Archive for the ‘Spartanburg SC Visual Arts’ Category

The Palmetto Bank Completes $250,000 Pledge to Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC

October 4, 2013


The Palmetto Bank of South Carolina has recently completed its $250,000 endowment pledge to Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) in Spartanburg, SC, for the perpetuation of its nearly 800-piece permanent art collection. The pledge was made six years ago in honor of Les and Betty McMillan.

Les McMillan is a respected and honored patron of arts in Spartanburg, having served on the Board of Trustees for Spartanburg Art’s Council for many years and the Spartanburg Art Museum Board of Trustees. Also, he was on the local Palmetto Bank Advisory Board for many years. He is a retired architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith. It was through McMillan’s service that the endowment was secured.

“On behalf of SAM and the entire art community in Spartanburg, we are literally forever grateful to The Palmetto Bank for its generous support,” SAM Board of Trustees President Chris Kennedy said. “It is through gifts such as this that the visual arts in Spartanburg are guaranteed a home now and for the years to come.” Newly welcomed Executive Director of SAM Elizabeth Goddard added, “The preservation and growth of our collection would not be possible without the incredibly generous support of benefactors such as Palmetto Bank. Its support is a true gift to our community that offers ample opportunities for the public to see and learn about the diverse works of art created by our region’s most beloved fine artists.”

The Palmetto Bank Endowed Permanent Collection is a central element at SAM, with the museum’s most-noted piece of art—Robert Henri’s painting “The Lady with the Red Hair”—hanging in the museum’s entrance. Other works of art have come from accomplished artists from around the world. SAM has continuous art exhibits at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, and the artists range from those with world acclaim, such as Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, to artists based in the nation, The South, South Carolina, and the Upstate. It also has an extensive teaching program and outreach program known as COLORS that provides art exposure to disadvantaged inner-city children.

“The Palmetto Bank has a solid history of supporting the arts throughout South Carolina,” Rob Hrubala, Senior Vice President at The Palmetto Bank in Spartanburg, said. “We believe the arts add value to a community and the return on investment can be measured in both dollars and quality of life. Spartanburg Art Museum’s permanent collection is a fine example of building a worthy and notable program that ensures the visual arts’ importance in the fabric of life for Spartanburg’s citizens.”

In 2007, The Palmetto Bank received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award by the SC Arts Commission. The award is given annually to arts organizations, patrons, artists and businesses that exhibit leadership and innovation in their arts contributions. For nearly 40 years, The Bank has been supporting South Carolina artists by building a collection of more than 100 pieces of fine art. This Corporate Collection, showcasing 36 of South Carolina’s most talented artists, is featured prominently in The Bank’s Greenville headquarters. The Bank, a significant patron of the arts, spreads its support across many different community organizations, including the Greenville Symphony, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville County Museum of Art, Anderson County Arts Center, and the Arts Council of Greenwood County – Emerald Triangle Project. These major contributions—and countless others— illustrate how The Palmetto Bank has established its name as a leader in the Palmetto state art community.

For more information, please call SAM at 864/582-7616.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Ann Stoddard

October 3, 2013


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, is presenting “Water Maps”, featuring a collection of abstract sculptural oil paintings by Ann Stoddard, on view at the Chapman Cultural Center, through Oct. 28, 2013.

Oil and water, it is said, do not mix, but in her series of “Water Maps”, Stoddard uses the blue spectrum in her oils to create images that surround the viewer with the peaceful presence that is the nature of water itself. Stoddard’s interest in textiles and nature has inspired her work throughout her career. In an excerpt from her artist’s statement, she said, “my work is inspired by the beauty, change and tension within nature and natural phenomena.


“Water Maps” paintings are explorations using a rich palette of blue oil paints applied on manipulated linen canvases. “These ‘Water Maps’ were originally inspired by the idea of paper maps and their awkwardness,” says Stoddard. “Humorous in thought and application, these painterly and whimsical shaped canvases saturated in blues evoke a sobering and peaceful presence as if we were surrounded by the very nature of water itself.”

