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about the artist

 

dwight rose artistSylvia Spears has lived in the South all her life, moving to Spartanburg after graduation from college with a degree in Studio Art and Art Education. A full-time artist, Spears works almost exclusively in oils, a medium well-suited for her style of painting.  Her paintings are an emotional response to the world around her, whether through landscapes, figurative, or abstraction. Sylvia’s work has been exhibited in numerous local and regional exhibits and can be found in private collections in the U.S. and England. 

about the work

Those familiar with Spears’s colorful and impressionistic style also know that she is not constrained by that style. Her paintings are an emotional response to the world around her, and she does not hesitate to depart from expected paths to explore uncharted interactions with her current experiences. In Spears’s words, “I try to instill in my work the life that I feel emanates from the subject, even if it is an inanimate object.”

Her present work represents both a continuation and an evolution of thought and method. Complementing the distinct but muted brushwork of her normal representational style is a group of more “abstract” works. Viewers familiar with her work will immediately recognize Spears’s energy and connect with this latest exploration of color and form.

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selected exhibitions & awards

 

Salon Show, Gallery 313, Anderson, SC; May, 2013.

The 39th Annual Juried Show, The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC; September 20-November 3, 2012.

Artists Among Us – Selected Artists from the book 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg.  Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Harper Center for the Arts, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC; January 26-February 22, 2012.

Private Group Showing of Spartanburg Artists, Carolina Alliance Bank;  November 8, 2011.

2nd Annual Member Art Show, Piedmont Club, Spartanburg, SC; September 15, 2011.

“New Works by Sylvia Spears”
One person exhibition, Carolina Gallery, Spartanburg, SC; December 10, 2009-January 30, 2010.

The 34th Annual Juried Show of the Anderson Arts Center
Anderson,SC;  April 17 – May 29, 2009.

“As I See It”
One person exhibition, Artists’ Guild Gallery, Spartanburg Arts Center, Spartanburg, SC; August, 2007.

Union County Arts Council Invitational Art Exhibition – Fourth Place
Juried Group show, USC-Union, Union, SC; November-December, 2006.

“So Much Art…….So Little Time” – Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gala Exhibition
Juried Group show, Spartanburg, SC;  December, 2006.

“An Upcountry Social” – Celebrating selected regional artists
Spartanburg, SC; September, 2006.

“Paintings by Sylvia Spears”
One person show, Cannons Gallery, Spartanburg, SC; August, 2006.

The 33rd Annual Exhibition of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Juried Group Show, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC;  July-August, 2006.

The 31st Annual Juried Show of the Anderson Arts Center – Purchase Award
Anderson, SC;  April-May, 2006.

The Third Biennial Hub City Juried Art Competition – Spartanburg Museum of Art
Spartanburg, SC;  November, 2005 – January, 2006.

Annual Sidewalk Art Show – Honorable Mention, Professional Painting.
Juried Competition, Barnet Park; sponsored by the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC;  October, 2005.

The 30th Annual Juried Show of the Anderson Arts Center
Anderson, SC;  April – June, 2005.

The 32nd Annual Exhibition of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Juried Group show, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC;
May – July, 2005.

The 31st Annual Exhibition of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Juried Group show, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC;
May – July, 2004.

The 29th Annual Juried Show of the Anderson Arts Center
Anderson, SC;  April – May, 2004.

The 30th Annual Exhibition of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Juried Group show, Spartanburg Art Museum,  Spartanburg, SC.
May – June, 2003.

 

 

other professional activity

 

education

B.A. in Studio Art and Art Education
Winthrop College

MA in Art Education
University of South Carolina

professional experience

  • Former elementary Art Teacher, Spartanburg School District 3
  • Screening for Art Visions Gifted Program, Spartanburg School District 6
  • Teacher, Summer Arts Institute, Art Gifted and Talented, Spartanburg School District 6
  • Professional Artist with the Community Healing Arts Program, Spartanburg County.

exhibitions

Inclusion in the book Artists Among Us - 100 faces of Artists living and working in the Spartanburg.   Book release and exhibit – November 17, 2011, Spartanburg, SC.

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