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The South Carolina Arts Foundation

The Arts Growth Fund


Art in Sight


Support the State Art Collection!


The Arts Growth Fund is about growing the arts in South Carolina so that our state benefits from more of the good things the arts bring -- more educational opportunities for our children, more economic growth and development, and more personal creativity and satisfaction.


This year, the South Carolina Arts Foundation has pledged resources from the Arts Growth Fund to assist in the acquisition of these four new works for the State Art Collection.


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Jim Arendt
Ryan and Greg



cut denim

57” x 56” – overall

57” x 36” – left figure; 54” x 31” – right figure


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James Busby



gesso, graphite & oil on panel

24" x 29"



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Tyrone Geter



charcoal & conte

20" x 16"



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Lee Sipe
Vessel No. 362



silver plated wire, copper wire, melted and hammered tips

16" x 5 ½” x 5"



In 1967, the South Carolina Arts Commission established the State Art Collection as one of its first programs. The collection began with eight works and today is one of the largest and most significant bodies of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. It includes more than 493 works in all media by 287 artists. Special exhibitions from the collection travel the state, while other works are exhibited through a loan program to state agencies, museums, art centers and college and university art galleries, making the collection accessible in both rural communities and urban centers. Works from the collection have traveled to exhibitions in New York, California, Washington DC, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and Rome, Italy. And the demand for loans from the collection is on the rise.


The State Art Collection is a tribute to the progression of the visual arts in the Palmetto State for almost 50 years. From 2003 to the present, the State Art Collection has grown at a much slower pace than at any other time in its history. Public funds for adding new works to the collection have become scarce. As a result, many of the state's important contemporary artists are not represented.


Your support of the State Art Collection through the Arts Growth Fund will help ensure its continued and vitality. The State Art Collection Acquisitions Committee has identified art works that it would like to add to the collection, but we need the financial support of people like you to help us be successful.


Will you help ensure that the State Art Collection continues to represent the range of visual art and craft being produced in South Carolina and continues to be accessible to all of South Carolina's citizens?


Making a gift

 As a thank you for your gift of $100 or more, we will send you a copy of the State Art Collection: 1987-2006 catalogue, which features 150 State Art Collection works and more information about the collection.


Please join the cause and help ensure that the arts continue to thrive in South Carolina. Make your tax-deductible gift to the Arts Growth Fund today!


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Thank you!



For more information:


S.C. Arts Foundation
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201


Call: 803.734.8696


Email: Rusty Sox