Archive for August, 2011

Tracking the Numbers of the August 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts in the First Ten Days of August

Friday, August 12th, 2011


Well, the numbers are much better this month – especially since we had no holiday to compete with at the beginning of the month.

This month in the first ten day, the August 2011 issue of Carolina Arts was downloaded 43,731 times – compared to just 29, 544 in the first ten days in July. In fact, we had more downloads of the paper in the first two days of August than in all of July. We’re still dealing with the dog days of Summer, but that’s 4 times the amount of papers we use to print in the old days. People sure do like the easy access they have to Carolina Artsnow that it’s available online at (

The (others) came in at 18,672 – just 300 more that at the same time in July. But pay no attention to that number – we don’t know what it represents.

In those same ten days our website attracted 204,908 hits and 28,641 sessions – where people spent time calling up various pages from this month and pages from all the way back to July 1999.

The count for those who are downloading our previous issues is as follows:

March 2011 – 853 – a real drop from last month, but still the all time leader.

June 2011 – 260 – a big improvement since there was no count during the first ten days in July.

July 2011 – 213 – which was good – lots of info in that issue is still current.

February 2011 – 60 – probably first time visitors checking out older issues or artists who are still checking it out to see if their images are still part of that issue. We don’t usually take any thing out of past issues – history is history.

The Jan. 2011, Apr. 2011, and May 2011 issue were a no show in the top 1000 on our stats list. Hopefully they will gain some readers by the end of the month.

That’s the numbers so far – check back at the end of the month for the totals.

I want to thank all those people who went to our Facebook page and did a “like” for Carolina Arts. I made a special request in my e-mail blast at the beginning of the month when we announced the new issue was ready. If you haven’t done that yet – please do at (

And, if you have never sent the link for the paper out to your e-mail list, but would like to spread the news about the Carolina visual art community, the link is (

SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, Announces FY2012 Artist Fellowships

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

A Little Commentary on this Announcement

I have no problem with these selections – I think they’re both great, but I’ve got a few problems with the process. First, I’m not sure if the problem is that so few artists are applying for these fellowships or if it’s the fact that the same people keep applying for it, but it’s a shame with so many talented artists in this state that we have repeat winners. Also, I don’t think the Arts Commission should have people with close ties to SC’s art community on the selection panel.

But, why beat a dead horse. Nothing will change while the same folks are in charge.

Here’s the press release – I added the images of work by each artist. I guess the Arts Commission thinks photos of the artists are more important than examples of their work.


The South Carolina Arts Commission Board in Columbia, SC, has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to two South Carolina visual artists in the categories of visual arts and craft. Each artist receives $5,000.

This year’s fellows are:
Visual Arts: Jonathan Brilliant, Richland County
Craft: Russell Biles, Greenville County

“The arts, and all the benefits they bring, depend on capable artists, who are central to the creative industries in our state,” said SC Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “The fellowships offer resources that artists can use to advance their careers. We’re fortunate to have funds to award thanks to a generous contribution from the South Carolina Arts Foundation.”

The SC Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. The visual arts and craft panelists were: Rene Barilleaux, chief curator/curator of art after 1945, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Lia Rose Newman, director of programs and exhibitions, Artspace, Inc, Raleigh, NC; and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, president, North Bennet Street School, Boston.

The South Carolina Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the education and arts development programs of the SC Arts Commission, funded three of the four fellowships awarded this year (two others in Music). Individual artists working in poetry, prose, dance performance and dance choreography can apply for the 2012-2013 fellowship awards. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2011.

FY2012 SC Arts Commission Artist Fellows’ Biographies

Jonathan Brilliant, Richland County – Visual Arts Fellow


Jonathan Brilliant holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and a Master of Fine Arts in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University. He has served as a visiting artist and artist-in-residence for numerous communities, schools and universities, including the Ox-Bow School of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, Redux Contemporary Art Center, University of Oklahoma, University of Memphis, and recently for the East/West Project in Berlin, Germany. In 2007, Brilliant was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center. In 2009 he received the juror’s award at the National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and was named a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow alternate. Brilliant creates compositional elements by weaving, welding and stacking various mediums, including such re-purposed coffee shop items as stirrers, lids and cups. From May 2009 – December 2010 he conducted his “Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour,” a series of site-specific installations in 13 galleries on two continents. In September 2010, Brilliant was named the winner of the Columbia Design League’s inaugural “Play With Your City” public art competition. In addition to site-specific installations, Brilliant works with drawing, sculpture and photography and lectures at universities across the country.

Russell Biles, Greenville County – Craft Fellow


Russell Biles received his Bachelor of Visual Arts in Sculpture from Winthrop University. His works have been displayed throughout the Southeast and are in collections from Arizona to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Described as a “sculptural satirist,” Biles focuses on culture’s obsession with celebrity to engage his audience. His works range from 1 to 10 feet in scale and have been featured in many national publications, including American Craft and The Ceramic Narrative. Biles received the Juror’s Choice Award for his work, “The Red Clay Survey,” at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 1994 and was named a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow in 2001. He continues to serve the arts community by doing commissioned work and providing workshops, school residencies, master classes and other educational programs. In September, his work will be displayed in “Contradictions,” an exhibition at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives Grant from NC Arts council

Sunday, August 7th, 2011


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Randolph County has been awarded $20,412 from the North Carolina Arts Council for State Arts Resources, and $8,000 for the Traditional Arts Program in the Schools held each year in the Center’s educational building for fifth grade students from the Seagrove Elementary School in Seagrove, NC.

