This Month at Saul Alexander: TheDoc1998

"Dorian's Wake and the Search for Our Disappearing Manhood"

September 2019, I experienced my first hurricane. My only option was to shelter in place. Awaking, I began this series. The metaphors between the storm, the waiting, and the absence of men within my life pushed themselves through every space on my canvas. Entering my autumn years, this series pays tribute to my memories of manhood and the profound sadness of a life without love and family. It bears witness to the devastation the absence of manhood has had on our society. Among this destruction, my encounter with two men in Charleston, too uncommon to be considered rays of hope, are presented as swan songs of the manhood we once knew. 

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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 2020 has ended. The open submission period for 2021 artists is open through September 2020. 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 Jaclyn at 843-805-6842. For more information, please email [email protected].

Gallery Procedures

Artists must submit a current resume and eight to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs, CDs or other electronic media appropriate for display to the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the gallery to determine the suitability of the space for your work prior to submission.

At least five of the pieces submitted must be intended for the exhibit, while the rest can be representative examples of the applicant’s work. Each piece must be appropriately labeled with the artist's name, the title, medium and size. Preference will be given to newly created works, and art submissions should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Artists younger than 18 years old must have their parent or guardian sign the application as the responsible party. After the Gallery Committee has met to select the artists who will display their work during the upcoming year, those selected will be notified and assigned their exhibition month. The library’s executive director has final approval of all exhibitions.


Schedule of Exhibits

January 2020 Alyssa Hopkins Lowcountry Landscapes
February Alvin Glen Low Country Rhythms
March Jirah Perkins MSS MARY MACK: An Homage to Black Girl Nostalgia
April Katherine Taylor The Dream Chaser
May Mia Designs
June CCPL Cynthia Graham Hurd
July Andy Allen Facing Life
August Kalah Crawford After the Imagination: The Art of Progression
September TheDoc1998 Dorian's Wake and the Search for Our Disappearing Manhood
October Alston Singletary Sweetness, Pleasantness, My Delight
November Stephanie Ondo Blue, Red, Gold
December Bette Mueller-Romer Remembered Voices: Women In Literature


Previously in the Gallery

August - Kalah Crawford

Artist Kalah Crawford, based out of Columbia, SC, recently found her passion in the art industry. She specializes in acrylic paintings of women, animals, school logos, fraternities and sororities, just to name a few. Her art reflects her personal qualities -- it's inspired to tell a story and capture the attention of her audience; it’s complicated, and it’s an expression without boundaries. Crawford uses art as a medium to share her personal experiences, and she invites the audience to travel through the stories of her paintings just as they'd travel through the pages of a book.

July - Andy Allen

This exhibition features portraits of cancer patients. Andy Allen photographs his subjects with minimal props, in front of neutral backgrounds. He wishes to show the happiness of life through photographic images by capturing smiles and forever preserving images of courage, beauty and dignity. The images are not of sick kids and adults, but of strong and beautiful people filled with hope. Andy’s personal experience of battling cancer through chemotherapy and radiation therapy at a young age has shaped who he is, and his purpose to photograph.

May - Mia Lassiter

Mia Lassiter is a 16-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 has won top prizes at the Coastal Carolina Fair, including first place in the sewing category this year. In April 2019, Mia had a solo visual arts exhibition entitled “Places and Faces of Charleston” at the Saul Alexander Gallery, and she's thrilled to be selected again by the gallery, this time to showcase a collection of her original garments and fashion illustrations.