the gibbes museum of art
Portrait of the artist by MCG Photography

Arianne King Comer

February 22, 2021 - April 3, 2021


Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, resides in North Charleston, SC as an artist, teacher, art consultant, and indigo advocate. In 1992, King Comer received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. Since then, the artist has developed and led community-based textile and multi-media programs which include Yoruba Design Workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, custom design classes for SPACE Gifted Student Program for Charleston County Schools as well as the SC Statewide Art Teacher's Workshop in Textile Design and Indigo Dyeing.

King Comer's work has been exhibited widely at prestigious institutions and galleries including the Columbia Museum of Art, City of Charleston's City Gallery at Waterfront Park, The Penn Center museum, and Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC. She is a board member of the International Center for the Indigo Culture (ICIC) and an SC representative for Economic Empowerment through Crafts through Bloomberg Philanthropy Project. King Comer is also an active member of the Gullah Society's Artist Program established in 2018.

While in residence at the Gibbes Museum, the artist will focus on several projects involving quilting a special piece for the Acres of Ancestry Initiative to a batik painting in remembrance of the Reburial of Enslaved on the ground of the Galliard at Anson and George Streets and in honor of the recently departed Doctor Ajani Ofunnyin.

Public Studio Hours

Tuesday 2 - 5 pm

Thursday 2 - 5 pm

Saturday 11 am - 3 pm

The Gibbes Visiting Artist Series complements our exhibition program and promotes creativity, new art forms, and offers perspective on larger community issues. The program features contemporary artists whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South.

Support for our Visiting Artist Series is generously provided by Art Bridges, Art Mag, SC Arts Commission, and the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.