Update July 28: The Redux Contemporary Art expansion is a week from being completed, and from what we can see so far, it looks incredible.
Redux will now have space for 35 studios, additional galleries, and more workshops. Some of the changes you can expect are:
- Being greeted by a welcoming lobby as you enter the building
- A large, brightly-lit gallery to house exceptional art
- A large space designated for workshops and classes
- The only public darkroom in town
- Quieter, more private workspace for artists at the building next door to Redux's original building
- A printshop offering everything from screenprinting to letterpress
On August 5th, you'll have the chance to check out Redux's improved new digs during their Social Velocity exhibition featuring works by Ryan Mandell and Joseph Labate.
In the meantime, get a sneak peek at the changes over at Charleston City Paper's post here.
Update June 13: Construction has officially begun at Redux Contemporary Art Center.
Redux is expanding in order to enhance exhibition, studio, and classroom spaces. Working in a collaborative approach with planners, architects, Redux members, and studio artists, a space has been designed that will better address the diverse needs of the arts community here in Charleston County.
For more on the expansion plans, read below.
Update January 5: As you may have heard, Redux Contemporary Art Center is expanding to enhance our exhibition, studio, and classroom spaces.
Working in a collaborative approach with planners, architects, Redux members, and studio artists, a space has been designed that the powers that be feel will better address the diverse needs of the arts community here in Charleston County.
Some of the features of the proposed reuse and redesign:
- 22 Private Artist Studios: By expanding our capacity for studios from 15 to 22, and creating secure storage within the facility, we will be able to provide artists with more professional spaces for the creation, exhibition, and sale of their work in the heart of downtown Charleston.
- Dedicated Classrooms: The redesigned floor plan of our building will have an immediate impact on our already busy education and outreach programs. We'll now be able to hold classes and host lectures in dedicated, renovated spaces with improved climate controls, sound, and lighting.
- Larger Galleries: The main gallery will significantly increase in size and height, and will have state-of-the-art lighting and an open floor plan that will facilitate the exhibition of national and international artists in Charleston. In addition to bringing in work from outside the Southeast, Redux will continue to expand our assistance for local artists through exhibition opportunities.
- Expanded Print Shop and Darkroom: The printmaking studio at Redux offers space for screen printing, block printing, intaglio, drypoint, monotypes and letterpress, and is the only public print shop in Charleston. Redux also offers the only public darkroom in Charleston, and our equipment and space get a lot of use. Our expansion will allow us to construct dedicated and expanded spaces for the print shop and darkroom, while remaining available for classes and exhibitions of print work.
The tax-deductible contributions of donors like you have made it possible for Redux to continue to cultivate a visible presence for the visual arts through our work. The master plan of the redesign is shown above, and if you'd like to contribute, here's how.
First reporting: Redux Contemporary Art Center, downtown Charleston's hot spot for all things art is talking major expansion.
After nearly eight years in their St. Philip Street spot, the Redux crew is awaiting the final approval to take over the neighboring building and double in size. Renovating the proposed building will cost around $80,000 and will provide new studio and classroom space, bigger and better darkroom and printshop facilities, and give resident artists uninterrupted 24-hour access to studios.
The Charleston City Paper has the exciting news, so hop on over and read their post on the proposed expansion plan.