Tuning Up: In with the “new new”

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...


Arts-related construction projects are apparently the rage in South Carolina. Here are a couple new ones The Hub learned about this week. - Ed. SPARTANBURG By developing the Mayfair Art Studios (above), Chapman Cultural Center (CCC) will establish a new cultural destination on the Westside that creates a unique space for creative exchange and grassroots entrepreneurship. The desire is to engage both amateur and professional artists in a holistic experience of creativity within a neighborhood setting. "Our hope is the studios will be a dynamic arts incubator in the Arcadia village, that will bring together a diverse constituency to learn about and make art," according to the CCC "Connect" email. Go here to learn more. WEST COLUMBIA Much is made about Columbia's gradual reinvention, but a quick glance across the Congaree River is all you need to know it's spreading into Lexington County too, with construction projects obvious on the river's opposite banks in Cayce and West Columbia. The latter broke ground Tuesday on an interactive art park:

The park is billed as one-of-a-kind that will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk.

The park is expected to open in April.  

Tuning Up: History and art at Florence park + Wando band update

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...


We hope you paused to reflect during the weekend and/or yesterday's holiday. While Veterans Day comes but once a year, a park in Florence combines history with art to honor them year-round. Yesterday it added a monument to the Korean War to its six-and-a-half-acre expanse. The park features sculptures and, for history buffs, artifacts such as a 280-pound chunk of limestone taken from the rubble of the Pentagon's eastern facade and the bell from the USS South Carolina, which served during WWI. Last week we brought you the story of the Wando High school marching band's quest for glory at a national competition in Indianapolis. Writer Karen McDonough followed up with The Hub and reported that the band advanced to the 2018 Grand National finals on Saturday and finished sixth in the nation, a first for a South Carolina band. Congratulations!

Tuning Up: Tom Stanley exhibition + repurposed harbor trash

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Looking for a little structure? Hampton III Gallery delivers. Tom Stanley: Structures begins a week from tonight with a reception from 7-9 p.m. The Winthrop/Rock Hill artist received a Verner Award this past spring for his body of work. He'll also be present for "coffee and conversation" Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon. 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors. Free. Many people's trash is a few people's art. Plastic scraps from Charleston Harbor made for trashy art in a Lowcountry contest (Post & Courier).

Tuning Up: Jasper Johns at CMA + more

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...


Jasper Johns gifts on display: The Columbia Museum of Art announced the  exhibition Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA, a varied collection of 35 prints gifted to the CMA by Jasper Johns himself and shown in its entirety for the first time, on view beginning Friday, Nov. 16 through Feb. 24, 2019. With several prints by Johns as well as the work of such postwar heavyweights as Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, plus archival materials documenting Johns’ time living and establishing his artistic identity in Columbia, this unique exhibition provides insight into the mind of South Carolina’s most famous artistic son. “Artists, critics, and collectors the world over know the name Jasper Johns, but few know that his career began in Columbia where he studied at USC,” says Chief Curator Will South, who organized the exhibition. “And though he became an international art star, he did not forget South Carolina. This is a show documenting the importance of contemporary art to the collection and celebrating the importance of the museum’s patrons like Jasper Johns.” Read more from CMA here. A sculpture of Johns' is included in the State Art Collection, which is maintained and managed by the SCAC Visual Arts Department. "Curious Case" Q&A with Hammes: The SCAC's current prose fellow recently published his first novel, and F. Rutledge Hammes chatted about it with the Post & Courier.  And speaking of fellows...

Evergreen (for now): Time is running out!

  • Applications for $5,000 individual artist fellowships are due Thursday, Nov. 8. Unrestricted awards will honor achievement in visual arts, craft, music composition, and music performance. Don't miss out!
  • Nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts (right) are also due Thursday, Nov. 8. All it takes to start the process of awarding an artist, arts organization, business or foundation, government entity, individual, or arts educator/institution one of these prestigious awards for significant contributions to the arts in South Carolina is one letter. Don't wait. Find out more now! (Noms for the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards are due at the same time. Here's info on those.)

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Sumter ready for 12th annual Art in the Park this weekend