Board president, Linda Carnes-McNaughton said “State funds allow Randolph County to provide quality arts programming for students and adults, while also sustaining our local economy.”


Last year, the North Carolina Pottery Center provided programming for more than 11,000 visitors, including students. Highlights of our programming is the Traditional Arts Program In Schools held each year at the Center’s education building in partnership with the Seagrove Elementary School. The two ten-week workshops are conducted by local fifth-generation potter Sid Luck. Educational programs are also provided by the Center at the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival held in Hickory, NC, each March by well-known pottery historian, Dr. Charles “Terry” Zug of Chapel Hill, NC, and at the local Seagrove Celebration of Seagrove Potters held each November which provides exhibits and educational information to pottery attendees.

“The support of our grants program by the General assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the NC Arts Council. “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

More than 8.7 million people participated in NC Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 2.9 million of these were children and youth.

The NC Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens to all 100 counties of NC. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.


The NC Arts Council is a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at (

The North Carolina Pottery Center offers educational opportunities to statewide schools and individuals, changing historical and contemporary exhibitions, demonstrations, and information about statewide potters. The NCPC is a private nonprofit entity, funded primarily through memberships, grants, admissions, and appropriations.

The Center is open, Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am to 4pm, admission (excluding free special events): $2 – adults, $1 – students 9th through 12th grades, free – children through 8th grade, and free – NCPC members.  Handicap accessible. Groups and tours welcomed.

For further information and details call 336/873-8430, e-mail to ( or visit (

Tracking the Numbers of the July 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011


If you want a lesson into why you should avoid planning any event at the same time as a major holiday weekend – the stats for our July 2011 issue of Carolina Arts can be a good example. Unfortunately we’ll have to deal with two such events each year – New Year’s Eve and Day and July 4th. Labor Day could be a problem, but by that time people are ready for Summer to be over and at least here in the South – children will be back in school.

The total number of downloads of the PDF of the July 2011 issue was 33,726. That’s down almost 20,000 from June and a little more than half the total for May. But, nothing illustrates the impact of the July 4th weekend better than the fact that in the first two days of August – our August 2011 issue has been downloaded over 34,000 times.

I’ve got some ideas about changing that effect next year. First, I’ll make sure our July issue contains a blistering commentary – as long as I can find something or someone to rag on. Then I might delay our e-mail blast or at least send it twice as a reminder. And, maybe it’s time to present our first nude cover. After all, what are the arts without nudity. The big question will be – male, female or animal?

One odd, but shinning factor of the July stats was that our website set a record for visitor sessions – 81, 442. The next highest was during May with 68,418. What does this mean?

Well it’s clear that during the beginning of July, not many of our regular friends sent the link of our PDF out on their e-mail lists or those people who receive that e-mail didn’t see it as they were busy celebrating our nation’s birthday, recovering from that celebration, or were in the process of escaping from reality to what some folks call vacation. It also means that in the void of that wave of e-mails spreading around – folks went to our website to find out what was going on – all on their own – which is great. You don’t have to download the PDF to find out what’s going on at the website. We’ll see if those numbers keep up next month or fall back to normal. We already know the PDF e-mail wave is working better this month.

The Other Numbers

And, let’s start out with the (other) which totaled to 64,808 in July. Here’s a link to an explanation of the (other). I’m tired of talking about them.

As far as downloads of back issues, the ever popular March 2011 issue drew in 5,512 downloads – half of what it did in June. The January 2011 issue attracted 754 downloads, February received 330, June received 236, May just 61, and the April issue was once again a no show – so far down the list I couldn’t find it.

But here’s the strange thing about that. The July issue had 471,408 hits. Our all time winner as far as hits goes was that April 2011 issue which attracted 723,940 hits.

One day I’ll run into someone who has a PhD in Internet stats and maybe they can explain some of these mysteries as I am at a loss for figuring some of these things out.


And, during the rest of August I’m going to spend my days in meditation on the top of a mountain in Katmandu, dreaming at night of Summer days when I went swimming in Lake Superior as a young boy, and keeping an eye on the clock waiting for 5pm when I take a break and go downstairs to the cooler part of our home to watch old episodes of Cheers or maybe the NFL Network now that there is going to be a Pro Football season.


What gets you through August in the Carolinas?

One more thing. This month we also asked those folks on our e-mail list if they would help increase the number of “Likes” on Carolina Arts‘ Facebook page at ( We’ve already received about 30 in the first two days pushing us over 300. We’re hoping to get to a number which is more a reflection of our readership – in the 1,000s one day. Help us out if you can.

The August 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready

Monday, August 1st, 2011


The August 2011 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 58 pages of it. We had over 33,000 downloads of the July 2011 issue. That’s down from previous issue, but not bad for a Summer issue.
We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community by spreading the link around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community of the Carolinas they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook page.

So download that PDF and dig in – it’s going to take a while to get through this issue. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

A Special Request This Month!

We could use a few more “likes” on our Facebook page at ( Our current numbers don’t reflect the number of people reading our paper. Not everyone’s on Facebook, but we thing there are more of you out there that could give us a “like”.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland