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


by Jill Hendrix

Celebrate accomplishments of state’s writers

South Carolina Academy of Authors to induct four writers. This column originally appeared in The Greenville News.

Jill HendrixAs the owner of local independent bookstore Fiction Addiction, I have the pleasure of meeting South Carolina authors on nearly a weekly basis and I’m deeply impressed by the depth of literary talent that our state is home to. It was a natural fit when I joined the board of the South Carolina Academy of Authors last year, since the Academy’s principal purpose is to identify and recognize our state’s distinguished writers. This April, the Academy will be holding its first-ever awards ceremony in Greenville and three of the four writers we are inducting into the state’s literary hall of fame have ties to the Upstate. I invite everyone who supports the literary arts — from readers, to writers, to teachers — to join us the weekend of April 25-26 to celebrate the accomplishments of Gilbert Allen, Janette Turner Hospital, John Lane and Robert Quillen. Gilbert Allen is a prize-winning poet, a tenured professor of literature at Furman University, and the editor of Ninety-Six Press, which has published distinguished S.C. poets since 1991. Janette Turner Hospital’s award-winning body of work — nine novels and four short-story collections to date — shows her belief in resilience and redemption; though born in Australia, she has come to call South Carolina home and serves as Professor Emerita at USC. John Lane is a poet, essayist and author who is now taking on the challenge of developing the environmental studies major at Wofford College. Robert Quillen, deceased, was an American journalist and humorist who founded the Fountain Inn Tribune and at the height of his career syndicated his stories to over 400 publications across the world. The induction festivities kick off on Friday, April 25, at noon with a luncheon featuring Janette Turner Hospital, then continue on Friday with a tour of Robert Quillen’s office in Fountain Inn and a reading at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts by past inductees Terrance Hayes, Josephine Humphreys and George Singleton. On Saturday, John Lane will give a reading from his new book, “The Web of Water: Reflections of Life Along the Saluda and Reedy Rivers” at Furman’s Shi Center (co-sponsored by Upstate Forever) then lead a walk on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Gil Allen will read at the Hughes downtown library Saturday afternoon, then the weekend concludes with the awards banquet at Furman’s Younts Center at 6 p.m. The detailed schedule of events is online at The opening and closing events are ticketed (tickets are still available), but the others are completely free. If you can’t attend this year’s events, I challenge you to view the academy’s list of past inductees then stop by the library or a local bookstore and take a moment to marvel at the number of S.C. authors on the shelves and perhaps even try the work of one previously unknown to you. The South Carolina Academy of Authors is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the SC Arts Commission and reliant on our university and community sponsors. We thank you all for your support! Jill Hendrix is the owner of Fiction Addiction. She grew up in Greenville, was the 1991 valedictorian of Southside High School and one of its first International Baccalaureate diploma recipients, and graduated from Yale University. Write to her at

Call for Art

1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art offers $10,000 prize

The Gibbes Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by the museum's young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize is awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.  John Westmark, The Fireflies Painter John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner, and his work is on view through July 13 at the Gibbes Museum in the exhibition John Westmark: Narratives. Learn more about the impact of the prize on past winners in the museum's blog. The application deadline is May 28. For more information or to apply, visit Via: Gibbes Museum of Art  


Student’s artwork tops sculpture

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal: (Story by Zach Fox. Photos by Alex Hicks Jr. Click on the SHJ link above to see more photos.)

