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Upcoming Monsanto Gallery exhibit to feature South Carolina painter Leo Twiggs

February 18, 2010

 Leo Twiggs

Blues and the Beach by Leo Twiggs

The next exhibit in Lander University's Monsanto Gallery, featuring paintings by South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs, will be on display Feb. 23 through March 26. The paintings are done using a unique batik painting process Twiggs developed through experimental and innovative manipulation of the traditional technique.

Several of his works have been selected to hang in U.S. Embassies in Rome, Sierra Leone and Senegal, among other places. He has had over 65 one-man shows and has exhibited at the Studio Museum in New York. Twiggs has also exhibited in shows at the American Crafts Museum, the Mint Museum in Charlotte and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University. In 2001 and 2008 he was selected to design an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.

Twiggs was the first visual artist to receive the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina, and in 2007 he received the "Scottie" Award for lifetime achievement in art from the South Carolina Arts Alliance.

A native of St. Stephen, S.C., Twiggs was the first African-American to receive a doctorate in art from the University of Georgia. He holds a master's degree from New York University and bachelor's degree from Claflin University. Twiggs has also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Twiggs is professor emeritus of art at South Carolina State University, where he was chair of the art department and director of the museum. Presently he is distinguished artist-in-residence at Claflin University in Orangeburg.

Lander's Monsanto Gallery is located in the university's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center and is open to the public free of charge. For further information or gallery hours, call 864-388-8810 or 864-388-8800.