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


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.

Free ‘SC.FELLOWS Part II” lunch and learn sessions resume Wednesday

Heidi Darr-Hope, Goddess Series-Pathway Last week's premiere lunch and learn session for the SC.FELLOWS Part II exhibition saw good turnout, and more is expected Wednesday for round two. Fellowship recipient Paula Smith (2004) gave a talk to around 20 eager arts lovers. Nick Boismenu from the S.C. Arts Commission facilitated. This Wednesday is the second of the three-talk series. Make plans to visit the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College (1600 Harden St., Columbia) to hear more from 1982 fellow Heidi Darr-Hope and facilitator Wendell Brown, who is the gallery director. The talk starts at 12:30 p.m., is free, and you're encouraged to bring lunch. Reservations are required. UPDATE 19 June, 13:45: We're disappointed to announce that this event is canceled and will not be rescheduled. Please plan to join fellow Bob Lyon and Harriett Green from SCAC for the final session June 26th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Get more information from this Hub post announcing the series.

SC.FELLOWS Part II is a joint project of the Ponder Gallery, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Arts Commission. For hours and more information about Part II at 701 CCA, please visit

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CAE exhibit features artist Kimara London

A new art exhibit featuring local artist Kimara London is now on display at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). "We’re especially excited about this exhibit as Kimara is a member of our CAE team and works as a ticket agent with United Airlines. Travelers can view her artwork located in the connector between the main lobby and the departure gates," a CAE spokesperson said. As a professional portrait artist, painter, and ceramist, Kimara has provided the Carolinas with her “gift” of creating life-like designs through her business Kimara London Fine Art. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's in studio art. Her murals can be seen at local businesses in Columbia, and she's also completed several commissioned murals. Specializing in portrait art, Kimara creates realistic drawings from personal sittings as well as from photos. She expresses her creativity in media such as oil, acrylic and charcoal and connects her subject matter to the canvas in a way that brings it alive and captures viewers’ attention. Kimara believes that everyone has a God-given gift and "it’s just a matter of discovering it."

SC.FELLOWS Part II lunchtime talk series to debut at Benedict College

The S.C. Arts Commission and the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College will host a series of lunch time talks on SC.FELLOWS Part II at the Ponder Gallery.  SC.FELLOWS Part II is the second installment of a two-part exhibition featuring the work of 78 artists who received S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts & Craft Fellowships since the inception of the program in 1976. Featured during the talks are three artists who received fellowships. The artists will provide insight about their work during their fellowships, how their work has evolved, and share how their fellowships impacted their careers. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Please call 803.734.8696 or email  Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lunchtime Talks Schedule

  • 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
  • Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Thursday, June 14

  • Paula Smith, 2004 Fellow
  • Nick Boismenu, visual arts assistant, S.C. Arts Commission and facilitator

Wednesday, June 20

  • Heidi Darr-Hope, 1982 Fellow
  • Wendell Brown, director of the Ponder Gallery and facilitator

Tuesday, June 26

  • Bob Lyon, 2014 Fellow
  • Harriett Green, visual arts director, S.C. Arts Commission and facilitator

Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College

  • 1600 Harden St.
  • Columbia, SC  29204
  • Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parking available in the campus garage

The fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic merit only. Throughout its history, recipients of the visual arts and craft awards have been selected by a panel of out-of-state jurors including: art curators, art critics, artists, arts educators, and arts administrators with expertise in contemporary art. SC.FELLOWS Part II is a joint project of the Ponder Gallery, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Arts Commission. For hours and more information about Part II at 701 CCA, please visit      

West Main Artists Co-op to exhibit ‘Mac’ Boggs retrospective

A lifetime of work by one of Spartanburg’s most celebrated artists – the late Mayo “Mac” Boggs – is being retrospectively exhibited at West Main Artists Co-op through June 16 to celebrate 43 years of international recognition and acclaim. This extensive collection of sculptures and 2-dimensional works-of-art -- “Mac Boggs: A Retrospective” -- can be seen at no charge Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 578 West Main St., Spartanburg, in the Co-op’s Venue gallery. "A Green Season: The Activation of Space"
Mac Boggs
Metal sculpture “This West Main’s most important exhibit for the year,” Venue Committee Chair Dwight Rose said. “There is probably no other Spartanburg artist who has achieved as much recognition and respect as Mac Boggs. His work is literally around the world.” Boggs’ widow, Dr. Ansley Boggs, worked with Rose to curate this retrospective exhibit at the Co-op. Boggs passed away in 2014, at the age of 71. At that time, he was retired from teaching art at Converse College, where he retained the distinction of professor emeritus of art. The exhibit will include many abstract and non-representational metal and bronze sculptures, for which he is most known. However, the exhibit will also have marble constructions, paintings, computer graphics, prints, photographs of commissioned art, sketches of proposed sculpture, awards, newspaper articles, models of proposals, and letters from students and colleagues. “I hope that people appreciate Mac’s amazing versatility and creativity, as well as sense his inspiration, enthusiasm and passion for creating art and teaching,” Ansley Boggs said.

Mac Boggs
Metal sculpture Mac Boggs was born and raised in Ashland, Ky. He earned a bachelor’s in art from the University of Kentucky and a master’s of fine arts (sculpture) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1970-2013, Mr. Boggs was the professor of sculpture at Converse College in Spartanburg. He received numerous awards and honors, and in 1991, he was named Honorary Artist of Spartanburg by proclamation of the Mayor. In 2000, the Mayor proclaimed a “Mayo ‘Mac’ Boggs Day.” In 2008, he was selected to serve as a Technical Collaborator for the Lynne Streeter Art and Marble Stone-carving Summer Workshop of Pietrasanta, Italy. In 2010, Mr. Boggs was honored by Converse College, Wofford College, and USC-Upstate with a 40-year retrospective exhibition on each of the three campuses. And in 2013, he received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, South Carolina's highest arts award. Mac Boggs receives the Verner Award from then-Speaker Bobby Harrell in 2013. He was best known for his metal sculptures in steel, stainless steel, and bronze. His work is in the presidential libraries of former U.S. presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and can be found internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations. In addition, he has received sculpture commissions for public parks, libraries, college campuses, schools, local businesses, and private residences, two of which were for the home of the author, Lillian Jackson Braun. Mr. Boggs also carved marble and soapstone, and exhibited his photography and digital art. He frequently participated in local, regional, national, and international exhibitions. Also, he often served as a guest speaker for lecture-demonstrations. All the work in the Co-op exhibit will be on sale, ranging in price from $125 to $2,500 and all proceeds will be donated to the development of the Mac and Ansley Boggs Travel Scholarship Fund for Converse College art and education majors who do not have the financial means to travel. Mr. Boggs believed strongly in the importance of travel to a student’s art and life, Ansley Boggs said.
For more information about the Mac Boggs retrospective art exhibit at West Main Artists Co-op, please visit