Learn how to Knit on Jan 24 at 6pm

17 Jan


When: Thursday January 24 at 6:10pm

Where: 4th Floor Simons Center (take elevator next to sculpture studio)

This week’s workshop knitting/fabric workshop with involve learning how to to turn plastic grocery bags into yarn! We will also talk about alternative and funky ways fabric can be used as art. We will supply you with ALL materials for FREE.

If you do not feel like knitting but want to craft/paint/draw in a creative environment then join us!

Snacks will also be provided.
Email us at cofcvisualartsclub@gmail.com with any questions.


Free Screen Printing Workshop at Redux!

3 Nov


On Tuesday November 27 at Redux from 6pm-10pm we are having a FREE Screen Printing Workshop!

Karen Myers will be the instructor. She is a painter, printmaker, regularly teaches the screen printing classes at Redux, has artwork at Robert Lange Studios, is assistant director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and teaches Gallery Fundamentals at the College of Charleston.

This class at Redux normally costs $75 but if you RSVP by emailing us at cofcvisualartsclub@gmail.com for Nov 27 it will be FREE!

Just bring a few shirts/dresses/hoodies/fabric to decorate!

RSVP if you know you are going for sure, there are limited spots.

We know this will happen during a very busy time for all of us but think of this as a way to de-stress! We just want you all to have fun!

Fall VAC Gallery Submissions!

3 Nov
Our theme for this show is the past
Past experiences, moments in time, historical happenings that reach past the line of time and effect you or others. All of these things are rooted in what has already happened, but somehow still take place today.
Look through your art, or make new works and bring them to the Simons Center, on the 4th floor in independent studios (Take the elevator next to the sculpture studio)
Send an email stating what you are dropping off.
Attach a note to the back of each work that includes your name, contact, and title of work.
Dead line for work drop off is on Thursday Nov. 15th.
We are accepting 2D work, anything that can be hung on a wall.
If you have any questions let us know.
Look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Painting Workshop!

11 Sep

This Thursday (Sept 13) at 6:30 pm we will be having a painting workshop for any student of any major to come on by! This will be held in the 4th floor of the Simons Center (where the independent art studios are) If you have you’re own painting supplies bring them but if you don’t no worries! We will provide you with paint, brushes, and something to paint on.

We have people of all painting stages from those who haven’t taken any studio art classes to students who have gone through all four painting classes. The point is for all of us to have fun painting and to learn from each other.

See you there!

Art Submission Deadline

1 Sep

Get your artwork on our Visual Arts Club gallery in the Simons Center! 

This show is open to students of all majors and will explore the theme of changes. 

Any 2D work (paintings, drawings, prints, photos, mixed media- anything we can put on a wall) will be accepted; applicants are encouraged to submit work that creatively approaches the chosen theme. Old work will be accepted, as long as it fits the theme and is yours!

Submit up to 5 images of your work to cofcvisualartsclub@gmail.com by Monday, September 3 at 11:59pm for consideration.

Consult this guide for tips on how to accurately photograph your work for submission; if you intend to enter juried shows in the future, you will need these skills.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

VAC Officer Elections

22 Aug

We will be holding elections for all CofC Visual Arts Club officer positions for this fall semester on Thursday, August 30th at 7pm  in the Independent Painting Studios on the 4th floor of the Simons Center (elevator near the sculpture studio)

Anyone is welcome to apply, even if you’ve never attended a club meeting in the past. This is your chance to make a difference on campus and bring the arts to our student body! If you’re a new student interested in the arts, joining the club as an officer is a great way to make friends.

To apply for a position, simply attend the election meeting on August 30th to present your ideas to other club members.

Pizzas and drinks will be provided!

Positions open are:


Responsible for programming club events,  creating fundraising activities, marketing club activities, setting goals for the club and coordinating other club officers in their duties. Officer must be present as a CofC student for the entire 2012-13 school year.


Responsible for assisting the President in the above duties.


Responsible for taking notes at club meetings, maintaining the club blog and assisting at club events.


Responsible for managing club funds, assisting at club events and assisting in the creation of fundraising activities.

Gallery Coordinator

Manages and installs the student-run Visual Arts Club gallery exhibitions through online calls for submissions.

Call for Submissions: CHANGES

20 Aug

Hello CofC students! It’s a new semester, and time for a new show in our Visual Arts Club gallery in the Simons Center!

This show is open to students of all majors and will explore the theme of changes. 

Any 2D work (paintings, drawings, prints, photos, mixed media- anything we can put on a wall) will be accepted; applicants are encouraged to submit work that creatively approaches the chosen theme. Old work will be accepted, as long as it fits the theme and is yours!

Submit up to 5 images of your work to cofcvisualartsclub@gmail.com by Monday, September 3 at 11:59pm for consideration.

