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Aiken Artist Guild Juried Exhibition

May 20 - June 25: Featuring works by Jane Popiel, Jean Blackmer, Tom Supensky, Meghan Benge and Carolyn Bohn.  Gallery Opening Reception 6 - 8 pm on June 16. 122 Laurens Street, SW, Aiken.

Van Dam Collection of Rare Textiles

June 7 - August 21: The Florence Museum is pleased to announce this summer's signature exhibit, The Van Dam Collection of Rare Textiles. This will be the first public showing of a recently acquired donation of textiles from the private collection of Andy and Linda Van Dam of Camden. The exhibit will feature functional, ritual and decorative textiles from West Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, all of which were donated by the Van Dams from their personal collection. It will also include several rare objects from West Africa, on loan for the duration of the show.

On Display at Columbia Museum of Art

An Artist’s Eye

June 17 - Oct. 23: For the first time in history, the Columbia Museum of Art opens its Modern and Contemporary vaults to famed South Carolina artist Sigmund Abeles to present An Artist’s Eye: A Journey through Modern and Contemporary Art with Sigmund Abeles. As an invited guest curator, Abeles selected over 80 works from the Museum’s esteemed Modern and Contemporary collection. His selection is based on his personal taste, preferences and attitudes about contemporary art, which he developed over a 50-year career. An Artist’s Eye broadens the visitor’s understanding by providing a unique perspective. The premise is that an artist brings a different ‘eye’ and set of criteria in evaluating art than does a curator or an art historian, whose training tends toward historical context rather than artistic practice.

Chuck Close, American, born 1940, Phil/Fingerprint, 1981, lithograph Museum Purchase with funds partially provided by Robert D. Ochs and Edward C. Roberts. Photo courtesy Columbia Museum of Art.

It Figures: The Art of Sigmund Abeles

June 17 - Oct. 23: It Figures highlights the work of Sigmund Abeles, painter, sculptor, draftsman, teacher, storyteller and printmaker, and guest curator for the adjacent exhibition An Artist’s Eye: a Journey through Modern and Contemporary Art with Sigmund Abeles. Sigmund, now 77, embodies the kind of insightful critical thinking and pure joy in artistic expression that comes from close observation and decades of experience in the art world. His reputation as a member of the National Academy, an artist and teacher, and his connections to South Carolina—he was raised in Horry county and graduated from USC—gave him the perfect set of 'eyes' to form An Artist's Eye.

Rembrandt: From Sacred to Profane

Through August 21: Columbia Museum of Art's Rembrandt: From Sacred to Profane features 19 etchings and includes examples from traditional subjects, such as Rembrandt van Rijn's famous Christ Healing the Sick (also known as the Hundred Guilder Print) portraits and nudes, to more mundane images like the Beggar with a Stick. This installation provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the printing process, Rembrandt’s creative mind and the 17th-century’s fascination with scenes of both the everyday life and the sacred.

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print), 1649. Second state of two. Photo courtesy Columbia Museum of Art.

On Display at Greenville Museum of Art

Mary Whyte: Working South

Through Sept. 18: Poignant and personal paintings of working people are featured in the exhibition, Mary Whyte: Working South, is on view through September 18. Whyte has spent nearly 4 years preparing for the exhibition, which features images jobs that are fading away. Among the paintings are several depicting the textile industry, painted in South Carolina.

Right: Mary Whyte, Spinner, 2009

Our Town

Through Sept. 18: Greenville is a community that traces its past to the textile industry and its future to manufacturing, finance, and new technology. Our Town presents Greenville, past and present, in paintings and photographs by major national and regional artists. Brought together with support from the 2010 Museum Antiques Show, this exhibition includes works by Andrew Lenaghan, John Moore, Edward Rice, and William McCullough.

Sidney Dickinson

Through Sept. 18: Known primarily as a portrait painter, Dickinson studied and taught at the Arts Student League in New York. The Museum has assembled a collection of landscapes and figurative paintings that the artist completed during a year he spent central Alabama, while working for his aunt, Charlotte Rogers Thorn, at a school for African-Americans in Calhoun, Alabama.

Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection

Through Sept. 18: Greenville’s prestigious in-depth collection of works by "America’s Painter," Andrew Wyeth, spans seventy years of the artist’s masterful watercolors. The exhibition receives special focus this spring with a visit from Victoria Wyeth, the artist's granddaughter, who will lead free tours May 14, 17, and 18, with a public lecture at 2:00 pm on May 15. Reservations are required.

Left: Andrew Wyeth, Cranberries, 1966 watercolor

Margaret Bowland

May 18–July 17: At once challenging and lyrical, the paintings of Margaret Bowland examine beauty in the person of a young African-American child, the centerpiece of psychological and metaphorical themes linked through the titles of popular songs from 1970s and 1980s. A native of North Carolina, Bowland now lives and paints in Brooklyn and teaches at the New York Academy of Art. The exhibition of her work, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, was organized in collaboration with Babcock Galleries of New York. The exhibition will be on view at the New York gallery from March 1 through April 22.

Bowland will be in Greenville to talk about her paintings on Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 pm.

The Greenville Museum of Art is located at 420 College Street, Greenville. 864-271-7570 or

On Display at Gibbes Museum of Art

Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad

Through July 10: Stephen Marc’s fascinating photographs and digital montages explore the history of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. With this body of work, Marc combines contemporary images with historic documents and artifacts to create richly-layered objects that bring the past palpably into the present. Main Gallery.

Stephen Marc will lead a discussion and tour of his exhibition on Friday, May 27, at 11am. This event is free with museum admission.

Above: Untitled from the Passage on the Underground Railroad Series, 2002, by Stephen Marc (American, b. 1954), archival pigment print on paper

A Soldier's View of Civil War Charleston

Through July 10: This exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art features paintings by Conrad Wise Chapman (1842 – 1910) depicting Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. Though Chapman spent many of his formative years in Rome, the American-born artist always considered himself a Southerner. In 1861 Chapman left Rome to enlist in the Confederate Army. As a soldier under the charge of General P. G. T. Beauregard, Chapman created his remarkable paintings of the forts and batteries in and around Charleston Harbor. Works in this exhibition are on loan from The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Viriginia. Rotunda Gallery.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is located in Charleston’s Historic District at 135 Meeting Street (2 blocks south of the Market between Cumberland and Queen Streets).

Above: Charleston City and Bay, 1864, by John Gadsby Chapman after Conrad Wise Chapman, oil on board, courtesy of The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia

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