Each spring, current College of Charleston students may submit recent work to the Young Contemporaries annual exhibition, hoping to exhibit in the professional gallery setting of the Halsey Institute. An outside juror is brought in to curate the exhibition.
Concurrent with Young Contemporaries 2010 is the Salon des Refusés exhibition; the first to be shown in the new student gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Ctr. for the Arts. The origin of the “Salon des Refusés” dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Among the painters in this “Salon des Refusés” were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet.
This year’s exhibition opens on Thursday, April 1, 2010, with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.