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SC Arts Commission State Art Collection

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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.


The purpose of the program is:

  • To create a collection of historic importance and cultural vitality for the people of South Carolina that will serve as a tool to help promote the state and its cultural resources on the state, regional, national and international levels;
  • To make available to citizens throughout South Carolina, the best work of the state's contemporary artists;
  • To encourage and support the creative visual artists of South Carolina.


 Art in Sight

Art in Sight is designed to promote awareness of the opportunities for South Carolinians to enjoy the State Art Collection in their communities. Organizations and businesses interested in displaying art works or hosting an exhibition may contact Harriett Green, (803) 734-8696. Read more about Art in Sight >>>


State Art Collection: 1987-2006


State Art Collection: 1987-2006

The publication, edited by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the S.C. Arts Commission, documents work from the State Art Collection. The 163-page fully illustrated publication contains some information about the history of the collection but focuses primarily on works acquired since 1987.



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