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Verner Award recipient Kathleen Bateson to retire

Lowcountry arts to lose decorated leader in 2020


After leading the organization since 1998, CEO/President Kathleen Bateson has announced her retirement from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina effective June 30, 2020.  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Reeves, who has worked with Bateson since 2001, will succeed as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2020. Bateson will remain with Arts Center as executive artistic producer until June 30, 2020. Bateson’s executive arts consulting history and corporate management experience, particularly in financial and long-range planning strategies, corporate investor relations and international marketing/PR, preceded her current CEO leadership role. During her tenure, the Arts Center has become the state’s third largest arts organization as well as its largest professional producing theatre (110+ plays). Bateson also diversified the Presenting Artists series (270+performers) and expanded the education efforts into the four-county region (265,000+ services).  In 2019 Bateson received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts (seen above), the highest arts honor in the state, which was also awarded to the Arts Center in 2006. Bateson was also recently named to the S.C. Arts Foundation board of directors. Bob Lee, two-time Chairman of the Arts Center Board of Trustees stated, “I cannot express enough the privilege I have had working with Kathi on the Board of Trustees over the last 16 years. While her departure will certainly leave a hole in the hearts of those of us who recognize the many successes and accolades her leadership has brought to the Arts Center, we also recognize that she has assembled a skillful, capable team who will sustain the level of excellence she has created at this community jewel.”

Nominations open for S.C.’s top arts awards

Let's honor exceptionalism in the arts

[caption id="attachment_41457" align="aligncenter" width="600"]S.C. First Lady Peggy McMaster (L) and former SCAC Board Chairman Henry Horowitz (R) present the Verner and Folk Heritage awards to 2019 recipients in May 2019. S.C. First Lady Peggy McMaster (L) and former SCAC Board Chairman Henry Horowitz (R) present the Verner and Folk Heritage awards to 2019 recipients in May 2019.[/caption]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 August 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission, in conjunction with its partners, wants to honor the next round of exceptional arts and folklife practitioners, professionals, and advocates in the Palmetto State. Eligible persons fitting those descriptions can now be nominated for the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts or the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Both awards honor South Carolinians who create or support the arts, and both award programs use a simple, online nomination process. Nominations for both awards are due Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Both awards will be presented at the South Carolina Arts Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. An art sale and luncheon by the South Carolina Arts Foundation will follow the ceremony.

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards

Nomination letters for Verner Awards should describe the nominee's exemplary contributions to the arts in South Carolina and should address any characteristics included in the category descriptions. The letter should answer these questions:
  • What makes the nominee superior or extraordinary?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in the arts?
  • What exceptional achievements or contributions has the nominee made, and what has been their impact on the community, state or beyond?
  • What other information about the nominee is important to know as they are considered for the state's highest award in the arts?
Verner Award nominations can be made in the following categories:
  • Arts in Education
  • Organization
  • Government
  • Business/Foundation
  • Individual
  • Artist
For complete nomination guidelines or more information about the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com, or contact Senior Deputy Director Milly Hough: mhough@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8698.

Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award

Created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the Folk Heritage Award is presented annually by the South Carolina General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. The S.C. Arts Commission partners with USC's McKissick Museum to manage the awards. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards each year. Nominations are accepted in two categories:
  • Artists: South Carolina artists who have dedicated their lives to the practice of art forms that have been passed down through their families and communities and who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping their tradition alive. Past awards have recognized art forms such as basket making, gospel singing, fiddling, hammock making and boat building.
  • Advocates: South Carolina individuals and groups that have worked to further traditional culture in the state. Those who are not traditional artists, but who have provided service that helps to sustain and promote South Carolina traditions, are eligible for the advocacy award.
Before submitting a nomination, you are strongly advised to contact Program Specialist for Community Arts & Folklife Dr. Laura Marcus Green to determine whether your nominee is eligible: lgreen@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8764. For more information about the Folk Heritage Award, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.

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.

Talking Heads with Diana Farfán

'Head' to Paris Mountain for a unique experience


(Ed. note: The purpose of this post is fundraising for the South Carolina Arts Foundation, a partner of the S.C. Arts Commission. Similar posts going forward will utilize the "PROMOTION" tag in the tags listed.) Enjoy a day on Paris Mountain with artist Diana Farfán and create a work of art under the instruction of the artist. Farfán’s studio is set in a picturesque environment with spectacular views of downtown Greenville. Upon arrival, participants will enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres before settling in to hear about Farfán’s artistic journey from Bogotá, Colombia to Columbia and Greenville, where she currently resides. The artist who created the Bread and Circus series, We Marionette, the Dream Life of Broken Toys and the Toy Republic will discuss these works and the origins of the Heads. With interest piqued and creative juices flowing, participants will spend about two hours designing and hand painting (with underglazes) their own head which has been formed and bisque-fired by the artist prior to the workshop. Each head measures approximately 7” x 5” x 3”. The artist will add the finishing touches before kiln firing the works at a later date. The day ends watching a beautiful sunset and enjoying a tapas meal at the artist’s home. Bonus Experience: Participants are invited to the Kiln Opening (date and time to be determined).

