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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 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

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!

Upcoming Events: Artist Lock-In

20 Jan

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 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!

Call for Submissions

12 Jan

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 cofcvisualartsclub@gmail.comSubmissions 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.

Visual Arts Club needs your help!

2 Dec

Calling all CofC artists:

We are holding major fundraisers next semester to raise money to make Young Contemporaries a really awesome arts event this year. We will be holding a cheap repurposed canvas sale as well as a student art auction.


Every semester, artwork is left behind and thrown away.

If you plan to leave your old work behind this semester, please consider leaving it in the drop-off area (painting studio, 4th floor Cato, room to the left of the elevator) instead, so we can put the canvas to good use for students.

Call for Art Submissions: Jailbreak 2!

2 Nov

The presenters of Jail Break 2 have acquired use of some additional space in the Old City Jail for the display of artwork and have extended the deadline for the Call for Artists through Sat. Nov 6; they will announce the second round of selected artists on Sun. Nov 6.
If you are interested in registering your artwork and applying for this event, click this link.


Jail Break 2 is an all encompassing arts festival held at the historic Old City Jail in downtown Charleston. The focus of the festival is to provide an outlet for local artists to present their work at one of the most unique venues in downtown Charleston. The festival will also provide a great opportunity to raise awareness of the American College of Building Arts (ACBA), the students and their works! The doors will open up to the public at 12pm where patrons will find that the Jail has been converted into a gallery, displaying works by local visual artists and students from the ACBA. Also, live music and dance instillations will be featured inside the jail throughout the day. Interactive festivities such as live painting, arts and crafts, live music and demonstrations of various building arts by students from ACBA will be held outside in the main yard of the jail. Food and beverage will also be available for purchase in the main yard throughout the festival.

Submitted artwork should be labeled with the following information:

artist name
title of work
price (In order to encourage sales, we recommend pieces to be priced no greater than $500)
medium (optional)

On Friday, Nov. 11 all artwork will be displayed in the Old City Jail and stored overnight in preparation for the event on Saturday. While utmost care will be provided while handling all artwork, we are not responsible for damages incurred. Visual artists are encouraged to be present during the event to represent their work, however, event personnel will be responsible for running all sales (both cash and credit card will be accepted). A 20% commission will be used to support funding of the event. Unsold artwork needs to be picked up at the end of the event. Event breakdown will take place between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Call for Submissions: Pocketfest

12 Oct Colin Gallagher - Alter the Ending 30x22
Featured Student Work: Cara Fischer – Alter the Ending
The College of Charleston Visual Arts Club is partnering with the Village Tavern in Mt. Pleasant to create Pocketfest, a music and arts festival, on November 4-5. We will be holding a curated student exhibition on the wall space inside the venue; all work will be on sale (unless you specify otherwise) and you will receive 100% of the profit. The Village Tavern is also looking for live painters for this event.
If you are interested in submitting work to the off-campus exhibition, email clear, adequately cropped photographs to with the subject “Pocketfest Submission” by October 30 at midnight. The filename should include your name, the title, medium and size of the piece, e.g. YourName_Title_Medium_8x8.jpg. Paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture pieces are all eligible for consideration.
Email us at if you’d like to be involved in this event in any other way, through live painting, craft sales or anything else!
In addition, the Village Tavern is looking for artists who are interested in displaying their work for sale in the venue on a regular basis. Contact us for more info.

National and International Calls for Artists, October 2011

1 Oct Chloe Gilstrap - from the "Italy" series
Featured Student Work: Chloe Gilstrap, from the Italy series

Hope Deadline: October 13, 2011


Hope is the first in a three part photo series focusing on the positive aspects of life. Hope can be poignant as well as fanciful or even humorous. Hope is one of most powerful emotions, sustaining the impossible and giving life to the unlikely. We want to see the hope you see through your lens.


War Art Deadline: October 13, 2011


Studio 659 in historic Whiting IN (20 minutes from Chicago) wants War art from any period of war throughout U.S. history. We are looking for art, particularly paintings, that depicts the horrors of war, the zeal and valor of its participants, the consequences of battle, or those left behind. The show opens on November 4, 2011 and runs through November 30, 2011. The show will also include WWII artifacts and authentic WWI propaganda posters. No entry fee.


Featured Emerging Artists Deadline: October 19, 2011


Calling emerging artists everywhere! Visual Overture Magazine is currently welcoming submissions for the upcoming Winter 2011 “Featured Emerging Artists” juried exhibition-in-print which will display the work of 7 artists – each receiving two pages in the magazine showcasing their art, a short artist interview, and juror notes. Additional artists may be selected for smaller features.


Spotlight on Science Deadline: October 19, 2011


Visual Overture Magazine is accepting entries from emerging artists for the “Spotlight on Science” exhibition-in-print competition. Artist must submit portfolio showing a portfolio of artworks that are the result of influence by the ideas and practices of the sciences, either contemporary or historical. One selected finalist will be featured in a one-page article showing 3-6 images of his/her work and a write-up about their innovative practice in the Winter 2011 issue of Visual Overture Magazine.


dART Deadline: October 21, 2011


The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce a new initiative entitled dART, short for digital art, developed to celebrate the creativity and accomplishments of naturalized citizens or resident alien artists living in the USA (in other words, those who were not born as citizens of the USA, but currently legally reside there.) We will be accepting submissions of work created using computer-based and new media technologies, to be featured in a new digital art space created for this program—the dARTboard—premiering on in January 2012. 


