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 will present artist lectures for Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar, aPiccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Open through July 31, 2011, the exhibit showcases drawing, collage, painting, photography and installation works by eight emerging artists creating in the Lowcountry: DH Cooper, Rebecca West Fraser, Nina Garner, Conrad Guevara, Greg Hart, Alan W. Jackson, Melinda Mead and Lauren Frances Moore.
Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar is curated by Erin Glaze, Coordinator, City Gallery at Waterfront Park and Rebecca Silberman, Program Coordinator, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
On July 16th, Greg Hart and Alan W. Jackson will be giving their artist lectures. Below is more information on the artists.
Greg Hart lives in Charleston with his wife Janet and two Boston Terriers, Millie and Edgar. From 2003 to 2008, Hart worked as a freelance illustrator with images appearing in The Washington Post, Utne Reader, USA Weekend, and Atlanta Magazine. After visiting Paris in 2009, most notably Musée D'Orsay and Musée Picasso, he shifted focus to painting and zeroed in on portrait abstractions. Hart has always been interested in the visual arts with the Greenville County Fine Arts Center being one of his key, early influences. His paintings are informed by the Abstract Expressionist Action Painters, The Fauves, Pop and Street Art. Hart participated in his first group exhibition ("Plastic" at Eyedrum, Atlanta) in November 2010.
Alan W. Jackson-Originally from Savannah, Ga., he has lived in Charleston since 1979. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 and then worked in a series of architectural offices in Savannah, Beaufort, Kiawah Island and Charleston. A LEED accredited professional architect, he is a partner in the architecture firm McKellar & Associates located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. He has studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido since 1984 and currently teaches Aikido in Mt. Pleasant where he lives with wife Pat.