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Art Gallery Series 2015-2016
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Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator



Art Gallery Series
May 12 - August 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thur
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Paintings by Mary Bentz Gilkerson.

Mary Bentz Gilkerson is a South Carolina contemporary artist who is passionate about landscape, the environment and sense of place. Her paintings and prints draw from the landscapes of rural Charleston, Edisto Island, the Ace Basin and the Congaree, focusing on the tension between the fragility of the environment and the power of the natural forces of earth and water.

Gilkerson holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of South Carolina. A native South Carolinian, she lives and works in Columbia where she is a professor of art at Columbia College. She has received grants from the S.C. Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties in addition to having been selected as a Southern Arts Federation Fellowship Finalist. Her work is in the permanent collections of McKissick Museum, Palmetto Health, Morris Communications Company, and Seibels Bruce Group, among others.

Mary Bentz Gilkerson
From the Edge, LXXIX © Mary Bentz Gilkerson, 2012, oil on panel, ~ 4" x 6"


Art Gallery Series
May 12 - September 24, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thur
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

From Our Collection - 3D Art on Loan from the FMU Family.

Wheel thrown and sculptural ceramic works by a variety of artists will be on display, drawn from the collections of Francis Marion University art faculty Doug Gray, Steven Gately, and Lawrence Anderson.

FMU Collection


Art Gallery Series
August 25 - September 24, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Artists Entwined: Paintings by Will South & Jewelry by Sara Cogswell.

Will South makes art, writes about it, organizes exhibitions on it, and very frequently talks about it. Art has been the single constant thread in his life.

Like most of us, Will drew as a child. He simply never stopped. With a degree in studio art from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, his professional life began managing a gallery where he organized shows on painters and wrote their biographies. This led to a master’s degree in art history, which led to a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Living in Manhattan, Will took courses at the Art Students League while steeped in art theory at the Graduate Center. Today, he remains an art historian and an artist in equal measure.

As a museum curator, Will is known for making art accessible, whether in writing, on the wall, or in public talks. He shares his passion for art freely, and sees museum work as an ongoing opportunity for public service. Back in the studio, however, he reverts to the artist who has made art his entire life, only now one who has learned a great deal from art history.

“I enjoy narrative, abstract and innovative art forms,” he says, “but as an artist myself I’m not interested in telling a story or inventing something new. Topical art comes and goes, and cleverness holds no appeal. What is enduring about an image is the sensuality of color, the refinement of shape, the human intelligence contained in line. The challenge for me is to edit out all but the essential. And the ongoing problem is to know what the essential is. If he or she keeps working, once in a great while an artist will touch on what it means to be human.”

Sara Cogswell is a resident of Columbia, SC having moved in October of 2011 from Dayton, OH. Her thirty-year career in arts administration has included time as Program Associate at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York, Director of the Crafts Festivals at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Museum Administrator for the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Gallery Director of Gallery 115, also in Greensboro. For two years, Sara curated the material culture exhibitions for the nationally known Cityfolk Festival held annually in Dayton, Ohio over the July 4th weekend. She has been the owner and curator of Gallery West in West Columbia SC since the fall of 2013, a gallery of fine art, antiques, contemporary craft and art jewelry.

Sara’s love of fiber began as early as she can remember. Growing up in Japan as the daughter of missionaries, she was surrounded by the rich textiles unique to that culture. After taking a weaving class in college, she was enduringly hooked. She wove for many years, but following the birth of her first child found it difficult to keep an eight-harness floor loom out of the reach of a toddler. Inspired by the work of two artists from Berea Kentucky, Sara began to work with fiber on a much smaller scale.

Her current work is made up of hundreds of silk, nylon, cotton, or linen threads, knotted into wearable art. The jewelry, which sometimes incorporates beads or unusual and unique objects, or at times just combinations of color, begin with these hundreds of threads, not always with a specific end in mind, but evolving as the piece progresses. Though labor intensive, she finds the repetition and rhythm of tying the knots to be a very meditative process.

Will South
Ellyse by Will Smith
Charcoal and prismacolor on linen, 2015

Sara Cogswell
Cloissonne Pendant Necklace by Sara Cogswell


Art Gallery Series
September 29 - November 5, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Small Islands, Big Landscapes - Photography by Ella and Knapp Hudson.

