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2017 Statewide Arts Conference

2014 Statewide Arts Conference




New sessions just added for artists: Building Your Arts Community and Combating Resistance in Your Art Practice.


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No Time Like the Future

Fifty years? Where did the time go? Half a century can fly by when you're busy making your state a thriving place for the arts. Reminiscing can be a pleasant diversion, but preparing for the future requires action. So let's take the time to celebrate our accomplishments and then move forward with focus. It's time to prepare for the next 50 years.


Thank you to Wells Fargo, our Statewide Arts Conference sponsor.






$75 per person - $65 per person for two or more participants who register together.



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Pre-Conference Session

Join the S.C. Arts Commission staff for an update on agency programs, opportunities and grants. We'll share information on our work with The Art of Community: Rural SC, ArtsGrowSC (a new loan program for artists), updated grant guidelines, a new grant application platform and more.


This pre-conference session is included in the registration fee.


Thursday, Sept. 14

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.


State Library

1500 Senate St.

Columbia, S.C.



Conference Sessions

Sessions will cover topics of interest to artists, arts organizations, arts educators and community partners. Details will be added as sessions are finalized.


We're offering not just one, but TWO impressive keynote speakers!



Opening Plenary - Thursday, Sept. 14


Elizabeth Merritt

Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums

Vice President, Strategic Foresight

American Alliance of Museums


Elizabeth Merritt applies the tools of strategic foresight to the nonprofit realm and conducts trends forecasting and scenario development for museums, libraries, orchestras and opera.



Afternoon Plenary - Friday, Sept. 15


Jane Chu


National Endowment for the Arts


Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.



Museum Experiences

Experience the State Museum up close! Choose from several options, including a behind-the-scenes tour, a tour of the new State Art Collection exhibition, and programs in the dome planetarium and the 4D theater. The dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through astronomy shows and offers educational and entertaining programs about art, music and history. The 4-D theater combines a 3-D visual experience with a fourth environmental dimension such as blasts of air and vibrating seats, offering programs that complement museum exhibits.



Exhibition Opening Reception

Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967 – 2017

Eclipsing 50, which features work collected between 1967 and 2017 by the South Carolina Arts Commission, highlights the breadth and depth of work produced by artists in our state. Established in 1967 as one of the Commission’s first programs, the State Art Collection now includes 493 works in a variety of styles and media from 287 artists. This exhibition, which opens to the public on September 15, includes more than 80 pieces from the collection and centers on the spirit of dynamism and leaps of artistic faith revealed in this unique cultural document of South Carolina’s changing art landscape. Spanning work from the last five decades, Eclipsing 50 delves into the idea of artistic exploration and looks at S.C. artists who challenged themselves to reach boldly beyond their respective eras in the universal pursuit of artistic expression.




Schedule Overview


Thursday, September 14

12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session (State Library)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration (State Museum)
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Opening plenary session


7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening reception for the exhibition Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection, 1967-2017

Friday, September 15
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

Concurrent workshops (two rounds)


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing session


3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Museum experiences



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Conference Location and Hotels

South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St.

Columbia, S.C.


Conference hotels


Directions to the S.C. State Museum


Columbia Conference Center





About the 2017 Conference

For more information, please contact Joy Young (803-734-8203).