The Elements Deadline: October 29, 2011


Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a Juried Art Competition for the month of October with the theme “The Elements”. A Group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for the month of November 2011.  The theme is the Elements, send us your best interpretation of the theme “The Elements” now! Awards will be for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places, honorable mentions and special recognitions. All winners will be selected, announced and featured on the Light Space & Time website on November 1, 2011 for a month.  Thereafter, the artworks will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives with links to the artist’s websites.  There is extensive worldwide publicity for the winners.


A Book About Death, Seattle Deadline: October 31, 2011


Exhibition “A BOOK ABOUT DEATH” at the Almendra Sandoval Quetzalcoatl Gallery, Seattle Washington, USA . Artists are asked to create a “page” for the unbound book about death. The art exhibited in Seattle will be archived in the permanent gallery collection. The art will be available for future exhibition opportunities to share the Seattle pages from the global unbound book about death.


YOUnite Deadline: November 1, 2011


Spread YOUnity world-wide through the arts! Thousands of artists will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the world. Artists, Photographers, Musicians and Film-makers are invited to join the Nomadic Project “YOUnite Tour 2012.” Registration fee $10.


On Another Note Deadline: November 4, 2011


“On Another Note…” is part of the “Sound and Vision” Exhibition Series, which explores how we experience and create environments through sight and sound. “Sound and Vision” is comprised of six exhibitions that explore the sensory, cultural and personal aspects of sight and sound. We will explore how visual and auditory experiences are linked. Throughout the six exhibitions, participants will become more aware of how they navigate their own environment through sensory experiences.


Innovations Deadline: November 9, 2011


The State University of New York at Cortland announces a call to artists for a group exhibition at the Dowd Gallery, January 18 – March 2, 2012. Open to all artists nationally and internationally, to submit work for consideration that represents innovation in concept, subject or media use. All work must be the original work of the applicant, suitable for gallery installation. Full color publication produced. Exhibiting artists receive one free copy. Juried by committee of 5-9 professional artists. No entrance fee. Artists are responsible for shipping fees, and should include a prepaid return-shipping label. Deadline: November 7, 2011. Selected artists may be invited for a subsequent short term visiting artist program with undergraduate studio art students including presentation of work, discussion and studio visit. The selected artist will receive a stipend of $1000 for his/her time and travel expenses.


Mono No Aware V Deadline: November 9, 2011


A call for submissions from contemporary artists and filmmakers creating work that incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance or installation. No digital projections will be considered. Film only. No submission fee. No fee to attend the event. We believe there is magic in seeing a film print projected, a presence a poet has when reading their own work, a feeling that resonates in your chest when seeing music performed live. For these reasons we encourage live projections with live additional audio/visual/performative elements.



Arte Laguna Deadline: November 11, 2011


With the enthusiasm and quality that make it special in the contemporary art field, the Arte Laguna Prize inaugurates its sixth edition in the glamour setting of the Terrazza Paradiso in the Giardini of Biennale. After about two months from the end of the important collective exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice, today, in the first stirring days of the 54th Art Biennale, opens the new application period for artists coming from all over the world. This year, the total value of the awards – money prizes and special prizes – is 170,000 euros with the ambitious objective to make it grow in the coming months with new special prizes and collaborations. The Prize maintains the free theme and the five sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, videoart and performing art.


Ventipertrenta 2011, International Digital Art Festival Deadline: November 30, 2011


Terra dell’Arte announces the opening of the registration for the seventh edition of the international festival of digital art Ventipertrenta. Exhibition held December 3rd to 23th 2011. Winner receives a solo exhibition organized by Terra dell’Arte in 2012. Those given awards receive a group exhibition in 2012.


ARTErra Residency Deadline: November 30, 2011


ARTErra is a private structure of incentive for artistic creation in a quiet and green small village, which aims to facilitate en­counters between different artists and aesthetic disciplines. ARTERRA is strongly committed to offering the residents a cheerful and productive stay. Because of that, part­nerships have been established with the Municipality of Tondela and Lobão da Beira for reception and possible presentations of performative works, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, etc.
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Local Charleston Calls for Submissions

7 Sep Grace Musser - Ambition-Amplification 19x22.5

Featured Student Work: Grace Musser- Ambition/Amplification


Updated 08/08/11 (from

Ongoing: Cover Art for Quarterly Parks & Program Guide – Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

Ongoing: Short Film and Play Submissions – Charleston Acting Studio/Midtown Productions

Announced Jul. 11: Artist Needed to Display Work – Anonymous Local Designer Boutique

Call for Visual Art Submissions by Artist Ages 50+ – Lowcounty Senior Center
For more information and to receive an entry form, please contact Lisa Blasco, Lowcountry Senior Center (843) 762-9555 or email

Call for Submissions for the 21st Old Santee Canal Fine Arts Exhibition (Aug. 26-Sep 11) for all South Carolina residents or property owners. Event will be hosted at the Old Santee Canal Park, Monks C orner. Entry Fee is $20 per painting. Call Jan Roach at 843-899-4888 for more information.

Through October 13, 2011: Charleston Fashion Week 2012 Emerging Designers Competition. Now Accepting Applications

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