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SAM | Gus Powell Photographs: Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

03.15 - 05.06.2018

Calendar: Exhibit
Categories: Visual Art

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) presents

Gus Powell Photographs: Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge


an exhibition of documentary photography featuring public art projects from around the nation

March 15 - May 6 2018 | Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1-5pm 

Great public art strengthens cities by making them more exciting and attractive places to live, work, and visit. Public art can also help us to see urban challenges in a new light, and imagine new solutions that can have a lasting impact. --Michael R. Bloomberg

In October 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors from across the country to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to develop temporary public art projects to address critical issues facing their cities. The response was resounding: 237 cities submitted proposals targeting a range of urban challenges, from decaying neighborhoods to environmental awareness to building stronger community relations through creative collaboration.

In June 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded four teams $1 million each to realize their projects: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Gary, IN; and Spartanburg, SC. These winning proposals confronted some of the nation's most pressing civic issues: abandoned properties, drought, community-police relations, and economic development within the creative sector.

At the invitation of Bloomberg Philanthropies, all four of these urban initiatives were visited by acclaimed photographer Gus Powell. A selection of his images are presented at the Spartanburg Art Museum from March 15 - May 6 2018.

For more information, contact our Associate Curator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Arkwright Foundation, Bagwell Fence, Barnet Development, Bob's Car Wash, Santo Lubes, the Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, Kerin Hannah, Susu + George Dean Johnson Jr, and Margaret + George Nixon.

opening reception 03.15.2018 | 5-8PM

artist talks @ 6:30pm | FREE and open to the public




IMAGE: "Mobile Suspension" by Erwin Redl (2016) photographed by Gus Powell

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