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April Issue 2010

College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, Presents Annual Student Exhibit

The College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, will present the 25th annual juried student art exhibition, Young Contemporaries 2010, on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, from Apr. 1 - 27, 2010.

This year's exhibition juror is Mary Jane Jacob, Sculpture Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, along with the concurrent Salon des Refusés, exhibition, will open with an awards ceremony on Apr. 1, 2010, from 5 - 7pm.

Young Contemporaries 2010 is co-produced by the Halsey Institute, the Studio Art Department, and Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston. These events are part of the celebratory programming for the 20th anniversary of the School of the Arts.

Each spring, current College of Charleston students may submit recent work to the Young Contemporaries annual, giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. Works are available for sale at the discretion of the artist, offering the community a great opportunity to purchase artwork by these emerging artists. Justin Brewer, member of CofC's Visual Arts Club, designed the official image/logo for this year's exhibition. Young Contemporaries 2010 is partially sponsored by Lee and Ann Higdon.

Concurrent with Young Contemporaries 2010 is the Salon des Refusés exhibition to be shown in the Hill Exhibition Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. The origin of the Salon des Refusés dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Among the painters in this Salon des Refusés were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet.

As a world-renowned curator Jacob has critically engaged the discourse around public space, organizing such site and community-based programs as Culture in Action in Chicago, Conversations at The Castle in Atlanta, and Places with a Past in Charleston (1991). Returning to Charleston ten years later, she steered a number of artists-and-community projects for Spoleto from 2001-2008. In her recent anthologies, Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (University of California Press, 2004) and Learning Mind: Experience into Art (University of California Press, 2009), she presents works by some of the artists shown in Charleston, among others, focusing on the relationship of art and audiences. Her new anthology is The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists. (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Earlier this year, Jacob was awarded the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lifetime Award for Achievement in the Field of Public Art from Public Art Dialogue.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Institute at 843/953-5680 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

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