"Near the top of the globe, Iceland is, literally, an island in the making and is a vast volcanic laboratory where mighty forces shape the earth. Knapp and Ella Hudson have traveled to the island 3 times; September 2013, May 2014 and August 2015 with other photographers, specifically to see and try to capture some of the island’s extreme beauty. They focused on the massive waterfalls, icebergs, rock formations and fjords that draw more and more photographers to Iceland each year. We want to share what keeps drawing us back…Iceland’s stunning variety of natural beauty and landscapes."

Ella Hudson

While in college (like many others in my generation) I discovered photography, went to Europe, shot pictures that my family and friends thought were wonderful and decided to become a National Geographic photographer and spend my life traveling the world and making pictures in exotic locales.

Instead, my exotic locale was Florence, South Carolina (my hometown) where I worked as a college photographer at Francis Marion College until marriage and a move. Leaving the quiet life of academia, I became a Medical Photographer in another extremely exotic locale, Mobile, Alabama, home of Mardi Gras (not New Orleans as you might think).

Still not realizing my dream of being a National Geographic photographer, I moved to Portland, Maine and continued as a medical photographer, collecting unusual stories along the way not suitable for polite dinner conversation.

After the usual twists and turns of working and raising a family, I am now retired, still living in Portland, Maine and enjoying photography for personal growth and pleasure, traveling with my husband, Knapp Hudson, and sometimes our black poodle, Izzy.

Knapp Hudson

My early exposure to photography was in high school, working in the darkroom for an “underground” satire newspaper. I would shoot the copy, develop the negatives, paste up the copy, then burn and develop the printing plates. I learned a lot about working in a darkroom but never touched any other camera.

Fast forward a few years to 1966, and I found myself in the Navy on Adak Island, Alaska. I picked up photography again and bought my first camera, a 35mm rangefinder, at the Base Exchange and reacquainted myself with the darkroom. This led to the purchase of a 35mm SLR, a twin lens reflex, etc. These cameras carried me through a very long year on Adak and the next few years in northern Europe.

Fast forward again to work years. I am now married to Ella Hudson, a real photographer, someone who gets paid to take pictures. Being married to a photographer, I started to learn about composition, and what it takes to make an interesting picture.
Fast forward to 2006, we are about to leave on a trip to China with some friends; what camera to take, how much film, how would we ever carry that much film, why don’t we try digital? We did; we had a lot to learn, but over the next few years, we became comfortable with digital and have grown to appreciate it. Our cameras have now been all through Southeast Asia, Iceland, Nova Scotia and Scotland and have not let us down.

Knapp Photography
Iceland © Ella and Knapp Hudson
Stone Coast Photography


Art Gallery Series
November 10 - December 19, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Senior Shows by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.
Senior Show November
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Art Gallery Series
November 10 - December 4, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by 3-D Design Classes.

Students taking Three-Dimensional Design classes investigate organization techniques, with special emphasis on the plastic controls of form and space.  They learn to use a variety of tools and various sculptural media, including wood, plaster and clay.
3D November


Art Gallery Series
December 8-19, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics Classes.

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding.  Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual's philosopy, critical awareness and asthetics.
CeramicsDec

Art Gallery Series
January 12 - February 18, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Remix by Mary Robinson.

I am deeply inspired by natural forms, especially tree roots, tangled vines and human arteries, and explore the experience of being human as part of-- rather than separate from-- nature. I observe complex patterns of flowing, twisting fibers, and nature’s mode of creating variety within repetition. I use similar forms in my mixed media drawings and prints to express the mix of awe, reverence and anxiety I feel living on Earth in the Twenty-First Century. Sometimes the elements in my work twist, writhe and ultimately suffocate in their claustrophobic confinement, as in Ingrown.  In more open imagery, I allow the marks to pulse, flow and breathe harmoniously. In the most recent work, such as in Warning, I explore and express a growing sense of urgency to acknowledge and address environmental crises. This agitation manifests in intense hues as well as in forms that are branching, breaking, seeping and radiating.

