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PAST EXHIBIT – The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design


This exhibit is included with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design

** This Exhibition Closed, Jan. 2, 2022 **

What is the difference between art and design? When can art also be design? This new exhibition addresses these questions and showcases South Carolina art with a graphic sensibility, both “fine” and commercial.

From mass-produced media of the late 19th century to the concert posters of today, The Graphic Eye explores South Carolina’s strong and diverse connection to the graphic arts. Included in the show are Jasper Johns’ prints, Shepard Fairey’s political posters, commercial art and advertisements from the 1950s and 60s, and work by artists such as Sallie Frost Knerr, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Leo Twiggs. The thriving industry of contemporary graphic design will also be represented, with posters and other projects by prominent creatives currently working across the state.

Guests will also learn about different methods of printing and printmaking, typography, advertising in the last century, and post-WWII artists who blurred boundaries and challenged the definition of “fine art.” After you have explored the galleries, an interactive activity will put your design knowledge to the test. Learn how to better read images, and analyze how color, composition, and font can convey a message.