A Cleveland Academy of Leadership student got to see one of his drawings take shape in the form of a metal sculpture that will be installed in front of the school.
Metal sculptor Bob Doster has been at the school this week working on a sculpture as part of an arts grant from the Chapman Cultural Center. On Friday, he showed a group of first-graders the finished but unpainted sculpture. At the top of the piece, are faces of children, drawn and designed by first-grader Elijah Roseburgh. “I drew my friends because they're my best friends and they're nice to me,” he said, adding that he was very excited to see his design come to life. Doster worked with all grade levels during the past four days to create a sculpture fitting the school's motto “Leader in me.” “The kindergartners did the best job. They're fearless,” he said, adding that older students are more conscious of people watching them. He said the kindergartners were awed by the plasma cutter, the tool he uses to cut metal, and the act of cutting the metal. He said the kindergartners were the best at taking instruction and following his lead. Doster said that he began working with metal as a child, first picking up a torch when he was 8 years old. He's been working with students since 1975 and estimates he's sculpted with more than 100,000 students. Claire Louka, art teacher at Cleveland Academy, said she was excited to have a metal sculptor in the classroom because sculpting, especially with metal, is something most elementary schools don't get to do. “I wanted a metal sculptor because it's not something we can really do in class,” she said. Louka gathered her students together Friday afternoon and had to work to maintain their attention. On Fridays, students can get a little restless, she said. She had the class form a neat line at the door. Once they were quiet and lined-up, the students went outside to see the finished sculpture as the primer covering it dried. The sculpture weighs about 200 pounds and features a tiger and the number seven, symbolizing the seven habits of effective people which emphasizes leadership skills. The number seven also represents School District 7. Elijah beamed with pride when he saw his work at the top of the sculpture. “I like drawing a lot,” he said. “This is cool.”
Via: Spartanburg Herald Journal


There’s still time to apply for the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend!

Applications are due May 2. On June 13-15, 2014, the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative will host the Artists U/SC Intensive in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. Drawing on his work with Artists U Philadelphia, artist leader Andrew Simonet will outline approaches for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist's life: time and money. Topics to be discussed:

  • Why artists are poor and why they shouldn't be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable
Artists U's South Carolina leaders, Tamara LaValla, Karen Ann Myers and Rodney Rogers, will join Andrew in leading workshops and exercises he has developed over eight years of working with artists nationally. Seven participating artists will have the chance for one-on-one sessions with a facilitator. How to apply
  • Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend.
  • There is no cost, but class size is limited.
  • You must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, June 13 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. AND Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The weekend intensive is free, however, if you are traveling from out of town, you will be responsible for your own lodging and transportation expenses. Artists who are accepted to attend will receive location details. Complete this online application to apply. Applications are due Friday, May 2. Selected applicants will be notified via e-mail by May 16. If you have any questions about this application or the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend, please contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission's website for more information about the S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative.


by Thomas Hudgins, Matthew Leckenbusch & Shannon Robert

Clemson theatre students pursue opportunities across the nation

Donors help underwrite participation in career-boosting conferences. (Pictured above: Clemson Students at USITT (from left) Marie Rosasco, Kelsey Bailey, Thomas Fernandez, Elizabeth Haynes, Gabriella Lourigan) Clemson student performing artists have a history of success. Though less than two decades old, the production studies in performing arts major has produced top-tier professionals who have excelled in every aspect of the theatrical and musical worlds. Whether accepting offers to graduate programs or securing summer employment, Clemson students have continuously shown they have what it takes to compete on the big stage. This was never more apparent than when students and faculty loaded up for two road trips to theatre conferences in March. Seventeen theatre students and three faculty members traveled to Mobile, Alabama, to attend the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Here, professional theatres and graduate programs from across the country gather to hold auditions and interviews for young theatre artists based in the Southeast. Graduating seniors have the chance to earn slots at highly selective graduate schools or compete for full-time positions at theatre organizations, while underclassmen are able to seek out summer internships in their chosen fields. A total of 10 technical theatre and design students participated, and all 10 were offered employment and/or summer internships:

