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Fifteen Columbia Artists Showcased in Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina

Laura Spong, A Three Legged Kite Flyer, 2014

Featuring local women artists working in every medium

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art’s current exhibition Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina features fifteen Columbia area artists. Independent Spirts is a celebration of women working in every medium, and the artists selected from Columbia reflect this diversity. Independent Spirits is open in conjunction with Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story. South Carolina has produced and nourished many “independent spirits,” women who work against the social grain to pursue modern and experimental means of artistic expression. Independent Spirits is a selection of 26 works by women from across the state, women who, like O’Keeffe, are forging their own path.


Artists included are:


Pat Callahan, Hourglass, 2002; mixed media. https://youtu.be/7HY19VcCgrI.

Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Congaree V, 2010; monotype.

Janette Grassi, Turning Point, 2001; acrylic on Canvas.

Tonya GreggThe Negotiation, 2013; acrylic on linen. https://youtu.be/8OYTeJ98yzE.

Doni Jordan, Tome: 65, 2012; mixed media assemblage. https://youtu.be/Zh7bkN-m_1M.

Bri Kinard, Fear Mongers – Extracted, 2015; clay, hemp, copper, and steel. https://youtu.be/4kBq_IPpPvg.

Deanna Leamon, Ordained, 2009; oil stick on insulation board.

Susan Lenz, Ready for Burial, 2010; crayon on fabric grave rubbings, heat set; vintage dress and bed covering; hand and free motion embroidery. https://youtu.be/ldwGun1crns.

Anna Redwine, Nocturne: Lady of the Lake, 2011; ink, watercolor, crayon, pastel, gouache on board. https://youtu.be/QE4FSxheaeY.

Kathleen Robbins, Asher in the Canebrake at Dusk, 2014; archival pigment print.

Mary Robinson, Night Walks, 2012; pastel, ink, gesso, and collage on paper. https://youtu.be/5UjKwHQnpaU.

Renée Rouillier, Passages, 2002; ceramic Sculpture. https://youtu.be/J6iFVQs_IvE.

Virginia Scotchie, Columbia Spheres (27), 2014; glazed ceramic

Kirkland Smith, Tree of Life, 2015; assemblage

Laura Spong, A Three Legged Kite Flyer, 2014; oil on canvas. https://youtu.be/tnI2pBcFKeo.



“We are thrilled to shine a light on the talent here in South Carolina today with Independent Spirits, says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “It is a pleasure and a privilege for the Columbia Museum of Art to tell the story of the creativity taking place in our state-both a hundred years ago and right now.”

A catalogue of Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina is available in the CMA Shop. For more information about the exhibition, visit http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/independent-spirits.

Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina is presented through the generosity of Presenting Sponsors: First Citizens, Joyce and George Hill, and Mungo Homes; Supporting: Joe and Melissa Blanchard, SCE&G, and Mr. M. Edward Sellers; Contributing: McDaniels Porsche, Dr. Gail M. Morrison, Ginny Newell and Bob Wilkins, and Ardis M. Savory; with additional sponsorship support provided by individual and corporate contributions; and the ongoing support of the City of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Lucy Hampton Bostick Residuary Trust.


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