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March 2011

USC Sumter in Sumter, SC, Offers Five Exhibits on View in March 2011

The University of South Carolina @ Sumter has five art galleries that are open to the public. They are all located on the USC Sumter campus, located at 200 Miller Road in Sumter, SC.

The Upstairs Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building will feature the art of Zachary Baldwin. His exhibit, titled Lavan, is his debut art show is on view through Mar. 15, 2011.

Baldwin is originally from Nashville, TN, where he studied art at David Lipscomb University. He also attended USC Sumter. In 1982 he moved to Sumter and began a career in manufacturing. Baldwin had stopped producing art for a number of years. In 2010, he began to draw and paint again.

Baldwin views art, “in its glorious array of mediums and subjects, as more than an interest more than a hobby or career choice.” For Baldwin, “Art defines who you are in your core, and fulfills you in ways nothing else in life can.”

The Umpteenth Gallery located in the Arts and Letters Building is featuring the exhibit, Re-Mix: El Ciclo Oscuro, featuring works by Cara-lin Getty, on view through Mar. 27, 2011.

Getty earned her MFA from East Tennessee State University in Fibers with a concentration in Ceramics and Art History. She has completed additional studies at numerous Universities, to include: Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, Kansas University, USC Columbia, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Professor Getty is a Distinguished Professor Emeriti at USC Sumter. She performs dual roles as a Professor of Art and as the Gallery Director and Curator for the five galleries and permanent art collection located at USC Sumter.

Getty’s art mediums have varied over the years. The selection of pieces being displayed is from her digital art collection. She states, “This is the first time this series has been shown together as an exhibit. The series content is influenced by my travels in California and Mexico. The images were originally small collages that were manipulated digitally and printed on a plotter. These works are definitely Post Modern in style, with the use of appropriation to create works that are eclectic in sensibility.”

The exhibit, doni jordan: tomes, featuring works by Columbia, SC, artist Doni Jordan, is on view in the University Gallery located inside the Anderson Library through Apr. 12, 2011.

Trained as a graphic designer, Jordan has long had a passion for symbols, punctuation and typography. Inspired by an art exhibition of concrete poetry by Italian artist Mirella Bentivoglio at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, she expanded her view of type beyond communication and symbol.

The exhibit is an exploration of typography and includes mixed media assemblages using metal and wooden vintage printer’s type, type trays and found objects. The exhibit also includes an installation of portable typewriters.

Jordan is a 2001 BFA graduate of the University of South Carolina (USC). She was recently inducted into the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in New York City and was included in the 2010 Carolina’s Got Art! in Charlotte, NC, a juried group exhibition of North and South Carolina artists sponsored by the Elder Gallery of Charlotte, NC.

The university also has two galleries that contain permanent art: The Über Gallery and The Reynolds Gallery. The Über Gallery houses USC Sumter’s permanent collection of John James Audubon prints located in the Nettles Auditorium Foyer.

The Reynolds Gallery displays many of William J. Reynolds original oil paintings that focus on American Aerospace history and Aviation. The Reynolds Gallery is Located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Cara-lin Getty, Director by calling 803/938-3727, e-mail at ( and Laurel Jordan, Gallery Assistant, by calling 803/938-3801, e-mail at (

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