“La Biennale 2012 at The Stanback”

Friday, April 20, 2012

La Biennale 2012The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) on the campus of South Carolina State University (SC State) will present La Biennale 2012 on April 20, 2012 at 6 p.m.  This international art exhibition includes works of contemporary art from the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada and the United States (including Los Angeles, New York, Savannah, and Ashville) and showcases work of SC State’s visual art faculty. 


La Biennale is the Italian word for biannual.  The term has been made famous within the art world to describe worldwide contemporary art events, stemming from the use of the phrase for the Venice Biennale, first held in 1895. Biennales are now held internationally in cities including Beijing, Paris, Chengdu, Istanbul, Florence, Herzliya, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, and Sydney.

At SC State, the inaugural La Biennale will be on view through Aug. 6, 2012; and includes an amazing collection of contemporary art in various mediums: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, batik, photography, mixed media and digital media.

Professional artists in La Biennale include: Yvette Cummings Arendt, Betsy Cain, Michael Cassidy, Leonard Cave, Stephen Crall, Yorum Gal, Tyrone Geter, Larry Gray, Damond Howard, Bettina Hubby, Donna Jackson, Pat Kaufman, Kim LeDee, Frank Martin, Blake Morgan, Jessica Owen, Joyce Plumtree, Colin Quashie, Leslie Rech, Leo Twiggs, Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa, Jonathan Walsh, Cecil Williams, Louise K. Wilson, and Ellen Zisholtz. 


A feature presentation at the exhibition opening will be the unveiling of a donation of sculptures by the late Leonard Edward Cave, a nationally known sculptor whose works have been featured at the White House and shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Japan.  Cave who grew up in Orangeburg, S.C.  was  born on Oct. 22, 1944, in Columbia, S.C. He was the son of the late Cecil Reginald and Lila Mae DeHay Cave. He graduated from Furman University; and received a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Maryland. For seven years, after completing his graduate work, he taught at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC and then for 20 years in Montgomery County. At the time of his death, on July 11, 2006, he was a member of the faculty at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md. 


For the art connoisseurs and beginning collectors, The Stanback will also present an Art Fair with one-of-a-kind art from professional Gullah and contemporary artists of South Carolina, which can be purchased from the artists from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. the exhibition opening.
For additional information about “La Biennale 2012 at The Stanbackcontact Ellen Zisholtz, director of The Stanback, at (803)536-7174; or Ingrid Owens, program manager of The Stanback, at (803)536-8329 or visit www.scsuCRASH.blogspot.com.