BREAKING IN: HOW A NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS ARE CALLING CHARLESTON HOME
by Matt Mill
Charleston’s arts community has grown exponentially over the last decade, earning the city a distinction as a cultural hub of the Southeast. But how do you become a part of that community? Say you’re new to town or perhaps an emerging artist who just graduated college—or maybe you’re making a massive occupational switcheroo; how do you find your way to becoming a respected and contributing member of the Charleston arts community?
…Klein is now represented by The Southern, where she was part of their group show entitled New Painting this past fall. Her work explores a particular type of American spirituality—the clichés, what we worship (e.g. fashion, pop culture), and the superficiality of spirituality. She then creates the suitable religious and devotional objects through pottery and painting.
As far as entering a new art community, Klein’s advice for her students mirrors what seems to have worked for the other artists I spoke with. “I always tell students to go to openings. That’s a great way to get to know people,” she says. “Make friends first. Don’t talk to people like you want something from them. Chill out on the self-promotion a little bit and just be a person.”
For this super-talented bunch of artists, Charleston has proven fairly welcoming, regardless of background or medium. So come bring your talent, bring your drive, and join the community.READ THE FULL FEATURE