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GSSM student art brings STEAMy weather to Hartsville

(Ed. note: The Hub frequently brings you news and opportunities from SCGSAH—South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. Today will be no different, as you'll see later, but this morning we have arts news from another Governor's School... the one for science and math. We're no meteorologist, but it looks like a STEAMy Monday on The Hub...)

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) student artwork will be on exhibition at the Hartsville Museum, March 2-31 in conjunction with National Youth Art Month. Works in the GSSM Student Art Exhibition were created through multiple modes of learning including traditional visual arts courses and innovative, student-choice opportunities in GSSM’s on-campus art studio. Various media represented in the student exhibit include graphite, charcoal, Conté, pen & ink, colored pencils, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, carved wood, altered books, printmaking, stained indigenous terracotta, glazed stoneware and sculptures created in non-traditional media. Students engaged with professional artist Patz Fowle to deepen their understanding of visual art while developing skills, techniques, and processes to create meaningful 2-D and 3-D works. In addition to the courses Fowle teaches, she also offers residential students innovative, student-choice opportunities. Such opportunities include access GSSM’s art studio to work independently, invitations to attend various creative workshops, and the opportunity for students to lead their own workshops. Students are also invited to participate in public art exhibitions and collaborate on significant endeavors like the Mother Earth Project; Frederic Douglass portrait, or other works created with traditional and non-traditional media. “Art is a strong unifying element within a community,” says Fowle, visual arts coordinator at GSSM. “Creative collaboration between the Hartsville Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a beneficial bridge connecting Hartsville’s history to Hartsville’s future, through art, education, and culture.” Exhibiting student artists include:
  • Abigail Benson
  • Anna Tankersley
  • Austin Millwood
  • Bailey Holder
  • Blaire Carson
  • Camryn Brown
  • Claire Willems
  • Dhruvi Patel
  • Emily Tindal
  • Emma Kat McConnell
  • Emma Keiser
  • Ethan Mills
  • Freddy Segura
  • Gracie Floyd
  • Ha Ho
  • Haleigh Gartner
  • Jamie Fetzer
  • Jared Peters
  • Krishna Patel
  • Madelyne LeVassiur
  • Megan Parham
  • Maggie Wensink
  • Naje Virgil-Green
  • Omika Merchant
  • Paul Cobb
  • Savannah Cade
  • Shelby Moore
  • Shelby Vanderhoof
  • Slane Davis
  • Spring Fang
  • Victoria Bingham
The public is invited to an art reception at the Hartsville Museum on Thursday, March 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The museum is located at 222 N. 5th street in Hartsville. For more information please contact Museum Manager Andrea Steen, info@hartsvillemuseum.org or at 843.383.3005.

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Hartsville’s Coker College to offer state’s only BFA program for dance

Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., will launch a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance for Fall 2014.  The new degree, which will be offered in addition to the current Bachelor of Arts program and dance minor, will make Coker the only school in South Carolina with a BFA program for dance. “The establishment of a BFA in dance at Coker affords us the opportunity to leverage the rigor already in our program, along with the talents and skills of our faculty, to provide an exceptional course of study for current and future students,” said Coker College Provost Tracy Parkinson. With nearly twice the amount of required credit hours, the BFA will be a more rigorous degree than the BA. Three specialized degree tracks will help students hone and polish their raw skills, while personalized, professional training will give BFA students even more opportunities to choreograph and perform—all while fostering close ties with faculty and other students. “I am very excited that Coker is now offering this degree,” said Angela M. Gallo, associate professor of dance and coordinator of the dance program.  “This will give our students a tremendous opportunity. We are also happy to be starting the K-12 certification in dance, as it will fill a void in this area of the state.” Approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Coker’s program will offer three specialized degree tracks: Performance and Choreography, Dance/Movement Therapies and Dance Education (with K-12 certification to begin Fall 2015). The selection of an emphasis area allows the dance major to tailor the BFA program to his or her personal career goals. Students are required to audition for the BFA program and can apply online at coker.edu/apply-now. For more information, contact Angela M. Gallo at (843) 383-8381 or agallo@coker.edu. Images: Coker College The dance major at Coker College offers students a broad range of courses that prepare them for several career options in dance and provides opportunities for students to enter into advanced professional dance training.  The mission of the dance program, within the context of a liberal arts degree program, ensures graduates are prepared both for performance-related work and for additional study at the graduate level. Via: Coker College

Hartsville community invited to dance with Urban Bush Women

Coker College Dance invites members of the Hartsville community to participate in "Are We Democracy?," a residency program by Urban Bush Women being presented the week of Sept. 24. UBW uses dance to bring attention to the stories and experiences of disenfranchised people. The Brooklyn-based dance company has developed numerous institutes, workshops and residency programs to promote social justice and encourage civic engagement. Participants with or without dance training are encouraged to join in. “UBW’s residency here will not only build community, it will encourage everyone to get involved and be an active part of the democratic process,” said Associate Professor of Dance Angela Gallo. “We really want a lot of people to participate in the project – from all walks of life—old, young, in between, all cultural and ethnic backgrounds." The residency will culminate in a public presentation Sept. 29. For more information, read the complete article or contact Gallo at (843) 383-8381 or agallo@coker.edu. Via: Coker College Photo: Urban Bush Women in "Hair Stories." Photo by Jennifer Lester.   Related article: The performance and residency of the Urban Bush Women is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. Coker College was one of seven S.C. presenting organizations to receive fee support to present artists from other states.