Charleston, Cradle of Creativity

Piccoloctopus largeCharleston, Cradle of Creativity is a multi-faceted exhibition presenting the most compelling and inspiring work of artists across a range of ages and experience levels, from professionals to young students, and features painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The exhibition includes the following elements:

Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition

Coordinators: Francina Smalls-Joyner, Anne Quattlebaum, Stacy Huggins

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Redux Contemporary Art Center, presents this annual juried art exhibition, showcasing paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photography of South Carolina artists.  Juried by local artist Linda Fantuzzo, the exhibition features those artworks receiving prizes, alongside a limited selection of pieces identified in the jury process as worthy of honorable mention or display. A variety of sizes, styles, subjects, and mediums will assure something of interest for everyone.

This year’s juror is local painter Linda Fantuzzo. Ms. Fantuzzo is active within the arts community as a juror, panelist, and curator. She served on the panel for the SC State Arts Commission Acquisitions Committee for two years, and served on the Advisory Board for The Halsey Institute and the steering committee for the Trident Region Arts & Culture Plan. Linda has been a juror for the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the Charleston Artists League and the Charleston County Library.

Included in this year’s exhibition are:

For drawing; Lain Healey, Alan Jackson

For painting; Chambers Austelle, Joyce Cambron, Collen Critcher, Tony Csavas, Matthew Dietz, Christopher Dotson, Carroll Fitzpatrick, Denise Greer, Ken Lee, Reynier Llanes, Joshua Lynn, Tobias McGregor, Marge Loudon Moody, Bruce Nellsmith, Alex Radin, Laura Szweda

For photography; Jack Alterman, Micheline Calicott, Mariah Channing, Kelly Harris, Scott Henderson, Chuck Hooker, Kathleen Pompe, Caitlin Tuten-Rhodes, Karen Vournakis

For printmaking; Lese Corrigan, Alvin Glen, Karen Ann Myers, Natalie Ranier

For sculpture; Jim Darlington, Hirona Matsuda

Philip Simmons: Heart of the Man Tribute Contest

Coordinators: Amanda Turner and Dr. Ade Ofunniyin

First through eighth grade students at Buist Academy recently had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the First Annual Philip Simmons: Heart of the Man Tribute Contest. The contest, sponsored by Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, the grandson of the revered blacksmith, and the Gullah Society seeks to continue the legacy of Philip Simmons and to honor all of his accomplishments and contributions to Charleston. Students pay tribute through visual arts, song, or narrative. Selected artwork has been designated for exhibition at City Gallery during Piccolo Spoleto.

Charleston Youth Art Showcase

Coordinators: Michael Miller and Eric Watson

The Sam Williams Foundation, in partnership with the Art Institute of Charleston and the City of Charleston, will exhibit a selection of award-winning artwork from area high school students from May 29, continuing the display of work previously shown at the Art Institute. Original artwork from twelve Charleston County High Schools (Academic Magnet High School, Baptist Hill Middle High School, Burke Middle High School, Garrett Academy of Technology High School, Lincoln High School, Military Magnet Middle High School, North Charleston High School, R.B. Stall High School, School of the Arts Middle High, St. Johns High School, Wando High School, and West Ashley High School) will be considered, with the most successful work placed on view during Piccolo Spoleto.

C.E. Williams Collaborative: Reflections

Coordinator: Charles Williams

Artist Charles Williams works with young artists in middle and high school to create work featured in this exhibition. The students were asked to reflect upon their thoughts and capture moments of what they remember. Reflecting upon his own dreams as a young artist, Charles Williams teaches the value of learning the technical foundational skills as well as the business aspects of an art career. Williams meets twice every month with his Collaborative Students from Georgetown and Charleston. He says, “The possibilities of these creative kids are mind-blowing and they keep me fresh with their talent and wealth of knowledge. Our workshops are a collaboration between the students and me to drive the success of the next group of young artists from the Lowcountry.”

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts Youth Visual Arts Experience

Coordinator: Art Gilliard, Katherine Houghton

Since May 2013, the ongoing “Youth Visual Arts Experience” has brought together students from Charleston Development Academy Public Charter School (CDA); Sanders-Clyde Elementary; Buist Academy; Memminger Elementary; Charleston County School of the Arts; James Simons Elementary; and Mitchell Elementary for a range of immersive arts workshops. This has included a hard-hat tour of the Gaillard Center, a day of sketching trees with Jonathan Green, and, most recently, an introduction to photography with Dr. Katherine Houghton, an educator, researcher, world traveler, and award winning photographer. Highlights of this morning-long session in Waterfront Park proudly grace the walls of City Gallery during Piccolo Spoleto.