Halsey Institute Of Contemporary Art Announces Major Endowment Gift From The Joanna Foundation


CHARLESTON, SC - The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce a major gift of $50,000 to their endowment by The Joanna Foundation of Sullivan's Island, SC. This is the Foundation's second major gift to the Halsey Institute, donating $20,000 in 2015.

The Joanna Foundation's $50,000 gift is presented as a naming gift for the Halsey Institute's Video Cavern screening room of their gallery spaces. The Halsey Institute produces videos to accompany its exhibitions. Emmy award-winning videographers have created videos that document the artists' creative processes and personal styles. These videos offer insights and allow visitors to deepen their understanding of the featured artist. In 2013, the Halsey Institute commissioned artist Michael James Moran to create a video viewing environment within the galleries. He chose to create a cavern, complete with stalactites and stalagmites, composed of stratified layers of wood. In addition to the video cavern, the videos can be viewed on the Halsey Institute's website.

The Joanna Foundation supports organizations and programs that strengthen community capacity and enhance individual involvement in achieving a better quality of life.

Joanna Foundation Board of Trustees Executive Vice President Peggy Schachte said, "The Joanna Foundation is proud to be a permanent part of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. We think this is a natural fit. Both organizations respect the past but look to the future and work to recognize the efforts of people who are making a meaningful difference in creative and sometimes unconventional ways."

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art director and chief curator Mark Sloan said, "The naming of the Video Cavern is a wonderful culmination of a decades long association between the Joanna Foundation and the Halsey Institute. The Joanna Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Halsey Institute, but this is their biggest commitment to us yet. We are both thrilled and humbled by their generosity and hope to use this gift as leverage for other donations from like-minded individuals and/or foundations. The Trustees of the Joanna Foundation have all demonstrated their commitment to the primacy of creativity in modern society."


The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art seeks to further their mission and elevate their national recognition as a portal for inspiration and discovery through the establishment of an endowment. The fully funded $2.5 million endowment will provide a solid base for their work of producing high quality exhibitions for emerging, mid-career, and oddly-overlooked artists. To augment the reach and value of the exhibitions, they also provide extensive documentation of each project, producing videos, catalogues, and educational brochures in addition to high resolution installation images. The exhibitions are accompanied by free public programs and an active guided tours program that focuses on the tri-county's K-12 students. The Halsey Institute prides itself on being a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world.

In 2017, the Halsey Institute's large gallery space was named in honor of Deborah A. Chalsty. Space and program naming opportunities are still available. A PDF of the space naming and program naming opportunities can be downloaded here.

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