Visual artists featured in ‘SC.Fellows Part 2’
The final official events of the S.C. Arts Commission's 50th anniversary celebration are underway in Columbia and Spartanburg as three exhibitions that are part of "SC.Fellows Part 2" run concurrently.
Works by a host of visual arts fellows past and present are up for public display in a retrospective exhibition of SCAC Visual Arts and Craft Fellows covering 1976 to the present day.
The 701 Center for Contemporary Art
(701 Whaley St.) has the biggest collection
, displaying works by James Arendt, Alice Ballard, Patti Brady, Jonathan Brilliant, Zoey Brookshire, Jeri Burdick, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Rebecca Des Marais, Linda Fantuzzo, Mark Flowers, Jack Steve Gerstner, J. Scott Goldsmith, Kristi Higby, Elizabeth Keller, Mike Lavine, Larry Lebby, Elizabeth Melton, Philip Mullen, Jane Allen Nodine, Jorge Otero, Herb Parker, Clifton Peacock, Michael Phillips, David Ross Puls, Michael Tice, and Susan B. Wooten. 701 CCA is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
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The Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College
(1600 Harden St.) opens with a reception tonight and will display works
by Alice Boyle, M. Tallon Chalmers, Dennis Croteau, Heidi Darr Hope, Karen E. Davies, Mary Edna Fraser, Eugene Horne, Damond Howard, Judy V. Jones, Kim Keats, Peter Lenzo, Robert Lyon, Leo Manske, Paula Smith, Megan Wolfe, and Howard Woody. The Ponder Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Both exhibitions run through June 24.
Artist Jonathan Brilliant is the sole fellow in focus
at Spartanburg Art Museum
(200 E. St. John St.) beginning today and running through Aug. 5. SAM is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
Making art to feed the hungry: Hub City Empty Bowls 2016
Hub City Empty Bowls is gearing up for Soup Day, its annual arts-based fundraiser to feed hungry people in Spartanburg County. Each year, the public is invited to make the hand-crafted pottery bowls that are featured on Soup Day. Three bowl-making events are scheduled:
- Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center
- Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at West Main Artists Co-Op
- Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center.
These free, family-friendly events provide the experience of working with clay at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated. Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in bowl-making techniques.
“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” said Nancy Williamson, publicity leader for Carolina Clay Artists. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”
Soup Day takes place Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, a donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea. Patrons can enjoy soup donated by some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, listen to live music and share in the fellowship of helping to feed local citizens. A silent auction of donated items and a drum circle are part of the event. TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County. Last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries.
Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon. There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the Spartanburg effort.
Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls. Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy at Director@TotalMinistries.org
or (864) 585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries, visit TotalMinistries.org
Hub City Empty Bowls, a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation
, was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity and to help local organizations fight hunger. For more information, visit HubCityEmptyBowls.com
or Hub City Empty Bowls on Facebook
Via: Hub City Empty Bowls
Call for art: Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District
Submission deadline is June 10.
The Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District seeks proposals for temporary public art for its newly designated cultural district, a concentrated and diverse area of arts and creative enterprises that includes rapidly growing visual and performing arts as well as creative businesses. The public artwork placed within this district should visually communicate and celebrate Spartanburg’s cultural vibrancy. The temporary public art project is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, Chapman Cultural Center, The Spartanburg Art Museum and the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District Steering Committee.
This call is open to local and regional individual, collectives or groups of artists living and working in the Southeast. This call is a juried process that involves professionals working in the visual arts as well as the Spartanburg Cultural District Steering Committee. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 10, 2016.
Find the application and submission details online
- Artwork that utilizes existing structures from public benches, lamp posts, electrical boxes, street curbs, etc.
- 2D and/or 3D artwork will be installed outside within the 4 block radius of the Cultural District, thus it must be able to withstand the elements for 90 days.
- Artwork that invites and can withstand public interaction.
- Not required, but strongly desired, is artwork that utilizes repurposed or upcycled materials
Via: Chapman Cultural Center
Spartanburg Art Museum one of 10 small museums nationwide to participate in Accreditation Academy
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) has been selected as one of 10 museums from across the country to participate in the Small Museum Accreditation Academy, a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by an advisory panel of leaders in the museum field. The Academy is a year-long readiness program to make the American Alliance of Museum's accreditation process more accessible to smaller institutions. At the end of the program, the participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation. "The Academy is designed for high-performing organizations with five or fewer staff members who are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation," says Joseph Klem, director of communications for the Alliance.
