Middle Schoolers Use Photography to Raise Money for HUB-BUB’s Artist-in-Residence Program by HUB-BUB

Only 15 minutes into its fundraiser, McCracken Middle School’s photography class, which is a part of the school’s YES (Year End Studies) program, had already sold 12 original photographs to raise money for HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence (AiR) program.

The class teaches students about digital photography while letting them explore the Cultural District of Downtown Spartanburg taking photographs. During the semester, students also learn about other forms of art while visiting the Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center.  

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“I’ve always loved the arts, so I decided to start a photography class,” said Jennifer Hallenbeck, who teaches the photography class. “It worked out great! Most students already had their own digital cameras and were really interested in learning how to take, edit and frame photos.”

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By the end of the semester, each student had a complete photography portfolio and sold their original pieces to fundraise for AiR. AiR, which has served the Spartanburg County community for 10 years, offers two studio artists an 11-month residency, which includes a monthly stipend, studio space and housing with paid utilities.

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Each artist-in-residence provides 15 – 20 hours of artistic community service every week, serving projects like the Sparkle City Mini Putt course. Our 2018 – 2019 artist will host open studio hours at the Chapman Cultural Center’s new Creative Placemaking Studios, located on the first floor next to the ticket office.

Be on the lookout for the announcement of our two new artist-in-residence later this month!

Sparkle City Mini Putt Featured in Through the Windmill Documentary by HUB-BUB

Former HUB-BUB AiR, Robin Schwartzman, and her public art project, Sparkle City Mini Putt, was highlighted in a feature-length documentary call Through the Windmill.

THROUGH THE WINDMILL is a feature-length documentary which looks at the history of miniature golf in the USA, and how it has evolved over the last 100 years. The film explores these unique, family-friendly roadside attractions and the talented, often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.
— http://www.minigolfmovie.com/
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Get more information about Through the Windmill here

5 Things You Should Know about the HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence Program by HUB-BUB

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HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Program, now hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center, is about to enter into its 10th year of recruiting artists. As we are entering into the final stages of our selection process, here are 5 things you should know about the program:

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33 artists from over a dozen states have participated in the program

From New York to California, Texas to Michigan, artists working in a variety of mediums have relocated to Spartanburg for the duration of the residency. Originally an 11-month program for 4 artists (3 visual artists and a writer) the new program will host 2 visual artists from September 2018 through August 2019.

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Many artists choose to stay after their residency

After being welcomed into the Spartanburg community, a handful of artists-in-residence decide to stay in Spartanburg after completing their residency. Jennifer Bonner (2014), Patrick Whitfill (2008), and Eric Kocher (2011) are a few of the artists currently living in Spartanburg.

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Artists give back to our community

Each artist-in-residence has provided approximately 15 – 20 hours each week of service to the Spartanburg community. This service has been in the form of community engagement projects that intersect with their creative practice. One notable project is the Sparkle City Mini Putt course, located just behind the Fr8yard on Broad St., which was designed by 2014 AiR Robin Schwartzman.

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The program is built on partnerships

All of our artists have, in some form or another, collaborated with other organizations, businesses, and individuals in our community. From the Spartanburg Humane Society to the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, each artist has used their unique insights and interests to strengthen partnerships in our community.

You can get to know our 2018 – 2019 artists this fall

The two artists selected to participate in this year’s program will host open studio hours at the Chapman Cultural Center’s new Creative Placemaking Studios, located on the first floor next to the ticket office. This space will be renovated this summer and open to the public beginning in September when our artists arrive.

We’ll be announcing our selections by the end of June! We received so many applications from wonderfully talented and brilliant artists this year, which means that our selection committee has their work cut out for them. Stay tuned for our announcement in June to find out about the artists we’ve selected to participate!

Donate today to support artist residencies in Spartanburg!

College Town, Hub-Bub bring art, college designs to utility boxes by HUB-BUB

The newest public art project in Spartanburg seeks to give the county’s seven colleges more of a presence downtown.

Electric Art, an effort by Hub-Bub and the College Town consortium, features colorful vinyl coverings on nine utility boxes across the city. Each of the county’s seven colleges and College Town are featured on boxes, and the work of Roderice Cardell, also known as the Maddd Artist, is in front of the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library.

“We wanted to do something arts-based that showcased the colleges in downtown Spartanburg,” said Naomi Sargent, director of College Town. “We wanted to give students a sense of ownership in downtown.”

Sam Veremchuck, a Wofford College graduate and outreach administrator at the Chapman Cultural Center, surveyed students at several of the county’s colleges to learn what icons should be included with each college’s colors and design. He worked with local artists Russell Bannan and Eli Blasko to design each college’s vinyl pieces.

That led to lesser-known things being included on the vinyl box covers — like strawberries and cream, a Converse College tradition dating back to the college’s beginning, being included on its box, just in front of Groucho’s at Church and Main.

