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State Museum Debuts Special Collections at Columbia City Hall

Two exhibits will showcase South Carolina Artists

 

COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, January 7, 2016 – Experience the South Carolina State Museum at a special exhibit in the Gallery at City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street. Selections from the Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, will be on display along with work from the Palmetto Portrait Project.  Both exhibits showcase, photographers, fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina.

Drink Small, Musician, 2008, Columbia, Jeff Amberg, Columbia, South Carolina State Museum Collection

Drink Small, Musician, 2008, Columbia, Jeff Amberg, Columbia, South Carolina State Museum Collection

The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, is a part of a traveling exhibition which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to show the exhibit in their facilities, providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The Palmetto Portraits Project was developed to display within the Medical University of South Carolina’s educational and clinical buildings, and serves as a reminder to the students, faculty, and staff about who they serve at MUSC and throughout our state. MUSC asked six noted and emerging photographers to focus on South Carolinians at work and play in the Lowcountry, Midlands, and the Upstate. While 24 Photographers were given full creative independence with their subject matter.  Over 270 individuals in more than 40 cities and towns across the Palmetto State were photographed as a result of this project.

Self-Portrait with Apple Pie, 2007, Columbia, Kathleen Robbins, Columbia, South Carolina State Museum Collection

Self-Portrait with Apple Pie, 2007, Columbia, Kathleen Robbins, Columbia, South Carolina State Museum Collection

MUSC asked the South Carolina State Museum to be involved with the selection process, and serve as a repository for a complete collection of photographs that would be donated to the permanent collection of the museum. The images included in this exhibition reflect the work of photographers from the Columbia area.

The Palmetto Portraits project partners include MUSC, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.

Selections from Palmetto Portraits Project and South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition are currently on exhibition in the Gallery at City Hall from January 7-March 25, 2016.

 

About the South Carolina State Museum: As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 former textile mill listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Visitscmuseum.org to learn more.

 

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