Jason Rapp

Introducing Hub E-vents

Finding art while staying home


You, The Hub, and #SCartists walk into a bar are under stay at home/stay at work orders. You and The Hub want art. You crave art. #SCartists and arts organizations want to fill that void. They live for that. It's a calling. Yet in times of social distancing, that's hard to do. Through the wonders of modern technology, many are trying and succeeding. So while we're all staying home to protect vulnerable family, friends, and neighbors,  The Hub is stepping up to fill the void between artists and arts lovers. Today we're introducing a new (temporary) venture we're calling Hub E-vents to help get the wonderful work of #SCartists we serve to you through The Hub at the S.C. Arts Commission Facebook feed.
  • Aren't events supposed to be on Arts Daily? Fact check: TRUE. Our team is working to bring Arts Daily back to full capacity, but the Arts Daily process requires significant advance notice, and many of the "e-vents" we're seeing are coming together, well, quickly. Let that inspiration strike! Let us know. If we see it in time and if we can, we'll help.
  • Those are two big caveats. How do we let you know? First, there was another, initial caveat. This is only a temporary feature. As for the others... as you can imagine, the folks who provide this content can quickly become overwhelmed by volume, which is why there are separate submission processes for The Hub (news) and Arts Daily (events) and each has its own mission. Tag the "@scartscomm" on your Facebook post about your event. We’ll share it to our statewide (and beyond) network. Events with enough advance notice are eligible for Hub E-vents posts which, like our recurring “Tuning Up” feature will be curated and go out as events warrant. If there are sporadic events, we’ll post sporadically. If there are more, we’ll post more. We’ll do our best.

Looking for events?

Ready for some online art events? Click on the "Hub E-vents" tag or click here.

So let's do this!

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Jason Rapp

COVID-19 and the arts in South Carolina

A response resource for S.C.'s creative communities


COVID-19 molecular structure image An image of COVID-19, courtesy of CDC Artists and arts organizations in South Carolina will be affected by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Beyond reminding you to wash your hands (see more about that flier by an #SCartists below), the S.C. Arts Commission is going to leave the science to scientists and public health practitioners, but we can be a resource for the creative communities we serve. Our goal is to provide information that can enable our constituents to be ready for “What if…?” And let’s face it—there’s a lot of that right now. Ed. note; 13 March 2020, 16:00 ET The SCAC apologizes for the extra click, but because of the significant need for this content to be "living," we are now directing you to the COVID-19 resources page on SouthCarolinaArts.com which we are updating frequently.

Click here to access updated resources for creative communities compiled by the SCAC.

Jason Rapp

Spartanburg Artists Collective announces 2nd juried show

Call for art from artists in Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee

Submission deadline: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Artists Collective Spartanburg will host its second annual juried exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 17, and invites all established visual artists in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee to apply in competition of winning cash prizes for as much as $2,500 for first place.

All work must be original and created within the past three years. The window of opportunity to enter online is Saturday, July 4, through Saturday, Aug. 1.

“At this time, mid-May, we are still planning to have this exhibition,” Collective Chairwoman Beth Regula said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are discussing accommodations that may need to be made for safely accepting and returning artists' works and deciding what the awards ceremony will look like. What we know is that artists still need to make art and continue to need affirmation of the quality of their work, and most can use the prize money. We also know there will be a new normal for a while and are committed to putting safety first as we begin to reopen our doors. We are hoping for an in-person awards ceremony with a big reception; however we will consider alternate ways to honor our winners even if changes to the ‘old normal’ must be made, perhaps with social distancing. Our first juried show was a huge success. We had nearly 250 artists to apply, and 66 of them were admitted into the show. This year, we hope to attract more artists and once again bring to Spartanburg a quality exhibition by local and regional artists.”


Last year, first place was taken by Cindy Shute of Lockhart, South Carolina, for her oil-on-linen painting Peacemaker: Hrair Balian. Second prize of $1,000 was taken by Gordon Dohm of Greenville, South Carolina, for his photograph Fungi Fantasy. Third-place of $500 was won by Tracey M. Timmons of Spartanburg for Manacle of Justice, a bracelet made of vitreous enamel, copper, silver, brass, and photography. Seven merit awards of $100 and $250 were also given.


The 2020 prize money will total a minimum of $4,500.

Most 2-D and 3-D visual arts are acceptable to this show and include painting, pastels, drawing, sculptures, ceramics, glass, photography, fiber arts, original hand pulled prints, jewelry, weaving, basketry, wood, and mixed media. The $35 entry fee allows the artist to enter up to three pieces of art for consideration. Online registration will take place on the agency’s website: ArtistsCollectiveSpartanburg.org/2020-exhibition through Saturday, Aug. 1. Notification of acceptance will be via email on Saturday, Aug. 15. For complete details and a downloadable prospectus, please visit the website.


