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
The Upstairs Gallery will feature the art of Dennis Snell in his exhibit titled Southern Perspectives. Born in California, Dennis Snell began painting at an early age in his father’s and grandfather’s studios. Both his grandfather and father were artists making Dennis Snell a third generation artist. Although Snell’s art is predominantly a self-developed gift, in his early years of painting he studied with Ralph Avery, Paxton Maffett and Elizabeth Herdle at the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science. Upon retirement from the Rochester Fire Department, Snell began his professional painting career when he moved to South Carolina. His work is in private and business collections in the United States and Europe. He has received numerous awards for his work. Dennis Snell currently resides in Sumter, South Carolina, with his wife.
Snell’s exhibit Southern Perspectives will be displayed from March 12, 2012 through May 10, 2012. The Upstairs Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building. Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5pm.
The Umpteenth Gallery
The Umpteenth Gallery is featuring the art of Chris Bilton in his show titled: Rinascità (Rebirth).
Renaissance artists, especially Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci, almost always enter any conversation about Chris Bilton’s art, and he feels that connection strongly. “I consider myself to be a Renaissance artist. I use the artists of the High Renaissance as inspiration, and the way their disciplines seem to intertwine and crossover, creating a deeper aesthetic and a deeper truth. The resulting visual arts of the time revealed hidden meaning in the real world in a language that speaks to me.”
With the High Renaissance as his inspiration and model to follow, Bilton has developed his drawing and painting skills, creating a personal statement of integrity and beauty in his artwork. Infusing these traditional art forms and techniques with his modern sensibilities, his work conveys clear influence of twentieth century art and thinking. Bilton’s paintings depict well defined spaces with figures solidly formed into place on the canvas or panel. Everything in the image feels very real, regardless of how naturalistic the image. In all of its variations, an artwork by Chris Bilton is uniquely recognizable as his work, with his timeless space, his particular subtle color sense, and the bold and identifiable monumentality of each Bilton composition.
Bilton teaches art courses at Coastal Carolina University and at the Art Institute of Charleston. Bilton makes art and runs Bilton Arts Studio with his wife, Carmen Bilton in Eutawville, SC. He studied art and received his M.F.A. from The Graduate School of Figurative Art of The New York Academy of Art (NYU).
Bilton’s art will be displayed from April 23- June 12, 2012 in The Umpteenth Gallery. The Umpteenth Gallery is located in the Arts & Letters building. Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5pm.
The University Gallery is currently closed.
The William J. Reynolds Gallery, which contains a permanent collection of aerospace art, is located on the second floor of the Administration Building. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and closed on weekends.
USC Sumter has designated a fifth art gallery within its campus, The Über Gallery. The gallery is located in the foyer of the Nettles Building and is home to fifteen John Audubon wildlife lithographs and two Jeremiah Miller murals done at either end which are 6ft x 20ft in size and fifteen feet in the air.
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.