Campus Art Galleries
USC Sumter has five art galleries that are open to the public. They are all located at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road, Sumter, S.C. The hours for each gallery are listed with its current information.
The Upstairs Gallery
Location: Second floor, Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building
The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature Erin Duffy’s Escaping Anxiety through March 1, 2016 in the Upstairs Gallery.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Duffy studied Fine Arts and Art History at Columbia College Chicago and received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 2005. She relocated to Sumter, South Carolina in 2008.
“My art is self-therapy for severe anxiety,” Duffy said. “It offers a tiny glimpse into how rapid and ever swirling my thoughts are at any given moment. I try to channel some of that nervous energy into drawing to help alleviate stress and focus. I easily get fixated on something and am unable to break the cycle of scrutinizing every moment of an event or feeling, just as I consistently use a shape over and over to make complex patterns. I choose a shape that makes me feel calm and continue working it until I feel better or run out of paper. I seem to prefer softly rounded paisley patterns, but have occasional bouts with geometric sharp angles.”
The Umpteenth Gallery
Location: Arts & Letters Building
The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature Michael Broadway’s Sentient Color through March 1, 2016 in the Umpteenth Gallery.
Born March 17, 1970 in Washington D.C., Michael Broadway spent his childhood and early adult life in Virginia and Texas. A former hairstylist, Michael’s move to South Carolina in 2005 instigated his full time dedication to art, using such varied mediums as thrift store finds, paint, and recycled items.
“I guess you could say I’m cursed with creativity it overwhelms me like starvation. Making art to me is an interesting journey. It’s hard to explain or really describe, because it simply happens. There are a lot of techniques to learn, lots of processes to figure out, and a lot of studies to be made, but in the end, it is a compilation of more than all those things. It comes from inside me, and by learning skills only help me to give it a voice that is appreciated by others.”
Broadway’s artwork can be seen at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in the “Winners” show.
The University Gallery
Location: Anderson Library, the library is located behind the Administration building and the center of the campus.
The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature Jon O. Holloway’s Spirit of Time through March 1, 2016 in the University Gallery.
A twenty year veteran of the photography industry, Holloway “believes in the power of the image to inspire thought and promote awareness of global issues pertaining to us all.” Holloway’s Greenwood, South Carolina home has allowed him a global professional career. He has created photographic exhibits on such diverse locations as Cuba, India, South Africa, and right here in South Carolina.
“Throughout my career, I have experimented with capturing the splendor and beauty forged from building connections between the human spirit and our universe – a visual statement designed to communicate my belief that we, as soulful beings, are made to share ourselves with each other and with our universe. We are all part of a whole, and by sharing ourselves, we nurture and strengthen our light and those we influence.
“Too often in our society, we neglect the importance of creating meaningful connections with the world around us. These images seek to represent our primal need to connect with the universe and the nourishment, strength, and faith produced from these actions that are true to our hearts. I honestly believe when we share our spark with the universe, however brief, we experience an overwhelming joy and appreciation for the beauty and majesty of life.”
A lecture by Holloway and a brief reception will be held in the Upstairs Gallery on February 19, 2016 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Light refreshments will be provided.
The William J. Reynolds Gallery
Location: Second Floor, Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building
The William J. Reynolds Gallery contains a permanent collection of aerospace art donated to the University by the Reynolds family.
The Uber Gallery
Location: Nettles Building Foyer
For more information on these galleries, contact either Professor Cara-lin Getty, USC Sumter’s director of galleries and curator of exhibits by calling 938-3727, or Laurel Jordan, galleries and exhibits assistant at 938-3801, weekdays.