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McKissick Museum Presents Recent Acquisitions in New Exhibition Opening May 20th

Thank You! Love, McKissick opens this month with over one hundred new acquisitions on display

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum is proud to announce its next major exhibition, Thank You! Love, McKissick, to run from May 20th, 2019 to December 7th, 2019. Organized as an exploration of recent acquisitions, this new exhibition allows the public a glimpse of what, why, and how we build the permanent collection. Thank You! Love, McKissick is a celebration of the efforts of our donors, visitors, and institutional partners who help us tell the story of Southern life. McKissick Museum is excited to highlight new additions of art, silver, textiles, minerals, pottery, political memorabilia and objects related to the history of the University of South Carolina. Over 120 objects, including McKissick’s most recent gift of Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, and Mica crystals from Ron Koenig will be on display for the very first time.

According to Curator of Collections, Christian Cicimurri, “Thank You! Love, McKissick serves as our way of sharing McKissick’s collections with the public and thanking all the donors who make this happen. We couldn’t possibly tell the story of Southern life without them.”

Donors and the general public are invited to the opening reception on May 28th, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. This free reception will also include a gallery talk from our Curator of Collections, beginning at 6:00pm. Light refreshments to be served. Other exhibit-related events include the following:

Under the Dome: McKissick Museum’s Behind-the-Scenes Tours

July 11th, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
November 14th, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Join McKissick Museum’s Curator of Collections, Christian Cicimurri, and Curator of Collections Management, Mark Smith, for a glimpse ‘under the dome’. At McKissick Museum, less than 2% of our objects are on display at any one time, so this is your chance to see what you might have missed on your last visit. Visitors will get a behind the scenes look at the Museum’s storage areas and a variety of objects not on display. Don’t miss this unique experience to learn more about the University of South Carolina’s museum and our expansive collections.

Lunch & Learn: Object Care for Collectors

September 12th, 2019 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

McKissick’s Lunch & Learn series explores object care with Curator of Collections, Christian Cicimurri. Bring your lunch and learn with us as she shares on how to care for your treasures based on museum standards. Lunch & Learn programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited.


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