Extracurricular Activities

Exhibitions     You will find many opportunities to exhibit your work to the public, both on campus and in the City of Charleston.

  • The College of Charleston student gallery displays the most current student work.  The Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art annually presents the Young Contemporaries, a juried show of student work. Recently, selected works from this show were exhibitied by the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, S.C.
  • Salon des Refuses is an exhibition held concurrently with the Young Contemporaries show.  Honoring a long-standing tradition in the art world, works not chosen for the main exhibit are also on public display.
  • Students have also recently had their work accepted in shows at Charleston's City Gallery, Columbia's City Art Gallery, Clemson University and at other area galleries.

Visual Arts Club Membership in this student organization is open to all students, but consists primarily of studio art majors. Activities include organizing exhibits, hosting art auctions both on and off campus, sponsoring a visiting artist lecture series, and holding fund-raising events to support student attendance at off-campus conferences.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art hosts six to ten exhibitions annually.  The focus is on the issues and images of contemporary art with an emphasis on works produced by emerging and mid-career artists of national stature.  Facilities currently consists of a 750 square foot downstairs gallery and a 980 square foot upstairs gallery. Features of the gallery include a library where you can browse the Halsey's collection of art literature and a media room which always has an art video playing.

A short walk from campus, The Gibbes Museum of Art features American art with a Charleston perspective from the 18th century to the present day, as well as an excellent collection of Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo period.  Several recent College of Charleston graduates have served as instructors at the Gibbes Studio School.