As much as The Hub enjoys checking in on (and loves!) South Carolina's primary arts metropolises of greater Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, it's nice to check in elsewhere in smaller cities and towns that also have much to offer from a cultural standpoint.  And so today we have a dispatch from Sumter, which is just far enough away from Columbia to fall outside the "greater" area designation. On Saturday, 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the city's 12 annual "Art in the Park" events yet. "We're excited about this year's Art in the Park," Cleo Klopfleisch, public relations chairwoman for the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, said. "It'll be like walking through an outdoor art gallery, and it really does have something for people of all ages and budgets." Items at the event will be priced from $1 to $2,000 (for a handmade wooden table). Park visitors will see paintings, sculpture, glass art, metal work, fabric art, handmade soaps, jewelry, garden art and many unique crafts. Klopfleisch said there will also be a Community Corner, which includes activities and items primarily for children. "Nonprofits and profits will have a children's craft center with hands-on activities," she said. "For example, the Evening Pilot Club will teach the children puppetry, the Sumter County Gallery of Art will have some visual arts activities, and Sumter Habitat will teach the kids to make, and plant, mug planters." Also be on the lookout for demonstrations by Sumter Little Theatre. Proceeds from vendor fees and sales will benefit Willow Drive Elementary School, Shaw Air Force Base Spouses' Club Scholarship Program and the Tuomey Foundation. Brochures with entertainment schedules, a vendor list, a map and more will be available for visitors. Admission is free.


"Art in the Park" receives funds from, among others, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association is a local nonprofit organization.

Changes coming to SCAC Artist Roster

A new roster is coming. And you're going to love it.


In 2016, the S.C. Arts Commission facilitated an extensive survey of artists, teaching artists, arts organizations, and schools who utilize the Roster of Approved Artists. The results were as follows:
  • Roster artists overwhelmingly stated the two primary benefits of the current roster are marketing and the prestige of a juried process.
  • Arts organizations stated the biggest benefits are marketing and networking.
  • Schools stated the importance of a juried process that speaks to the quality of work and teaching ability of teaching artists.
With that in mind, the roster of Approved Artists is being reinvented and turning into the new Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification to address all those things, all coinciding with a modern, new website for the Arts Commission that's expecting to launch by the new year. (We're self-aware enough to know it's getting time...) Continue reading below for explanations of the Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification. Many questions might be answered within the text. But if not, directory guru Ashley Brown prepared an FAQ that we linked at the bottom of this post that you can get to ... after you read the explanations !
Sample of Arts Directory

Arts Directory

The online Arts Directory will be searchable by geographic availability, artistic area, accessibility, and will be connected to a google map. It will serve as a connector for the network of artists and arts organizations throughout South Carolina and will be a beneficial marketing tool for members. Members of the Arts Directory will be able to offer group lectures, demonstrations, and performances for SCAC Arts in Education grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation). Additionally, members of the Arts Directory will have access to online professional learning and digital networking offered by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Sound good? Each artist, teaching artist, or arts organization on the Directory will have the following listed:
  • Name (and alias)
  • Photo
  • County
  • Contact Info
  • Tags (geography available, artistic area, accessibility, Teaching Artist certification)
  • Overview of work
Placement on the Arts Directory will involve a juried process, with panels meeting twice a year to adjudicate new applicants (winter and summer). Membership on the directory is renewable every three (3) years. The application to apply* for the Arts Directory will be online and available Monday, Sept. 24. The application will include the following:
  • Basic contact information
  • Resume
  • (2) Letters of support
  • Work samples
  • Narrative
*Please note: Current Roster artists will be granted courtesy extensions into the new Arts Directory for one cycle, but still must apply. These artists will not be required to submit resumes, work samples, or letters of support for this year’s application. After the one cycle courtesy extension, ALL current Roster artists will be expected to submit a full application.

Teaching Artist Certification

The Teaching Artist Certification will serve as a next level to the Arts Directory. Certified teaching artists will be identified on the Arts Directory with a gold star and will be one of the searchable tags. In addition to the basic information listed on the Arts Directory, each certified teaching artist will have their own page with detailed teaching artist information, as well as a school review section. Teaching artist certification will include a juried process, with panels meeting twice a year to adjudicate new applicants (winter, summer). In addition to lectures, demonstrations, or performances, certified teaching artists will be able to offer classroom residencies and short-term teaching for SCAC grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation). Additionally, certified teaching artists will have access to online and in-person professional learning for teaching artists offered by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Certification is renewable every three (3) years. The application to apply for Teaching Artist Certification will be online and available September 24. The application will include the following:
  • Basic contact information
  • Resume
  • (2) Letters of support
  • Recorded observation of work in classroom OR work sample along with letter of support from cooperating teacher
  • (2) Lesson plan samples
  • (3) Additional references
  • Narrative
Additionally, those who are approved by the panel are required to complete the following before receiving certification:
  • SLED background check
  • Complete webinar and quiz: S.C. Department of Education 2017 South Carolina College-and-Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency
  • Complete webinar and quiz: Teaching Artistry

That's a joke. It is way, way past time. We can even joke about it: "1996 wants its website back," etc. You wouldn't skip ahead, would you? Of course not. Thanks for reading! Go here for the FAQ in PDF format.

Tuning Up: SCAC fellow’s new play to debut + Camden gallery’s season opens

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...


