Religious Art of the American South: Sacred Spaces and Gathering Places

TJC Gallery, Spartanburg, South Carolina
December 5, 2013 – January 30, 2014

The American South is steeped in spirituality. Given the significant role religion plays in the region’s culture, it is natural that artists depicting the South have found it to be rich subject matter for their creative endeavors. Curated by TJC intern Laura Levy, Wofford College Class of 2014, and featuring works by native-born and visiting artists alike—such as Roger Brown, Crawford Gillis, Robert Gwathmey, Alfred Hutty, Gina Knee, and Will Henry Stevens—this exhibition examines the concept of sacrality as borne out in portrayals of traditional places of worship, nature, and alternative spiritualities. Spanning the years 1850 to 1990, these paintings range in style from nineteenth-century realism to present-day surrealism.