This year, the jurors for the show will be Alice Sebrell and Connie Bostic.

Sebrell is the program director for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville. She is a native of Charlotte and earned her master’s degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Delaware. Sebrell has written and spoken about Black Mountain College many times and has curated many exhibitions at the museum. She is also a practicing artist whose photography and mixed media work have been exhibited internationally and are in many public and private collections.

Bostic began her art career as an adult in 1970 when she moved to Asheville and enrolled in her first drawing class. Unsure of her abilities, she did not pursue an academic degree until 1989. In 1990 she finished a master’s degree at Western Carolina University. Since then, she has had 28 solo exhibitions and work featured in 44 group shows. Active in the Asheville arts community, she has curated many exhibitions in that community. In 1991 she opened a contemporary gallery in downtown Asheville. Since 2000 she has devoted herself to painting, teaching private students, and maintaining her deep involvement in the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.


Artists Collective Spartanburg provides private and affordable studios to local artists. The once-Baptist church has 32 studios, three public galleries, a ceramic studio, a printery, and two performance stages. The collective has more than 50 members and the largest collection of for-sale art in the county. Normally, it hosts three temporary exhibits each month. Slated for this fall, this juried show will take place in the 2000-square-foot Solomon Gallery within the venue.

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Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Anthology includes Boucher + art museums set reopening dates

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


  • Poet's Choice just announced that "A Perfect Night,” a poem by Clarence Carter Boucher, was selected for inclusion in the anthology A Childbirth Song or Poem. Boucher has been participating in SCAC programs since 1981. His residencies are often interdisciplinary, involving the visual arts, writing and music. Arts Access South Carolina, which provides arts experiences for people with disabilities, named him as a master teaching artist.
  • Two big names on the South Carolina art museum scene announced reopening plans in recent days. Visitors can peruse the collection at the Columbia Museum of Art starting June 16, and the Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston) announced via email that it will welcome patrons starting June 1. Before going, make sure you're aware of safety precaution policies in place by checking each museum's website:

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Metropolitan Arts Council distributes relief funding in Greenville Co.

In conjunction with the Graham Foundation and the Canal Charitable Foundation, the Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville is distributing $275,500 to 28 local arts organizations.

Metropolitan Arts Council“All of us at MAC are very pleased to be in a position to raise and provide this level of funding for these organizations that are such important assets to Greenville,” said Alan Ethridge, MAC executive director. The fund was started with a $102,000 withdrawal from the MAC Endowment for the Arts which was established in 2009 for the organization’s grants program.  “This is the first time we have withdrawn any funds from the endowment, but it was very important to do so given the projected losses of so many arts organizations,” said MAC board chairman Michael Cooper of TD Bank. “Once we realized the severity of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAC board and staff went immediately to work to begin a relief fund.” “The Graham Foundation and the Canal Charitable Foundation contributed to the fund very generously,” Ethridge continued.  “Greenville is so fortunate to have such philanthropic partners who realize the importance of the arts in the vitality of our amazing city.  Throughout their histories, both entities have ensured that the arts have had a very visible presence in the community by providing very substantial funding to cultural initiatives.  It is a privilege to be working with both of them during these challenging times.” “Arts organizations have had to cancel/postpone performances, events, exhibits and fundraisers. That loss of income can be devastating. These relief funds will have a tremendous impact on our cultural community,” Artisphere Executive Director Kerry Murphy said. Holly Caprell, Greenville County Youth Orchestra executive director said, “I am so thankful for MAC’s dedication to helping small organizations like ours.  Looking ahead to our next season, there are so many unknowns.  This grant will help us bridge funding gaps and give us the freedom to plan projects that will encourage our students to grow musically.” Ethridge also said that additional relief funding may be necessary as we are not yet familiar with the distancing norms for the latter part of the year and 2021. “MAC will certainly assess the future needs of our organizational constituents and perhaps be able to provide additional relief funding. I certainly want to thank the MAC board of directors and staff, the executive committee and the endowment committee for making sure the fund came to fruition.” The 28 arts organizations receiving funding are Artisphere, Carolina Dance Collaborative, Carolina Music Museum, Centre Stage, Chicora Voices, Emrys, Foothills Philharmonic, GLOW Lyric Theatre, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville Chautauqua Society, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Concert Band, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville County Youth Orchestra, Greenville Jazz Collective, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Theatre, Greer Cultural Arts Council, International Ballet, Makers Collective (Indie Craft Parade), Mauldin Cultural Center, Peace Center, SC Bach, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Vaughn Newman Dance, The Warehouse Theatre, Wits End Poetry and Younts Center for Performing Arts.

Jason Rapp

Fourth time a charm for new S.C. Poetry Out Loud champion

Persistence rewarded in final attempt

for immediate release 22 May 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. – She earned her way to the state finals every year of her high school career and in the fourth and final attempt, the payoff finally arrived for a Lancaster student.

