The “Creative Placemaking Studio” is set to be a place where, as a community, we can work together to create a more vibrant and healthy Spartanburg through the arts.Read More
This September we will begin the 10th year in which the HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence program has recruited artists to live and work in Spartanburg. Anyone already familiar with the program knows there have been quite a few changes since it began in 2006, with a hiatus in 2012 and another in 2017 during which the organization made some necessary transitions. By its nature, this program is an ongoing experiment, one that seeks to explore the many complex and necessary roles that artists play in our community. Now, housed within the Chapman Cultural Center, HUB-BUB will continue its work in ways that will seem both familiar and totally new.
For the next year, we will host two artists, Marisa Adesman and Ambrin Ling, in a space we will be calling our “Creative Placemaking Studio” at the Chapman Cultural Center. Marisa and Ambrin, both trained as painters (but whose work explores elements of sculpture and performance as well) will hold regularly scheduled open studio hours where the public will be invited to come and observe their processes and engage in conversation and discussion about their work. Ambrin and Marisa will also have the opportunity to work on any number of additional community-based projects that we hope will arise organically through partnerships, experimentation, and collaboration.
Our goal is for the “Creative Placemaking Studio” to be a place where, as a community, we can work together to create a more vibrant and healthy Spartanburg through the arts. Out of the many amazing applications, we were lucky to receive from brilliant artists working all over the country, we were particularly drawn to both Ambrin and Marisa, not only for their technical skill and impressive resumes, but for the important and, at times, challenging the content of their work. We saw in both of these incredible emerging artists the opportunity to have some necessary and difficult conversations about our identity as a community. The real beauty of this program is in its ability to provide a fresh perspective by inviting artists with a clear vision and generous voice. We hope, through their work, we might find a portrait of our community that we would not otherwise be able or willing to see.
We hope you’ll join us this fall in our “Creative Placemaking Studio” to meet Marisa and Ambrin and to spend some time engaging with their work.
HUB-BUB and Creative Placemaking Director
Chapman Cultural Center
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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
Get more information about Through the Windmill here
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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
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.
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
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