Spartanburg Art Museum has been working to re-position itself as a vital component within the cultural landscape of Spartanburg and beyond. Two years ago, Elizabeth Goddard was hired as the executive director, and since that time the museum has undergone significant transformation. “When I began there was a palpable risk of failure from a financial, governance, and programmatic perspective. The first year was spent finding the ground and rebuilding an organization that had minimal members, lackluster exhibitions, and weak programs for an increasingly diverse community,” Goddard said. “It is inspiring to see how far we have come. Knowing that the board of directors is as committed as I am to become the destination for contemporary visual art in the Southeast keeps the wind in our sail as we continue to improve, strengthens and build our capacity to serve the community in relevant and meaningful ways.”
Last spring, SAM completed the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program, which involved months of reflection about everything from finances, collections, governance, and programming. Todd Smith, the professional peer reviewer who spent a few days with the museum staff and board of directors last March, commented in his final report: “There is a renewed energy that surrounds the organization, an energy (that) if well-harnessed, can be transformative for the museum.”
In 2015, SAM graduated from the Healthy Organization Institute, a local education program developed by Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Mary Black Foundation and designed for executive directors and board presidents to attend together and put a microscope over all aspects of daily and long-term operations. “These experiences of rebuilding our infrastructure and truly understanding every aspect of the museum’s operations were invaluable for us to move forward,” SAM’s Board President George Nixon said. “SAM completed a strategic plan last spring, and we are energized to become a contemporary cultural leader in the region, serving our community in new and dynamic ways. We are also proud that our executive director was named Museum Educator of the Year recently by the South Carolina Art Education Association, which demonstrates her professional and personal commitment to education, a vital component of our mission.”
The Academy will involve the staff and board members as they move through a year-long process of preparation that includes strengthening core documents, designing an emergency preparedness plan, and finalizing a code of ethics and collections management policies. All of these components are necessary for the accreditation process and signal SAM’s commitment to standards of excellence on a national scale. “Our size does not minimize our dedication to adhering to best practices put forth by the American Alliance of Museums,” Goddard said. “We are thrilled to be accepted into this vital program and look forward to getting started.”
Via: Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg Art Museum launches new program for the art-savvy senior
Spartanburg Art Museum has launched a new program to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet. Classic Contemporaries is designed to encourage arts enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.
“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within Cognitive Dissonance, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”
Four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.
Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.
Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
Register at spartanburgartmuseum.org, by phone (864.582.7616), or in person at the museum's main reception desk. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via Spartanburg Art Museum
Four arts projects receive Elevate Upstate grants
Four communities have received 2015 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy grants. Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments annually provides two grants of $5,000 each. However, for 2015, Hughes provided an additional $5,000 with the third grant being split between two communities.
The two $5,000 recipients:
The two community projects each receiving $2,500:
- Art in the Park, Woodruff — The Woodruff Living Arts Festival will be a downtown event that aims to bring art to life in the Upstate.
- Walkable Cultural District, Spartanburg — The Art Partnership, in collaboration with the Spartanburg Art Museum, is planning a temporary public art installation to launch the newly designated Spartanburg Downtown cultural district.
“The goal of the Elevate Upstate program is to get communities thinking about what types of initiatives or programs might help spark vibrancy within their area and then provide some seed money to get some of them started,” said Hughes Investments President Phil Hughes. “In the three years we have done this program, I have been amazed by the great ideas and passion of communities across the region to grow their vibrancy and sense of place. It was a real challenge to narrow the field to five finalists and to select the recipients.”
The program, which began in 2013, annually provides seed funds to support vibrancy initiatives in communities across the Upstate. Since then, Hughes Investments has provided $43,000 to fund projects in 12 different communities.
Image: Anderson Mayor and Ten at the Top board member Terence Roberts (from left) with Elevate Upstate grant recipients Alyson Leslie, from Main Street Woodruff; Nancy Halverson, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate; Jennifer Evins, trustee from the Spartanburg County Foundation; Stephanie Turner, Uptown Market manager at Greenwood Farmers Market; and Anne Craig, director of the Greenwood Arts Center. Hughes Investments President Phil Hughes is on the right.
Soup Day: Hub City Empty Bowls to feed the public and the needy
Hub City Empty Bowls’ seventh annual Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center with a goal to feed both the socially responsible public and the community’s most needy citizens.
On Soup Day, more than 15,000 handmade pottery bowls will be available for purchase for donations of $15 each. Participants will then enjoy unlimited gourmet soup provided by more than 20 local restaurants. In addition, the event will feature continuous live music, a silent auction, and drum circles throughout the day. They money raised will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit agency that provides assistance to Spartanburg’s most needy citizens. Last year, Hub City Empty Bowls, which is spearheaded by Carolina Clay Artists, gave a record-breaking $22,500 to TOTAL Ministries.
