African-American Voice exhibition travels to Lake City

Folks in the Pee Dee area can view works by African-American artists who are among the state’s best-known and most widely celebrated practitioners during The African-American Voice exhibition in Lake City. Presented by the Jones-Carter Gallery, the exhibition kicks off Jan. 31 and runs through March 22. The public is invited to the opening reception Jan. 31 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the exhibition includes 40 pieces of artwork in all media from the State Art Collection. The pieces are by 25 African-American artists who range from self-taught, outsider artists such as Richard Burnside, Leroy Marshall and Dan Robert Miller, to academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose and Tarleton Blackwell.

“A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well. Their influences and contributions extend beyond image and object making,” said Green, who sees the show as an opportunity for area residents to learn more about the contribution of African-American artists in South Carolina.

A preview of The African-American Voice artwork is available online.

The exhibition is free to the public. The gallery, located at 105 Henry St. in Lake City, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Jones-Carter Gallery, (843) 374-1505.

Organizations and businesses interested in hosting an exhibition or displaying works from the State Art Collection should contact Harriett Green at (803) 734-8696. In addition to The African American Voice, two other traveling exhibitions are available: Contemporary Conversations and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection.

About the State Art Collection
The State Art Collection is considered the most comprehensive public collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the State Art Collection has grown to include 448 works in a variety of media and styles by 277 South Carolina contemporary artists. Small exhibitions featuring work from the collection are organized on a regular basis for rural and isolated areas inside and outside of the state. Works from the State Art Collection are available for loan to art museums, state agencies, and public and private organizations for the purpose of public exhibition or public display. The collection is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Foundation and Kahn Development Company.

(Images are of works in the exhibition. Click on each image for more information.)