gus powell: bloomberg philanthropies public art project

03.15 - 05.06.2018
opening reception 03.15.2018 | 5-8pm | artist talk @ 6:30pm

Great public art strengthens cities by making them more exciting and attractive places to live, work, and visit. Public art can also help us to see urban challenges in a new light, and imagine new solutions that can have a lasting impact. --Michael R. Bloomberg

In October 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors from across the country to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to develop temporary public art projects to address critical issues facing their cities. The response was resounding: 237 cities submitted proposals targeting a range of urban challenges, from decaying neighborhoods to environmental awareness to building stronger community relations through creative collaboration.


In June 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded four teams $1 million each to realize their projects: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Gary, IN; and Spartanburg, SC. These winning proposals confronted some of the nation's most pressing civic issues: abandoned properties, drought, community-police relations, and economic development within the creative sector.

At the invitation of Bloomberg Philanthropies, all four of these urban initiatives were visited by acclaimed photographer Gus Powell. A selection of his images are presented at the Spartanburg Art Museum from March 15 - May 6 2018.


For more information, contact our Associate Curator, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Arkwright Foundation, Bagwell Fence, Santo Lubes, the Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, Kerin Hannah, Susu + George Dean Johnson Jr, Margaret + George Nixon, Bob's Car Wash, Wakefield Automotive Group, and Barnet Development.

exhibition highlights
free admission

temporary covid19 hours

saturday - monday | closed to the public

tuesday-friday | 10am - 5pm

200 e saint john street spartanburg sc 29306


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