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Daughter of an English teacher and building contractor in a small western Kentucky town, Sara Dame Setzer earned degrees in art from Murray State College and Miami University.  Her first full time teaching position was at Virginia State College, a positive, formative influence in her life.  She taught art at Limestone College in Gaffney for thirty years and today enjoys her emeritus status.  While teaching she continued to exhibit in competitive and invitational shows and is included in numerous private and several public art collections including the Mint Museum and the Spartanburg County Museum of Art.  She feels fortunate to have had wonderful students who made teaching exciting and fun.  She stays busy being the current president of the Humane Society of Cherokee County, trapping feral cats, and being on the exhibits committee and board of the Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists.

For the past ten years she has created hand-printed monoprints almost exclusively.  In 2014 she started painting again doing small pieces.  Whether she works from actuality or memory, she is usually responding to the process of art making.  Her images are almost always recognizable with emphasis on line and texture and taken from experiences that were meaningful and asked for a visual response—her daughter’s rescue of a baby blue jay, a neglected playground, her late husband’s garden, old toothbrushes and paintbrushes, “crape murdered” trees, and most recently, cats—feral and otherwise.  What should the viewer take from her work?  Primarily visual, aesthetic enjoyment, perhaps a bit of humor and hopefully recognition.

 

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selected exhibitions & awards

 

  • 2012—Gems Anniversary Exhibit, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • 2010—Cherokee Art in the Park, Cherokee county History and Arts Museum, Gaffney, SC, Best in Show
  • 2010—Memories, Mementoes, Reflections, Canons Elementary School, Cowpens, SC
  • 2009—41st Annual Sidewalk Art Exhibition of the Spartanburg Art Museum,
       Spartanburg, SC, 2nd Place Professional Award
  • 2009—Piedmont Interstate Fair, Spartanburg, SC, One First & Two Second Place
       Awards
  • 2009—Murray State University Art and Design Alumni Show, Curris Center Gallery,
       Murray State University, Murray, KY
  • 2008—20th Anniversary Juried South Carolina Art Exhibition, SC State Museum,
       Columbia, SC
  • 2008—27th Annual Juried SC Artists Exhibition, Pickens County Museum of Art &
       History, Pickens, SC, Honorable Mention
  • 2008—String of Pearls:  30 Years of Upstairs, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
  • 2007—Augthun, Hopkins, Setzer:  Together Again III, Guild Gallery, Chapman
       Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2007—Sara Dame Setzer:  Monoprints, Themes & Variations, Etherredge Center Art
       Gallery, USC Aiken, Aiken, SC
  • 2005—Florence Museum State-Wide Art Competition, Florence Museum, Florence, SC
  • 2001—Inaugural Exhibit, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 1995—Faculty Exhibit, Sara Dame Setzer:  Monoprints, Limestone College, Gaffney, SC
  • 1992—10th Annual Maine/Maritime Flatworks Exhibition, University of Maine, Presque
       Isle, ME
  • 1988-89—Traveling Exhibition, 37th Annual Guild of South Carolina Artists
  • 1988—35th Annual Art Festival of Atlanta:  Words, Atlanta, GA
  • 1988—SC women Artists’ Invitational, Furman University, Furman, SC
  • 1987—Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial Invitational, Columbia College, Columbia, SC
  • 1986—SC 2nd Painting Invitational:  Barnes, Blair, Flowers, McCarter, Setzer,  
       Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
  • 1985—SC Arts Commission Annual Juried Exhibition, Gibbs Art Gallery, Charleston,
       SC
  • 1985—12th Annual Juried Exhibit of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Arts Center,
       Spartanburg, SC, Purchase Award
  • 1983—8th Annual Curator’s Choice Exhibit:  Drasites, Setzer, Thomas, Greenville
       County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
  • 1882—32nd Guild of South Carolina Artists, Greenville County Museum of Art,
       Greenville, SC, Curator’s Choice Award
  • 1981—AAUW Centennial Art Exhibit, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • 1980—Area Artists Invitational, Mint Museum of Art,
       Charlotte, NC
  • 1979—45th Southeastern competition Painting and Sculpture, SECCA, Winston-Salem,
       NC
  • 1977—Biennial Exhibit of Painting and Sculpture, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC,
       Purchase Award
  • 4th Annual National Print and Drawing Exhibit, Dulin Gallery of Art Knoxville, TN, 1971
  • 1969—XXIII American Drawing Biennial, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences,
       Norfolk, VA

 

 

 

other professional activity

 

publications

  • inclusion in Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg
    by Ed Emory and Stephen Stinson

education

  • BA Murray State College
  • MFA Miami University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of South Carolina

teaching experience

  • Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, 1967-99
  • Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA
  • Western College for Women, Oxford, OH

teaching experience

  • Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, 1967-99
  • Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA
  • Western College for Women, Oxford, OH

selected public collections

  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • American Association of University Women, South Carolina Division
  • Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
  • Arts Council of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
  • Limestone College, Gaffney, SC

 

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