Former AiR's selected as Juried Semifinalists in ArtPrize 2018 by David Ocasio

2015 Artists-in-Residence Robin Schwartzman, Desiree Moore, and Anna Abhau Elliott are still building community through dynamic arts and ideas.

They recently launched a new public art project called “Barter Boat”

Barter Boat is an art project that looks like a carnival stand, where you can trade for small art assemblages made out of previously bartered items from different cities. They were most recently at ArtPrize 2018.

Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

The project is made by the three alums, who were recently selected as Juried Semifinalists in ArtPrize 2018, alongside some other great artists (and out of literally hundreds of other entries). Check out their Instagram too - radar_art

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Welcome to the Burg AiR's! by David Ocasio


HUB-BUB is bringing in our newest Artists-in-Residence with a bang! You can catch us at the coolest Biergarten in Spartanburg on September 7, from 5 - 7 pm! 

The Artists-in-Residence Meet-and-Greet at the FR8yard is an opportunity for Spartanburg to get to know our 2018-2019 AiRs, Marisa Adesman and Ambrin Ling.

There will be a special "AiRs" themed cocktail that will be unveiled before the live music begins at 7 PM. Stop by the Yard to grab a brat, some drinks, and help our new artists feel welcomed in their home for the next year.

As part of the program, HUB-BUB AiR's will have the opportunity to work on any number of community-based projects that we hope will arise organically through partnerships, experimentation, and collaboration.

This is the first opportunity you'll have to connect with the residents and share with them the Spartanburg Community that we all know and love. 

Let us know your coming and hit "Going" on our Facebook Event


HUB-BUB is an Artist-in-Residence program hosted by Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC designed to provide time and space for emerging artists to live free and create.

HUB-BUB’s Creative Placemaking Studio Comes to Chapman Cultural Center by David Ocasio

Soon HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence (AiR) program will be opening its Creative Placemaking Studio at Chapman Cultural Center. The Creative Placemaking Studio is a partnership with The Milliken Foundation and will allow artists-in-residence to interact more openly and intimately with the public and other artists.


“We’re calling it the ‘Creative Placemaking Studio’ because we hope that local artists, and even staff members, use the studio to improve the quality of life and quality of space,” said Eric Kocher, who’s the Creative Placemaking & HUB-BUB Director. “Each artist will have their own space and be holding an open studio for 15 hours each week. The open studio allows for the community to come in and learn about the artists process”


Artists will also be present in the Creative Placemaking Studio for an additional 5 hours each week to participate in meetings and planning sessions about community engagement efforts. Along with artists-in-residence, this year the studio will have two interns from Wofford College to help with a series of interactive exhibitions and efforts to help tell the story of the Creative Placemaking Studio and Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District.


The Creative Placemaking Studio will be located by the main entrance of the Carlos Dupre Moseley building and is designed to engage, educate and inspire individuals and small groups to participate in the growing arts culture of Spartanburg county. The Creative Placemaking Studio is slated to officially open to the public during the September 20th ArtWalk event.

AiR Program Celebrates 10th Year with 2 New Artists-in-Residence by HUB-BUB

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. 

Eric Kocher
HUB-BUB and Creative Placemaking Director
Chapman Cultural Center

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.


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.

Get more information about Through the Windmill here

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


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!

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