Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston

Adventurous contemporary art.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.


We originate between five and seven exhibitions per year, many of which travel nationally, and host a year-round schedule of lectures, panels, symposia, screenings, discussions, and special events. We also produce video documentaries about the artists and exhibitions that we originate. These videos provide keys to understanding the artist’s creative process and are permanently archived on our comprehensive website. We also produce award-winning publications for many of our exhibitions. These catalogues feature thoughtful commissioned essays  that provide meaningful context for the exhibitions and offer a permanent record of the artist’s project with the Halsey Institute. Our emphasis has long been on providing audiences with privileged access to the creative process itself. We enjoy sharing our belief that there is much that can be learned by seeing how an artist turns “a thought into a thing.” Charleston, South Carolina has a remarkable history as a port city and cultural crossroads. The Halsey Institute is committed to building on and exploring the complex and sometimes troubling history of this place through diverse exhibitions and an international artist-in-residence program.

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  1. Nick Cave: Call and Response: Africa to America, 2010 exhibition
  2. Famahu Pecou: Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, 2015 exhibition
  3. Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance, 2016 exhibition
  4. Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman, 2013 exhibition
  5. Aurora Robson: The Tide is High, 2017 exhibition
  6. Jennifer Wen Ma: Cry Joy Park--Gardens of Dark and Light, 2019 exhibition
Calhoun Street 161
Charleston 29401 SC US
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