Poster Design by Paul Cristina 

Poster Design by Paul Cristina 

On November 12, 2008, a disparate group of volunteers from a wide range of professions, interests, and experiences banded together to present the very first Pecha Kucha Night for the creatives of our community.  Who knew what would happen?

One thing that has happened: On October 5, 2017, almost NINE years later, a TWENTY-SEVENTH Pecha Kucha will blast into the Charleston Music Hall as a production of the second Charleston Arts Festival-- still all-volunteer and still edgy and thought-provoking.

This batch of stellar presenters will be eight Charleston superstar artists and will be revealed week-by-week as the PK 27 date approaches. Follow us for updates on featured speakers.

Tim Hussey, who presented at that long-ago and historic Pecha Kucha I, will serve as the emcee for this very special evening.

Pecha Kucha XXVII will also be part of the celebration of Art Mag’s ten years of publication.




Tim Hussey lives in Charleston with his hot baby daughter and his tiny wife Elise.

His art can be found all over, in one form or another. At the first Pecha Kucha in 2009, he did 25 pushups behind the curtain to prevent throwing up on stage. For Pecha Kucha 27 he will be the emcee, bringing it full circle, meaning he has nothing meaningful left to say about art. But god love him, he’s gonna keep painting because it’s the easiest public persona to hide behind. He still has high hopes for Charleston growth in the contemporary arts and is extra enthusiastic about this PK lineup of presenters.



Brady founded HOOK, a Charleston advertising agency, in November 2005. HOOK has worked for and created brands most Charlestonians will recognize, including Belk, Heineken Italy, Charleston Mix, Twelve South, South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina Stingrays, Cathead Vodka, Red Harbor Rum and People Matter. 

Parked behind his super-sized monitor, Brady designs with the same careful attention to detail as do people who create authentic miniature soldiers. He sees every project as an opportunity to make a big statement for clients. Along with stellar design skills, Brady is also a smart strategist who finds tiny cracks that lead straight to a consumer’s sweet spot.

Under Brady’s creative direction, HOOK has earned a large collection of industry awards, including 2010 Small Agency of the Year for the Southeast by Advertising Age magazine.

In June of 2017 their album Box Full of Steel debuted at #4 on the iTunes US Reggae Album chart and #9 on the Billboard Reggae chart. 



Lese Corrigan, a native of Charleston, has artwork in collections in Japan, France, Great Britain, South America and the United States including the Medical University of South Carolina. Corrigan’s oil paintings balance on the fine line between representation and abstraction imitating the energetic resonance of the molecular structure of life through color and texture.  She also produces black and white linoleum and wood cut prints of local scenery and citizens at work. She has been a Gibbes Museum of Art artist-in-residence, taken first place Moja Festival Juried Art Exhibit, been featured artist for Turner South Network show “3 Day Weekend,” chosen as Charleston Cup steeplechase poster artist and commissioned by Coca Cola Corporation to create a painting for Former First Lady Barbara Bush.  She won the Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist Award for 2014 for her woodcuts, the Charleston Scientific and Cultural Education Fund grant in 2016 to study Cycladic sculpture and marble carving and a LQAGP in 2017 for the same. Her work has been juried into ArtFields five years in a row.  Corrigan has taught at the Gibbes Museum School of Art for 29 years and owns a contemporary local gallery after running both traditional and contemporary galleries in town including the Verner Gallery. She graduated from Ashley Hall, from Loyola College in 1978 with a BA in French and philosophy and postgraduate studies at the Université de Bordeaux in 1984-1986.  She has served on the board of Redux, Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, Fine Art Crafts Fair, Lowcountry Heritage Society and Print Studio South.  Her philosophy follows Kandinsky’s thoughts of artists lifting humanity higher on the scale, bringing the energy of nature in artistic translation to people’s souls.




Chris Nickels is an Illustrator who lives and works in Charleston, SC. Originally from Athens, Ga, Chris attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in Illustration. He has worked with a number of publications on projects for both print and digital media but still enjoys taking up a personal project or two in his spare time. He employs both traditional and digital processes for his illustrations. In addition to pursuing illustration, he co-owns and operates Arabica Soda. A beverage company that produces a bottled soda out of brewed coffee and cascara tea.



Kristen Moran

Kirsten Moran is an artist whose paintings and drawings explore the ancestral and generational relationships of girls and women from the perspectives of body, land, and psyche. The work reveals artifacts, fragments, and portraits, and serves as a chronicle of her journey through the matrilineal line. Moran intends for the work to evoke a feeling in the viewer of something deeply known, yet intangible. The result is a continued dialogue between the corporeal body we inhabit, and the soul that inhabits us.

Kirsten Moran received her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and her BFA in Painting and BA in Cinema from Binghamton University. Moran’s recent solo exhibitions include Mirror at Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton, VA and Hold and See at the Rosefsky Gallery at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. Her work was also featured in the exhibition,Between Clock and Bed at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Sarah Smith Gallery in New Haven, CT.

She teaches drawing and painting at the College of Charleston, serves on the board of Redux Contemporary Art Center, and co-parents two amazing kids, Freya and Seamus, with her partner in crime, Aspen.

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Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media.


Sara Pittman 

Sara Pittman is an emerging abstract expressionist who always found art to be an intrinsic part of her being. Relying heavily on intuition, Pittman's work explores the constant exchange between her repressed state of mind and her conscious self. These are represented through the juxtaposition of loose and controlled movement, defined areas with the use of negative space, and the tension between bold and soft color. Incorporating negative space invites the viewer to have a focused dialogue with the images that are presenting themselves and beckons deeper observation. A wordless narrative unfolds in the thin, transparent layers of paint and mark-making, evoking a sense of mood and mystery between what the viewer sees as the foreground and what the eye sees overlying it. The depth of her work creates an experience by asking those viewing it to come closer and unveil what is buried beneath. Pittman grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and was raised by an artistic family who acted as an inspirational staple throughout her childhood. Her mother, an encaustic artist and art therapist, was the first to really introduce her to the world of art. With her family's support, she quickly began evolving as an artist and went on to study painting at Huntingdon College, receiving her BFA in May 2015. Pittman moved to Charleston, South Carolina after being accepted into Redux Contemporary Art Center in August 2016 where she continues to work out of her studio as a full-time artist. Sara held her first solo exhibition at Mitchell Hill of Charleston in 2016. She recently had a two-person exhibition, “Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman,” at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her work can be found in over 40 regional and national private collections and has been included in projects such as renowned French designer Jean-Louis Deniot's Miami house for Elle Decor. Pittman has been published in both national and international publications.

Becca Barnet

Becca Barnet's work is driven by a fascination with natural history and preservation. Born in Spartanburg, SC, Becca is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She also attended the Missouri Taxidermy Institute where she fine-tuned her special knack and patience for taxidermy repair – from cleaning to complete mount renovations. She’s put her precision and passion for replicating textures and preserving animals into the creation of an array of museum displays including creating work for the American Museum of Natural History, the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Museum. She is currently focusing on creating exhibits and custom art installations under her company, Sisal Creative.




Matt Mill is the owner and publisher of Art Mag, a magazine connecting you to the Charleston arts scene. He believes the arts are the future of Charleston’s identity, and he is driven by directing this changing city to build a cultural future worthy of its past. He serves on the 1858 board at the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Spoleto SCENE committee.