Beginning in the 1920s, Charleston experienced a cultural awakening which would come to be known as the “Charleston Renaissance.” A pre-Depression era creative surge, during which artists, playwrights, preservationists, musicians, poets, novelists and other multidisciplinary minds of all genders and persuasions expanded their ranks and advanced their voices. These past few decades have been a return to that time of free thought and abundant inspiration. From boundary-challenging artists to naturalists blurring the lines between commerce and conservation to an historic literary powerhouse devoted to preserving past treasures by dusting off their covers for renewed circulation, this moment is a watershed for cultural advancement and recognition for Charleston.
FLETCHER WILLIAMS III
A fresh presence in the national art world who creates large-scale paintings, sculptures, mixed media works and civic installations returns home.
Charleston is filled with historic treasures—both on display and hidden from public view—but one trove stands alone for the sheer volume and scale of its wonders: the Charleston Library Society.
An explorer with an old spirit whose curiosity is rooted in precision (without pretense) and introspection (without self-importance). And like his seafaring predecessors, this local oysterman is more easily defined by how he thinks than by what he does.