A Spartanburg native, Stoddard studied Art Studio at Converse College and holds the BFA from the University of South Carolina and the MFA in sculpture and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited across the nation including exhibits in cities such as NYC, LA, Boston, Atlanta and internationally in cities located in Germany, India, Austria, China. Her work is held in numerous collections throughout the world. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Wofford College and part time curator at Presbyterian College.

This project is in partial support of by The Arts Partnership of Spartanburg.

For further information call 864/764-9568 or visit (

Chapman Cultural Center Welcomes New Director of Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartangurg, SC

September 11, 2013


The Chapman Cultural Center welcomes Elizabeth Goddard as the new Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) in Spartanburg, SC. Goddard received her master’s degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Pitzer College, California.


Prior to coming to Spartanburg, Goddard served as Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, MI. There, Goddard was responsible for building a school program that served thousands of kindergarten through college-age students, as well as initiating and sustaining program partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations in Grand Rapids. She also implemented new technologies into the gallery experience, a project plan she hopes to initiate at SAM.

Goddard grew up outside of Washington, DC, and has previously lived in Colorado, California, Texas, and New Mexico. She is looking forward to South Carolina’s mild winters and access to the Atlantic. “Embracing a new community is very exciting,” Goddard said. “The people I have met so far have been most gracious and welcoming. I am thrilled and honored that the Board of Directors, led by Chris Kennedy, has brought me into the process of reinvigorating a very important cultural institution. I am eager to get to know Spartanburg, its rich history and the surrounding area, but I am most eager to meet the community and together help grow the Spartanburg Art Museum to its fullest, active and robust future.”

Goddard can be reached via e-mail at ( or at Chapman Cultural Center located at 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

Hub City Empty Bowls 2013 Invites You to Make a Pottery Bowl Aug. 15 & 17, 2013 in Spartanburg, SC

August 12, 2013


The public is invited to make clay bowls this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, and Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, as part of the Hub City Empty Bowls 2013 fundraiser project in Spartanburg, SC. The sites are West Main Artists Co-op on Thursday, from 6-8:30pm (during ArtWalk) and Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-3pm. There is no cost to make the bowls. All materials—professional-quality clay, studio, expert instruction—are provided at no cost.

The bowls will be used on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – Soup Day – when patrons select the bowls of their choice (to keep) and enjoy a variety of soups provided by local restaurants in exchange for a $15 donation. The money raised will be donated to Total Ministries in an on-going effort to curb hunger in Spartanburg. Soup Day will also include tea, bread, live music, and grassroots fellowship.

This is Hub City Empty Bowls’s fifth year of fighting hunger in Spartanburg. This year’s goals include making about 1,000 bowls. Last year, the project raised $12,000 for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. The organizing sponsor of the localized national event is Carolina Clay Artists. Cosponsors are West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chapman Cultural Center. The clay is donated by

These are two of the last three scheduled bowl-making events in Spartanburg for the year. The final will be Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Chapman Cultural Center.

For more information, call 864/621-2768.

Hub City Empty Bowls 2013 Gets Off to an Early Start at the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC – June 15, 2013

June 5, 2013

The popular grassroots fundraiser that helps feed the hungry in Spartanburg, SC – Hub City Empty Bowls-is cranking up early for 2013. The first two bowl-making dates are Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 10am-noon and 1-3pm at the Spartanburg Art Museum School in the Chapman Cultural Center, and Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6-8:30pm at the West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg.

The goal of the organizing sponsor, Carolina Clay Artists, is to make more than 1,000 handmade clay bowls to be used on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, when hundreds of people will donate cash in exchange for the colorful and creative bowls filled with soup donated by local restaurants. Everyone is encouraged to help make bowls. No experience in pottery is required. All materials and instruction will be provided free.

