Film Screening: My Kid Could Paint That

26 Jan

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.


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!

“Waste Land” Film Screening

20 Jan

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

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.


12 Jan




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.

“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!

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.

Upcoming VAC Event: Shoe Painting Workshop

10 Nov

WHAT: Shoe Painting Workshop
WHERE: Cougar Mall
WHEN: Friday 18th November, 2-5pm

Do you have a tired old pair of shoes you can’t stand to wear anymore? Don’t throw them out; now is the perfect time to revamp them! Come to the Visual Arts Club Shoe Painting Workshop in Cougar Mall on Friday, November 18th from 2-5pm with an old pair of shoes and we will show you how to turn your shoes into wearable works of art using acrylic paint- either with stencils we provide, stencils you make yourself, or a free-form masterpiece of your own design! This awesome event will be FREE and open to all CofC students who wish to take part. Bring your own old (or new!) shoes; canvas shoes are best recommended to maintain the longevity of your designs.

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.

This weekend: Pocket of Charleston Art Fest at the Village Tavern!

2 Nov

Come to the Village Tavern this weekend for great live music, amazing food and great student artwork for sale! Come check out emerging talents from the Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston while enjoying live local acts.

Visual Arts Club members featured in this show:

Grace Musser

Crystal King

Alizey Khan

Tiffany Nichols

Laura Volkening

Alison Evans

Jordan Lazarus


Live music starts at 5pm.

Friday Live Acts: Elonzo w/ Corey Webb, Harrison Ray, and Run Dan Run

Saturday Live Acts: Sun-Dried Vibes w/ A Fragile Tomorrow, Brother and Tyler Boone

Featured painting: “Lashing Out” by Crystal King (on sale at the festival!)

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