This Month at Saul Alexander: Mia Lassiter

"Faces and Places of Charleston"

Mia Lassiter is a 15-year-old fashion and costume design student at Charleston County School of the Arts. From a young age, she has enjoyed creating artwork and experimenting with a variety of mediums and subjects. She won second place in the 2016 Quest Visual Arts contest, as well as second place in the sewing category at the 2018 Coastal Carolina Fair. Mia’s art concentration is in realistic portraiture created primarily in graphite and charcoal. Her exhibition features a collection of portraits and landscapes that represent local Charlestonians and Charleston’s scenic views. 

The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held April 1 from 6-7 p.m.



About the Saul Alexander Gallery

The Saul Alexander Gallery provides space for juried solo or group art exhibitions at the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, S.C. The gallery submission period for consideration in 2019 has ended. The open submission period for 2020 artists will open February 1, 2019. Download the 2019 artists booklet.

The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month. Artist submissions must include a gallery application, which is available online or by calling 843-805-6946. For more information, please email [email protected].

Gallery Procedures

The exhibition space serves as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency. Featured artists are selected by a jury of local art professionals, and the CCPL Gallery Committee selects artists and craftsmen on the basis of the quality of their work and its suitability for the space.


Schedule of Exhibits

January 2019 James Lawton Mountain
February kolpeace Resilient
March Women's Artists' Community & Outreach Free Form
April Mia Lassiter Faces and Places of Charleston
May Raven Greene New Moon Visuals
June Catherine Lamkin, et al. Come By Hyar: Songs of Resistance, Hope and Love in Honor of Black History Month
July Chelle Fazal Feathered Friends
August John Galgano Shot in the Face of Adversity
September Jane Ann Sweeny Woodcuts in the Lowcountry
October Michele Leone Eastside AS IS
November Dayton Colie Shared Circles
December Meryl Weber Broken Pieces

Previously in the Gallery

March - WA CO

Throughout art history, the female body has served as inspiration for countless artists. However, the art work recognized as great or iconic, even those centered on the feminine form, have primarily come from male artists. Women Artists’ Community and Outreach presents an exhibition to subvert the male gaze in the art world and display the feminine form through a feminine gaze. “Free Form” is an exhibition meant to provide women artists a chance to reclaim their gender’s own image. Their perspectives vary from erotic, autobiographical, documentary, or simply appreciative.

February - kolpeace

People don't like what they don't understand. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Charleston Activist Network (CAN) in loving memory of African-American activists who fought for what they believe in. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held Feb. 4 from 6-7 p.m. Join Kolpeace before the reception at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium for a conversation with CAN. This will be broadcast live on the CAN podcast.


January - James Lawton

James Lawton is a former graphic and digital designer who now works as a freelancer and artist. He has worked in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico. This is a series of images taken during walks in the French and Swiss Alps. The strong contrast of the snow and rocks in the mountains provides potent opportunities to find beautiful design elements such as shapes, patterns and lines. The play of light across the deep sky and through moving clouds greatly enhances these effects. All of the featured images share a sense of drama from the tones created by the play of light through clouds on the white snow and dark rocks.