After a two-year hiatus, the South Carolina State University I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is back online. A grand reopening and dedication ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
At 6:30 p.m., the facility’s first director and renowned artist, Leo Twiggs, will briefly discuss his experiences as an independent artist and professor. He also will offer commentary pertaining to works from the exhibition, “Requiem for Mother Emanuel,” which portrays the artist’s response to the 2015 Charleston church shooting.
The reopening of the museum was made possible through S.C. State’s class of 1962. As a result of the efforts by the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1972, the planetarium will be enhanced with a digital 360-degree full-dome projection system to allow viewing of digital planetarium shows and other 360-degree content.
Interim Director Frank Martin said, “The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is well on its way to fully re-implementing its diverse exhibitions and community programs.”
Martin credits the university’s administration, especially President James Clark, for leading the effort to resurrect the facility.
“With the support of the university administration, spear-headed by President Clark, the museum and planetarium has devised a proactive strategy to re-introduce the local community to its services, collections and programs,” he said.
Clark said, “I am grateful and appreciative to the class of 1962 for the support they provided in ensuring that S.C. State is operating at its optimum level. The museum and planetarium is quite the jewel and an engagement facility for campus and community use.
“I cannot thank alumni, Joseph Sanders and Evia Thomas, enough for leading the gift effort on behalf of the class of 1962,” he added.
Sanders is also credited with donating five works from his private collection. The color lithographic prints by the late, nationally noted artist, Selma Burke of North Carolina, will be on display during the grand reopening.
For more information about the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, contact Brenda Miller at 803-536-7174 or Davion Petty, program coordinator and manager, at 803-516-4599.