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S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration

Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967-2017


This new exhibition features artwork collected from 1967 – 2017 and highlights the breadth and depth of work produced by artists in our state. Established in 1967 as one of the Commission’s first programs, the State Art Collection now includes 493 works in a variety of styles and media from 287 artists.


This exhibit includes over 80 pieces from the collection and centers on the spirit of dynamism and leaps of artistic faith revealed in this unique cultural document of South Carolina’s changing art landscape.


This exhibit marks the third showing of the State Art Collection at the South Carolina State Museum. The first was a retrospective held in 1988-89 as the inaugural art exhibition in the Lipscomb Gallery for the opening of the museum. The second was held in 1996-97, Signs of Contemporary Art: Selections from the State Art Collection. The S.C. Arts Commission is pleased to partner again with the S.C. State Museum as part of the celebration of the Commission’s 50th anniversary.


The exhibition runs Sept. 15, 2017 - October 14, 2018 at the South Carolina State Museum.



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