Smithsonian exhibit of SC artist's work displayed

September 19, 2013 

"The Blind Singer," by the late William Henry Johnson, ca. 1940


LAKE CITY, S.C. (AP) – A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit of the works of a noted South Carolina artist is coming to Lake City.

The works of William H. Johnson, a black artist from Florence whose work chronicled the jazz age of the 20th century, go on display in the Jones-Carter Gallery beginning Saturday.

On Thursday, the media gets a preview and noted financier Darla Moore speaks about the importance of honoring Johnson. Also on hand will be Johnson's nephew, Jim Johnson, speaking about the life and times of his uncle in South Carolina.

Lake City is honing its reputation as a center for the arts.

In April, the city held the first ArtFields, a 10-day arts festival that drew contributors from across the Southeast and offered $100,000 in prizes.

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