Noted New York curator and art critic Eleanor Heartney once described the State Art Collection as “somewhat rowdy and unruly, reflecting the variety of movements and debates that have roiled the art world over the last 40 years.” Two upcoming programs in Lake City will shed some light on that opinion. The programs are part of Art 101 at ONE — Lunch Box Conversations presented by ArtFields.
Part I Photography and Social Activism – February 25
Cecil Williams will discuss the artistic, historic and social relevance of his civil rights-era photographs. Willams, currently living in Orangeburg, S.C., was on the front lines in documenting an important historical moment in South Carolina’s history. Williams’ work is included in the State Art Collection: The African-American Voice exhibition at the Jones-Carter Gallery, January 31 – March 22, 2014.
Part II Movers, Shakers and Trend Makers in the State Art Collection – March 25
Harriett Green, visual arts director for the South Carolina Arts Commission and curator of the State Art Collection, will highlight works from the collection in the context of local, regional and national art trends with a focus on the cultural, historic and aesthetic significance of works by some of the state’s most prominent artists.
Each event takes place from 1 – 2 p.m. at the ArtFields® Gallery at 110 East Main Street in Lake City. $12 per person per event includes a lunch box created by local restaurants. Seating is limited; call for reservations: (843) 374-0180.
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.