Living By The Rails

April 28, 2018 – March 2, 2019

Living by the Rails: A History of Lowcountry Railroads exhibit examines the impact of railroad transportation in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This exhibit chronicles the astonishing local history of railroads and locomotives. These man-made machines ripped and roared their way through the Lowcountry and everywhere in between.

The Charleston and Savannah Railway runs straight through Ridgeland, SC, bringing with it history, memories, and local flavor. This exhibit will feature a documentary of local retired railroad workers and civilians with their deeply rooted tales of living by the rails.

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The Stick

June 9, 2018 – August 11, 2018


This new traveling exhibit, developed by Clay Rice and The South Carolina State Museum, is based on the artist’s children’s book of the same name. The Stick is about a young boy who embarks on an exciting journey after finding a stick.

“The Stick is a poignant and heartfelt oath to the power of imagination,” says Rice

With original illustrations from Rice, The Stick, will come to life in this fascinating new traveling exhibit. Rice blends the elegant black and white silhouette tradition with a colorful world in the story of the power of imagination.

Rice is as much a folklorist as he is a visual artist, collecting stories from people he meets and preserving their tales in silhouettes. This art form began in France in the mid-1700s, taking its name from one of its most famous practitioners, Etienne de Silhouette. Rice learned his craft from the master—his grandfather, famed South Carolina silhouette artist Carew Rice, who was described by poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s greatest silhouettist.”

3-D Honey Hill Battlefield Display


Get a feel for how this significant battle of the Civil War played out. This display features a three-dimensional diorama of the Honey Hill Battlefield that took place in Ridgeland, South Carolina on November 30, 1864.


New Traveling Exhibit Called SC Palmetto Hands


The Morris Center is excited to present, SC Palmetto Hands exhibit opening on August 18, 2018. Fine craft artists from across the state participate in the annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. As the state’s only fine craft competition and exhibit, objects are pre-juried and awards are determined by a different juror each year. Applicants are asked to submit works in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards are then made at the discretion of the show juror and pieces are selected for this traveling exhibit.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibit offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and three-dimensional mixed media. Each year thousands enjoy the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists featured in this exhibition.

SC Palmetto Hands, will be on display through January 5, 2019. The exhibit is a part of a traveling exhibition program offered through the South Carolina State Museum. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.