College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Grand Opening of Halsey Institute This Friday

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to open the doors of its new gallery space, located in The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts with the exhibition, Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. — Collage and Assemblage 1991- 2009. The exhibition begins with a reception on Friday, October 23, 6 – 9 p.m. and will run through Saturday, January 9, 2010. During the reception, at 7 p.m., the artist Aldwyth and curator Mark Sloan, will lead interested guests on an exhibition walk-through. The first public viewing of the Halsey Institute’s new space will continue with a Hallelujah Chorus performed by members of the Taylor Festival Choir, the College’s professional choir in residence, as well as a dance performance by local Charleston dance group, Buen Aché. The exhibition opening is the first of many celebratory events for the School of the Arts’ 20th anniversary. The new building is located at the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets (161 Calhoun St.).

This is the first major retrospective of the collage and assemblage artist Aldwyth. Now in her 70s, Aldwyth lives and works in an octagonal house on the edge of a salt marsh on one of South Carolina’s sea islands. Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. features fifty-two collage and assemblage works created within the past two decades. A film by John Reynolds with commissioned soundtrack by Bill Carson accompanies the exhibition, documenting the artist’s interaction with many three dimensional works. The Halsey Institute has also published a full color, 112-page exhibition catalogue including essays by curator Sloan and Boston artist/writer Rosamond Purcell. Aldwyth’s complex, often epic-scaled collages resemble “medieval manuscript pages writ large” says Sloan. Each piece can take years to make. Ackland Art Museum Director Emily Kass says about Aldwyth,”Her remarkable work demands to be seen. It is hard to think of an audience who will not be mesmerized by these extraordinary pieces of art.”

Take a tour with gallery director Mark Sloan:

For an in-depth, online preview of the exhibition, please visit: