University Place Gallery

University Place Gallery is a visual art gallery located in the heart of downtown Florence. The beautifully renovated space is located on the first floor of the Rainwater Building and is an extension of Francis Marion University.

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.

Current Exhibition

Adrian Rhodes: Blood And Honey

NOTE: The gallery is currently closed. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook to view this exhibition.

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.


Current Exhibition

FMU Annual Student Exhibition

NOTE: The gallery is currently closed. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook to view this exhibition.

The FMU Annual Student Exhibition was juried by Adrian Rhodes and showcases the work of currently enrolled visual art majors and minors. It includes ceramics, traditional and alternative process photography, drawings, and digital collage.

1st Prize – Angela Acosta | Chorophyll Emulsion | Digital Print of Chlorophyll Print | 9.5″x13.5″
2nd Prize – Mary Cline McKnight | Transition | Digital Inkjet Print | 22″x18″
3rd Prize – Ada Smolen-Morten | Moonrise Over White Sands | Silver Gelatin Print | 9″x6″
Honorable Mention – Caitlyn Weaver | The Fall of Man | Ink on paper | 12″x9″

Upcoming Exhibitions And Events

Anna Dean:

Dust And Shadow

This exhibition has been rescheduled for Spring 2021.
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Gallery Workshop: Artist Exhibition Applications

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Sizing Images with Julie Mixon: Click Here to View.


SMALL WORKS 2020 in partnership with Florence Regional Arts Alliance

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Submissions for 2021 Exhibitions are now closed. The review committee will be making decisions soon. Thank you for your interest.






June 30 – August 7, 2020
Submissions Now Open
Awards Announcement | August 7th 6:00pm
University Place Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance for Small Works 2020. All artists 18 and older living in South or North Carolina may submit work for this show. To enter this exhibition, please visit: Florence Regional Arts Alliance.



University Place Gallery is available as an event rental space. Our beautiful gallery is available for special events. Rate information information can be found here: UP rental rates and terms

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.

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Friday: 9:00am--6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-1:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact Us

Colleen Appleton Critcher

Gallery Coordinator

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

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University Place

142 North Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506



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