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Editor's Note: We had to go find this info on the SC Arts Commission's website. We do not receive regular info from them. I can't explain why we do at times and why we don't at other times.
State Art Collection on View in Hilton Head Island, SC and Rock Hill, SC
The SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, has two abbreviated exhibitions of the State Art Collection on view beginning Oct. 1, 2010. State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations, composed of nearly 60 artworks, runs through Nov. 12, 2010, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head Island, SC, and State Art Collection: The African-American Voice, which comprises 21 works by African-American artists, runs through Dec. 10, 2010, at the Clinton Junior College's Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill, SC.
State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations, which was curated in 2009 by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage. Artwork ranges from hard edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes. The pieces are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists.
According to Heartney, the exhibition contains a good deal of work that bears the imprint of the landscape, social history, narrative conversations and craft traditions of the state and region. The Hilton Head show is free to the public. The exhibition travels to Clemson University and The Arts Center in Clemson, SC, beginning Jan. 10, 2010.
State Art Collection: The African-American Voice was coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the SC Arts Commission. The exhibition includes artwork by 16 African-American artists who range from self-taught, outsider artists like Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall and Dan Robert Miller, to academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Larry Lebby and Robert Spencer.
The exhibition was created in response to the continued requests for works by African-American artists from the State Art Collection.
Both exhibitions include artwork from the 448-piece State Art Collection, which is maintained by the South Carolina Arts Commission and is generally on loan in smaller exhibitions to state museums, agencies and organizations. For more information about these shows or to learn how to host an exhibition from the State Art Collection, call Harriett Green, program director for visual arts, at 803/734-8696.
The State Art Collection is considered the most comprehensive public collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the State Art Collection has grown to include 448 works in a variety of media and styles by 278 South Carolina contemporary artists. Small exhibitions featuring work from the collection are organized on a regular basis for rural and isolated areas inside and outside of the state. Works from the State Art Collection are available for loan to art museums, state agencies, and public and private organizations for the purpose of public exhibition or public display. The collection is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Foundation and Kahn Development Company.
The South Carolina Arts
Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving
arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless
of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina
General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase
public participation in the arts by providing services, grants
and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community
arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia,
SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina,
by the federal government through the National Endowment for the
Arts and other sources.
For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Milly Hough at 803/734-8698, Misty Moore at 803/734-8620 or visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).
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