  • Elizabeth Haynes will be a carpenter for Porthouse Theatre in Kent, Ohio, for the summer.
  • Kelsey Bailey accepted a position as assistant prop master at the Heritage Theatre Festival this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Vanessa Galeno will travel to Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York.
  • Kat Watson will become a full-time stage management intern at Omaha Theater Company in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Marie Rosasco will work with Flatrock Playhouse in Hendersonville, North Carolina, as a staff scenic painter.
  • Gabrielle Lourigan will be a general technician and stagehand at the Castleton Theatre Festival in Castleton, Virginia.
  • Cassie Lanier, Thomas Fernandez, and Wylder Cooper will be working at Unto These Hills in Cherokee, North Carolina.
  • Trevor Floyd will be the assistant director for Greenville Light Opera Works in Greenville, S.C.
  • Another student, Gabrielle Norris received offers, but accepted a position from Spoleto Festival USA through a contact with Technical Theatre Solutions of Charleston.
Clemson acting students who were advanced from last year’s auditions at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s (SCTA) Theatre Festival were able to participate in SETC auditions. These students had 90 seconds to make an impact with a monologue and a song (and just 60 seconds without a song). Students Meredith Kidd, Sara Tolson, Drew Whitley, Alessandro McLaughlin, and Preston Taylor Stone all passed their SCTA auditions and participated in this extremely challenging process. Kidd received a full-time offer from B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California; Other students taking part in SCTA were Jessica Houston, who wrote an original play; Trevor Floyd, who directed in the Ten-Minute Play Festival; and Claire Richardson, who attended as a Clemson ambassador. Students saddled up once again, this time for Fort Worth, Texas, traveling to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference (USITT). Three faculty members, Shannon Robert, Matthew Leckenbusch, and Woody Moore, served as Clemson ambassadors. Five design/technology students attended and participated in a number of classes and workshops: Kelsey Bailey, Marie Rosasco, Gabrielle Lourigan, Elizabeth Haynes, and Thomas Fernandez. Fernandez participated in the Rosebrand Action Design Competition with a number of professional designers, teachers, and students. Haynes participated in the “Tech Olympics,” in which participants are given technical challenges to complete. According to Robert, USITT sets the standards for theatrical technology, safety, architecture, and design industries, and is the largest technical theatre conference in the United States. Robert, one of the faculty members who made both trips, is an associate professor of theatre with a focus in scenic design. She says both SETC and USITT can be valuable career-building tools.  “SETC is a really great conference for students because it provides multiple opportunities on multiple levels. The best thing about it is the opportunity to network, because students get the chance to be in the same room with a lot of industry professionals.” Students also have their instructors to lean on when it comes to making professional connections. “If some of the faculty know people from having worked with them in the past, students get introduced to them,” Robert says. “It’s easy to remember people through associations.” Clemson student Elizabeth Haynes Robert says SETC is the largest conference of its type in the United States, a fact that makes freshman Elizabeth Haynes’ (pictured right) achievement that much more astonishing. Haynes, a production studies major from Nashville with a technical theatre concentration, received a dozen summer job offers after attending the conference. “SETC was a touch overwhelming at first,” Haynes says. “I talked to a lot of other students my age who are doing the same things I want to do for a living.” She says she did not expect to receive as many job offers as she did. “I was hoping to receive at least one so I could work somewhere over the summer,” she says, “but it was a reaffirmation that I’m doing what I should be doing.” Haynes says she has been well-prepared by the quality of instruction she receives in the production studies major. She says technical director Matt Leckenbusch, who, in addition to organizing the creation of set pieces for Clemson Players productions, supervises students who work on projects for other theatres and venues around the state. “If I didn’t have that variety of experiences in my portfolio, I never would have gotten a job,” Haynes says. “Freshmen here are allowed to pursue any aspect of technical theatre they want. I learned to weld, and that’s what got me the job this summer. I would never have gotten that at another program.” Haynes says she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do after she graduates, but knows she wants to continue in the field of technical theatre. Leckenbusch and Robert both emphasize how proud they are of their students’ accomplishments, and are excited that the preparation and training they receive as production studies majors has paid off. They are also thankful to the Friends of the Brooks Center, a group of donors who give to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Performing Arts, who made the trips possible (additional funding for the USITT trip was secured through a grant from a theatre industry business contact). “We wanted to make sure everyone got to go, regardless of financial situations,” says Leckenbusch. “That was why the Friends of the Brooks Center funding was so important.” He says that, without this help, the conferences simply would have been out of reach. Both SETC and USITT are on the docket for next year, when another crop of students will lay the foundation for their future. It will be a good thing that they have such capable instructors on hand to guide the way.


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