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2017 Statewide Arts Conference

2017 Statewide Arts Conference


Statewide Arts Conference Canceled

In consideration of the impacts of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, we have decided to cancel the Statewide Arts Conference. We've based this decision on the likelihood that participants and presenters from many parts of the state will face weather-related issues around housing and transportation, along with other situations that might prevent conference attendance. Our first concerns are safety and limiting potential difficulties that might result from moving forward with the conference. 


Although the weather will be back to normal by Friday, we are making this decision now to give ample notice and to allow our contractors and keynote speakers to adjust their plans in a timely manner.


We'll be in touch with everyone who registered as we begin processing refunds. If you made a hotel reservation for the conference, please contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to sort out logistics. Please let us know if you have any questions.


We wish everyone the best possible outcome after the storm.





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.








Pre-Conference Session

The Pre-conference session scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14 has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.



Conference Sessions

Sessions will cover topics of interest to artists, arts organizations, 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.



A Night in the Life: A Musical Trip Through 1967

Drop in to the planetarium during the reception and enjoy a musical treat.



Schedule Overview


Thursday, September 14

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration (State Museum)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Opening plenary session


7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening reception and self-guided tour 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).