About the Artist

Diana Farfán was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and a Master of Fine Art in ceramics and sculpture at the University of South Carolina in 2010. Farfán also studied at the University of Anchorage (Alaska) and at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as exchange student. Farfán is a 2019 Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Experience Details

Cost: $300 Package includes one bisque-fired ceramic head, workshop instruction, materials, light fare and dinner. Participants must provide their own round-trip transportation to artist's studio. Capacity: Just 12. The experienced is envisioned as an intimate gathering. Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 Times: Noon-4:30 p.m., workshop; 5-7 p.m. cocktails and tapas meal To reserve your space in this intimate, unique gathering, please contact Harriett Green (hgreen@arts.sc.gov).
  Talking Heads on Paris Mountain is organized by the South Carolina Arts Foundation. The Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to support the programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission through fundraising in the private sector.

Ken May becomes surprise recipient at S.C. Arts Awards

Receives McNair Award from S.C. Arts Foundation

Ken May making keynote address at 2019 S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon As he’d done at nine previous South Carolina Arts Awards ceremonies, Wednesday morning Ken May read the names and brief details of recipients as their awards were handed out—then it was happening to him. May was called to the stage to deliver the keynote address at the luncheon following the public ceremony when Flavia Harton of Greenville, president of the South Carolina Arts Foundation (SCAF), turned the tables. She began describing the Gov. Robert E. McNair Award, which the foundation presents to honor outstanding leaders who have built on the legacy of the award's namesake by working diligently to make South Carolina a place where the arts thrive for the benefit of all South Carolinians. “That sounds like a description of Ken May, and that’s why it is my privilege on behalf of the South Carolina Arts Foundation to present the seventh Robert E. McNair Award to Ken,” Harton said, after she and S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) Board Chairman Henry Horowitz alternated extolling May’s leadership on the national and regional levels, advocacy, and "for leading the agency through turbulent times to flourish afterward." May, visibly moved by the presentation, expressed his gratitude and launched into a "state of the arts" keynote address. Gov. McNair was the first recipient of his namesake award when it was created in 2007 and awarded to him posthumously. Subsequent recipients include Gov. Richard Riley (2010), former State Sen. Wes Hayes (2015), and erstwhile Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley (2017) from the political field and Susie Surkamer (2011), previous executive director of the SCAC, and Patrick VanHuss (2013) who served in leadership roles for the SCAC and SCAF boards of directors. In January, May announced that he will retire from the SCAC after nine years as its executive director and 33 years in total. A search committee is currently reviewing applicants to be the next executive director.
Image by Lee Ann Kornegay

Wrapping up 2018

'Tis the season, after all.

The South Carolina Arts Commission had a notable 2018:
  • Through staff consultation, grants, and direct programs, our work impacted all 46 South Carolina counties.
  • Our grantees were able to provide more than EIGHT MILLION arts experiences for residents and visitors as a direct result of SCAC grants.
  • "Art of Community: Rural S.C." furthered its reputation as a national model for rural creative placemaking – addressing ongoing challenges in those unique communities with arts and culture-based solutions.
And there's plenty more. Today, we're making public a brief annual report that sheds light on FY18's accomplishments and outlines what and where grants and programs were put to use, from the three “corner” counties of Oconee, Horry, and Beaufort to the 43 arranged inside. You're invited to have a look.

Holiday Schedule at the SCAC

Many of the SCAC staff have already exited stage left for well-deserved annual leave, but others remain and constituents can still expect service with some exceptions: the office will close with other state agencies on weekends, from Dec. 24 to 26, and on Jan. 1. You can expect content on The Hub and Facebook to continue, though it will be less frequent. Whatever you celebrate this season (and even if you don't), the board and staff of the Arts Commission wish you the happiest, merriest, most festive time and peace and prosperity in the New Year!

Liked what you saw in the annual report? 

The South Carolina Arts Foundation would like to hear from you.  