SCAC fellowship recipient to debut new play. “Boy About Ten” will debut Aug. 17 and run until Aug. 25 on the Thigpen Main Stage at Columbia’s Trustus Theatre. It is playwright Dr. Jon Tuttle's sixth world premier at Trustus, where he is resident playwright. Tuttle received the SCAC's fellowship for playwriting in 2000. Read more on "Boy About Ten" and Tuttle from the Morning News/SC Now. Bassett Gallery opens new season. "Tuning Up" is happy for a quick check-in just up U.S. 1 in Camden, where grantee the Fine Arts Center is set to open the 2018/2019 Bassett Gallery season on Thursday night. Camden artist Dot Goodwin's exhibition "Life with HeART" is first up. Spartanburg 1 touts ABC Project grants. Spartanburg School District 1 scored the largest percentage of ABC — Arts in Basic Curriculum — grant funding of any district in the state, according to the Herald-Journal. The total amount headed to the district is $67,000 distributed among seven district schools. Thanks for promoting your grant!
The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. ICYMI: Calling all potters! The Macon (Ga.) Arts Alliance would like to share with you Fired Works 2019 Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale featuring 60 potters from Georgia and the Southeast to be held April 5-14, 2019 in ... Macon, Georgia. The entry fee and exhibition are free to the exhibitors. Get, ahem, fired up! Hard details here. Let's show them what #SCArtists can do! (The deadline is Dec. 1, so we'll remind you once or twice between now and then.)

South Carolina’s largest private art collection

The Hub will pardon you if you get a little disoriented here, but bear with us. The Battle of Gettysburg: Repulse of Longstreet's Assault, July 3, 1863 - James Walker What happens when Charleston's daily newspaper writes a feature on the state's largest private art collection, which happens to be in Spartanburg? You get a story that's worth every moment it takes to read. Seriously. Hats off to Adam Parker of the Post & Courier for this feature piece on the ultra-significant Johnson Collection. (Ed. note: The Hub checked in on The Johnson Collection a couple weeks ago when it gifted the above work to the Spartanburg County Public Library.)

But don’t think all this art is sequestered away in a private residence somewhere for the sole enjoyment of the Johnson family. What began as a simple interest in collecting fine art of the Carolinas has become a public enterprise. The inventory has grown so much that it requires a small staff to manage it.

The enterprise is unusual. It’s not a nonprofit. It has no board of directors. It can’t accept donations. It provides no tax benefit to its operators. It generates no revenue. Rather, it is a philanthropic venture with millions of dollars in annual expenditures.

To borrow a line from our friends at the S.C. Arts Alliance, make this today's lunchtime reading.  

Homeless artists’ exhibition takes off at CAE

From ColaDaily.com:

Representatives from Transitions Homeless Center brought about 40 pieces of original art to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Wednesday afternoon to showcase beside the food court. This is the second year Transitions has been able to display current and past residents’ artwork in the airport.  The exhibit not only features the artists’ pieces, but also provides a welcoming visual to travelers entering the Columbia area.

Read the full story, and see pictures, here.
Featured image from Burst by Matthew Henry.

Tuning Up: Unique new exhibition + financial management training

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...


A thin blue line ... on canvas? Columbia Police Department employees are showing off their artistic talents in a new exhibition at the Columbia City Hall Art Gallery (from Cola Daily). Work from 15 employees is on display Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1737 Main St. in Columbia through Sept. 26. Free. ICYMI: A Stronger Bottom Line. The S.C. Arts Alliance – with funding help provided by the SCAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation – is announcing a new training program to help organizations and their leadership teams become even stronger in financial management. It is open to all SCAC organizational grantees with budgets between $200,000-$750,000. This program will provide participating organizations with tailored assistance to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. And while it's valued at $3,500 per organization, thanks to the funding assistance mentioned above it is available for just $200. (Not a typo; we checked. - Ed.) All training takes place in Charleston. It is an exceptional resource for those who need it, and many do. Find out more now!
Arts funding clarification. You might have noticed that on Friday The Hub and SCAC social media outlets ran posts thanking Gov. McMaster and the S.C. General Assembly for the former not issuing vetoes to the latter's increased funding for SCAC grants and arts education initiatives. It was a welcome and energizing, if not pleasantly surprising, break from the norm. You might also have noticed the governor did issue a veto to $500,000 "for" the SCAC that was actually for the S.C. Children's Theatre in Greenville. So how do we reconcile saying we're grateful to have been spared by the veto pen while that $500,000 was vetoed? Because the money in question, which originated in the House, was requested by a legislator on behalf of the theatre. Our agency was simply to be what's known as a "pass-through." House rules allow for legislators to request funds on behalf of private entities. If included in the budget and approved by the Senate and governor, the funds must be sent through a relevant state agency which did not request the funding before being disbursed to the recipient.