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State Art Collection
The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations traveling exhibition includes 118 pieces of artwork from the South Carolina Arts Commission's 497-piece State Art Collection. Due to the size of the exhibition, Contemporary Conversations was originally presented in two installments.
Selected works from Contemporary Conversations I and II
September 9 - November 11, 2016
Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, the exhibition is composed of works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage and includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists.
The exhibition continues to tour the state. Contact Harriett Green, (803-734-8696) for more information about hosting the exhibition.
Previous exhibition locations
The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations opened Oct. 1, 2009 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C. Part 1 of the two-part exhibition ran Oct. 1 – Nov. 1; Part II ran Nov. 5 – Dec. 13.
Works from Part II were on view Oct. 2 – Nov. 12, 2010 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Works from Part II were on view at the Spartanburg Art Museum May 17 through July 23, 2011.
The Arts Center of Greenwood hosted Part II Dec. 3, 2012, through Jan. 31, 2013.
Part II was hosted by Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, September 20 - December 27, 2015.