The vivid and colorful paintings of Jonathan Green capture scenes of African American life in South Carolina. His world-renowned paintings have inspired books and ballets. Tonight, Green will be delivering a lecture at the University of South Carolina talking about, of course, the role of art in the community. Green delivers the Robert Smalls Lecture at USC in Columbia during the same week that state’s leaders struggle over what gets funded and what gets cut, including the arts.
(Listen to excerpts of Green’s interview with SCRN’s Ashley Byrd MP3 7:26)
Listen to excerpts of Green’s interview with SCRN’s Ashley Byrd MP3 7:26
Green, through art, has chronicled the everyday lives of the Gullah people as well as historical stories, like that of Dave the Potter in Edgefield County. Robert Smalls, the former slave and Congressman, will be the subject of his next series of paintings. Green’s studios are on Daniel Island near Charleston.