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Temporary sculpture installed in Charleston

'Under Glass' conjoins natural sciences, spirituality

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is bringing public sculpture to the West Ashley Greenway with a temporary art installation by Georgia artist Mike Wsol. The piece was installed May 8 near the St. Andrew's School of Math and Science between Campbell Drive and the West Ashley Greenway. The Conservancy awarded Wsol with an exhibition prize at ArtFields in May 2018. ArtFields is an annual art exhibit and competition in Lake City showcasing the work of artists around the Southeast. Over the last year, Wsol has been planning and designing his sculpture for the West Ashley Greenway. Titled “Under Glass,” Wsol said the sculpture was “designed with the natural sciences and spirituality in mind. Its form divided in two chambers separates the viewer below from the natural light entering and reflecting within the upper chamber. Experiencing ‘Under Glass’ highlights the separation of the viewer’s physical body from the passing light nature provides.” The sculpture is made from two 325-gallon scrap propane tanks bolted to an X-shaped foundation that will be buried underground and covered with sod and soil. After the installation is complete, the sculpture will appear to balance atop the earth. It will be on display until October. In the coming months, the Conservancy will host educational events and opportunities for the public and schoolchildren to view the sculpture and interact with the artist. Wsol's recent creative work has taken the form of large experiential, interactive public sculpture, prints, and drawings. His work has been exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami, among other cities. Wsol has also been the recipient of grants and awards from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Indiana University, and the Georgia State University Center for Collaborative and International Arts to name a few. He earned a master of architecture from the University of Virginia, a master of fine art in sculpture from the University of Georgia, a master of arts in sculpture and a bachelor of arts in sculpture from Eastern Illinois University. The Charleston Parks Conservancy launched its Art in the Parks program in 2017, an effort to encourage temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks through collaborations with artists and arts organizations, including Redux Contemporary Art Center, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and ArtFields. The first art installation was in Hampton Park last year. In 2017, the Conservancy received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a planning and public engagement process to encourage creative placemaking along the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway. The site of Wsol’s installation was identified in the plan as location for public art that engages the community and encourages social interaction. “This installation is the first of many public art projects we’ll bring to West Ashley,” said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. “As we work on the overall master plan for revitalizing the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway, pubic art and arts programming will play an important role in how we reshape this public space and encourage resident use and engagement.” The ArtFields exhibition prize is part of the Art in the Parks program created by the Charleston Parks Conservancy in collaboration with Redux Contemporary Art Center and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

Two job openings at Redux Contemporary Art Center

Is Charleston calling you?

  [caption id="attachment_1070" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Redux Contemporary Art Center Redux Contemporary Art Center[/caption] Redux Contemporary Art Center submitted the following open positions to The Hub.

Redux Contemporary Art Center seeks executive director

Application review begins July 26; position open until filled Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux), a not-for-profit 501-c-3 arts organization established in 2002, seeks an exceptional, business-savvy leader with an arts or arts administration background for its full-time executive director position. Redux is committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. Redux recently relocated to a newly refurbished building at 1056 King Street in Charleston, which has garnered widespread praise from artists and Redux members and supporters alike. Redux is governed by a nine-member board of directors. Chief Duties The executive director is expected to provide artistic vision, competent leadership and overall direction for day-to-day operations in furtherance of Redux’s mission, consistent with board-established goals and policies. To this end, the executive director has the following chief duties: Business Planning and Program Development

