Community Curator Megan Pinckney Rutherford in conversation with designer Sergio Hudson, along with Inga Beckham, co-owner of the Sergio Hudson brand, and co-creative director Charles Lynch. | Photo by Crush Rush for The Columbia Museum of Art
Born in Ridgeway, SC, Sergio Hudson has become one of the biggest names in the fashion industry — and now, his work is on display at the Columbia Museum of Art.
“Sergio Hudson: Focused on the Fit” was organized with help from Community Curator Megan Pinckney Rutherford. We recently got to speak with Megan about the exhibition and her experience bringing it to the CMA:
Q: We’re excited for a behind-the-scenes look at “Sergio Hudson: Focused on the Fit.” Before we dive in, mind telling our readers a little bit about yourself? A: I was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and as long as I can remember I’ve loved fashion. I started reading fashion magazines in middle school and would spend hours using them to make collages. So I guess it wasn’t so surprising when I ended up in the fashion merchandising program at USC. During my senior year, I competed at Miss USA, and then a few months later started a personal blog. In the 10 years since then, I’ve been able to use my knowledge of the fashion industry to develop a personal brand that uses imagery to market products and services.
Q: You served as a Community Curator for this exhibition — what was that like? A: Unreal! It was a dream that I never knew I had. When I first pitched the idea to the museum, I never saw myself having any other role. But as it developed, it just made sense. And the entire experience felt like one giant internship, which was exciting, because how often do we get the opportunity to learn something brand new as an adult? But the CMA allowed me to work hand-in-hand with Jackie Adams: curating the pieces, choosing the layout, and even having input in colors and text.
Ask the Gardener Happy Hour: Proper Pruning | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 4-6 p.m. | Gardener’s Outpost, 1211 Franklin St., Columbia | Free | Welcome to a world of tips and tricks, especially as we get ready to trim those roses for Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Houseplant Social: A Rare Plant Sale Happy Hour | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | B.B. Barns of Irmo, 2840 Dreher Shoals Rd., Columbia | $20-$25 | Get 20% off storewide, VIP access to unique and rare houseplants, plant giveaways, and a private shop night, and more.
Pups & Pints Adoption Event | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-3 p.m. | Bierkeller Columbia, 600 Canalside St., Columbia | Free | Bring a leash, drink a pint, and speed date with the pups.
14th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-7 p.m. | City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia | $10 | Celebrate Mardi Gras with Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya at this annual parade and festival.
A new 124-room StudioRes extended-stay hotel by Marriott is proposed near Columbiana Centre Mall in the Harbison area. The hotel concept targets longer stays with features like weekly housekeeping. (The State)
Beulah Roasting Co., founded by Jessica and Jeremiah Sowards in Batesburg-Leesville, has sold over 2,000 coffee bags since opening last October. They plan to open a coffee shop + education center to teach homesteading skills, how to support local farmers, and ethical coffee sourcing. (Lexington Chronicle)
Tickets are on sale for COR’s Crash Course Columbia happening Thursday, March 7-Friday, March 8. The program engages participants with 10 tours across the city aiming to foster community investment and connection.
Outback Steakhouse is set to open a new location at 5595 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington in the space formerly occupied by O’Charley’s. This is the third Midlands location for the Florida-based chain. (The State)
Aflac awarded $411,824 to 50 SC nonprofits last year, supporting health, education, and aid for families facing cancer. Since 2016, Aflac has awarded over $2.4 million in grants.
A special election for an open Town Council seat in Blythewood is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both Richland and Fairfield County voters can vote at Blythewood Park, 126 Boney Rd.
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