What is The Hub?

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


S.C. artists eligible for grants from Charleston charitable fund

From the Charleston Post and Courier:

Request an application by May 1; applications due May 15 For 75 years, the generosity of a Charleston man has rippled quietly through the Lowcountry by giving financial help to some of its most talented writers, artists and scientists. Charles Hughes died before his time in 1939, but the 31-year-old already had experienced success, particularly given the economic headwinds of the Great Depression. His father, Thomas Hughes, founded Hughes Lumber Co. on Mary Street. Charles Hughes' will left most of his $167,397 assets to different charities, but the largest slice went to create the Charleston Scientific and Cultural Education Fund. Today, those in charge of his Hughes' legacy hope to raise awareness of the fund, which mostly awards South Carolina natives grants of about $2,500, so its work can continue. The fund's stated mission was heartfelt, if a bit long-winded. It called for the "encouragement of scientific or cultural arts or professions or pursuits ... by maintaining and financially assisting persons actually engaged in scientific or cultural or artistic work of a character that promises benefit to humanity or to result in scientific or cultural or artistic productions of merit or to increase the knowledge of mankind." By growing its principle as well as making grants, the fund has grown to about $450,000 while awarding more than $425,000 to hundreds of people over the past 25 years, said Charleston lawyer Charlton deSaussure, one of five board members who oversee the fund. He said it plans to awarded another $25,000 this year, and any South Carolina native between 21 and 60 is eligible to apply. They don't have to be from Charleston, but deSaussure said the board considers whether they plan to return to the tri-county area to live at some point. "We want to make it more far-flung, to tell you the truth," he said. "We want to get the word out." Previous recipients include artists, such as William Halsey, namesake of the College of Charleston's contemporary art institute, and Merton Simpson, a black Charleston native who helped pioneer the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York. Others have included jazz historian Jack McCray, painter Anne Worsham Richardson, and biologist Robert Lunz, who received $15,000 in 1957 to study the pond culture of oysters on Wadmalaw Island. Today, grants average about $2,500 for a year, deSaussure said. Charleston artist Lese Corrigan has applied for the grant but not won it. She said the award offers a certain prestige, but even a small grant also offers a liberating moment for an artist. "Any time money comes in that isn't, 'Oh I sold X piece,' it gives you the impetus to do something new, something different, to think about it in a different way," she said. Case Jernigan, a Charleston native, was long interested in becoming an artist. He had taken classes at the Gibbes Museum, studied in Virginia and was teaching and coaching at a boys' school in Connecticut when he applied for help from the fund to study in New York. While he taught art at the school, Jernigan said, "I knew I needed a different environment with more artists, more galleries and more museums." He received a few thousand dollars to attend the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture from 2010-12. He eventually returned to Charleston and had a show at the Corrigan Gallery in February. "It was a pretty big leap for me, but the fund helped me do that, which I'm super thankful for because it was the right move," he said. How to apply: What: The Charleston Scientific and Cultural Education Fund awards grants to support scientific, cultural and artistic pursuits of individuals. Who can apply: Native born South Carolinian between the ages of 21 and 60. How much: Grants typically average $2,500 and are for one year only. Where to apply: Application forms may be obtained from Tamme Suggs at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., P.O. Box 340, Charleston, SC 29402 or by e-mail at Key dates: Requests for applications may be made until May 1. Applications are due by May 15. Awards will be announced by June 1.
Via: Charleston Post and Courier


Harpo Foundation invites applications for Emerging Artist Fellowship

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation's Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist who is at least 25 years old and who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice at a pivotal moment in his or her development. Artist fellows receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a well-appointed room with private bath, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. The application deadline is July 5. Complete program guidelines and applications instructions are available online. The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support under-recognized artists. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art. Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports more than 50 residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates the ideal working conditions for resident artists. There are no requirements on the work produced during an artist's time at SFAI. Via: Harpo Foundation


ArtFields (and its large cash prizes) back for a second year

Your vote could mean a big reward for your favorite artist at ArtFields®, taking place in Lake City April 25-May 4. Offering the largest cash prize of any art contest in the Southeast, ArtFields® kicks off with a large collection of original artwork by artists from 12 Southeastern states, including South Carolina. The ArtFields Art Competition will award one Top Prize of $50,000, a Juried Panel prize of $25,000 and two People's Choice prizes of $12,500 each. Winning entries will be determined by votes from attendees and a juried panel. The art work will be displayed throughout town in various venues, including restaurants and retail shops, giving visitors an art museum-like experience in a festival atmosphere. In addition to overflowing with artwork, the 10-day event will feature live music, dancing and delicious Southern foods. The ArtFields® website has all the info you'll need to plan your trip, including a gallery of works in the competition and a list of venues. Via: ArtFields®

Call for Art

Call for Art – Red Rose Sculpture Exhibition and Competition

Avant Garde Center for the Arts will host the Red Rose Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in downtown Lancaster, S.C., on May 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will be held at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street during the fifth annual Red Rose Festival. The sculpture show is juried, and prizes and honorariums will be awarded to all participants. Applications can be found at or by contacting Cherry Doster at or (803) 289-1492. Deadline for application is May 11. Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide arts opportunities in partnership with existing arts and other agencies. Via: Avant Garde Center for the Arts

Call for Art

Call to Artists: Fire Station 12, Raleigh, N.C.

