Great Place to Bee
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 30, 2021
While not in South Carolina, Gastonia, North Carolina is just a stone's throw away!Keep Gastonia Beautiful’s art committee seeks to commission artwork for the downtown area of Gastonia, North Carolina titled “Great Place to Bee” and include interactive smaller art pieces that will weave/waggle their way through Main Street to a larger art piece. The artwork will be sited in a prominent location at a Gateway to the new FUSE Baseball Stadium. We are currently looking for an artist who could fabricate unique 3-D bees as a creative way for Keep Gastonia Beautiful to showcase its Bee City USA affiliation by educating our community about the importance of bees and pollinators through public art. This project, titled “Great Place to Bee,” has the potential to create a buzz of excitement and interest for the entire downtown. Custom metal bees will “waggle” (a waggle is a movement performed by a honeybee at the hive or nest, to indicate to other bees the direction and distance of a source of food) through downtown as part of a scavenger/honey hunt. At each stop of the scavenger/honey hunt we would include fun facts about bees, and depending on the location, the historical significance. We envision groups “buzzing” around downtown searching for these bees. The “end” of the hunt will lead groups to a new art installation, envisioned as a kinetic piece where bees will be “swarming” around a hive near the baseball stadium, home of the Honey Hunters. We are looking for around 8-12 bees to start with the potential to grow, at least 3 inches in length but we are open for interpretation and the ending sculpture should connect and coordinate the bees to their final location. Metal bees should be able to be moved over time to different locations. We believe it’s important to recognize where we came from in order to see where we are headed and encourage you to use the nectar of your imagination when creating this project. View the RFP here (PDF). The deadline to submit materials is Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
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Sculptors sought for Alabama sports project
Mobile, Alabama Hall of Fame CourtyardSUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, July 23, 2021
The city of Mobile, Alabama and the Mobile Arts Council are calling for submissions of early concepts for a project that will commemorate Mobile’s local sports icons.Earlier this year, Mobile Mayor Stimpson announced plans to establish a “Hall of Fame Courtyard” near the Mobile Convention Center and Cooper Riverside Park to honor the five Mobilians inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as other sports legends from the Port City. The initial concept will include life-sized bronze statues of Hall of Famers Henry “Hank” Aaron, Satchel Paige, Billy Williams, Ozzie Smith and Willie Lee McCovey. It would also include former Houston Oiler and National Football League Hall of Famer Robert Lorenzo Brazile Jr. Eventually, the courtyard will expand to include other members from Mobile’s Sports Hall of Fame. Special consideration will be given to artists working and residing within the state of Alabama. A link to the RFQ application with more information about the project can be found here: www.mobilearts.org/halloffame
Charleston art call for wall-mounted, outdoor sculpture
Help brighten up new retirement communitySUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, July 19, 2021
Art Expressions invites artists to submit work for consideration for a retirement community located in the Charleston area that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled/nursing care, and memory care. Please review the guidelines and submission instructions below. The following types of artwork will be considered:
- Wall-mounted sculpture (ceramic, acrylic, wood, metal, glass) - cannot project off wall more than 4”
- Outdoor sculpture – freestanding something that is suitable for a courtyard.
- Reflective of the local vernacular including the low country, coastal, and marsh environments
- Avoid cliché/touristy beach themed pieces
- Nature-based abstraction
- Non-figurative and figurative will be considered
- Conveys positivity
- Joyful & uplifting
- Community oriented
- Avoid red and black in concentrated amounts
- Artists must include their current location or hometown. This is a local sculptural open call for indoor and outdoor artworks. We are seeking artists within the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
- Artist must be able to ship or deliver the artwork. We will discuss logistics once we have selected the art with our client.
- All art will be reviewed by Art Expressions for project suitability, and we reserve the right to accept or reject any submission at our discretion.
- Please include a brief written description for each piece submitted.
- If an artist does not currently have a piece that fits the size of these locations, they can provide examples of their work and state that they are available for commission requests.
- Project install for indoor sculpture estimated for December 2021, outdoor sculpture estimated for an early spring 2022 install.
How to SubmitPlease visit https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7856 to apply
Art exhibit spreads wings in the Upstate
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It's no secret that Greenville has really taken off...As further evidence, the city is first East Coast landing spot of a famed art exhibit called Wings of the City. The traveling exhibition of Mexican sculptor Jorge Marin's work has giant bronze wings outdoors in Falls Park and on the Peace Center campus. His "Alas de Mexico" sculpture, shown above, is part of the fun and obviously 'gram-worthy if you're so inclined. The Hispanic Alliance of Greenville, a partner of the S.C. Arts Commission, helped make the exhibition a reality. Bank of America, a Governor's Award recipient in 2018, is sponsor. Read more about this from Fox Carolina.
