The Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, launches a new program, Classic Contemporaries, this February. Designed to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet, Classic Contemporaries encourages art enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.
“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”
The goal of this program is to provide an informal education and social outlet for those interested in the visual arts. There are four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program that bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Upon arrival participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, “Cognitive Dissonance”. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.
Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.
Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 10am-2pm, and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
For more information please contact Goddard by calling 864/582-7616, ext. 236 or visit (www.SpartanburgArtMuseum.org).