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S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration Finale


Save the Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018. South Carolina Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration Finale in Greenville


The South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Arts Foundation, in partnership with United Community Bank, The Peace Center, and Table 301, are working together to create a memorable evening of art, art experiences and music to celebrate 50 years of public and private support for the arts.


Party goers will be treated to art from the State Art Collection, plus a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Lydia Fenet, senior Vice President at Christie’s and benefit auctioneer. Both auctions include works by South Carolina artists, travel packages, and experiences.


Fabulous food by Table 301 Catering, music, and dancing will make for an exciting and unforgettable evening.


Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Genevieve’s at the Peace Center
300 South Main Street


50th Finale Highlights

  • State Art Collection - a glimpse of works from the state's contemporary art collection. Leo Twiggs, Jeanet Dreskin, Sam Wang and Sigmund Abeles are among artists whose works are featured.
  • Silent Auction - a diverse array of works by more than 20 Upstate artists offers opportunities for collectors to add to their collections. Among artists included in the sale are Peter Helwing, Stephanie Norris, Jeanet Dreskin, Benjamin Gilliam, Diana Farfan, Teresa Roche, Carrie Burns Brown, and Nancy Fox. The silent auction includes an online component, which will go live prior to the event.
  • Live Auction - guest auctioneer Lydia Fenet will offer fantastic and memorable art, travel and experiences packages, including work by Leo Twiggs, a two-day stay and spa treatment at Palmetto Bluff and a Lowcountry experience at premier hotels in Charleston.
  • Dance Party - DJ Craze-E Crane will get the party started with music from a variety of genres and a library of more than 50,000 songs. See you on the dance floor!




Lydia Fenet

Senior Vice President, Global Director of Strategic Partnerships



Lydia FenetSince leading her first auction in 2001, Lydia Fenet has become Christie's Global Head of Benefit Auctioneering and the top performer in the field, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for some of the largest nonprofits around the world. Recent auctions include The Clinton Foundation, AMFAR, Tipping Point, the Naples Winter Wine Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation. In 2014, she partnered with Glenn Close and Robert DeNiro to launch the Bring Change to Mind auction benefitting mental health. Ms. Fenet is writing her first book, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room, which will be published in Spring 2019. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in art history and history from Sewanee-The University of the South. She resides in New York City with her family.

Presenting Sponsor



United Community Bank


Silver Sponsors


The Peace Center Scott & Stringfellow


Jamie & Henry Horowitz

Table 301 Catering


Bronze Sponsors



Benefits in a Card Cherry Bekaert LLP

Crawford Strategy


T&S Brass & Bronze Works

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises


The Capital Corporation


Charles Timmons Foundation

Tammy & Jerry Barber

Jeffry C. Caswell

Mr. & Mrs. Robert DeLapp

Virginia B. Kolb

Michelle & Michael Shain




Hughes Investments, Inc.

Miller Gaffney Art Advisory

Larry G. Burgamy, Jr.

Phil Gregory

Susu & George Dean Johnson, Jr.

Bill & Anne Masters

Charlie & Rachelle Mickel

Rick & Pat Timmons