New Augusta Sculpture Trail issues national call for art
10 works to be exhibited for two years
Cross-river Augusta, Georgia is joining a national array of cities that bring new art into public spaces through the temporary lease of outdoor sculptures.Local artists and artists from across the country are invited to submit images and physical specifications for their ready-to-install, original sculptures. As the public art agency for the city of Augusta, the Greater Augusta Arts Council is seeking 10 leasable, pre-existing, outdoor sculptures to be installed for a duration of two years in Downtown Augusta as part of the new Augusta Sculpture Trail. These sculptures will be placed at intervals downtown that will create a fun and easy outdoor walking trail. The 10 selected locations use city of Augusta sidewalks for access, making them fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. The Arts Council will produce a digital walking tour that can be accessed from any mobile device which will help visitors learn specifics about each work of art and artist while they explore the Sculpture Trail. There will also be fun monthly Sculpture Trail events tied to the public artwork locations.
About the call for artAll sculpture sites will have a 4’x4’ concrete base and are spaced in a manner to promote walking from one sculpture to another, creating a trail to follow. Some basic requirements include that the work must be structurally sound and must be of a scale large enough to be clearly visible from a distance. It also must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions common to the Augusta River region. The work must be safe for public display and not include sharp or easily scalable parts. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2-year lease of their work ($1,500 upon installation, $1,500 upon de-installation). One piece of art will be purchased at the end of the installation to add to the city's permanent art collection. The call for entries is open now through Oct. 8, 2020. Selected artists will be notified by Oct. 30 and installations will begin January 15-30, 2021. Artists may apply up to three (3) times with separate works. For questions regarding applications email email@example.com. The application is online at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8041. The Augusta Sculpture Trail is part of a larger Public Art Master Plan for the City of Augusta. It is intended to create a walkable art trail designed for promotion to attract local and regional visitors to the Downtown Augusta area.
The man of steel: Lancaster artist shaping heavy metal and young artistic minds
Walk into Bob Doster’s Lancaster studio and you could see sparks fly. The 68-year-old artist shapes sheets of steel into furniture and sculptures that can be seen throughout York and Lancaster counties, regionally and around the world.
“I’ve got work in lots of places I’ve never been,” said Doster, listing places like Japan, South America, the Caribbean, Italy and Canada.In the Carolinas, he has permanent installations at city main streets, museums and other places. “He has lots of his artwork around town, it’s a real source of pride,” said Debbie Jaillette, executive director of Lancaster Arts Council, which is a block away from Doster’s Backstreet Studio on Gay Street. “We all get the benefit of looking at and enjoying his artwork. I think it’s terrific his footprint is all over Lancaster County, but he does tremendous work in our schools.” Looking out her second-story office window, she sees a huge cube resting on a point. “It’s really remarkable to be up here and see huge displays of public art designed and painted by kids in our schools,” she said. “Bob coordinated all that.” His sculptures, she said, also are used as awards for teachers and other businesses and organizations, which is “really meaningful.” But perhaps his greatest craft is working with children.
Art lessonThe blue jeans and denim shirt clad Doster leads 16 high school students one block from his studio to West Chestnut Street to see what he called a “provocative” piece of his artwork. “Any questions?” he asks. “Why is it on fire? a student asks. Three crosses -- all over 6 feet -- stand before them. The figures on the crosses represent the people who died, he says referring to two crosses made of regular carbon and stainless steel flanking an even larger, plain polished steel cross. Doster explains. “The flames represent hate, and hate will consume you.” The center cross, he says, represents the families of the people who died in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Church. “It represents the purity of faith, and the way they gave forgiveness,” he said. “Faith supports the cross.” “The two crosses represent the evil of the two men who were crucified with Christ, and the center His purity,” Doster said. The piece, called Southern Cross, “represents the horrors of Christianity, and the goodness,” he said. Allen Lowery, 17, was awed by the meaning and symbolism in the crosses -- God, the KKK, slave boats, Native Americans and more. “Wow, he’s really good,” the 11th-grader said. Doster said the idea was sparked by the Confederate flag controversy in 1999. While it took 15 years to conceptualize, he said it only took a couple weeks each to shear, cut and fit the crosses. The piece has been accepted in the ArtFields competition and will be displayed April 21-29 in Lake City. “Art affects people differently,” he said. “You’ll see something in there I won’t have seen and you’ll be right.” Teresa Fields, art educator at Lancaster High, said learning from an internationally known artist and at his private studio is a motivating lesson. “The art is in the process that you go through producing that piece,” she said.
