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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.

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Art in the Parks Week comes to Charleston

The Charleston Parks Conservancy will celebrate Art in the Parks Week with two events open to the public.

  • An Art in the Parks reception will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Redux Contemporary Art Center (1056 King St.) The public is invited to hear from Georgia-based artist Joseph Dreher (known as JOEKINGATL). In April, Dreher installed four large-scale sculptures in Hampton Park, kicking off the Conservancy’s Art in the Parks program. The installation – called “Plant Vitae” – is located on the southern edge of Hampton Park along Mary Murray Drive. It represents Charleston residents in a way that celebrates the people and the community. Dreher worked with children from schools near Hampton Park and the local Boys and Girls Club to create the portraits showcased in the final art pieces. Dreher will talk about his inspiration and the creative process for these works of art as well as his other artwork. One of his sculptures will be on display in front of Redux Contemporary Art Center. This event is free and open to the public. Light food and drinks will be served.
  • Join the Conservancy for Art in the Parks at Twilight from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Hampton Park. The public can get one final look at Dreher’s sculptures in the park before they are removed. He also will be on hand to answer questions about the pieces and his artistic process. In addition, live artists will be working during the event, local band Lumberjack Time Traveler will perform, and food will be available for purchase from Blackense Soul Food Hibachi food cart. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The Conservancy launched its Art in the Parks program in 2017, an effort to install 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. For more information, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.

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.

Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto festivals begin today in Charleston

The international arts community turns its attention to South Carolina today as two signature festivals begin at noon. Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival begin with noon opening ceremonies from the city's famed Four Corners of Law intersection (Meeting and Broad streets). If you're not going to make it down, you can livestream the event thanks to the city of Charleston on Facebook. S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May will be among the dignitaries launching the festival. The S.C. Arts Commission is pleased to provide support for both festivals. They, along with ArtFields in Lake City and Artisphere in Greenville, are our state's three signature arts festivals. Both Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto will provide a plethora of performances in all disciplines through June 10. Start making plans to go now!

See you there!

City of Charleston seeks proposals for public art

Proposals due April 4. The City of Charleston, S.C., seeks to commission a work of public art to be placed in a new display fountain at Gadsdenboro Park, located off Concord Street, directly across the street from the Charleston Maritime Center. This park space is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Because this property once was, and still is, an active waterfront, the artwork should speak to the important role of the Charleston waterfront as well as the regional migratory waterfowl. The project budget to design, fabricate, engineer and install the art work is between $30,000 to $40,000. Structural engineering services may be necessary for installation. Resume and submittals are due by 4 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Submissions are accepted via mailed submittals only. Emailed submittals will not be accepted. Provide three (3) copies. Please mail all submittals to the following address: City of Charleston Department of Parks, Capital Projects Division ATTN: Beth Brownlee 823 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403 The following information must be submitted to the City of Charleston. Incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted. • Statement of Interest – briefly describe your interest in the project. Explain your qualifications for this commission (5000 characters or less) • Resume – please provide no more than three (3) pages on 8 ½ x 11. Resumes should include education, solo and group exhibits, public/private commissions, and gallery representation. • References – please provide three (3) professional references from your former art projects include contact name, current phone number and email address. • Images including an image identification list – please provide three to six images of your completed past art projects. Please include title of work, medium, location, date completed and project budget. • Proposal: - Provide a illustrations of concept(s) for consideration. Multiple concepts can be submitted by the same artist or art team. Graphics submitted shall not exceed three (3) pages on 8 ½ x 11. - Provide a narrative regarding the design concept being proposed. Narrative should explain how the design meets the stated objects of the RPF. Include a summary detailing the medium, dimensions and method of fabrication. Narrative shall not exceed two (2) pages on 8 ½ x 11. Up to three artists or artist team finalists will be selected to develop a site-specific proposal for the project. Finalists will be given a $500 stipend for their design and will be required to make a presentation to the selection committee during an in-person interview in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 9, 2014. Finalists should be prepared to provide more background on themselves as a public artist, explain the meaning behind their concept, and present drawings/renderings/maquettes of their design, preliminary budget and timeline, as well as a detailed description or sample of materials to be used. Please direct all questions related to the project to Beth Brownlee, City of Charleston Department of Parks Project Manager at (843) 577-2173 or BrownleeE@charleston-sc.gov. Please refer to the City of Charleston’s BidLine for additional information regarding the project.

South Arts awards $28,836 to South Carolina arts organizations

South Arts announces a total of $28,836 awarded to South Carolina arts organizations for fiscal year 2013-14 to present touring artists. Through the Regional Touring program, the National Endowment  for the Arts and South Arts partner to offer nonprofit presenting organizations fee support to present artists from outside of their states. Touring support is awarded for theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component.

South Carolina grant recipients and amounts:
  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Hilton Head), $5,475
  • City of Charleston (Charleston), $3,525
  • Clemson University (Clemson), $3,861
  • Peace Center Foundation (Greenville), $6,100
  • Rock Hill School District (Rock Hill),$3,825
  • University of South Carolina Educational Foundation (Columbia), $2,860
  • Walhalla Civic Auditorium (Walhalla), $3,190
A total of 126 applications were submitted from South Arts’ nine-state region, and 100 projects totaling $433,193 in funding will be supported by grants. The following states are in South Arts’ region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. About South Arts South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.
Via: South Arts

Intellectual Property for the Arts Workshop

Artists, authors, journalists, script writers, singers/song writers, musicians and others working in and managing the arts are encouraged to attend the  Intellectual Property (IP) Workshop for the Arts Community on Wednesday, May 29 from 1 p.m.  - 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Highlights of the workshop include the creation and protection of copyrights and the realities of royalties, marketing, setting financial goals and structuring agreements. The structuring of deals in the arts and entertainment industry can be unique and creative, and workshop participants will learn how to extend their creativity to the business aspect of their careers and how to market the value of their creative works. The program will feature a mix of national and state leaders and their success stories, as well as provide the opportunity for participants to interact with state and local entertainment industry business leaders and executives. The registration cost of $65 per person covers the half-day workshop and the reception that follows. The workshop is produced in association with the City of North Charleston, City of Charleston, the National IP Taskforce, South Carolina Film Council, Youth Endowment for the Arts, the Darla Moore School of Business, and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts. “The collective mix of co-producers who have stepped forward are vital partners in the event’s success," said North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey. "Bringing focus to the knowledge of intellectual property will help build a much stronger arts and entertainment community with more opportunity for commercial success and prosperity." Program details and registration information are available online. Via: City of North Charleston  

Engaging Creative Minds seeks executive director

The newly launched Engaging Creative Minds program is seeking an executive director to serve as its first managing leader. The application deadline is January 21, 2013, and email applications are required.

Visit the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts' website to read the job description, which includes background about this initiative, the priorities of the executive director for the next 12-18 months and the application process. Engaging Creative Minds is a public/private education partnership, created through a community planning task force organized by the Charleston County School District, the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the College of Charleston School of Education, Health & Human Performance, the Youth Endowment for the Arts, the City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, Berkeley County School District and Dorchester County School District Two. The inspiration for Engaging Creative Minds came from the Dallas-based organization Big Thought, which provides arts integration curriculum and professional development for teachers and artists and hands-on engaged learning in the core subjects -- not just the arts -- in school, after school and during the summer. Documented results for the Dallas Unified School District include increased success in raising student engagement in learning, helping young people pass standards tests to move to the next grade level and increasing academic achievement levels. Via: Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, Engaging Creative Minds