Exhibit Focuses on Importance of Drawing
The Milliken Gallery at Converse College will use an exhibit by sculpture artist Linda McCune as a teaching tool for the art of drawing. The 25-piece exhibit opens Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 28. An opening reception is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the gallery. As with all gallery events, the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Milliken Art Gallery at (864) 596-9181 or send an e-mail.
“Even though I am very active with sculpture, this exhibit will show the importance of drawing, how artists can expand upon their talents by using it and how drawing can inspire their work to go in a completely different area than they may have thought,” explained McCune. “This particular exhibit will feature four study sketches I had drawn for some of my sculptures and photos of the finished product which show how the projects changed throughout the process.”
Mediums featured in the exhibit include charcoal, graphite, prisma pencil, charcoal with watercolor and pastel. “I wanted to include charcoal because it is a very old medium and can be difficult to handle. But if you stay with it and learn to use it well, it can be a very rewarding medium,” said McCune.
McCune will also showcase three different themes in the exhibit. “A 10-piece grouping is called ‘Corporate Caring’ and reflects the throwaway society we have become. The drawings are of items we throw away with little thought or emotion, animals we run over and other things we show little regard for,” she said. “A four-piece series metaphorically illustrates the numerous stressful situations we humans get ourselves into all the time. The third series is dedicated to the sense of home; whether it is a physical place or just a state of mind.”
McCune is the lead instructor of fine art at Greenville Technical College, and has biographical listings in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World. She has guest lectured for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently the South Carolina representative for Tri-State Sculptors Group, with which she actively exhibits. She has been featured in 28 one-artist exhibitions in the Southeast and has participated in over 100 group shows. In addition to winning numerous awards for her work, McCune is represented in critical reviews, books, in many public and private collections including the State Art Collection of South Carolina and the Embry’s Foundation Collection.