The Artside: This call for artists will affect future art for Augusta

The Greater Augusta Arts Council has been working with the city of Augusta and its officials to create more public art opportunities for artists. It’s currently looking for nominations of local artists to serve on a public arts’ advisory panel.


The panel is comprised of city leaders, artists and members of the community.

“Years of work have brought the desire for more expressive public art in Augusta to an all-time high,” said Pax Bobrow, project manager with the Greater Augusta Arts Council, in a news release. “The Public Arts Advisory Panel will help us build a framework for the city to unleash that creative energy.”

To nominate an artist, send an email to Bobrow at with the contact information. Interested artists should email Bobrow their résumé and work samples.

Several public art projects have been identified in the Harrisburg community; four of them regard A.L. Williams’ park and the others are murals on Eve Street and Crawford Avenue, near the John C. Calhoun Expressway.

The Porter Fleming Foundation will be accepting applications for grants for public art projects. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. The Greater Augusta Arts Council will be offering a grant writing class from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the council’s office at 1301 Greene St. For more information, visit the council’s website at


TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS will be opening at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art on Jan. 19.

“TACTIC III is the third iteration of a three-part traveling exhibition which highlights the work of 24 artists. Each represent a growing shift in material sensibility in the field of contemporary ceramics. This shift is evident through the use of 3D ceramic printing, the integration of mixed media and post-firing assembly, and the use of technology typically unassociated with the making of ceramic artwork,” according to a news release.

TACTIC III will be in the main gallery and will feature the work of Sasha Alexandra, Dylan Beck, John Byrd, Bryan Czibesz, Ben DeMott, Virginia Eckinger, Shannon Goff, Jason Hackett, Brian Harper, Rain Harris, Alex Hibbitt, Tom Lauerman, Linda Lopez, Wade Folger MacDonald, Julie Malen, Mathew McConnell, Matt Mitros, Raoul Pacheco, Adams Puryear Dennis Ritter, Amy Santoferraro, Keith Simpson, Kyle Triplett and Matt Ziemke.

In the Gertrude Herbert’s Creel-Harison Gallery will be Tom Hubbard’s Transience Series.

“He describes this mixed media exhibit as ‘an exercise in mark making, exploring the effects of mobility, the passage of time and orienting oneself in a new place,’ ” according to the gallery.

The opening reception and artist talk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The event is free; donations will be accepted at the door.


There are also two new exhibitions at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta opening on Jan. 18.

The winter exhibit will feature the work of Robert F. Lyon, a South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow, who is bringing his works in wood to the main gallery. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also in the main gallery, there will be pieces by Alicia Cully, who is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

In the balcony gallery, there will be a history exhibition documenting the Palmetto Park and Pond, which was an “entertainment venue in North Augusta during the golden age of Big Band music with such acts as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Earl Hines and many others including Arthur Lee Simpkins from Hamburg.” The exhibit includes clothing from Verian and Jake Anderson and Fashions by Vintage Ooollee.

A reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, will feature Karen Gordon performing music from the Palmetto Park and Pond era. The reception is free and open to the public.

The AHCNA is gearing up for its annual Paint Your Palate fundraising dinner. The event will be Feb. 23 at the North Augusta Community Center.

Tickets are $70 for AHCNA members and $75 for nonmembers. Tables of eight will be $560 for AHCNA members and $600 for nonmembers. Business tables are $750.

MARGINALIZED AND Mythological: Shanequa Gay’s Disruption of the Pastoral Landscape opened at the Augusta University Mary S. Byrd Gallery on Jan. 11. The exhibition showcases a year of Gay’s “research, creative process and production.”

It has three distinct installations including a video, a domestic setting and a wall mural in the gallery that reflect her interests in the Civil Rights era, Southern vernacular and current issues faced by African-Americans. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 16.


THE MIDTOWN MARKET is gearing up for its monthly First Thursday program from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1.

Keil Alderson is the featured artist. A native of West Virginia, he received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University and works in oils and watercolors. The featured organization is Story Box, a ministry of St. Augustine Episcopal Church. Its mission is to “provide children’s books to low income neighborhoods by keeping the Story Box supplied with free books suitable for children,” according to a news release.