This exhibition is part of the 2019-2020 Visiting Artist and Scholar series at the School of Visual Art and Design. More details forthcoming.
About Chotsani Dean:
Chotsani Elaine Dean is an Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University.
The many, complex layered realities of the history and visual archives of my communal ancestry form and impart creative purpose in my studio practice and research. Foremost in my research are quilts from Slavery (chattel enslavement) thru Antebellum periods, made on and off of cotton plantations by enslaved and free blacks, through mid-20th century, serve as the visual point of departure I use to explore and connect with this difficult and dreadful time in American history. The quilts of these periods are of particular interest to me for their uniqueness of origin, evolution, aesthetics and range of techniques and processes. Even more, I have a personal devotion and connection to the lives of the quilters, people and intersecting events of this time. Quilts from these time periods reveal a distinct historic blending of aesthetics, material culture, traditions and innovations of early America via the Atlantic Slave trade and effects of colonization.
The visual and historical synthesis of various craft traditions, historical events and commodities; quilts, the cotton trade, Civil Rights Movement and the vast realm of Textiles, inform and shape my visual ideas and approach to the spectrum of ceramic material. Experimentation in glaze chemistry is a primary focus of my studio practice. I am interested in creating, exploring and employing diverse ranges of glazes, firing temperature as well as various clay bodies and colored slips, allowing me to create formal visual dynamics that embody the myriad of visual elements and categories of quilts I have surveyed. It is intentional that the individual tiles and groupings are not repeated. I mix and compose the different tiles to express the various visual modes, traditions and language of quilts and greater realm of textiles.
Adaptation, resourcefulness, survival and triumph, are what I appreciate when I consider the fullness of these quilts, their makers and the history from which they emerge and have moved through time. Cotton, the commodity at the center of my ancestry, by way of its production and trade, lead me to the global history, trade and impact of textiles. Encountering the various cultures and time periods cotton has affected, influence my work, taking me on non-linear timeline journeys through history. Each unique tile within the quilts and various works I create are informed by the diverse and inter-connected visual history of quilting and textiles. My work begins with the realities of those who sewed and stitched more than quilts; those who stitched and sewed a resolute history and legacy that has gifted freedom, personhood and rich visual language to our world. It is the fullness of this important history to which I am indebted and has afforded me deep meaning as an artist. I strive to sustain and honor the many gifts of my personal and collective history embed in the visual chronicles of my communal ancestry.
Don't miss the opportunity to see our SVAD Studio Artist-in-Residence for the month of June, Olga Yukhno! Join us this Thursday for an open studios event at Stormwater Studios and take a peek into her working environment among the ten other resident artist open studios. Then, stay for the opening reception of "ArtFields Extended: Columbia," an exhibition of works by Columbia artists who participated in Lake City's ArtFields last month.
Layers of Us
Exhibition Dates: May 22, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Reception: 5pm – 7pm, Thursday, May 23
Location: Stormwater Studios @ 413 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
Layers of Us is an exhibition of works created by participants of several community projects in Columbia, SC. These community projects were offered by the “Program Development in Art” course in the School of Visual Art and Design and Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2019. Eleven instructors including one faculty member and ten Master’s students from Art Education, Music History, and Creative Writing taught art at six different sites: the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program, the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, the ARC of South Carolina, Hannah House and Killingsworth (women's shelters), and the Sexual Assault Survivors Group at UofSC.
The participants, who were silent and invisible due to being first-time offenders, their sexuality, ability, home ownership, and trauma, shared their lives through a variety of different mediums (including painting, sculpture, collage, crafts, and printmaking). The uniqueness of participants and their artworks reveal the countless layers of who they are, but such uniqueness also embodies a common strength behind this project: a sense of community.
This exhibition is supported by the School of Visual Art and Design and the Women’s Well-Being Initiatives in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina, as well as by a grant from the Knight Foundation fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation.
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American Landscapes: a Group BFA Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: May 1st, 2019 — May 5th, 2019
Opening Reception: May 2nd, 6:00-8:00pm
American Landscapes is comprised of six separate bodies of work for the BFA Thesis, created by students in the School of Visual Art and Design who are graduating with their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. The participating artists are:
The featured artists come from different backgrounds and work with a variety of different mediums (including painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking) but all of their work shares a common relation to the broader themes of environment and time. Each artist brings their own unique insight to the show’s theme of the American landscape.
Some of the artists explore the landscape more traditionally, and derive conceptual meaning from a natural sense of place. Tim Adams and Brandon Shull both make nature the subject of their works, in an attempt to reveal universal truths about the natural world and our role within it. Other artists trade the literal landscape for social and temporal ones. Benjamin Campbell and Brennan Booker both use physical location as a springboard for social commentary, highlighting the relationships between places and their social and philosophical atmospheres over time.
