Monday, June 17, 2019

CCPL debuts new library cards including one designed by local graphic designer

Card carrying book lover

Posted by Caylin Gregory on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 4:07 PM

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If you tuned into the ribbon cutting for Wando Mt. Pleasant's library last week, you also saw the unveiling of three new library cards and designs, including the winning design from Charleston County Public Library’s first library card design contest.

The contest urged anyone who was 18 years or older and a had a love for the library to put their artistic and creative abilities toward an original design. Channeling her inspiration through Rainbow Row and downtown landmarks, graphic designer Erika Bilbo Fox won this library card design contest.

(Check out the video below if you’re eager to hear how Fox cultivated her ideas).

Fox's design is a limited edition, so you’d be wise to head to your local branch and grab one sooner rather than later.

If you’re a current CCPL patron looking for a new card, simply request a design with no additional charge. Children 11 or younger even have the option of the card design featuring Owlbert the mascot. With a newly designed card comes a new library card number, so be sure to check any third-party services that use your current card if you get a new one.

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Artist Fred Wilson slated for Gibbes' distinguished lecture series and spring 2020 exhibition

His exhibition at the museum opens in 2020

Posted by Sara Srochi on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Fred Wilson will speak ahead of his Gibbes exhibition, opening next spring - PROVIDED
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  • Fred Wilson will speak ahead of his Gibbes exhibition, opening next spring
The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced esteemed artist, Fred Wilson, as their keynote speaker for this year's distinguished lecture series, taking place at the Charleston Music Hall on Nov. 12. You can buy tickets online starting on June 21 (although Gibbes members can purchase tickets starting Mon. June 17).

Wilson is best known for using his art to comment on issues of racism and erasure. Since his ground-breaking exhibition, Mining the Museum in 1992, Wilson has gone on to receive numerous accolades, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Genius Grant, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Alain Locke Award from the Friends of African and African American Art at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Howard University — the list goes on.

Wilson’s most recent exhibition, Afro Kismet, was first introduced for the Istanbul Biennial in Fall 2017 and has previously been shown in New York and Los Angeles. His exhibition, which opens at the Gibbes in the spring of 2020, utilizes captivating materials, such as tile walls and luminescent glass, to comment on ignored communities of African descent in Turkey.

In a press release Gibbes executive director Angela Mack says, "The Gibbes does not tell Charleston’s story from a singular point-of-view, but rather through a series of artistic lenses and diverse perspectives. We are thrilled to be hosting Fred Wilson for this lecture as someone who challenges assumptions of history, culture, race and conventions of display with his work."

Previous distinguished lecture speakers have included environmentalist Maya Lin, Leonard A. Lauder, Jeff Koons, and Oliver Picasso (Pablo's grandson).

Learn more about Wilson in an interview with the Museum of Glass, below.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Call for applications: City of North Charleston seeking new artist-in-residence

Pssst: it's a PAID position

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sat, Jun 15, 2019 at 10:44 AM

Calling all visual artists: the City of North Charleston is currently taking applications for its artist-in-residence position, a paid role that requires a local artist to serve as a key resource for the department's outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. You have now through June 28 to apply for the position.

Those interested in the position (again, it's paid) can submit a current resume reflecting exhibition and teaching experience to Krystal Yeardon ( by Fri. June 28 at 5 p.m.

The city's 2017/18 AIR, Camela Guevara, talks about the importance of the artist-in-residence role: "It's cool they value artists enough to share these skills with kids," she says. "But it's also awesome for kids to see people like me, I grew up here [in North Charleston] and I'm still making art."

The artist-in-residence position runs August 2019-August 2020. 

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival returns, Nov. 7-10

Sneak peek at the lineup

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Get literary with this year's Charleston to Charleston festival. - PROVIDED
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  • Get literary with this year's Charleston to Charleston festival.
Three cheers for the written word. The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, inspired by an annual lit fest that takes place at the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England, is back for its third year this November. The full program comes out next month, but until then, we've got a sneak peek of the speakers:

Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight is the author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. At the fest Blight will talk about the contemporary relevance of Douglass' story.

Pulitzer Prize runner-up (this lineup is legit, y'all) Rebecaa Makkai will discuss her book, The Great Believers, a "life-affirming examination of how the AIDS crisis affected an entire community in 1980s Chicago."

Bart van Es will tell fest attendees about his quest to piece together the story, The Cut Out Girl, about one hidden child in 1940s Nazi  and how her escape to Holland changed many lives.

Author of the classic Communist China autobiography, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China and Mao: The Unknown Story, Jung Chang will discuss her latest book, Big Sister Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China.

Former executive editor of the New York Times Jill Abramson has written "the definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade" in her book, Merchants of Truth. Walter Isaacson calls it "essential" reading.

The festival isn't all books — Nathaniel Kahn's documentary The Price of Everything "shows how the world's financial sausage gets made." The screening will be introduced by Kahn and followed by a discussion with art world experts who consider the relationship between creativity, passion, and today's market-based society.

Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date but for those bibliophiles among us, there are currently two packages available: all sessions ($300) and VIP all-access ($400).
Event Details Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
When: Nov. 7-10
Price: Prices vary
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ocean plastic exhibition opens at Myrtle Beach art museum

Are you the pollution or the solution?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 3:42 PM

Looks kinda beautiful, right? We can make art out of plastic ... but one day maybe we won't have to. - PROVIDED
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  • Looks kinda beautiful, right? We can make art out of plastic ... but one day maybe we won't have to.
Can't You Sea: Ocean Plastic Artifacts opens at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach on Sat. June 15 and will be on display through Sept. 15. Just a two hour jaunt up the coast, the museum will hold programs and events associated with the exhibition throughout the summer.

As always, conversations around plastics can't come soon enough. As the museum points out, the ocean contains about 150 million tons of plastic, with an additional eight million tons added annually. This exhibition hopes we can cut down on those numbers.

Can't You Sea is created by six artists/activists who utilize discarded plastic as a medium — and as a subject matter:

Los Angeles-based artist Dianna Cohen is the CEO and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) and uses plastic bags as the primary material in her work.

Alejandro Duran arranges plastic debris he finds into colorful, fantastical landscapes, and takes photographs of his creations.

Sayaka Ganz works in what she describes as 3D impressionism, using reclaimed plastic objects to create fluid marine sculptures.

Creator of the Drifters Project, Pam Longobardi, has cleaned plastic on beaches all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material and re-situating it; her media ranges from painting to photography to sculpture.

Multi-media artist Aurora Robson is known for her abstract cultural work made from plastic intercepted from waste. She also founded Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers, and architects, who work with plastic debris to inspire others to rethink how we use waste.

S.C. native Kirkland Smith creates large-scale assemblages with post-consumer materials.

What better setting for an exhibition like this than a museum located near the ocean, the very place so much of this plastic ends up?

In addition to the exhibition itself, the museum hosts a number of events, including the Planet or Plastic lecture series. Charleston folks will want to head to the museum on July 24 to hear from Dana Beach, founder of the Coastal Conservation League and author of the recently released book, A Wholly Admirable Thing.

Additional lecture speakers include Beth Terry (author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too) and director/producer Linda Booker, discussing her independent film, Straws.

Check out the full lineup of events online at

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