Southern craft traditions and contemporary variations are highlighted in two special exhibits this summer at the Morris Museum of Art.
The larger exhibit, Tradition/Innovation, explores similarities and differences between traditional arts and contemporary craft as well as shared connections to community and place.
The exhibit covers a wide range of artwork, from glass to baskets, quilts, ceramics, books, silverwork and a Mardi Gras Indian costume. Artists from nine Southeastern states are represented in the show, which has toured the region under the aegis of South Arts. The Morris is the final stop on the tour.
• A second, complementary exhibit focuses on examples of North Carolina pottery, selected from works donated to the Morris by collectors Everette James and Nancy Farmer.
There will be an opportunity to learn more about Southern craft Thursday, June 20, when James joins Scott Power of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office for a talk at 6 p.m. in the Morris Museum auditorium. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. Call (706) 724-7501 for more information.
• The Morris’s education gallery on the first floor is showing The F8 of the World: Photographs by Students in the University of South Carolina Photography Program, through June 23. The museum also has several workshops on the calendar this summer, including Artists’ Books with Cyanotypes, led by Eliot Dudik, June 15; sweetgrass basket-weaving with Mary Graham-Grant, July 13; and block prints and cut paper silhouettes with Chad Tolley, Aug. 17 and 18.
• Tolley, who teaches printmaking at Georgia Regents University, has a solo exhibit on display through July 26 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. A concurrent show at the GHIA features artist Dick Dunlap’s plein air paintings.
THE GREATER Augusta Arts Council’s series of exhibits and events highlighting the use of art for social change will conclude June 20 with the council’s annual meeting and Arts Awards presentation. The dinner meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
The annual awards recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in the Augusta area. This year’s winners are Keith Shafer, individual artist; Alan MacTaggart, arts professional; Liz Anne Johnson, volunteer; the Nola Falcone Charitable Foundation, sponsor; Tom Mack for The Aiken Standard, media; and Roy Lewis, president’s award. Tickets may be purchased through the GAAC Web site at augustaarts.com, or by calling (706) 826-4702.
AT GALLERY ON THE ROW in downtown Augusta, Ruth Pearle is the featured artist for June and July. She earned a degree in fine art and design in Portsmouth, England, where her main concentration was printmaking. Her artwork has been influenced by life experiences that include teaching art at a private elementary school in Kenya, designing and painting theater sets in South Africa, and teaching Montessori kindergarten children in Ohio.
Since moving to the Augusta area in 2002, she has exhibited at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the MACK in McCormick, S.C., the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and the Etherredge Center in Aiken.
DEREK G. LARSON of Statesboro is exhibiting his work at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Ga., where he is one of the finalists for the Hudgens Prize, a prestigious competition that awards $50,000 and a solo show to the winner. The competition is open only to artists living in Georgia.
Larson, a professor at Georgia Southern University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Hudgens. See examples of his work at dereklarson.net. Other finalists are Chris Chambers, Robbie Land and Pam Longobardi, all of Atlanta.
ARTISTS – broadly defined to include painters, sculptors, wordsmiths and many other creative types – are invited to fill out the ArtSpace survey to help develop “affordable space for living, working and creating” in the Augusta area. The survey is available online until June 19 at artspaceaugusta.org.
JULY 19 is the deadline for writers to submit work to the 20th Porter Fleming Literary Competition, now organized and coordinated by the Morris Museum of Art. For information and entry forms, visit http://themorris.org/porterfleming.html.
LOCAL ARTISTS are invited to submit designs for the cover of The Augusta Chronicle’s Applause section in the second annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest. The winning entry will appear as the cover of the arts season preview edition in September. Complete information is available at augustachronicle.com/do.