Learn more about the work of self-taught artist Gene Merritt at Tuesday’s ArtBreak at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Grab some pastries and coffee at The Wired Goat pop-up café, then listen to Tom Stanley, the chair of the Fine Arts Department and professor at Winthrop University, discuss Merritt’s work.
Merritt was born in Columbia but spent most of his life in Rock Hill, where he created hundreds of drawings from his “office” at a table in a downtown Rock Hill restaurant.
Despite difficulties stemming from suffering brain damage as a boy, his simple, doodle-like line drawings found their way into international exhibitions. Merritt died in May 2015. He was 78.
At the time of his death, Stanley told the Rock Hill Herald that Merritt’s drawings “spoke to the connection between hand and eye, between mind and pen, between heart and paper.”
11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5. Free with membership or admission. www.columbiamuseum.org