After four years of raising tens of thousands of dollars for different hunger-based charities in Spartanburg, the Carolina Clay Artists return for the fifth year determined to make the event even bigger and better. In the past, Empty Bowls has been about a three-month project. This year, it will run for five months in an effort to give citizens more opportunities to participate. It has been one of Spartanburg’s most successful events in helping feed the poor. The fundraiser – Soup Day – will be held in the lobby of the David W. Reid Theatre and in the plaza of Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, 11am-7pm. In addition to soup, bread and tea, live music, and fellowship are provided for a community event that generates a groundswell of grassroots charity, as well as much needed funds. Patrons especially enjoy taking home the clay bowls, as sentimental reminders of how they have contributed to Spartanburg’s advancement. Traditionally, patrons donate $15 per bowl. The soup is all you can eat, and there will be a variety of restaurants providing soup throughout the day.

Empty Bowls is an international phenomenon that is virtually administrative and overhead free. All work is done by local volunteers, most of whom are potters. All of the money raised stays in the local community. Last year, more than $12,000 was given to the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. This year’s recipient of the funds will be TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg. Public bowl-making events will be held at both the Spartanburg Art Museum School, located in Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John St. (10am-noon and 1-3pm) and the West Main Artist Co-op, 578 West Main Street (6-8:30pm).

The dates are: Spartanburg Art Museum/Chapman Cultural Center, Saturdays, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 14; West Main Artists Co-op, Thursdays, June 20, July 18, and Aug. 15—all of which are ArtWalk dates. Sponsors of the 2013 Empty Bowls fundraising event include: Carolina Clay Artists, Spartanburg Art Museum, Chapman Cultural Center, the West Main Artists Co-op and Chris Williams, owner of local pottery supply house,

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls Soup, call 864/621-2768.

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, is Now Free Admission – All the Time

April 19, 2013

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) in downtown Spartanburg, SC, now has free admission all the time: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 1-5pm.

SAM’s Board of Trustees recently decided to waive the normal $4 per adult, as well as the other fees, to be more accessible for all community members.


The current exhibition is “Carl Plansky: Thirty Years of Painting,” which is mostly large canvas paintings of people, landscapes, and still lifes, using bright contrasting colors and a strong use of abstract expressionism. Plansky’s work is well known around the world.

Spartanburg Art Museum is located in the Chapman Cultural Center at 200 East Saint John Street in downtown Spartanburg.

To find out more information on the Museum and upcoming exhibitions, visit ( or call 864/582-7616.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ AT&T Exhibition Hall Calls for Entries for 1st Annual Juried Exhibition – Deadline June 1, 2013

April 8, 2013


The Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ Headquarters Library in Spartanburg, SC, is calling for entries for it’s 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, to be on view in the AT&T Exhibition Hall, from Aug. 5 through Sept. 27, 2013.

The competition is open to artists, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC),  Union  County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Rutherford County (NC) and Polk County (NC).

The 1st Annual Juried Exhibition will feature local professional and amateur artists from Spartanburg and the surrounding counties. There will be over $2500.00 worth of cash and purchase awards available to be distributed among various participating artists chosen by this year’s juror, Will South. South is the Chief Curator for The Columbia Museum of Art located in Columbia, SC.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 2,500.00 will be presented in this year’s exhibition including: First place: $750; Second place: $500; and Third place: $300.

Entry Dates: April 1st – June 1st, 2013.

Go to ( to enter. Or click (

April 1st – June 1st – Accepting Entries Online
July 1st – Notification of Results
July 15th – 19th & 22nd – 26th – Artwork Drop off
August 5th – September 27th – Exhibition Dates
August 24th 7-9pm is the Artists Reception/Awards Presentation


The Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ AT&T Exhibition Hall displays exhibitions year round ranging from art exhibits to local history to Smithsonian exhibits of varying topics.

The Headquarters Library is located at 151 South Church Street in Spartanburg, SC.

For more information call 864/285-9091 or e-mail to (

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Awards Cash Prizes in All-Member Show at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

March 5, 2013


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg awarded four cash prizes of $250 each to four members whose work was chosen by the public as the favorites in February’s all-member show. The awards were made Thursday, Feb. 28, at a reception at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, with more than 100 people in attendance. The recipients were…

• 2D Painting: Isabel Forbes’s “Sunday Morning Breakfast”


• 2d Drawing and Mixed Media: Carolyn Alexander’s “How Much is that Kitty in the Window?”


