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Past Exhibit – ART: A Collection of Collections

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Gallery View
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Did you know? The SC State Museum is home to over 4,000 works of art, hand-made objects and various collections within its collection. Many of these pieces have never been on display in the museum. ART: A Collection of Collections will highlight some of these one-of-a-kind collections within the museum’s entire collection. Guests will get to explore works of fine, folk and decorative art made by South Carolina artists that are being grouped into collections within the exhibit based on medium, subject or artist.

This exhibit will showcase rarely seen artwork by South Carolina artists, enhanced by the fascinating stories of their inception and why they belong with other works of art to give us a new look at South Carolina and its visual culture.


  • c. 1591 engraving by Theodore de Bry, which is the earliest work in the museum’s art collection.

  • Artwork by Winnsboro native Laura Glenn Douglas, who introduced new techniques to South Carolina after traveling through Europe in the early 20th Century.

  • Wild West Town by folk artist Herman Thompson, which is made entirely of coat hangers. Thompson will also occasionally be doing live demonstrations of his work in the exhibit gallery.

  • Collection of Catawba Indian Pottery. A craft that is over 4,000 years old and native to the Carolinas, Catawba pottery is one of the oldest and purest art forms of its kind.

  • And lots more!


ART: A Collection of Collections is free with museum general admission or membership.