Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery | Youth Art Month Art Show


Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Florence Library’s

Morris Gallery Celebrates Youth Art Month

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery will exhibit the works of the Eastern Region students as a part of the South Carolina Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month.

Opening Reception is Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00pm.  Reception is free and open to the public

Artwork will be on display March 25 – 28, 2020

during Morris Gallery hours:

Monday – Thursday 9am – 8:15pm

Friday – Saturday 9am – 5:15pm

Sunday 2pm – 5:45pm


Awards will be announced at the reception. The judge to consider the art submitted will be Lynda English of the Lynda English Studio.

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

Foundation Library in Florence

For more information please visit www.florencelibrary.org.

University Place Gallery | Adrian Rhodes BLOOD AND HONEY | FMU Juried Student Exhibition

University Place Gallery host two exhibitions opening March 10th:

2020 FMU Juried Student Art Exhibition

and a solo exhibition by its juror,

Adrian Rhodes: Blood and Honey

Exhibition Dates: March 10 – April 17, 2020
Artist Lecture: April 17th at 4:00pm
Closing Reception: April 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
University Place Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

2020 FMU Juried Student Art Exhibition

This exhibition provides FMU Visual Art Students with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery while gaining experience in presenting their work according to professional practices. This exhibition was open to FMU Visual Art majors and minors, as well as Art Education majors. Juror Adrian Rhodes selected twenty-one artworks created by fourteen Visual Art students. A wide variety of media are included and works range from ceramic sculpture and graphite on paper, to 35mm photography, cyanotype and scanography.


Adrian Rhodes: Blood and Honey

Adrian Rhodes is a painter, printmaker, and installation artist who transforms gallery spaces into new realities, rich with symbolic imagery and her bold design aesthetic. Themes of bees, the human condition, the matrilineal, the corporeal, and mortality find themselves looping out of paper trails and attached to walls in swarms of winged creatures made of paper.


The Francis Marion Department of Fine Arts presents The Type Directors Club, February 25 through April 2 in the Adele Kassab Gallery located within the Hyman Fine Arts Center.
Established in 1946, the Type Directors Club(TDC) builds a community through public events and platforms, supports the growth of students and early career professionals and recognizes excellence in type design across the world.
In connection with their landmark yearly competitions, the TDC produces and publishes a Typography Annual and coordinates eight traveling exhibits of award-winning work, appealing to graphic designers, art directors, editors, media makers, students, and entrepreneurs, those who love typography, letterforms, and the written word.
Type Directors Club
Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
Francis Marion University
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

FMU Fine Arts | Impressed by Nature

The Adele Kassab Gallery located within the Hyman Fine Arts Center of Francis Marion University presents Impressed by Nature an exhibition by Miyako Fujiwara. Born in Hokkaido in Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after graduating from college in Tokyo, where she studied mathematics.
Later she moved to the U.S. and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard University while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, where she helped curate nearly 400,000 archived specimens of birds for both research and exhibition. Benefiting from that extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar.
Miyako moved to Charleston at the end of 2010 and became a member at cone 10 studios where she continued to gain practical experience with running the studio, such as mixing glazes, loading and unloading kilns, recycling clay, and setting up exhibits at the cone 10 studios gallery. In 2012, she became a member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative by juried evaluation of her work.
After living in the SC for more than 8 years, she continues to be impressed and inspired by the rich natural history of the Lowcountry.  She has been exploring the creative possibilities of expressing the beauty of nature through clay, working with local trees, native plants, shells, bird nests, which also resonates with her experience as a museum curator. She is fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the living environment both visually and structurally.
This exhibition “Impressed by Nature” emphasizes the richness and beauty of nature in the Carolina Lowcountry, which she enjoys daily and which is quite opposite from the synthetic beauty of the controlled urban landscape of Tokyo. For this exhibition Miyako also explored more hand-building techniques to express organic shapes, patterns and colors in oxidation firing.
Impressed By Nature
Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
Francis Marion University
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

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 Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Introduction to Natural Dyes

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Introduction to Natural Dyes
Instructor: Kimberly Washburn, Curator of Education, Florence County Museum
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum
Beginner to Intermediate Skill Level
Explore the range of color possibilities from natural dyes with this hands-on workshop. Participants will explore a variety of natural dyes from plants and insects to yield a rainbow of color. Experiment with different mordants, pH adjustments, and assists on protein and cellulose fibers to achieve a broad range of colors. Each participant will leave with useable color samples in a range of fibers and full instructions for dyeing at home. Beginner to intermediate skill level.
Click here to register Florence County Museum.

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven meters in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 3.25 miles of the moon’s surface.


The art work will arrive in Florence, SC for installation April 25 and be on display over Dargan St. near Hyatt Place until Monday April 28. It will then move to the Florence Center and be open to the public and tour groups until May 6. It is made possible by the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation and the Raines Hospitality Group.

From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding, and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar, and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers, musicians, and lovers the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon have evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific, and religious relationships to the moon.

Community and school groups are invited to visit the moon any time on Dargan St. and from 9am to 5pm at the Florence Center.

For more information contact Roger Malfatti, 843.260.6210, or Reynolds Williams, 843.615.2646.


Join the Florence County Museum on
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
for a reception, live musical performance, and artist’s talk
featuring visual artist Nancy Griffin and composer Dr. Sherry Woods.

Connections, an interactive exhibit for children and families, explores the intersection of Visual Art and Music inspired by regional plants and local history.

Learn about the Pee Dee region through a large, sixteen-panel work of visual art created by artist, Nancy Griffin. This work is designed to create one overall composition that can be rearranged to shift the larger image. These visual ideas are similarly reflected in a musical composition by composer Dr. Sherry Woods, made of sixteen short individual works, combined to create a different whole composition as the parts are rearranged.

Children and families will have the opportunity to play historic musical compositions on the Museum’s wall xylophone and dig deeper with a Museum Explorer backpack filled with activities to engage with local history and regional plant life throughout the museum.

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.