Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston. The HICA presents contemporary art exhibitions by emerging or mid-career artists. The Halsey is housed in the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at 161 Calhoun Street, in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Halsey features two gallery spaces, the Deborah A. Chalsty Gallery and the South Gallery, which include a total 3,000 sq. feet of exhibition space. The vision of the HICA is to provide a comprehensive contemporary-art program that is committed to providing a direct experience with artworks in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning. Check the gallery's website for current exhibitions.



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Hours and Admission


Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)
Mon. - Sat. 11 am -  4 pm
Open until 7 pm on Thursday

Admission:
Free


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Halsey Institute of 
Contemporary Art

161 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29424
(843) 953-4422
Halsey Inst. of Cont. Art Website


Current Exhibitions 
at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Upcoming Exhibition: Young Contemporaries 2024 - 39th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
When: Feb. 2, 2024 - Mar. 16, 2024
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Now in its 39th year, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the College of Charleston Studio Art Department are proud to present Young Contemporaries 2024. The annual exhibition is a celebration of talented artists at the College of Charleston. With works selected by a nationally renowned juror, the exhibition reflects the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’ rigorous programs. Featuring a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints, the exhibition showcases the efforts of the student body at the College.


Upcoming Exhibitions 
at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Upcoming Exhibition: Spandita Malik - Meshes of Resistence
When: Apr. 5, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Spandita Malik is a visual artist from India who is currently based in New York. Her work is concerned with the current global socio-political state of affairs with an emphasis on women’s rights and gendered violence. Malik specializes in process-based work in photography, recently with photographic surface embroideries and collaborations with women in India. Malik’s work in expanded documentary and social practice consciously emanates from the idea of decolonizing the eye and aesthetic surrounding documentary photography of India. Malik’s exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Meshes of Resistance, features work from Malik’s ongoing Jāḷī series. In this work, Malik photographs women in India that she has connected with through self-help centers for domestic and gender-based violence. Malik prints these portraits, created in the womens’ homes and personal spaces, onto fabric specific to the region. The women then embroider their portraits in any way they choose, taking agency over their ultimate representation and creating an artistic collaboration with Malik.


Upcoming Exhibition: Elisa Harkins - Teach Me A Song
When: April. 5, 2024 - July 20, 2024
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Elisa Harkins’s ongoing project, Teach Me a Song, builds on the artist’s interests in translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. The multifaceted work is structured on a series of exchanges, wherein she invites collaborators to teach her a song. With the recordings of these songs—which may be ceremonial, religious, rock & roll, electronic, etc.—Harkins’s practice of nation to nation sharing and trading music is presented as a means of decolonizing traditions of Indigenous musicology. This exhibition is the first time the entirety of this project has been exhibited.


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