Judges selected Andrew Jackson High School senior Taylor Wade as state finals competition champion in the national recitation contest Poetry Out Loud, administered in South Carolina by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). Seven other South Carolina high school students competed with Wade in a virtual state finals. The annual competition was scheduled to be held in Columbia on March 14, but was canceled by the SCAC to conform with guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bonita Peeples, Poetry Out Loud coordinator for the SCAC, arranged for a virtual competition. The eight finalists sent videos to be reviewed by the judges: Paul Kaufmann, Darion McCloud, Kimberly Simms, and Dr. Nancy D. Tolson. Wade recited “Dead Butterfly” by Ellen Bass and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Israfel” in preliminary rounds. She and two other students advanced to the final round, where she recited “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Years and received the four judges’ highest score. In a typical year, Wade would have joined finalists from the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in Washington to compete for a $20,000 cash prize at the national finals. In lieu of that competition, the champion of each state that held or will hold a state finals will receive a $1,000 prize. In states where the finals were canceled, the state arts agency will receive $1,000 to either award to a state champion named at a later date or divide among the students who advanced to the state finals.

About Poetry Out Loud

Now in its 14th year, Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in 2005, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State arts agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Poetry Out Loud offers more than $100,000 is prizes and school stipends each year. It provides free teacher resources and a comprehensive website with a large anthology of classic and contemporary poems, audio and video clips, as well as complete contest information. Since its establishment in 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach nearly 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit PoetryOutLoud.org.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas:
  • arts education,
  • community arts development,
  • and artist development.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

Jason Rapp

Hub E-vents: May 22 (on May 21)

You want art. You crave art.

#SCartists and arts organizations want to fill that void. They live for that. It’s a calling. Yet in times of social distancing, that’s hard to do. Through the wonders of modern technology, many are trying and succeeding. So while we’re all staying home to protect vulnerable family, friends, and neighbors,  The Hub is stepping up to fill the void between artists and arts lovers. (Learn more about Hub E-vents here.)

Here are some virtual arts events a day early for you planners

We see you. Sometimes we do events on the same day, sometimes we promo upcoming ones. Sometimes we do both. There are no rules in quarantine life! (Help yourself by reading all of them.)

Charleston Rhizome Collective/ConNECKtedTOO | 2 p.m.

How about some fun with the young arts lovers in the family?
Houses? Dolls? Now it's time for Recycle Cars, another family art lesson for children and families Friday, May 22 at 2 PM Eastern. These cars are made from household materials to limit trips to the store and waste! This image lists materials needed, but you can find them at the details link below. Go here for details and to join this event.

The Gibbes Museum of Art: Song and Spoken Word | 7 p.m.

Ann Caldwell performs "EXODUS: Bound for Freedom"
Ann Caldwell is a singer, song writer and story teller. She has the quiet energy of a windmill yet the soulful voice and power of a locomotive. Ann's rich, organic sound wraps around a note, then takes it and the listener to a different space in time. Caldwell brings a unique rhythm to every beat and word. A native of Denmark, S.C., and long-time resident of Charleston, Ann Caldwell brings with her the spirit of her ancestors who used music as a way to commune with each other and God. Originally scheduled to perform a garden concert at the Gibbes on May 6, she has created a new virtual performance entitled EXODUS: Bound for Freedom, and uses objects from the Gibbes collection to illustrate her stories and songs. View it tomorrow, Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. on the Gibbes Museum's Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to watch).
Artist Statement: The dictionary defines Exodus as a mass departure of people , and my performance tells of the early journeys of the African American people. I chose to focus on the initial EXODUS that occurred when over 12.5 million Africans were captured transported to the New World for the purpose of slave labor--a journey called The Middle Passage. The journey from slavery to freedom (the Underground Railroad) was a second EXODUS, when enslaved Africans and African Americans risked life and limb to escape from the life of bondage and hard labor to go to a place where they could be free. These stories and songs illustrate the determination of my ancestors not to live their lives as enslaved people. No matter how difficult or perilous the journey, they would be forever Bound for Freedom.

Your event not here? Here's a little more on how Hub E-vents works.

Jason Rapp

GCCA makes call for Brandon Fellowship artists

Application deadline: July 9, 2020


Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) is seeking artists to apply for the 2020-21 Brandon Fellowship, a high-profile, 12-month program for artists between 21-30 years of age who are eager to advance their careers as working artists.

Successful candidates will demonstrate promising talent, self-motivation, and goal-orientation. Each year, three artists are selected for the program which includes:

  • A free university-style studio at GCCA
  • Mentorship from another local artist
  • Complimentary classes and workshops at GCCA
  • Presentation of an ARTalk lecture
  • Participation in an exhibition in August-September
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, and participation in other local arts events
  • A visit to a local or regional museum of interest
  • Broad exposure as an artist in Greenville and beyond

What is the Brandon Fellowship?

