Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Visual Arts Program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at SC State presents the opening reception of the 35th annual student art exhibition and senior thesis exhibits in the galleries of the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium “The Stanback” on Thursday, April 24 from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Works in a variety of mediums, include paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. The general public is invited to attend. The exhibition is from April 24 – May 16, 2008. The juror for the exhibition is Scotty Peek, who joined the Visual Arts program this spring as Gallery Manager and Studio Laboratory Technician.
The art program at SC State was founded in 1973 by Dr. Leo Twiggs, a specialist in art education, painting, crafts and criticism, and Mr. James McFadden, an art education specialist and a painter. In 1977, the program was expanded when printmaker, Dr. Terry K. Hunter joined the faculty, which also later included Dr. Henry Michaux, sculptor, who joined the faculty in 1978.
“Thirty-five years is a pretty long time, we are all extremely proud of the progress that is being made,” says visual arts program coordinator, Stephen Crall.
Today, the Visual Arts program has eight full-time faculty and staff, and 98 students majoring in one of the cognates. The mission of the Visual Arts program at SC State is to provide students with an accessible and supportive learning environment that emphasizes the importance of visual arts in society. The Visual Arts program is dedicated to nurturing the creative and scholarly potential of students, supporting faculty in the development of excellence in teaching and research, and promoting visual arts in the community. The Visual Arts program offers the bachelor of art degree in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics/Sculpture, Digital Media and Printmaking, and, in conjunction with the Department of Education, the bachelor of science degree in Art Education.
For more information on the student art exhibition, contact Steven Crall, at (803) 516-4548 or (803) 536-7101.