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Don’t miss out! Art Happenings in the Southeast

Each month we give you a smattering of art exhibits and events to check out throughout the Southeast. Take some time and enjoy some art!

photo by Visit Mississippi


2022 Fairhope Arts and Crafts festival

March 18, 19 and 20, 2022
Downtown Fairhope, AL

“The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation and Committee are proud to announce the return of a full Arts and Crafts festival in 2022 on the downtown streets of charming Fairhope with artists from all over the United States.

It will be a fabulous event celebrating 70 years of fantastic festivals that have grown beyond our expectations from the inception of the idea in 1953.

We are proud to announce we have been ranked #24 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine out of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top 200 for 2020. Our ranking was listed in the Classic and Contemporary Craft Category.

The festival has been chosen as one of the top events in the southeast for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and the event is also one of the top 20 events selected by the Southeast Tourism Society.”

Ballyhoo Fine Arts Festival

March 5 & 6 , 2022
Gulf State Park, 20115 State Park Road
Gulf Shores, Alabama 

80 Exhibitors “This exciting festival event is unique in its focus on fine art, combined with cultural charm, and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama! Enjoy fine art from all across the southeast, local seafood, and live music! Join us and you, too, will Ballyhoo!”


The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (PBM+C)

March 25 –  27, 2022

Palm Beach County Convention Center 
West Palm Beach, FL

“The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair is the most important fair to take place in Palm Beach during the winter season as it brings a world-class, internationally respected group of art dealers and their artists to one of the most culturally savvy and discerning collecting audiences in the world.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary provides a fresh opportunity for collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries to acquire important never-before-exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets presented in an intimate setting.”

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival

March 12th & 13th, 2022
Tarpon Springs, FL

“Now in its  47th year, the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou welcomes you to a celebration of the visual arts ranging from delicate drawings and pastels to monumental sculptures.  Wearable art, art for the home, abstract and realist works…all are available for your collecting pleasure.  A treasure trove of handmade fine artwork will be for sale at this art festival.

Three art professionals serve as Jurors, assuring the high quality of a Festival that attracts artists from across the U.S.  Work accepted into the show meets rigorous standards and must be handmade by the exhibitor.”  

Art in the Park!

March 12 & 13, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tom Varn Park in Brooksville, Florida

“Art in the Park is an annual event dedicated to fine art, craftsmanship, and community that creates a unique opportunity and tradition for artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Artists and artisans showcase a wide variety of works and mediums inside of Tom Varn Park — a natural setting surrounded by beautiful oak trees in Brooksville, Florida.”

Holly Hill Arts Festival

March 26th – March 27th, 2022
City Hall Front Park, 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill FL

“Helping Hands Thru Arts, with support from The City of Holly Hill, promotes and presents the 3rd Annual Holly Hill Art Festival in Holly Hill’s spacious Sunrise Park. The Park is located directly on the Halifax River which is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Sunrise Park in an open and flat area which is perfect to host 80 juried fine artists and fine crafters. 

The surrounding market has a wealth of artful shoppers who have supported the Halifax Art Festival, Images in New Smyrna Beach and the Deland Art Festival for many years. Holly Hill is a historic community, nestled between Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, whose beginnings date back to the early 19th century. Sunrise Park is a short drive from I-95 with plenty of affordable motels in Daytona Beach from which to choose.” 


Immersed in the Seasons: Paintings by Luke Allsbrook

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

March 4 – May 29

“Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and raised in Augusta, Georgia, where he had his first experience of making art under the tutelage of painter Edward Rice, Luke Allsbrook earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Indiana University Bloomington and a master of fine arts degree (cum laude) from the New York Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and is included in many private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the Forbes Collection, Mercedes-Benz USA, the United States Department of State, the Morris Museum of Art, Duke Divinity School, the Southern Company, Michigan State University, 3M, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and the Royal Collection of Charles, Prince of Wales. (Allsbrook served as official tour artist during Prince Charles’s state tour of the United States in 2005.) A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, he has taught drawing and painting at the New York Academy of Art, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, William Paterson University, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and with the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. He resides with his wife and four children in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

As he has written, “I try to let nature be my guide. The best ideas come like a gift. A painting might begin with a question as simple as, ‘If I could create any painting in the world, what would it be?’ I categorize my work into two parts—the smaller, plein air paintings where I go into nature and do quick journal like sketches and the larger, bolder canvases drawn from memory that capture the settings realistically.” The present exhibition, drawn from private, corporate, and museum collections, examines Allsbrook’s treatment of the landscape principally through the changing seasons of the year. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by former Morris Museum curator Jay Williams and a foreword by Edward Rice.”

