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Exhibits & Public Art

North Charleston City Gallery

The North Charleston City Gallery, situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, 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 displays prints, notecards, jewelry, and other fine craft items by local artists, which are available for sale.

Gallery attendant hours are Tuesdays from Noon-5:00pm, Wednesdays from 11:00am-5:00pm, Thursdays, from 11:00am-7:30pm, and Fridays from 11:00am-5:00pm. Parking and admission are free. Click “Learn More” below for more information on the gallery, upcoming exhibits, and how to exhibit your work.

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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 Fest.

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SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition features 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 Fest in May.

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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 more than 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 Fest.

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.

Special City Hall Exhibitions


Swing Coats by Patricia A. Montgomery – Honoring the Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
Fiber artist Patricia A. Montgomery presents a series of swing coats constructed from story quilts using traditional African American quilting design and construction techniques to honor unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. Using vivid color palettes, asymmetrical and strip piecing, evocative quilting stitches, hidden protective charm symbols, appliqued figurative images and interpretations of Anglo-American traditional patterns, each coat represents one unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. The coats will be displayed on walls and mannequins, allowing viewers to stand next to or walk among these representations of Civil Rights heroines. Montgomery received her BFA in Fine Art from Holy Names College and her MFA in Fine Art from John F. Kennedy University. Her textile paintings have been exhibited in both national and international exhibitions. She has exhibited in venues in California, Texas, Costa Rica, and South Africa, among others. She currently lives in Oakland, California. Presented as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest.
Free Admission/Free Parking
North Charleston City Hall, 3rd Floor
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406

Viewing times: May 1-June 21, 2019, 8:00am-7:00pm