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April Issue 2005

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Offers Exhibit of Emerging Artists

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, once again presents exceptionally talented emerging artists for, School's Out III: Emerging Artists of the Southeast. The exhibit opens for Artista Vista on Apr. 29 and continues through May 28, 2005.

For the third consecutive year City Art has conducted a competition seeking recent MFAs, BAs, and BFAs of the southeastern region, and now looks forward to presenting its third generation of talented new artists. The exhibit features work that encompasses a variety of media and that exemplifies exciting new directions in contemporary art.

School's Out III results from a nominating process in which City Art asked studio art faculty members throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama to identify their most talented graduating artists ­ those who are, in their estimation, significant enough to have a chance at success in the competitive art culture. In a twist from the previous selection process, this year City Art also elected to trust the talents of Melanie Neil, a senior art student at Columbia College, in Columbia, SC, to curate this year's show. Neil, who helped to curate a show of Native American art at Columbia College this past year, tirelessly poured over the applicants and chose those artists both who displayed high levels of professionalism and whose work, when shown together, would exemplify the tempo of the contemporary visual culture in the southeast.

Featuring these talented emerging artists, this year's exhibit at City Art will be strong on technical skills and creative visions in oils, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and installation. The School's Out III: Emerging Artists of the Southeast 2005 exhibit features work from a number of colleges and universities, including the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Georgia.

For more information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 803/252-3613 or at (www.cityartonline.com).

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