University Place Gallery

University Place Gallery is a visual art gallery on the first floor of the newly renovated Rainwater Building in downtown Florence, SC. University Place Gallery is an extension of Francis Marion University
and is located at 142 N. Dargan Street, Florence, SC.
The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday from Noon - 5p.m.

Our Purpose

We offer free admission to rotating exhibitions which are designed to inspire and engage the residents of the Pee Dee Region. We also serve as both a catalyst for downtown development in the City of Florence and as a meeting place for artists and art enthusiasts. The gallery space is also available for private event rental.

Recent Exhibitions

Adrian Rhodes: Blood And Honey

July 28 – August 28, 2020 (Extended)

Artist Talk | Click here to view.

Artist Q&A | Click here to view.

Adrian Rhodes is a painter, printmaker, and installation artist who transforms gallery spaces into new realities, rich with symbolic imagery and her bold design aesthetic. Themes of bees, the human condition, the matrilineal, the corporeal, and mortality find themselves looping out of paper trails and attached to walls in swarms of winged creatures made of paper.


Small Works 2020

July 28 – August 28, 2020

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Awards | 1st Prize: Jeffrey Donovan | 2nd Prize: Mary Ellen Judge | 3rd Prize: Jan Chenoweth | Honorable Mention: Annette Giaco | Honorable Mention: Mel Schnur

University Place Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance for Small Works 2020. The exhibition is a vibrant cross section of recent artwork from artists currently living and working in South Carolina and North Carolina. Each work in this juried exhibition measures no larger than 12 x 12 inches.


Will Penny: Neutral Zone

September 8 – October 23, 2020

Artist Talk | Click here to view.

Special Viewing Hours: October 1 5:00-7:00pm, October 11 3:00-5:00pm, October 15 5:00-7:30pm, October 22 5:00-7:30pm

Will Penny was raised in Southern Ontario and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. He has received a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a BFA and MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Penny’s artworks dissolve traditional boundaries of art and design. His art explores tensions between the tangible space a painting inhabits, the impact of digital technology on fabricated forms and illusionistic environments. By creating systems of interactivity with digital technologies, his art confronts the way information is generated, transmitted and received. He has exhibited in The United States and Canada.

Beauty + Strength

November 3 – December 17, 2020

Special Viewing Hours: FMU Music & Arts Day, November 7th 2:00-6:00pm, Sunday and December 13th 1:00-5:00pm

Beauty + Strength is an exhibition of exceptional portrait and figure work that features paintings, drawings, and mixed media. Each artist in this group exhibition presents striking, evocative, and intimate images that illustrate contemporary experiences boldly and beautifully via their individual voices and creative modes. Featuring artists: Ija Charles, Sharika Hooks, J. Renee, Adrian Smith, and Maya Smith.

Ashley Hamilton  [SUB]LIMINAL SPACE

January 19 – February 26, 2021

Special Viewing Hours: February 13th 10:00am – 1:00pm

Artist Talk | Click Here To View.

Ashley Hamilton is a painter currently living in Lake City, SC. A native of Nashville, Hamilton began her art education at Nashville School of the Arts. She spent a year studying abroad at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, where she focused on printmaking and installation. She received her BFA in drawing and painting from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Her recent work has been shown nationally and internationally.

Current And Upcoming Exhibitions And Events

Coming Soon…

Anna G. Dean: Dust & Shadow

The Gallery is currently closed for installation. Thank you for your patience.

Anna G. Dean: Dust And Shadow

March 16 – April 23, 2021

Anna G. Dean is a visual artist, working in sculpture, installation, digital video and mixed media work.  Her work investigates the fine line between chaos and order in the natural and manmade world.

Artist Talk | Click Here To View.
Artist Q&A | Click Here To View.

Daniel Kariko

Daniel Kariko | Suburban Symbiosis: Insectum Domesticus

May 11 – June 18, 2021

Daniel Kariko is a North Carolina based artist, and an Associate Professor of Fine Art Photography in School of Arts and Design at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Kariko’s images investigate environmental and political aspects of landscape, use of land and cultural interpretation of inhabited space.

2022 Exhibition Proposals

October 15 – January 15, 2021

The submission window for proposals has closed. Artists will be notified of their inclusion on the 2022 calendar by April 2021.


The University Place Gallery is located within FMU’s new University Place building, located at 142 N. Dargan Street in the former L.S. Rainwater Building. The almost 17,000-square foot building was gifted to the University by the City of Florence.

The space has an updated and modernized infrastructure while retaining its early 20th century character. Original brick walls are exposed, high ceilings are plentiful and many original features have been retained, resulting in a stunning space.

FMU’s Kelley Center for Business Development is also located in University Place and will operate its business incubator on the second floor. The third floor houses office space.

Event Rentals

Interior Gallery View

Looking for a unique space to host

an event in Downtown Florence?


Our beautiful gallery is available for special events

and offers a unique place for receptions and more!


Rental information can be found here:

University Place Rental Information

Interested in featuring your work in a gallery show or exhibition?
Check out these gallery workshops for more information!

Contact Us

Colleen Critcher

Colleen Appleton Critcher

Gallery Coordinator

Office: University Place Gallery
Phone: 843-661-4637

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Friday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Visit Us

University Place

142 North Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506



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