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A new pathway to public art in Greenville

Visitors to downtown Greenville, S.C., can admire the newest piece of public art while walking under it. Paradigm Pathway, a 12-foot tall aluminum structure, straddles the walkway leading to Liberty Bridge. The sculpture was unveiled during Artisphere’s opening ceremonies May 11  in honor of the late Buck A. Mickel. Sculptor Stephen Kishel of Bluffton designed the piece with a “vision of color that mirrored a bouquet of vivid fall foliage” to showcase the beauty of the foothills and the sculpture’s Reedy River setting. "I usually create tall vertical sculptures," said Kishel. "However, the beauty of the river encouraged me to make a personal paradigm shift from vertical to horizontal. I want the sculpture to stand out year round as a cheerful reminder of how special the foothills of the mountains are and how great it is to live in harmony with nature." A panel led by Greenville’s Art in Public Places Commission selected the work from proposals submitted by South Carolina sculptors.   Paradigm Pathway The shapes in Paradigm Pathway resemble organisms such as amoeba and tree leaves, symbolizing diversity.  

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Meet the new director of York County’s Cultural and Heritage Museums

Welcome Carey Tilley, who was appointed director of the Cultural and Heritage Museums in March. Tilley most recently served as the executive director of the Cherokee National Historical Society in Park Hill, Oklahoma.   Carey Tilley

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South Arts awards $30,458 to South Carolina organizations

Folks in seven South Carolina communities will enjoy performances made possible in part by grants from South Arts, which provides fee support for nonprofit presenting arts organizations to present artists from other states. The following organizations received grants:

Read more about these grants. Photo: The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art will use its South Arts grant to present Fireworks Ensemble in October. via: South Arts

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Two South Carolina arts-focused schools make Newsweek’s “2012 America’s Best High Schools” list

Congratulations to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, ranked 42, and Charleston County School for the Arts, ranked 788, for making the list of 1,000 schools on Newsweek’s “2012 America’s Best High Schools.” The Governor’s School moved up from 105 in 2011.  Read more about this honor. Photo: The S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school for artistically talented students from across the state.