Spartanburg Art Museum calls for 2021-2022 artists
Submission deadline; Friday, October 30, 2020
Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2021/2022.
[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="225"]
The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption]
We're interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate our visitors' experiences to new levels of participation and engagement.
Any individual, collective, or group of artists (age 18+) who reside in the United States or Canada may apply. All media and themes will be considered for exhibition. Artists may submit a full exhibition concept, a cohesive body of work, or a general sampling from their portfolio.
Our exhibition history illustrates that SAM has exhibited more white artists than any other ethnic group. In an effort to be a more responsible institution moving forward in regard to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, we are especially interested in emerging and mid-career artists who identify as Black, POC, LGBTQ, and those with physical disabilities.
Applications MUST include the following materials to be considered:
- 8-10 examples of artwork (please send any multimedia as a link)
- artist statement
- short biography
- résumé and/or CV
- $35 application fee
- completed official application form
Visit this page to learn more.
For more information, please contact our Associate Curator Ashleigh Shuler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864.582.7616 x 254.
Spartanburg arts orgs to share relief award
Balmer Foundation gifts $155,000
Chapman Cultural Center is pleased and honored to announce Spartanburg’s leading cultural organizations received $155,000 in emergency funding support from the Balmer Foundation.
Through this gift, $130,000 went towards funding Chapman Cultural Center’s General Operating Support Grantees and $25,000 will be designated to cost of operating Chapman Cultural Center. The Balmer Foundation trustees presented each organization with their funds at a limited-capacity ceremony on June 2 to encourage social distancing.
Chapman Cultural Center, the leading local arts agency in Spartanburg County, awards General Operating Support Grants (GOS) to cultural organizations each year that have been established as a 501(c)3 for 3 years or more, and must continue working to advance the mission of the organization. Grantees for GOS Grants are evaluated on the basis of merit, evidence of sound management and fiscal responsibility, and service to all of Spartanburg County. These awards support up to 20% of the grantees’ annual operating expenses.
The Balmer Foundation Board of Trustees offered the following statement in regards to their gift:
“The current trustees of the Balmer Foundation, inspired by the historic and remarkable commitment of Hans and Lucia Balmer to proactively support the Spartanburg community, have chosen to assist key institutions in this unique time of stress and challenge. The Balmers loved animal education and the arts, as they did other key projects that are important to our lives (such as Spots of Pride). While the foundation does not encourage grant requests, it believes the Balmers would want the foundation to commit to this contribution and thereby encourage your good work.”
In the last 25 years, through generous donations to the United Arts Fund, Chapman Cultural Center has awarded over $17 million in grants to strengthen, develop, and promote the cultural vibrancy in Spartanburg County in a sustainable way.
“We are very concerned about the financial stability of the arts during these uncertain times. Our General Operating Support Grant program is critically important to our grantees because it gives them a reliable funding source which allows them to plan strategically to expand programs, reach larger and more diverse audiences, and retain creative talent. We are beyond grateful for the support of generous donors such as the Balmer Foundation, who truly see the value the arts bring to a community, especially during the most difficult times,” said President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins
Emergency funding by The Balmer Foundation was awarded to the following organizations:
- Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg*
- Ballet Spartanburg*
- Hatcher Garden
- Hub City Writers Project*
- Spartanburg Art Museum*
- Spartanburg County Historical Association
- Spartanburg Philharmonic*
- Spartanburg Science Centre
- Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre
* arts organizations
CCC’s Board Chairman Bert Barre
, stated “The cultural sector has grown since we first started providing these grants in 1995 and more demands are being placed on organizations as our community grows and prospers. We evaluate the grantees in a thorough process that includes thirteen volunteer grant reviewers representing our Board and members of the Spartanburg community. They conduct site visits, review applications and listen to presentations made by each organization. Together, these organizations serve over 143,000 people each year and the grants allow these organizations to continue to grow their collective impact.”
About Chapman Cultural Center
Our mission is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community. Visit our website
to learn more.
Tuning Up: new HCWP writer-in-residence + weekend plans
"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, 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...
Andrew Dally wants you to be his friend.
He joins Hub City Writer's Project as writer-in-residence this fall September to December. Andrew Dally is a poet and programmer from Bethlehem, Penn. He received his MFA from the University of Mississippi, where he served as editor of the Yalobusha Review and a curator for the Trobar Ric reading series. He's done programming and graphic design work for The Washington Post and The Gates Foundation, and his poems can be found in The Boiler, LEVELER, and Blunderbuss Magazine. As a writer-in-residence at Hub City, he'll be working on a book of poems about McDonald's, Bashō, and artificial intelligence titled (get this!) Medium Extra Value – when he's not "going bonkers with gratitude and anticipation.
