Theatre thriving in South Carolina
Theatre seems to be jumping across The Hub's radar this week, and for good reason: it's thriving in South Carolina. We thought it was due for a spotlight piece, so take your seats as we begin.
Act I: PURE Theatre
Co-founder and Artistic Director Sharon Graci
(right) is featured here
in a brief video from LowcountryBizSC this morning. PURE, a professional contemporary theatre group
, set records for new and returning audiences during its 15th anniversary last season, and this year gets a new venue: the Cannon Street Arts Center, where they will be anchor tenant. Graci was the S.C. Arts Commission's acting fellow in 2010/2011 and Rodney Lee Rogers
, PURE's other co-founder, was the playwriting fellow the same year. (Coincidentally, the two are married. - Ed.
) PURE receives an operating support grant from SCAC, and Rogers helps the commission administer Artists U in South Carolina
– a training resource that facilitates artist development.
Act II: Screenwriting fellow bringing play to Columbia
, who received the SCAC screenwriting fellowship for 2017/2018, will bring a play she wrote and directs to Columbia. Love Me or Leave Me
focuses on the effects of drug addiction, mental abuse, and domestic violence in three couples' romantic relationships. Look for it Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tapp's Arts Center. Go here for ticket information
Act III: Drama Lady Theatre Group
Based in the rural Pee Dee region of South Carolina (Marion County, to be exact), the Drama Lady Theatre Group premieres Ntozake Shange’s award winning play: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf
at the FMU Performing Arts Center in Downtown Florence on Saturday, Nov. 17
. The Drama Lady Theatre Group is the brainchild of a collective of artists striving to use live theatrical performances to educate and promote wellness across diverse communities. The group received an FY19 Arts Education Project grant from SCAC.
Current Fellows featured in 50th Anniversary exhibition in Lake City
As part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary celebration, the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City presents the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows 2018 Exhibition September 9 through December 3. The exhibition features the work of the four artists who received Arts Commission's FY 2018 fellowships: Linda Fantuzzo of Mt. Pleasant (visual arts), Jason Gourdine of Moncks Corner (media production), Leasharn Hopkins of Columbia (media screenwriting) and Elizabeth Keller of Conway (craft).
Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of our state’s exceptional individual artists, selected through a highly competitive, anonymous process based solely on artistic excellence.
This exhibition is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and First Citizens Bank.
The Jones- Carter Gallery is located at 105 Henry Street, Lake City, S.C. 29560. The gallery is open Tuesday- Saturday 11 a.m – 5 p.m and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Find out more about the Fellows.
View the complete list of 50th Anniversary exhibitions.
Image: Elizabeth Keller, Penjing Tea #5 with 3 Cups
Congratulations to the new S.C. Arts Commission Artist Fellows!
The South Carolina Arts Commission Board has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to four South Carolina artists in the categories of visual arts, craft, media: production and media: screenwriting. Each artist receives $5,000.
This year's fellows:
Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.
“A fellowship can be a life-changing experience,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “Fellows share stories about how the award dollars made a transformative difference and how this validation affected their spirits and their self-perception. South Carolina’s artists are the core of our creative economy and indispensable contributors to quality of life in our communities. A fellowship is one of the best ways that we can say thank you, and we are proud to deliver these tokens of gratitude on behalf of the people of South Carolina.”
The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. This year's judges
for visual and craft were Irwin Pickett, fine art appraiser and co-owner of Heike Pickett Gallery in Versailles, Kentucky; Geno Rodriguez, New York curator, artist and founder of the Alternative Museum; and Clarissa Sligh, artist, lecturer and essayist of Asheville, N.C. Media judges were Sabine Gruffat (production), digital media artist, award-winning filmmaker and associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina; and Joy Goodwin (screenwriting), writer, filmmaker and teacher -- most recently at Elon University.
Individual artists working in prose, poetry, acting and playwriting can apply for the FY2019 fellowship awards.
Applications open Aug. 7, 2017, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2017.
For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com
or call (803) 734-8696.