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Immerse yourself in the rich narratives of Tina Williams Brewer's story quilts at the Columbia Museum of Art. For over four decades, Brewer has woven her personal experiences, historical accounts, and vibrant textiles into her unique quilts, offering a profound exploration of African-American history and spirituality. The "Stories of Grace" exhibition, open until September 3, 2023, showcases her hand-stitched, collage mixed-media pieces that map out her heritage, the African diaspora, and the connections between past, present, and future. Journey through intricate layers of symbolism and culture, Tuesday to Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday.
Carla Gannis' WWWunderkammer is a pioneering endeavor, challenging traditional museum narratives by reimagining the classic 'cabinet of curiosities', known as Wunderkammer. She employs cutting-edge technology to fuse physical and virtual realms seamlessly. The physical installation reflects her continuous online project found on Mozilla Hubs and high-definition desktop VR, welcoming viewers to distinct thematic 'chambers'. Each chamber explores critical facets of contemporary life - from environmental challenges to the digital revolution's impact on self-perception and language. Gannis harnesses the power of augmented reality in her gallery display, blurring the line between the virtual and the real. This approach helps her investigate the essence of human existence in the internet age while promoting universal access to knowledge.
Experience the captivating artistry of renowned artist Elizabeth Catlett at the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA). This significant survey exhibition comprehensively overviews Catlett's illustrious career as a printmaker and sculptor. Alongside her works, the collection includes select pieces by mentors, peers, and students who shared a personal connection with Catlett. Additionally, the installation incorporates additional artworks from the CMA Collection.
Witness the profound impact of Elizabeth Catlett's artistic journey, spanning an impressive seventy years. Her art sought to give visibility and voice to underrepresented individuals, often focusing on laborers, women, and African Americans. Addressing social issues relevant to the United States and her adopted home of Mexico, Catlett's powerful figures embody resilience while acknowledging the struggles Black and Mexican working classes face.
Introducing the winner of the prestigious 2022 701 CCA Prize, Columbia-based artist Jordan Sheridan. This biennial juried award, presented by the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia's Olympia neighborhood, recognizes the talent of South Carolina artists under 40.
Jordan Sheridan is an emerging artist known for her captivating installation art. Her remarkable talent and dedication have been acknowledged with the distinction of being named an SCAC Emerging Artist for FY2022. Currently serving as a full-time faculty instructor at the University of South Carolina's School of Visual Arts and Design, she imparts her expertise to aspiring artists through her engaging painting courses.
Welcome to the captivating 701 CCA Finalists Exhibition, now open at the esteemed 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Prepare to be mesmerized as three exceptional artists and finalists for this year's prize showcase their visionary works until January 15, 2023.
Step into this exhibition and immerse yourself in a world of artistic brilliance. Each artist, including the talented Kate Hooray Osmond, Jordan Sheridan, and Brittany Watkins, pushes boundaries and invites you to explore their unique creative perspectives. From innovative techniques to thought-provoking concepts, their creations will ignite your imagination and inspire you.
Enter the captivating world of the Omphalos, a convergence of time and perspective. In this exhibition, presented by the visionary artist Dogon Krigga, two distinct collections of works harmoniously blend the past and the future. Embracing the timeless beauty of Black thought and form, Dogon Krigga invites you to celebrate the resilience and boundless creativity of the Black experience in the ever-present now.
Breaking away from the narrative of Black suffering that pervades historical records and art, the Omphalos seeks to cultivate a space where Blackness thrives. By highlighting the gifts, abilities, and interconnections within the Black community, Dogon Krigga's art becomes an act of rebellion and revolution. Afrofuturism is a powerful tool, reminding us of our mastery and potential in this realm while liberating our minds from societal constraints.
Step into the realm of powerful artistic expression with Tyrone Geter's exhibition at ArtFields' TRAX Visual Art Center in Lake City, South Carolina. Over the past six months, this exhibition has left an indelible mark on the art scene, showcasing Geter's masterful mixed media drawings that blend exquisite draftsmanship, torn paper, and found objects into visually captivating statements. Each artwork is a testament to Geter's immense talent and resonates as a profound experience in its own right.
