COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate art in South Carolina during Art Day on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and at a special preview for high school students on Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The annual event will feature a special centennial celebration of South Carolina artist Guy Lipscomb along with live art demonstrations, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities and art exhibits.
Art Day will feature the opening of a new exhibition, Guy Lipscomb: A Centennial Celebration, in the Community Gallery. This exhibit includes highlights of Lipscomb’s work in the Museum’s collection from the 1990s through 2009, as well as material from his archive and celebrates the unique contributions of this artist in the 100th anniversary year of his birth.
“Guy’s spirit of creativity, curiosity and openness to experimentation is evident in these works, many of which were produced in the years just before his death in 2009 at the age of 92,” said Lori Kornegay, State Museum curator of art. “This enthusiastic approach, mirrored in the active and engaged role he played in the arts community, continues to serve as an inspiration for artists and arts supporters throughout South Carolina.”
From 1974-1994 Lipscomb served as the first chairman of the South Carolina Museum Commission, which built the South Carolina State Museum. The Lipscomb Gallery, an art exhibition space on the first floor of the museum, was made possible through a generous gift from Lipscomb in honor of his mother, who inspired him to be an artist. For guests looking to take home a piece of Lipscomb art, there will be an art sale to benefit the South Carolina State Museum Foundation, continuing Lipscomb’s legacy of support for the State Museum.
Art Day will feature special guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, which includes more than 4,000 works of art dating between 1590 to present and a variety of live demonstrations in which guests get an up close and personal look at how artists make their visions come to life. Metal sculptor, Herman Thompson will be working onsite in the Lipscomb Art Gallery next to his large installationWild West Town. The day will also include live plein air painting demonstrations from members of About Face, a group representing a wide range of ages and abilities and demonstrations of printmaking, sculpture, and painting by South Carolina artists. Any guest who purchases a museum membership during Art Day will receive 10 percent off and a special Guy Lipscomb art print with their purchase.
In conjunction with Art Day, the museum will open its doors the day before to aspiring art students at the third annual College Art Day on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aspiring art students will meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying art degrees in their professions. Advance reservation is required. To sign up, call (803) 898-4999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both Art Day and College Art Day are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.