Plans are in the works for the Halsey Institute’s annual juried art exhibition, Young Contemporaries. The opening reception is set for April 1, and the show will feature works from some of the brightest College of Charleston arts students.

This year’s exhibition juror is Mary Jane Jacob, who works as chief curator of the Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Los Angeles. She is also a sculpture professor and director of exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Locally, Jacobs is known for some major work in Charleston, particularly with Spoleto. In 1991, she organized a major site-specific exhibition called "Places with a Past." The New York Times said it "may be the most moving and original exhibition of contemporary art in the United States this season."

Jacobs presents a lecture on Fri. March 19 at 7 p.m. According to the Halsey website, Jacob will talk about her work: "an intersection of artistic, curatorial, public, and community practices." The lecture will take place in Room 309 of the Simons Center and is free and open to the public.

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