" And he wants you to be his friend
. Here's to hoping he gets plenty of Sparkle City charm. Welcome, Andrew.
- Maybe they should involve Spartanburg Art Museum. Newsweek picked "SAM" as one of the nation's most interesting museums to visit recently. Yes, it was in conjunction with National Museum Day last week, but we're guessing the South's oldest contemporary art museum won't turn you away this weekend. Go here for hours. Free.
- The Living Earth Show gets Southern Exposure. Bay Area-based guitar and percussion duo The Living Earth Show first came to the attention of the Columbia’s music community when they won the June 2017 SAVVY Chamber Competition, a chamber music competition that evaluates ensembles on both artistic excellence and innovative event design. They return to help Southern Exposure New Music Series opens its season of free concerts this Friday (tomorrow!). Arrive early for this popular series as seats fill to capacity. Sponsored in part by Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory, the outlandishly creative duo is working with music students and faculty in a UofSC residency this week, which culminates with the concert. Friday, 7:30 p.m. at USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St. Columbia). Free.
Visual artists featured in ‘SC.Fellows Part 2’
The final official events of the S.C. Arts Commission's 50th anniversary celebration are underway in Columbia and Spartanburg as three exhibitions that are part of "SC.Fellows Part 2" run concurrently.
Works by a host of visual arts fellows past and present are up for public display in a retrospective exhibition of SCAC Visual Arts and Craft Fellows covering 1976 to the present day.
The 701 Center for Contemporary Art
(701 Whaley St.) has the biggest collection
, displaying works by James Arendt, Alice Ballard, Patti Brady, Jonathan Brilliant, Zoey Brookshire, Jeri Burdick, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Rebecca Des Marais, Linda Fantuzzo, Mark Flowers, Jack Steve Gerstner, J. Scott Goldsmith, Kristi Higby, Elizabeth Keller, Mike Lavine, Larry Lebby, Elizabeth Melton, Philip Mullen, Jane Allen Nodine, Jorge Otero, Herb Parker, Clifton Peacock, Michael Phillips, David Ross Puls, Michael Tice, and Susan B. Wooten. 701 CCA is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
[caption id="attachment_35234" align="alignright" width="225"]
"Laced Landscape" (detail) Kim Keats[/caption]
The Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College
(1600 Harden St.) opens with a reception tonight and will display works
by Alice Boyle, M. Tallon Chalmers, Dennis Croteau, Heidi Darr Hope, Karen E. Davies, Mary Edna Fraser, Eugene Horne, Damond Howard, Judy V. Jones, Kim Keats, Peter Lenzo, Robert Lyon, Leo Manske, Paula Smith, Megan Wolfe, and Howard Woody. The Ponder Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Both exhibitions run through June 24.
Artist Jonathan Brilliant is the sole fellow in focus
at Spartanburg Art Museum
(200 E. St. John St.) beginning today and running through Aug. 5. SAM is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
Making art to feed the hungry: Hub City Empty Bowls 2016
Hub City Empty Bowls is gearing up for Soup Day, its annual arts-based fundraiser to feed hungry people in Spartanburg County. Each year, the public is invited to make the hand-crafted pottery bowls that are featured on Soup Day. Three bowl-making events are scheduled:
- Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center
- Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at West Main Artists Co-Op
- Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center.
These free, family-friendly events provide the experience of working with clay at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated. Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in bowl-making techniques.
“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” said Nancy Williamson, publicity leader for Carolina Clay Artists. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”
Soup Day takes place Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, a donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea. Patrons can enjoy soup donated by some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, listen to live music and share in the fellowship of helping to feed local citizens. A silent auction of donated items and a drum circle are part of the event. TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County. Last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries.
Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon. There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the Spartanburg effort.
Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls. Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy at Director@TotalMinistries.org
or (864) 585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries, visit TotalMinistries.org
Hub City Empty Bowls, a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation
, was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity and to help local organizations fight hunger. For more information, visit HubCityEmptyBowls.com
or Hub City Empty Bowls on Facebook
Via: Hub City Empty Bowls
Call for art: Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District
Submission deadline is June 10.
The Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District seeks proposals for temporary public art for its newly designated cultural district, a concentrated and diverse area of arts and creative enterprises that includes rapidly growing visual and performing arts as well as creative businesses. The public artwork placed within this district should visually communicate and celebrate Spartanburg’s cultural vibrancy. The temporary public art project is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, Chapman Cultural Center, The Spartanburg Art Museum and the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District Steering Committee.
