City Gallery

City Gallery

City Gallery, located at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, showcases artwork that is new, vital, Waterfront Park, is owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The gallery's exhibition program features contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists, with a focus on Lowcountry artists. City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, SC, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are admission-free.

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Photos from City Gallery's post 03/20/2022

Today's equinox marks the first day of spring and what better way to spend it than with an afternoon of viewing fresh art?

This is the opening weekend for two incredible shows! Cookie Washington opens her Way-Shower installation at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, and our current exhibition Creek by Creek with Mary Edna Fraser and Jeff Kopish is on view at City Gallery. We invite you to fill your day with vibrant fiber art at Aiken-Rhett and to then take a stroll over to see all the incredible batiks on silk and sculptural pieces at the gallery!

Come visit us Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5pm!

Photos from City Gallery's post 03/18/2022

Our newest exhibition, Creek by Creek is now open, with work by Mary Edna Fraser Studio and Jeff Kopish. Join us for a lovely afternoon visit today, or come get out of the rain tomorrow! Creek by Creek is on view Wednesday-Sunday through May 8.

Photos from City Gallery's post 03/16/2022

Going up? Our lovely installer and artists have been hard at work and high in the sky all week to get our new exhibition Creek by Creek set and ready for opening this Friday, March 18th!

Come visit us this opening weekend from noon to 5pm! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (843)958-6484 or visit our website at https://citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com.

City Gallery 03/14/2022

City Gallery

City Gallery is excited to announce our continued involvement as the home for the 2022 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition! This year's exhibition welcomes photographer Marie Carladous Art as its juror to review entries and present the exhibition's awards. Submissions for work are now OPEN, and will close on April 15th!

The types of eligible works and the parameters for submissions are listed on our website and within the SlideRoom application available here: https://cgwp.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/65686.

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03/09/2022

Looking forward to our next exhibition, Creek by Creek. #CHSArts

The city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents its newest exhibition, Creek by Creek, which will be on view March 18 through May 8, 2022 at the City Gallery, located at 34 Prioleau Street.

Creek by Creek is a collaborative effort by artists Mary Edna Fraser and Jeff Kopish, underscoring the perils of plastic pollution and the importance of protecting the Lowcountry’s unique waterways.

Learn more: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1024

02/27/2022

TODAY is the final day to view our Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay exhibition! It has been such an honor to have these works at City Gallery, and we welcome you to come spend the closing day with us!

We are open from noon to 5pm today! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/26/2022

Closing day for Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay is TOMORROW, February 27th! Pictured below, Janette Holland stands with her piece "Give HER, her flowers" which greets you as you step off the elevator on our second floor.

We are open from noon to 5pm, so come see this incredible exhibition before it closes! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/26/2022

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay closes this Sunday, February 27th! If you haven't had the chance to view this exhibition, we welcome you to come spend your weekend with us and all of these incredible works!

We're open through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/25/2022

Just a few days left to come see Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay at City Gallery! One of the featured artists is Linda Asbury from the Atlanta metropolitan area. Pictured below, Asbury stands next to her quilted portrait of Civil Rights activist and community organizer Fannie Lou Hamer. The show closes this Sunday, February 27th!

Come visit us now through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/23/2022

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay is in its final week of viewing at City Gallery! We are excited to remind everyone that we have added an extra day to our schedule, so we open TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 23rd, at our regular hours of 12pm to 5pm! With this additional opening, we hope that you will be able to come view this incredible show before it closes!

Come visit us Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/21/2022

We are entering into the final week of Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay at City Gallery! One of our featured artists is Emma Mooney Pettway, a third-generation Gee’s Bend quilter based out of Alabama. In her work, Mooney Pettway sets forth a love and happiness for quilting while creating these pieces which pull from a long lineage of traditional textile arts and the culture specific to the experiences of African Americans in the Gee’s Bend community. Pictured below is Mooney Pettway with her piece “Mother Daughter” which is on view now!

Come visit us Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/18/2022

Our exhibition Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay is entering into its last stretch of days for viewing at City Gallery! Spend your weekend with these beautiful textiles, or come see us next week with our expanded opening schedule starting on WEDNESDAY, February 23 at noon! The show closes on February 27th, so we hope to see you soon!

Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/18/2022

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay showcases the rich tradition of fiber art as material culture and features several heritage quilters like Michelle Curney Willis. Identifying as a third-generation quilter and a founding member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, Willis has been crafting quilts and building a community of art quilters in the Atlanta area for years. Her “Scrappy Star” quilt (pictured below) is one of her incredible works that is featured in this show!

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/17/2022

Our Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay exhibition features three of textile and installation artist Patricia Montgomery’s Civil Rights Swing Coats. Currently based out of Oakland, CA, Montgomery creates these story quilts in swing coat patterns to illustrate the life narratives of many African American women who greatly contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. The swing coats telling the stories of Fannie Lou Hamer, Diane Nash, and Dorothy Height are on view at City Gallery now!

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/15/2022

Within the featured works of Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay are several pieces from textile artist and author Aisha Lumumba. Based out of Atlanta, GA and also a member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, Lumumba uses colorful textile art and her knowledge of African diasporic contributions to global life to push the boundaries of fiber art and artistic expression. Pictured below, Lumumba poses with two of her featured pieces, “Resplendent” (left) and “Freedom” (right).

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/13/2022

Another artist featured in Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay is Jan Hollins, an established textile artist currently based out of Atlanta, GA. Pictured here with her piece “Hands of Gold,” Hollins blends various fabric materials and textures to create her dynamic works. A member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, Hollins continues to further her artistic exploration and offers presentations and workshops on the art of quilting!

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/13/2022

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay also features stories and artists from the entire African diaspora like the United Martin Family “Bill of Sale” quilt, crafted by Michigan textile artist Toya Thomas (pictured here). The quilt memorializes Trasie, a young girl stolen from her home in Cameroon who was then trafficked into slavery in Charleston in the 1790s, and records a branch of her descended lineage and their family’s endurance.

Hanging alongside the quilt is a written excerpt of her story and her legacy: “Trasie was sold to John Martin, a white planter from Fairfield County, South Carolina. We may never know her real name or the trauma that she endured, but the bill of sale provides evidence of the origins of the Martin family legacy, offering Trasie’s descendants, who number more than 9000 and span 11 generations, a deeper connection to their family bloodline.”

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/11/2022

Several of the featured artists in Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay are based right here in the Lowcountry! One such artist is Carolyn Brackat of Conway, SC who began her journey as a quilter nineteen years ago. Brackat explains that “storytelling is an integral part of my artistic process” and that she sees herself as “more of a storyteller, a Griot” in her art. One of her featured pieces “Mirror to the Past” depicts the Sankofa bird, a mythic bird tied to an Akan proverb which expresses the act of retrieving and understanding the past and allowing that knowledge to better inform the present and future progress.

Come see her work and many others on view Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

02/09/2022

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay also features Charlestonian native and expert seamstress Virginia Watson, who began quilting in 1983. Expressing her Gullah heritage and sharing her artistic gift, Watson often crafts quilts for donations, teaches classes on textile art, and creates handmade dolls which feature Afrocentric dressings and sweetgrass weavings. Her quilt “Embraced in Blue” is on view now!

Come visit us Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm! Reserve your time here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29525.

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34 Prioleau Street, Unit A
Charleston, SC
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