Current Exhibitions

On June 30th we open our most popular exhibition, the Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition and opening reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The winners will be announced at the opening reception. The exhibition will be up through August 26th.

Sumter is fortunate to be home to many talented artists working in all mediums. The Sumter Artists Guild was founded in 1966 by some of Sumter’s most prominent artists. Its membership includes amateur, professional artists and art enthusiasts. Its mission is “to promote, support and foster interest in art and to create an opportunity for our community of artists to engage in cooperative artistic enterprises and to be further active in supporting a variety of activities associated with art education, art instruction and art appreciation in our community.” The Guild has not only succeeded in its mission but surpassed it. The Guild was instrumental in founding the Sumter County Gallery of Art in 1969.

The Sumter Artists’ Guild is one of the most active Guilds in the state. Led by a hard-working Board of talented artists, President Laura Cardello, Jennifer Franklin, Treasurer Vicki Hagner, and Lisa Melton. This group has been together for several years and provides much needed continuity to the guild as it continues to add new members.

We are excited to have as the 2022 Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition judge, Kyle C. Coleman. Coleman is an arts administrator, art historian, visual arts educator, graphic designer, and writer.  Kyle is from Columbia, South Carolina and is the son of the late Dr. Collie Coleman and Anne H. Coleman.  Kyle currently serves as the Fine Arts Manager for the Lake City ArtFields Collective, where his primary responsibilities are the facilitation of all aspects of the annual ArtFields visual arts competition. Before accepting his position at ArtFields, Kyle was the Director of Art Education at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Kyle studied graphic design and art history as an undergraduate at Howard University in Washington, DC and Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL.  Kyle earned a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  He is currently in his third year of a Doctoral program for Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University, in Waco, TX.  Kyle is joyously married to Levata Marie Coleman and father to a son Alex (20) and a daughter Kyle Cristina (4).

New SCGA curator Eric Lachance notes: “It is my pleasure to helm the installation of the Sumter Artists’ Guild Show for the first time as curator. Though witnessing the talent and skill in submissions is always a bright point, what really excites me is the ability for the greater community to enter our space and see the artistic merits of our neighbors on display. Thank you to the Artists’ Guild for another opportunity to display your best to Sumter.”

Karen Watson, SCGA director adds: “We look forward to seeing visitors in our space socializing and enjoying a sip of wine. Masks are now optional at the gallery, but strongly encouraged. Come join us and meet many of the exhibiting artists and have conversations about their work. In these inflationary times, with many families watching their budgets, please remember there is no admission to visit the gallery.”

The Sumter Artists’ Guild exhibition is an excellent opportunity to add to your collection and support local artists by purchasing fine art at reasonable prices.

Over the years the number of awards and prize money has increased and deservedly so. In 2014, we added a Peoples’ Choice Award to involve the community, and in 2020 we added a Best of Show award. We want to recognize and reward the talent of Sumter’s local artists.

All of this would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors who eagerly stepped up to support the Gallery and our local artists: Jane Collins, Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, Black River Electric Cooperative, CRW Insurance and Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory. The beautiful flowers are courtesy of Azalea Garden Club & the Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter