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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

Works by Will and Sara South.

“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.” -- Will South

Will South
Will Smith


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.

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Knapp Photography
Morning Mist © Ella Knapp


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.
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Art Gallery Series
December 8-19, 2015

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

Works by Ceramics and 3-D Design Classes.

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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 26 - May 7, 2016

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

Works by Ceramics and 3D Design Classes.

A showcase of new works created during the current semester by students learning skills in visual arts classes.
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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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