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Congrats to 3 of our alumni: Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes


Of the 58 artists that have been accepted into the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild 40th Annual Juried Show, three are alumni. Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes. Show opens Tuesday, September 3. There will be an awards ceremony and reception on Saturday Sept. 28 from 6-9pm. 

Juror info: Scott Betz

Scott Betz received his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is President of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) and teaches at Winston-Salem State University. His work has been exhibited and is in collections across the US as well as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, France, Finland, Columbia, Lithuania and Belgium. He currently collaborates with his eleven year old son and nine year old daughter on hybrid art projects and exhibitions. In describing his artistic journey, Betz says, “Whether it is viewed as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking and answering the same question, “How can I best operate in this system?” is a constant strategy in my studio production.” Some of his selected solo exhibitions include the Monitor, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and 40/40, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Selected Group Exhibitions include the Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for Visual Art, Boone, North Carolina and the World Council for the Arts 2nd Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, California

Show runs September 3- October 13

Spartanburg Artist Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday from 1-5.

FREE to the public!


200 East St John Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.542.ARTS

Doug McAbee, The One About the Tree Rides

Doug McAbee, “The One About the Tree Rides”

Bridget Kirkland, "1424 Ocean Ave"

Bridget Kirkland, “1424 Ocean Ave”

Adrian Rhodes, "Magpie 1"

Adrian Rhodes, “Magpie 1”


By Way of the South, Collected works from influential peers, professors and colleagues all connected to South Carolina


By Way of south

The show  was planned and curated by Justin Van Hoy (BFA alum in Visual Communication Design) just prior to his untimely passing on Nov. 14, 2012.  They include a number of our Alumni below.

Bill McRight – BFA Printmaking

Brent Owens – BFA Sculpture

Frank McCauley – BFA Painting

John Hill – BFA General Studio

Jon Prichard – MFA Sculpture

Jon Rajkovich – MFA Sculpture

Jeremy Shockley – BFA Painting

Kelly Keith – BFA Painting

Kevin Morrissey – BA Art Ed

Paul Martya – FA Faculty

Reed Elliott – BFA General Studio

Tom Stanley – FA Faculty


By Way of the South
Curated By Justin Van Hoy

January 12, 2013 — February 02, 2013

Artist Information

By Way of the South
Collected works from influential peers, professors and colleagues all connected to South Carolina
Guerrerro Gallery San Francisco California
January 12, 2013

Growing up in South Carolina and showing a strong interest in visual art was not the most common path. Fortunately, I had a very supportive home- and a public school system that actually invested in the arts. So, naturally art school made the most sense upon high school graduation. I attended Winthrop University for a BFA in Visual Communication Design (graphic design) with a secondary interest in fine art (screen printing). Upon graduation I promptly left the South given the small amount of creative work to be had.

In 2004 I moved to Los Angeles and have worked as a print designer, independent curator, author for AMMO Books, RVCA, R77, OBEY Giant and Gagosian Gallery. I am also co-owner of the gallery THIS los angeles, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

By Way of the South includes artists from all periods in my history as a creative youth, graphic designer, and curator. I find it to be a special thing to continue these relationships for this many years. Growing and working together on new endeavors has been a rewarding experience for all of us.

–          Justin Van Hoy


Guerrero Gallery

2700 19TH Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.400.5168