USC Sumter presents artist's Helmet Project



Gary Chapman will give an artist talk at Friday's opening reception for his exhibition The Helmet Project in the University Gallery at University of South Carolina Sumter. While the exhibition will remain in the gallery through Dec. 1, the 5:30 to 7 p.m. reception will be the only opportunity for guests to hear him talk about his work and ask the artist questions.

In his artist statement on his website, Chapman references Americans' perceived safety that was shattered on Sept. 11, 2001. He states that now "We are a visually biased society, living in a time in which we can no longer believe in what we see."

The helmets in his paintings block the vision of his subjects.

Chapman is a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He has exhibited his work in more than 60 solo exhibitions in prestigious venues around the country, and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in national and international venues.

Named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist in 2013, he has received many grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and Individual Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work is published in more than 20 catalogs and books, including four editions of New American Paintings.

Chapman's paintings have been purchased for the collections of 10 museums in the Southeast and can be found in many corporate and private collections.

The public is invited to attend the 5:30-to-7 p.m. opening of Gary Chapman's exhibition "The Helmet Project" in the University Gallery located in the Anderson Library at the University of South Carolina Sumter. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Laura Cardello, USC Sumter curator of exhibits, at (803) 938-3801, or visit the website