Annual Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition
July 30 – October 16, 2020
Sumter County Gallery of Art, COVID-19 guidelines:
- Do not enter if you feel unwell, have a cough, fever or sore throat or have been exposed to someone with the virus
- Face masks are required.If you do not bring your own, the gallery is providing masks
- We are observing strict social distancing of at least six feet
- We request that you use the hand sanitizer at the front desk before entering the gallery proper
- Our restrooms will be unavailable
- We will be limiting capacity to 55 people in the Gallery space
On July 30th we open our most popular exhibition, the Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition. We will open the exhibition on July 30th and announce the winners, however out of concern for the safety of our patrons, there will be NO opening reception. Opening hours for viewing are 1 pm – 6:30 pm.
The Sumter Artists’ Guild is one of the most active Guilds in the state. Led by a core of talented artists,President Laura Cardello, Vice President 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 2020 Guild Show judge, Columbia artist Robert O. Keith IV. Keith is a native Coloradan. He received a BFA at Colorado State University and an MFA at the University of South Carolina. Art was an escape for Robert as a child. The poor conditions in which he was raised mirror so many of the abandoned structures shown in his work. His rough upbringing gave him a unique perspective on life, allowing him to find the beauty in what others might find ugly or impossible to endure. Robert explores the reclamation of abandoned architectural spaces by nature. He documents the journey of exploration via oil paintings. He also bends his canvases to literally surround the viewer in the spaces themselves.
Keith’s work is an investigation of abandoned architectural spaces that are gradually being reclaimed by nature as well as the illusion of creating a three dimensional image on a two dimensional surface. By combining the two he exposes these spaces in their beautiful collapse. He documents these structures via photos and sketches that result in drawings and paintings that further reflect the uniqueness and feeling of that space. Keith often distorts the piece by curving, stretching as a way of expanding the space as well as the canvas where they reside. These works are a way for the viewer to trespass to an uncomfortable but quite place. Robert had a solo exhibition at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in 2018.
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 last year we added a Best of Show award. We want the guild show to be competitive and rewarding for Sumter artists’ and with this commitment comes a need for increased sponsorships, and our fantastic business and organizational community has really stepped up. We would like to recognize our 2020 Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition sponsors who are supporting the gallery and the guild during very uncertain financial times – FTC, Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, First Citizens and Black River Electric Cooperative and Vicki Hagner in memory of Irene Hagner.
The annual Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition opens July 30th with award presentations but NO opening reception. All are welcome. The Guild show will be up through October 16th. Look forward to seeing you all soon – we have missed you!