This Month at Saul Alexander: 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.

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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 Craford 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

April - Katherine Taylor

Katherine Taylor is a photographer living on Johns Island. In the past two years she has had her work shown at North Charleston Arts Fest, City Gallery Charleston, Redux Art Gallery, and several coffeehouses, as well as having a photo chosen to appear in Charleston Magazine. Her exhibit, "The Dream Chaser," explores her lifelong relationship with insomnia. In this series she explores the isolation of sleeplessness and the often hallucinogenic quality of night.

March - Jirah Perkins

Jirah Perkins is a 23-year-old emerging artist in the Lowcountry. She believes that collective work and responsibility are pertinent in creating a cohesive and understanding being. Perkins experiments through different mediums and styles with a focus on empowering and uplifting women. This exhibition is inspired by the children’s singing and clapping game, “Miss Mary Mack.” In African-American communities, the many hand games played represented a communal expression of upbringing before the systematic erasure of adolescence. "Miss Mary Mack" honors the flair, togetherness and unadulterated joy of black girlhood.

February - Alvin Glen

Implementation of the rice pounding sounds into spiritual and secular rhythms changed the pulse of Charleston and the world. The featured images in this exhibition illustrate the brilliant hopes of the freed African -- the sounds of those pounding rice and creating what one can only imagine as the root sounds of gospel and jazz music in America. Observe the images on display, and imagine the rhythms and vocals as the rice was pounded, celebrating freedom, self-sustenance, and the new spirit in the life of the community. Alvin Glen was born in Dorchester, SC, and he grew up in a rural farm area during the end of "Jim Crow" rule. Glen was exposed to civil rights and religious leaders, and his family taught him how to positively blend those exposures.