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African American Voice exhibition travels to Florence, S.C.

[gallery ids="16662,16663,16664,16665,16666,16667"] Citizens in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas have the opportunity to view works by African-American artists who are among the state’s best-known and widely celebrated practitioners. The African-American Voice exhibition runs January 13 through February 12, 2015, at the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery, located on Patriot Drive on the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. 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 is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call (843) 661-1385. 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. (Images are works from the exhibition. Click on each image for more information.) 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 489 works in a variety of media and styles by 283 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.

Pee Dee Fiction & Poetry Festival features award-winning authors

The eighth annual Pee Dee Fiction & Poetry Festival at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., will bring to campus five nationally known and award-winning authors on Nov. 7 and 8. The two-day festival will celebrate the works of Tom Franklin, Allison Joseph, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Evie Shockley and Jane Yolen. The event is held in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium and is free and open to the public. There will be readings, lectures and panel discussions for participants. A number of fiction and poetry topics will be covered, and there will be opportunities for book signings. This year’s authors provide a variety of voices in poetry and fiction, said FMU faculty chair and English professor Rebecca Flannagan, who, along with Dr. Jo Angela Edwins, organized the event with a committee of faculty members from the Department of English. “These authors have written in varied genres, tackling themes of identity, historicity and social responsibility,” said Flannagan. “Some of the authors share commonalities but the festival strives to showcase diverse ways of looking at the world through writing.” The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival originated in 2006 as the Pee Dee Fiction Festival, the brainchild of FMU President Luther F. Carter. Now an annual autumn event coordinated by members of the English faculty, the festival has expanded to include poets as well as fiction writers. Visit peedeefiction.org for more about the featured writers and to view the complete schedule. Via: Francis Marion University

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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