Melding mindsDoster has worked with more than 60,000 students across more than 40 years as a visiting artist throughout the Carolinas. Students design and build sculptures in in clay, wood and steel, as well as paint murals and banners. Doster said “it’s an opportunity for students to see art is not just drawing on paper.” Back in the studio, Alexis Truesdale, 16 and 10th grader at Lancaster High, looked around the room, pointing out art projects she’d like to try. “I like the fact that I get to express myself and it’s neat to work with an international artist,” she said. Ninth-grader Emily Tindal, 15, tried her hand at cutting stainless steel with Doster’s help. Donning a long-sleeved denim shirt backward, a helmet and gloves, with a leather apron dropped over her shoes, she jumped as the blade touched metal and sparks flew. The piece: a cut out of the comedy and tragedy theater masks. “It was cool. I’ll tell my dad about it tonight,” she said. Her father, Conner, worked as Doster’s apprentice from age 15 through college, learning to weld, paint cars, and understanding fine art. “(Doster) was a mentor and second dad,” he said. “He would guide you to make you think about what you’re doing.” For 20 years, the 44-year-old Conner has been working in historic preservation and restoration. He specializes in masonry, but also in painting -- making the new look old. “All the things he taught me helped in allowing me to be able to do this,” he said. “He made a pretty good impression on me.” Fields talked about the pieces every age level has helped create with permanent installations at many area schools from Indian Land and Fort Mil to Clover and, of course, Lancaster. “He always does a really good job with students and gets their creative abilities out them,” she said.
About the artistDoster picked up his first blow torch at age 8 with his father, also a sculptor. The eldest of six with five sisters, Doster said his dad “Always encouraged us to do what we wanted to do. He let us learn and do.” Doster hasn’t always been a professional artist. In the 1970s, he owned a grocery store. He also was a truck driver, which has come in handy when moving his large sculptures. In college, majoring in fine arts at University of South Carolina, is when he decided “I want to do this.” After earning a Master of Arts from Clemson University, he launched his career as a professional artist in 1977, he said. He opened his studio in his hometown, Lancaster, to be near his two sons. Both now live in Raleigh. Doster entered shows, lots of shows. In the 1980s, the S.C. Arts Commission took his pieces to a show in Italy. As his artwork was being seen around the world, he also was an adjunct professor at Newberry College. The No. 1 rule for success as a professional artist is to not give up -- “be stubborn,” he said. Even with success, Doster remains humble. He said his wife of 16 years, Cherry Doster, is “a better artist than I am” pointing to her sculptures and paintings in the studio. The couple met when she took his college class. “She was the best student I ever had,” he said. He also gives high praise to James Utz, 39, who came to work with Doster 15 years ago, with a print making degree from Winthrop University. Doster designs the pieces, and Utz puts them together. “He can see better than I can see,” Doster said. Professionally and personally the duo say their bond is as strong as the steel they work with. “He gets us into things we might not pursue otherwise,” Utz said. “I’m not going to say I’m a better welder than he is, but I’m a better welder than him. But he gets the big picture.” Doster takes care of the business end and is the social one, Utz said. “I would not be able to keep it going as a business and be this successful at it,” Utz said. “He’s gregarious, fun, easy going, messy, very messy, loyal. We’re like family at this point.”
The art studioThe former 1930s brick pool hall is now a 7,000-square-foot studio. The exterior front wall is covered in dinner plates. The entrance opens to space where Doster’s and other artists’ works are displayed. Studio visitors can take a piece of his artwork home. The price may be anywhere from $5 to $200,000, or more. There’s a wall lined with newspaper and magazine clippings. The headlines: “Doster named hero of S.C. 2001 Year of Child,” “Keeper of Culture,” “Doster wins state’s top award,” and “Sculptor helps mold students.” Walk up the ramp on the left side of the bricked wall into a space for working. On any given weekday, there are 12-18 students at work creating their art projects that will be displayed on their city streets. Out the back door is a garden with more sculptures, including some by his father. A space used for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings, art crawls and other gatherings. But to the right of the main front door is another door into the welding workshop. Doster’s rescue dog Muddy, greets visitors, as does Utz’s rescue dog, Bailey, It looks and smells like an auto shop. Lancaster High senior Chasity Ellis, 18, said, “Everything is everywhere.” But Doster knows where everything goes, showing the class how he cuts and works with the metal to form a heart. “That’s amazing,” a student says.
