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
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.

Upstairs Gallery


Cotner Paintings and Work on Paper

John Cotner is a native of Chicago, born in1957. At an early age he displayed a natural aptitude for art and music. He was enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago's Young Artist Studio program. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in New York City, and an MA from NYU in 1987. From 1982-83 he participated in the Steinhardt School/ Venice Program. He returned to Chicago in 1992, joining the Fine Arts Department at the University of Chicago Lab School. Cotner has exhibited his work since the 1980s in galleries and art centers in New York, Chicago and various cities in South Carolina. Recently his work has been included in prestigious juried shows such as Piccolo Spoleto, 2010, and Artfields, 2013and 2014. He has been a consistent winner in the Sumter Artists’ Guild show over the past few years. Cotner has been a Sumter resident since 2009.

Artist Statement: “My work is a personal exploration of the American tradition of abstracted landscapes and interiors inspired by Western visual art and traditions considered outside the mainstream. My work is driven by the desire to create a personal visual language. This vocabulary contains symbolic images that evoke a sense of place, a state of mind and a sense of mystery. These invented forms illustrate impressions of nature and a personal biography. After relocating to South Carolina, color and organic forms have new, site-specific (the American South) meanings, reflecting a state of mind in transition. My most recent work is inspired by the prehistoric Mississippian mound building cultures of the Midwest, textiles, and early American primitive works on paper.”

The Umpteenth Gallery

Location:  Arts & Letters Building
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.

The University Gallery

Location: Anderson Library, the library is located behind the Administration building and the center of the campus.
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.


The William J. Reynolds Gallery

Location: Second Floor, Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.

The Über Gallery 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.