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Governor’s Award lifetime achievement recipient on exhibit in Columbia

Richland Library exhibition includes public artist talks

Select works completed by the decorated artist Philip Mullen from 1996 to 2022 are now on exhibit in the Richland Library through May 7, 2023.

Of the 15 works selected, 14 have never been shown in Columbia, which is Mullen's home. Many come from his private collection. Mullen is scheduled to give two public gallery talks: In 2020, the SCAC honored Mullen's significant body of work with the Governor's Award for the Arts in the lifetime achievement category.

Jason Rapp

CMA posts four open positions

  • APPLICATION DEADLINES: Open until filled
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: Included in position description at link
The Columbia Museum of Art shared some open positions with The Hub for our readers to browse. We are posting brief position overviews below. A link to read full descriptions of unfilled positions is here: https://www.columbiamuseum.org/visit/about-cma/work-cma The positions will remain posted until filled.

Assistant/Associate Curator

The successful candidate will possess strong art historical knowledge in one or more of the museum’s collecting areas (American, European, Asian, and Modern & Contemporary); a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a Curatorial department at an art museum; and a commitment to inclusive programming for diverse audiences. The Assistant/Associate Curator will work with colleagues to develop new presentations of the permanent collection; support, manage, and develop exhibitions; and actively participate in programming that informs, engages, and expands audiences. This position reports to the Director of Art and Learning and will work collaboratively within the Division of Art and Learning to promote the museum's commitment to be welcoming, community-centered, vibrant, playful, and inspiring. In addition to these values, the CMA staff and board eagerly embrace diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion to contribute to an open environment for the communities we serve. The person selected to fill this position will have demonstrated the capacity to promote these attributes.

Curatorial and Education/Engagement Fellow (Full Time, 2-year term)

In the year 2025, the CMA will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The Art and Learning Division seeks a collaborative Curatorial and Education/Engagement fellow to create programming and exhibitions that support this major milestone at the CMA. The fellow will serve an instrumental role in expanding access to art through collaborative exhibitions and programs; make significant works of art accessible to current and burgeoning audiences; develop innovative narratives that expand stories; and explore shared themes that speak both to our diverse identities and communities. The successful candidate will possess strong art historical knowledge in one or more of the museum’s collecting areas (American, European, Asian, and Modern & Contemporary); a commitment to inclusive programming for diverse audiences; and a vision for thoughtfully embracing new cultural trends and technologies in the service of sparking impactful conversations. The Curatorial and Education/Engagement fellow will work with colleagues to foster relations with the local, state-wide, and regional arts community; support, manage, and develop programs and exhibitions that are responsive and community-centered; and play a key role in the CMA’s work to expand audiences and support its 75th anniversary year.

Development Coordinator

The development coordinator is the glue of the development department, coordinating administrative functions, creating consistency through standard operating procedures, and providing foundational support to help our fundraising efforts soar. A great candidate for this role will thrive in routine and understand that details make the difference, thinking critically to help the development team put their best foot forward. You will have the chance to work with a team that can be high energy, likes to dream big, and is dedicated to welcoming people to arts and culture experiences. Our teammate will get excited about data, project management, and to-do lists, while learning and having fun in an arts environment. This role reports to the chief development officer.

Housekeeping Supervisor

[This position supports] the mission of the CMA in its goal of becoming the beloved art museum in the Southeast by ensuring that visitors have an excellent experience in a facility that is clean and welcoming. Performs and supervises staff and third-party services in accomplishing housekeeping responsibilities in all public spaces, other specified areas, and offices. Directs and coordinates the daily custodial operations and gives instructions for general cleaning and key special events.  Inspects the work of custodial staff and employees and provides appropriate feedback to improve the facility, cleaning standards, and general depth of knowledge on cleaning best practices.
Once again, please visit this link to read full position descriptions on the CMA website.

Jason Rapp

S.C. Phil readies for first sensory-friendly concert

Concert experience for persons with sensory sensitivities and all families

The South Carolina Philharmonic looks forward to its inaugural Sensory Friendly Family Concert Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023 at 3 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.

