REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER UNVEILS LOCATION OF THEIR NEW HOME
Moving To Upper Peninsula Increases Center’s Footprint to 15,000 Square Feet
CHARLESTON, SC: Redux Contemporary Art Center is thrilled to announce that after a five-plus year search, the organization’s new home has been secured at 1056 King Street, on the ground floor of the two-story warehouse that once housed Port City Paper and a roller skating rink. This stunning building was built circa 1942 but has been vacant for 15 years or so. This new location will more than double the footprint of Redux, from the combined 7,200 sf of the original locations at 136 St. Philip Street, where the organization has resided since its founding in 2002. The entire operations of Redux will be moved to 1056 King Street, with a target opening date of first quarter 2016.
Offering affordable studios for emerging local artists is central to the mission of Redux, and these new studios will be spacious, professional, and affordable with improved amenities for artists.
The subsidized studio program is a competitive, selective program that provides much-needed affordable, professional space for emerging local artists who are seriously pursuing their art career. The program is open to all types of visual artists; all applications are reviewed by committee. Selected artists are expected to utilize their studios a minimum of 15 hours a week, contribute to Redux fundraising initiatives, and participate in Open Studios events. Redux Studio Artists are not constrained by a time limit. The benefits are numerous: in addition to the obvious advantage of affordable space, the community of fellow artists and the opportunities to connect with new audiences are often cited as huge boons to the careers of Redux artists and alumni.
Blakely Little, blakelymade.com
“After working at Redux during college, I knew that it would be the perfect spot for me to begin my career as an artist. I painted from home until I finally started making enough that moving into my own studio made sense. I work so much harder at my studio because it is free from distractions. The biggest benefit of having a studio at Redux is the community. Being an artist can be lonely, but I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many men and woman who want to grow in their style. We encourage, inspire and push one another to be better artists and better people.”
Stephen Elliott Webb, stephenelliottwebb.com
"The mission of Redux has expanded beyond what 7,000 square feet can hold. Concurrently, the demand for what we have to offer has soared high above what our current space can provide. This move to a 15,000 square foot facility, built out specifically for the growing needs of our community's artists, could not have come at a better time."
Artists interested in applying for a studio are encouraged to apply now. A committee will review each application and advance deposits will be accepted this fall to secure studio space in the new building. Visit http://reduxstudios.org/studios/private-studio-space/ for more info.
The exhibition program will see a substantial boost with expanded square footage and King Street storefront exposure. The gallery and flex performance space will be located at the front of the building, which is situated directly across the from the John L. Dart Library; it is a high-traffic area that will bring in new viewers who have likely never encountered Redux before. The exhibition roster is curated from an open call for entries that brings national, mid-career artists to exhibit in Charleston. As the plans develop and firm up this summer, a new call for entries will be opened to program the new gallery space come 2017. That exact date is TBD, and interested parties should subscribe to the Redux email newsletter for updates.
In conjunction with the new location, institutional rebranding and a new website will be developed, to be designed and built by Alloneword Design. Owner and designer Buff Ross serves on the Board of Redux, and will be the lead on this project.
The search for this long-awaited new home is the culmination of thousands of hours of work by the Redux staff and Board of Trustees, current and past. They have tirelessly scoured the peninsula and City of Charleston, investigating numerous potential sites for years, keeping the faith throughout, even when the possibility of finding a suitable and affordable new home in downtown seemed bleak.
“We are beyond excited to have found such an incredible space for our artists and exhibitions. We are very thankful to Ham Morrison and his partners for presenting an opportunity that allows us to stay downtown and continue our mission of offering diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for our artists, educational outreach programs, classes, and events,” says Board Chair Francis M. Ervin, II, an attorney with Rogers, Townsend and Thomas, P.C. in Charleston.
After considering many possible locations across the peninsula and beyond, the board unanimously agreed that 1056 King Street was the ideal location and opportunity for Redux, thanks in large part to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the project from partner Ham Morrison, of Boneworks Property Management. Tom Lennon of Lennon Construction is also a partner in this space and the general contractor for the project.
History of 1056 King
While it was built in 1942 by the Sottile family’s Theater Realty to be a theater, 1056 King – or “the Hanger” for its large scale and barrel roof ceiling - became a naval library (and possibly a barracks) due to the U.S Navy's rapid expansion with WWII. Coliseum skating rink opened there in the 1950’s and eventually, Port City Paper and Skateland in the 70’s. Its current owners purchased the Hanger from The Humanities Foundation, who developed North Central Apartments directly to the south. The skating rink plank floors remain on the 2nd level.
Architect Augustus Constantine drew the sketches for the original building façade in 1941. When the US entered WWII, these plans were never fully executed. Augustus's grandson Chris Constantine, of Constantine Engineering, is the mechanical engineer on the project, working on preparing the building for Redux’s move in. Constantine found the original sketch among his grandfather’s papers, which we now have for posterity.
“Knowing it was originally built to showcase the arts, it is especially exciting to see it come full circle and again celebrate artistic endeavors with Redux as a tenant” says Ham Morrison, one of the current owners of the Hanger and president of Boneworks Management.
Morrison continues, “The Charleston neighborhood is ready. There has been a siren call to do something artistic with great community involvement and Redux is the perfect fit. There’s a strong artistic spirit moving North up the peninsula and with Redux at the helm we are thrilled to be a part. We have an incredible opportunity to positively influence the energy and momentum. The building has been vacant for the last 15 years and our goal is have the space ready by Jan 1, 2017.”
The Project team consists of The Middleton Group, architect; JR Kramer, landscape architect; Chris Donato, SITECAST, LLC, civil engineer; Constantine Engineering, MEP Engineer; and Lennon Construction Company, Contractor.
About Redux: Redux is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Charleston, SC, committed to the cultivation of contemporary art through quality arts education and outreach programming, diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for working local artists, and a multidisciplinary approach to the creative dialogue between artists and audience. We are home to the city’s only public print studio and darkroom. Redux offers over 100 classes annually in fine arts education, taught by professional, working artists. As a member of Redux, you can enjoy discounts on classes, merchandise, early notice/discounts on special events, lectures, and much more. http://reduxstudios.org/join/
All Redux exhibitions are free and open to the public. Although PARKING is not available at Redux, there is on-street parking throughout downtown as well as two parking garages in close proximity.
For more information:
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip Street | Charleston SC 29403
Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 12 – 5 pm