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May 2011

Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC, Features Exhibit by Aiken Artist Guild

The Aiken Artist Guild will hold its 2011 Member Show from May 18 through June 17, 2011, at the Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC. A reception will be held on May 19, from 6-8pm. At 7pm, during the reception, awards will be presented by SC Representative, Bill Taylor.

This year’s show is in memory of Chung Gong, an active artist and volunteer with the art guild and the Aiken Center for the Arts. Gong retired after 20 years with the Savannah River Site and began painting. He studied with Al Beyer, USC at Aiken art professor. Professor Beyer said of Gong, “Chung’s slowly perfected landscapes were infused with a lyricism that transcended the ordinary. He was a talented, kind soul with an infectious smile who is missed by all his fellow painters at USCA.”

Gong’s wife, JoShan, has graciously given the guild a cash award which will be presented to an artist in the show. Gong and his wife were on a historical and cutural tour of his homeland, China, when he died unexpectedly at age 77 in September of 2010.

The Aiken Art Guild was established in 1967, evolving in the following 44 years into an active and well known art guild. Today the guild is a not for profit organization that offers its members educational opportunities, monthly critiques, space for solo exhibits, and a wide network in the art community. The Aiken Artist Guild also raises funds for scholarships awarded to USC at Aiken art students. Its members are active throughout the area in many shows winning top honors. The guild is open to any artist and you can contact the guild through its web site at

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 803/641-9094 or at (

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