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The Art of Leo Twiggs

Leo Twiggs

A breathtaking overview of a renowned and inspirational South Carolina Artist

Leo Twiggs was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina. He received his B.A. degree from Claflin University, and later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned his M.A. from New York University. He was the first African-American to receive the doctorate in Art from the University of Georgia and the first visual artist to receive the Elizabeth O'Neil Verner Award for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

Twiggs's paintings are done in a unique batik process that he developed through an innovative manipulation of the traditional technique, and he has won international recognition and numerous awards. Several works have been selected to hang in U.S. embassies in Rome, Sierra Leone, and Senegal, among other places. He has had more than 65 one man shows and has exhibited at the Studio Museum in New York and in shows at the American Crafts Museum, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University.

In gorgeous full-page renderings and explosive style, Twiggs's work brings a distinctive vision of his home state. Each page offers an insightful view into his thoughts, hopes, dreams, and desires as he approaches his art with the serious composure of a master and the vibrant perspective of a true artist.

Leo Twiggs is a professor emeritus at South Carolina State University, where he was chair of the Art Department and director of the museum. Presently he is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

"The work of Leo Twiggs was a tremendous inspiration to me as a young man. His body of work is an American glory."—Pat Conroy

"It is not news that the Civil War continues to resonate down through the corridors of history. What is news—and remarkable—is the art of Leo Twiggs. He brings his prodigious talents to the subject and, quite simply, wakes us up."—Ken Burns



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(2012) 11 x 11
320 pages
267 color illus.
ISBN 978-0944514-36-8
hardcover, $75.00s
Distributed for
Claflin University Press

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