[image-1]Caroline M. Self, an abstract impressionist artist with nationwide renown, has come to the Charleston area to serve as Artist-in-Residence for The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Recently, Self’s painting “Life” won a purchase award at the 41st Lyndon House Arts Center Exhibition in Athens, Ga., where she served for nine years as the art education program specialist. 

Self’s artist-in-residence program requires that she be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours, at a minimum of two hour increments, at North Charleston schools. She will also be available to host workshops for all-ages groups in the community. 

Self has been noted as following in the footsteps of artistic giants from Van Gogh to Kandinsky, evoking an emotional presence in her works. Each piece seeks to awaken a certain sense: either of tension, ease, or a stark blend of both. Even so, Self’s work is not merely passive, but meant to “create lasting, meaningful experiences” that incorporate “experiential learning,” says North Charleston’s Cultural Art Department’s Deputy Director, Ann Simmons.

Self will have an exhibition on display at the Charleston Area Convention Center throughout Dec.-Jan., 2017. There will be a free gallery reception and artist meet-and-greet Dec. 1.