This concert event is designed especially for persons with sensory sensitivities and their families. As a component of the SCP's educational and outreach programs, this inclusive concert gives audience members the ability to fully experience orchestral music without any of the constraints of a standard performance. During this 60-minute program, audience members are free to move about, dance, speak, sing, vocalize or move between the auditorium and the lobby if desired. The SCP is also dedicated to accessible ticketing for this event, with prices ranging from $10-$20. Half-price student tickets are available in all sections. The South Carolina Philharmonic is partnering with various organizations to present the Sensory Friendly Family Concert. Current partners are The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment, the S.C. Commission for the Blind, Family Connections of S.C., Key Changes Therapy Services, Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopment Research Center, and Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services. The orchestra is passionate about working with these partners to provide resources to the families that attend the event, and to continue positioning the SCP to provide opportunities that welcome all audiences by removing barriers. Education and Community Engagement Director Susan Cafferty dreamed of creating a concert program that would serve persons with sensory sensitivities and their families. “This concert is something that I’m personally passionate about,” said Cafferty. “As a mother who struggles to find arts events that are welcoming to audiences with neurodiversity, I felt our orchestra was positioned to create something special in Columbia.” Cafferty and the SCP staff have been working with the Koger Center to create a concert experience that sensory sensitive listeners and family members can enjoy without the constraints of a standard performance. The hope is that audiences will delight in the discovery of orchestral experiences that invite and welcome all to the world of classical music. This 60-minute concert has been programmed by Music Director Morihiko Nakahara to feature an array of repertoire that will entertain families. Audiences will be welcome to move around the space freely, vocalize and provide special needs care. This concert is for all families and audiences. As the orchestra’s accessibility endeavors continue, the organization intends to work closely with the Koger Center to provide more opportunities that abolish barriers to attending live music performances. Tickets may be purchased at scphilharmonic.com or by calling the Koger Center Box Office at 803.251.2222.
The South Carolina Philharmonic is committed to performing live symphonic music and providing dynamic educational opportunities in the Midlands. We carry forward a legacy of passion for the music and embrace our responsibility to be a vibrant part of the cultural fabric of our diverse community.

Jason Rapp

Nation’s largest free farm + arts crawl announces 2023 event

No bull! Annual event has ... bumper crop of counties

The annual South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is adding Aiken and Sumter counties while returning eight previously participating counties to feature a cornucopia of more than 100 tour sites during the 2023 iteration of the event—the largest such in the U.S.

[caption id="attachment_52401" align="alignright" width="300"] Click to enlarge.[/caption] Will Culler, Clemson Extension agribusiness agent and tour director, bills the free, self-guided farm and art tour as a great way to educate people about where their food and fiber come from while they're introduced to local artisans. Now in its 12th year, it has seen steady growth in length and counties and sites participating. Ag + Art Tour is looking for #SCartists who want to exhibit! Go here for information and to apply. Have a farm? Tour sites are being sough to apply too. “We are proud of the commitment of our farms, artisans, and county teams. Because of that, we can sustain continued growth,” Culler said. “One of our goals has been to give people a better knowledge of what is produced in their backyard and help them to support local businesses while making healthier food choices. This event does that by putting food and product with a face.” The 2023 tour include farms and artisans in Aiken, Chester, Colleton, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Sumter, and York counties.

2023 schedule

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
  • May 6: Lexington
  • May 13-14: Aiken, Lancaster, Sumter
  • May 20-21: Colleton, Newberry
  • June 3-4: Kershaw
  • June 10-11: Richland, York
  • June 17-18: Fairfield
  • June 24-25: Chester
Tour stops include farms and farmers' markets, with art at each location. Artisans on the tour range from weavers, painters, musicians, storytellers, metalworkers, and craftsmen to poets and live musical performances. Some farms will offer value-added products, such as jarred and canned foods, honey, baked goods, or even farm-fresh meals.  There is no fee to attend; visitors can start and stop their tour at any location.
The tour began in York County in 2012 and has added at least one new county each year since. The interest in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour continues to be high, and it is the largest free farm tour in the nation. More than 85,000 visitors have enjoyed it since its inception. More information about the participating farms, markets, artisans, and ancillary sites can be found online at www.agandarttour.com and its social media accounts:
  • Facebook: @agandarttour
  • Instagram: @agandarttour
Various counties have accounts too, so do a quick search for yours. And don't forget the hashtag: #agandarttour. Plan your mooooooves now.
About the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a free self-guided tour of farms and farmers' markets featuring artisans at every stop occurring every weekend in June.  The first Ag + Art Tour was held in 2012 in York County to blend agriculture and art. The tour began to expand in 2013 and has continued to do so yearly. It is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation. The tour is coordinated by leadership and county-level planning teams led by Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Partner organizations include economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension offices, arts councils, and community volunteers.
Photo by Pixabay: https://www.pexels.com/photo/corn-fields-under-white-clouds-with-blue-sky-during-daytime-158827/

Jason Rapp

Trustus Theatre seeks a technical director


Trustus Theatre, known nationally for its commitment to cutting edge, innovative theatre, seeks a qualified full-time technical director. Trustus is seeking a candidate with theatrical experience who is willing to grow with the organization.


The technical director leads a team of designers, technicians, and craftspeople to bring ideas into reality. The technical director has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the theatre, including scenic construction, theatrical lighting, theatrical sound, projections, performing facility maintenance, and coordinating contractors for other necessary facility maintenance. The Technical Director works with and oversees the assistant technical director, volunteers, overhire employees, designers, and contractors who perform technical operations and design implementation. The technical director works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties.


