the first 24-Hour Musicals event was staged in New York in 2008; its drama-based cousin, the 24-Hour Plays, has been around since 1995.) Anderson's 24 Hour Musical was founded earlier this year by Noah and Carlie Taylor. The nonprofit organization seeks to better the local and global communities through theatre arts, while creating unifying, uplifting community experiences and introducing new challenges for theatre artists. "The 24 Hour Musical came about because we believe that each individual’s specific talents can be used to better our community,” said Noah Taylor, who is also the artistic director of the new organization. “As theatre artists in the Upstate, we felt that there were very few opportunities for us to do that, and that was something we wanted to change! We also felt that there simply were not enough opportunities for people like us to make theatre. We can only grow as artists when we have opportunities to work and explore our craft. We wanted to kick off something new and exciting that young theatre artists, like ourselves, could embrace." “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was a success, with the theatre filled to capacity just 10 minutes after the doors opened. Admission was free, but donations were accepted. In all, the organization raised $1,530.50, enough to meet the Free Clinic’s one-day operating expenses of $1,451. According to Karen Mauch, the Clinic’s funds development coordinator, in one day at the Anderson Free Clinic: • 35-40 patients will be seen by one of the Clinic’s medical providers • 8-10 patients will be seen by a volunteer dentists • approximately 200 prescriptions will be dispensed • 2-4 other health care professionals (RNs and medical assistants) will triage patients • 3-5 students preparing for careers in healthcare professions will gain clinical experience • 10-15 community volunteers will assist staff with clerical duties and in the pharmacy • Staff will schedule patient appointments and maintain patient records "This donation means that for one more day, Free Clinic staff and volunteers will come together to provide care, medications and education to patients that will help them stabilize conditions that have often been ignored," said Mauch. "The Clinic is also excited to show the community that one does not need to have a healthcare background to help the Free Clinic in their mission to bring healthcare to Anderson’s underserved!" As for the 24 Hour Musical, the board of directors is already planning for next year’s event. They hope to partner with a different charity every year and continue to impact the Upstate community with the arts. They also look forward to bringing more exciting, unique events to the area, as early as next spring. To learn more about the 24 Hour Musical, visit www.24hourmusicalsc.org. Via: 24 Hour Musicals

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Florence photography project shows we are all the same

From SCNow.com:
FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence is made up of wonderful, unique people, and everyone has a story to tell. Photographers Robin Eaddy Condrey and Harley Pinto-Williams recently set out to tell those stories through a new photography project called “Humans of Florence.” Inspired by a Facebook page that documents the stories of people living in New York, Eaddy Condrey and Pinto-Williams began seeking subjects closer to home.
“We were just talking about the ‘Humans of New York’ Facebook page, and we were like, ‘Oh, did you see this post today? Did you see that post?’ We were talking about it all the time,” Pinto-Williams said. “We were just like, ‘We need to start doing this in Florence.’ We both just felt it at the same time.”
“It was almost one of those, ‘Jinx, you-owe-me-a-Coke moments,’” Eaddy Condrey added. “We went out the very next day looking for people.” (Visit the Humans of Florence Facebook page for more information and photos.)
Both of the women are artists, and Eaddy Condrey said that for her, a camera is simply another tool that she uses to express herself artistically.
“I’ve had a camera in my hands since my mom gave me her brownie camera when I was 6,” Eaddy Condrey said. “I have been taking portraits of everything ever since. In 2002, I started doing photography for a living. In 2010, I put the name Foto Flo on it to honor my town, the town I grew up in.”
Pinto-Williams said that she is not a native of Florence, but she is appreciative of the history and stories of the town and its citizens.
“For me, this project is offering people even more ways to be proud of being a Florence resident,” Pinto-Williams said. “People, with anywhere they live, will say, ‘Oh, I hate this town. It is so small,’ and all these other flaws. But there are so many beautiful and incredible things, like small projects, people and businesses, if you just widen your scope and zoom in.”
Pinto-Williams said she hopes the project will inspire people to get out and explore the place they live.
“We want people to see that they live in an amazing community,” Pinto-Williams said. “We can also offer them things that they might not have known about that they might be interested in, like Keep Florence Beautiful, and they might want to be a part of it and volunteer. It is a great way for people to see all of the beautiful aspects of their community and want to contribute.”
The project is also about showing people that even in their imperfections, or the moments in their lives that are less than ideal, there is beauty, Eaddy Condrey said.
“I’ve never had body-image issues,” Eaddy Condrey said. “But I know that there are a lot of women who struggle with that. This is really about changing the way that people view themselves. We don’t want those people who are going to go put on their makeup or something. We want the rawness of who they are, not who they can make themselves to be. I want to show people that the way they are is beautiful.”
With more than 800 likes on their page since it was started, Pinto-Williams said she believes people understand what they are trying to do and appreciate it.
“I think people have been responding really well, because it is raw,” Pinto-Williams said. “It is like this is where they are from, this is who they are, and maybe they could be on there one day.”
And though the project is still in its infancy, Eaddy Condrey and Pinto-Williams said they are already looking in to ways to fund more aspects of their venture, including the possibility of a book of pictures and stories.
“The sky is not even the limit,” Eaddy Condrey said. “I see art in every person, in everything.”
Images: Humans of Florence