“This is one of Spartanburg’s most respected and enjoyable fundraisers,” said Nancy Williamson, Empty Bowls’ chairwoman. “It touches people in so many personal ways. It appeals to the creative community because of the pottery bowl-making. It appeals to shoppers who want unique handmade pottery for a great price. It appeals to foodies, who want all-you-can-eat gourmet soup. And it appeals to the socially responsible citizens who see this as a grassroots way to help make the world a better place. Plus it is a lot of fun on every level. What better way to spend a Saturday than coming together for a good cause, hearing great music, eating the best soups to be found in the city, banging on a drum, and taking home a few pottery bowls? The fellowship is amazing.”
For the past three months, Carolina Clay Artists led public bowl-making sessions in Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School and at West Main Artists Co-op. These have been free events, where anyone could make pottery bowls for Soup Day. The clay and professional instruction were free. Those bowls were then glazed and fired.
Come Saturday, Sept. 26, more than 1,500 colorful bowls of all shapes and sizes will be laid out in the lobby of Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. “When we open the doors, there is a bit of mad rush by some people to get first dibs,” Williamson said. “It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want primitive child-like bowls, we have them. If you want professional bowls, we have them. And we have everything in between, and some people get stacks of them for Christmas presents. It is an impressive sight to see all of the bowls laid out on as many tables as we can cram into the lobby.”
After you get your bowls, you are invited to eat all of the soup you want, provided by restaurants stationed around the room. “You are discouraged from eating out of the pottery bowls,” Williamson said. “They are clean but just not clean enough to eat out of until you take them home and wash them. We’ll have plenty of paper bowls to eat out of.” Also provided will be bread, tea, and water.
Throughout the day, various local musicians will provide continuous live music. There will also be a silent auction of donated items, many of which are pottery. Everyone is invited to participate in the drum circle.
“It is just a fun day,” Williamson said.
“It is a very important day for the community’s needy,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “When someone gives us $20,000, we know we can feed a lot people who need it. In Spartanburg County about 43,000 people each day are in danger of going hungry, many of whom are children and elderly. With the money that Hub City Empty Bowls raised last year, we fed nearly 10,000 people. That’s a pretty good dent in the problem. We cannot thank Hub City Empty Bowls enough.”
This year’s sponsors are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions.
The musicians will be Daniel Z, Fayssoux McLean and David Ezell, 2 Daves, mark Miller, Frank Walker, and drum circles led by Melisa Emkjer.
The restaurants and food providers will be Willy Taco, Fatz, Sun King, Cribbs Kitchen, Cribbs Catering, Gerhards, Farmer’s Table, Sparks Fire Inspired Grill, II Samuels, Palmetto Palate, Lime Leaf, Moveable Feasts, Renato’s, Basil’s, McClellan’s Urban Eatery, Andre Nguyen, Garner’s, NuWay, Wild Aces, Mon Amie, Southern BBQ, Episcopal Church of the Advent Young Adults, The Beacon, Cakehead Bakery, Little River Roasting Co., Long Horn’s, Chick-fil-A, and Wade’s.
This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
For more information, please contact Williamson at (864) 621-2768 or visit HubCityEmptyBowls.com.
Via: Chapman Cultural Center
Hub City Empty Bowls: make a bowl, help feed the hungry
Hub City Empty Bowls is gearing up for its 2015 bowl-making sessions and Soup Day, a fundraiser to help feed hungry people in Spartanburg. The first two bowl-making sessions will be Thursday, June 18, during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op, 6 - 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m., at Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School at Chapman Cultural Center. The money raised through the public’s making of handmade pottery bowls will be donated to TOTAL Ministries, a charity dedicated to feeding local citizens who don’t have enough to eat. Hub City Empty Bowls is a project of Carolina Clay Artists.
Empty Bowls is an international fundraising project that has taken root in many communities as a grassroots effort to feed local and needy citizens. Over the course of a few months, citizens are invited to make handmade pottery bowls at no cost. Bowl-making sessions are always fun and family oriented events. Those bowls are then professionally glazed and fired. At the end of the project, the public is invited to Soup Day, where citizens may pick out the bowls of their choice for a $15 donation each and then enjoy unlimited soup donated by local restaurants. Other activities on Soup Day include live music, silent auctions, drum circles, and fellowship. Hub City Empty Bowls’ Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center.
Additional bowl-making sessions will be July 18, 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center; Aug. 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m., during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Aug. 22, 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. All supplies and instruction are provided by Carolina Clay Artists. The public need only bring enthusiasm, creativity, hands willing to get dirty, and a canned food donation for TOTAL Ministries.
