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Tuning Up: Spoleto attendance + grantee bookkeeping workshop

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

ICMYI: Near-record attendance reported at Spoleto. "Highlighted by four U.S. premiere productions, four world premieres, and several new musical arrangements, the 42nd season of Spoleto Festival USA proved to be another landmark 17-day celebration of the performing arts ... In summary, the 2018 Festival welcomed more than 65,000 ticket holders to 158 performances and events, achieving ticket sales of more than $3.3 million—the second highest in Festival history." Get all the details here. A Stronger Bottom Line. The S.C. Arts Alliance – with funding help provided by the SCAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation – is announcing a new training program to help organizations and their leadership teams become even stronger in financial management. It is open to all SCAC organizational grantees with budgets between $200,000-$750,000. This program will provide participating organizations with tailored assistance to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. And while it's valued at $3,500 per organization, thanks to the funding assistance mentioned above it is available for just $200. (Not a typo; we checked. - Ed.) All training takes place in Charleston. It is an exceptional resource for those who need it, and many do. Find out more now! Artist talk at 701 CCA. SCAC fellowship recipient Jane Allen Nodine is giving an artist talk Sunday at 3 p.m. in Columbia at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art to close out the SC.FELLOWS Part II exhibition at the gallery. Reservations required. Get more information here.

Artwork by eight award-winning Upstate women on display at Lee Gallery

Article by Meredith Mims McTigue, Center for Visual Arts [caption id="attachment_146728" align="alignright" width="217" class="wp_custom_caption"]"13th level of the 13th Pit," art by Linda McCune, is included in the exhibit. Linda McCune, 13th level of the 13th Pit. Image Credit: Linda McCune[/caption] CLEMSON — An exhibit celebrating the artwork of eight award-winning Upstate women is being presented at the Lee Gallery at the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts through Nov. 8. The “Upstate 8: SC Fellowship Women Exhibit” is part of a larger endeavor to highlight artists during a yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of the South Carolina Arts Commission. On June 7, 1967, Gov. Robert E. McNair signed legislation that established the South Carolina Arts Commission. This historic moment signaled a new era of public support for the arts. The exhibition highlights the work of artists who were direct beneficiaries of this historic legislation through the support they received from competitive fellowships awarded to them by the South Carolina Arts Commission. These eight women are leaders in the arts, mentors through their creative research and contributors to the thriving cultural climate that the state of South Carolina now enjoys. Students enrolled in an undergraduate Creative Inquiry program called Clemson Curates were charged to develop an exhibit that showcased the fellowship program. The students, advised by Lee Gallery director Denise Woodward-Detrich, reviewed all of the artists and made the final selections. “We are honored to be chosen to curate such an important collection of women artists from the Upstate,” said Woodward-Detrich.

[caption id="attachment_146725" align="alignleft" width="250" class="wp_custom_caption"]This piece by Patti Brady is in the exhibit. This piece by Patti Brady is in the exhibit.[/caption] The participating artists are Alice Ballard, Patti Brady, Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Ellen Kochansky, Linda Williams McCune, Jane Allen Nodine and Susan Wooten. Intersecting subject matter presented in the exhibition includes connections to nature through materiality, imagery and the capacity for symbolic meaning. Other related content includes the exploration of feminine forms and sensibilities associated with nature as an embodiment of the female, traditional feminine materials and processes through textiles, connections to family, place, the personal and the emotional. This innovative art collaboration is part of the commitment of the Lee Gallery at the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts to support the university’s ClemsonForward strategic plan to provide educational activities that expose students to research through artistic means. There will be an exhibit reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, and an artist panel discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The public is invited to attend the reception and the panel discussion exploring the artists’ creative processes, methodologies, work as women artists and the roles they embraced as mentors and educators. The exhibition, reception and panel discussion are free to the public. This project is funded by First Citizens Bank, the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

USC Upstate to launch downtown art gallery

From GoUpstate.com:
An art gallery will be the University of South Carolina Upstate’s second facility located in downtown Spartanburg.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main, at 172 E. Main St., will open to the public for the first time for Thursday’s ArtWalk. The gallery will feature contemporary and original exhibitions from Upstate’s permanent collection by artists Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann and Beatrice Riese, according to university officials. “We are excited to bring our art to downtown Spartanburg and look forward to showcasing the contemporary works by visiting artists and USC Upstate students and faculty,” said Jane Allen Nodine, USC Upstate art professor and director of art galleries, in a written statement. Nodine said the gallery will also serve as an experimental learning lab, and students will work at the gallery. For ArtWalk, visitors may view Nodine’s sculptural assemblages, which she creates using wax, paper, fibers and fabric. She also is showing encaustic paintings and wax prints. Chancellor Tom Moore said in a statement that having a gallery downtown supports the university’s mission and complements the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery on the main campus. “This downtown facility will enable us to make our permanent collection and exhibitions available to a much larger audience,” Moore said. The gallery is USC Upstate’s second downtown space, in addition to the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics on St. John Street. The UPSTATE Gallery on Main will be open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. A grand opening is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11. For details, contact Nodine at 864-503-5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu.

Jane Allen Nodine’s encaustic works featured in “Thermal Response” and elsewhere

Nationally recognized artist Jane Allen Nodine will present new work during November at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. "Thermal Response" is a selection of work developed over the past three years using encaustic wax, a mixture of beeswax and resin. Encaustic wax has a long history of applications dating back to the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt from 100 – 300 AD. The work takes a magnified look at surfaces and patterns that develop in nature, particularly in thick liquids. The adhesive quality of the hot molten wax is central to many of the pooling patterns cast and cooled into rigid layers. Colors in the work reflect the nature and the transformation process in aging. From Nodine's statement: "After many years of using acrylic-based mediums, I became dissatisfied with the synthetic and plastic barrier quality of the material. Seeking a more satisfying solution, I came to wax for its aesthetic qualities and properties of malleability. I was drawn to the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism, mystique and direct ties to the natural world." The exhibition opens Nov. 1 with a free public reception (5:30 - 8 p.m.) and artist talk (7 p.m.) and runs until Nov. 27. Visit the Chapman Cultural Center's website for details. Other exhibitions Nodine's work is also included in two exhibitions in North Carolina. "Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast" is the first encaustic exhibition to be presented at Meredith College in Raleigh. The exhibition runs through Oct. 28. "Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustic" is being shown at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon through Nov. 17 and features 11 of the nation’s most renowned and cutting-edge encaustic artists. On Nov. 10, Nodine will lead a workshop called "Working with Wax Resists, Inks and Dyes." More information about the show and this workshop is available at www.upstairsartspace.org. About Jane Allen Nodine Nodine is professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Recognized with numerous awards, Nodine received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Nodine’s work is included in numerous collections including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany and the South Carolina State Art Collection. In 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century. Via: Chapman Cultural Center and Jane Allen Nodine

Thermal Response exhibition



Florence Museum invites entries to Pee Dee Regional Art Competition

The 59th annual Pee Dee Regional is the oldest continuing art competition in South Carolina, according to the folks at the Florence Museum. Entries for the 2012 competition will be accepted Sept. 20-22, and the exhibition will be presented by the museum's board of trustees Oct. 5 through Dec. 16. Artists who are natives or residents of these counties are eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg. This year's competition judge is artist Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. Visit the Florence Museum's website for more information and to download a prospectus and registration form. [caption id="attachment_682" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Interrogate 33 by Jim Boden Jim Boden's Interrogate 33 received top honors at the 2011 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition[/caption] via: Florence Museum