Join us for the opening reception on May 2nd, from 6pm – 8pm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10am- 5pm, Sat. - Sun. 1pm - 4pm
For his thesis project, Graphic Design graduate student Noah Valentim created a clothing brand named Thesa. It consists of screen printed, embroidered, and hand sewn pieces that are influenced by anthropology, modern technology, and wellness in a satirical fashion.
April 29, 2019 - May 3, 2019
Location: Passage Gallery, 1615 Senate Street (1st floor)
Reception: Monday, April 29th 5:00 - 7:00 pm
This exhibition will feature the works created by students in the Spring 2019 School of Visual Art and Design course MART581A: Site-Based and Installation New Media Art, taught by Jennifer Tarr. This advanced new media production class will develop and produce video and new media works specifically for the SVAD Studio at Stormwater Studios.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sun. 1pm - 4pm
Opening Reception: April 24th, 5:00 pm
While Jackson Pollock is considered a characteristically “American” artist, UofSC Art History Professor Dr. Peter Chametzky discusses Mural's significance to international modernist art as it reckons with art's role in the modern world. Free with membership or admission.
Ellie Rose on Wild and Untamed:
“The subjects and concepts present in my artworks are reflections of myself and my experiences in life. Magic, folklore, mythology, animals, and nature inspire me. A key figure in my work is the Wild Woman, who thrives on freedom, independence, adventure, and who refuses social constraints and cannot be tamed or groomed by the expectations of other people. For thesis exhibition, I created an original imaginary narrative that functions as a utopian vision of my ideal principles. Using a vibrant and highly saturated color palette, I execute my paintings of fantasia, elaborate and embellished landscapes abundantly filled with characters and micro-narratives.”
Reception: April 18th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
See the making of Jackson Pollock’s Mural dramatized as a turning point in the artist's career with a screening of the 2000 film Pollock, starring and directed by Ed Harris. Beforehand, Dr. Susan Felleman, UofSC art history and film and media studies professor, discusses the film's representation of Pollock's life, work, and process through the myths and motifs typical of the modern artist biopic. 122 minutes. Rated R. Cash bar. $5 / free for members of the Museum.
SVAD Photography students and faculty invite you to join the opening reception of Entropy: Chaos of Time and Escapism at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. This interdisciplinary art exhibition by SVAD Photography students includes photographic prints and interactive works, animated & anamorphic imagery, and fabric objects which together revolve around the unpredictability of time and our tendencies toward escapism. These pieces become visual surrogates for our inner selves and serve as projections of our subjective perceptions of reality. This exhibition includes works by Alyssa Leigh, Chance Eller, Dalton Gantt, Joe Abuelo, Megan Hedrick, Melaney Mottsey, and Rakeem Perry.
Exhibition Dates: April 4th-13th
Thursday, April 4th, 6-8pm
*Artist Talks at 7pm*
City Art Gallery
1224 Lincoln St,
This body of work is a combination of sculpture and printmaking. Together they represent the hopeful childhood dreams of work up against the realities of hard labor and loss.
Reception: April 4th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
McMaster Gallery, 1615 Senate Street
The School of Visual Art and Design will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 30th at the Columbia Museum of Art from 11pm- 5pm. This all-day event is designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia.
One Night Only! Thursday, March 28th, 2019.
Our annual art auction raises funds for student awards, scholarships, gallery operations, as well as going directly back to the artists who submit work to the auction. The auction solicits artwork from students, faculty, and area artists. This popular event is a great way to start or grow an original fine art collection, all while giving back to the artists!
Chandler Yonkers is an M.A. Candidate in Media Arts at the School of Visual Art and Design. For this thesis exhibition, Vignettes, Chandler invites the public to view an installation that revolves around nostalgic connections to home video. In this project, the content of various VHS cassette tapes and the environments in which those forms of media are produced and viewed will be recreated for a unique viewer experience. Each installation plays a separate home video tape belonging to the artist, but re-contextualized to touch on a variety of subjects ranging from mental illness to power dynamics within the familial sphere. The tapes are heavily edited but presented in a way that suggests they were discovered that way, just as we have all typically stumbled across old VHS videos in our homes.
Gallery Hours: Stormwater Studios, Wednesday - Friday 10am- 5pm, Sat. - Sun. 1pm - 4pm
Reception: Sunday, March 31st, 3:30pm
How do you balance a full time job with art-making, when being an artist isn't your day job? Join to hear Anna Redwine, Director of Communications at the University of South Carolina Honors College and SVAD alumna, explain how she balances her art-making with a 9-to-5 job.