S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale makes call for art

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019


[caption id="attachment_38229" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 2018 S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale[/caption] South Carolina artists have the unique opportunity to be featured in front of the state's most arts-savvy patrons on the day of its highest arts awards. The South Carolina Arts Foundation (SCAF) invites South Carolina artists to participate in the 2019 Art Sale, held in conjunction with South Carolina Arts Awards Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (subject to change). The sale is always the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon, a celebration of the recipients South Carolina Arts Awards: the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The art sale and the luncheon will be at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). The Art Sale serves as an sales opportunity for South Carolina’s visual artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage within the state. A panel of SCAF board members and other arts professionals will select artists whose work will appear in the 2019 sale. When submitting work for the 2019 Art Sale, artists should follow the guidelines below. Each artist will determine the price of work submitted for the Art Sale. Should a patron select a work for purchase, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). While some works will carry a higher price, works priced up to $500 have been more likely to sell in past years. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) the Art Sale Committee selects for possible inclusion in print and online promotional materials. To be considered for the Art Sale, please apply online through Submittable at https://scartscommission.submittable.com/submit/130729/2019-art-sale-call-to-artists.

2019 South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale: Guidelines and Conditions

 General
  1. Works should be of high artistic quality.
  2. Works should have a broad appeal.
  3. Works must be original.
  4. Works must be framed with appropriate hanging devices (in the case of wall-hung pieces).
  5. Works should be representative of the artist’s style.
  6. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials.
Size Restrictions
  1. 2-D work must not exceed 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system. We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
  2. 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.”
  3. The parameters for dimensions are meant to serve as a guide and not as absolute dimensions.
Prices Artworks included in the Awards Luncheon Art Sale should not exceed $500.00 to encourage and accommodate impulse purchases during a one-hour sale. Conditions of Sale
  1. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with a 75/25 split (artist/SCAF) of the artist’s stated price.
  2. Payment to the artist will be made within 2-3 weeks after the event.
Artists with Gallery Representation Artists who are represented by a gallery are encouraged to notify the gallery of his/her participation in this sale.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Boismenu with the South Carolina Arts Commission by calling 803.734.0014 or emailing nboismenu@arts.sc.gov. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="aligncenter" width="563"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption]

Gov. McMaster to present 2018 S.C. Arts Awards on May 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 April 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The seven individuals and three groups visiting the State House to receive the 2018 South Carolina Arts Awards Wednesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. will do so from a high-profile presenter: Gov. Henry McMaster. The governor’s office confirmed his third appearance at the annual awards ceremony, his second as governor. Gov. McMaster first presented the awards in 2016 as lieutenant governor in then-Gov. Nikki Haley’s stead. “Gov. McMaster making time for the arts and folklife communities of South Carolina means a lot to all of us, and we’re excited to welcome him back to the South Carolina Arts Awards ceremony,” South Carolina Arts Commission Board President Henry Horowitz said. The South Carolina Arts Awards are a joint presentation by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina to award the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. Five recipients from their respective categories are being recognized with Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina:

  • ARTIST: Tom Stanley, Rock Hill
  • INDIVIDUAL: Alan Ethridge, Greenville
  • ARTS IN EDUCATION: Anne S. Richardson, Columbia
  • BUSINESS: Bank of America, Columbia
  • ORGANIZATION: Ballet Spartanburg, Spartanburg
Four artists and one advocate are being recognized with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award as practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Their traditions embody folklife’s dynamic, multigenerational nature, and its fusion of artistic and utilitarian ideals. They are:
  • The Blackville Community Choir (Blackville): A Capella Spiritual and Gospel Singing
  • Michael King (Greenville): Piedmont blues
  • Henrietta Snype (Mount Pleasant): Sweetgrass basketry
  • Deacon James Garfield Smalls (St. Helena Island): Traditional spirituals
  • Stephen Criswell (Lancaster): Folklife & Traditional Arts Advocacy
The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients afterward during a fundraising luncheon at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). South Carolina artists’ work will be on sale from 11 a.m. to noon, supporting S.C. Arts Commission programs. For $100, guests may also participate in a “basket grab” for surprise gift baskets with items representing a county or region of the state. The luncheon program is expected to run from 12:15 to 2 p.m., with readings by South Carolina Literary Fellows and a special presentation by the Blackville Community Choir. Luncheon tickets are $50 per person and available for purchase here or by calling 803.734.8696.
ABOUT THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three 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. ABOUT THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS FOUNDATION The South Carolina Arts Foundation supports and raises awareness of the arts development programs for communities, schools, and artists coordinated by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The Arts Foundation pursues creative ways to help the business community and private citizens contribute to a thriving arts community across the state as a non-profit, 501(c)3 that’s forged a strategic partnership with the Arts Commission to supports its work and goals. Learn more at SouthCarolinaArts.com/Foundation. ABOUT MCKISSICK MUSEUM The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm Saturdays. The Museum is closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, please call at 803-777-7251 or visit http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/mckissick_museum/.

