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

The University of South Carolina Sumter  will feature John Cotner’s Paintings and Work on Paper September 10, 2014 through November 26, 2014 in the Upstairs Gallery.

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.

“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.


Water Colors


"water colors"


The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature “water colors” by Margaret van Bulck Smith in the Umpteenth Gallery through December 15, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Originally from Sumter, Smith is an award-winning fine-art nature photographer with a career spanning academia, photography, public accounting and economics. She conducts photography workshops and is an adjunct instructor at Central Carolina Technical College. Her photographs and essays have been published regionally and nationally.

Smith’s work has won regional, national and international awards and has been exhibited in a wide variety of venues. Her current work involves printing large-scale (40" x 60") images of water reflections on paired layers of charmeuse and chiffon with acid-dye inks.  She also works with encaustic to create tactile images of intimate ocean encounters and enjoys printing on metal and metal leaf, working with Van Dyke Brown, image transfers and various other alternative processes.
“ I have been drawn to water for as long as I can remember. It is all around us.  It is in the air that we breathe, it is under the ground where we walk, it is in the oceans, lakes, swamps, and marshes on this round ball we all call home. It has been a part of us since conception.  Semen carrying the sperm that generates new life is 96 percent water.  The amniotic fluid surrounding that new life begins as 99 percent water.  The body at birth is approximately 75 percent water and remains around 60% for the rest of our lives.  Without water, life as we know it could not exist.  We may live for weeks or months without other nutrients, but without water, we can survive only a few days.  Water flows through our veins as the water on our planet flows through its rivers and streams. Science tells us we cannot survive without that amazing combination of hydrogen and oxygen. Yet, we take it for granted,” says Smith.

Smith is completing her Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  She now resides in Bishopville and Pawleys Island.  She is married to Martin Smith, a retired principal from Florence, SC.  She has two grown children, Marc and Sydney van Bulck.


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.


University Gallery

Lecture Series October 10

The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature “Laws of Variation” by Fran Gardner in the University Gallery through November 24, 2014.  The artist lecture will be held Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Gallery. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A native South Carolinian, Fran Gardner lives and works in the communities of Heath Springs and Lancaster, not far from her birthplace, Hartsville. She earned her BFA from Columbia College (1982) and later, her MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University (1993). She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where she teaches a variety of studio courses, art history, appreciation and art education. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in Fiberarts and  Needle Arts magazines and in the books Expressive Drawing, by Steve Aimone, Crafting Personal Shrines, by Carol Owen, and The Art of Textiles, by Mary Schoeser.  

“Petroglyphs, architecture, graffiti – examples of our collective human urge to leave an imprint. These relics are a historical record with a tenacious existence. Think the caves of Lascaux, the pyramids, and the surfaces of train cars,” says Gardner.

Gardner has won a variety of awards in competitive exhibits both statewide and nationally. In addition she has exhibited at numerous art centers and museums across the United States. A career highlight was the invitation to be a National Park Artist-In-Residence at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico in 2012. While in residence, she produced 30 8”x8” pieces to be installed permanently in the Visitor Center. Her piece focused on the excavated architectural structures of the ancient Chacoans, an archeological feature of the park.

“My work speaks to this human urge for mark leaving, referring to that enduring historical record while simultaneously becoming a part of it. The materials, not rock, brick or steel, but rather fabric, thread and paint translate into an intimate and ephemeral account of my perception of our shared history, present and future.”

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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.