The City of Raleigh is seeking qualifications from experienced artists or artist teams to provide site-specific public art for Raleigh’s Fire Station 12. The artists or artist teams must have primary residence in North Carolina or the neighboring states of Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia. The project budget for the selected public art commission is $41,625 for expenses, including but not limited to design, fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and fees. Each finalist will receive a $650 travel budget for second-round interviews. Qualifications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2. There is no fee to submit qualifications. Find details and application instructions online. Via: Office of Raleigh Arts


S.C. landscape artist considered golf’s “leading artist”

From the Island Packet:

Linda Hartough's paintings will be on display at Karis Art & Design Gallery on Hilton Head Island through April 20. The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, where the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will be played (this) week, is distinguishable by the candy-striped lighthouse in the distance and feared for the stiff wind that often blows from scenic Calibogue Sound. It's a signature hole for the island and the state, and for golf landscape artist Linda Hartough. Recognized internationally for her detailed course paintings, Hartough is considered golf's leading artist and has been commissioned to do paintings for the Augusta National Golf Club, the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, to name a few. However, it is her depiction of the 18th hole at Harbour Town GUlf Links, bathed in late afternoon light, that is the best-seller at Karis Art & Design Gallery on the island, owner Peter Karis said. "She just captures the mood of the particular hole she's painting better than any artist I've seen before," he said. "Especially if people have played that course, they see it and they've got to have it." For the past several years, Karis has featured a number of Hartough's paintings in his gallery during Heritage week, even extending his hours to attract as many golf fanatics as possible. This year, about 15 of Hartough's paintings will be on display through April 20. Hartough paints mostly championship courses, but she has also painted Secession Golf Club in Beaufort and the Old Tabby Links on Spring Island, where she lives. Her career took off in 1984 when someone from Augusta National liked one of her landscapes on display at the island's Red Piano Art Gallery and asked her to paint Augusta's 13th hole. "From there, other clubs started calling me and pretty soon it was all I was doing. It's a niche I fell into, and the demand has been there ever since," Hartough said. It's a lucrative niche as well. Original paintings can go for as much as $95,000, according to Hartough's website. One piece can take between three to six months to complete, depending on the size, Hartough said. She usually does three to four pieces a year. "I always go to every course I paint," she said. "I take hundreds of pictures of any scene I do. Different light. Different angles. The plants. Everything." She approaches each course in two ways: as a scene the golfer would appreciate and as a piece of fine art. "That's a fair challenge to figure that out, because if you can only do one painting on the entire course, I try to pick a hole where you're going to know where it is," Hartough said. Is it a strategic hole? Is it an important hole? Hartough must identify the hole and then find the lighting that brings it alive. It could be morning, afternoon, evening. She'll stay on a course for hours waiting for the light to change. Sometimes she goes back at an entirely different season to see how the light differs. Once back in the studio, but before she starts painting, Hartough will pore over her reference materials until she is able to visualize the exact image she wants. Then she'll work background to foreground using very tiny brushes and a lot of paint. Surprisingly, Hartough does not like to play golf, though she is an avid watcher. Nor does she have a favorite course. Comparing the glowing, manicured lawns of Augusta National with the raw, wild landscape of courses like St. Andrews is like comparing apples and oranges, Hartough said. "Every course has its own presence. I like to find the hole and the view that expresses that."
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Wearable art inspired by textile mills at Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete

Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with a fashion performance and party, April 24, from 7-10 p.m. Charleston artist Leigh Magar will present her Mill Collection, the culmination of her work as a 701 CCA artist-in-residence in this unique fashion show featuring members of the Power Company as models with original music compositions by Charleston-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins. The party is free for 701 CCA members, with a $5 donation suggested from nonmembers. First dress created for 701 CCA residence First dress created for 701 CCA residence Magar has transformed the gallery at 701 CCA into a workshop and showroom. Inspired by a textile heritage, Magar is creating wearable art from leftover mill materials and fabrics, with visitors to the gallery witnessing her creative process played out in real time. Her Mill Collection consists of handmade items created in limited numbers that integrate art and fashion by capturing the essence of “slow design.” Each garment combines various artisan techniques: hand dying, drawing, needlework embellishment, and sculpting. The collection includes frocks, aprons, hats and accessories inspired by Lewis W. Hine’s historic, early 20th-century photographs of children working in textile mills. Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line. Madame Magar’s Workshop is a work-in-progress art installation open to the public during gallery hours through April 30. For more information, visit 701 CCA's website. Via: 701 CCA


Celebrate the arts at the South Carolina Arts Gala!

