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 AIR also offers instruction during the department’s summer arts camps and is offered a number of exhibition opportunities throughout the year.
2018/19 Artist-in-Residence Quintin Chaplin
Quintin Chaplin is a local muralist, illustrator, and portrait artist. He is skilled in many forms of two-dimensional media, but works primarily in acrylic and watercolor. A native of the Lowcountry, Chaplin graduated from R.B. Stall High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in Art from Trident Technical College in 2013 and a certificate from Pixar Animation Studios in Los Angeles, CA, in 2015. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Lowcountry and has received a number of awards from judged art competitions at the Coastal Carolina Fair, the North Charleston Arts Fest, and more. Quintin worked as an apprentice for Walt Disney animation studios, served as the artist-in-residence for Ladson Elementary School in 2012, and has offered art instruction in the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s after school and summer arts enrichment programs since 2017. He has also been creating murals, portraits, and other commissioned pieces for local businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals as a freelance artist since 2011.
As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Quintin will offer instruction in painting and drawing. Along with teaching the fundamentals of art and guiding students through the exploration of 2-D media, his curriculum is also laced with lessons on life. “Being a teaching artist has given me a platform to talk to kids about things like self-awareness, self-esteem, and how to handle peer pressure,” he explains. In addition to teaching, Quintin will also be working with the Cultural Arts Department on public art projects throughout the City as part of his residency.
The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Quintin’s work from Dec 2018 – Jan 2019. 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 6, 2018, 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 June 2019. For more information about the AIR program or other programs and services offered by the Cultural Arts Department, call 843-740-5854, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.
How to Apply for the AIR Position
The Cultural Arts Department is currently seeking to fill the AIR position for fiscal year 2019/20. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, June 28, 2019. Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2019 through June 2020. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV reflecting their exhibition and teaching experience by 5:00pm on Friday, June 28, 2019. Application materials may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.