Arriving South, an exhibit sponsored by McLeod Health, features a selection of paintings, prints, and drawings from the Florence County Museum’s existing permanent collection and the museum’s Wright Collection of Southern Art. Historical and artistic interpretation guides the museum visitor through the primary themes of labor, leisure, landscape and religion, while revealing the similarities and differences between observation and representations of the South in the art of the 20th century.
During the early 20th century, realist artists from diverse backgrounds converged on the American South. Arriving South surveys works by these artists whose individual approaches to specific subject matter have influenced the perception and cultural identity of the South. The exhibition features the work of Thomas Hart Benton, William H. Johnson, Gilbert Gaul, Anna Heyward Taylor and Alfred Hutty.