Ramsey Library Exhibits

The Art of Tarleton Blackwell

"Hog Series CCX: Las Meninas"

Manning, S.C. native Tarleton Blackwell earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina, and is currently the Martha Beach Endowed Chair in Painting at UNC-Pembroke. The artist has won a lengthy list of awards and commissions during his career, including the South Carolina Arts Commission's 1996-97 Individual Artist Fellowship Award, and the 1994 Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in Painting, Drawing and Works on Paper.

His exhibitions appeared in over 170 museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Charlotte Mint Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., and the Alternative Museum in New York. Past exhibitions include "Next Generation: Southern Black Aesthetic," "Tarleton Blackwell: Great Showcase of Hogs," "Sharing the Dream," "Statements of Heritage: Variant American Visions," and "Conflict and Transcendence: African American Art in South Carolina."

Pieces in this exhibition are part of Blackwell's "The Hog Series," an ongoing project comprised of over 250 works spanning 20 years. Heavily influenced by artist Diego Velasquez, Blackwell invokes complex and ambiguous imagery using the hog to represent many themes and symbols. The artist endeavors to portray hogs with dignity and respect while revealing and sharing some of his past personal experiences in the rural southeast.



"Hog Series CCXXVII: Miss Liberty and Washington"

Images used with permission of Tarleton Blackwell.

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