Lowcounty residents and visitors will have the opportunity to view works by African-American artists who are among the state’s best-known and widely celebrated practitioners beginning January 20, 2011 in Beaufort. The African-American Voice exhibition runs through February 28 at the USCB Center for the Arts Gallery, 801 Carteret Street. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, January 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Ken May, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission will be the honored guest at the reception.
Coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the exhibition includes 26 pieces of artwork in all media from the State Art Collection. The pieces are by 19 African-American artists who range from self-taught, outsider artists like Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall and Dan Robert Miller, to academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose and Tarleton Blackwell.
“A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well. Their influences and contributions extend beyond image and object making,” said Green, who sees the show as an opportunity for area residents to learn more about the contribution of African-American artists in South Carolina.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit USCB website for information about other activities planned in conjunction with the exhibition.