Posts Tagged ‘Greenville County Museum of Art’

Martha R. Severens is Retiring From the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

We were first sent this news by an old friend in Greenville, SC, and then confirmed it by reading an article in the Greenville News and then making contact with the Greenville County Museum of Art. After 17 years as curator at the Museum, Severens and her husband Kenneth will do some well deserved traveling.

Linda and I knew Martha and Kenneth when they were in Charleston, SC, long before we started doing an arts newspaper – Martha was curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art and we worked with Kenneth processing black and white photos for his books on Southern architecture. We did photo processing for the Gibbes too. That was during our life as custom photo processors before publishing newspapers.

At some point a change was being made at the Gibbes and I think Martha Severens and Paul Figueroa were both up for the directors job and Figueroa got the job. Severens moved on to take a job as curator of the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, but in 1992, came back to South Carolina to take a job as curator at the Greenville County Museum of Art. That was probably during a time when folks in South Carolina couldn’t imagine a woman being director of a major museum. Now women directors are the norm.

Severens is the author of The Greenville County Museum of Art: The Southern Collection, issued in 1995. She has written books on Andrew Wyeth, The Charleston Renaissance, and a series of articles on the Museum’s collection, which have appeared in American Art Review, a national publication.

Severens will be leaving the South Carolina Museum community with a lot of knowledge and experience, and will be hard to replace, but all good things come to an end and she and her husband deserve their time to travel. And, who knows – she may still have a few books planned.

Lest We Forget Our Humble Beginnings

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Greenville News in Greenville, SC, offered an article by Ann Hicks on June 22, 2008, entitled, “Phil Garrett’s King Snake Press Marks 10 Years”. The article gives a brief overview of Garrett’s past ten years running the press and mentions a collaboration between the press, SC artists, and the Greenville County Museum of Art. In fact the Museum is currently showing an exhibit of works coming out of the print studio over the past ten years by 15 artists through July 27, 2008.

What the article doesn’t mention is that Garrett lifted the idea of setting up a print studio in Greenville after parking himself at the Art Thomas Gallery in Charleston, SC, in the mid-’90s. Thomas first offered a print studio for artists to make monotypes in Charleston and gave Garrett the idea to work with artists and the local art museum through his collaboration with the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. I know, I have one of those prints.

It’s not surprising that Garrett left out the fact that the spark for his idea of opening a print studio and working with a museum came from Charleston – his past conduct in Charleston is forgettable – except some of us remember. But, then again, maybe that part was cut from the article for space limitations.