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Greenville’s Fine Arts Center and Clemson University partner to kickstart student careers

From The Greenville News:

Dr. Richard Goodstein, Dean of College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Clemson University, (left) and Fine Arts Center Director Roy Fluhrer at a press conference announcing partnership Dr. Richard Goodstein, Dean of College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Clemson University, (left) and Fine Arts Center Director Roy Fluhrer at a press conference announcing partnership. Image courtesy Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Greenville County Schools and Clemson University announced a partnership today that will allow high school students to earn college credit for their studies at the Fine Arts Center. Clemson’s performing and visual arts programs will extend credit hours toward a bachelor of fine arts in visual arts or production studies for students who receive high grades in acting, visual arts and theater classes. “This new partnership is specifically career-oriented,” said Rick Goodstein, dean of Clemson’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. He said by entering college with a few classes worth of credit under their belts, arts students will be able to “kickstart their careers.” “You get to enter at a higher level. And that’ll develop their talent even further by the time they finish their undergraduate education,” he said. Roy Fluhrer, director of the Fine Arts Center, said the collaboration is a reflection of the high-level curriculum already being taught at the Fine Arts Center, and no changes to class structure or content is planned in order to provide college credit. “This program represents the future of college credit programs, and that is the opportunity to pair with students in their area of interest, their area of skill and the area that they will likely focus on, not just in their post-secondary education but in their later life,” said Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster. The partnership goes into effect for the 2014-15 school year, including the class of 2014 graduates who are attending Clemson. Fine Arts Center alumna and rising Clemson freshman Elise Huguley said it will help her keep college costs down by shortening the time she needs to spend in school to get her degree.
Related article from Clemson University with enrollment information.

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FOLKfabulous festival to showcase Native American musicians, storytellers and artisans

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present the second annual FOLKFabulous festival on August 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe. This event is free and open to the public. FolkfabulousKeithBrownCatawbaPotterFOLKFabulous is the largest, single-day gathering of Southeastern Native American artists in the history of the University of South Carolina. The festival will feature Native American musicians, storytellers, artisans, and community leaders from more than six Southeastern tribes, each sharing their cultural traditions. Participating artists include Keith Brown demonstrating Catawba pottery (pictured right), Choctaw bead artist Roger Amerman, Tuscarora music by the Deer Clan Singers, and Cherokee storyteller and stonecarver Freeman Owle. Traditional food will be available from the Native American Café, and attendees will have numerous opportunities to talk with artists and community leaders. For a full listing of participants, visit artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/folkfabulous-2014. FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition, Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast. This exhibit represents year two of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. The South is home to a wide variety of deeply-rooted Native American tribal groups, each with its own dynamic history. Traditions, Change, and Celebration pays particular attention to five primary culture groups: Iroquoian, Muskogean, Algonquin, Mobilian and Siouan, and features the expressive culture of more than 40 Natives tribes throughout the Southeast. Related: McKissick Museum exhibition features artwork from 25 Native American tribal nations. McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at (803) 777-2876. This program is funded in part through the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Humanities CouncilSC. Via: McKissick Museum