  • Develop and cultivate an artistic vision for Redux and its programming.
  • Implement that vision through programmatic efforts, including but not limited to creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studio artists, planning and managing exhibitions, coordinating arrangements with visiting artists, and developing and overseeing community classes, kids camps, and other learning experiences.
  • Share knowledge and support for the board’s strategic planning process.
  • Develop and execute a sound business plan that aligns Redux’s mission with a strategy to grow revenues and develop long-term sustainability.
  • Assess needs, identify available assets and resources, coordinate and collaborate with others where feasible, and develop and implement programs to achieve the mission.
  • Marshal necessary human, financial, and material resources needed to operate programs.
  • Design evaluation methodologies to assess program performance. Based on evaluation results, implement changes and improvements as necessary.
Fundraising/Resource Development
  • Refine and grow the membership program.
  • Conduct research on grants and other funding opportunities with foundations and other not-for- profit organizations, public sector agencies, corporations, and civic groups.
  • Cultivate relationships with prospective funders. Prepare and submit letters of intent, concept papers, full proposals, and other requests for funding. Complete grant reports.
  • Plan and implement activities to cultivate and solicit individual contributions, particularly from high net worth individuals residing in the Lowcountry.
  • Coordinate special fundraising events.
  • Identify potential sources for in-kind donations of goods and services. Prepare and submit requests as needed.
  • Oversee the acknowledgment of all gifts, grants, and donations in a timely manner and the maintenance of accurate and complete donor mailing lists and files.
Financial Management
  • Oversee and ensure the integrity of day-to-day financial operations and transactions.
  • Develop and revise as needed an annual budget to track revenues, guide spending, and assure performance of mission and strategic goals.
  • Create and update as needed an accounting/financial policies and procedures manual that establishes strong internal controls.
  • Produce financial reports and supporting documentation to the Board of Directors and third parties.
  • Ensure the timely preparation and submission of payroll taxes, annual reports, information returns, and other government filings.
Personnel Management
  • Develop and maintain a personnel policies and procedures manual that complies with all applicable state and federal labor laws.
  • Develop and maintain position descriptions for all staff and key volunteer positions.
  • Hire staff, and ensure proper orientation, training, supervision, and performance evaluation of the team.
  • Create an environment where staff is encouraged and heard – discipline and terminate staff as needed.
  • Assess training needs, identify sources of training, and ensure that staff and volunteers receive adequate training to perform their duties.
Property Management and Asset Protection
  • Develop and implement a prudent business plan for use of Redux’s physical plant, including but not limited to leasing studio space to artists, hosting exhibitions, and renting meeting space to community groups.
  • Ensure that the facility and grounds are properly maintained, clean, safe, and secure.
  • Maintain all necessary insurance coverage and other risk management measures to provide reasonable protection for the agency’s assets, artists, staff and volunteers, equipment, etc.
  • Oversee the organization and safekeeping of agency documents, records, files, art, etc.
Marketing and Communications
  • Assess marketing needs of the agency and develop appropriate activities and vehicles to meet those needs. Develop and promote Redux’s brand to the wider community.
  • Oversee the development of an agency website, newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, annual reports, and other promotional literature.
  • Prepare articles, press releases, public service announcements and advertisements for radio, TV, newspapers, and other media outlets.
  • Conduct speaking engagements to inform the community of Redux’s mission, accomplishments, and ongoing needs for support.
Board and Committee Support
  • Provide support, upon request, for the operations and communications of the board of directors, officers, and board committees.
  • Prepare reports to the board as directed or established in board policies.
  • Inform the board of directors when an important, critical, or controversial internal or external issue or action has occurred or is about to occur.
  • Serve as a resource and advisor to the board in assessing agency needs, understanding industry trends and practices, and developing and updating Board policies pertaining to management and operations.
Qualifications Redux seeks a dynamic individual with an arts or administration background and a strong track in fundraising and/or revenue generation. Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required for this position, though a master’s degree is preferred. A background in art history or techniques will be a plus. In addition to the above qualifications, Redux desires candidates with strong interpersonal skills, experience in managing/supervising staff and volunteers, excellent writing skills, and strong proficiency with technology. We are looking for an energetic, likeable person who is able to manage people and programs in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism with diverse constituencies. Location The position is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether an applicant has local ties or not, she or he must possess the skills and abilities to assimilate with the artistic and cultural milieu of Charleston and the wider nonprofit and philanthropic community of the Lowcountry. Redux’s executive director must reside in Charleston or a neighboring community while employed in this position. Instructions for applicants Those interested in applying for this position are instructed to send an email to the Redux Search Committee at reduxedsearch@gmail.com, and attach a current resume and a cover letter that includes applicant’s salary requirements. Review of applicants will begin on July 26, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered letters and resumes will not be accepted.

Redux Contemporary Art Center call for entries

Deadline for submissions is October 25. Redux Contemporary Art Center announces the 2013 call for entries. Submissions are considered for solo, two-person and group exhibitions at Redux. Contemporary artists, from emerging to established, are encouraged to submit proposals via the Slide Room application. Find complete application information online. Redux is a nonprofit art center that provides the community with quality arts education, ambitious exhibitions, outreach, and subsidized studio space for working artists. Founded in 2002, Redux offers more than 100 classes annually and is home to the only public darkroom and print shop in the Lowcountry. Via: Redux Contemporary Art Center

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Art is a verb, so let’s do it!

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Redux Contemporary Art Center are proud to co-produce Charleston’s third Annual Professional Development day for visual artists in the Lowcountry. The workshop takes place Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, S.C. Visiting artist Didi Dunphy will share resources and guide artists through the crazy world of becoming a professional based on five approaches: Do It, Work it, Know it, Make a friend, and Run it. This workshop is recommended for any visual artist looking to gain a better understanding of the ‘non-art-making’ aspects to being an artist.  Registration is required and limited to 50 people. Tickets are $30 until Oct. 20 and $40 after Oct. 20. Visit the Halsey Institute's website for more details and registration information.

Via: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art