Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Collection of South Carolina’s Top Contemporary Art to Visit Greenwood

Posted 12/5/2012 11:13:00 AM

As The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations II has traveled the state, I’ve been lucky enough to have had a lot of face time with the vast collection of contemporary works by South Carolina artists.

The collection of contemporary pieces was curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art In America and Artpress. The 118 pieces of art by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists is an awesome sight, as the exhibition showcases the quality and diversity of the state’s rich cultural heritage. One can find mesmerizing geometric abstractions, head-scratching dreamscapes, fascinating basketry, hazy watercolors and so much more while perusing, which is possible now at the Arts Center of Greenwood.

This collection is part of The State Art Collection, which is considered the most comprehensive public collection of works by local artists. The collection was established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission, and in all has grown to include 448 works in a variety of media. Parts of the exhibition often travel around the state (and beyond) in the hopes of promoting and supporting the visual artists who live here, like in the Greenwood exhibit. With artists included such as Laura Spong, Mike Williams, Tarleton Blackwell, and Blue Sky, this truly is like a “greatest hits” collection for the what is out there in our cultural pool.

For more information and gallery hours, please visit the Greenwood Arts Council website.