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State Art Collection Exhibition Opens Jan. 10 in Clemson


Dec. 7, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C.State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations Part II opens Jan. 10 in Clemson. The exhibition, which is free to the public through Feb. 16, includes nearly 52 pieces of the complete 118-piece exhibition. Visitors can see the exhibition at three locations: The Arts Center, Clemson University’s Lee Gallery, and Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.


“The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state’s cultural heritage,” said Eleanor Heartney, curator of the exhibition and author and contributing editor of Art in America and Artpress.


Contemporary Conversations Part II comprises work by 47 artists. “The exhibition includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstractions to surrealist tinged landscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory,” added Heartney.


The art in Contemporary Conversations Part II is drawn from the State Art Collection, a 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 is composed of 448 works in a variety of media and styles produced by 277 artists.


Exhibition Hours
Brooks Center
The exhibition will be on view during regular Brooks Center box office hours, Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. daily and on Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the public reception.


Lee Gallery
Located in Lee Hall, the Lee Gallery is open on Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the public reception.


The Arts Center

The Arts Center is located at 212 Butler Street in downtown Clemson. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the public reception.


The Brooks Center will feature works by Tarleton Blackwell, Joseph Scott Goldsmith, Elizabeth Keller, Edward Rice, Earl Robbins and others. Upstate artists included in the exhibition are David Detrich, Sydney Cross, Cecile Martin and Carl Blair.


As part of the month-long exhibition, a free public reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at all three venues.  The Clemson Area Transit (CAT) will provide transportation to drive patrons to each exhibition location.


Exhibition curator Eleanor Heartney will discuss her recently published survey of contemporary art, which examines the complex diversities of work being produced today. Her presentation Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits, and Other Acts of Art is at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 in Lee Hall, room 111.  The discussion is free to the public. Following her presentation, all three venues will be open for extended viewing from 6 - 7:30 p.m.


An independent cultural critic and author, Heartney has written for major cultural publications, including Sculpture magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times and many others.


For more information or to learn how to host an exhibition from the State Art Collection, contact Harriett Green at (803) 734-8696. In addition to Contemporary Conversations, two other traveling exhibitions are available: The African American Voice and Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection.


About SCAC:
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.