STORMWATER STUDIOS AND ONE COLUMBIA COLLABORATE TO SELECT
NEW BIPOC RESIDENT ARTIST
Columbia, S.C. – One Columbia and Stormwaters Studios announce that artist Malik Greene has been selected as the newest artist in residence at Stormwater. On May 1st, Greene will join 9 other local visual artists working and exhibiting their work at the workspace and gallery designated for working artists in Columbia. The Stormwater Studios artist in residence program provides a studio space, exhibition opportunities and year-round opportunities for public access to the artists.
The One Columbia staff team conducted a workshop for the 10 finalists in March to discuss the opportunity for securing the one open studio space at Stormwater. The artists were nominated, and then the selection narrowed, by a panel of local arts professionals. The finalists were then asked to submit their portfolios and other required materials for review by the current Stormwater residents. “We were happy to respond to the call from Stormwater Executive Director Kirkland Smith to help build a process for selecting an artist to fill a vacant studio space”, said Margie Reese, Interim Executive Director of One Columbia for Arts and Culture. ” Stormwater was interested in broadening their reach to include more artists of color in the application process, and perhaps for consideration in the final selection”.
According to Kirkland, the process and collaboration worked. With the selection of Greene, Stormwater Studios takes the first step toward our commitment to increasing visibility of artists from different racial and cultural backgrounds in our city. One Columbia’s help is also allowing us to match funding provided by a local individual donor to make the space available for the first 12 months of the residency.”
Reese also explained that collaborations of this nature follow the goals of the Amplify Plan, adopted in 2018 by the City of Columbia and the One Columbia Board of Directors. “One of the primary goals of the Amplify Plan was to advocate for more opportunities for artists, and our partnership with Stormwater Studios is allowing us to continue to focus on that goal,” said Reese.
Greene’s residency begins May 1st, and his work will be included in the annual resident artist exhibitions during Vista Lights in November 2023 and Artista Vista in April 2024. In addition to participating in the group exhibitions, Greene will assist in the operational duties that keep the gallery open to the greater Columbia community. He will be able to share his voice at the monthly artist meetings as the group works to expand programming and opportunities for others in the community.
One Columbia for Arts & Culture is a non-profit organization formed to support and promote tourism in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to advise, amplify, and advocate for the unified arts and culture community. As the City’s designated local arts agency, One Columbia works to promote local artists and arts organizations, with the goal of raising the quality of life for our citizens, attracting tourist dollars to our city, and further enhancing our vibrant downtown.