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The Gallery at Main

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
February 10 - May 6, 2018

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, is a multimedia exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy. 
Comprising highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations; explores a broad range of topics; and ignites a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back.
The groundbreaking exhibit was inspired by the award-winning book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists, written by Valaida Fullwood with photographer Charles Thomas. The 400-page hardcover book celebrates the giving spirit through photography and stories that honor a centuries-old cultural custom. 
After a nationwide tour, Columbia will serve as South Carolina’s inaugural host. Designed by Atlanta-based curator and visual artist, Tracy Murrell, the Columbia showing was made possible in part by Women Engaged SC, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Richland Library
The Soul of Philanthropy was developed under the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. and New Generation of African American Philanthropists, managed the exhibition under its inaugural, IMLS grant-funded national tour, 2015-2016.

Also on Display:

Knowing in order to Love, Tolerate, and Forgive
First Level, Richland Library Main
April 1 - 30, 2018 

Vietnamese Buddhist master Phap Hanh, a Hue-born ordained artist, started drawing in 2000. He only discovered his talent when his heart was inflamed by the aspiration to help residents of a very poor village. Having no money himself, after choosing the renunciation path more than 30 years ago, he suddenly found that art was not only a means to help those in need, but also a bridge to spread the message of loving-kindness, tolerance and forgiveness for oneself and others in the community.

Ever since, he has created about 8,000 paintings which have been introduced in over 20 exhibitions, at home and abroad.

He was offered the Winner Award in the World Wide Art Contest held by the Boston Global Forum in 2014. He refuses to give names, themes or styles to his artwork, saying that the viewers should be free to do so themselves.




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.