SC State Hosts Exhibition of Artist Lee Swallie

Friday, December 4, 2009

SC State University’s Fine Arts Center Gallery is currently hosting “Static,” an exhibition by artist Lee Swallie.  The exhibition will be on display through Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

Swallie’s exhibition consists of several altered and experimental types of printmaking techniques.  The bold and aggressive lines, created on metal plates and stones, are imprinted into paper and heavily reworked by Swallie.

“Printmaking allows me to forgo inhibition. The various printmaking processes such as etching and lithography bring an unexpectedness that is cherished,” said Swallie. “Inside this liberating art process, exciting accidents are encountered.  A rough or rawness in the work is welcome, as well as the immediacy and urgency that occur while creating the artwork,” he continued.

Swallie studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. 

In 2007, Swallie won the Columbia Contemporaries Artist of the Year Award, having shown his work in several galleries throughout the United States.

Swallie currently resides in Lexington, S.C., where his studio is also located.

To view more of Swallie’s work, visit his website at

For more information on Swallie’s exhibition, contact James Arendt, director of the Fine Arts Center Gallery, at (803) 536-8918.