Explore An Exciting New Traveling Exhibit Called The Stick!

The Morris Center is excited to present, The Stick, by nationally-known silhouette artist, Clay Rice opening Saturday, June 9, 2018. This new traveling exhibit, developed by 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.”

The Stick, will be on display through August 11, 2018. 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.

About the South Carolina State Museum:  As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista.  The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.  For more information about the museum, visit scmuseum.org.