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Richland Library Art

The Gallery at Main

Look! Forward: Photography Exhibit
June 1 - August 17, 2018

“I wish that the world would really see my child and not just their disability!”

Midlands-area photographers generously donated their time and talent to create Look! Forward—a unique photography exhibit that showcases the beauty and strength of children, teens and young adults who are living rich, full lives despite their disability or special healthcare need. Capturing the personalities and strength of those featured, the exhibit allows others to easily connect and see them with their hearts.

Sponsored Groucho's Deli and numerous supporters and donors throughout the community, the exhibit was created by Family Connection of South Carolina in response to comments frequently heard from the families they serve.  

Also on Display:

The Beauty and the Brokenness
A Photography Exhibit by Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC and The Big Red Barn Retreat 

First Level, Richland Library Main
June 3 - 30, 2018 

Veterans take us through an emotional and enlightening journey of the challenges of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through personal photos accompanied by their own words. 

This special photography exhibit was a collaborative effort between Jim Dukes, Director of Healing Art, and Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorm VAMC Veterans.




Maria Fabrizio 
January 2018

Maria is an illustrator and designer who believes smart ideas make beautiful work. With an affection for process, she works by hand, and on screen for projects large and small while maintaining her daily illustration blog — Wordless News. Maria is based in the hot metropolis of Columbia, South Carolina where she lives with her husband, son, a spoiled cat and happy dog. She brings more than eight years of professional experience to bear and holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Design/Visual Communication. 

Sample Client list: NPR, National Journal, University of South Carolina, Serenbe, Rhode Island Monthly, Writer's Digest, Charleston City Paper,, STAT NEWS 


Weekly Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays, 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 3 - 5 p.m.

*Hours are subject to changes.
*Studio is located on the Second Level at Richland Library Main

By Appointment:

The Artist-in-Residence Program aims to connect the community with local working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to the community in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange. Past Artists-in-Residence include:

  • Marius Valdes, October 2016 - June 2017
  • Wendell Culbreath (aka THE Dubber), September - December 2017

Public Art

For each library, 1% of the construction budget is going toward public art. Inspired by our brand promises, we’re encouraging artists to serve the public good and nurture communities. One Columbia for Arts and History is helping us build your library by coordinating the selection of new pieces of public art for all of our renovations. Read more about Richland Library's public art on

Application Forms

Exhibits are typically scheduled eighteen months in advance. Priority will be given to library sponsored exhibits and displays relating to literature, or those that highlight the works of local artists or community-centered art projects. All forms of visual art are welcome.