This is the seventh year that Carolina Clay Artists has sponsored Hub City Empty Bowls. Last year, the recipient of the funds was TOTAL Ministries, and the record-breaking net donation was $22,500. “Empty Bowls has become one of Spartanburg’s most favorite and most inclusive fundraising events,” Chairman Nancy Williamson said. “I think the keys to the success are the grassroots approach – making sure the money we raise gets to the people who need it, the public’s opportunity to make pottery bowls, and the accessibility of Soup Day. Where else can you donate $15 and get a nice pottery bowl to keep, all the gourmet soup you can eat, listen to live music, and socialize with like-minded people? It’s just a good deal; a win-win for everyone.”
This year’s sponsors of Hub City Empty Bowls are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-Op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions. “We always need sponsors,” Williamson said. “If anyone wants to help or if any business wants to contribute, please contact me.”
For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, contact Williamson at (864) 621-2768. More information can be found online at HubCityEmptyBowls.com. The project can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Proceeds from this event will be directed to the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund, a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food security, and to raise funds to help local organizations fight hunger. This year’s beneficiary organization is TOTAL Ministries.
Memory Ship exhibition at Spartanburg Art Museum “unlike anything exhibited in the past”
Memory Ship will be a large-scale and site-specific art installation that Savannah-based artist Chris Nitsche will construct in Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) over many days. The exhibition opens on November 7 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. During the reception at 6:30 p.m., Nitsche will speak about his work. SAM is located in Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg, SC.
The ship, like much of Nitsche’s site-specific work, will be created from salvaged and reclaimed wood. This 50-foot ship’s hull will bisect gallery walls and offer viewers access to several portals within the ship to see small vignettes that express the artist’s ideas and associations with memory. Included in the exhibition will be Nitsche’s drawings, based on deconstructing the familiar ship form and his smaller found-object sculptures.
Nitsche grew up outside of Chicago in close proximity to Lake Michigan, where boats and sailing were part of everyday life. Although he never developed a passion for being on the water in a boat, he did fall in love with the shape of boats and has been creating artwork based on this form for almost two decades. Suzanne Deats, a friend of the artist and professional writer on the arts, recounts how Nitsche has created an “ongoing series of ships, both wall-mounted and on pedestals that features related found materials, such as sunglasses, words, light bulbs, poker chips, mouse traps, and toys, each with its own freight of philosophical baggage. Nitsche works in the moment, deliberately eschewing pat answers. Like a ship in uncharted seas, he has no idea where the story is going – only what it is carrying and why.”
Memory Ship will be unlike anything SAM has exhibited in the past. “One of my goals when I began working at SAM last fall was to bring extraordinary contemporary art into the galleries,” Elizabeth Goddard, executive director of SAM, said. “My professional background includes years of curating contemporary art, and it is incredibly relevant to today’s culture. I love art history, but I can really sink into the ideas contemporary artists bring to the foreground of visitor’s experiences. Memory Ship will not only be visually stunning and impressive, it will be conceptually accessible to all whom engage with it because we all have memories and can relate to the memories of others individually as well as collectively. SAM is very fortunate to provide visitors with such an impactful exhibition, and working with Nitsche has been an honor.”
SAM has created several programs, workshops and events centered on Memory Ship, from November’s Family Program to a College Night in January to a special over-the-top party, Shipwreck: The Anti-Holiday Party on Dec. 5, from 8-11 p.m. School groups are invited to register for a tour of the exhibition and participate in hands-on activities in the studios. For a complete list of Memory Ship events, visit SpartanburgArtMuseum.org. Memory Ship will be on view from Nov. 7, 2014, until Feb. 5, 2015, and is made possible in part by Bank of America, Dunbar Construction, Ken’s Lumber, Don Dean, the South Carolina Arts Commission and The Arts Partnership for Greater Spartanburg. For more information call (864) 582-7616.
Via: Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg Art Museum receives national support from the American Alliance of Museums
This fall the Spartanburg Art Museum will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
“This is tremendous news for SAM,"said Elizabeth Goddard, executive director. “I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish.”
The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized road map for improving operations and meeting standards.
For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums in strengthening operations, planning for the future and meeting standards. The IMLS-funded MAP grants provide $4,000 worth of consultative resources and services.
“What these means specifically for SAM is a year of access to an online community with years of expertise rooted in national best practices, peer reviews, free webinars, national recognition, and a site visit, all designed to emphasize strategic planning and ensuring operations and resource alignment with our evolving mission," said Goddard. “This process will involve the staff and board of directors as we increase our knowledge together and improve our operations and build capacity for all of core components.”
This is a pivotal time for the museum. Goddard is approaching the one-year mark as executive director, and the board of directors just welcomed new members Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, board president, is excited for SAM’s future, writing in a recent blog post: “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages to experience art in non-traditional ways."
SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during after school hours with the COLORS program. For more information, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org or call (864) 582-7616.