"We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd. We want substance in the place of popularity. We want to think our own thoughts. We want love, not lies. We want knowledge, understanding and peace. We will not lose. - Lupe Fiasco
Robert Lange Studios has been voted Best Art Gallery in Charleston for the last four years by the Charleston City Paper and Nathan Durfee has received the award for Best Visual Artist. In addition, the gallery was voted Best Art Gallery 2015 by Charleston Living Magazine. Gallery owners Megan and Robert Lange are committed to providing a forum for art based on individuals, subjective style and awareness. This dedication has created a reputation for the gallery of consistently finding new and interesting artists that stand out for their imagination and distinctive personal touch. The gallery is a member of Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association, French Quarter Gallery Association, Redux Contemporary, and Halsey Institute.
Robert Lange Studios is a gallery space run by artist and gallery owners Megan and Robert Lange. As such, it is dedicated to the development of an on-going dialogue between artists from a diverse range of artistic disciplines at differing levels of their careers.
The RLS Residency program invites international and national artists to live in a residency space situated within the gallery. Located at 2 Queen Street in the heart of historic Charleston, SC we provide a platform for experimentation that gives exposure to diverse and dynamic art practices developing locally, regionally, and around the world. Working with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, The Gibbes Museum, or Redux Contemporary Art Center by housing visiting artists who are creating exhibits, we aim to facilitate creative networks and connect the local art community with the global sphere of contemporary art.
In addition to working with the Halsey, Gibbes & Redux the RLS Residency is available via an application process to artists and other related professionals. Visiting artists have had an amazing and inspiring experience while staying inside the 6000 sq-foot art gallery housed in one of the oldest buildings in Charleston. The historically marked building from 1670 has a newly renovated two-bedroom space with the option for a studio.
Charleston is filled with art, culture, and food and the community embraces creativity. We’re located on the same street as the Dock Street Theater, Foot Light Players Theater, HUSK Restaurant, as well as six of the city’s best galleries. Less than a block from East Bay Street and the waterfront, everything is within walking distance including local Museums. The location of this building is unmatched, the history can be felt in the walls, and the space itself is snuggled within a gallery that has been featured in American Art Collector, National Geographic Traveler, the Huffington Post, in Architectural Digest, on MSNBC, and voted the best Gallery in Charleston. For submission guidelines please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read about writer Janna McMahan’s experience during her residency: http://charlestonmag.com/features/writer_in_residence
2013 Residency Artists: Long-Bin Chen, sculptor from Taiwan, Joseph Burwell, mixed media works on paper from Iceland, Renee Stout, photographer from Pennsylvania, Jody Zellen, installation art from California, Amy Lind, painter from Savannah, Paul Sobchuk, photographer from Maine, June Stratton, painter from Savannah, Ethan Deihl, painter from Texas, Adam Hall, painter from Nashville, Mia Bergeron, painter from Chattanooga, Sara + Shane Scribner, painters from San Francisco, Danny Robbins, painter from Richmond
2014 Residency Artists: Kimberly Witham, sculptor from Boston, Bob Trotman, sculptor from Winston-Salem, Jody Zellen all things art creative from Los Angeles, Matthew Cornell, painter from NY, Don Clapper, International Guild of Realism director, Tracy Adler, Wellin Museum director from NY, Alyson Shotz, sculptor from Sweden, Cedric Tai, installation and performance from Detroit, James Brendan Williams, sculptor from Manhattan Beach, California, Leo Osborn, sculptor from MA, Francis Smith, photographer for American Art Collector from Scottsdale, Arizona, June Stratton painter from Savannah, Mia Bergeron, painter from TN, Sergio Lopez, painter from California, Ethan Diehl, painter from Iowa City, Adam Hall, painter from TN, Matthew Bober + Tiffany Sage, painters from NY.
2015 Residency Artists: Christopher Cerrone, composer from Hunnington NY, Hon Chen + Margaret Lee working with sculptor Alyson Shotz', Jiha Moon painter from Seoul Korea, Danielle Wyckoff installation artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Janna McMahan novelist from Kentucky, Adam Hall, painter from Nashville, Leo Osborn sculptor from MA, Joshua Flint, painter from Portland OR, Matthew Bober + Tiffany Sage, painters from NY, Craig Meyer drummer for Rachel Platten from NY, Jon + Reed Van Nort musicians from NY
2016 Visting Artists: Bob Ray, painter from MO, Lauren Holmer, artist from NC, June Stratton, painter from Savannah, John Gordon, documentary film maker from CA, Lizzie Truman, photographer from Virginia, Tom Patterson, Lucien Shapiro sculptor, Melissa Stern artist and journalist from NY, Peter Drake painter and dean of NYAA, Michelle Jader painter from CA, Christopher Williams conceptual artist from CA, Peter Cole head of Gamblin Paint, Adam Hall painter from TN, Matt Bober painter from NY, Dan Rybicky + Aaron Wickenden documentary film makers, Sara Angelucci artist from Toronto, Matthew Fifer Filmmaker from NY, Nathan Durfee painter from CA, Olivia Poole editor from Art Mag, Rachel Gordon clothing designer, Victor Grasso painter from NJ, Fahamu Pecou Fine Art meets Hip Hop from NY
2017 Visting Artists: David Eichenberg painter from OH, Patrick Dougherty sculptor from Oklahoma, Nathan Durfee painter from CA, Brett Scheifflee painter from NY, Henry Schreiber painter from NC, Mia Bergeron + John McCloud painter and sculptor from TN, Mary Wutz clothing designer from HI, Drew Deane painter from NC....
Robert Lange Studios and artists all understand the importance of charitable giving. Each year RLS artists donate well over $40,000 in original art work to organizations ranging from the national American Heart Association to local charities like school drives. In addition, the gallery space itself is offered to local charity organizations for events free of charge and a number of RLS artists volunteer their time working with students. In 2014 we established the RLS scholarship fund, providing an annual scholarship to one graduating senior majoring in art at the Collage of Charleston. The award is given each year to an artist who plans to stay in Charleston and create a body of work after graduation. The award recipient is chosen by the assistant director of the Halsey Institute during the Young Contemporaries Exhibit.
Simply email 6-8 recent works along with a link to your website and anything else you would like to include. We would prefer that you not send physical submissions or pop in with a portfolio. Robert and Megan take each submission seriously and you can expect an email response back. Once or twice a year we host group shows that are often theme based and artists are welcome to resubmit for that specific show, including shows we curate at the Vendue Hotel. You can keep an eye out for call for entries on our Facebook, twitter, and blog pages.
In addition to the gallery's 6,000 square foot space on Queen Street, in 2014 RLS expanded to curate the exhibition space at The Vendue, Charleston's art hotel. The hotel's public areas feature 2-3 different exhibits per year, presenting the best in progressive art. The inaugural event in June of 2014 titled "Here Now" brought together works from six local Charleston galleries. The hotel was named by Travel + Leisure the 4th best hotel in the US and we appeared on the Today show shortly after the announcement. Owners Jon and Lisa Weitz have continued their dedication to the arts by recently purchasing a number of works for the hotels permanent collection. The current artist in residence at the hotel is Fred Jamar.
Our goal is to propel creativity!