Then-Chairman Bud Ferillo of the South Carolina Arts Commission conceived of Art in Sight. “The State Art Collection is a gem as dynamic and diverse as the span of history it represents. It’s one of our most valuable cultural assets and chronicles the history of art development in South Carolina.” A campaign and logo (right) were unveiled in 2009.
The State Art Collection has grown to include 466 works in a variety of media and styles by 288 artists. Over its 50-plus-year history, the collection has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the state, nation, and even internationally.
Ferillo believed that the State Art Collection has something that will appeal to everyone. “It includes everything from paintings and sculpture to baskets, fiber and Catawba pottery. It includes film, photography, installations and graphics—all by artists who live or have lived in South Carolina.”
Image shown: Gina Gilmour | Rescue | 1985 | oil on canvas | 52″ x 52″ (triptych, each panel)
The Commission board of directors and our partners at the S.C. Arts Foundation want to provide more opportunities for South Carolinians to enjoy the State Art Collection in their communities. Works from the collection are loaned to art museums, state agencies, and public and private organizations, and the collection is available for displays and exhibitions.*
South Carolina State Art Collection acquisitions, exhibitions, and loans of its works are on pause until further notice. The South Carolina Arts Commission is taking time to caretake and thoughtfully evaluate how it can best serve constituents through the program.
For more information, please contact Arts Industry Director La Ruchala Murphy (803.734.8762 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
As of summer 2021, State Art Collection acquisitions, exhibitions, and loans of its works are on pause for FY22 as the South Carolina Arts Commission takes time for caretaking and to thoughtfully evaluate how it can best serve constituents through the program.