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Upcoming Exhibits & Shows


An Evening of Gershwin - featuring Kelle Jolly

October 6, 5pm
The Palmetto Theater

Vocalist Kelle Jolly is one of East Tennessee's most celebrated jazz musicians. Join her for a fantastic evening of music at the Palmetto Theater. Sponsored by the Pearson Jazz Foundation. 

In the Stanley Gallery:
3 Generations
Opening Soon!

Curated by John G. Wright, we are proud to present selected works of documentary photography spanning three generations. This exhibit includes select images captured by  author, photographer, and legend of the civil rights movement, Cecil Williams, along with contemporary documentary photographer James Dickerson. Known for his on-the-spot portraits of predominantly Black and Brown communities, Dickerson walks neighborhoods with determined eyes, a warm heart, and open ears. His work has been published in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and exhibited in countless physical and digital galleries since 2015. Dickerson lead a summer documentary photography workshop in Hampton in July of 2023. Student work from these local students will be exhibited side by side with works by Williams and Dickerson. 

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In the Palmetto Gallery Now
From Hampton to Getsemani

Learn more about this collection of images captured by Executive Director Heather Bruemmer in Getsemani, a neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia, that has been completely transformed through public art.

Watch a short film about the exhibit and the similarities between Hampton and Getsemani created by student filmmaker Judah Trent by clicking the button below.

Coming to the Stanley Galley this Fall -

Tarleton Blackwell


Tarleton Blackwell is a native of Manning, South Carolina. He is a 1978 graduate of Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. Blackwell also received both the Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of South Carolina.  From 2002 through 2006, 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 former art instructor for Florence School District Two, Clarendon County School District Two, South Carolina State University, Williamsburg County Schools, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and Vermont College of Norwich University. Blackwell has been named an “Outstanding Young Man of America” and an “Outstanding Professional South Carolinian in the Field of Art.” His website is

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