Civil War photography show to close Jan. 5

The exhibition "Photography and the American Civil War," curated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Jeff L. Rosenheim and showing at the Gibbes Museum of Art, will close Jan. 5.

The critically acclaimed show seeks to explore "the role of the camera at a watershed moment in American culture."

Rosenheim, curator in charge in the Department of Photographs at The Met, first mounted the show in New York City. Since September, it has occupied both second-floor exhibit galleries at the Gibbes. Next month it goes to the New Orleans Museum of Art for its last viewing.

The exhibition focuses on the emergence of photography as a mass-market medium, and how the Civil War was represented and perceived as a result.

"We believe something like a million pictures were made in those four years," taken by 2,000 identified photographers, Rosenheim said. "That's a lot. It touched everybody."

The show can be viewed 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 135 Meeting St.

The cost is $9 adults; $7 seniors, students and military; $5 children 6-12; free for members and children under 6. For more information, go to www.gibbesmuseum.org.

Society 1858 invites artists to vie for prize

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 have introduced a new art competition.

"The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South," the Gibbes wrote in a press release.

Entries for the annual award will be accepted beginning Jan. 15, and can be submitted through May 2014 online only at 1858prize.org.

The prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians and the public.

To kick off the opening of submissions for the 2014 prize competition, Society 1858 is hosting its annual winter party 8-11 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Gibbes. It's called "Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope." Tickets are $50 for members, $80 for nonmembers.

Eligible artists are those who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia. The review panel will select the finalists in June, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner in September.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South.

Society 1858 is a group of young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. It takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established.

Spoleto announces programming update

Spoleto Festival USA announced a change to its 38th season lineup. New York City-based tap troupe Dorrance Dance, led by Michelle Dorrance will premiere "Delta to Dusk" instead of "The Blues Project."

In a program crafted specially for the festival, "Delta to Dusk" will explore a wide range of musical styles through tap and incorporate rarely seen and award-winning pieces with new choreography.

Vocalist Aaron Marcellus, an "American Idol" finalist, will provide musical accompaniment.

Dorrance Dance will present "Delta to Dusk," as well as its "SOUNDspace" program, at Memminger Auditorium. Tickets to this and all other Festival performances are available at spoletousa.org or by calling 579-3100.