Exhibits & Public Art
North Charleston City Gallery
The North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, features two-dimensional works by international, national, and local artists in a variety of subjects and mediums. Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. In addition to monthly exhibits, the gallery also hosts a collection of prints, notecards, jewelry, and gift items by local artists, which are available for sale. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm, daily. Parking and admission are free. Click "Learn More" below for more information on the gallery, upcoming exhibits, and how to exhibit your work.
City Hall Exhibits
North Charleston City Hall provides an excellent public exhibition opportunity for individual artists and artist groups. In addition to showcasing the City’s Public Art Collection along the atrium areas of three floors, an enclave on the second floor of the building features rotating exhibits that can accomodate 2-D and 3-D works. As a civic venue, City Hall allows for great visibility among residents and visitors. Exhibits are rotated on a bi-monthly or monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Click "Learn More" below for more information on upcoming exhibits and how to exhibit your work.
National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
The National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition features up to 14 sculptures by established and emerging artists from across the nation. The 11 month exhibition offers sculptors the opportunity to display their imaginative and thought provoking sculpture throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park, as well as compete for honorariums and awards. The annual exhibition is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and is a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival.
SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition
The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition features over one hundred juried works from the state's top fine craft artisans. The unique exhibition offers fine craft artists the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media, as well as compete for ribbons and cash prizes. The annual competition and exhibition is organized and presented by the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and is on exhibit at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex during of the North Charleston Arts Festival in May.
City of North Charleston Public Art Collection
The City’s Public Art Collection is on display along the atrium areas of three floors in North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane North Charleston, SC 29406. Visitors can view over 75 of the pieces the City has collected through Artist Assistance Grants, donations, commissions, and City Purchase Awards since 1989. Works in the collection feature a variety of subjects and themes and include photographs, paintings, drawings, fiber art, mixed media pieces, and fine crafts. Rotating exhibitions are added to supplement the permanent collection during the North Charleston Arts Festival.
For more information, or to find out how to make a donation to the collection, contact the Cultural Arts Department office at 843-740-5854.