The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery offers a broad range of cultural, conceptual and technical exhibitions in the visual arts.

Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery

Cultural, Conceptual and Technical Exhibitions in the Visual Arts

The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery offers a broad range of cultural, conceptual and technical exhibitions in the visual arts while supporting the mission of the University. The Gallery is a teaching model to educate students about ideas and information that may be different from their previous experiences. 

Gallery activities include artist lectures, workshops and demonstrations, written documentation in support of exhibitions, scholarly research, visual art performances, art educator visits and field research. Gallery activities cultivate an understanding of art as a discipline, the relationship of art to life and the historical and societal role art plays for the educated individual. 

Each year the Gallery showcases the work of graduating seniors in the visual arts program and gives them an opportunity to present undergraduate research in a public setting. The Gallery includes opportunities for students to assist in the operational features of the gallery as a hands-on educational experience while gaining applied training. 

The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery is located on the first floor lobby of the Humanities and Performing Arts Center (HPAC) and showcases nationally and internationally established artists and exhibitions that support the academic mission of USC Upstate. Sponsored by the sual arts program and supported by the Office of Student Affairs, the Gallery schedules six or more exhibitions during the academic year. The exhibitions are accompanied by lectures, symposia, workshops and field research. Receptions honoring visiting artists and speakers are held for scheduled gallery events, which are free and open to the public 

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Permanent Collection      

USC Upstate has a growing permanent collection of contemporary and historical works with an emphasis on the 20th Century. Located on campus grounds is the University’s collection of monumental sculpture that showcases contemporary southeastern sculptors such as Jim Galluchi, Dan Milspaugh and Hanna Jubran. Visitors to the USC Upstate campus may view the sculpture collection throughout the year. Also included in the University’s collection are photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, paintings by Jeff Russell, paintings and works on paper by Beatrice Riese and over 150 original photographs by Andy Warhol.

Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time art major who meets the following criteria:

  • a graduate of a public Spartanburg County secondary school;
  • currently enrolled in art courses;
  • has earned at least 30 credit hours and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

For details visit USC Upstate Financial Aid and complete the Foundation Scholarship Application (available between November 1 and February 1). Awards are made for the following year. 

Year-Round Outdoor Sculpture

Located on the University grounds, the outdoor collection is part of the permanent collection available year-round. It includes a self-guided tour via the Guide by Cell program. This exhibition is a collaborative effort with Converse College and Wofford College to recognize 40 years of service and art by Mayo Mac Boggs. 

Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator,

  • Andy Warhol Collection

    In 2008 the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts gifted USC Upstate 152 color Polaroid and black and white photographs. The aim of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work. The program offers institutions that do not have the means to acquire works by Warhol the opportunity to bring a significant number of photographs into their permanent collections, while allowing those institutions that do have Warhol in their collections to enrich the breadth and depth of their holdings.

    See the Any Warhol catalogue: The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project PDF Document Download

    For more information, contact Jane Allen Nodine at or (864) 503-5838.

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    Special thanks to the Spartanburg County Council for support of this project.

  • Upstate Monumental Sculpture Collection

    The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery features monumental outdoor sculptures on the University campus. These works have included artists like Mike Williams of Columbia, SC, Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University,  Adam Walls of the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC. Sculptures are added on a yearly basis. There are currently a total of 21 pieces on view.

    Available to viewers year-round, these works can be seen in front of the Sansbury Campus Life Center, the Performing Arts Center, the Horace Smith building, Tukey Theatre and the Library. The PDF Sculpture Map is available for locating works on the campus grounds. For more information contact Gallery Director Jane Nodine.

    Permanent Collection


    Big Red One

    Artist: Hanna Jubran
    Professor of Art-Sculpture
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC

    Located at the Sansbury Campus Life Center


    Gothic Gate

    Artist: Jim Gallucci
    Greensboro, NC

    Located at the Performing Arts Center  


    Red Sails

    Artist: Dan Millspaugh
    Professor of Art
    UNC Asheville

    Located at the Horace Smith building


    Gun Amnesty Memorial  

    Artist: Winston Wingo
    Spartanburg, SC

    Located at Tukey Theatre



    Artist: Daingerfield Ashton
    Spartanburg, SC

    Located in the Performing Arts Center quad



    Artist: Adam Walls
    Cowpens, SC

    Located at the Mary Black School of Nursing