The two founders of the Brandon Fellowship have a deeply felt motivation for initiating this opportunity for young artists. They consider themselves fortunate in being beneficiaries of The Rhodes Scholarship.  The founders explain, "The Scholarship provided us with a great education and welcomed us into a community that challenged us to explore and reach farther than we could have otherwise. We made new friends from all walks of life, friendships that continue to broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives over thirty years later.” This is exactly what they hope the Brandon Fellowships will do for young artists in our community, that they will reap the benefits and share them with those around them, and with those who will come after them.

2015 was the Brandon Fellowship program's inaugural year; the launch coincided with the opening of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. The program supports the Center's mission to be inclusive and serve the whole community with exhibits from local and regional artists, high caliber art classes and workshops and onsite artists' studios.


How to Apply

The application is open June 4-9, 2020. Click here to read the full list of criteria for eligibility and more details on how to apply.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Southern Prize awarded Monday

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


ICYMI... Monday, our partner South Arts awarded the 2020 Southern Prize to North Carolina's Sherill Roland. A multidisciplinary artist from Morrisville, Roland received the $25,000 prize and a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Chareston's Kristi Ryba was South Carolina's finalist for the prize. We hear... SOBA Art Gallery in Old Town Bluffton will be open for business at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21. The gallery will have limited hours and other restrictions, as you might expect. The public is invited to a grand reopening set for 11 a.m. May 21 at the gallery, located at 6 Church St. SOBA artists will work on paintings from the gallery’s porch. A virtual tour of the gallery, showcasing the latest art on exhibit, will take place 11 a.m. May 28 from SOBA’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/sobabluffton/. More at SobaGallery.com.

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Summer Vacation Edition

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. Because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


That's a wrap on FY20

With rolling deadlines suspended temporarily and the closure of applications for the S.C. Arts Commission's Arts Emergency Relief grants Friday night, May 15, "Grants Roundup" is taking a short break, but will be back. The Hub would like to stress that everything these days is fluid, so we'll do our best work to make sure constituents remain updated as grant programs reopen. Thank you for reading. We wish you continued health and a great summer.  

Rolling Deadlines

We have suspended taking applications for these grants for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Notes

 

Jason Rapp

Charleston student wins national scholarship

Each year, the Anthony Quinn Foundation takes great pride in introducing its scholarship recipients.

From the foundation:

This year, we make that introduction in the midst of a crisis that none of us could have imagined. What we know, is that when things feel unsettled, many of us turn to what comforts us most. For our students, the ability to express their feelings and fears through their respective fields of art may be out of reach. During this time, the Anthony Quinn Foundation staff and board is working hard to create community, connection, and continuity for all of our students, past and present. That's the power of art that we see time and time again: art brings us together. Through painting, music, dance, spoken and written word, the Anthony Quinn Foundation has built a community of 120 students in 10 years. 

Charleston high school junior Ashley Yoon (right) is the lone South Carolinian to receive the scholarship this year. A violinist, she intends to use her scholarship to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia. Over the past 10 years, The Anthony Quinn Foundation has received over 2,350 applications for summer intensive scholarship support. The pool of applicants grows more competitive and more diverse each year.

To date, they've awarded 118 scholarships representing 27 states and territories and 3 countries. Recipients have attended prestigious summer intensive programs across the U.S. and around the world.

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Be a visiting professor of art at Limestone College

Emphasis in graphic design and studio with tenure track potential

Granberry Gallery at Limestone College                    
The Limestone College Art Department seeks a qualified candidate for the position of visiting assistant professor of art for a one-year appointment with the potential for renewal to tenure track. Limestone College is a small independent liberal arts college. The art department, with the collaboration of the communications department, offers a bachelor's in studio art with an emphasis in studio or graphic design. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach undergraduate courses including but not limited to all levels of graphic design utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite, art (specifically printmaking and painting), and possibly interdisciplinary courses. The maximum teaching load is 30 contact hours per year. Other responsibilities may include facilitating the annual Candelabra fine arts publication, maintaining office hours, advising, classroom and studio maintenance for compliance, etc. Studio and office space will be accommodated with reasonable assistance for scholarly productivity. The ideal candidate must have completed at least 18 hours of graphic design on the masters level. Salary is dependent on qualifications. Interested candidates should complete the on-line application at www.limestone.edu/jobs and upload a letter of application, resume/vita, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Link webpage with at least 20 examples of personal work or 20 examples of student work to your CV. If you have additional questions regarding the position, you may direct them to Dr. Gena E. Poovey, Dean, Arts & Humanities at gpoovey@limestone.edu or Limestone College, 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340. As a part of the pre-employment process, the selected candidate must be willing to consent to and pass with satisfactory results, an investigative consumer report. AA/EEO