INTERNATIONAL PRINT EXCHANGE
UPSTATE Gallery on Main is pleased to announce CONFLUENCE, an international exhibition of unique artist prints by the Contemporary Print Collective of Upstate South Carolina and Ideas Creation Studio of Taiwan. The exhibition opens June 1 and continues through August 25, 2018. A public reception will be held on June 21 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6:00 p.m. This event coincides with Spartanburg Art Walk.
Contemporary Print Collective (CPC) is a collaborative group of artists living and working in upstate South Carolina. The CPC group was formed to engage artists and community in the art of printmaking by sharing original art and artist’s knowledge through educational events and exhibitions. The CPC mission states: “We seek to foster an awareness of original, hand-pulled prints by promoting exhibitions, educational opportunities, and encouraging the art of collecting prints.” An associate member of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA), the 25 CPC artist members include 11 active studios and print shops, seven artist educators, and representation in nine commercial galleries.
CONFLUENCE, the brainchild of Freda Sue Gin-Win, assistant professor of printmaking at USC Upstate, and Louis Chen, director of Ideas Creation Studios in Taiwan, is an exhibit comprised of 44 artist prints, 22 by CPC in the US, and 22 by ICS in Taiwan. Each artist participated with works that represent their individual technical and conceptual interests in printing, and offers an exhibit of depth and breadth across the spectrum of printmaking. CONFLUENCE exhibited in 2017 at GCCA in Greenville and in 2018 at Taipei City and Chiayi City in Taiwan.
Jane Nodine, University Gallery Director at USC Upstate and fellow CPC member states: “I am pleased to bring CONFLUENCE to UPSTATE Gallery on Main and the Spartanburg community, where we have strong ties to international collaborations and residents. This exhibit supports the mission of USC Upstate and the outreach of our university gallery program. I believe there will be something in this exhibition that will interest all viewers and I encourage attendance of all ages.”
The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is the newest addition of the Upstate Carolina University’s three gallery spaces. Located at 172 E. Main Street in Spartanburg, it is a dedicated art space that presents rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists. The gallery also houses and periodically displays the university’s permanent art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Tworkov, and Beatrice Riese. The gallery is primarily staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program where they learn how to display, research, and promote the work on exhibit in the gallery. It is open to the public five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 12 noon until 5 pm. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page-UPSTATE Gallery on Main or by calling Jane Nodine, Gallery Director at (864)-503-5848.
Jane Nodine, Gallery Director
Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Visual Arts Center 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303