This call is open to local and regional individual, collectives or groups of artists living and working in the Southeast. This call is a juried process that involves professionals working in the visual arts as well as the Spartanburg Cultural District Steering Committee. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 10, 2016.
Find the application and submission details online
- Artwork that utilizes existing structures from public benches, lamp posts, electrical boxes, street curbs, etc.
- 2D and/or 3D artwork will be installed outside within the 4 block radius of the Cultural District, thus it must be able to withstand the elements for 90 days.
- Artwork that invites and can withstand public interaction.
- Not required, but strongly desired, is artwork that utilizes repurposed or upcycled materials
Via: Chapman Cultural Center
Spartanburg Art Museum one of 10 small museums nationwide to participate in Accreditation Academy
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) has been selected as one of 10 museums from across the country to participate in the Small Museum Accreditation Academy, a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by an advisory panel of leaders in the museum field. The Academy is a year-long readiness program to make the American Alliance of Museum's accreditation process more accessible to smaller institutions. At the end of the program, the participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation. "The Academy is designed for high-performing organizations with five or fewer staff members who are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation," says Joseph Klem, director of communications for the Alliance.
Spartanburg Art Museum has been working to re-position itself as a vital component within the cultural landscape of Spartanburg and beyond. Two years ago, Elizabeth Goddard was hired as the executive director, and since that time the museum has undergone significant transformation. “When I began there was a palpable risk of failure from a financial, governance, and programmatic perspective. The first year was spent finding the ground and rebuilding an organization that had minimal members, lackluster exhibitions, and weak programs for an increasingly diverse community,” Goddard said. “It is inspiring to see how far we have come. Knowing that the board of directors is as committed as I am to become the destination for contemporary visual art in the Southeast keeps the wind in our sail as we continue to improve, strengthens and build our capacity to serve the community in relevant and meaningful ways.”
Last spring, SAM completed the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program, which involved months of reflection about everything from finances, collections, governance, and programming. Todd Smith, the professional peer reviewer who spent a few days with the museum staff and board of directors last March, commented in his final report: “There is a renewed energy that surrounds the organization, an energy (that) if well-harnessed, can be transformative for the museum.”
In 2015, SAM graduated from the Healthy Organization Institute, a local education program developed by Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Mary Black Foundation and designed for executive directors and board presidents to attend together and put a microscope over all aspects of daily and long-term operations. “These experiences of rebuilding our infrastructure and truly understanding every aspect of the museum’s operations were invaluable for us to move forward,” SAM’s Board President George Nixon said. “SAM completed a strategic plan last spring, and we are energized to become a contemporary cultural leader in the region, serving our community in new and dynamic ways. We are also proud that our executive director was named Museum Educator of the Year recently by the South Carolina Art Education Association, which demonstrates her professional and personal commitment to education, a vital component of our mission.”
The Academy will involve the staff and board members as they move through a year-long process of preparation that includes strengthening core documents, designing an emergency preparedness plan, and finalizing a code of ethics and collections management policies. All of these components are necessary for the accreditation process and signal SAM’s commitment to standards of excellence on a national scale. “Our size does not minimize our dedication to adhering to best practices put forth by the American Alliance of Museums,” Goddard said. “We are thrilled to be accepted into this vital program and look forward to getting started.”
Via: Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg Art Museum launches new program for the art-savvy senior
Spartanburg Art Museum has launched a new program to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet. Classic Contemporaries is designed to encourage arts enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.
“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within Cognitive Dissonance, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”
Four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.
Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.
Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
Register at spartanburgartmuseum.org, by phone (864.582.7616), or in person at the museum's main reception desk. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Via Spartanburg Art Museum
Four arts projects receive Elevate Upstate grants
Four communities have received 2015 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy grants. Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments annually provides two grants of $5,000 each. However, for 2015, Hughes provided an additional $5,000 with the third grant being split between two communities.
The two $5,000 recipients:
The two community projects each receiving $2,500:
- Art in the Park, Woodruff — The Woodruff Living Arts Festival will be a downtown event that aims to bring art to life in the Upstate.
- Walkable Cultural District, Spartanburg — The Art Partnership, in collaboration with the Spartanburg Art Museum, is planning a temporary public art installation to launch the newly designated Spartanburg Downtown cultural district.
“The goal of the Elevate Upstate program is to get communities thinking about what types of initiatives or programs might help spark vibrancy within their area and then provide some seed money to get some of them started,” said Hughes Investments President Phil Hughes. “In the three years we have done this program, I have been amazed by the great ideas and passion of communities across the region to grow their vibrancy and sense of place. It was a real challenge to narrow the field to five finalists and to select the recipients.”
