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February 2014

Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, Features Works From the SC State Art Collection

The Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, is presenting African-American Voice, featuring works from the SC State Art Collection, on view through Mar. 22, 2014.

Citizens in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas of South Carolina have the opportunity to view works by African-American artists who are among the state’s best-known and widely celebrated practitioners.

Coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the exhibition includes 40 pieces of artwork from the State Art Collection by 25 African-American artists, including outsider artists Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall, Richard Burnside and Dan Robert Miller, and academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose, Tarleton Blackwell, MacArthur Goodwin, Jesse Guinyard, Joseph Gandy, Terry K. Hunter, Larry Jordan, Larry Lebby, Robert Spencer, and Winston Wingo.

The sweetgrass basket tradition is represented by Mary Jackson, the best known practitioner working in this craft, and by Linda Blake, Marguerite Middleton, and Elizabeth Kinlaw. Artists such as Merton Simpson, Beverly Buchanan, Sheri Moore Change, Maxwell Taylor and Connie Floyd are all South Carolina–connected artists who no longer reside in the state.

“A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well. Their influences and contributions extend beyond image and object making,” said Green, who sees the show as an opportunity for area residents to learn more about the contribution of African-American artists in South Carolina.

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 277 South Carolina contemporary artists.

The Jones-Carter Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery owned and operated by the Community Museum Society in Lake City. Located in the heart of the downtown historic district of Lake City, the gallery is convenient to contemporary gift shops, clothiers, antique stores, and several restaurants. The gallery hosts several exhibitions throughout the year featuring exhibits from local to major national artists. The gallery offers group tours, lectures, visiting artist presentations, workshops, activities for families, and community events based on current exhibitions. A schedule for these events may be found on the events page of their website.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Hannah L. Davis, Gallery Manager, at 843/374-1505 or visit (www.jonescartergallery.com).

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