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MOJA 2019 Juried Art Exhibition

On View during performances September 26 through October 6
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs invites artwork submissions for inclusion in the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition. The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day, multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. This year’s festival and exhibition dates are Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2019. The 2019 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center, with local artist and arts educator Alvin Glen serving as juror.

Juror Alvin Glen:

A native of Dorchester, South Carolina, Alvin B. Glen began drawing at an early age. Graduating from South Carolina State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in art education, he went on to become a certified art instructor, band director, and was voted Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches art at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School, and has been an art teacher for 31 years. Alvin’s mixed-media work, most often made with pencil, fabric dye, spray paint, and watercolor, is especially inspired by children and the elderly. He sometimes creates work reminiscent of people and events from his past, church, school and even his students. Alvin has competed in many juried exhibitions, served previously as a juror, and has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions extensively, including at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC, Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA, MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston, SC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, I.P. Stanback Museum at S.C. State University in Orangeburg, SC, Spartanburg Arts Center in Spartanburg, SC, and a host of other venues. His work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections.

Over There and Here is Me and Me

By Katrina Andry

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free Admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

The work of Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry explores the stereotypes that engender gentrification. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition provides a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

Artist Talk with Synthia Saint James

Date: Friday, September 27, 1:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Join 2019 MOJA Poster Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES as she discusses her work in the the exhibition, “HBCUs: Creating Power through Education.”

The Charleston Cut

A collaboration between barbers and beauticians in Charleston, SC.

As part of MOJA Festival 2019, conNECKtedTOO wishes to highlight the integral roles barbers, beauticians, barbershops and beautyshops fill in their communities.

Participating barbers and beauticians will execute individual versions of “the Charleston Cuts” on live models on a specific day and time during MOJA.  This will not be a competitiion or a pageant. conNECKtedTOO will incorporate poetry, music and storytelling to affirm the place of the arts as people’s safe keepers and to amplify the awareness of the events.  A professional photographer will take  pictures of the barbers and beauticians at work with their models as will as the finished cuts.

The collaboration kicks off at Smitty’s Super Seven Barbershop at 1941 Reynolds Avenue September 30 at 5:00pm.

More information at conNECKtedTOO.org

Juried Art Reception

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free

Come applaud the incredible work presented at the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition, on view at the Cannon Street Arts Center during MOJA. Artists will be present to share their perspectives and inspiration. Festive and traditional dress encouraged.

Linked

By Colin Quashie

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

Colin Quashie creates images that tease out underlying stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today.

Over There and Here is Me and Me

By Katrina Andry

On view August 23 – December 7
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston | 161 Calhoun Street
Free admission | Find out more at halsey.cofc.edu

Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, she explores the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition will provide a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

HBCUs: Creating Power through Education

By: Synthia SAINT JAMES

City Gallery

On view August 23 through October 6

Acclaimed artist Synthia SAINT JAMES—a Trumpet Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and HistoryMaker Award winner, as well as Honorary Doctorate of Saint Augustine’s University, and the creator of the very first United States Postal Service stamp Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997—presents her first 12 commissioned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) paintings created the past eight years (2011-2019). The California-born, self taught artist draws inspiration from her African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jewish in her brightly colored paintings. In HBCUs: Creating Power Through Education, she celebrates the institutes of higher learning, their historic anniversaries, and their inaugurations of presidents.

City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed July 4. For more information and holiday closures, visit www.charleston-sc.gov/citygallery or call 843-958-6484.

Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color

By Andrew Feiler

City Gallery

On view August 23 through October 6

Photographer Andrew Feiler is a fifth generation Georgian who was raised Jewish in Savannah. His experience as a minority in the South influences his work which has won numerous awards and been featured in museums, galleries, magazines, and newspapers. The artist brings his upbringing to bear in Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color, a photographic study of Morris Brown College. Feiler’s work documents this era and expose the inequity of the fact that while roughly one hundred HBCUs that remain are a mere 3% of colleges in America, they represent more than 10% of African Americans who go to college and more than 25% who earn degrees.

City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed July 4. For more information and holiday closures, visit www.charleston-sc.gov/citygallery or call 843-958-6484.