Visual Arts 2018-04-27T14:13:10+00:00

Visual Arts

Exhibitions of fine arts and artisan crafts from South Carolina and beyond, work by local students and community groups, artists’ talks, and a world-class program of curated gallery exhibitions showcase the visual arts at Piccolo Spoleto.

POP OUT: In addition to the exhibitions and artists’ talks listed in this guide, convenient online directories and calendars are available to orient you to the many galleries and studios that are open to the public during the Festival season. For more information on commercial galleries, visit charlestongalleryassociation.com, and for art event listings, visit The Art Mag’s calendar at theartmag.com/events. And by all means, ask that plein air painter or exhibiting artist at Marion Square for their personal recommendations – nobody will ever claim to know more about Charleston than a local.

Yo Art Inc

This dynamic exhibition features posters and photos created by children ages 7-15 from local Title One Schools. The works represent the student’s unique insight into their community and highlight the process of discovery fostered by the Yo Art program. These young artists work directly with local artists to refine their creative skills and develop their artistic gifts through media art workshops, exhibitions, and public arts projects.

On View | May 25 through June 1
Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00 pm

Venue | Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street

Admission | Free

Coordinator | Gene Furchgott

The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy

Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several interconnected tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such as a Steller’s Sea Cow, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Pinta Island Tortoise, which will appear as a projection on a screen of mist. The extinct animals will appear in chorus to sing a song of forgiveness to humans for causing their ultimate extinction. The tents will also feature cave painting-like drawings of the animals’ encounters with humans. While whimsical and imaginative, the installation will comment on humans’ relationship with the world around us. Böhler & Orendt’s project confronts the notion that humans are thought as the most intelligent beings, as they suggest these animals are capable of traveling through time and dimensions to revisit us.

On View | May 18 through July 7
Monday through Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm with extended hours Thursdays til 7:00pm and open Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm May 27, and June 3 and 10

Venue | Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street

Admission | Free

Robin Howard

Robin Howard’s assemblages reflect the dramatic influence that words and stories had on her life. By combining found and altered objects to create narrative-within-narrative vignettes, the artist invites the viewer into imaginary words that are inspiring, mysterious, playful and sometimes haunting.

The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on June 4 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

On View | June 1 through June 30
Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue | Saul Alexander Gallery at Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street

Admission | Free

Coordinator | Megan Summers; CCPL

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A Survey of Redux Resident Photographers

Redux Contemporary Art Center is excited to highlight the work of the organization’s resident photographers. The exhibition highlights the complexities of the photographic process. Considering the varying aesthetics and methods of photography the Redux resident photographers practice in their studios, the exhibition highlights many styles of photography and touches on how contemporary photography is constantly evolving. Through their individual bodies of work, the Redux photographers push limitations of the medium and challenge the viewer to consider: what is photography?

On View | June 1 through July 7
Tuesday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Venue | Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King Street (Entrance on St. Phillip Street)

Admission | Free

Cone 10

Cone 10 Studios focuses on functional movement. This exhibition consists of curated works in clay, created by members and friends of Cone10studios. In designing an entry, the artist utilizes the flow and movement of the clay, which becomes rigid and permanent through the firing. ‘Functional Movement’ participants are asked to interpret this phrase celebrating the renewed awareness of handmade ceramics in our daily lives.

On View | May 25 through June 10
Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday 11:00am – 4:30pm

Public Reception Friday, June 1 5:30 to 8:30pm

Venue | Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Drive

Admission | Free

Artist Conversation: Vanishing Charleston

In conjunction with the exhibition Vanishing Charleston, Gibbes Curator Pam Wall will moderate a discussion between artists Julyan Davis and West Fraser, whose work has captured disappearing cultures, lifestyles, and places in Charleston over the past four decades.

Thursday, May 31; 1:00pm
Venue | Gibbes Museum of Art
Address | 135 Meeting Street
Admission | $25, tickets at GibbesMuseum.org/events