City Wide Art Exhibitions

“Look Just Like Yo Mama” by Christopher kolpeace Johnson, MFA
On View through August 3
OPENING RECEPTION: May 31st from 5:00-8:00pm
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull St, Charleston SC 29401

Avery Research Center: kolpeace/“Look Just Like Yo Mama” is a solo exhibition creating of honor and saccharine sympathy to a longed for family album that focuses on collected memories and symbolism shared by the artist to create a sweet comfort. Through a vibrant collection of paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works, kolpeace invites viewers on a journey of appreciation for Black culture writ large, using his own experiences as a lens to explore universal themes of memory, resilience, and the enduring power of human connection.

The title, “Look Just Like Yo Mama,” evokes a sense of sweetness and comfort, a nostalgic nod to childhood treats and cherished memories.


Christopher “Kolpeace” Johnson, MFA: Bio

Southern-born, Baltimore-based artist Christopher “Kolpeace” Johnson (b. 1994) creates vibrant portraits celebrating Black culture and ancestral figures.

Mixing graffiti techniques with contemporary art, Johnson’s work explodes off the canvas in studios, galleries, and public spaces.  His recent performances include the Baltimore Museum of Art (2023), the Harvey B. Gantt Center (2021), and the International African American Museum (2023).

Inspired by his South Carolina upbringing and Black cultural touchstones like trill, trap, and soul music, Johnson uses art as a tool for liberation and community engagement. “Kolpeace” stands for Kids Only Love Peace, reflecting Johnson’s mission to create positive change through art.

A graduate of MICA’s community arts program (MFA 2021), Johnson has exhibited across the nation and now embarks on a residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art (2024). He continues to captivate audiences and forge connections through his powerful artistic voice.

Piccolo Spoleto: Artist Workshop Series with Karen Jayne 
Dart Library Wednesday, May 29 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Art on display at Dart May 24 – 31 
Main Library Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm  
Art on display at Main June 1 –9 

Create a 3D nature-based work of art using found objects connected with wire, yarn, fabric and other natural elements. Local artist, Karen Jayne, will lead participants in this workshop to learn a new kind of art-making. No art experience is needed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own found objects (suggested list available), but some materials will be supplied. Registration is strongly recommended as space is limited.

For Main: For kids ages 8 and up (kids under 8 should have an adult participating), families and teens. Register by calling 843-805-6893 

For Dart: For teens in grades 6-12). Register by emailing or calling 843-722-7550