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EXHIBITION: Who I was, who we are

September 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - October 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Converse Milliken Art Gallery

Who I was, who we are will feature the latest work from Yvette L. Cummings in the Milliken Art Gallery. Cummings’s work explores the complicated path of youth, beauty and femininity as expressed through the viewpoint of a sexual abuse survivor. “I am interested in the way female bodies are not autonomous; whether the victim of sexual assault or the governments constant regulation, ownership of my body is not my own. I want to exert power back to the body, regardless of gesture or appearance,” states Cummings. Her paintings will challenge the viewer to move beyond adult experiences and remember the innocence of children.

Converse gallery exhibition
Image: Mother Don’t Worry | Oil on Canvas | 60 x 60″

Cummings is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts in Painting/Drawing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. Her work can be found in both public and private collections and has been exhibited in multiple group and solo exhibitions throughout the south and mid-west of the United States as well as internationally. Cummings has been featured in the 701 Center for Contemporary Art South Carolina Biennial 2015 and 2019 in Columbia, SC, winner of the 2016 701 CCA Prize for artist under 40 in South Carolina, as well as Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. She was one of 65 artists chosen for The Mint Museum’s Coined in the South Exhibition 2019. In 2020, Cummings was shortlisted for the international Mother Art Prize and in 2021 awarded Honorable Mention for the Women’s Art Prize exhibition.

Who I was, who we are will run from September 29-October 20, 2022. Cummings will present a Gallery Talk on September 29th at 6:00pm in the gallery followed by a reception from 6:30-8:00pm.

The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours are Sunday 2:00-5:00pm, Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The Gallery is closed during school holidays.

Artist’s Website

Click here for gallery talk and reception details.


September 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am
October 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Event Categories:
Art, Conferences & Workshops, Humanities, Visiting Lecturers


Kathryn Boucher


Alumni, Board of Trustees, General Public, Parents, Prospective Students, Students
Additional Details
Yvette L. Cummings's work explores the complicated path of youth, beauty and femininity as expressed through the viewpoint of a sexual abuse survivor.


Milliken Art Gallery
580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302 United States
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