SC State University Art Professor's Exhibition on Display at Francis Marion University

Friday, January 29, 2010

PeekScotty Peek, assistant professor of Art in SC State University’s Department Of Visual and Performing Arts, is currently exhibiting his artwork in the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery, located on the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

Peek’s exhibit, entitled “Mill Portraits,” will be on display until Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, and is currently available for viewing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Mill Portraits” consists of 19 portraits of individuals from the Columbia, S.C. area and former mill village, commonly referred to as Olympia.  Each portrait is displayed on unprimed cotton duck (canvas), which was a common product of the mill and rendered only using darker shades of the natural canvas color.

Peek’s portraits were originally produced for and exhibited as a part of “Textile Tales,” the inaugural exhibition of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA). 

701 CCA promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. 701 CCA originally served as the community center for the Olympia mill workers and their families. 

While removed from their original and intended exhibit space at 701 CCA, the portraits still carry with them a story that is common and familiar: how our families and identities are often tied to one’s work.

For more information on Scotty Peek’s exhibition, visit the Francis Marion University Gallery website at