South Carolina State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition

April 25 - September 27, 2008


Contemporary South Carolina art from painting to pottery and much more is on display as the South Carolina State Museum presents its first exclusive juried show, the State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition.

The show is part of the year-long celebration of the museum’s 20th anniversary, but it’s also to celebrate the latest contemporary art from across the Palmetto State, according to Curator of Art Paul Matheny. 

 “This show provides a unique opportunity for a large number of artists from across the state to exhibit their work and expose the public to some of the state’s most creative artists,” said Matheny.
The exhibit contains approximately 122 works of

Best in Show/First Place and a recipient of the South Carolina State Museum Purchase Award

Totemic Talk, 2008 * collage
Paul Martyka * Rock Hill
Second Place
Where Were You When the Moon was Full, 2006 * collage on Okarawa paper
Aldwyth * Hilton Head
Third Place
Sellwood House, 1850, 2007 * acrylic on canvas
Cathleen Ellisor * Columbia
Honorable Mentions
Universal Bouquet, 2006 * Prisma pencil and watercolor on paper
Enid Williams * Greenville
Function at the Junction, 2007 * acrylic on canvas
James St. Clair * Yemassee
Dirty Laundry, 2006 * oil on canvas
Susan Watson * Seneca
Is This Who You See?, 2008 * mixed media
Tyrone Geter * Elgin
Head of Prestwood Lake, 2007 * acrylic on panel
Derrick Wilson * Hartsville
South Carolina State Museum Purchase Award
Vessel No. 60, 2006 * copper wire
Lee Sipe * Columbia
art selected by two distinguished jurors, Lia Newman, director of programs and exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, N.C.,  and Brian Rutenberg, the South Carolina artist who art enthusiasts will remember from an exhibition of his work, Brimming Tides, held at the State Museum in 2006. 
The jurors selected art for the show the second week of April from entries from across the state.  “We were surprised by the number of entries,” said Matheny.  “We anticipated between 250 and 300 artists, but instead we had 500 enter two pieces each, so instead of 500 works of art we had 1,000."

The curator’s thoughts were echoed by Rutenberg.  “The overwhelming number of artists who submitted speaks not only to the vitality of contemporary art in South Carolina but also to the way the South Carolina State Museum is perceived, as a welcome forum for all artists from every background, a range which weaves through self-taught, visionary paintings to more polished, conceptual images and everything in between.  The level of quality was high and my job was not easy.”

Works in all media are included in this exhibit, said Matheny, adding “we wanted to include a very broad range of South Carolina artists in the celebration of our 20th anniversary, so we made this exhibit available as a conduit to exhibit their work to a public that may not be as familiar with their work.”
Many established as well as emerging and little-known artists are featured in this unique show, said the curator.  All of the art was created within the past three years.

The show’s artists come from all across South Carolina, including Aiken, Newberry, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hartsville, Orangeburg, Seneca, Barnwell, Santee, Clover, Greenwood, Camden, Winnsboro and Conway, among other places.

 “I hope this show will help people recognize the diversity of artists that live in our state and we think the public will be excited by the work by these fine, folk and self-taught artists and the variety of experiences and ideas they represent,” said Matheny.