Consult this guide for tips on how to accurately photograph your work for submission; if you intend to enter juried shows in the future, you will need these skills.

Call for Submissions: Young Contemporaries 2012

1 Mar

Image courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Every year, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art holds a juried exhibition of College of Charleston student work in collaboration with the Visual Arts Club (us!) and the School of the Arts to create a major campus-wide event that is viewed by thousands. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning piece from each category, and each artist is able to submit 3 pieces per medium- so there’s a good chance you’ll win! Young Contemporaries is by far the best opportunity in the arts the College of Charleston has to offer its students!

This year’s juror (selected by the Visual Arts Club) is the amazingly talented Julie Heffernan, who will also be giving a lecture about her work on Saturday, March 17th at 3pm.

Even if you don’t make it into the Young Contemporaries exhibition, there’s a good chance your work will be accepted into the faculty-selected Salon des Refusés, which will be displayed in the Hill Gallery outside the Halsey at the same time. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work appreciated by the entire College of Charleston campus, not to mention the Charleston art community!

All CofC Fall 2011/Spring 2012 students (including recent Dec. graduates) are eligible to submit their work. Only original visual artworks completed after Jan. 2011 will be accepted. Students may submit up to 3 works per artist, per medium (including painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and sculpture). There are no limitations on media or size. Download entry forms here.

For more info, contact Karen Ann Myers at 843.953.4422 or myerska@cofc.edu

Important Dates and Deadlines:

(Information courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art)

Thursday March 15
9am – 7pm: Register submissions at the Halsey Institute, Cato Center, 1st floor (Up to three works per artist, per medium). Download entry forms here.

Saturday March 17
3pm: Lecture by guest juror and visiting artist, Julie Heffernan (Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts). Learn more »

Monday March 19
Studio Art faculty select works for the Salon des Refusés

Tuesday March 20
9am: List of accepted works will be posted outside the Halsey Institute
9am – 5pm: Students pick up released work. Large accepted works must be delivered by 5pm
The Halsey Institute is NOT responsible for works not retrieved

Thursday March 29
5pm – 7pm: Opening reception & awards ceremony for Young Contemporaries 2012 & the Salon des Refusés at the Halsey Institute

Friday March 30 – Saturday April 28
Exhibition dates for the 2012 Young Contemporaries & Salon des Refusés

Monday April 30
12pm – 4pm: Students pick up their work
The Halsey Institute is NOT responsible for works not retrieved

Young Contemporaries 2012 is co-produced by the Visual Arts Club, Department of Studio Art and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Lee and Ann Higdon.

Students must meet eligibility requirements and obtain yellow labels from the Studio Art Office (Simons Center, 4th floor), the Halsey Institute (Cato Center, 1st floor) 9am – 5pm, Mon. – Fri., or by clicking here. Fill out labels legibly and attach to the back of all submitted works. Indicate on label if there are any special installation instructions. Bring eligible work to the Halsey Institute on Thurs., March 15, 9am – 7pm. Even oversized works must be registered at this time, while the piece may be left elsewhere. Indicate on the registration form if you have oversized works & where they are located. Large, accepted works that are not already in the Halsey Institute on March 20 should be delivered by 5pm.  ALL WORKS MUST BE DRY!

Art Auction Update

1 Mar

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated work, attended the auction and purchased student work at our auction on February 25th!

Our goal was to raise $500 for Julie Heffernan to come to campus- and we officially raised $998!

We are planning to use some of the remaining funds to create an edible food sculpture for the Young Contemporaries opening on March 29th- we will hold an event on March 28th to collaborate on this sculpture, and all students are welcome!

We will also hold a stencil workshop in April. The remaining funds will carry over to our budget for next semester.

Artwork by Grace Musser

Artwork by Grace Musser

Second Annual Cheap Art Auction Fundraiser!

26 Jan
Artist: Julie Heffernan

"Self Portrait as Gorgeous Tumor" by artist Julie Heffernan

The Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston presents its Second Annual Cheap Art Auction from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at the Hill Gallery in the Cato Center for the Arts, College of Charleston.

Our goal this year is to raise $500 to bring our selected artist, Julie Heffernan, to the CofC campus to curate and lecture at our annual Young Contemporaries competition in March.

Members of the Visual Arts Club will combine their talents for this fundraiser through a student-only Artist Lock-In in the Independent Drawing Studio (Lightsey) on February 4th to create original work specifically for the  Second Annual Cheap Art Auction.

Artwork on auction will include paintings, drawings, original prints, photographs and sculptures by our emerging artists at affordably low prices. For art collectors in Charleston searching for upcoming talent and beautiful but inexpensive pieces this February, this is a unique chance to purchase fantastic artwork while supporting the efforts of College of Charleston’s talented young artists in the Visual Arts Club.

Students are encouraged to participate in our Lock-In or to donate work for the show if they are unable to attend.

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