Alone Together 

Westobou Gallery, Augusta, GA

February 4-April 9, 2022

“A solo exhibition by artist Joseph Kameen as a result of his year-long residency. The paintings reflect on the last two years, and the repeating patterns of isolation and reunion they have brought. My work looks at the ways we use stories to help us understand our lives, and the ways that the spaces, people, and objects around us become essential parts of these narratives. Like many others, I feel a strong desire to examine and look for meaning in the events that make up my life. This desire continues even if I am ultimately unable to find answers. The creation and elaboration of stories is an essential part of this process. My paintings are partially re-tellings of personal stories, and also explorations into the systems through which we examine our lives.”

And I Must Scream–The Monstrous Expression of our Global Crises

Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

January 29 – May 15, 2022

“And I Must Scream, developed by Dr. Amanda H. Hellman, the museum’s curator of African art. The show features photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and site-specific installations from ten local, national and international contemporary artists. 

Employing monstrous, grotesque, and humanoid figures and forms, the works engage five themes—corruption and human rights violations, displacement, environmental destruction, the pandemic, and renewal. This exhibition acts as a call-to-action and shows these crises to be both urgent and interconnected. The accompanying programming will bring scholars and artists from around the world to teach classes, facilitate performances, and create new works of art. 

According to Dr. Hellman, ‘The exhibition seeks out the voice of the artists to explore incomprehensible man-made issues and aims to connect artists from a range of countries. These ten artists’ important work, and the monumental crises their art confronts, bring vital conversations to the forefront in a way only art can.'”

Gathered V: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Jan 22, 2022 – Mar 19, 2022

“The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is thrilled to present the 5th installment of the biennial exhibition Gathered V: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists. Esteemed jurors Krista Clark, Gregor Turk, and Lucha Rodriguez have selected artists for this year’s Gathered exhibition in order to showcase not only the breadth of talent across the state of Georgia, but also the depth.

The exhibition has steadily evolved over the last fifteen years from its original incarnation: Within State Lines, which took place in 2006 and 2009, to Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, 2013 and 2015, and finally, to Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists.  The MOCA GA mission is fully realized within this project as artists are involved in all phases of the exhibition, including selection and review.

This year’s Gathered V exhibition will feature the artwork of 46 Georgia artists which were ardently selected from 300 applicants (comprising over 850 individual submissions, from 31 counties and 66 cities across Georgia). A wide spectrum of artwork including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles and new media will be showcased.  This year’s selections indeed rival past exhibitions, extolling the breadth and talent encompassed within the state of Georgia’s visual arts community.”

South Carolina

Christina Laurel

Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

Exhibition: Feb 17 – March 24

“Christina Laurel is a paper artist creating installations and two-dimensional art, all with a Japanese aesthetic. She will be exhibiting a collection of her work in our main gallery alongside an art installation entitled “Refugium”.

“Refugium” Within this installation, her mission is to create an “exhale” moment, an oasis that offers a respite and refuge from our daily sensory overload. Suspended lace panels support a migrating pattern that freely rotates and responds to air movement. Perambulating – whether with shoes, walker or wheelchair – through the suspended cocoons and grounded totems of “Refugium,” the viewer will become a part of the installation and a part of the art.”


March 12 11:00-3:00

Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC

“Local music, dance and visual arts studios offer stunning performances by some of the area’s most talented individuals and groups. Creative aspirations are ignited in children who are given opportunities to explore many art forms and create their own masterpieces.

The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild presents a juried art show. All activities and performances are free of charge. The event attracts residents and visitors of all ages, from young parents and children through seniors.”

Artist-in-Residence Show

Wednesday, March 09 – April 6, 2022

Roe Art Building Thompson Gallery, Greenville, SC

“Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art, as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she now explores in her art-making. Moradkhani’s work in drawing and sculpture has focused on the female body and its vulnerability to different social norms. It examines the experience of finding oneself insecure in one’s own body. In her drawings, unexpected images incorporated in intimate apparel intend to bring humor, surprise and a shock of recognition. Layers of shadowy images reveal stories, with the hope of leaving a mark on the audience. Two worlds–birthplace and adopted home–live alongside each other in her work, joining intimately at a single point.”

Anila Quayyum Agha–Let A Million Flowers Bloom

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

February 19 – May 29, 2022

“Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s immersive installations upend traditional ideas about sculpture. Brilliantly lit from within, they cast their own images onto the walls around them like lanterns and create intricate patterns that dance over visitors as they move through the exhibition.

The works in Let A Million Flowers Bloom use floral and geometric shapes inspired by Islamic architecture to explore notions of masculine and feminine, public and private, religious and secular, and particularly space and refuge, taking on the pain of losing one’s home and agency and the hope of establishing them both anew. Agha’s unforgettable art envelops viewers in an enchanting visual environment that inspires awe and invites contemplation about sanctuary and belonging.”

