The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

LAURA SPONG, The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

“A New Way Opening,” oil, L. Spong

Columbia’s Spong, a native of Nashville, Tenn., was born in 1926. She is among South Carolina’s most prominent abstract painters. Spong was included in Abstract Art in South Carolina 1949 – 2012, the South Caroline State Museum’s historic overview of abstract art in South Carolina. In recent years, Spong has had solo exhibitions at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Museum of Art, Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., and if ART Gallery and a two-person exhibition with Carl Blair at the Florence (S.C.) Museum. Spong also was represented in group shows throughout the Carolinas and in Georgia and Tennessee. The South Carolina State Art Collection, the South Carolina State Museum and the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art have acquired both early and more recent paintings by Spong in the past decade.  

Since the late 1980s, Spong has been a full-time artist, keeping a studio at Vista Studios in Columbia since 1991 and gradually increasing her now considerable reputation. Much of her career has been documented in three exhibition catalogues, Laura Spong at 80: Warming The Chill Wind With Celebration of 2006; Laura Spong 2006 – 2011: Age As An Administrative Device of 2011; and Laura Spong At 90: Six Decades In Paintings, all published by if ART Gallery. 

if ART Gallery presents
The Elizabeth O’Neill Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement Exhibition:
LAURA SPONG & LEO TWIGGS
April 29 – May 13, 2017
Artists’ Reception: SATURDAY, April 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Gallery Hours:
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; & by appointment
if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201, [email protected]
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 

Wim Roefs
if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 238-2351

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