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Lowcounty Conservatory of Music accepting students of all ages for inaugural enrollment

The Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, a newly established nonprofit music education program serving Georgetown and Charleston counties, announces its inaugural enrollment for Fall 2014. The Conservatory will offer individual and small group instruction to early childhood, pre-college and adult students at two locations: Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, 3058 North Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant and the Old Winyah High School 1200 Highmarket Street, Georgetown. The Conservatory will offer applied lessons (private, semi-private and group) in a variety of disciplines including string, guitar, woodwinds, and brass. A robust academic program will feature casual community-oriented courses such as note reading, the art of listening, music theory and music history, and a college-preparatory certificate program. Informational meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown location and Monday, Aug. 25 from 7 - 8 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. The Fall 2014 semester begins Sept. 2. Students may enroll online at www.lowcountryconservatory.org or by calling (843) 619-7054. Need- and merit-based scholarships are available. Agnes and Michael Guiliani-Lowcountry Conservatory of MusicFounding directors Michael and Agnes Giuliani (pictured right) launched the music conservatory to promote excellence in music through high-caliber private music education and public performance. "The Conservatory’s purpose is to serve the entire community with the highest caliber of private music education, " said Michael Giuliani. "We want to be a school dedicated to excellence and student success — an institution the Lowcountry thinks of when considering private music education. An education in music and the arts is an education for life — it builds confidence through steady achievement, while developing focus and discipline and enriching lives through the appreciation of artistic expression." The Lowcountry Conservatory of Music is also offering several free performances throughout the year, including the ongoing Summer Concert Series, Music at Noon, each Wednesday through August 27 in Georgetown. The complete schedule is available online. About Michael Scott Giuliani and Agnes Giuliani Founding artistic director and president of the Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, Michael Scott Giuliani also teaches piano and music theory. He serves as director of music at Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, where he directs the choral and instrumental ensembles and oversees the Charleston Institute of Sacred Music. Previously, Michael has served churches in the Chicago area, where he also studied piano at North Park University with Terree Shofner-Emrich. An active and sought-after collaborative pianist and conductor, Giuliani's musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe, having served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass, an internationally renowned sacred brass ensemble, pianist for the North Park University Choir, and associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble. Agnes Miriam Giuliani is the founding Dean of the Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, where she also teaches violin. Her story begins as a 5-year old when, motivated by her family's love for classical music, she began to study violin. Progressing quickly, Agnes showed signs of mature musicality, passion, and a love for the instrument. At 13, Agnes moved to Romania with her family and soon experienced a completely different approach to technique, as well as a better understanding of music history and theory. She studied intensely, performing and competing in festivals. She began teaching and found delight in sharing her passion with her own students. Agnes earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance from Belmont University with Elizabeth Small and became concertmaster of the university's orchestra. She regularly plays with various regional orchestras including the North Charleston POPS! and the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Via: Lowcountry Conservatory of Music

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McKissick Museum exhibition features artwork from 25 Native American tribal nations

