College Of Charleston

Founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, the College of Charleston is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of South Carolina and the thirteenth oldest in the United States.
The founders of the College, who sought "to encourage and institute youth in the several branches of liberal education," included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and three fathers of the United States Constitution. By April 1790, students could demonstrate their excellent training in the liberal arts at a public examination presented to the board of trustees. The State Gazette of South Carolina praised their knowledge of the "Greek and Latin languages, as well as their extraordinary proficiency in the liberal arts and sciences." In 1836 the College of Charleston became the, nation's first municipal college when the city of Charleston assumed responsibility for its support and mandated that the College be "a Popular institution, intended for the great body of the people." These two early principles, a commitment to the liberal arts and a responsibility to the citizens of the region, have guided the College throughout its hi... [ Read All ]


United States

School of the Arts, College of Charleston, 66 George Street
South Carolina
Phone: (843) 953-8286
Fax: (843) 953-7647

College Photos (8)

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Sample Student Art Work (10)

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Location and Getting there

Driving Directions

· From I26 - From I26, take a right at the Meeting St. exit. Follow Meeting St. several blocks to Calhoun St. Take a right onto Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks to St. Philip Street. For ease, we suggest parking in one of the City of Charleston parking garages. The first of which is located near the corner of St. Philip St. and Vanderhorst St. To access this garage, turn right onto St. Philip St. The other option is the garage on the corner of St. Philip St. and Wentworth St. To access this garage, make a left onto St. Philip St. Unfortunately, we are unable to validate parking. Once you have found parking, use your campus map to locate the Information/Tour Center.

· From HWY 17N - From HWY 17, take the Lockwood Dr. south (right) exit. From Lockwood Dr., turn left onto Calhoun St. Follow Calhoun St. several blocks to St. Philip St. For ease, we suggest parking in one of the City of Charleston parking garages. The first of which is located near the corner of St. Philip St. and Vanderhorst St. To access this garage, take a left onto St. Philip St. The next option is on the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

A Commission of Higher Education report identified the College of Charleston Studio Art program as one of the best in the State. One very significant factor contributing to the success of our program has been the consistently superior caliber of our artist-teachers. The faculty is one of the strongest and most professionally involved in the State, if not the southeast. It includes a Prix de Rome winner, two Guggenheim Fellowship holders, a John Moore's First prize winner, and a Fulbright Fellowship holder. Additionally, the South Carolina Arts Commission selected five of our faculty to help represent 20th Century Art in South Carolina in the 100 Years/100 Artists exhibition at the State Museum. All faculty are regular exhibitors, both nationally and internationally, and are frequently invited to participate in major museum shows or international arts festival exhibitions. Most studio art professors maintain studio space on campus, and all have extensive exhibition credits, nationally or internationally. Consequently, students work in a vital, creative environment.

Our students have participated in scores of exhibitions including...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events

Annual Juried Show

"Young Contemporaries"

March 29 - April 27

"Young Contemporaries," the annual juried exhibit of student work at the Halsey Institute of Contempory Art has been a fixture in the School of the Arts for over 20 years. The concept was based on a prestigious national show held in the United Kingdom. It was brought to the College by former Department Chair and Professor Emeritus Michael Tyzack, who sought to arrange for a regular show of student work, curated by an outside juror.

This year, David Cohen, NY art critic and writer, and Gallery Director at the New York Studio School. was invited to serve as juror. Mr. Cohen will give a public lecture entitled, "The size is intimate but the scale is vast": The Collages of Alex Katz, on Thursday, March 15, 7 PM, Room 309 in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street.

The contest is open to all students enrolled at the College of Charleston during the current year. Work not selected for the Young Contemporaries show is reviewed by Studio Art faculty and suitable pieces are selected for a con-current show in the Simons Center Stdent Gallery unde...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates  

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