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State Art Collection Exhibition in Greenwood


Dec. 12, 2012

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C.State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations Part II opened Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 31, 2013, at the Arts Center in Greenwood. The exhibition, which is free to the public, includes 39 pieces of the complete 118-piece exhibition.


Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations is composed of 118 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 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
The Arts Center in Greenwood is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.


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 the South Carolina 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.