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2017 Statewide Arts Conference
No Time Like the Future

Session Descriptions



Note: Additional sessions will be posted as details are finalized.




Opening Keynote

Presented by: Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums



Making Your Life as an Artist: A Guide to Building a Balanced, Sustainable Artistic Life

Presented by: Michaela Pilar Brown and Rodney Lee Rogers, Facilitators, South Carolina Artists U


This session offers an introduction to Artists U tools and tactics from the new book by Artists U founder Andrew Simonet. South Carolina Artists U facilitators Michaela Pilar Brown and Rodney Lee Rogers will walk you through this dynamic program for building a balanced and sustainable life within your art practice.




Recycle & Renew: Hands on Art Making

Presented by: Artists Flavia Lovatelli and Tabitha Ott


In this make-and-take session, Columbia artists Flavia Lovatelli and Tabitha Ott will explain how and why they use repurposed and recycled materials to create their work, including wearable art. Find out why artists are on the forefront of current recycling and sustainability practices and how they are attempting to reduce waste and pollution. Plus, Flavia and Tabitha will help you create your own small, wearable artwork from repurposed paper or plastic. Feel free to bring a few colorful, hard plastic scraps that you want to repurpose.



    A Glimpse Backstage: Behind the Scenes Tour

    Presented by: Robyn Adams, Registrar, Paul Matheny, Director of Collections and Lori Kornegay, Curator of Art, S.C. State Museum


    Curious about what goes into the planning, preparation, and exhibiting of art and artifacts? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s prep and storage spaces and find out how the State Museum makes its collections accessible to the public. You’ll gain a greater appreciation of the objects you see on display when you find out how the museum stores and protects what’s not on display. This customized tour has been designed specifically for our conference.


Peering into the Financial Future

Presented by: Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance for Museums


Buffeted by rapid shifts in audience demographics, patterns of cultural consumption, philanthropy and business enterprise, it is no longer sufficient for nonprofits to tweak traditional sources of income. Our field must reexamine the fundamental assumptions that constrain our thinking, and pioneer new strategies for sustainable support. Museum futurist Elizabeth Merritt examines the trends reshaping the nonprofit economy, and envisions new business models that may arise in response to the cultural, economic, technological and political forces shaping our field.

Advocacy and NASCAR

Presented by: GP McLeer, Executive Director, S.C. Arts Alliance


Advocacy is a lot like NASCAR. Don't believe us? Join this session to get your advocacy motor running! Learn the seven steps of being an effective advocate, then take another turn around the track and learn how to create an advocacy campaign for your arts issue at every level. We’ll use a new advocacy planning tool to walk through building a successful, holistic campaign.



Curbside Consulting - topics to be announced


Have Exhibition, Will Travel

Presented by: Cassie Ward, Collections Outreach Manager, S.C. State Museum


The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP) at the South Carolina State Museum provides museums, art centers, universities and other institutions with high quality and affordable traveling exhibitions focusing on art, history, science related to South Carolina. These exhibits provide a variety of creative and educational shows for institutions of any size, from museums, galleries, libraries, schools and more. 


This program also provides traveling services for exhibits from other institutions. SCSM currently travels 14 TEPs, four of which are produced by other institutions. SCSM is in the process of expanding this program, and would like to develop a larger network of organizations.


Join this Q&A session to find out more about this program and opportunities to work collaboratively. 



Moonshot! Exploring the State Art Collection in Eclipsing 50

Presented by: Harriett Green, Visual Arts Director, S.C. Arts Commission and Lori Kornegay, Curator of Art, S.C. State Museum


The State Art Collection is considered the most comprehensive public collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artists and was established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967 - 2017 includes more than 80 pieces from the collection and focuses on the spirit of dynamism and leaps of artistic faith revealed in this singular cultural document of our state’s changing art landscape. Spanning work from the last five decades, Eclipsing 50 delves into the idea of artistic exploration and looks at S.C. artists who challenged themselves to reach boldly beyond their respective eras in the universal pursuit of artistic expression. Learn about the creative “moonshots” through the years that have helped define this unique collection.



Planetarium Show

The State Museum’s 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through astronomy shows and offers educational and entertaining programs about art, music and history, plus laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more. Stay tuned for details about a program that will wow you during the conference!


4-D Theater Show

The only permanent theater of its kind in the state, the State Museum's 4-D theater combines a 3-D visual experience with a fourth environmental dimension such as blasts of air and vibrating seats, offering programs that complement museum exhibits. More to come about what you can experience during the conference.


Museum Tours

Experience an in-depth tour of the State Museum’s exhibits led by a volunteer docent.





About the 2017 Conference

For more information, please contact Joy Young (803-734-8203).