The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has appointed painter Caroline Self as artist-in-residence (AIR) for 2016/17. The city’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to public schools, seniors, and various community groups within North Charleston city limits. Self will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two-hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.
Self is a contemporary, abstract expressionist artist inspired by the vivid paint colors and textures made famous by Vincent Van Gogh and the unique abstractness of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and Willem de Kooning. Self’s passion blends color and texture into a poetry of fluidity, tension, and/or juxtaposition. She has painted for as long as she can remember, and her works have found homes from coast to coast. Most recently, her piece, Life, won a purchase award at the 41st Lyndon House Arts Center Exhibition juried by Jock Reynolds, director for the Yale University Art Gallery.
Self was the arts education program specialist at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., for almost nine years before moving back to the Charleston area with her husband in 2016. In addition, she was a long-term substitute art teacher for the Normal Park Museum Magnet Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn. She has developed a track record of creating innovative classes, programs, award-winning camps, and exhibits for countless groups, children, and events.
As an arts teacher, Self enjoys sharing her art passion to create lasting, meaningful experiences. She believes that creativity, innovation, and adaptability are highly desirable skills and is excited to facilitate experiential learning using art to make connections through integration.
The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Self’s work throughout December 2016 and January 2017. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on December 1, 2016, from 5 -7 p.m.
Arts teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for free services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2017.
More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.