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Artist-in-Residence

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 min. 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 is proud to introduce its
2017/18 Artist-in-Residence, Camela Guevara.

Camela Guevara is a contemporary textile artist and painter based in Charleston. Her tactile fiber art pays respect to traditional, time-honored sewing and weaving techniques through the lens of spare, geometric imagery with an emphasis on materials. Figure skating costumes, over-the-top fashion, and utilitarian textiles inform her abstract and non-functional fiber pieces. In addition to working with textiles, she has most recently been creating expressive gouache paintings that visualize her internal stream of consciousness without judgment.

Guevara received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and beyond. Recent shows include the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition (N. Charleston, SC), the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition (Charleston, SC), Nasty Women at Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC), Feminist Fiber Art at the Virago Gallery (Seattle, WA), New Weave at the Southern Gallery (Charleston, SC), and Telling Her Story at the Greenville Center for the Arts (Greenville, SC). Camela has offered art instruction to children and adults for 7 years through organizations such as the North Charleston Cultural Arts Departmentt, Girls Rock Charleston, Space Craft Studios, and Redux Contemporary Art Center, and currently works as both Assistant Manager and Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply’s Charleston Uptown location.

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Camela plans on teaching embroidery and sharing fiber art with the community. In addition, she has her sights set on creating collaborative pieces with students, like a quilt or weaving. She also intends to offer instruction in expressive gouache techniques that are reflected in her current body of work.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Camela’s work from Dec 2017 - Jan 2018.  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 the artist at a free public reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 5:00-7:00pm.

For more information on the artist-in-residence, visit www.CamelaGuevara.com.

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 2018. 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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