USC Sumter displays works by 3 artists in campus galleries

Getty's Retrospective, Hatfield's Waking Dream and Dinkins' Scenes of Sumter on display



The University of South Carolina Sumter will feature works by three artists now through May 31.

Cara-lin Getty's show Retrospective is in the University Gallery.

Getty, a distinguished professor emeritus at USC Sumter who performs dual roles as the gallery director and curator for the permanent art collection at the university, continues to reinvent herself with a variety of different mediums.

Most of Getty's pieces on exhibit are influenced by her travels in California and Mexico. Getty's small collages are digitally manipulated and printed on a plotter.

A lecture by Getty and a brief reception will be held in the University Gallery on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The University Gallery is in the Anderson Library on the USC Sumter Campus. Retrospective can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Joshua Hatfield's Waking Dream: Scenes From Nature and Imagination is in the Umpteenth Gallery.

A native of Georgia, Hatfield has enjoyed drawing and painting since a young age. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Scientific Illustration, which is reflected in his work through a mesh of organic and mechanic with technical precision.

"Much of my personal art revolves around a world conceived in my mind. This realm is mysterious and strange, filled with unnatural landscapes, machine-men and often a wanderer who is occasionally in grave danger," Hatfield said.

The Umpteenth Gallery is in the Arts and Letters Building on the USC Sumter campus. The exhibit can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Richard Dinkins' Scenes of Sumter is in the Upstairs Gallery.

A Sumter native, Dinkins grew up on a farm where chores did not leave much time for art.

Though his interest in art began at Lincoln High School, Dinkins began delving into art after retirement in 2004.

A highly committed, self-taught artist, Dinkins watches Bob Ross painting tutorials and studies books on how to paint. He has worked in many mediums including watercolor, acrylic and graphite, but his favorite is oil. As he says, "It's almost impossible to mess up, and it is very forgiving."

The Upstairs Gallery is in the Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building on the USC Sumter campus. The exhibit can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit for more information on current and upcoming displays or contact Laura Cardello, USC Sumter's curator of exhibits, at (803) 938-3801.