Sep 09 2014
Oct 19 2014

"Art-Life Itself: The Work of James C. McMillan"

Presented by Gallery West at Gallery West


GALLERY WEST is honored to host the exhibition, “Art–Life Itself: The Work of James C. McMillan”, September 9–October 19, 2014. 

McMillan, now 88, has led a life of adventure, challenge, purpose and vision. His journey has taken him from the Navy and Pearl Harbor to the Academie Julian in Paris; from participation in the Sit-In Movement during the Civil Rights years in North Carolina to a career as a distinguished professor at Bennett College, and finally appointment as the first African American chair of the Art Department at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 Though he retired in 1988, McMillan has continued to work and involve himself in the arts on many levels. In addition to remaining an active painter, he was one of the co-founders and the first president of the African American Atelier, a gallery focused on African American art, opened in Greensboro in 1991. McMillan is also included in Who's Who in Black America, as well as Who’s Who in American Art.

His work, found in numerous institutional and private collections, has recently come to national attention through its discovery by several major collectors. Consequently, McMillan is now shown nationally as part of a distinct group of some of the most important African American artists of the last two centuries.

The work to be shown at Gallery West will be an historical and varied view of his life and art through its reach back into his early career before and during his time in Paris, carrying through to the Civil Rights Movement, and now into McMillan’s most recent work capturing the “movement” of the North Carolina landscape, literally from the mountains to the sea.





Admission Info


Phone: 803-207-9265


Dates & Times

2014/09/09 - 2014/10/19

Additional time info:

Wednesdays 11:00am-6:00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

Location Info

Gallery West

118 State Street , West Columbia, SC 29169