City Gallery at Waterfront Park presents artist lectures by Conrad Guevara and Melinda Mead

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston magazine and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts present Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar, a Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from May 26 through July 31, 2011. The exhibit showcases drawing, collage, painting, photography and installation works by local artists who deserve a closer look. The exhibit is curated by Erin Glaze, Coordinator, City Gallery at Waterfront Park and Rebecca Silberman, Program Coordinator, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.


Originating in 2006, Under the Radar highlighted emerging artists creating in the Lowcountry, and now through the same partnerships, the projectnow serves as the theme for this year's annual Piccolo Spoleto exhibition, Contemporary Charleston.  From the 170 submissions, a unanimous decision was made to feature the following eight emerging artists: DH Cooper, Rebecca West Fraser, Nina Garner, Conrad Guevara, Greg Hart, Alan W. Jackson, Melinda Mead and Lauren Frances Moore.


On July 9th, Conrad Guevara and Melinda mead will speak about their artwork. Below is more information on the artists.


Conrad Guevara is a visual artist working in Charleston, S.C.  He received a B.A. from the College of Charleston in Studio Art in 2008. This fall Guevara will attend the San Francisco Art Institute for an MFA in painting. His recent exhibitions include "Flavor Cutz" at 10 Store House Row, a solo show presented by the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and "ReOrientation IV" at Redux Contemporary Art Center.  He is currently the Artist in Residence at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.


Melinda Mead-Born and raised in Summerville, S.C., she came to photography while grieving the  death of her mother. Attracted to the act of capturing and collecting that which is about to be past, she is excited by the exquisite tenuousness of the present moment. Mead studied at the Center for Photography, the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College, and she has exhibited work at Outer Space, as well as in Re:Nude and Blume art shows.

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