The program, which began in 2013, annually provides seed funds to support vibrancy initiatives in communities across the Upstate. Since then, Hughes Investments has provided $43,000 to fund projects in 12 different communities.
Image: Anderson Mayor and Ten at the Top board member Terence Roberts (from left) with Elevate Upstate grant recipients Alyson Leslie, from Main Street Woodruff; Nancy Halverson, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate; Jennifer Evins, trustee from the Spartanburg County Foundation; Stephanie Turner, Uptown Market manager at Greenwood Farmers Market; and Anne Craig, director of the Greenwood Arts Center. Hughes Investments President Phil Hughes is on the right.
Soup Day: Hub City Empty Bowls to feed the public and the needy
Hub City Empty Bowls’ seventh annual Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center with a goal to feed both the socially responsible public and the community’s most needy citizens.
On Soup Day, more than 15,000 handmade pottery bowls will be available for purchase for donations of $15 each. Participants will then enjoy unlimited gourmet soup provided by more than 20 local restaurants. In addition, the event will feature continuous live music, a silent auction, and drum circles throughout the day. They money raised will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit agency that provides assistance to Spartanburg’s most needy citizens. Last year, Hub City Empty Bowls, which is spearheaded by Carolina Clay Artists, gave a record-breaking $22,500 to TOTAL Ministries.
“This is one of Spartanburg’s most respected and enjoyable fundraisers,” said Nancy Williamson, Empty Bowls’ chairwoman. “It touches people in so many personal ways. It appeals to the creative community because of the pottery bowl-making. It appeals to shoppers who want unique handmade pottery for a great price. It appeals to foodies, who want all-you-can-eat gourmet soup. And it appeals to the socially responsible citizens who see this as a grassroots way to help make the world a better place. Plus it is a lot of fun on every level. What better way to spend a Saturday than coming together for a good cause, hearing great music, eating the best soups to be found in the city, banging on a drum, and taking home a few pottery bowls? The fellowship is amazing.”
For the past three months, Carolina Clay Artists led public bowl-making sessions in Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School and at West Main Artists Co-op. These have been free events, where anyone could make pottery bowls for Soup Day. The clay and professional instruction were free. Those bowls were then glazed and fired.
Come Saturday, Sept. 26, more than 1,500 colorful bowls of all shapes and sizes will be laid out in the lobby of Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. “When we open the doors, there is a bit of mad rush by some people to get first dibs,” Williamson said. “It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want primitive child-like bowls, we have them. If you want professional bowls, we have them. And we have everything in between, and some people get stacks of them for Christmas presents. It is an impressive sight to see all of the bowls laid out on as many tables as we can cram into the lobby.”
After you get your bowls, you are invited to eat all of the soup you want, provided by restaurants stationed around the room. “You are discouraged from eating out of the pottery bowls,” Williamson said. “They are clean but just not clean enough to eat out of until you take them home and wash them. We’ll have plenty of paper bowls to eat out of.” Also provided will be bread, tea, and water.
Throughout the day, various local musicians will provide continuous live music. There will also be a silent auction of donated items, many of which are pottery. Everyone is invited to participate in the drum circle.
“It is just a fun day,” Williamson said.
“It is a very important day for the community’s needy,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “When someone gives us $20,000, we know we can feed a lot people who need it. In Spartanburg County about 43,000 people each day are in danger of going hungry, many of whom are children and elderly. With the money that Hub City Empty Bowls raised last year, we fed nearly 10,000 people. That’s a pretty good dent in the problem. We cannot thank Hub City Empty Bowls enough.”
This year’s sponsors are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions.
The musicians will be Daniel Z, Fayssoux McLean and David Ezell, 2 Daves, mark Miller, Frank Walker, and drum circles led by Melisa Emkjer.
The restaurants and food providers will be Willy Taco, Fatz, Sun King, Cribbs Kitchen, Cribbs Catering, Gerhards, Farmer’s Table, Sparks Fire Inspired Grill, II Samuels, Palmetto Palate, Lime Leaf, Moveable Feasts, Renato’s, Basil’s, McClellan’s Urban Eatery, Andre Nguyen, Garner’s, NuWay, Wild Aces, Mon Amie, Southern BBQ, Episcopal Church of the Advent Young Adults, The Beacon, Cakehead Bakery, Little River Roasting Co., Long Horn’s, Chick-fil-A, and Wade’s.
This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
For more information, please contact Williamson at (864) 621-2768 or visit HubCityEmptyBowls.com.
Via: Chapman Cultural Center