Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Dave Robbins from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Robbins, in the process of creating “Resilient.”

This semester we are thrilled to be showcasing the work of painter and USC landscape artist, Dave Robbins. In addition to creating the fifth work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, a number of his paintings will also be on display in the Music Library this Fall.

About his chalkboard mural, entitled “Resilient,” Robbins writes: “This mural represents overcoming the many challenges that we are faced with throughout life. Whether it is tragedy and turmoil, or simply minor hurdles that challenge our lives, eventually we are able to step back and appreciate our perseverance and bathe in its tranquility.”

Resilient will be on display in the Music Library through December 2017.

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Dave Robbins

This semester, Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of local artist Dave Robbins, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes six of Robbins’ paintings. Additionally, he has contributed the latest chalkboard creation to our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, and for a short time, the Music Library will host an additional display of Robbins’ works in conjunction with the Southern Exposure Concert on Oct. 13, 2017.

Dave Robbins is a native of the Carolinas and currently resides in Columbia, SC. Painting with acrylics and primarily using cool tones, Robbins describes his paintings as “minimal and slightly abstract.” His art is also influenced by his work as a landscape designer and horticulturalist for the University of South Carolina.

Through his paintings, Robbins seeks to “represent our sense of the unnatural in the natural landscape” and believes that “the more one tries to rationalize the dark beauty of nature, the more rich, complex, and elusive it becomes.” Robbins’ hope is that “this this primitive feeling of the unnatural, in which a scene feels both familiar and unknown, forces us to slow down and consider the elements of our own ‘reading’ of the natural world.”

Robbins says of his work, “My art represents what I see in nature and how I translate it onto a canvas. Much like life, my art tends to continually evolve. I just hope to enjoy the ride.”


Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Nancy Hayes Washington

Primavera (acrylic on canvas) by Nancy Hayes Washington

“I suppose I must have been an artist all my life, but for a long time I just didn’t realize it,” Nancy Hayes Washington writes as the first line in her Artist’s Statement. The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes twelve of Washington’s photographs and paintings.

Washington’s inspiration to begin creating her own visual art came as the result of a class  in religious art taught at the Lutheran Seminary. Her instructor insisted that “to truly appreciate the masters (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.) we needed to paint ourselves…” and instructed the class to “paint something from The Creation.” Washington writes,”The very next day I purchased some acrylic paints, some brushes and some canvases and I have been painting ever since.”

Washington has had two show of her acrylic paintings, one of which is still up at Shandon United Methodist Church and this is the third show featuring her photographs. She’s won several prizes for her photography as well, including First Prize for Photography at the Trenholm Artists Guild’s 2014 Spring Juried Art Exhibit & Sale.

You’re Invited to Author’s Day!

Join us in the Music Library for Author’s Day on Thursday, March 23rd at 2 PM.

Author’s Day is unique chance to meet and celebrate your and your colleagues’ publishing efforts.  This year we have 18 people represented with a wide variety of publications.

Come celebrate the year’s School of Music publishing accomplishments with us!

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Christopher Lane from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Lane at work on the chalkboard.

This semester we are excited to be showcasing the work of modern surrealist artist Christopher Lane. In addition to creating the fourth work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, several of his paintings will also be on display in the Music Library this Spring.

Born in Minnesota in 1968, Lane was inspired at an early age by regional artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Roy Lichtenstein. Lane has lived in a number of widely varying locales that include Cairo, Egypt, New York State, Paris, France, and New Mexico, each having a unique influence on his evolution as an artist. Currently making his home in South Carolina, he finds himself more recently inspired by the works of Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosh.

Tara by Christopher Lane.

With his art, Lane explores themes like religion, politics, and human conflict through imagery that evokes moods and memories inspired by real life. In addition to the Chalkboard Mural, four of his works are currently on exhibit near the entrance of the Music Library: Amoral Behavior, Sunrise Over Congaree Swamp, Tara, and Self Portrait. For more information on Christopher Lane’s work visit

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Mixed Media Artist Dr. Don Bishop

Belone, Belone by Don Bishop

Belone, Belone by Don Bishop

The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of works from Trenholm Artsts Guild member Dr. Don Bishop. Dr. Bishop was educated at North Greenville University, Furman University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has retired after forty years as a Senior Pastor.