A New Deal: Artists at Work

The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

January 21, 2022 – August 7, 2022

“During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work, including more than 5,000 artists. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Art Project afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans, and immigrants from countries such as Russia, China, and Germany. The Gibbes is one of a select group of institutions across the country that houses an historic collection of Federal Art Project prints. This monumental effort to put artists back to work resulted in a collection of artwork intended to capture the national spirit from the coast to coast, and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges.”

Jasper Hohns + Andrew Wyeth: Repeat Until Empty Exhibit

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

Feb 23, 2022 — Continuing

“Eight original works by Jasper Johns and eleven seldom exhibited paintings by Andrew Wyeth comprise Jasper Johns + Andrew Wyeth

Jasper Johns (born 1930) is the world’s most critically acclaimed living artist. His work bridges the immediate post-World War II modernist trends of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism with subsequent movements of the 1960s, including Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. 

Drawn from the Museum’s extensive holdings of the artist’s work, this exhibition includes only original works. Throughout his career, Johns has recast flags, targets, and other borrowed subjects, and in the process he has transformed both the images and their potential meaning.The works by Johns include examples of encaustic, oil and watercolor, as well as a monotype and an Aquarelle crayon drawing. All works are untitled and range from 1987 to 1996.

Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009), regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, launched his career in 1937 with a sold-out exhibition of his watercolors in New York. 

Throughout his lengthy and prolific career, Wyeth focused on two locations: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, and Cushing, Maine, his second home since childhood. Drawing inspiration from the distinctive characteristics of these locations, he revealed universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes, objects, and people. Wyeth’s preference for painting intimate subjects, including his family, his homes, his memories, and his favorite models is evident in this selection of work from a private collection. Seldom exhibited publicly, these paintings include ten watercolors and one egg tempera, ranging from 1964 to 2005.”

Black Anatomy

Spartanburg Art museum

Feb 17-June 30, 2022

“This dynamic exhibition features artists who bring intimate and charged bodies of work that represent their present-day voices while simultaneously keeping a toe dipped in the waters of their collective past experiences. Sculptures, installations, paintings, and drawings illustrate their shared understanding of the Black experience in contemporary culture and reveal work that unfolds in tones of universal truths.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Davis + Walker Barnes, Michele + Halsey Cook, Alice + Ty Dawson, Leah Kent + Mici Fluegge, Misti + Kevin Hudson, Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr., Leigh Ann + Ryan Langley, Vicki + Tom Nederostek, and Margaret + George Nixon.” 

Young Contemporaries 2022: 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston

March 18 – April 23

“Now in its 37th year, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the College of Charleston Studio Art Department are proud to present Young Contemporaries 2022. 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.”

North Carolina

adVANCE! Modernism, Black Liberation + Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

February 11 – May 14, 2022 

Curated by Marie T. Cochran, ACTIVE ARCHIVE resident

Featuring contemporary work by Larry Paul King and Reggie Tidwell

“Historians of American art once assumed that African American artists passively accepted the guidance of the masters of modernism and made derivative work as a result. This model, which relies on the societal construct of race, presumes that the European tradition is the subject and African Americans are the object on which it acts. Modernism and abstraction have always been liberating aesthetics for Black artists. Rooted in the modernism of celebrated Black Mountain College instructor Jacob Lawrence, and his colleagues and students, adVANCE! bridges the past and future by celebrating the deeply rooted influence of African aesthetic practices on Western modernism as well as the inherent progressive ideals which flourished from this lineage and persist in our region.” 

Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art


Through April 17, 2022

750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

A special guest-curated exhibition comes to SECCA’s Main Gallery.

“The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is proud to present Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art, a special exhibition with guest curator Duane Cyrus, coming to SECCA in November 2021. A Bessie Award nominated performer and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Duane Cyrus was selected as guest curator for the exhibition from a pool of more than 30 applicants.” 

Clarence Heyward-UNSEEN

CAM Raleigh

“Clarence Heyward (American, b.1983) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a painter and collagist whose work explores notions of the Black American experience.

His work investigates cultural truths, challenges stereotypes, and questions identity. Clarence believes it’s important to “paint his truth” and uses persons of color as subjects in his work as homage to his culture. 

Beginning his journey as a full-time artist in 2019, he is best known for his dynamic and fresh take on figurative art. Heyward relocated to North Carolina to study Art Education at North Carolina Central University. 

He has shown his work nationally and has been featured in venues including the 21c Museum of Durham, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for Cultural Arts, the Block Gallery Raleigh, and the Fine Arts League of Cary. 

His work was selected for a solo exhibition opening in the Spring of 2022 at The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM Raleigh). Heyward was the recipient of The Brightwork Fellowship residency at Anchorlight, Raleigh in 2020, and the Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace, Raleigh in 2021. His work is in the collections of several private and public institutions. He currently lives and works in Raleigh, NC.” 

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