Visual Arts, City Picks

MOJA Arts Festival Juried Arts Exhibition

When: Sun., Sept. 23 2012

Just when you think you’ve got the whole art-should-be-appreciated-not-judged thing down, they go and throw something like this at you. Juried art exhibitions are exactly what they sound like — artists submit their work to compete for spots in a large exhibit. For MOJA’s exhibition this year, participants were selected by Alvin Staley, artist-in-residence at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and adjunct professor at Claflin University. Although Staley hails from Philadelphia, he’s spent many years living in S.C. (so we guess he’s been granted non-Yankee status). Art shows like these are great for those who don’t have the attention span to wander a gallery, looking at a bunch of pieces by a single artist. Since the styles, media, and subjects are so varied, it’s pretty tough to get bored. Guests who visit will see the work of artists like Hamed Mahmoodi, who has won awards both in Charleston and the Upstate; Dr. Katherine Houghton, a photographer who teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston; and Amiri G. Farris, a Gullah artist and art professor at USC Beaufort, among many others.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: Free

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