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September 2013

University of South Carolina in Columbia Offers New Folklife Gallery

The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will celebrate its new folklife gallery, with and ongoing exhibit, Diverse Voices: Discovering Community Through Traditional Arts.

Dedicated to the late George D. Terry, Diverse Voices explores deeply-rooted traditions that help create and maintain the cultural landscape of South Carolina and the surrounding region. Each year the exhibit will focus on a specific theme or tradition. Year one of Diverse Voices offers a comprehensive presentation of objects from the museum collection that represent the work of celebrated NEA National Heritage Fellows and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients.

Year one showcases the work of artists like Philip Simmons, Janie Hunter, Burlon Craig, Snuffy Jenkins, and Gale Mckinley.

McKissick Museum Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork Saddler Taylor says, “It’s very exciting and rewarding to finally have a gallery space within McKissick that is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the folklife and traditional arts of the region. McKissick has been passionate about documenting traditional arts for over thirty years – it’s fitting that we set aside exhibition space to tell that story on a regular basis.”

Additional programs for Diverse Voices include Mill Billy Blues, featuring Freddie Vanderford on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, and Folk Time, featuring storyteller John Fowler and Native American scholar Will Moreau Goins on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Diverse Voices is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876 or visit (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum).

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