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State Art Collection

Contemporary Conversations

 

The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations traveling exhibition includes 118 pieces of artwork from the South Carolina Arts Commission's 489-piece State Art Collection. Due to the size of the exhibition, Contemporary Conversations was originally presented in two installments.

 

Coming Up:

Contemporary Conversations II

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

September 20 - December 27, 2015

 

 

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 Jan. 10 – Feb. 16, 2011 at three locations in Clemson, S.C.: The Arts Center, and Clemson University's Lee Gallery and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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 I was co-hosted by the Lee Gallery and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University and The Arts Center, Clemson from Jan. 14 – Feb. 6, 2013.