"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.
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Simons room 309
WHAT: Most four-year-olds make paintings that hang on the refrigerator in their parents’ kitchen, but by that age Marla Olmstead already had her first gallery show in Binghamton, NY. Born in 2000, Marla first picked up a paint brush when she was a year old, following the example of her father, an amateur painter, and soon the tyke was creating large canvases with unexpected skill and enthusiasm. Her father gave one of Marla’s paintings to a friend who owned a coffee shop, and when a customer offered to buy the piece for 250 dollars, the pre-kindergartner began a career as a professional artist. Marla’s work has been displayed around the United States and her paintings fetch as much as 25,000 dollars each, but some have questioned if Marla is following her own muse or taking instruction from her parents. Others have debated the validity of reviews comparing her work to Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and a few have asked if Marla’s parents are the art world equivalent of stage mothers, pushing their child and exploiting her talents for their own benefit. Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev examines young artist, her work and the controversy behind it in his film My Kid Could Paint That, which was an official selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
UPDATE: The venue for the lock-in has changed! It is now in the Independent Drawing Studio in the Lightsey Center. Please email us if you’re interested in participating!
Visual Arts Club have some exciting events planned for this semester to fundraise for Young Contemporaries!
We are holding a fundraising Cheap Art Auction on February 25th in the Hill Gallery (outside the Halsey Institute). This is a great opportunity for students to get rid of old work that they no longer want; if you’ve ever wondered what to do with all of those boring nude studies, sketches and still lifes you’ve accumulated in your time here, consider helping us meet our fundraising goal by donating your old work!
To create work to donate for the auction, Visual Arts Club will hold an Artist Lock-In starting at 7pm on Saturday, February 4th
in the Independent Painting Studios on the 4th floor of the Simons center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating!
Snacks, drinks, camaraderie and good music will be provided; please bring your own supplies. Anything artistic goes- crayon scribbles, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photos, and prints will all be accepted as donations!
WHAT: “Waste Land” is an award winning documentary by director Lucy Walker about an artist who creates murals from landfill materials. An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.
WHERE: Simons Art History Room 307 (Around the corner down the hall to the right from room 309 where we usually have film screenings)
WHEN: Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 7pm
The Visual Arts Club will curate a number of two-person shows in our Student Run Gallery space in the Simons Center this semester.
We will be accepting online portfolio submissions of any wall-mountable art (of any size or medium) throughout the semester: for inclusion in the first two shows, submissions are due Friday, January 20th, 2012.
A minimum of 6 pieces must be submitted. If your work does not make it this time, your submissions will still be eligible for consideration in the next two-person show. Submissions will also be uploaded to our Online Gallery.
Please send submissions to Vice President/Gallery Coordinator James Wine at email@example.com. Submissions are required to include clear digital photos along with the title and dimensions of each piece. 6 pieces of artwork are required, minimum, although you can submit more if you wish.
This is a great opportunity for seniors who want others to see their portfolios, although CofC students from any major are encouraged to submit their work.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH
7PM, SIMONS ROOM 309
This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results.
One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters.
The film is directed by Banksy and features interviews and footage of well known graffiti artists Banksy, Invader and Charleston native Shepard Fairey.
Illustration by James Wine
Come to our screening of “I Shot Andy Warhol” on Thursday 12th Jan, 2012 at 7pm in Simons room 309!