USCB Kim Keats Visceral VesselThe Sea Islands Center Gallery at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of the Department of Visual Art & Design faculty. The artist reception is Friday, September 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the exhibition is currently on view until September 21.


This year’s exhibition features a diverse collection of work, ranging from themes of military conflict and strategy to ruminations on the word ‘touched’. Chris Robinson’s digital prints and drawings display images of jets and chessboard-like patterns. Joanna Angell is showing embossed, printed, and stitched words on paper, as well as a graphic ink drawing on wood and one of her signature ceramic bird bowls.

Kim Keats focuses on our connection to nature, harvesting her own materials to create her sculptural forms of white pine bark and twigs, stitching and weaving the forms toUSCB Chad Penner Batty Sander The Populist Crusadergether. Laurie Lovell is also working with fiber, incorporating wire mesh, acrylic, and thread into her meditative pieces.

Chad Penner displays a large-as-life pastel and charcoal satirical drawing of a politician cloaked as superhero and Ann Holderfield shares a colorful pastel and acrylic work on paper created during a personal health issue.

Art History Professor Lisa Ciresi’s recently published essay Maria Ecclesia: The Aachen Marienschrein as an Alternate Body for the Virgin Mary will also be on display.


About the Sea Islands Center Gallery:

USCB Joanna Angell TouchedThe Sea Islands Center Gallery is the art gallery of the Department of Visual Art & Design of the University of South Carolina Beaufort and is located on the Beaufort campus in the Sea Islands Center building. Since 2012, the gallery has hosted visiting artists, traveling exhibitions, group exhibitions, and shows of student work. The mission of the gallery is to promote the academic and creative programming goals of the Department of Visual Art & Design and to serve as a catalyst of creative inquiry and exploration within the Beaufort community. The current directors of the Sea Islands Center Gallery are Ann Holderfield and Chad Penner.

left to right: Chad Penner, Laurie Lovell, Joanna Angel

About USCB:

Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina andUSCB Ann Holderfield Circles Bubbles Tumors Cysts Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university’s two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus in SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program and honors program and is in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

For more information about the gallery, contact Ann Holderfield, Gallery Co-Director, at 843.521.4126 or For more information about the Department of Visual Art & Design, contact Chris Robinson, Chair of the Department of Visual Art & Design, at For current gallery hours, check out our Facebook page at or contact us. Sea Islands Center Gallery is located at 1106 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902.

Artwork above by Kim Keats, Chad Penner, Joanna Angell and Ann Holderfield