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State Art Collection travels to Anderson

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The Anderson Arts Center will exhibit 24 works from State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations Part I and II  Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, 2016.  The exhibition opens Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., during State of the Art: The Art and Soul of South Carolina, an event that also features a preview of works in the 2016 Anderson Arts Auction. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

[caption id="attachment_22341" align="alignright" width="225"]Elizabeth Keller, Discerning of Spirits Elizabeth Keller, Discerning of Spirits[/caption] Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations is composed of 118 works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state’s cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist-tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists. The art in Contemporary Conversations is drawn from the State Art Collection, a 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 is composed of 493 works in a variety of media and styles produced by 287 artists. 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 toContemporary Conversations, two other traveling exhibitions are available: The African American Voice and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection. Images: State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations 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 493 works in a variety of media and styles by 287 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 First Citizens.

State Art Collection exhibition travels to Myrtle Beach

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The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach will exhibit 37 works from State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations Part II and one additional work from Contemporary Conversations Part I. The exhibition will be on display in the Art Museum's second floor galleries from Sept. 20 through Dec. 27, 2015. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations is composed of 118 works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist-tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists. The art in Contemporary Conversations is drawn from the State Art Collection, a 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 is composed of 493 works in a variety of media and styles produced by 287 artists. 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 Contemporary Conversations, two other traveling exhibitions are available: The African American Voice and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection. Images: State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations 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 493 works in a variety of media and styles by 287 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 First Citizens.

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Rare opportunity to view both parts of State Art Collection exhibition

[gallery link="file"]   For nearly three weeks, both installments of the largest traveling exhibition of State Art Collection work will be on display at the same time. Contemporary Conversations Part II is on view now through Jan. 31 at the Arts Center of Greenwood. Contemporary Conversations Part I runs Jan. 14 - Feb. 6 at three locations in Clemson: The Arts Center, and Clemson University's Lee Gallery and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. This is the first time that both parts of Contemporary Conversations have been "on the road" simultaneously. Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations is composed of 118 works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist-tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together these works reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists. Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the State Art Collection is composed of 448 works in a variety of media and styles produced by 277 artists. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission's website to preview the Contemporary Conversations gallery of work and the list of artists, and read more about the State Art Collection. Want to bring the State Art Collection to your community? Contact Harriett Green at (803) 734-8696. In addition to Contemporary Conversations, two additional traveling exhibitions are available: The African American Voice and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection.

Remembering South Carolina artist Robert Courtright

South Carolina native Robert Courtright, a renowned collage artist, painter and sculptor, passed away Dec. 27. Courtright grew up in Sumter, but had lived in France for many years. Courtright's artwork has been exhibited around the world and is represented  in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Phillips Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Johnson Collection. His 1964 work, "Collage Construction," was one of the earliest pieces purchased for the South Carolina Arts Commission's State Art Collection and graced the cover of the catalog that chronicled the collection's first 20 years. "Collage Construction" is currently touring in Contemporary Conversations, Part I, which runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 6 in Clemson. Read more about Courtright's work in this article from The State. [caption id="attachment_3328" align="alignright" width="425"]Collage Construction, Robert Courtright Collage Construction, 1964, mixed media, 36 x 36[/caption] Via: The State, The Johnson Collection

State Art Collection travels to Greenwood

[gallery link="file"] The Arts Center of Greenwood will exhibit "The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations II" from Dec. 3, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013. Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations is composed of 118 works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists. Preview the gallery of work and the list of artists in Contemporary Conversations, and read more about the South Carolina Arts Commission's State Art Collection.