Join the South Carolina Arts Foundation in Columbia May 7 as it celebrates the South Carolina Arts Awards and the arts community at the annual South Carolina Arts Gala! A pre-gala concert and awards ceremony kick off the evening at 6:30 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church (702 Whaley St.), and the gala and an art auction and sale -- featuring celebrity artists and fabulous food -- begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall of 701 Whaley (701 Whaley St.) The concert features 2014 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients Anita Singleton-Prather performing with The Gullah Kinfolk, and Chris Boutwell performing with his band, Palmetto Blue. The concert and ceremony honor these Folk Heritage Award recipients and 2014 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts recipients Edward Rice, Cynthia Boiter, Beaufort County School District, Elliott Davis, LLC, and the City of Greenwood. The art auction and sale features original one-of-a-kind artworks by some of South Carolina's finest contemporary artists, including functional and non-functional craft, paintings and sculpture. Seasoned and beginning collectors alike will find "must have" works and enjoy meeting artists. The South Carolina Arts Foundation designates gala proceeds to help support arts education, artist development and other programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Don't miss the arts party of the year! Tickets are $75 each. Reserve your ticket(s) today!  


National Assembly of State Arts Agencies seeks manager for arts education institute

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) seeks an experienced manager to coordinate the planning and implementation of the 2014 Professional Development Institute (PDI) event. The PDI is a leadership development event for arts education managers from the nation's 50 state arts agencies. Each year these managers convene at the PDI to deepen their knowledge of effective arts education principles, practices and policies and to exchange ideas and information. The PDI is a long-standing cooperative program of NASAA and the Arts Education office of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The 2014 PDI will take place November 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is expected to involve about 60 participants. The Professional Development Institute manager holds primary responsibility for staffing the PDI and helping NASAA, the NEA and state arts agencies attain their goals for this event. Duties include a mixture of project management, communications and logistics activities. An additional important function of this position is to facilitate the peer-to-peer networking of state arts agency arts education managers Candidates must be able to start no later than June 1, 2014—ideally earlier. Travel to New Orleans is necessary for a June 4-6 site visit and the November 11-13 PDI event. This job requires an average of 25-30 hours per week, with the flexibility to devote more hours during peak times. Candidates must be available to work full time during the site visit and the PDI meeting. Telecommuting is a possibility for candidates with a high level of prior experience and pre-existing knowledge of this field. For complete details or to apply, visit NASAA's website. Via: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies


Greenville’s Artisphere continues to grow its economic impact

artisphere2014Artisphere is a highlight of Upstate South Carolina’s cultural calendar and a nationally ranked fine art festival. Visual arts offerings include a juried Visual Artist Row and Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists. Several outdoor stages feature performances by local and national artists. The hands-on Kidsphere offers children’s art activities and the Culinary Arts Café highlights local restaurants. Numerous other events in the streets of Greenville round out the festival with street musicians and jazz bands, acrobats, sidewalk artists, and more. Artisphere runs May 9 -11 in downtown Greenville, S.C. From GSABusiness:

In the past two years, Greenville’s fine art and craft festival Artisphere generated $7.2 million in accumulative economic impact. This year, they’re aiming higher. “With each passing year it grows in popularity, not only here but outside the Greenville community,” said Artisphere Executive Director Kerry Murphy. “This last year was my sixth as director, and it was by far the largest turnout and impact.” Surveys conducted by Artisphere organizers said 41% of last year’s attendees had not attended in past years. Artisphere — a three-day event, now in its 10th year — is a nonprofit organization and event featuring works by renowned artists. This year it will kick off at noon on May 9 and will run through the evening of May 11. The event features visual as well as performing artists, which include country artist Holly Williams, granddaughter of country legend Hank Williams Sr., as well as musical acts from other genres and regions. Last year Artisphere had a reported economic impact of $5.5 million, based on data from patron surveys. The previous year’s economic impact of $1.7 million is likely an underestimation due to limited surveys, said Murphy. This year, Artisphere will feature 125 artists — five more than last year — and additional venues and aesthetic features, said Murphy. A total of 934 artists applied to participate in the event. Last year’s sales averaged $6,217 per artist, a 47% jump from $4,215 in 2010. The festival will also start earlier than in 2012, opening at noon on May 9, rather than 4 p.m. “People who may already be working downtown, they can get a chance to see it around lunchtime,” said Murphy, who hopes festivalgoers check out what’s going on and come back later with their families. Last year, more than 70% of attendees came with their families, according to surveys. Around 30% came from outside of Greenville County, which contributes a significant amount to the area economically, said Murphy. Much of Artisphere’s turnout depends on the weather, said Murphy. After months of rain, Artisphere fell on the first beautiful weekend last year, which encouraged people to attend the event, said Murphy. During its first eight years, Artisphere was five times ranked a Top 50 Fine Arts Festival by Greg Lawler’s Art Fair Sourcebook and three times named one of Sunshine Artists magazine’s 100 Best Fine Arts Shows.
Via: GSA Business