The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by local artist Karole Turner Campbell, known as KTC, will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from May 1-31, 2015. KTC, winner of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition, will display mixed media works, including her winning piece, Jubilee. Posters and t-shirts featuring her winning design will be available for purchase at the gallery and at information booths throughout the Charleston Area Convention Center during the North Charleston Arts Festival Main Event on May 2, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and May 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Karole Turner Campbell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and an art major diploma from the prestigious High School of Music & Art in New York City. A retired New York City principal, she now works as a full time visual artist with a passion for all things creative. Her full body of work is quite eclectic, ranging from representational to abstract, and two dimensional to three dimensional. Recently she has been creating conceptual, mixed media pieces that juxtapose antithetical ideas and materials with an objective to engage viewers in an open-ended conversation that can be ethereal and visceral, sublime and earthly, universal and specific, and spiritual and profane.
Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, KTC has immersed herself in the local arts community by exhibiting her works in solo shows, group shows, and galleries. She has curated two invitational group shows for the MOJA Arts Festival and served as a juror for the Avery Research Center’s national juried exhibition in 2011. In 2012, she was a featured artist at Penn Center’s Centennial Celebration Exhibition and exhibited her work in a solo show, titled Eternal Vigilantes, at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC, the following year. In addition, her work has been displayed in a number of venues and events throughout the state, including the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, ArtFields in Lake City, the Charleston County Library, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, the North Charleston City Gallery, the North Charleston Arts Festival, and the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine
Craft Exhibition. In 2014, KTC was awarded an Honorable Mention in the oil painting category in the North Charleston Arts Festival’s Annual Judged Art Competition, second place in the MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition, and was honored for her work in the arts community at the Community Awards Luncheon.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free during regular Convention Center operating hours, 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The gallery is staffed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website. For information about the North Charleston Arts Festival visit www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.