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September 2011

City of Charleston Presents Collection of African-American Art for 28th MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston, SC

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Special Moments: Works from the Collection of Dr. Harold Rhodes, a 2011 MOJA Arts Festival exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC. Open from Sept. 9 to Oct. 19, 2011, the exhibit features artwork by Leroy Campbell, Arianne King Comer, Tom Feelings, Tyrone Jeter, Cassandra M. Gillens, Jonathan Green, Terry K. Hunter, John W. Jones, Leo Twiggs and others. A reception will be held on Sept. 9, from 6-8pm.

Curated by Mokhless Al Hariri, PhD of Georgetown Design Group in Washington, DC, and coordinated in cooperation with Gallery Chuma of Charleston, the exhibition features artwork from the private collection of Dr. Harold Rhodes, a dentist based in Walterboro, SC, who has been acquiring artwork by renowned African-American artists for more than 30 years. Many of these artists have been featured in significant exhibitions, including at the MOJA Arts Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Gibbes Museum of Art, I.P. Stanback Museum at SC State University, and many more.

Precious, a piece by Jonathan Green, included in this collection, was the fitting inspiration for the exhibition’s title as it evokes those special moments we treasure in life,” says Ellen Dressler Moryl, the director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. “The MOJA Arts Festival strives to create ‘special moments’ for all artists and audiences while highlighting some of the most talented African-American artists working in the Southeast.”

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions made to western and world cultures.

MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, visual arts, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

The 28th Annual MOJA Arts Festival will take place this year from Sept. 29 through Oct. 9, 2011. For more information, visit (

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a venue for contemporary artwork that is new, vital and innovative, with a focus on broadening Charleston’s arts outlook.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Erin Glaze, Gallery Director at 843/958-6484 or visit (


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