• 2D Photography and Digital Photography: Patty Wright’s “Pink Surprise”


• 3D Sculpture, Pottery, Jewelry, and Stained Glass: Doris Wright’s “Salts and Squares”


Nearly 800 votes were cast during the exhibit, which showcased 51 local artists. One goal of this exhibit was to directly engage the community with our local artists and to increase awareness of the artistic talent in Spartanburg. “The Guild is overwhelmed at the response from the public and deeply appreciates everyone who voted and visited the show,” Robin Els, Executive Director, said.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s exhibit!” she said. “We truly live in a thriving community that is directly engaged with its local artists.”

For further info contact Robin Els, Executive Director, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg by calling 864/764-9568 or e-mail to (

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg has Arts Scholarship Applications Available – Deadline Mar. 29, 2013

February 12, 2013


Applications for the Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship are now being accepted by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. One or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Spartanburg students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. The selection is based on the character, financial need, and artistic potential. The scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts.

In addition to completing the application, the student must submit a resume; letters of recommendation; statements pertaining to career goals, scholarship use, and need; and support materials, such as writing samples, tapes, films videos, etc. The award is funded by the Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts, which was established in 1989 to honor the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. She was a community leader and involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations.

Applications for the 2013-14 scholarship are available from The Arts Partnership, co/ Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, by calling 864/278-9693, by e-mailing (, or by downloading the forms at ( (search “scholarship”).

Completed applications must be returned to The Arts Partnership office by 5pm, Friday, Mar. 29, 2013.

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Presents 5th Annual Art & Antique Show – Feb. 21-24, 2013

February 6, 2013


The Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host its fifth annual Art & Antique Show, a four-day-long affair starting Thursday, Feb. 21, showcasing dealers from six states. The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will be the site for this multifaceted event that will focus on antiques and accessories predominately from the 18th and 19th century American, English, and Continental regions. In addition, the show will present guest expert speakers on southern architecture and the floral arts. Vendors scattered throughout the facility will sell antique furniture, silver, jewelry, porcelain, paintings, fine art, oriental rugs, linens, and garden accessories.

“We are very excited for the fifth annual Art & Antique Show,” Anna Converse, the event’s co-chairperson, said. “This show has become a major attraction in the Upstate and is highly anticipated by antique lovers from throughout the region.  We purposely bring in dealers from out of town to give people the opportunity to buy items not normally found here. It is also a major fundraiser for Spartanburg Art Museum and hopefully this will bring about enough money to have some really great exhibits for next year!”

The show will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 21, with the Benefactor’s Gala. Catered by Cribb’s Kitchen, this black tie-optional affair will allow patrons the first glimpse of the art and antiques and the chance to pre-purchase items before the general public is admitted the next day. The Gala is held in the tented plaza of the Chapman Cultural Center and begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $150 per person.

The show will open to the public on Friday, Feb. 22, starting at 10am. Any one-day pass is $10; a weekend pass, which includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, is $20. Tickets to hear guest speakers are $5each.

Friday, Feb. 22, at 1pm, guest speaker Susan Sully will present a lecture on southern architecture and interior design. She is the author and photographer of many books, most notably, “The Southern Cottage and The Southern Cosmopolitan”. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will follow her lecture, 4-6pm.

The show will continue on Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am-6pm. To help parents enjoy this opportunity, Spartanburg Science Center will present Fun for Kids, an educational camp for children 5 and older, noon-3pm. Pizza will be provided for lunch, and the children will have access to the Science Center and special programs, while their parents shop and taken in the guest speakers.

Also on Saturday, at 1pm, Ralph Null will present a lecture on floral arts and retail floriculture. Null known around the world for his decorations, some of which have been in the White House, retail windows of Saks and Macy’s, and the Smithsonian. Following his lecture, there will be a complimentary cheese and wine reception at 4pm.

Sunday, Feb. 24, will be the last day of the show and will feature a Low Country brunch, which starts at noon and ends at 1pm. The price is $25 per person. The show ends at 5pm.

On Friday and Saturday, lunch can be purchased under the tent in the plaza for $8. All weekend long, parking will be unlimited and free.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit ( or you may call 864/542-7616.


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