Carolina Makers Art Exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum
Carolina Makers, an art exhibition that celebrates South Carolina makers, craftspeople and artisans, is now open at the South Carolina State Museum and runs through Feb. 7, 2016. The exhibition features instrument builders, furniture makers, metal workers, clothing designers and more. The show spotlights these individuals and small businesses, the incredible objects they are making and the many ways in which they are enhancing and enriching lives. Guests will explore the diversity of what is being made across the state and learn about the workmanship and craft behind each object featured in the exhibition. “Carolina Makers speaks to the heart of the current artisanal movement and the importance of high-quality, handmade objects that are created using traditional methods,” said chief curator of collections Paul Matheny. “Makers are continuing to gain momentum because people want to support local artists and craftspeople and are attracted to the stories behind handmade objects.” Since its founding, a primary focus of the State Museum has been to tell the story of South Carolina, which is especially true when it comes to the museum’s exhibitions and collection. Carolina Makers is allowing the museum an even greater opportunity to expand on what makes South Carolina such a unique state. There will be a variety of programs and special events held in conjunction with this exhibition, including a farm to table dinner on Thursday, July 30, featuring locally grown and sourced food and drinks prepared by South Carolina chefs and bartenders, live music provided by the makers themselves and will also feature usable dining objects produced by the makers. Carolina Makers is presented by Time Warner Cable and included with museum general admission or membership. Visit scmuseum.org for a full list of the featured makers and more information about the exhibition.