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New John Acorn Sculpture Exhibit Opens Friday at Sift Gallery

Nov 02, 2017 10:09AM ● By Emily Stevenson

McMillan Pazdan Smith and Hampton III Gallery announced John Acorn as the newest exhibit at Sift, a curated gallery at Claussen Bakery in Greenville’s West End District.

A reception (and 80th birthday celebration for John) will be open to the public from 4-7 pm on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in the gallery, located on the second floor at 400 Augusta Street.

John is a highly acclaimed sculptor who taught for 36 years in Clemson University’s Art Department. Some of his most prominent public artwork in Downtown Greenville includes sculptures in NOMA Square in front of the downtown Hyatt Regency, outside of the Fine Arts Center, and at the Peace Center, among many others.

The Sift gallery is operated as a collaboration between Hampton III Gallery McMillan Pazdan Smith. Exhibits change quarterly, and previous artists who have been featured include Paul Yanko, Art Werger, and student work from the Governor’s School for Arts.


About John Acorn (1937 - )

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Acorn received his BA in fine arts at Montclair State College, New Jersey. His interest in sculpture was sparked by Paul Harris and continued as he pursued a MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1961 he became assistant professor at Clemson University, S.C., and became chairman of the department in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. Awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, a Silver Medal from Tau Sigma Delta and an Art-in-Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. In 1998 he was honored with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission. 

About McMillan Pazdan Smith

McMillan Pazdan Smith is a regional, studio-based design firm specializing in commercial architecture, interior design and master planning services. Office locations include Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC; Atlanta, GA; and Asheville and Charlotte, NC.

About Hampton III Gallery

Hampton III Gallery features the work of a number of artists who work in a wide variety of media and is located at 3110 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors, SC.