Public art is about the continuing transformation of our community.
— Eric Kocher, Director of Creative Placemaking & HUB-BUB

“It was initially about elevating the ordinary, but there was the dual focus about partnering with College Town,” said Eric Kocher, director of Hub-Bub, which now falls under the Chapman Cultural Center umbrella. “What we wanted to do was represent students’ identity.”

Monday afternoon, the boxes featuring Converse, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Spartanburg Methodist College and College Town were all complete. Boxes for the University of South Carolina Upstate, Wofford, Sherman College of Chiropractic and Spartanburg Community College were left to finish.

Kocher said the most difficult part of the project was getting approval for the designs from the S.C. Department of Transportation. SCDOT owns the utility boxes, so any changes have to receive approval in Columbia, he said.

The newly redesigned boxes add to the ongoing gradual facelift across downtown.

“Even with the hanging baskets, it changes the aesthetic of the city as you walk through,” Sargent said. “Transforming that into something positive to look at can definitely change your feelings as you’re downtown.”

Electric Art started because it would add more art to structures that were either meant to be ignored or had been overrun with graffiti, scratches and faded stickers, Kocher said.

“There’s no point at which we reach capacity for public art,” Kocher said. “There’s no point that we say, ‘And now, we have enough.’ Public art is about the continuing transformation of our community. I think these boxes right now are a moment to signal some of that.”

By Zach Fox
Staff Writer
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
http://www.goupstate.com/news/20171106/college-town-hub-bub-bring-art-college-designs-to-utility-boxes

Hub-Bub to become part of Chapman Cultural Center by HUB-BUB

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A group of Spartanburg artists and creatives formed in 2004 soon will be under the umbrella of Chapman Cultural Center.

This summer, Hub-Bub will become part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Outreach and Community Development Division, which manages the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District and various neighborhood public arts programs.

Jennifer Evins, CEO and president of Chapman Cultural Center, said the merger is a good business move that will be able to leverage the center’s capacity as a leading arts agency with Hub-Bub’s strengths as a creative manager of public spaces.

“We are thrilled to be joining creative forces with Hub-Bub,” she said. “Their mission is critical to what has strengthened the arts in Spartanburg for the last 10 years.”

Evins said Chapman Cultural Center intends to build upon Hub-Bub’s offerings and programs to benefit area artists and Spartanburg’s economy.

“The arts are fueling tremendous momentum in our city and county,” she said. “We believe that working together is a better use of our resources to the benefit of our community.”

Hub-Bub’s showroom gallery and performance hall was located at 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave. from 2006 until 2015. The showroom provided a space for the group’s events and a venue for artists to present their work. Since moving out of the building, Hub-Bub has occupied a space off of Spring Street.

This past summer, Hub-Bub launched a variety of new downtown programming with plans to bring up to 150 free, public events each year for the next three years to Morgan Square.

Eric Kocher, managing director of Hub-Bub, said the group is excited about the upcoming union with Chapman Cultural Center.

“With last year’s official designation of Spartanburg’s Cultural District and Hub-Bub’s downtown programming initiative, the partnership feels like a natural fit, and we believe it will be a big win for both organizations and the communities we serve,”
— Eric Kocher, Director of HUB-BUB

Kocher said the merger will help expand Hub-Bub’s inventory of public art and provide new events and opportunities to spend time in downtown Spartanburg.

“We also look forward to re-imagining and expanding our artists-in-residence program, through which we will recruit talented artists and creative professionals from around the country to live and work in Spartanburg,” he said.

By Alyssa Mulliger
Staff Writer
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170515/hub-bub-to-become-part-of-chapman-cultural-center

"Special Collections" Exhibition Opening + Weaving Workshops this week! by lydia see

Sunday was the first of two Branch Weaving workshops with our AiR, Lydia See. Check out some of the fiber sculptures made by participants in Sunday's class, and join us for the next class, today at 6pm (details below). 

If you're interested in seeing some of Lydia See's work, her first show since arriving to Spartanburg will open Thursday night for Art Walk, at the Spartanburg Public Library HQ Studio CLICK HERE or scroll down for more info. 

UPCOMING EVENTS + PROGRAMS

On Wednesday November 16 (6-8pm) is another drop-in weaving workshop using tree branches as the loom! 

FREE, All Ages, Family friendly (kids under 11 should be accompanied by an adult who plans to participate with them), no previous weaving experience necessary! Learn weaving and fiber/sculpture techniques in a fun non-traditional way, make a beautiful naturally inspired weaving to take home. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring branches, favorite yarns and fibers, or found natural ephemera like feathers and dried flowers (several of the participants from Sunday's class brought branches, yarns, and unexpected objects from home!).

AIR WELCOME SHOW - "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS"

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm with an Artist's Talk at 6:45pm
Spartanburg County Public Libraries - 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29306

During the November Art Walk join us for "Special Collections," a welcome exhibition of current artist-in-residence Lydia See's work,  MORE INFO

Updates, Upcoming, and "Special Collections" from Resident Artist Lydia See by lydia see

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Lydia See in her home studio (Photo credit: Alex Hicks of GoUpstate.com)

Hello All! Lydia See here - It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks here in Spartanburg. I'm so thrilled to be the first Artist in the Community Artist in Residence in partnership with HUB-BUB and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries and I feel as if I have hit the ground running!