Closing Reception for Lauren Kalman: Devices for Filling a Void
Artist Talk at 6:00 pm
Public Lecture from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Recognized as one of 50 Most Influential People of 2018 by Columbia Business Monthly magazine, Lee Snelgrove will teach you how to learn from successful artists to jumpstart your art projects post-graduation. We will explore ways to work with non-profit organizations on art projects and discuss how to be funded by a city's public art budget.
Join us for our Workshop + Seminar Series! We've curated a series of presentations to help you plan for success post-graduation.
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Join Allison Moore for a session on game-planning your career. Allison will discuss career paths for those just finishing college and explore options including both graduate school and non-academic possibilities for all SVAD majors and minors.
This series is supported by a grant through the John S. and James L. Knight and Central Carolina Community Foundations.
Dr. Banks is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. Her primary area of research is the American film and television industries. Her work focuses on creative and craft guilds and unions, with a specific focus on power dynamics and creative production. She is author of The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild (Rutgers University Press, 2015), co-editor of Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries (Routledge, 2009) and co-editor of Production Studies, The Sequel! Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries (Routledge, 2015).
Dr. Banks is a Principal Investigator at the Emerson Engagement Lab. Her work at the Lab has focused on engagement games around collaborative labor and tensions between individual gain and team building. Her current game is Room at the Top, a game that challenges ideas about bias in media production. Previously, she worked on The Boda-Boda Game, a partnership with the Red Cross in Uganda.
GAME WORKSHOP - MCMASTER 329 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.
Room at The Top
Those in attendance will play this massively multiplayer card game designed for in-person engagement that challenges assumptions and biases about creative collaboration. In pursuit of success, how do we weigh our own vision with our team’s strategy? How do we seek out collaborators and what does that tell us about ourselves? Create, negotiate, and compete in a race to achieve success!
LECTURE - MCMASTER 214 3:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Power and Privilege on the Road to Hollywood: Rerouting Pre-Industry Pipelines
Recent years have seen a rise in advocacy initiatives for women and people of color working in Hollywood. Film schools are more equitable than the media industries to which they serve as pipelines, but there are ways in which universities and training programs are reproducing the industries’ biases. In her talk, Miranda Banks will identify challenges and opportunities around issues of equity and access within the industries and pre-industries, arguing that media production programs are uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of media makers about creative collaboration across differences and challenge the status quo. She will discuss two interventions she has been involved in: as designer of Room at the Top, a massively multiplayer game that challenges assumptions about how we collaborate in creative environments, and as a co-founder of the initiative EDIT Media.
Promoting Your Brand Without Burning Out with Cecil Decker
Devices for Filling a Void combines jewelry with forms of reconstructive surgical devices that are used to hold the flesh in place as it heals. Through the use of the semiotics of gold, this work visualizes the aesthetic, social, and ethical implications of the medicalization of beauty, adornment, and sexuality.
a collaborative exhibition by artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki
Exhibition Dates: August 30, 2018- October 11, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7 pm with gallery talk at 6pm
Moth Survey: August 30, 2018 from 8 pm- midnight
The Survey will be conducted at Sustainable Carolina Farm and Gardens behind Green Quad.
PlantBot Building Workshop: October 11, 2018 from 5.30-7.30 pm
The Workshop will take place at the Makerspace at Rhodos Fellows Living Learning Community. The Workshop is free but registration is required. You can register at bit.ly/plantbot
PlantBot 2.0 is a collaborative effort of two artists and educators, Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, who satirically look at the possible evolution of plant species through modern agricultural practices and share current scientific knowledge on the environmental and social costs of bioengineered crops. Genetically modified plants are grafted onto robotic and remote-controlled bases to become an organism with no clear heritage and no clear future. Through these humorous street interventions with robot plant hybrids, the artists aim to begin conversations about food issues. PlantBots are a hybrid of imagination, possibility and reality, encouraging communities to see their environments in a new way and begging the question, what will it all become?
See more at www.plantbotgenetics.com
PlantBot Genetics was awarded NEA and Pulitzer Foundation Grants for exhibitions and/or programming at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Goethe Institute in Egypt, the Bach Modern in Austria, the New Gallery of Canada, and the Marfa Dialogues occurring in St. Louis.
Originally hailing from Canada, Wendy DesChene earned an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. She teaches at Auburn University in Alabama.
Jeff Schmuki was raised in Arizona and earned his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He teaches at Georgia Southern University.