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

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


Creative Community Fellows program open to cultural “entrepreneurs”

Have a great idea for a creative placemaking project but no time to get it off the ground? Take advantage of National Arts Strategies’ new Creative Community Fellows Program, which includes a week-long retreat with fellow cultural “entrepreneurs,” a distance learning track, and an opportunity to pitch to funders and/or create crowdfunding campaigns. Applications are due May 7. The Creative Community Fellows program will bring together a unique community of innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking and creative placemaking, Fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to activate the ideas that will transform their communities. The residential track will bring together 22 entrepreneurs under one roof for a week of learning and fostering connections. The online track for 28 Fellows will accommodate entrepreneurs who may not be able to travel. All 50 Fellows will connect online as a single community, sharing monthly updates on their projects’ progress and providing feedback on others’ updates. Visit the National Arts Strategies website to learn more about the program and get involved. Apply to become a Fellow or share this information with those in your network. Via: National Arts Strategies


Indie Grits Film Festival features unique films, concerts, food and more

The eighth annual Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival for DIY media-makers, features 10 days of the best short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances to engage a variety of audiences. The festival takes place April 11-20 in Columbia, S.C. Hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema, Indie Grits has been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for the second time. Organizers received a 30 percent increase in filmmaker submissions for the 2014 festival, resulting in a better-than-ever film lineup. Noteworthy films: • Big Significant Things, which will premiere at SXSW 2014, is a narrative feature directed by Bryan Reisberg and produced by Andrew D. Corkin. At 26 years old, Craig seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability and a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the South? • As it is In Heaven is a narrative feature directed by Joshua Overbay. After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were promised. As It Is In Heaven is a beautifully filmed portrayal of a cult leader’s struggle with faith and keeping his community together after his end-of-days prophecy does not come to pass. Other highlights:

  • of Montreal will headline the festival with a concert on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art.
  • Opening Night Party: A free party from 6-11 p.m. for all ages in the parking lot behind the Nickelodeon Theatre at 1607 Main Street on Friday, April 11. The party will feature Rachel Kate of Nashville and Shantih Shantih of Atlanta. Girls Rock Columbia will host the event and bring a surprise local act as well as live screen printing.
  • Indie Bits, a new video game showcase, takes place Tuesday, April 15. This event will feature films, workshops and speakers that explore ties between gaming and filmmaking and is in collaboration with the USC Center for Digital Humanities.
  • The Weekly Revue a new event, is hosted by the actor, comedian, and master of ceremonies, Toby David. The Weekly Revue exploded onto the Philadelphia scene in 2008 where it dazzled, educated, and entertained its followers for close to 5 years.
  • Indie Camp Remixed, a brand new weeklong workshop for high schoolers, will allow students to mix it up with visiting filmmakers and make some movies.
  • Kindie Grits, presented by the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts, is back with workshops on Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, April 19.
  • Hip Hop Family Day - after 2013’s Hip Hop Family Day, which drew thousands for family fun, music and more, Indie Grits is proud to have the festival back on Main Street on Saturday, April 12.
  • Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase on Sunday, April 13, features hors d’oeuvres by the Midlands’ most sustainable, talented chefs and potluck dishes by attendees.
For more information and a complete lineup of Indie Grits events, parties, concerts and competition films, visit Festival passes and individual event tickets are available. Via: Indie Grits Festival


Annual North Charleston Arts Festival set for May 2-10

The annual North Charleston Arts Festival kicks off on May 2 and concludes on May 10. Now in its 32nd year, the nine-day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festival in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, music, theatre, and visual, media, and literary arts. Nearly 200 festival offerings take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, civic auditoriums, and parks. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Festival offers something for everyone – from classical to contemporary, funky to formal. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced. “The variety of Arts Festival offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “We look forward to this time each year when we are joined by thousands from throughout the Southeast to celebrate the importance of art within our world.” The Arts Festival Main Event, held on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 13th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit; youth art from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; the Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children's activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more. This year’s festival Gala, the Sweetgrass Soiree, will take place on Friday, May 2, from 7 -11 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall. Tickets for this premier event are $50. Other highly anticipated programs include an Art Walk on Wednesday, May 7, an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre on Thursday, May 8, and street dances featuring beach/variety music and reggae on Friday, May 9. Examples of visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include a series of cut paper collages and prints by Lillian Trettin (Becoming Southern Steampunk); mixed media works by Cuban-born artist, Maribel Acosta (Pieces); paintings and found-object sculptures by Gingi Martin (Landscapes of Mozart and Beethoven); the 9th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition; a group exhibition featuring Charleston-area female photographers (Through the Lens); an Art & Fine Craft CoOp Gallery & Sale; the 8th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition (JOY!); and the 2nd Annual Wearable Art Competition and Exhibition. This festival’s Grand Finale on May 10 features a Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, dance demos and performances, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, food trucks, and an evening concert by The CoastRunner Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River. Visit for complete details or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854. Applications are still being accepted for participation in the Festival’s Art Walk. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as volunteer sign-up forms are also available. All forms and instructions can be downloaded at Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Call for Art

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition open to middle and high school students

Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own lives, the lives of others, or through fictional characters—by writing a script. Writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by up to five students. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition has three divisions. One winning script is selected in each of the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 and 8-9 respectively). Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools, along with an award recognizing the student for excellence in script writing. In the Senior Division (grades 10-12), a select number of applicants will be brought to Washington, D.C. for the VSA Playwright Discovery Weekend Intensive, which will include pre-professional activities such as playwriting workshops, roundtable discussions, and staged readings. A select number of Senior Division winners' scripts will be chosen for a Millennium Stage performance as part of the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage festival. Application deadline is April 28, 2014. To learn more about the competition or to apply, visit the Kennedy Center's website. A free resource guide is also available. Image: Winners of the 2013 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition participate in a theater workshop. Via: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts