FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM RECEIVES SOUTH CAROLINA ELIZABETH O’NEILL VERNER AWARD
The Florence County Museum was one of nine South Carolinians honored on May 1, 2019 by the South Carolina Arts Commission with the 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts—the state’s highest arts honor. A reception was held in Columbia honoring the museum along with other recipients.
Florence County Museum (FCM) reflects the region’s rich artistic, cultural and historic heritage. Through a dynamic range of exhibitions, studios, lectures and family programming, FCM provides an engaging educational experience to visitors of all ages.
The museum’s permanent collection currently includes more than fifty combined works by celebrated 20th century American artist and Florence native, William H. Johnson and his wife Holcha Krake. This extensive collection includes watercolors, works on paper, oils, textiles and drawings.
“I’ve been to museums all over the country; ours compares favorably to many of them; the spacious, perfectly lit gallery spaces are highly professional and a pleasure to visit. I frequently take my students there on field trips to see both the permanent collection and its series of rotating exhibitions featuring South Carolina artists. The Florence County Museum is, in other words, a godsend; a long needed cultural and educational landmark that we can all be proud of.”
Steven Gately, Coordinator, Visual Arts Program, Department of Fine Arts at Francis Marion University
“As an educator, the museum opens the world to my students. For many students in this region, it is challenging to form a frame of reference to foreign lands or individuals. This is especially true if they are unable to see themselves in the story. I applaud the museum’s research and exhibition planning process. Through the museum’s dedication and careful curation, students are in fact able to form significant connections. The exhibitions are consistently unique and of special interest to the people of this region. The museum staff and docents help make educational magic happen.” Uschi Jeffcoat
With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians.
Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development.
Headquartered in Columbia, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803-734-8696.