Jonathan Green next to his art featuring a woman in a vibrant purple dress.

Jonathan Green at the South Carolina Arts Gala. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

Meet historical and contemporary painters, folk artists, architects, and other artists who have worked and lived in South Carolina.

Be sure to also check out the Art page for more about art styles and folk art.

Meet artists who are working today on both traditional forms of art and new styles.

Jasper Johns (1930- )

Jasper Johns continues to be an influential contemporary artist in the genres of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

Willard Hirsch (1905-1982)

Williard Hirsch was a sculptor from Charleston, SC who worked with clay, metal, and wood. The South Carolina Army National Guard created the video below highlighting his work on the National Guard armory panels. 

Video courtesy of the SC Army National Guard via Youtube.

South Carolina Artists by Era

Colonization & Revolution

Expansion & Reform

Civil War through WWI

Depression & WWII

  • William Melton Halsey (1915-1999)
    Modernist painter and sculpture who also was an influential art teacher in the state
  • William H. Johnson (1901-1970)
    Artist of “primitive” or “folk” style from Florence, SC
  • Anna Hyatt Huntington
    A sculpturist from New England who co-founded Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC with her husband.

Post-WWII & Contemporary