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Mullen 2017-2020 Artist-Led Tour
Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.


Private Tours led by Philip Mullen - Philip Mullen will be conducting small, socially distanced tours of his exhibition on Monday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please call the Koger Center at (803) 777-7500 to reserve your spot as spaces are limited.

Philip Mullen is the 2020 Verner Governor’s Award recipient for Lifetime Achievement.  He has been a mainstay in the South Carolina arts scene since coming to Columbia to join the University of South Carolina faculty in 1969. Five of his works are included in the State Art Collection and others adorn the collections of Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, McKissick Museum and the Koger Center for the Arts among others. He has had solo exhibitions in at least eight states and Washington since 1972. He is the only living South Carolina artist to have been featured, in 1975, in the prestigious Whitney Biennial by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, regarded as one of the world’s leading art shows.

Artist's Statement

Paintings should be started fast and finished slow.  The slower the finish the longer the creativity remains in the artist's mind and the less likely that the work will be declared done prematurely.  The new Koger show includes the slowest and richest group of paintings in my career.  The most recent work in this show, a 6X10 foot canvas, was put on the current canvas in 1992, with parts of unfinished paintings from as long ago as 1976 used as collage, and finished in 2020:  A forty-four year painting.

Koger Center Hours - The Koger Center for the Arts is currently open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We welcome you to come and enjoy the Philip Mullen exhibit during these times, however, we are hosting classes in the building, including in the Upstairs Gallery so we need for you to call and make a reservation. Please call (803) 777-7500 to schedule a time to vist and  remember, masks are required while in the building.