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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department selects one professional visual artist each fiscal year to be the City's Artist-in-Residence. The City’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, orphanages, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston. The AIR is available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours (at a minimum of 2 hour increments) at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to introduce its 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence, Caroline Self.

Caroline M. Self is a contemporary, abstract expressionist artist inspired by the vivid paint colors and textures made famous by Vincent Van Gogh and the unique abstractness of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and Willem de Kooning. Caroline’s passion blends color and texture into a poetry of fluidity, tension, and/or juxtaposition. She has painted for as long as she can remember, and her works have found homes from coast to coast. Most recently, her piece, Life, won a purchase award at the 41st Lyndon House Arts Center Exhibition juried by Jock Reynolds, Director for the Yale University Art Gallery. Caroline was the art education program specialist at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, GA, for almost nine years before moving back to the Charleston area with her husband in 2016. In addition, she was a long-term substitute art teacher for the Normal Park Museum Magnet Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN. She has developed a unique track record of creating innovative classes, programs, award-winning camps, and exhibits for countless groups, children, and events.

As an art teacher, Caroline enjoys sharing her art passion to create lasting, meaningful experiences. She believes that creativity, innovation, and adaptability are highly desirable skills and is excited to facilitate experiential learning using art to make connections through integration.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Caroline’s work from December 2016 through January 2017.  The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston.  School liaisons, art teachers, and the general public are invited to meet and greet the artist at a free public reception on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 5:00-7:00pm.

How to Request an AIR Residency

Art teachers or school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the Artist-in-Residence by submitting a completed Visual Artist-in-Residence Request Form, which may be downloaded here. Community groups are welcome to submit requests which will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance and residencies must be completed by the end of May 2017. For more information about the AIR program or other programs and services offered by the Cultural Arts Department, call 843-740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.




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