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Halsey Institute’s Mark Sloan to retire

Director's tenure to end Dec. 31

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Long-time Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Director and Curator Mark Sloan announced Friday he will retire from the position as of Dec. 31, 2020.

mark sloan headshotSloan has been a member of the Halsey team since 1994. The public announcement came via email to stakeholders, excerpted here:

The time has come for me to step down as Director & Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. I have made the difficult decision to retire as of December 31, 2020.

... I am very proud of the work we have all done together—members, friends, artists, community partners, donors, staff, advisory board members, and faculty colleagues at the College of Charleston. The four words “It takes a village” come to mind. Being the director and chief curator at the Halsey has propelled me into some of the most rewarding and amazing life experiences ...

The changes that will be brought about in our culture as a result of the COVID-19 virus are only beginning to be felt. At the time of this writing, we have no sense of the scope of the virus, much less how it will impact our lives in the months and years ahead. The Halsey Institute staff and Advisory Board will endeavor to navigate these uncharted waters with aplomb, but we will need your support ... We want to keep admission free, so that our galleries remain a place where the public can have direct experience with the notion of how an artist turns a thought into a thing.

I would like to thank each of you for being in the Halsey Institute’s orbit. It has been a grand adventure so far, and a privilege to serve as the director for Charleston’s contemporary art museum and to watch the concomitant explosion of contemporary arts programming throughout the region over these last two and-a-half decades. It has been thrilling to be a part of that. My wife and I have forged many wonderful friendships here and feel incredibly grateful to have been so warmly embraced by this community..."

No details were announced about the search to replace Sloan.

College of Charleston honors Haga with art history scholarship

Michael Haga is retiring after 26 years at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. But as he steps down, a scholarship honoring him will help students step up their education in art. Haga is the school's associate dean and a long-time friend of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Arts Alliance, and Arts Foundation (and all around good guy - Ed.). The College of Charleston is honoring him with the Michael W. Haga Endowed Art History Award, a $15,000 scholarship for art history students. From The College Today:

Established in 2016, the award was the brainchild of Nina Liu, a renowned Charleston gallery owner, as well as a friend of Haga, who wanted to honor his contribution to the College by creating the endowed award in his name ... Working with Liu, Haga came upon the idea of directing the fund to his chosen field of art history, supporting majors in that area so that they can travel for research or engage in a formal study abroad program.

Haga taught Art History 101 for 20 years during his tenure. “No matter how sophisticated you may be through reading and interacting with people from other parts of the world, until you physically are elsewhere yourself, you simply cannot understand what a transformative thing travel is. It changes your world,” Haga said.

S.C. Arts Commission announces 2015 Verner Award recipients

The Verner Awards statueCongratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts! The S.C. Arts Commission annually presents the awards, the highest honor the state gives in the arts, to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Columbia on Wednesday, May 13. The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala. This year’s recipients:

"South Carolina's quality of life, education and economy are enhanced tremendously by those who dedicate their work and lives to the arts," said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. "The Verner Awards recognize that service of commitment and passion. We are honored again this year to present the awards to a most worthy group of organizations and individuals. We are grateful for their contributions to our state." For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. 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 www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Secrets to touring the world as a musician

“In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges” is a monthly series connecting musicians and College of Charleston students to industry leaders with intimate conversations about success and experience in the music industry, moderated by Mark Bryan. In the MixThe March 31 session, “On the Road,” invites a national and local panel made up of Jerrod Wilkins (manager of Duncan Sheik and NY Dolls), Dolph Ramseur (manager of Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Eric Bass (bass player of Shinedown) to discuss what it takes for a musician to have a successful touring career. The April 21 session, "Music Gone Viral," features Luke Lewis (former CEO of Universal Music Group and founder of Lost Highway Records), Mike Doernberg (CEO and co-founder of ReverbNation) and John Simson (former executive director of SoundExchange). Presented by the Arts Management Program in the College of Charleston School of the Arts and sponsored by Borboleta Audio Mastering, the FREE series takes place Mondays, once a month, at 6:30 p.m. The series began in January and continues through April on the College’s campus at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Very limited seating is made available to CofC students and musicians and music business professionals ONLY. You must RSVP to IntheMixCharleston@gmail.com. For more information, visit BorboletaAudio.com, Facebook/BorboletaAudioMastering or call (843) 724-0777. Via: Borboleta Audio Mastering

In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges

Charleston, South Carolina, is becoming a hot spot for local and national musicians to make music. To help foster this growth, “In the Mix: Music Industry Exchanges” is being presented as a monthly series connecting musicians and College of Charleston students to industry leaders. The series, moderated by Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, features intimate conversations about success and experience in the music business. Guests Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst will kick off the series Jan. 27 with a discussion about songwriting. Presented by the Arts Management Program in the College of Charleston School of the Arts and sponsored by Borboleta Audio Mastering, this free series takes place Mondays, once a month, at 6:30 p.m., January through April in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., on the college's campus. There is limited seating so an RSVP to InTheMixCharleston@gmail.com is required. For more information, visit Borboleta Audio's website, call (843) 724-0777. Via: Borboleta Audio Mastering

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