16th Annual Juried Art – Reception, Art Trot and Winners announced!

16th Annual Juried Art – Reception, Art Trot and Winners announced!
We are looking forward to sharing the best our region has to offer in our 16th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.  The Artist Reception will be Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6 :00 – 8:00pm. Your member benefits apply with savings of 10% off any art sales that night. This evening will also be a large ART TROT with numerous other galleries and downtown merchants participating. Plan to also see the George Ligon photography exhibit entitles “First Encounter: The People and Wildlife of Kenya” at our partner galleries – the Red Rooster and Frames Unlimited: Act II. Our restaurants are also prepared to enjoy our community members and new visitors. This exhibit will remain on display until March. 4, 2016.
This year we had the highest number of entries in nearly seven years.  83 total pieces of art we submitted, 41 pieces were accepted for the final exhibition.  This year was also the highest number of sculpture entries. There is a nice variety of mediums – watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, pastel, oil, ceramic, collage, copper, gourd and wood sculptures. 22 unique zip codes were represented this year hailing from  Ninety Six, Batesburg, Greenwood, North Augusta, Ward, McCormick, Cross Hill, Aiken, Graniteville, Abbeville, Appling, Clarks Hill and Johnston. 49 Artists participated overall – not including our juror and evening’s entertainment.
Congratulations to the following winners in this year’s Juried Art Competition:
 Best in Show:   Half King Cafe by Sally Donovan
 2nd:  Lily in Tomales Bay by Mary Ann Brock
 3rd:  Memories by Ann Snead
 HM:  Rockland Station by Don Caskey
 HM:  Woman With the Pearl Necklace by Deborah Holtzscheiter
 HM:  Geranium on the Steps by Caroline Swanson
Thank you to Dr. Lana A. Burgess for participating as this year’s juror. Lana Burgess headshot


Dr. Lana A. Burgess, Assistant Clinical Professor, is a graduate of Florida State University (B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities; Ph.D. in the History and Criticism of Art), and the University of South Carolina (M.A. in Art History; Certificate in Museum Management). Dr. Burgess joined McKissick Museum in August 2008 as the Museum’s Faculty Curator. She is also the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Museum Management. Her areas of expertise are twentieth-century American art, Cold War propaganda, curatorial practice, exhibition development, collections management, and museum administration. Prior to coming to USC, she coordinated the Museum Studies Program at Florida State University and worked as a senior curator at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama.

Dr. Burgess is an active instructor, advocate and mentor. She teaches graduate classes in museum studies, and undergraduate surveys and seminars in American art, including special topics on art, controversy, and censorship. Her recent area of research focuses on museum leadership, adaptive change in museums, experiential learning, local history, and community outreach. She has presented her research at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference, the College Art Association, and the Southeastern Museums Conference. She was a fellow in the inaugural class of Association of Academic Museums and Galleries’ sponsored Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management in 2012. She is a recipient of 2014-2015 Teaching Excellence Grant in Integrative Learning from USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence.


Looking into the future …..
We are looking to confirm a regional sponsor for our monthly artist exhibitions.  The artist reception for our Annual Juried Art Exhibition is one of our largest all year.  We typically have approximately 220 attending from the region to support this event, not to mention we have had approximately 20% of growth in support for our monthly events and exponential impact during our Art Trot programs. Impact includes website, emails, newspaper and magazine articles and well as the hosting opportunities to maximize your support of McCormick’s cultural center.  Interested corporate citizens and businesses are critical for the advancement of our community’s cultural opportunities.  Please allow us the opportunity to unite our efforts in healthy growth for our community.  Book your sponsored exhibition now! 2017 awaits ….

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