Sandlapper Society

Illustrious SC Artists & Architects

Blue Sky

Three Flags
Jasper Johns

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner
portrait by Marie Danforth

Washington Monument
Robert Mills

Jim Harrison at work

Pale Silent

Brian Rutenberg


Blue Sky

Born Warren Edward Johnson in Columbia in 1938, Blue Sky is now an internationally known painter and sculptor. He created the state's first large scale outdoor mural Tunnelvision in 1975, which is now a Columbia landmark.

Jonathan Green

Born in Gardens corner near Beaufort, Jonathan Green achieved world acclaim with his portraits of Gullah life in the Lowcountry. He is considered by art critics to be one of the most important painters of the southern experience. The Columbia City Ballet created a ballet based on his art.

Jasper Johns

Born in 1930, Jasper Johns grew up in Allendale, SC, and studied at the University of South Carolina. Johns emerged as force in the American art scene in the late 1950s. His richly worked paintings of maps, flags and targets led the artistic community away from Abstract Expressionism toward a new emphasis on the concrete. Johns laid the groundwork for both Pop Art and Minimalism. Today, as his prints and paintings set record prices at auction.

Larry Lebby

This Dixiana native was born in 1950. Lebby's art is world renown and uses many mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolors, and even Worcestershire sauce, tea and berry juice. His ballpoint pen drawing of President Jimmy Carter hung in the White House from 1976 – 1980.

Ann Worsham Richardson

An internationally known wildlife artist, Ann Worsham Richardson was born in 1922 near Turbeville. She began drawing animals as a child and today her watercolors of birds and flora are in great demand. Both presidents Carter and Regan have collected her work. She lives outside of Charleston on an estate where she has a sanctuary where she rehabilitates injured birds.

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner

Best known for her pastels of the buildings, people and landscapes of the Lowcountry, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner was born in Charleston in 1883. She was a central figure in the Charleston Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s, a flowering of art, culture, literature and historic preservation. Elizabeth O'Neill Verner was posthumously honored by the South Carolina Arts Commission when it created the annual Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards. Presented to arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community, and government entities for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina, the award is considered the highest honor awarded to the arts in SC.

Leo Twiggs

Born in 1934 in St. Stephen, Leo Twiggs paintings are done in a variation of the batik process. His art deals with the role of relics, images and icons of the South. After receiving a graduating from Claflin University, he went on to attain a Masters in Fine Arts from New York University and Doctorate of Arts from the University of Georgia. He developed the Fine Arts Department and the I.P. Stanback Museum at South Carolina State University and makes his home in Orangeburg. Twiggs has had over 60 one-man shows during his career.

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison began by painting signs in his hometown of Denmark. Today, he is a world-renowned artist famous for his rural scenes of a bygone era. His paintings of covered bridges, barns, country stores and churches are collected by art lovers all over the country.  Before he became a full time artist, Harrison coached high school football for 11 years. He’s also authored five books and is in demand as a speaker. His gallery in Denmark is open to the public and visitors will often find him in front of a canvas with a brush in his hand.

Brian Rutenberg

Growing up in Myrtle Beach, Brian Rutenberg developed a love of Lowcountry scenery. Today, his abstract paintings are colorful representations of his boyhood memories. A College of Charleston graduate, he moved to New York City in 1987 to live and work. The South Carolina State Museum and the Gibbes Art Museum have both featured his work. He was artist in residence at the University of South Carolina in 2006.


Robert Mills

This South Carolinian, born in Charleston, was appointed America's first federal architect by President Thomas Jefferson in 1830. He designed the first fireproof building in America, the US Treasury Building, the US Post Office and the Washington Monument.

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