📢 Call for Artist Submissions:
We are currently accepting submissions for an exhibition highlighting works by contemporary South Carolina and regional artists that highlight the importance of inclusion and racial equity in our community.
Speaking to the life experiences of marginalized and underserved communities, the exhibition will run from March 4 - May 1, 2020 at Richland Library Main in tandem with the 2020 TogetherSC Non-Profit Summit on Racial Equity.
Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply by November 22, 2019.
Richland Library’s 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. Apply
Margaret "Markie" Gaddis
September - December 2019
A South Carolina native, Markie is an artist, maker and costume designer. She has a particular passion for cosplay, anime and recreating movie characters. More recently, after attending an anime convention, Markie specializes in costume details, such as sculpting armor and using LED lights to create beautiful, intricate pieces.
As a costume designer and fabricator, she enjoys the challenge of accurately replicating architecturally impossible costumes featured in movies and anime, but given her propensity to grow bored of activities after over-indulgence, she enjoys the freedom of being able to switch from sewing to sculpting to painting in a single project. Additionally, she often creates original designs inspired by established characters that are customized to utilize techniques and materials that she’s the most eager to work with in the moment. Most recently, she’s been focused on creating extremely detailed structured pieces, such as armor, constructed from EVA foam and thermoplastics that feature sculpted details and LEDs.
Office Hours: 2 - 6 p.m., Saturdays
Past Artists-in-Residence include:
Marius Valdes, October 2016 - June 2017
Wendell Culbreath (aka THE Dubber), September - December 2017
Maria Fabrizio, January - June 2018
Miles Purvis, August - December 2018
Allison Cicero Moore, January - May 2019
Ara-V, June - August 2019
Richland Library's galleries inspire, engage and enrich our customers, local artists and community partners through the visual arts. We believe that access to and interaction with art is essential to nurturing a growing, thriving, culturally and historically rich creative community. We a variety of flexibile, gallery spaces, the library is able to exhibit and promote local artists as well as welcome nationally recognized artists, illustrators and traveling exhibitions. Request to Exhibit
Palmetto LUNA Arts Collection
September 3 - 27, 2019
The Gallery at Richland Library Main
From New York City to Mexico City, Palmetto LUNA Arts has brought Latinx artists to South Carolina and provided them a space for dialogue with the Latinx community here in our state, while at the same time developing an understanding of Latino arts and culture among the general public.
Featuring works from the Latino Arts Collection, this show is the result of ten years of collaboration with artists such as Valerie Aranda (USA), Edgar Cano (Mexico), Ernesto Cuevas (Mexico/USA), Diana Farfán (Colombia), Alejandro García Lemos (Colombia), Laura Lesslo (Mexico), Eliana Pérez (Colombia), Pedro Rodríguez (Puerto Rico) among others. This exhibit is made possible through the generous support of the Central Carolina Community Foundation.
One Columbia works with Richland Library's executive leadership team, board members and community members to select proposals for art that fit with the needs of each of our library’s communities. Selected artists conduct workshops for the community related to their craft.
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.