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April 2013

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

The College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, will present 2013 Young Contemporaries, featuring artwork created by students at the College of Charleston and juried by Minnesota artist and curator, Scott Stulen, on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, from Apr. 5 through May 4, 2013. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Apr. 5, from 5-7pm. Local artist, Hirona Matsuda, will select 16 works to receive awards.

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Young Contemporaries, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2013 Young Contemporaries exhibition, Minnesota artist and curator, Scott Stulen, has been chosen to select the student works. The annual exhibition shows off the brightest talents coming out of the college’s School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. This unique show gives students the opportunity to learn how to prepare for future gallery exhibits and helps them to practice the type of professionalism necessary for success in such a competitive field.

“I am impressed each year by the professionalism demonstrated by the students in their approach to this show. I think the very fact that we host such an exhibition raises the level of expectation on both the student and faculty sides of the equation” says Halsey Gallery Director and Senior Curator, Mark Sloan. The Post and Courier calls the Young Contemporaries exhibit, “one of the highlights of the year.” This years entries are sure to impress.

Concurrent with The Young Contemporaries show in the gallery is the Salon des Refuses in the student gallery. The origin of the “Salon des Refuses” dates back to Paris in 1863, when an exhibit was held by command of Napoleon III for artists whose works had been refused by the jury of the official Salon. In 1863, the Salon rejected paintings, which caused such a protest from the painters and their supporters that they formed their own exhibition, “Salon des Refuses.” Among the painters in the “refused” show were Camilled Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler and Edouard Manet.

These annual exhibitions are jointly produced by the Halsey Institute, the Studio Art Department, and the Student Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Scott Stulen is an artist, DJ, curator and programmer. He is the Project Director of (mnartists.org), an online art hub serving over 20,000 Midwest artists, Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers and former Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center (MN). He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 2004.

Since graduating with degrees in Anthropology and Studio Art from the College of Charleston, Hirona Matsuda has established her home and studio in the downtown area. Her work has been shown locally at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Robert Lange Studios, and Michael Mitchell Gallery among others. She has also co-curated and juried various art exhibits, including A Long Time Ago, on view May 2012 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. When Matsuda is not in the studio, you can find her at Artist & Craftsman Supply, providing supplies to Charleston’s artists.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Institute at 843/953-4422 or visit (www.halsey.cofc.edu).


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