Saturday, March 27, 2010

Artista Vista @ 300 Senate

Artista Vista which happens to fall on Earth Day 2010; times are from
5 - 8 p.m, Thursday, April 22.

I will be displaying a couple new paintings during the show. For more information about displaying your work contact Rachel Haynie. Her email is The show will focus on Earth Day related themes.

Above is a marsh painting that I plan to show.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Benefit Art Show @ McKissick (Space is limited.)

"Valencian Women On The Beach" by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida


Benefit Art Show

McKissick Musesum

September 2010

Theme: “Bridging Cultures in South Carolina” (Paintings should focus on cultural diversity in South Carolina with an emphasis on the Latino community.)

Reason: We want to raise money to benefit a non-for-profit organization (to be named) which helps local Hispanics. One possibility is The Amigos Del Buen Samaritano (free clinic).

How: During Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month the McKissick Museum at USC and several other organizations on campus will host a show.

Want to participate? This event is still in planning but for more information, continue to check this blog. My reason to publish this information so early, is to allow artists to begin the creative process for a painting. Please pass on this information to fellow artists who might want to participate in such a good cause. I will formally circulate this information when all of the planning is complete at USC. So start planning and painting.

There is only space for one painting per artist. Works should be framed or ready for sale/display - with a suggested price on the back. This will take place some time in September.

Website address:


Andrew M. Corley

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Michael Dwyer

My latest encounter with artists from South Carolina was with Mr. Michael Dwyer. I met Michael through Facebook and Facebook connections at USC of mine. I am happy to share some of his biographical information and art on my blog. Make sure you visit his website:

Michael Dwyer earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Syracuse University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from the University of South Carolina. At both schools his area of study was Studio Arts, with a concentration in painting. Dwyer has lived in Syracuse, NY; Providence, RI; and since 1990, Columbia, SC, where he works as Exhibition Designer and Preparator at the Columbia Museum of Art.

His work has been exhibited in Syracuse, Providence, and various cities in South Carolina. Currently his paintings can be seen in "A Phonic Swath: Paintings by Michael Dwyer" at The Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Art, University of South Carolina Aiken (March 1st - 30th).

Dwyer's Statement:

I come from parents who are both artists. While my mother set aside art production, for the most part, when they began a family, my father has been a painter throughout my life. Many of their friends, colleagues at Syracuse University, were artists, architects, or writers and our home was always a place with big, modern paintings on the walls and jazz on the record player. As a kid, I loved visiting my dad's studio. I liked the spattered dishevelment, the smell of paint, and the paintings that I couldn't fully understand, but instinctively got, in the process of coming to life. I knew at an early age that this was something I wanted to pursue.

My decision to work abstractly is visceral and intuitive. It stems from a belief that in any visual art, there are abstract elements which need to function well for the work to succeed. These qualities are at the core of all visual art and transcend cultural and historical differences.