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

Charlie Mills:

Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye

January 14 – February 21, 2020

Gallery Talk | January 25th 11:00am

Closing Reception | February 21st 6:00pm-8:00pm

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.


Upcoming Exhibitions And Events

The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Special Limited Run Installation: February 11 – 18, 2020

For more information about the Jasper project, click here.


Annual Student Art Competition |

Adrian Rhodes: Blood and Honey

March 10 – April 17, 2020
Closing Reception | April 17th 6:00-8:00pm

GALLERY TALK: The Supper Table |Feb. 15th at 11:00am

Christina Xan will give a gallery talk about this temporary exhibition. Xan is he assistant project manager for the “The Supper Table,” and FMU alumni, and she wrote two of the essays included in the companion book. This event is free and open to the public.


ARTIST TALK: Anna Dean | March 31st at 4:00pm

Artist Anna Dean will give a public lecture about her work, which will be on view at University Place May 5 – June 12. This event is free and open to the public.



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



Submissions are now CLOSED.

This exhibition provides FMU Visual Art Students with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery and experience in presenting their work according to professional practices. This exhibition is open to FMU Visual Art majors and minors, as well as Art Education majors. Click Here To Submit




Anna Dean:

Dust And Shadow

May 5 – Jun 12, 2020
Reception: TBA


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-Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm

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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