“A Charleston artist and preservationist, capturing local history through his keen observations.” @ The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The majority of Mr. Ramsey’s artwork is identifiable and connected to specific addresses. However, this page is a compilation of the artwork which is unidentified. According to the Halsey’s Curator, Maya McGauley, these are pieces Mr. Ramsey calls his – “imagination buildings, influenced by particular elements he studies on other buildings.” When and if additional information and historic data on this group of his artwork is provided R&R, we will update the gallery.
In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful display as well as the dozens of pages of his preservation outreach, displayed throughout Roots and Recall’s Charleston pages. Here are four sites you will surely enjoy. We also encourage R&R users to take time to visit Mr. Ramsey’s art exhibit at the Halsey!
Preservation Art at Work: Courtesy of Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art: Rick Rhodes – photographer, Ronald Ramsey artist – preservationist, 2017. (For the last several decades, native Charlestonian Ronald Wayne Ramsey has focused on meticulously documenting historical buildings—particularly those slated for demolition—in his hometown. As old buildings in the historically-minded city become condemned and readied for demolition, he secrets himself inside and liberates various seemingly mundane objects from their impending destruction. Such objects, like hinges, shutter dogs, decorative ironwork, doorknobs, and other ubiquitous building artifacts gain new relevance once they become part of his salvaged collection, which traces architectural styles from Charleston’s rich architectural legacy. Along with these objects, Ramsey creates fastidiously detailed drawings of old building facades in the city. Text from the Ahead of the Wrecking Ball Exhibit – 2017)
Click on the More Information links, found under the primary image to discover additional information about the artist.
Explore history, houses, and stories across S.C. Your membership provides you with updates on regional topics, information on historic research, preservation, and monthly feature articles. But remember R&R wants to hear from you and assist in preserving your own family genealogy and memorabilia.
Visit the Southern Queries – Forum to receive assistance in answering questions, discuss genealogy, and enjoy exploring preservation topics with other members. Also listed are several history and genealogical researchers for hire.
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IMAGE GALLERY – Ronald Ramsey’s Unidentified Artwork
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Please enjoy this structure and all those listed in Roots and Recall. But remember each is private property. So view them from a distance or from a public area such as the sidewalk or public road.
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