Murrells Inlet, S.C. -- Brookgreen Gardens will present 20 works from its world-renowned sculpture collection to audiences in the South Carolina Upstate, including five at the Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College. The long term exhibit entitled Brookgreen Gardens’ Upstate SculpTOUR will open to the public at Wofford, Converse College, and Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, S.C. from Sept. 21, 2008, through Aug. 16, 2009.
In addition to the display at Wofford, eight works of sculpture will be exhibited in the lobby of Phifer Hall at Converse College and seven will be at the Chapman Cultural Center, in and outside the lobby area of the David Reid Theater.
“We wanted to introduce to Brookgreen Gardens’ magnificent sculpture collection to the people in the Upstate and the neighboring areas of North Carolina,” said Susu Johnson, a Trustee of Brookgreen Gardens and Converse College. “I know some people who have never seen or experienced the beauty of Brookgreen. So, we organized this exhibit to create more awareness of a national treasure located here in South Carolina.”
Bill Barnet, Mayor of Spartanburg described the exhibit as "Sharing some of the unique and treasured art collection of Brookgreen Gardens with our citizens represents a true gift to this community.” Barnet continued, “Brookgreen extends its reach beyond its magical space on our coast, and Spartanburg expands its growing commitment to the arts. We celebrate this collaboration and are thankful for it!"
"We are honored to collaborate with Converse College, Wofford College and the new Chapman Cultural Center, in putting together this exhibition," said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. " We are especially grateful to the Upstate members of Brookgreen for taking the lead in organizing the project and for their commitment to bring part of the rich culture and history of Brookgreen Gardens to the Upstate."
Visit www.upstatesculptour.com for images and more information.
Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and out-door museum located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, S.C.