Exhibitions | Tarleton Blackwell

Artist: Tarleton Blackwell | Location: Manning, SC

Tarleton Blackwell’s Greatest Show

June 21 - August 17, 2024

As a native of Manning, South Carolina, my visual world is populated with hog farms, opossums, foxes, roosters, wolves, pit bulls and cats but also with images inspired by my experiences as an art instructor, embalmer/funeral director, and as a devoted fan of the seventeenth century Spanish School of painting.” 

“The essence of The Hog Series is related to the series of works created by Diego Velasquez (1599-1660), depicting the court jesters and dwarves of King Philip IV.  The court painter portrayed the subjects as equals to their master.  I have focused on portraying hogs with the underlying theme of dignity and respect, while at the same time revealing and sharing some of my past personal experiences.

Join us for Opening Night on June 21st from 6 – 8PM at TRAX Visual Art Center. This exhibition will be on display through August 17th, 2024 and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11AM to 5PM each day. Admission is free.

Note: This exhibition will begin hanging on June 21, 2024. Please check back soon for additional information.


Tarleton Blackwell

Manning, SC

Tarleton Blackwell (b. 1956) is a native of Manning, South Carolina.  He is a 1978 graduate of Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.  Blackwell received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. Blackwell was the recipient of the Martha Beach Endowed Chair in Painting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he was Visiting Professor and Artist-In-Residence.  He is a former art instructor for Florence School District Two, Clarendon County School District Two, South Carolina State University, Williamsburg County Schools, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Vermont College of Norwich University.  He recently retired as art instructor at Scott’s Branch High School, Clarendon School District One, in Summerton, South Carolina.   Blackwell’s artwork is represented in numerous corporate and private collections including: Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; Greenville County Museum, Greenville, SC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Washington, DC.

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