1593 Gallery: Featuring Winners of the 2020 Project

SOUTH CAROLINA- In support of creative artists during our current pandemic, the Koger Center for the Arts launched the 1593 Project: A Call for Art in 2020. Kimberly Case, an Irmo-based photographer, won the 2020 Project and will be featured as the main exhibitor in the Upstairs Gallery. The Koger Center is proud to continue supporting South Carolina artists through this exhibition and will commemorate the winner and runners-up through the Opening Reception which will be held on April 8, 2021 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The Opening will invite community members to enjoy the art with timed entry slots that will be reserved through phone or email.

To reserve a spot to the Gallery Opening, please email Lauren Smith (Las6@mailbox.sc.edu) or call 803-777-7500. Time slots are 5:00-5:30pm, 5:40-6:10pm, and 6:20-7:00pm. Kimberly Case, the 2020 Project winner, is an award-winning local visual artist focusing on fine art and portrait photography. Hallmarks of her work are richness and whimsy. Her photographs are often mistaken at first for paintings due to their tones and aura. For more information about the artists who will be featured, visit the Koger Center website or listen to the Koger Center Arts Roundup Podcast episodes linked here:

- Winner:https://open.spotify.com/episode/0U4tmN4bLulTeIrNZ7rN1o?si=cCVQmetySMSUShfUVEYAJA
- Runners up:https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Fah3p4SHsQhiJ6jYu8edq?si=QDNRqhXyTbG8k8mVjLOdqQ

1593 Project: A Call for Art was created to support artists during this time of uncertainty and got its namesake from the years of pandemic during the renaissance. In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre.

The Koger Center for the Arts, in accordance with the University of South Carolina, requires masks and limited capacity at all times while inside the building.

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