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African-American Voice Exhibition Opens June 19 in Travelers Rest

 

June 8, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

 

Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Upstate citizens have the opportunity to view works by African-American artists who are among the state’s best-known and widely celebrated practitioners beginning June 19 in Travelers Rest. The African-American Voice exhibition runs through July 31 at the Trillium Arts Centre, 319 South Main Street. Citizens are invited to a reception June 26 at 7 p.m.

 

Coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the exhibition includes 26 pieces of artwork in all media from the State Art Collection. The pieces are by 19 African-American artists who range from self-taught, outsider artists like Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall and Dan Robert Miller, to academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose and Tarleton Blackwell.

 

“A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well. Their influences and contributions extend beyond image and object making,” said Green, who sees the show as an opportunity for area residents to learn more about the contribution of African-American artists in South Carolina.

 

A preview of The African-American Voice artwork is available online.

The exhibition is free to the public. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit The Trillium Arts Centre website for information about other activities planned in conjunction with the exhibition.

 

Organizations and businesses interested in hosting an exhibition or displaying works from the State Art Collection should contact Harriett Green at (803) 734-8696. In addition to The African American Voice, two other traveling exhibitions are available: Contemporary Conversations and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection.

 

About the State Art Collection:
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 448 works in a variety of media and styles by 277 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 Kahn Development Company.

 

About 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 is celebrating 40 years of increasing 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 and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

 

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