Layers of Us
Exhibition Dates: May 22, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Reception: 5pm – 7pm, Thursday, May 23
Location: Stormwater Studios @ 413 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
Layers of Us is an exhibition of works created by participants of several community projects in Columbia, SC. These community projects were offered by the “Program Development in Art” course in the School of Visual Art and Design and Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2019. Eleven instructors including one faculty member and ten Master’s students from Art Education, Music History, and Creative Writing taught art at six different sites: the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program, the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, the ARC of South Carolina, Hannah House and Killingsworth (women's shelters), and the Sexual Assault Survivors Group at UofSC.
The participants, who were silent and invisible due to being first-time offenders, their sexuality, ability, home ownership, and trauma, shared their lives through a variety of different mediums (including painting, sculpture, collage, crafts, and printmaking). The uniqueness of participants and their artworks reveal the countless layers of who they are, but such uniqueness also embodies a common strength behind this project: a sense of community.
This exhibition is supported by the School of Visual Art and Design and the Women’s Well-Being Initiatives in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina, as well as by a grant from the Knight Foundation fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation.