November 2007

The Arts Center: Upcoming Exhibits

Author: Marie McAden

The Arts Center Presents Two Extraordinary Exhibits by South Carolina Artists

The African American Voice, a traveling exhibition celebrating the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 40th Anniversary, made its debut on Hilton Head Island last month and will run through November 11 in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s gallery. The exhibit, which showcases the work of some of the state’s best-known contemporary African American artists, is one of two shows being presented this fall at the Arts Center.

It will be followed November 16-January 26 by Bernard D’Andrea: Five Decades of Evolution II, a compelling retrospective of art created by one of New York’s most acclaimed illustrators.

“We’re thrilled to be able to present these two outstanding exhibitions,” said Arts Center President and CEO Kathleen Bateson. “It’s particularly gratifying to be chosen as the premiere venue for the Arts Commission’s 40th Anniversary show a year after being named the state’s top arts organization.”

Curated by Harriett Green, the Arts Commission’s visual arts director, The African American Voice features 37 works of art created by two dozen of the state’s most celebrated African-American artists, among them Sam Doyle, Richard Burnside, Leo Twiggs, Jesse Guinyard, Joseph Gandy, Robert Spencer, Winston Wingo and Terry Hunter, as well as sweetgrass basket weavers Mary Jackson, Linda Blake, Marguerite Middleton and Elizabeth Kinlaw.

The pieces are part of the State Art Collection, the most comprehensive public collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. One of the first programs initiated by the Arts Commission in 1967, the collection has grown over the years to include 441 works of art by 272 South Carolina artists representing a variety of media and styles.

“A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well as artists,” Green said. “Their influences and contribution extend beyond image and object making.”

Equally engaging, the Bernard D’Andrea exhibition chronicles the artist’s remarkable 50-year career during the heyday of illustration and abstract expressionism, one of the most influential movements of the century.

First presented two years ago at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, the retrospective will feature illustrations published in such notable magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Boy’s Life, Seventeen, National Geographic and Redbook, along with a collection of powerful, large-scale works of abstract expressionism.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours—10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and one hour prior to performances in the Elizabeth Wallace Theatre.

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