Geter's creations operate on multiple levels, transcending mere aesthetics. While some pieces look into his personal journey, many images explore the complex dynamics surrounding race, gender, and economic structures within contemporary American culture.
We are delighted to feature the enthralling realm of Adrian Rhodes, winner of the esteemed 701 CCA Prize in 2020. Celebrated for her artistry in printmaking and mixed media installations, Adrian's solo exhibition "How to Untie a Tight Knot" was a result of her dedicated six-week residency at the 701 CCA.
With academic roots in Rock Hill's Winthrop University, Adrian has gained recognition in the Carolinas and beyond. Her work, exploring the paradox of longing for and escaping the past, provides a captivating lens into the human psyche, using recurring motifs to express the intricacies of relationships.
Meet Ginny Merett, a dynamic artist and passionate art educator, who has been a vibrant part of Columbia's art community for over thirty years. Known for her striking, graphic collages, Merett's art may seem playful and whimsical at first, but it carries profound undertones addressing societal norms, cultural, gender and racial identities.
Currently, she holds the distinguished position of Artist-in-Residence at The Jasper Project. Her intriguing creations can be appreciated at Sound Bites, nestled in the heart of historic downtown Columbia, at 1425 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201. Don't miss the opportunity to experience her captivating work, which will remain on display until the end of July 2022.
Welcome to the world of Margaret Curtis, a prominent figure among contemporary American artists. Known for her distinctive and ground-breaking art, she is currently represented by the esteemed Tracy Morgan Gallery in Asheville, NC. Margaret's oil paintings tell stories through their imagery, and their physicality also forms a deep, visceral connection to their underlying themes.
Her widely recognized and critically acclaimed artwork has recently been bestowed with the distinguished Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, an award that requires an exhaustive selection process. The fellowship, amounting to $60,000 spread over four years, has enabled Margaret to augment her studio and broaden her creative horizon.
ArtFields celebrated its 10th year, showcasing 369 artists from 12 Southeast states in a nine-day festival from April 22-30, 2022. We were thrilled to have "The Darcy Inventory" in the competition and equally enjoyed experiencing the festival as attendees, filled with South Carolina Sunshine.
The ArtFields festival, which began in 2013, aims to honor Southeast artists with celebrations and competitions, providing over $100,000 in cash prizes. This year's winners were Noah Scalin, MyLoan Dinh, Melvin Toledo, and Jonathan Imafidor. Enjoy the photo essay and immerse yourself in the art that left us in awe.
On April 14, 2022, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The Jasper Project at 701 Whaley. This event paid tribute to a publication that has become a cornerstone of Columbia, SC's cultural landscape. Under the guidance of Cindi Boiter, the magazine offers invaluable insights into our vibrant community, spotlighting the lives and works of local artists, performers, dancers, musicians, and writers.
The celebration evening echoed with tunes from Adam Corbett, Post-Timey String Band, DJ Preach Jacobs, and Dick Not Richard, accompanied by a spellbinding performance from the Columbia Repertory Dance Co. Explore the captured moments from the event in our photo essay featured below.
Main Street was abuzz with excitement as countless UofSC WBB supporters gathered to commemorate their second historic national championship. The triumphant victory was clinched on April 3 in Minnesota, where they bested the UConn Huskies. Jump into the jubilation of the event through our photo essay to view highlights from the celebration!
Anila Quayyum Agha, an American artist of Pakistani origin, brings enchanting realms to life within her exhibition spaces. Her exhibit, "Let a Million Flowers Bloom," leverages halogen bulbs nestled within meticulously crafted and lacquered steel. This technique casts mesmerizing shadows that "paint" the gallery walls, creating an immersive environment that makes us feel as though we've stepped into a chapter of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. Our take on the exhibit? It's superb! Experience the wonder for yourself from February 19 through May 29, 2022.