He studied and taught stained glass for years before beginning his journey into abstract painting. In his Artist’s Statement Dr. Bishop writes, “I seek to capture a small glimpse of the beauty of nature that has been given as a gift to mankind through our Creator. Art is all around us to be enjoyed and admired. What a joy to become a partner with our wonderful world.” He has further evolved into an “environment abstract painter,” seeking to “transpose environmental images and themes” using the natural world around him as inspiration.

Dr. Bishop’s works have won awards in the Seven Oaks shows and in the Fine Arts Division of the SC Fair as well as having been exhibited in galleries in Cayce and Aiken, SC.

Music Library Publishes Online Southern African American Music Exhibit

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification,” sheet music from the CSAM Collection. CSAM 17.

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification.”

Our new online Southern African American Music exhibit is now available for viewing. This exhibit features the Southern African American Music Collection, which is associated with the Center for Southern African-American Music (CSAM) and is housed in the University of South Carolina Music Library.

The topics chosen for this exhibit represent subjects that are prominent within our collection: Gullah Music, Spirituals and Gospel, American Minstrelsy, Sheet Music, and the Jenkins Orphanage Band. The materials available represent a wide range of formats such as artifacts, CDs, LPs, cassettes, visual materials, books, periodicals, and sheet music. A large portion of the sheet music in this collection can be viewed online in the Sheet Music Catalog. We also welcome visitors who would like to conduct research using this collection to contact us to make an appointment.

Resources used to research these topics came from a variety of other sources as well, including the Music Library’s and Thomas Cooper Library’s circulating collections and online resources, the South Caroliniana Library’s collection, and the Internet. The custom-edited video examples used in the “Gullah Music” and “Jenkins Orphanage Band” pages were provided by the Moving Image Research Collections and the audio example and its analysis on the “Spirituals and Gospel” page were provided by Dr. Carl Wells and the University of South Carolina Gospel Choir.

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Michael Dantzler from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Michael Dantzler with his finished work "Transcend"

Michael Dantzler with his finished work “Transcend”

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard. The Fall 2016 featured artist is Michael Dantzler and his mural is the third in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dantzler, Owner/Photographer of Michael Dantzler Photography, specializes in portrait, documentary, and fine art photography and describes himself as “a photographer, community visionary and musician.”

Dantzler describes his chalkboard mural entitled “Transcend” as “an imaginative cartography exploration between the interconnectedness of sound waves, rhythms, spirituality, and urban cores.” Incorporating the staircase into his vision, Dantzler, writes of his work: “The base starts at the ocean climbing up the Jacob’s ladder onto transcendence, free of all limitations. The urban cores are intentionally drawn with increased connectivity to align with trending urban planning practices including many public/green spaces for the optimal health of the inhabitants and environment. The many movement lines were drawn with the various sounds of afrobeat, jazz, classical, and hip hop in my headset. The many spirit signatures in the form of words and arrows were drawn intuitively channeling basic elements in various directions. The stair climb ends at a diagram displaying the clearing of the seven major energy centers in the human body.”

Dantzler’s mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Fall semester. More information on Michael and his works can be found on his website at

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the works of Katia Lee

"Fluid Chaos" by Katia Lee

“Fluid Chaos” by Katia Lee

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of photographer Katia Lee. All of the works currently on display were inspired by this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert “Transforming the Concert Experience with Karel Dohnal, clarinet, and Earsight Duo” which will feature works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Snowden.

This concert includes a substantial visual component with video as well as costume, dance and pantomime being an integral part of the performances. When experiencing Snowden’s pieces as the source of her inspiration, Lee began by listening to the music twice before viewing the videos provided, once blindfolded and then while taking notes. The music evoked thoughts about wiretapping which inspired the works “Ode to the N.S.A. or Words on the Line,” and “Static on Main.” The “clicks, hums, and swirls of Snowden’s pieces” also inspired the works “Light Pulse Blues” and “Sonic Meditation.”

Stockhausen’s “Harlekin” was a different experience for Lee, with the music leading her to research the history of the Harlequin and commedia dell’arte, as well as Stockhausen himself, which led to the work “Harlequin Dance.” “Contemplating the frequencies, tones and vibrations of the dance” led to the creation of “Oscillations of Spring,” “Fluid Chaos,” and “Stone Cadence.”

Lee’s works are currently exhibited in the library and will be on display during the concert. They will remain on display in the Music Library for two weeks after the Southern Exposure concert in the SOM Recital Hall this Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM.