University Place Gallery | Closing Reception |Charlie Mils Solo Exhibition

Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence invites you to attend:
Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye
Closing Reception

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.

Closing Reception
February 21st – 6:00-8:00pm

Event is free and open to the public

University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street

University Place Gallery | The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Francis Marion University’s Downtown Florence

University Place Gallery hosts

The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Special Limited Run Installation: February 11 – 18th

The Supper Table, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s 1979 epic feminist art exhibition, is a multidisciplinary arts project celebrating the history and contributions of 12 extraordinary South Carolina women and featuring the work of almost 60 of South Carolina’s most outstanding women artists in the visual, literary, theatrical, and film arts.

Imagine a 12′ x 12′ x 12′ triangular-shaped table set with SC-artist-created place-settings each inspired by one of 12 diverse women from SC history whose lives were dedicated to the betterment of humankind.

Around this table 120 tiles, each naming another great SC woman and decorated by a community member, hang on movable walls in an Array of Remarkable SC Women.

Now, listen to essays about each of these women written by SC writers and staged orations theatrically presented by SC theatre artists.
All of the artists are women, and all call South Carolina home.

Finally, watch 12 short films, each featuring one of the honored guests at the table and created by a SC filmmaker.

click here for more information about The Jasper Project 

University Place Gallery Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday- Monday: Closed

 

University Place Gallery | Gallery Talk

Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence invites all to attend :
Gallery Talk:
Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye
Saturday, January 25th
11 am – 12 pm
University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street
The first Gallery Talk of the year will be given by Gallery Coordinator Colleen Critcher. The talk will give insight into the current abstract painting exhibition, Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For the Intuitive Eye. Artist Charlie Mills plans to be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.
Gallery Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 1pm-6pm

Friday: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Sunday – Monday: Closed

Florence County Museum Public Lecture Series | Green Book Sites

Green Book Lecture Given by Florence County Museum Registrar and Francis Marion University Professor
For thirty years, The Negro Motorist Green Book served as a nationally respected travel guide for African Americans, providing them with advice and recommendations on safe places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, and purchase fuel when traveling in Jim Crow-era America.
Join Cherish Thomas, Registrar of the Florence County Museum and Dr. Meredith Love, Professor of English at Francis Marion University, for a free public lecture, as they explore the history and legacy of The Negro Motorist Green Book and Florence’s “Green Book” sites; including Florence’s most renowned site, the Ebony Guest House, which is still standing today.

The lecture will be held at the Florence County Museum, 111 West Cheves St, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200 or visit the website at flocomuseum.org.

Wild and Wonderful: Creative Sculptural Collaborations by Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
January 14 – February 20, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Award-winning sculptors, Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle share an exhilarating life together that is fully engaged in the arts with works in public and private collections and permanent museum collections.  Exhibiting works at Maddison Square Gardens in New York, to Brookgreen Gardens, this collaborative couple utilizes innovative processes and techniques, working in everything from: natural clay from the earth to post-consumer discarded materials to ¼ inch structural steel plate. Their most notable large-scale, public art sculptures to date are: Big Bleu Birdnanna 25-foot tall, kinetic, metal, located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District in Downtown Florence, and the kinetic, metal sculpture, Upward and Onward designed to honor the life and achievements of NASA astronaut and American Physicist, Ronald E. McNair located at the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center in Downtown Lake City.

Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle have been International Artists-in-Residence in Tokyo, Japan and have studied abroad in Lacoste, France at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The Fowle’s have taught and inspired countless numbers of educators and students throughout their careers as Approved Teaching Artists through the South Carolina Arts Commission.  In addition to the Fowle’s own studio art practices, they guide, direct and share a love of art at the innovative, art studio they designed and created for High School students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

For more information visit www.patzfowle.com

University Place Gallery Solo Exhibition | Charlie Mills

University Place Gallery is excited to share a solo exhibition by Charlie Mills.

Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye

Charlie Mills’ beautiful and intuitively inspired abstract paintings have transformed University Place Gallery.

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.

Please make plans to visit this visually striking exhibition.

Exhibition Dates
January 14th – February 21st

Gallery Talk
January 25th – 11:00am

Closing Reception
February 21st – 6:00-8:00pm

University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street

Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Sunday – Monday: closed

 

DERELICTION: CHANGING STRUCTURES BY PAMELA WINEGARD

Francis Marion University’s Kassab Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2020 features Dereliction: Changing Structures by Pamela Winegard. Dereliction investigates the narratives between members of the community and the places they inhabit.  Winegard uses buildings, environments, and landscapes as metaphors for current social issues and personal anxieties. Lost spaces in this exhibit reference American architectural icons. The work explores the concepts of nostalgia, transience, permanence, roots, connections, and heritage, to illustrate fractured relationships or degrees of separation.

Pamela Winegard is a mixed media artist and printmaker.  Pam was awarded a 2017 Arts & Science Regional Artist Project Grant. In 2015, she was inducted into the National Association of Women Artist in NYC.  Pam was a juried ASC Fall 2014 CSA Program Artist. In addition, she was a 2012 Affiliate Artist-In-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Pam received both a fellowship and a grant to attend residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, 2012-14.

She is a recently retired professor having taught at UNCC, Wingate University, CPCC, Winthrop University, and the Art Institute of Charlotte, where she chaired the Graphic Design Department.  Pam is a frequent lecturer and a visiting artist leading workshops at institutions across the country. She has been in international, national, and regional juried exhibitions and has been awarded several exhibition honors including Best of Show and First Place awards. She has been published in a number of exhibition catalogs and national magazines.  Pam was awarded an Arts & Science Council Penland School of Crafts scholarship.  Cabarrus Arts Council awarded her a public art award for the city’s mural project “Windows of Cabarrus County”.

The SC National Guard recognized for her volunteer work creating a large mural, in support of the Ft. Mill National Guard Armory.  She currently advocates for art in her community by serving on two boards, the James River Arts and Humanities Council and Riverviews Artspace. She continues to volunteer her time and energies in projects that involves giving voice to members of her community. Her work is represented in a number of private collections. Pam and her husband, Herb, recently relocated their home, numerous pets, and her studio to Lynchburg, VA where they love being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Dereliction: Changing Structures by Pamela Winegard

Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Francis Marion University

January 2 – February 20, 2020

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

 

Francis Marion University Juried Art Exhibit

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery will host the Francis Marion University Juried Art Month exhibit from April 14- April 26, 2019.

The exhibit showcases a variety of media including painting, photography, and ceramics and will feature the art work of the following FMU students: Angela Acosta, Nicholas Barber, Breonna Brown, Shayna Hunter, Philip Jeffcoat, Jonathan Laster, Karen Lookenott, Samuel McCrea, Ada Smolen-Morten, Meredith Thornton, Thessalonia Thomas, and Patricia Witherington.  The juror for this year’s exhibit is Susan Fecho, Professor of Art at Barton College.

The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee

Foundation Library in Florence and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:15

p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit www.florencelibrary.org.

Joe Bergamini FMU Artist Series

Francis Marion University Artist Series presents Joe Bergamini

Performing at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Thursday March 7 at 7:30 pm

Joe Bergamini maintains a diverse career as a drummer, educator, author and publisher. Most well-known for his original progressive rock playing, Joe is the drummer in the bands 4Front and Happy the Man. He also works extensively on Broadway, on shows such as Movin’ Out, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Rock of Ages, In the Heights, and Million Dollar Quartet.

Joe is the author of six popular drum books, Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music, co-owner (with Dom Famularo) of Wizdom Media LLC, and an internationally recognized drum clinician and educator. He proudly endorses Tama drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and Latin Percussion.

Joe has generously made this trip to Francis Marion University to work with our Music Industry students and provides this program for the rest of us!

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

FMU Concert Band

The Francis Marion University Concert Band will be performing Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30pm at the FMU Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence conducted by Terry Roberts.

The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from the Pee Dee region. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members.  Membership is open to all FMU students and area residents who are experienced concert band instrumentalists. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. The program began as a way to give students of FMU a chance to perform music, earn academic credit for performance in the ensemble, and to become involved with other students in campus life.

Beginning in the spring of 2002, the FMU Concert Band rehearsals were scheduled on Tuesday evenings and adult musicians from the region were invited to participate. The band continues to rehearse every Tuesday evening.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us. Information can be found at Music – Instrumental Program or email Dr. Terry Roberts at troberts@fmarion.edu

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444.