From The State: Image: Roger Amerman, Choctaw frontier jacket

A trail-blazing, year-long exhibit of more than a dozen different kinds of Native American artwork in Southeastern states opens Friday, Aug. 8, at the McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina campus. With some 150 pieces of art, curators said that never before have so many different Native American art forms from across the Southeast been exhibited at the university. “This exhibit probably has the most objects, as well as more diversity than any other show we’ve done since I’ve been here,” said Saddler Taylor, the museum’s curator of folklife, who has been with McKissick since 2001 and overseen dozens of exhibits. “We’ve done pottery shows, and basketry shows, but this one is just chock full of a wide variety of objects that represent a lot of different traditions from a lot of different culture groups.” Taylor said. The exhibition kicks off a list of events throughout the year at USC on Native American art, music and history. Items on exhibit in “Traditions, Change & Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast” include men’s and women’s clothing, pottery, baskets, quilts, textiles, stickball rackets and wampum belts that use images and symbols to tell stories. Also included are musical instruments such as drums and rattles, dolls, beadwork and stone, shell and wood carvings. Two television screens will feature story-telling and images of live music performances. The objects come from more than 40 Native American artists from 25 tribal nations and cultures in nine different states, from Virginia to Florida, and west to Texas. “It’s not just South Carolina,” Taylor said. Tribes and groups represented include the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, Seminole, Lumbees and Chickasaws. Museums furnishing items from their collections include the North Carolina Museum of History, the Tom Blumer Collection at USC Lancaster and museums in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Virginia. Lynette Allston, a potter and chief of the Virginia Nottoway Indians, is one of the Native Americans who is exhibiting at the show. “Having an exhibit like this, it’s an opportunity to express a part of your ancestry, your heritage, that normally is not highlighted,” Allston said. The varied art forms in the show are ones practiced by original Native Americans, but some contemporary elements can be found in many exhibits, she said. For example, she uses glaze on her pottery, when the first Americans did not. Curators gave Will Goins, a Columbia resident, artist and chief executive of the Cherokees, credit for contacting and getting the 150 pieces from artists, private collections and museums in the nine states. He is chief of the Eastern Cherokee Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina. For years, the 52-year-old Goins – a beadwork artist and story teller whose work is also in the show – had worked with many other artists and tribes, so he had the personal connections and credibility across the South to efficiently get the material, curators said. It took him a year to plan the show and gather all the items, working on it every day, Goins said. McKissick had so few Native American pieces in its collections that nearly all the show’s items came from elsewhere, he said. One exhibit Goins especially likes is a concept he calls “Artist as Leader” – the idea that Native Americans who are artists can also be community leaders. At least eight of the artists in the show are also chiefs of their tribes, he said. In recent years, Goins has been involved in successful campaigns to get Newberry College to change its mascot from Indians to wolves and to get the Legislature to designate Nov. 18 as Native American Awareness Day. Ned Puchner, curator of exhibitions for McKissick, said he’s pleased with Goins’s work. “This type of show is about as typical of McKissick’s mission as it could be – because our mission is to reflect the story of Southern life, and this reflects the story of life within Native American communities across the region.” Since Native American culture was an oral tradition, a lot of the precise ways of making pottery and other art were lost. Even so, potter Allston said that although her pots are different from those of her ancestors, she feels a connection with ancients when she makes pottery. She works on the clay in a modern way but, at the same time, uses Native American symbols, such as a spiral sign for water. “It’s a very peaceful calming time, taking clay and turning and turning it into something that’s functional and usable,” she said. “It’s as old as the ages.”

Grants

Fellowships for visual arts, craft, music composition and music performance

Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2014. The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for the next round of Individual Artist Fellowships. S.C. artists working in visual arts, craft, music composition or music performance are invited to apply for the 2016 awards. Each Fellow receives $5,000. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process by out-of-state panelists and are based on artistic excellence only. The awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are awarded in four disciplines each year. Complete requirements, guidelines and the application are available online. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2014. Related: Who won the most recent round of Fellowships?

Call for Art

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery invites submissions for juried exhibition

Deadline is August 23. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery invites artists 18 years and older living in North and South Carolina to enter their best work into its Third Annual Juried Exhibition, "Mountain Views to Coastal Waters." Registration runs through August 23. The standard entry fee is $25 per piece, for up to three pieces. The exhibit will be on display October 1-31, 2014, with the opening awards reception on Friday, October 10. Best of Show will be awarded a featured exhibit in 2015 at the gallery. The judge for this year's show is South Carolina watercolor artist Anne Hightower-Patterson. Visit the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery website for complete guidelines. Image: Sally Donavan, Karen's View, 2013 Best of Show. Via: Charlotte Fine Art Gallery