february 5 - april 5
Ellen Kochansky: Embedded Energy
This exhibition celebrated the people and stories that we often take for granted. The installation, which included several textile pieces, was reminiscent of the history of the building at 701 Whaley, a former community recreation center for the Olympia Mill workers.
may 7 - july 5
Anne Boudreau: a delicate balance
Multidisciplinary artist Anne Boudreau created a series of installation pieces that highlight visual contrasts, and how these contrasts may be combined to create a singular, balanced piece. Additionally, the exhibition featured sculptural works that mimicked the organic shapes of bones, leaves, succulents, and more.
august 6 - september 15
Phil Moody: As Bees Practice Geometry
August 19 - september 24
Damond Howard: Still America’s Greatest Problem
An art professor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, Howard’s work focuses primarily on issues of race, specifically the history of race in America. These “social pieces,” as they are sometimes called by Howard, compared renderings of early American illustrations of blacks and slaves with self-portrait. The exhibition explored the identity of blacks and more specifically their life in contemporary society.
october 1 - november 1
State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations I
The first part of a two-part exhibit of contemporary art celebrating South Carolina’s cultural heritage. The collection spanned across time, theme, and medium, focusing on the community of the state’s regions, as well as the community of the state as a whole.
november 5 - december 13
State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations iI
The second part of a two-part exhibit of contemporary art celebrating South Carolina’s cultural heritage. The collection spanned across time, theme, and medium, focusing on the community of the state’s regions, as well as the community of the state as a whole.
working poems and stories series: an afternoon reading with michael chitwood
Michael Chitwood is a co-founder with Ron Rash of the ‘Linthead School of Poetry.’ Chitwood is a freelance writer and lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of Chitwood’s six books of poetry, The Weave Room, published in 1998 by the University of Chicago Press in its Phoenix Poets series, tells the story of the life of a textile mill in the voices of people forever affected by a union struggle there.
Phil White concert
Electronic noise artist and New Music Collective co-founder Phillip White performed works for sound and video. Special guest Ron Wiltrout provided an opening set of solo percussion. The concert featured original works by Wiltrout, the world premiere of White’s video work, “shut(d)er,” as well as a solo performance by White on a homemade electronic feedback system.
Working Poems and Stories Series: An Afternoon Reading with Earl Braggs
Wilmingington, NC, native Earl Braggs makes passionate and lyrical connections with places - from his travels in Russia, France, and Spain, to his more recent search of southern small towns - and their people and changes through time. Paris, TN, and Cuba, AL, find their own Eiffel Tower and Fidel in his poems. The author of seven collections of poetry, from 1992’s Hat Dancer Blue (winner of the 1992 Anhinga Poetry Prize), to his most recent books, Sketches of Spain and Younger than Neil (tips off his hat to Miles Davis and Neil Young). Braggs is an award-winning teacher of creative writing, poetry, African American and Russian literature, and the UC Foundation and Battle Professor in the English Department at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
october 16 & 19
Eleanor Heartney - State Art Collection Lecture
Polly Lafitte - Moderator Panel Discussion Making of State Art Collection
Working Poems and Stories Series: George Singleton - Afternoon Reading
Fiction writer George Singleton read excerpts from recent works, most notably from “I Would Be Remiss”, a recently published novella.