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March 2014

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Todd Drake

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, will present Double Vision: Perspectives from Palestine, featuring works by Todd Drake, on view in the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, from Mar. 3 - 28, 2014.

Guest artist Todd Drake provides an intimate look at life in Palestine. The exhibit is a culmination of Drake’s work with Palestinian school children, high school and university students, as well as photojournalists during a two-week trip to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Abu Dei, Mount Gerzeim, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and Nablus.

The exhibit, which displays both student works alongside Drake’s photography and art, provides both an inward and outward perspective of life in Palestine. While Drake’s work documents the pain and the struggles of everyday life, he encouraged students to focus on themselves and what it’s like to be a young person living in this place and at this time. The result is powerful.

Drake is graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a master’s of fine arts degree in painting from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, numerous Fulbright-Hayes and Department of Education Grants.

Drake has exhibited across the United States and internationally, including exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in college venues including Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, in museums such as the Heart Mountain Interpretative Center (site of Japanese American Internment during WWII), Mathers Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art ( SECCA).

Drake will present a lecture at 6pm, Mar. 6, in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. To reserve a ticket, contact the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center Box Office by e-mail at (boxoffice@uscupstate.edu) or call 864/503-5695

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Gallery Director, Jane Nodine at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (jnodine@uscupstate.edu).


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