Hampton, SC - South Carolina State University's Art Faculty will be unveiling a new show featuring a wide variety of contemporary works at the Stanley Arts Center in rural Hampton County this February. The new exhibit is conceived as a showcase for the diverse talents and disciplines of one of South Carolina's most storied HBCU's. Traditional mediums like painting will be displayed alongside more avante-garde video installations, cross disciplinary printmaking, and fresh ceramic treatments. Featured artists include: Ian J. Welch, Alexander Thierry, Maggie Mullin O'Hara, Ian J. Welch, Martin Lang. It is anticipated that several alumni artists will contribute work as well.
These bold contemporary works stand in contrast to an exhibit being presented in the Palmetto Gallery next door. Located inside the historic Palmetto Theater, the Palmetto Gallery will host a retrospective exhibit of works by cartoonist Chuck Mikell. Mikell was born in Estill, S,C. A 1964 graduate of Estill High School, he went on to earn a degree in Building Construction from Clemson University. Despite a day job with the DOT, Chuck began freelancing his comic cartoons in the early ‘80’s and has been published in numerous national magazines including THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, READER’S DIGEST, and PLAYBOY. He also created a newspaper cartoon panel called “Doc” that appeared in THE COLUMBIA STAR, as well as cartoons in “The New Breed,” a King Features Syndicate newspaper panel. Approximately thirty of his original cartoons will be included in the exhibit. A small opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 4pm. Admission is free to the public.
“We take great pride in being one of the only contemporary fine art venues in this part of the state. We are very excited to present the work of the accomplished faculty at SC State, a great local HBCU, to our community during Black History Month.” said John Wright, Chairman of Hampton Friends of the Arts, Inc. and curator of both exhibits. "To also be able to showcase the cartoons drawn by Mr. Mikell, someone who grew up locally and went on to have his unique art and humor celebrated in publications that circulate worldwide, is truly a delight." Hampton Friends of the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which owns and operates the Stanley Arts Center, the Palmetto Theater and other venues in Downtown Hampton in cooperation with the Hampton County Arts Council.
Friends of the Arts is celebrating the opening of the SC State exhibit with an event aptly named "The Bulldog Ball" at 7pm on February 19th. Refreshments will be provided and there will be live music by Bluffton’s La Bodega Man. La Bodega Man is a stylistically unique Funk Band that has been performing throughout the Lowcountry since 2011. They are past winners of Savannah, GA's Last Band Standing and were Semi-Finalists in Cumulus broadcasting’s national Next2Rock competition. Admission is $35. Tickets are available on their website www.HamptonCountyArts.org.
Due to the ongoing covid epidemic, both exhibits will be open by appointment, Tuesday - Friday by calling 803-842-9842 or emailing Hamptoncountyarts@gmail.com through mid-March. The exhibits will also be open anytime movies are shown at the Palmetto Theater, opening 30 minutes before showtime. Additional evening and weekend open house dates will be posted on the website as well.