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State Art Collection Publication Named to 2009 Notable State Documents


March 29, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina State Library has announced “State Art Collection: 1987-2006” as one of the most notable South Carolina state government documents of 2009. The selection is announced annually on or near Freedom of Information Day, March 16, the birthday of President James Madison, an early proponent of citizen access to government information.


The publication, edited by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the S.C. Arts Commission, documents work by contemporary South Carolina artists. Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the State Art Collection includes 448 works by 278 artists. The 163-page fully illustrated publication contains some information about the history of the collection but focuses primarily on works acquired since 1987.


Awards were presented to the winning agencies by David Goble, State Library Director, at a morning ceremony at the State Library on March 16. “As we celebrate Freedom of Information Day, I salute South Carolina state agencies that continue to make their information available to the public, either in print form or electronically. The agencies honored today continue a fine tradition of open government in the Palmetto State,” said Goble.


Winning documents were selected by a group of state documents depository librarians from around the state and by staff at the South Carolina State Library.  All documents are available to view at the State Library.


About the S.C. Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.