Renovated UPSTATE Gallery on Main will reopen with “Anonymous Ancestors” Tuesday

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By Lucy McElroy

Susan Lenz’s solo exhibit will commence Sept. 12 after the UPSTATE Gallery on Main undergoes renovations.

“Anonymous Ancestors” will continue until Nov. 4, with an artist reception Sept. 21, 5-8 p.m. during Spartanburg ArtWalk.

Lenz is a fiber artist from Columbia and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Ohio State University.

Lenz’s artworks included in this installation use vintage photographs and print materials and embody the feeling of nostalgia.

“I work to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things,” Lenz said. “I seek a partnership with my materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations.”

The gallery began renovations last week and will reopen with Lenz’s show Sept. 12.

“The walls had been carpeted in grey which caused the gallery to be dark since there are very few windows,” Gallery Director, Jane Nodine said. “It was decided to remove the carpet and paint the walls white in order to reflect light and give a better display for the exhibitions.”

While the gallery is typically used for showcasing art exhibitions, Nodine encourages University and Spartanburg community members to utilize the space for events and public presentations.

“The location on Main Street in downtown Spartanburg has made this a perfect spot to hold events and shine a light on USC Upstate,” Nodine said.

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