State Museum to feature new art exhibit inspired by South Carolina’s rivers

Representatives from the South Carolina State Museum announced their next art exhibit, premiering May 4. Reflections on the River will display a variety of art from 16th century engravings and Catawba pottery, to contemporary paintings and photographs. The exhibition explores the significance of our state’s rivers and how they’ve impacted culture, industry, landscape, and inspired artists.

The exhibit will feature treasures of the collection by artists like William Halsey and Anna Heyward Taylor. Guests will be able to see a few pieces that have never been on display, and several new acquisitions, including a 19th century oil landscape by Charles Fraser, from Charleston. The pottery on display will represent centuries-old traditions of using clay from riverbanks to create the 3-D art.

Also included in the show will be a nine ft. long colalge by Aldwyth, from Hilton Head, which one the Curator’s Choice Purchase Award in the museum’s 30th anniversary exhibit.

“It’s not just an exhibit of landscape paintings; there are so many ways that rivers are connected to our culture and history,” State Museum Art Curator, Amy Chalmers said. “ My hope is that guests will explore the exhibit and then stroll along the nearby river walk afterward to see how the river might inspire them.”

Reflections on the River is free with museum membership or general admission. More information can be found at

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