In support of artists during the current pandemic, the Koger Center for the Arts created and hosted The 1593 Project: A Call for Art in the spring and summer of 2020. Kimberly Case, an Irmo-based photographer, won of the 2020 Project and will be the featured artist in an exhibition that will be housed in the Upstairs Gallery at the Koger Center. This exhibition will commemorate the winner and runners-up from April 8 - August 13, 2021.
Due to safety and scheduling issues, reservations are required to view this exhibition. To make a reservation please email Lauren Smith (Las6@mailbox.sc.edu) of call (803) 777-7500. There will be limited capacity and masks are required at all times.
Kimberly Case, the 2020 Project winner, is an award-winning local visual artist focusing on fine art and portrait photography. Hallmarks of her work are richness and whimsy. Her photographs are often mistaken at first for paintings due to their tones and aura.
1593 Project: A Call for Art was created to support artists during this time of uncertainty and its name is a reference to the years of pandemic during the renaissance. In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres. As acting companies fell on hard times Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets during that dark time for the theatre.
If you would like more information about the artists featured in this exhibition, please listen to the Koger Center Arts Roundup Podcast episodes here: