Sumter County Gallery of Art
The 2021 Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition
June 24 – August 24, 2021
On June 24th we open our most popular exhibition, the Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition. We are also excited to have our first opening reception since February 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm! The winners will be announced at 6:30 outside at the main entrance of the gallery. The exhibition will be up through August 24th.
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, Erin Duffie, Treasurer Vicki Hagner, Lisa Melton and Jennifer Franklin. This group has been together for several years and provides continuity to the guild as it continues to add new members.
We are excited to have as the 2021 Guild Show judge, Harriett Green. The consummate Arts Professional, Green is the former Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission. She received her B.A. in art history from the Univ of SC, Columbia, 1980. From 1980-1988, she was the registrar and assistant curator at the Columbia Museum of Art. As assistant curator of the Columbia Museum of Art and as the Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission from 1993 to 2021 Green curated or co-curated exhibitions in SC and NYC. She also served as the curator of the South Carolina State Art Collection.
Green has served as project coordinator for collaborative efforts with other state arts agencies such as the Kentucky/South Carolina Exchange (1992), Craft of the Carolinas (1993) and with arts organizations statewide for the 2-year project, Views from the Edge of the Century, and the S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Visual Arts & Craft Fellows exhibition in 2017. She also served as project manager for a multi-state arts agency partnership exhibition titled Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life. Green spearheaded the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 14-month 50th Anniversary celebration with projects in Columbia, Greenville (Artisphere), and Charleston, among other activities.
Green is a former board member of the Alternative Museum in New York City and served on the oversight committee of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) Art-in-Transit program, and the selection panel for the NC Freedom Monument project. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Penland School of Crafts, and the Windgate Fellowship panel. Green currently serves on the advisory committees for the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC and 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Columbia Music Festival Association, American Craft Council and Central Carolina Community Foundation.
The opening reception on Thursday will be an indoor/outdoor event. We can’t wait to see patrons in our space talking and laughing and enjoying a sip of wine. Masks are now optional on a day-to-day basis. For the reception, masks are optional OUTSIDE but are desirable/required when inside the Gallery. Social distancing will be observed INSIDE the Gallery space. Come join us, many of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to have conversations about their work. The Sumter Artists’ Guild exhibition is also an excellent opportunity to add to your collection and support local artists by purchasing artwork at reasonable prices.
Over the years – including this year – the number of awards and prize money has increased and deservedly so. In 2014, we added a Peoples’ Choice Award, and last year we added a Best of Show award. We want to recognize and reward the talent of local artists. We would like to recognize our 2021 Sumter Artists’ Guild exhibition sponsors who stepped up to support the Gallery and our local artists: FTC, Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, Sub Station II, Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, Black River Electric Cooperative, Creech Roddey Watson Insurance and the Sumter Artists’ Guild in memory of William Anderson, Richard Dinkins and Michael Tucker.
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Thursday, June 24th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation. Many Sumter Artists’ Guild artists will be in attendance