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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.


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.

Upcoming: Professional Development Day for Visual Artists at Redux

30 Sep
Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St
Saturday Oct 15, 10am – 5pm

Instructor: Redux visiting artist Susan kae Grant

Cost: $30 early registration (before October 8), $40 late registration (after October 8), this includes lunch provided by Poogan’s Porch
This informational and inspiring workshop focuses on seven strategies that Grant believes are crucial for preparing yourself for a successful and satisfying career as an artist.

The morning session includes an introductory lecture addressing the practices of seeing the world as inspiration, developing courage and experimentation in creating new work with structures for studio production, self discipline and self confidence in managing personal projects, creating portfolio materials for marketing and getting work into the public arena, and establishing professional practices and networks for support and accountability.

The afternoon session is designed to focus in more detail on guidelines for creating successful artistsʼ statements, exhibition proposals and developing promotional packets. A question and answer session will examine and illuminate the working methodologies and philosophy of gallery representation and issues related to strategizing your career as an artist.

To register for this workshop, please call 843.722.0697 or email Your registration for any class is not secured until payment is received. You can call and pay with your credit over the phone, mail a check, or drop by the Redux office and pay with cash, check or credit.

This will be vital information for any aspiring visual artist at CofC!

Visit the Redux website for more info.

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