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April Issue 2010

Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC, Features Works by William Halsey

Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, William Halsey (1915-1999), featuring eight works by William Melton Halsey, native son of Charleston, educator, artist, on view from Apr. 2 - 30, 2010.

Halsey was born and raised in Charleston, and began his study of art at a young age, with masters of the Charleston Renaissance, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, and Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, who specialized in pastels, etchings and watercolors, respectively. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he met his future wife Corrie McCallum, of Sumter, SC.

After two years at USC, Halsey felt he had absorbed all the program had to offer him, and went to Boston in pursuit of higher learning from the school at Museum of Fine Arts. McCallum joined Halsey in Boston. Upon graduation, Halsey was awarded the prestigious Paige Traveling Fellowship for study abroad. It was 1939, and war had broken out in Europe, so Halsey and his new wife went to Mexico instead, where they studied for two years.

Upon their return to American soil in 1941, they first returned to Charleston, and the following year moved to Savannah, GA, where Halsey taught. At the end of World War II, the Halsey family returned to Charleston, where they would remain; both traveled extensively across the globe.

Despite many attempts by colleagues and dealers to lure Halsey to New York, he remained steadfastly committed to his home and to bringing modern art to the world outside of Manhattan art galleries. Halsey and McCallum continued to paint and teach in Charleston, and made significant contributions to the area's fine arts programs. After nearly 20 years with the College of Charleston, the institution's gallery was named in his honor, and is now the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art.

Carolina Galleries is pleased to exhibit work by William Melton Halsey, in celebration of his contributions to the arts in Charleston. This will be a unique opportunity to examine a large group of work by one of Charleston's most accomplished abstract artists.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/720-8622 or visit (www.carolinagalleries.com).

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