Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston

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Housed within the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston, less than a block away from the busiest pedestrian intersection in the state, the Halsey Institute’s public facilities include two interlinked museum quality exhibition spaces totaling 3,200 square feet, a dedicated media room, a reference library, and archive. In our complex, we have proximate access to two theater spaces, a recital hall, lecture hall, and film screening facility that we use for a variety of presentations. Our host institution, the College of Charleston, offers extraordinary academic and administrative resources. We interweave the intellectual capital around us into the fabric of our ongoing programming, working with faculty and international colleagues as guest curators, consultants, or advisors on specific projects.

We originate between five and seven exhibitions per year, many of which travel nationally, and host a year-round schedule of lectures, panels, symposia, screenings, discussions, and special events. We also produce video documentaries about the artists and exhibitions that we originate. These videos provide keys to understanding the artist’s creative process and are permanently archived on our comprehensive website. We also produce award-winning publications for many of our exhibitions. These catalogues feature thoughtful commissioned essays that provide a meaningful context for the exhibitions and offer a permanent record of the artist’s project with the Halsey Institute. Our emphasis has long been on providing audiences with privileged access to the creative process itself. We enjoy sharing our belief that there is much that can be learned by seeing how an artist turns “a thought into a thing.” Charleston, South Carolina has a remarkable history as a port city and cultural crossroads. The Halsey Institute is committed to building on and exploring the complex and sometimes troubling history of this place through diverse exhibitions and an international artist-in-residence program. To find out our current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.
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  • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina, is a non-profit, no-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of Fine Arts at the College of Charleston. It presents c...  more »
  • We dropped into Halsey to view the John James Audubon exhibit, which included Hitnes and his incredible shadow box watercolor pieces of US birds. It's a quick exhibit, but also free. I imagine they ro...  more »
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  • The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is the most adventurous art space in Charleston. Any show they have is worth seeing. Make sure to check their website for hours. Be sure to watch the featured short film in the far right corner. It's always free!
  • Shows change on a regular basis & are usually free. The work is always great. Definitely an asset to Charleston.

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