SC Arts Commission 40th Anniversary
Forty Lists Project
Your favorite art exhibit during the past 40 years in South Carolina
These entries were submitted by their fans. Don't see your favorite? E-mail Milly Hough to add your suggestion to the list.
Click on the entry to read some of the comments submitted. (Not all entries included comments.)
Entries by county
"Awesome exhibit...not just because we were involved! It brought a lot of people in who had never been here before...everyone loves Harriet!"
"Cooperative effort with Chicago that resulted in many take-offs...horses, fish, mermaids, etc. around the country. Painted animals bring smiles to faces."
"Aggie Zed is an incredible visual artist. Her drawings and (usually) small sculptures are visually enticing. It is a treat to be able to see so many pieces of her work in one venue."
"This exhibition at Nina Liu and Friends was one of many at the gallery that featured work by Zed, a native of S.C. Her work is expressive, personal, and elegant."
"Seeing Charleston through Hopper's eyes was exciting for me since he has always been my favorite painter."
"It was interesting to see the influence of South Carolina on this notable artist's works."
"The works of the artists are so diverse and outstanding. Additionally, the public is given a voice in the selection of their favorite."
"This exhibition brought in 10 Japanese artists for six-week residencies. Each artist created their pieces while they were here. The community had an opportunity to interact with the artists during this time. This exhibition was also in Rock Hill and Charlotte."
"This exhibition of work by the artist who created the infamous "Cat" poster for Spoleto Festival USA was just what the city needed during a time when the Festival's future was in question."
"Laurie Anderson's powerful Song and Stories of Moby Dick at Spoleto was one of the most outstanding art events I have ever attended."
"Brings good art to everybody without admission charge and with great open air atmosphere. Great chance to meet all the artists too."
"This show years ago at the Spoleto Festival was amazing. Though Menotti hated it, it made the real past of Charleston come to life."
"This was a complicated and inspiring exhibition."
"His work is amazing---I have never seen anyone capture his subject as well as Mr. McCullough. And since the majority of his work is of the Lowcountry, it's only fitting that he makes the list."
"Jeremiah Miller's Momentary Solitude at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston in the late 80s. His huge oil landscapes depicting the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the swamps of Florida and the verdant mountains of western North Carolina were breathtaking. His unique perspective invited the viewer to step right into the painting and disappear into a moment of sensuous solitude."
"National Geographic photographer Sam Abell shared the story of his life in photography and was spellbinding."
"Gorgeous art, great setting."
"This was an exhibition of some of the finest 18th century French painting, including an exquisite Chardin still life! The show was at the Columbia Museum of Art."
"This was an exhibit sponsored by the S.C. Crafts Association and the S.C. State Museum. The exhibition coincided with the nationwide Year of American Craft and ran Feb 12 - May 31, 1993, at the State Museum. The catalog, funded by the State Museum; Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough and the S.C. Arts Commission is a perfect example of an excellent print piece. Color photos of works, photos of artists, artists' statements, and inclusion of eight Catawba potters, whom I think have passed away since then. Beautiful exhibit, beautiful print material, and the catalog was available at the exhibition!"
"There was a 'tavern' within walking distance from my Richland County grandmother where we were sometimes allowed to go and purchase soft drinks, and where I first saw the larger bottles of RC Cola. We could go just inside the front door, purchase these but go no farther into the place. We could see pool tables, juke box, and beer through the adjacent double doors that were always open. My grandmother donated the land for the Dentsville Baptist Church and who thought anything but Christian thoughts should be allowed!"
"For me, this exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art was a wonderful mix of old favorites, fascinating works not previously seen and some excellent contemporary images."
"Interesting historical and artistic exhibit."
"The Steel Palmetto trees was the best art exhibit in S.C. So many people that never go to galleries were able to see art first hand. I believe it really created a sense of community among the city and the artists."
"It provided insight into photo history and placed it in the context of contemporary Issues."
"This was a wonderful exhibit featuring works by husband and wife: August & Irma Cook. August was the more well-known of the two since he taught at Converse College, but Irma's works were just as good. In fact, August was once quoted as saying she was the better artist."
"It won an cultural olympiad and it was provocative."