Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA or "the Halsey") is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The HICA presents contemporary art exhibitions by emerging or mid-career artists. The Halsey is housed in the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at 161 Calhoun Street, in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Halsey features two gallery spaces, the Deborah A. Chalsty Gallery and the South Gallery, which include a total 3,000 sq. feet of exhibition space. Mark Sloan has served as Director and Chief Curator of the HICA since 1994.

In addition to exhibitions, the Halsey presents a publishing program, visiting-artist lectures, an extensive membership program, a reference library, film screenings, and an educational outreach program. The vision of the HICA is to provide a comprehensive contemporary-art program that is committed to providing a direct experience with artworks in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning.
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  • Park at a meter on Calhoun and check out the Halsey, which is free to the public and has rotating exhibitions throughout the year If possible check out their opening nights (6:30-8:00) which are $5.....  more »
  • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is an awesome art venue and gallery that has great displays that run for a limited time. It is always cool to walk through a new...  more »
  • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina, is a non-profit, no-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of Fine Arts at the College of Charleston. It presents.....  more »
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  • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is an awesome art venue and gallery that has great displays that run for a limited time. It is always cool to walk through a new display and installation when it is ready and open for the first time. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art never disappoints as they come through with some art that is worthwhile and challenges you. The Institute is well run and does a good job of bringing art and culture to Charleston.
  • Great place to catch Pokemon from the Green Energy Gym, especially on a hot day. Enter the gym, walk to the entrance and go inside the lobby and still be connected. Multi-phone charging station up the ramp. Tip: There's great art exhibits too!!
  • Different art. Cutting edge new young art
  • The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is the most adventurous art space in Charleston. Any show they have is worth seeing. Make sure to check their website for hours. Be sure to watch the featured short film in the far right corner. It's always free!
  • Greeters sitting at desk as you enter were very polite.

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