In 2018, the City of Florence transferred ownership of the historic L.S. Rainwater Building, located at 142 North Dargan Street, to the FMU Educational Foundation. With funding from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, the University has been hard at work renovating the 17,000 square-foot structure into the new home of the FMU Kelly Center for Enterprise and Innovation.

The first floor of the building will be University Place Gallery, a 2,500 square foot art gallery curated by the University’s Department of Fine Arts and managed by the FMU Performing Arts Center. The new gallery will provide exhibition space for regional artists across a spectrum of artistic disciplines to showcase their work. The gallery also will serve as another downtown event space.

September 3 – October 18, 2019, the inaugural exhibit is the 2019 FMU Juried Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition, an opportunity for our art graduates to display their diverse skills as they continue their creative efforts following graduation. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will feature recent works from Francis Marion University Visual Arts alumni, including contemporary paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, and fiber art.

For more information visit University Place Gallery, or contact University Place Gallery Coordinator Colleen Critcher at