CofC increasing opportunities for students to showcase artwork

"Hagfish Scavenging Whale Head," oil, linen, collage, by Grace Musser.

Grace Musser is one of the students to have her artwork on display in the new “Art Matters” exhibition in Lightsey. Her piece “Hagfish Scavenging Whale Head” was inspired by a collaboration with a biology professor. (Photo by Carson Schafer)

The end of the semester is near, and lots of art students are finding themselves burdened by projects they cannot keep. Luckily, students have more and more options to rid themselves of excess art while showing it off around campus.

Friday marked the opening of “Art Matters,” a new exhibition in the advising halls of the Lightsey Center. Several of the pieces included had been created as part of a special project in partnership with the science department.  “Hagfish Scavenging Whale Head” by Grace Musser, for example, was inspired by the biology research of Dr. Andrew Clark.

Although “Art Matters” is no longer taking submissions, the Career Center has just sent out a call for contributions to their ongoing exhibit, “Hire Art.”

“It’s a mini gallery right now, we don’t have too many pieces,” said internship coordinator Katie Smith, who is organizing the exhibit. “We’d love to fill our walls eventually.”

The "Art Matters" exhibit opened on Friday.

The “Art Matters” exhibit opened on Friday in Lightsey. (Photo by Carson Schafer)

Students are free to donate their art to the career center, or just lend it to them for any amount of time. Art in the Career Center is often seen by parents, students and possible employers. Not only does exhibition the exhibition reflect well on the school and the artists, but students can also write on their resume that their work is part of a gallery.

The “Art Matters” exhibit can be seen in the advising halls on the second floor of the Lightsey Center. To submit work to “Hire Art,” contact Katie Smith at


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Following in the footsteps of many great authors before her, Carson chose to begin her writing career with journalism. She's been writing news stories since high school and now writes for CisternYard News. She came to Charleston as a transfer after a two-year sojourn in the icy mountains of Utah and never looked back. She keeps busy by reading, playing video games and working at the Children's Museum as an expert in cardboard swords, dragons and pirate adventures. After graduation she will be setting off on her own pirate adventure, conquering the globe in her trusty VW van.

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