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Leo Twiggs: A Quiet Conscience

Opening Reception June 16, 6 - 8 PM, Artist Talk June 17, 11 - 12 PM

Event Types: Visual Arts

Jun 16, 2023 6:00 PMAug 26, 2023 5:00 PM

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Hampton III Gallery

(864) 268-277

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T - F: 1 - 5 PM ​

Sat. 10 - 5 PM

Artist Statement: 

“For African Americans living in a segregated society, the sources for our creative expression came from within. Our hardships are expressed in our blues, our many moods in our jazz, and our relationship to God in our spirituals. Painting, sculpture and dance, became a way to express all of it visually.”

We are here for only a short period of time. We start aging from the moment we are born until we die and I think that batik, because of its crackle suggests that aging quality. It also expresses, in my opinion, a kind of dinginess . . . for African Americans who live in substandard houses, we kept [belongings] for a long time because we couldn’t afford to get new things.”

Artist Bio:

"Leo Twiggs is Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Claflin University. He was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina and received his BA Summa Cum Laude from Claflin, later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his MA from New York University. He received his Doctorate in art from the University of Georgia. In 1980 and 2017, he received the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award (Governor’s Trophy) for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. His unique batik paintings have received national and international recognition and the Georgia Museum of Art organized a Retrospective exhibit of his work that toured the southeast 2004-2006.

In 2018 he received the 1858 prize from the Gibbs Museum and in 2019 he received the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award from the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia."

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