Call for Art: S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon

[caption id="attachment_34066" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon guests browse the Art Sale in 2017.[/caption] Deadline: March 12, 2018 The S.C. Arts Foundation (SCAF) seeks South Carolina artists to participate in the 2018 Art Sale.  The sale will be held in conjunction with the South Carolina Arts Awards, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The 2018 Art Sale is the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon – a celebration of the South Carolina Arts Awards recipients – on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  The luncheon will be held at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). The Art Sale was conceived as a sales opportunity for artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. Artists included in the 2018 Art Sale will be selected by a panel composed of members of the South Carolina Arts Foundation board and other arts professionals. Works included in the sale must be original and of high artistic quality; have a broad appeal; be representative of the artist’s style and framed with appropriate hanging devices. In general, 2-D work should be in the size range of 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) and 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.” The parameters for dimensions are provided as a guide and should not be interpreted as absolute dimensions. The price of works included in the Art Sale is provided by the artist.  If sold, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). Artwork included in the sale should not exceed $500. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials. To be considered for the Art Sale, please submit the following materials by March 12th online through Submittable at https://scartscommission.submittable.com/submit/107753/2018-art-sale-call-to-artists.


2018 South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale: Guidelines and Conditions

 General
  1. Works should be of high artistic quality.
  2. Works should have a broad appeal.
  3. Works must be original.
  4. Works must be framed with appropriate hanging devices (in the case of wall-hung pieces).
  5. Works should be representative of the artist’s style.
Size Restrictions
  1. 2-D work must not exceed 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system. We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
  2. 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.” We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
Prices Artworks included in the Awards Luncheon Art Sale should not exceed $500.00 to encourage and accommodate impulse purchases during a one-hour sale. Conditions of Sale
  1. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with a 75/25 split (artist/SCAF) of the artist’s stated price.
  2. Payment to the artist will be made within 2 - 3 weeks after the event.
Artists with Gallery Representation Artists who are represented by a gallery are encouraged to notify the gallery of his/her participation in this sale.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Boismenu with the South Carolina Arts Commission:

Current Fellows featured in 50th Anniversary exhibition in Lake City

As part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary celebration, the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City presents the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows 2018 Exhibition September 9 through December 3. The exhibition features the work of the four artists who received Arts Commission's FY 2018 fellowships: Linda Fantuzzo of Mt. Pleasant (visual arts), Jason Gourdine of Moncks Corner (media production), Leasharn Hopkins of Columbia (media screenwriting) and Elizabeth Keller of Conway (craft). Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of our state’s exceptional individual artists, selected through a highly competitive, anonymous process based solely on artistic excellence. This exhibition is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and First Citizens Bank. The Jones- Carter Gallery is located at 105 Henry Street, Lake City, S.C. 29560.   The gallery is open Tuesday- Saturday 11 a.m – 5 p.m and Sunday 1 – 5  p.m. Find out more about the Fellows. View the complete list of 50th Anniversary exhibitions. Image: Elizabeth Keller, Penjing Tea #5 with 3 Cups

Joe Riley to receive McNair Award at SC Arts Awards Luncheon

[caption id="attachment_30719" align="alignright" width="225"]Joe Riley The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr.[/caption] The South Carolina Arts Foundation will honor Joe Riley, former mayor of Charleston, with the 2017 McNair Award for his dedication in ensuring that the arts continue to play a vital role in our communities. The McNair Award will be presented at a luncheon showcasing the South Carolina Arts Awards, which also honor recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The luncheon takes place in Columbia May 2, beginning with an art sale at 11 a.m. at the USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate St.. The luncheon follows at 12:30 p.m. Established in 2007, the McNair Award is named for the late Governor Robert E. McNair, who signed legislation to create the Arts Commission in 1967 to “ensure that the arts continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens." Originally presented posthumously to Governor McNair, the award continues to honor outstanding leaders who have built on the legacy of the award's namesake: working diligently to make South Carolina a place where the arts thrive for the benefit of all South Carolinians. Luncheon tickets are $50. Reserve tickets online or by calling (803) 734-8696. (Verner Awards and Folk Heritage Awards will be presented May 2 at 11:30 at the Statehouse. The awards ceremony is open to the public.)