On View | May 24 – June 9; 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue | City Gallery
Address | 34 Prioleau Street
Admission | Free
The annual juried art exhibition highlights the recent work of artists across South Carolina featuring painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Artworks receiving prizes are presented alongside a limited selection of pieces identified by the juror as meriting display. This year’s juror is Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, an art consultant, indigo and community arts advocate, lecturer, teacher, and textile artist. She has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. Please visit piccolospoleto.com for a full roster of exhibiting artists.
Arianne King Comer, Juror, 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition
Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, is an art consultant, indigo and community arts advocate, lecturer, teacher, and textile artist. She has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. She is a textile artist creating her work in paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home decor, as well as social justice.
In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. She was given the Yoruba name of Osun Ronke.
She was owner of Ibile Indigo House on St Helena House ’98-04. In 2004, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a guest artist sponsored by her daughter, a designer/stylist, Nicole King Burroughs. Arianne created one of a kind jean for Mavi Jeans’s . In 2007, she had the opportunity to join The Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2006 to 2007, Arianne was artist in Residence for North Charleston Cultural Affairs Office.
In 1999, Arianne was featured in the PBS documentary, “Messengers of the Spirit,” and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV’s “Country Style,” which is still in syndication. She is an active member of Alternate ROOTS, Charleston Rhizome and a designer for Seeking Indigo. Her work is in several traveling exhibitions nationally as well as statewide
In 2012, Arianne had two solo exhibitions: “My Spirit Speaks” at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama and “Voices from the Water” at Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill, SC.
In 2013, Arianne was featured in Charleston Magazine’s “Giving Back to the Community” segment in the May issue. In the fall of that year, Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival honored for her with an award for her service as an artist.
She is currently working on workshops planned in Port Antonio, Jamaica and has been featured in several group exhibitions at the City Gallery, including 2014’s African Diaspora: Convergance and Reclamation and 2018’s A Dialogue in Black and White, among others.
The Artists: Abstract Alexandra, Richard Amble, Richard Austin, Douglas Balentine, Deborah Barrineau, Chris Bilton, Kristy Bishop, Clarence Boucher, Debbie Broadway, Christine Bush Roman, Fer Caggiano, Micheline Callicott, KTC, Bradley Carroll, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Anne Cimballa, Melinda Cotton, Constance Hope Cunningham, Jessica Dame, Leigh Davis, Mary Villon de Benveniste, Addison de Lisle, Alice Dobbin, Sonny Dugal, Pam Eccles, Ray Emser, Maria Espinosa, Sarah Ferriera, Prentiss Findlay, Sharon Foxworthy, Sandy Frazier, Lee Garrard, James Getches, Bob Graham, Suzanne Guppy, Lyssa Harvbey, Susan Haynsworth, Steven Hazard, Karyn Healey, Tina Hirsig, Chuck Hooker, Kristin Hoving, Peggy Howe, Elaine Hruska, Betsy Hughes, Timothy Hunter, Marjorie Huwa, Susan Irish, Owen Jackson, Carla Johannesmeyer, Mark Jones, Ryan Kasyan, Kate Kennedy, Susan Klein, Judith Kramer, Christopher Lane, Louanne LaRoche, Anita Laudone, Annie Rhodes Lee, Susan Lenz, Susan Livingston, Flavia Lovatelli, James Lynch, Andrew Lyons, Cynthia Martinez, Bill Matalene, Jeanne Mays, Joseph McAlhany Jr., James McAlister, Laura McRae Hitchcock, Kenneth Mitchum, Anthony Montagna, Dorothy Montgomery, Rosetta Nesbitt, Dorothy Netherland, Emmanuel Ogbonna, Pamela Oliveras, Brenda Orcutt, Kim Painter, Kathryn Parker, Nancy Perry, Donald Perry, Kathleen Pompe, Heather Powers, Joe Quinn, Habibur Rahman, Greg Rawls, Steven Rosenzweig, Kristi Ryba, Gregory Schmitt, Kenneth Shearer, Lisa Shimko, Caryn Smith, Woody Smith, Wilfred Spoon, James St. Clair, Lori Starnes Isom, Quadre Stuckey, Kristen Stucky, Jo Ann Taylor, Katherine Taylor, Beth Thomas, Heather Thornton, Beth Tockey Williams, Diana Vincent, Konstantin Voronin, Karen Vournakis, Martha Worthy, Becky Youle, and Carmen Young