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SAM | In Their Element

11.15.2018 - 2.10.2019

Calendar: Exhibit
Categories: Visual Art


Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) presents

In Their Element


an exhibition of contemporary art inspired by the Aristotelian elements of fire and water.

November 15 2018 - February 10 2019 | Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1-5pm 

Humans have used symbols of earth, fire, water, and air for millennia, using them as metaphors to communicate universal ideals and truths about the world in which we live. This exhibition dives into a variety of contemporary practices that continue to express our awe, reverence, and dependence on two of the four Aristotelian elements, in unexpected and dynamic ways.

For more information, contact our Associate Curator, Ashleigh Shuler, by email at or call 864.582.7616 x 254.

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

opening reception 8.16.2018 | 5-8PM

artist talks @ 6:30pm 

FREE and open to the public




IMAGE: "Agassiz Glacier, Alaska - When and How" by Jennifer Bueno (2018) blown glass



Becky Alley

Miya Ando

Deidre Argyle

Julie Comnick

Natalie Moore

LeeAnna Repass

Aaron Thomas Roth

Kelly Wagner Steinke

Krista Steinke

Yuge Zhou


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