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State Art Collection

The African-American Voice


Going Home, by Joseph Gandy With works by African-American artists who are among the state's best-known and widely celebrated practitioners, The African-American Voice includes 40 pieces of artwork from the State Art Collection by 25 African-American artists, including outsider artists Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall, Richard Burnside and Dan Robert Miller, and academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose, Tarleton Blackwell, MacArthur Goodwin, Jesse Guinyard, Joseph Gandy, Terry K. Hunter, Larry Jordan, Larry Lebby, Robert Spencer, and Winston Wingo. The sweetgrass basket tradition is represented by Mary Jackson, the best known practitioner working in this craft, and by Linda Blake, Marguerite Middleton, and Elizabeth Kinlaw. Artists such as Merton Simpson, Beverly Buchanan, Sheri Moore Change, Maxwell Taylor and Connie Floyd are all South Carolina–connected artists who no longer reside in the state.


The exhibition was created in response to the continued requests for works by African-American artists from the State Art Collection. 


Exhibition size will vary slightly from locale to locale depending on space. The exhibition continues to tour the state. Contact Harriett Green, (803-734-8696) for more information about hosting the exhibition.


Previous exhibition locations

The African American Voice opened Oct. 25, 2007 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head as part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's 40th Anniversary.


The exhibition was on view at the Arts Center in Clemson from Jan. 15 – Feb. 29, 2008. Select exhibit pieces also appeared at Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.


The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden hosted the exhibition Feb. 12 – 28, 2009.


The exhibition was on view Jan. 16 – Feb. 26, 2010 at the Belton Center for the Arts.


Works from the exhibition were on view at the Trillium Arts Centre in Traveler's Rest, from June 19 - July 31, 2010.


Clinton Junior College's Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill hosted the exhibition Oct. 1 – Dec. 10, 2010.


The exhibition was on view Jan. 15 – Feb. 25, 2011 at the USC Beaufort Art Gallery in Beaufort.


Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville hosted the exhibition Feb. 7 – March 28, 2013.


Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City hosted the exhibition Jan. 31 – March 22, 2014.


Rudolph E. Lee Gallery at Clemson University hosted the exhibition Sept. 8 - Oct. 9, 2014.


The Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery at Francis Marion University in Florence hosted the exhibition Jan. 13 - Feb. 12, 2015.


The Morris Museum in Augusta, Ga., hosted the exhibition Aug. 1 - Oct. 4, 2015.


Art in Sight: The State Art Collection

Exhibitions featuring work from the State Art Collection have included:


For more information, please contact Harriett Green (803-734-8762).