The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and Adams Outdoor Advertising is excited to announce the five artists selected to receive billboards for a year as part of the ArtPop Street Gallery! Read about them below and be on the lookout for their art around town! #Enjoyyourcommute #ArtPopCHS



Laura Dargan, Jury Selectionunnamed Winner

I am a self-taught abstract painter originally from Columbia, SC but forever grounded in Charleston. My goal as an artist is to create visual energy that feels good to the eye by combining color and design in ways that offer movement and emotion that is specific to the viewer. I draw inspiration from many different aspects of my surroundings  – color, landscape, architecture, etc. Always working towards fresh ideas for new pieces, I mix it up with different media on wood, canvas, and paper while experimenting with different techniques and products and learning from various sources of inspiration. Constantly growing and developing, I continue to find gratification in painting and sharing my love of art with others.


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Kate Hooray Osmond, Jury Selection Winner

Kate Osmond is a Charleston based artist who explores the way to portray the 21st century experience. She focuses on the coexistence of humanity and his natural environment and captures daily life and industry by traveling in a helicopter to find inspiration for her paintings. Her works can be found in private collections from Coast to Coast. She is the recipient of the 2017 Griffith Reyburn Award for Lowcountry Artist. Her studio is located at Redux Contemporary Art Center and she is completing her MFA at MICA in Balimore, MD.

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Duval Headshot Barbara Duval, Jury Selection Winner

Born and raised in the hardscrabble section of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, Barbara Duval received a BFA Degree from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University.  In 1982, after completing her studies at Yale, she decided to head South, to be a part of the College of Charleston community. In 1985 she was the recipient of a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship to study painting and graphic art in Belgium, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin Germany in 1987. Other awards which she has received include a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, two South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships, a D.A.A.D. Grant to Germany, an NEH Summer Stipend and two Ford Foundation Grants. Duval’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad, and is included in numerous public and private collections, among them: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Art Center in Osaka Japan. At the College of Charleston, she teaches all forms of printmaking and sometimes painting and drawing.  She is an avowed dog lover, which most would agree, is essential to artistic and teaching excellence. 



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Sarah Buell Dowling, Jury Selection Winner

Sarah Buell Dowling is an award-winning artist and illustrator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art (Boston), she continued her post-graduate studies at Montserrat College of Art (MA), and with nationally recognized artists. Recognitions for Sarah’s art include first prize in water media at the Biennale National Exhibition 2015 in Hilton Head Island, SC, and others. Sarah has illustrated three books, one winning the Mom’s Choice Award, and several children’s toys, one receiving Toys of the Year award from Parenting Magazine.

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JANIE BALL - credit Christine Hamrick PhotographyJanie Ball, Community Choice Winner

Janie Ball has been engaged in creating art in Charleston, for as long as she can remember. Her desire to be a professional artist led to her decision to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a BFA and a BGD. Janie paints daily, on location or in her light-filled studio and weekly with the Sullivan’s Island Plein Air Painters. Her oil paintings are known for their strong graphic compositions. Each painting is composed of thoughtful shapes of color which when visually combined by the viewer “paint” the image, be it plein air, contemporary realism, or abstract expressionism. Janie lives with her husband, Charlie Aikman, and their children on Sullivan’s Island, where she is continuing to chart her creative path as an oil painter. Janie is active in the local arts community as a member of the Charleston Artist Collective.