HUB-BUB and SCPL and I have joined forces to build a more creatively engaged Spartanburg, starting with community access to arts programming with a focus on inclusivity and a gentle point of entry. So what does this mean?

When I arrived almost three months ago, I wrote a little statement which the following is excerpted from: 

"I believe that art and creative practice in any form should be inclusive and accessible to anyone. Teaching and exchanging dialog about art is an integral part of my practice, and spending time in the service of a community will expand my ability to learn about my own work while facilitating the aesthetic development of others. By using my studio practice and through designing a series of community-oriented programs, I hope to inspire and create connections within the community, and offer a gentle point of entry for those who might not ordinarily seek out art in their daily lives."

We've started this initiative to engage the community through accessible creative programming in a few ways: by creating a Studio in the HQ Library where I have begun teaching workshops and classes, as well as keeping regular studio hours, open to anyone who would like to stop by. We've also built a custom traveling loom (with the help of former AiR Eli Blasko) which has been out in Morgan Square for both of HUB-BUB's Hub Crawls this fall, and now lives in the Studio at the Library when not traveling. The influence of fibers and textiles on my practice has been immense, and after moving to Spartanburg and learning more about the rich textile history here (particularly thanks to reading the Hub City Writer's Project book Textile Town, which should be required reading for every resident!) I felt compelled to offer textile arts education to connect Spartanburg residents to their own heritage. 

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learning to weave at Hub Crawl on the Community Loom

Building community has always been important to me, and I've spent years working in community education, non-profits, and as a museum professional. I received my BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a focus in Photography, Fibers, and site-specific sculptural installation, and I have a deep commitment to public and community-engaged practice. Residencies often offer artists an opportunity to work unfettered by daily obligations, isolated in their studios with their residency culminating in an exhibition. I was so drawn to this partnership residency specifically because it offered a completely unique experience: to contribute to the creative health of a community while folding in my own studio practice, connecting everything by "the event of a thread" as Anni Albers states in On Weaving

Since my arrival I've also been working on some other public projects, including a forthcoming public work in partnership with Partners for Active Living, a collaboration with Northside Artlet Artist and former HUB-BUB AiR Eli Blasko, as well as consistently working on my personal projects. Pictured below is an image of nearly three months of my daily practice, imagine it as a warm-up sketch in a figure drawing class or a 10-minute run before lifting weights: I embroider an old family photograph, which didn't make it into the family album, every day, refining my embroidery skills, measuring time, warming up my fingers at the beginning of each day of work in my studio. By the time I leave the residency I will have accumulated 335 of these embroidered "other pictures" - process on this project and my studio practice can be followed by visiting the HQ Studio, on Instagram - @archetypographia and with the hashtag  #stitchingtheotherpictures

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If you would like to HEAR me talk about some of this stuff, I was recently invited to be on the City Podcast, and had a fantastic time talking with Christopher George about moving to Spartanburg, my work, and how excited I am about this residency. CHECK IT OUT HERE or embedded below. 


UPCOMING EVENTS + PROGRAMS

 Branch Weaving and photo by lydia see - drop in to our Branch Weaving Workshop on the 13th or the 16th of November and make your own!

Branch Weaving and photo by lydia see - drop in to our Branch Weaving Workshop on the 13th or the 16th of November and make your own!

On Sunday, November 13 (2-4pm) and Wednesday November 16 (6-8pm) I'll be offering drop-in weaving workshops using tree branches as the loom! 

FREE, All Ages, Family friendly, no previous weaving experience necessary! Learn weaving techniques in a fun non-traditional way, make a beautiful naturally inspired weaving to take home. All materials supplied, but feel free to bring branches, favorite yarns and fibers, or found natural ephemera like feathers and dried flowers.

AIR WELCOME SHOW - "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS"

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm with an Artist's Talk at 6:45pm
Spartanburg County Public Libraries - 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29306

During the November Art Walk join us for "Special Collections," a welcome exhibition of current artist-in-residence Lydia See's work, with an Artist's Talk at 6:45 pm. MORE INFO

Announcing the HOLIDAY MARKET by HUB-BUB

HUB-BUB is proud to announce an open application for its new outdoor, downtown Holiday Market

This December we will host an outdoor holiday market on Wall Street for local artisans, artists, and makers. With space for over 25 vendors we are set to add to downtown's holiday festivities with a unique shopping experience that fulfills our mission of encouraging local involvement.

The event will span two days: Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th.

If you are interested in applying to become a vendor check out this helpful guide and then head over to our application to submit your business. We would love to accommodate all interested parties, but with limited space we need to take applications to ensure a varied market.

In addition to retail there will be drinks, light food, and live entertainment at specific times. We hope that this starts a tradition that can carry on for many years to come. Spread the word and join us for the holiday market this December 10th and 11th!