Caldwell Arts Council (N.C.) seeks sculpture for outdoor sales gallery
[caption id="attachment_28645" align="alignright" width="200"] Raymond Giddens (Simpsonville), Cage Spinner[/caption] The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, North Carolina, seek sculptors interested in participating in the outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir. Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the city and the arts council. This is an ongoing call; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year. Details and the application are available online, along with photos and prices of current sculptures. To learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council, call 828-754-2486, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caldwellarts.com. Image above: David Q. Sheldon (Asheville, NC), Arcane Mechanism
Sculpture by the late Mac Boggs on display at Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center has received the modern stainless steel sculpture, Chariot (pictured above), made by the late Mayo Mac Boggs, one of Spartanburg and South Carolina’s most noted artists. It is now displayed on Chapman’s campus, thanks to the artist’s widow, Ansley Boggs, Ed.D., an education professor at Converse College. Created in 2005, the piece was first named Constellation. However, in 2010, during Boggs’s 40th year Retrospective Exhibition on the college campuses of Converse, Wofford, and USC-Upstate, he redubbed it Chariot. In recent years, the piece has been showcased at USC-Upstate’s library. Boggs passed away in March 2014. Boggs had a long and celebrated career in the arts, after humble beginnings as the son of a welder in a Kentucky industrial city. In addition to his more than 40 years of teaching art at Converse College, he kept an active and productive career in creating art. Some of his noted achievements include receiving the 2013 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for arts education, the highest arts award given in South Carolina; being named “Professor Emeritus of Art” by Converse College in 2013; and being named “Honorary Artist of Spartanburg” in 1991. Boggs’s art is included in the Presidential Libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His work is located internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations. In addition, he received many sculpture commissions for city parks, public libraries, college campuses, schools, local businesses, and private residences, one of which was for the home of author Lillian Jackson Braun. Regarding his inspiration and preferred medium, Boggs once said: “The welded steel sculpture has remained a constant as my medium of expression. I love the look, feel, taste, smell and sound of steel. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith in Kentucky; both my grandfathers and my father were welders and steelworkers. I grew up watching steel pouring from the blast furnaces and the nightly spectacular display of slag being dumped from huge, railroad-sized crucibles. I walked the railroad tracks and picked up scrap metal that had fallen from freight cars. The ironworker’s material and process were an everyday part of my childhood in Ashland, Kentucky. I have taken this material and its process and made art, continuing a family tradition of ironwork.” In his artist statement, dated March 2011, he wrote: “There are many things one can do to occupy his time while on this earth. I prefer to have non-verbal conversations with my soul. My art is the residue.” Chariot can be viewed daily at Chapman Cultural Center. Via: Chapman Cultural Center
Anderson Arts Center call for art – 41st Annual Juried Show and Partnership for Public Art: SculpTOUR
Beginning March 31, the Anderson Arts Center will accept entries for the 41st Annual Juried Show and Partnership for Public Art: SculpTOUR. Entries may be delivered between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 2. This year the event will offer more than $27,000 in prize money representing 50 awards. “Besides our regular juried show we’re really excited to partner with the City of Anderson in having the public art sculpture component again this year,” explained Executive Director Kimberly Spears. "We hope to have at least six pieces installed in downtown Anderson in time for Art on the Town. The public art outdoor sculptures will chosen by a selection committee and will remain on view for a year.” The show will open with a reception and awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The show and month-long celebration of the arts offer several opportunities for artists' works to be seen and purchased, beginning with the Arts Center Members Preview and the M•ART•ket and concluding with the Art on the Town Gallery Crawl April 29. The gallery crawl will include outlets throughout downtown Anderson where additional pieces not in the juried show will be presented. Art on the Town’s Friday night events will include a party at Wren Park with music and entertainment and a children’s event on Saturday. “Last year we had 270 artists and 500 submissions from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Missouri artists and, hopefully, we’ll surpass that number this year," said Spears. "We’re always astonished at not only the variety of submissions, but also the quality of the work. It’s a real highlight of the Arts Center year. As always, we want the greater Anderson community to see the show and share the excitement!” The juror for the annual show is Sandra Rupp, president and owner of Hampton III Gallery in Greenville. Rupp works with and/or represents more than 25 artists and organizes five to six gallery exhibitions a year. Hampton III Gallery focuses mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a South Carolina connection. In addition to her gallery work, she assists museums in their programming and works with private and corporate collections. Vist the Anderson Arts Center's website or call 864.222.2787 for a show prospectus or additional information. Via: Anderson Arts Center