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SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL BANK DONATES GALLERY TO LIBRARY

 COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A special area of the new Richland County Public Library is the permanent gallery donated by South Carolina National Bank.
 The South Carolina National Gallery opens in conjunction with the grand opening of the new library on Feb. 14, 1993. The building is at the corner of Assembly and Hampton Streets in downtown Columbia.
 "The concept of having a permanent gallery included in a magnificent new library seemed perfectly natural," said Virginia M. Grose, SCN senior vice president. "Literature and art go hand in hand."
 South Carolina National worked with library planners to create a permanent space for ongoing exhibitions, and then provided funding. The gallery, which is located in the atrium outside the auditorium, will house a variety of exhibitions.
 "When it was determined the new Richland County Public Library would have a central atrium, it seemed most appropriate to designate this space on the Garden Level as a gallery. The Library immediately thought of South Carolina National Bank as the appropriate sponsor for this enhancement to the building due to its commitment to the arts in South Carolina," said C. David Warren, Library Director. "Special lighting was added to make this gallery an integral part of the library complex."
 The first exhibit comes from South Carolina National's own permanent art collection. "SCN is proud to team with the Richland County Public Library to present images offering a depth of sight and perspective," Grose said.
 The exhibit features work from eight photographers, whose art reveals new perspectives of one's own view of the world.
 All the photographs in the exhibit were taken between 1975 and 1991 and include locations from Columbia to London to Afghanistan. South Carolina National's permanent art collection has been recognized by the National Business and the Arts Committee, as well as the South Carolina Arts Commission with three Elizabeth O'Neill Verner awards.
 The new library is attuned to the visual arts. In addition to the SCN gallery, the library has two free-standing scenes and a 46-foot mural that feature illustrations by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.
 Included in this opening exhibit at the South Carolina National Art Gallery are: Will Barnes, born St. Johann, Austria, now living in Columbia, S.C.; Jean-Louis Dubois, born Calais, France, now living in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Mark S. Olencki, born Newark, N.J., now living in Spartanburg, S.C.; Jorge A. Otero, born Havana, Cuba, now living in Lugoff, S.C.; Luke Powell, born Mooresville, N.C., attended Wofford College, now living in Middlebury, Vt.; Jinger Simkins Stuntz, lifelong resident of Greenville, S.C.; Sam Wang, born Peking, China, now living in Clemson, S.C.; and Richard L. Williams, born Greenville, S.C., living in Miami, Fla.
 Just as all the photographs in the opening exhibit have a connection with South Carolina, so do all the artists in the South Carolina National corporate art collection.
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 /CONTACT: Linda K. Logan, South Carolina National Bank, 803-765-3369/


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