  • Commitment to the mission and values of Trustus Theatre
  • Associate’s degree required; bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • 3-5 years experience as member of theater technical staff
  • 2+ year experience in management and supervision
  • Significant, demonstrable experience as a technical director in professional, community, or university theatre.
  • Demonstration of effective mentoring and supporting of volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow staff, designers, stage managers, and guest artists and directors.
  • Ability to communicate the technical capacities of the theatre and collaborate specifically with designers.
  • Demonstrates extensive theatrical knowledge of design implementation, capacity to work creatively to solve implementation issues across design disciplines.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of theatrical drafting and drafting programs.
  • The ability to successfully guide and support technical staff and technicians in the realization of designers’ expectations and vision.
  • The ability to interpret and execute designs for the Trustus Theatre space.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and contractors.
  • Evidence to meet deadlines with quality results.
  • Deonstrates strong project management skills
  • Evidence to monitor expenditures and staying within material budgets.
Classification level: Full-time, with salary and benefits: $38,000-$41,000, salary commensurate with experience Application deadline: November 15 or until position is filled Start date: ASAP Please send a letter of interest and a current resume:
  • Via e-mail to: jessica@trustus.org *OR*
  • Jessica Fichter Trustus Theatre 520 Lady St. Columbia, SC 29201
Trustus Theatre mission: Trustus Theatre is the home for relevant, innovative, and inclusive theatrical works. Trustus Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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701 CCA announces new staff leadership

701 Center for Contemporary Art announced late last week that Columbia arts scene veteran Caitlin Bright will be its new executive director.

[caption id="attachment_51503" align="alignright" width="200"] Caitlin Bright. Post & Courier image.[/caption] “We are pleased that Caitlin will be joining us as we enter into an exciting season of public programs. Her extensive background in arts management will be an asset as we move forward with an even higher profile for public engagement,” said Lynn Robertson, who heads the 701 CCA board of directors. Many in Columbia are familiar with Bright’s accomplishments in heading Columbia’s Tapp’s Art Center from 2014 to 2021. Before that she had an extensive career with community based arts spaces in New York. “I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in my administrative career with 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The two main tenets of this position are growing opportunities for artists and enriching the quality of life for my fellow community members. I am ready to build on the foundations of success constructed by my predecessors, and continue to provide the level of excellence expected,” Bright said.
701 Center for Contemporary Art was founded 15 years ago by a group of dedicated community volunteers interested in providing a space for the creation and presentation of the best arts of today. Their 701 Whaley St. space holds five or six exhibitions each year, an artist residency, and the annual Young Artists Festival for children. “There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at CCA,” said Ken May, who is chairman of the programming committee. “We just inaugurated the Mill District Public Art Trail through our surrounding neighborhood, and people should look for a new and invigorated Columbia Open Studios event this spring. There is a growing role for the arts in the Midlands and as CCA moves forward with renewed energy, we are definitely an organization to watch.” Caitlin Bright is following Michaela Pilar Brown, who headed the organization for the last two years. Brown was responsible for guiding the organization through the trying times of COVID and the requirement of switching to distanced programing. A well known South Carolina artist, Brown is leaving to focus on her own work and direct a commercial gallery in the Vista, at the former IFArt Gallery.

Jason Rapp

Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts community programming, engagement job

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $52,000-$55,000 + benefits

The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the Community Programming and Engagement Coordinator for a progressive community media arts organization.

  • We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader who combines a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
  • The ideal applicant for this specific position will combine a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
Please share this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested—or apply yourself! We'll start reviewing candidates soon, but the position is open until filled. This will be a full-time position with an annual salary of $52,000-$55,000 with additional benefits offered. The Nickelodeon is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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One Columbia seeks executive director

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $65,000-$75,000 with benefits

One Columbia for Arts and Culture is a non-profit organization working to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures.

The central goal of the organization is to enhance the quality of life for all residents, attract tourism to Columbia, and further build a vibrant and equitable cultural community. Located in the state capital city of South Carolina, the 10-year-old organization supports artists and cultural organizations, provides a variety of community participation activities, and serves as the primary commissioner of public art projects in the city. One Columbia is dedicated to investigating ways that the arts can foster and inspire personal expression, the exchange of ideas, and creative entrepreneurship through a wide range of programs: exhibitions, internships, workshops, and special events. The organization receives state and local funding and is governed by an active board of directors who provide guidance and oversight for the organization. One Columbia operates out of two properties, its primary office space in the heart of the downtown Columbia cultural district and a second neighborhood-based space for use by arts and cultural organizations.