The process by which I work is very fluid. To create Warning and similar pieces, I painted paper, cut, collaged, painted some more, cut some more and so on. The prints that I am now producing are based on these pieces in terms of shape and color. They are not simply replicas of the paintings. I have made matrices using wood, Sintra board, and stencils, based on the general compositions of the paintings, but the shapes, lines and colors are combined in completely new ways. Many of the prints are “finished” works unto themselves but because of the opportunity for multiple printing, some of the printed elements will also become physical material for new collage paintings. The paintings are “sketches” for the prints, and the new prints become springboards and actual physical material to be cut and collaged for new mixed media work.

Warning by Mary Robinson
Warning by Mary Robinson


Art Gallery Series
January 12 - February 18, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Metamorphoses - Carvings by Ernest Donald Murray (1930-2006).

Don Murray was born and mostly raised in Asheville, NC. His life was extremely varied, including experiences as a stone carver, University of Tennessee football player, gunner’s mate, prisoner of war in Korea, student of painting in New York, drill sergeant at Camp Jackson in Columbia, SC, company clerk in Germany, race car driver, graduate student in art as well as education, one-man art department at Chipola Community College in Florida, professor of humanities and professor of art at the University of Florida. While he was an extraordinarily generous and dedicated teacher, he continued to make art throughout his life, and left behind hundreds of paintings, cast sculptures, and these five carved wood figure sculptures.

These carvings are inspired by themes or stories from Greek mythology that come to us in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, stories of change. The Greek myths have stayed interesting to us because they express in metaphor ideas about human experiences that we also have.

Promethius by Don Murray
Prometheus by Don Murray


Art Gallery Series
February 23 - March 31, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Exhibits TBA.

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Art Gallery Series
April 5 - May 7, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Senior Show by Graduating Visual Arts Majors

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.

There will be opening receptions at 6:00 pm on March 31 and Tuesday, April 21.


Graduating Senior Art Show


Art Gallery Series
April 5-22, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by 3-D Design Classes.

Students taking Three-Dimensional Design classes investigate organization techniques, with special emphasis on the plastic controls of form and space.  They learn to use a variety of tools and various sculptural media, including wood, plaster and clay.
3D November


Art Gallery Series
April 26 - May 7, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics Classes.

Students in ceramics classes learn processes and techniques in both wheel-throwing and hand building in the art and craft of pottery. Throwing leads progressively toward stoneware clay tooling, decorating, glazing and firing. As they advance through the curriculum, students add ceramic fabrications methods of slabwork, modeling from solid masses, and press molding.  Multi-part forms and porcelain formula clay bodies are created as artistic discipline develops along with the individual's philosopy, critical awareness and asthetics.
Ceramics April
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About the Art Gallery Series

Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator

The Department of Fine Arts sponsors the Art Gallery Series, hosting varied shows of two and three dimensional works showcasing local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly throughout the academic year.

The mission of the art galleries program is to present exhibitions that support and enhance the academic goals of the visual arts program at Francis Marion University, providing a non-profit institutional setting in the service of society for educational purposes. Under the supervision of the Fine Arts Department faculty, the galleries curator is committed to researching, exhibiting and interpreting for the purpose of study, objects, activities, and documents focused on the visual arts.
HFAC Gallery
Sculptural Display Cases in Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
FAC Gallery
Overview of west end of Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
Art galleries are located in the Hyman Fine Arts Center. The Fine Arts Center Gallery features large cases along glass walls, allowing three-dimensional works to be displayed and viewed from the outdoor breezeway as well as inside the commons serving the Fine Arts Theatre and Adele Kassab Recital Hall. A lighting grid and configurable display partitions provide a flexible gallery space for two- and three-dimensional works throughout the remainder of the gallery.

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. At the end of each semester, the galleries also feature works produced by students enrolled in studio art classes. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and general public.
The Galleries Curator then selects among distinguished regional artists to fill out the Art Gallery Series schedule in order to have two- and three-dimensional shows changing regularly throughout the academic year. The gallery serves as the lobby for Kassab Recital Hall and the Fine Arts Theatre, bringing the visual and performing arts together.

Please check the Arts Calendar for more information about film, music and theatre offerings as well as the Art Gallery Series schedule. Gallery hours are typically 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday except during summer session (June-August), when hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday.

Student Show in University Center Gallery
Portion of a Student Show





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