Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014

Dr. Roy Fluhrer (left), Fine Arts Center Director with local artist Zan Wells (right)Sculpture by ZAN, an exhibit that includes a selection of sculpture by local artist Zan Wells, is currently on display at The Sheffield Wood Gallery of the Fine Arts Center in Greenville. Wells’s bronze sculptures are prominently displayed in public spaces throughout the Upstate of South Carolina, and she has completed more than 30 commissioned sculptures throughout the state. One of her best known works is the Mice on Main series on the sidewalks of Main Street in Greenville.

Sculpture by ZAN displays a range of her smaller-scale works to life-sized projects, such as Seated Girl. Although she is characteristically known for a successful career working in bronze, the selection of works that are currently on display demonstrate Wells's interest in taking an experimental approach to making art. Wells regularly works with other sculptural materials, such as steel, glass, and wood; for example, Red Sail and Sails, two works that are a part of the Red Sail Series, are made of powder-coated stainless steel, a material with which Wells is very excited to continue working. Sculpture by Zan will be on display through August 28, 2014.

Sculpture by ZAN Featured at The Fine Arts CenterVisitors to the Sheffield Wood Gallery are invited to take in the Permanent Collection, which is on display throughout the building. The collection includes works by internationally renowned artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Alice Neel, and David Levinthal, among others. In addition, the collection features many local artists, John Acorn, Phil Garrett, and Zan Wells among them.

Over the past year, three very different collections have found a new home in the Permanent Collection. The newest additions consist of several textile pieces from around the world, including an antique Persian Shawl, various African Batiks, and a 19th Century Georgia Friendship Quilt. In addition to the textile pieces, the Permanent Collection recently acquired a collection of antique and collectible cameras dating from the mid-19th Century to the 21st Century. On display are various cameras ranging from large format to rare Polaroid and even spy cameras. Lastly, there are twenty-one Native American Ceramics on display. These vessels range from mid-19th Century to mid-20th Century and represent a variety of Native American groups.

The Sheffield Wood Gallery is open weekdays from 8:30am-5pm. If you have questions about Sculpture by ZAN or the Fine Arts Center’s Permanent Collection, please contact Gallery Coordinator Rebecca Owens at or leave a message with the front office at 864-355-2550.

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