The role

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Reports to: One Columbia for Arts and Culture Board of Directors

Key responsibilities

  • Provide innovative and visionary leadership in the planning, implementation, and operation of organization’s mission and strategic plan organization with a goal of advancing the role of the arts in the Columbia area.
  • Advise the Board on institutional strategy, operations, and policy matters.
  • Lead strategic planning.
  • Contribute to ongoing fundraising efforts; ensure impactful evaluation of all short-term and long-term fundraising efforts with specific milestones necessary to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Prepare and oversee operating budgets, ensuring appropriate levels of financial control and compliance.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with local artists, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, private-and public-sector partners, educators and public agencies, as well as the local and regional media.
  • Remain cognizant and up to date on local, county and national issues that may to leverage opportunities to support the arts in Columbia and the surrounding areas.
  • Enhance One Columbia’s reputation by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, community based, and private organizations.
  • Cultivate a positive organizational culture, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee base.

Skills & Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual with leadership experience gained by working in the local arts agency sector or non-profit field.
  • They will be confident and capable as the public face of the organization. A proven record in fundraising success is preferred.
  • Demonstrated achievement leading a team in transformative environments will be key, bringing experience in project management, commissioning of public art projects, program development and strategic partnerships. Additionally, they will have an ability to assess and implement the infrastructure and operational requirements necessary to support sustainable growth.
  • Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, demonstrated experience in arts administration, or at least 5 years’ experience in non-profit leadership.

Personal attributes

  • A strategic and visionary leader who combines strong knowledge of the arts, institutional leadership, organizational management, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills; actively seeks partnerships and collaborations that elevate the voices of Columbia’s diverse pool of artists and residents.
  • Knowledge and experience working closely with elected officials, civic leaders, philanthropic donors and public sector funders.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility.

Compensation and benefits

One Columbia offers a salary package of $65,000 to $75,000 and benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; health insurance stipend, professional development reimbursements.

Applications and inquiries

Submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to: Application materials accepted through November 10, 2022.
One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.

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Call for art: 701 CCA Prize 2022

For #SCartists 40 and younger

APPLICTION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 1, 2022

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia recently announced the sixth installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional #SCartists 40 years and younger.

The project takes place this year with a juried process resulting in a October–December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize 2022 by completing and submitting the application package by Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The application guidelines and link to the application can be found here. Important dates:
  • July 29–Sept. 1, 2022 - Submission period
  • September 15, 2022 - Announcement of three finalists
  • October 20, 2022 - Exhibition opens with a public reception.
  • November 29, 2022 - 701 CCA Prize celebration event and announcement of winner
  • December 31, 2022 - Exhibition closes with year-end celebration

“The 701 CCA Prize continues to add a crucial component to the ecosystem and infrastructure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina.”

-Wim Roefs, 701 CCA founding board member

The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments, and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize 2022 will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since Jan. 1, 2020. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition at 701 CCA. The three members of the jury panel will be announced later. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA and a solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The previous winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012, Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014, Yvette L. Cummings of Conway in 2016, Jena Thomas of Spartanburg in 2018, and Adrian Rhodes of Hartsville in 2020. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed-Sat 11–5; Sun 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.
For further inquiries, contact director@701cca.org or call Michaela Pilar Brown on 803.319.9949.

Jason Rapp

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, August 15, 2022

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art is the Koger Center’s annual artistic competition that supports the work of South Carolina visual artists.

Each year, one chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, gallery space, and staff support resulting in a free public display in the Upstairs Gallery of the Koger Center. Submissions for this year’s project will be accepted through August 15, 2022.


  • Artist must be over 18 years old
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Must have been created in the past 2 years
  • Artists cannot submit any art that has previously been submitted to The Project formerly known as the Koger Center’s 1593 Project
  • Previous winners and honorable mention winners of the 1593 Project or The Project may not submit artwork for up to 5 years
Submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF4wQVzBO1RFiFVxNJIKBKhK-mQ4bBJvnElMLvLXb9SA_uUg/viewform?usp=sf_link Please submit your artwork to the link above. If you have any issues submitting your work or questions about the form, please call 803.777.7500 or email kogercenter@sc.edu.

History of The Project

In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times William Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre. Honoring the flame of creativity that remains bright even in times of turmoil, the Koger Center for the Arts launched the ​1593 Project: A Call for Art in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goals were simple: offer a small financial award to a South Carolina artist, and provide a platform to showcase the talent of artists in our state through an exhibition at the Koger Center.1593 Pr As the pandemic began receding, we recognized the need to continue supporting South Carolina artists through this competition and accompanying exhibition. We christened the ongoing future competitions “The Project” and are happy to present the second exhibition currently on view in the Upstairs Gallery at the Koger Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Jason Rapp