Uncommon Folk

Folk Art from the South Carolina State Museum Collection 


The world of folk and traditional art is explored with art from the State Museum's collection that have rarely, if ever, been seen on exhibit including baskets, pottery, native American earthenware and nontraditional sculptures and art by self-taught and outsider artists.
Artifacts include:
  • Part of L.C. Carson’s “concrete city,” including three recently-conserved sculptures of the Roman Colosseum, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Central American Temple
  • a wild west town made of coat hangers
  • silhouettes made by Carew Rice and his grandson Clay 
  • turkey calls and decoys
  • Lowcountry shrimp nets
  • a flat bottom boat by Willie DeReef, the last of the Gullah boat makers
  • whimsical metal “whirligigs”
  • paintings and drawings
  • metal toys such as a windmill, truck and tractor
  • wood carvings by Dan Robert Miller
The exhibit is a joint partnership with South Carolina ETV. The state television network has produced a documentary film, also called “Uncommon Folk,” which focuses on seven South Carolina folk artists. The film premiered at the State Museum on Feb. 26, 2011.