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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 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 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 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.

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

“I Shot Andy Warhol” Film Screening on Thursday, January 12th!

5 Jan I Shot Andy Warhol
I Shot Andy Warhol

Illustration by James Wine

Come to our screening of “I Shot Andy Warhol” on Thursday 12th Jan, 2012 at 7pm in Simons room 309!

This week: Vote for our Young Contemporaries curator!

12 Oct

We will be meeting this week (Thursday, October 13, 7pm, in the Art History Room- Simons room 309) to discuss the selection of a curator for the 2012 Young Contemporaries show. We will present their work and take a vote.

We will take a vote from those attending tomorrow; in addition, we will have a poll up for voting throughout fall break, with results to be announced next Wednesday, October 19. (If you are attending the physical vote and presentation, please don’t vote online!)

Click on the artist’s hyperlinked name to go to a website featuring their work.

The nominees:

1. Julie Heffernan

Julie Heffernan – Self Portrait as Gorgeous Tumor

Akin to Magical Realism, Julie Heffernan’s lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art historical references to present a sensual interior narrative, a self-allegory whose half- hidden political agenda is the literal background of the paintings. The dark, Grimm fairy tale-like undercurrent transforms her aristocratic, operatic portraits into a contemporary vanitas or memento mori, acting as both a stylized fantasy and a Bosch-like warning.

Heffernan (b. 1956, Illinois) received her MFA from Yale School of Art (CT), and has been exhibiting widely for the past two decades. Selected exhibitions include those at The Korean Biennial (Korea), Weatherspoon Art Gallery (NC), Tampa Museum Of Art (FL), Knoxville Museum Of Art (TN), Columbia Museum Of Art (SC), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), The New Museum (NY), The Norton Museum (FL), The American Academy Of Arts And Letters (NY), Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Palmer Museum Of Art (PA), National Academy Of Art (NY), Mcnay Art Museum (TX), Herter Art Gallery (MA), Mint Museum (NC) and Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VA) among numerous others.

2. John Thompson

John Thompson – Afghan Freedom Fighters

John Thompson works as a Painter, Illustrator, and Professor of Art at Syracuse University. He has been featured in Communication Arts magazine, Step-By-Step Graphics and Art Direction magazine.  John is a Professor of Illustration at Syracuse University. He is the Coordinator of the Illustration Program as well as Program and Thesis Advisor for the Independent Study Degree Program, M.A./Illustration. In 1998-1999, John was Professor of Painting and Chair of the Studio Arts Program in Florence, Italy. He served as Chair of the Visual Communications Department from 2003-2005. For the past two years he has taken students to India as part of his Painting and Drawing India class. He lives with his family in Syracuse, NY

The internationally known illustrator has won numerous gold and silver medals for his illustrations including the 2006 Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators for the best illustration of the year. As a children’s book illustrator he has won several American Library Association Notable Book Awards. John is included in The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000 by Walt Reed.  Selected one person exhibitions include A Travelers Glimpse of India in the Dean’s Gallery, Crouse College, Syracuse University; Recent Works at The Museum of American Illustration, New York City, NY; Afghan Freedom Fighters at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ; and The Department of State, Washington, DC; The Morocco Series, Wyckoff Gallery, Wyckoff, NJ; Morocco, Italy, Ireland and America at The Edgewood Gallery, Syracuse, NY; and An Artist’s View of the Muslim World at The Panaschi Lounge Shine Student Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. John has received two Fellowships from the State of New Jersey, including the designation of Distinguished Artist.

3. Madeline von Foerster

Madeline von Foerster – The Red Thread

Madeline von Foerster was born to German-Austrian parents and raised in San Francisco. She uses historic iconography, as well as the meticulous painting techniques of the Old Masters, to tackle modern-day subjects, such as environmentalism. Her work has been exhibited in Germany and the United States.

“In my paintings, I attempt to unveil images of the subconscious underworld – my own and that of my culture. I utilize the methods and the styles of the past, in order to reinterpret current topics using the iconography of history. I would like to alloy the meticulosity of the Old Masters with the dream-delving of Surrealism and the conscience of the Social Realists. It is my hope that art-makers worldwide succeed in our mammoth task — that of changing the current omnicidal tide of culture — before everything worth saving on this planet has been razed, or eaten. I believe there is still time to make a new myth. There is still a chance for imagination to rise to power.My paintings employ an almost forgotten technique from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: the mixed technique of oil and egg tempera employed by the Flemish and German Renaissance masters. I traveled twice to Austria to learn and perfect this method. The “Mixed Technique,” as it is sometimes called, allows for incredible luminosity and detail in the finished painting, as light travels though the transparent oil layers and reflects off the tempera beneath.”

4. Jerome Witkin

Jerome Witkin – The Act of Judith

Jerome Witkin was born in 1939 in Brooklyn, NY to a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother and has an identical twin brother, the renowned photographer, Joel Peter Witkin. His art talent’s blossomed early, winning art prizes and scholarships that allowed him to live and travel in Europe and who would meet and get know such leading painters such as Ben Shahn, Isabel Bishop, Giorgio Morandi, Jack Levine, Philip Guston, Willem deKooning, Alice Neel and many other important painters such as R.B. Kitaj – who is reported to have cited Witkin as “the greatest figurative painter in America.” Art historian Donald Kuspit, called Witkin’s works “dreams in the grand visionary manner of the Old Masters” . . . painted with the rhapsodic abandon of pure sensation . . . unequivocal masterpieces.” The art critic Kenneth Baker once stated that “Witkin’s only peer is Lucien Freud.” I’m usually skeptical of art critic’s declarations of someone being “America’s greatest figurative painter” and don’t give much more credibility than I would Joe’s Diner claiming they have “America’s Best Hotdogs” but in the case of Jerome Witkin there is no doubt in my mind he is worthy of such high praise. Perhaps what impresses me most with his painting is that he builds upon the rich tradition of narrative figure painting into grand works that are of our times. His paintings work on a multiplicity of levels of meaning, artistry and vision that speaks to the advanced painters and other people with great knowledgeable about art as well as people who know little about art but care deeply about life and the troubles we humans often find ourselves in.

Many works often explore issues of spirituality and inner landscapes – looking directly from his life experiences. One example involves his father who died at age fifty, after living several years homeless on the streets. In an effort to understand his father better he began to look at his Jewish history and in particular, the Holocaust. This resulted in a series of monumental works about the Holocaust done over a twenty-three years. Many of these images are shown later in this article, these paintings huge size and complexity makes it important to view them enlarged to get closer to viewing the full experience. Jerome Witkin has been a Professor of Painting at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York since 1971. (as an aside, I have an interview planned next week with one of his former students, David Kassan) A terrific book as well as many articles in leading art magazines and newspapers have been written about him, I have put some links to a few of these at the end of this article.

Witkin’s works are found in the permanent collection of prominent museums around the world that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

“Deconstructed” Student Exhibition Is Up!

1 Oct

Visit our Student Run Gallery in the first floor hallway of the Simons Center to see the great student work that made it in to this month’s show!

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