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Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Collection Description

The collection features over 20 works of art from emerging and notable artists, whose compositions derive from a broad range of styles and stories of maritime culture and rice culture, conveying the collector’s love of her Gullah Geechee heritage. Featured in the collection are works from renowned artists such as James Denmark, Cassandra Gillens, Jonathan Green, Charles DeSaussure, Synthia Saint James, with pieces from regional and local creatives such as Amiri Farris. The exhibition also includes several sweetgrass baskets by local basket sewers as well as literature created by the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project. This collection has taken more than a decade to acquire. Victoria A. Smalls is a public historian and educator, arts advocate and cultural preservationist, who believes in the value of building sustainable communities through the arts. Within her roles as the Executive Director with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and a Maven with the Art of Community-Rural SC, Smalls has gained an appreciation and passion for learning and sharing all she can about the history, art and culture of her people.

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