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

Visual Arts Alumni Juried Exhibition

September 3 – October 18, 2019

Francis Marion University proudly opens University Place Gallery this September with an opening exhibition that features the recent work of its visual arts alumni. The exhibition includes a wide range of contemporary painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, and fiber art. The Visual Arts Alumni Juried Exhibition will run from September 3 through October 18, 2019. A closing reception will be held October 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibitions

South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 2019 National Annual Exhibit

November 2 – December 20, 2019

Francis Marion University will host the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s National Annual Exhibit, a juried show featuring watercolor, acrylic, and gouache paintings from across the country. Juror Ryan Fox is an award winning watercolor artist, focusing on landscapes and architecture from around the world and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as five state & regional societies.

Charlie Mills Solo Exhibition

January 13 – February 21, 2020

The Jasper Project: The Supper Table

February 10 – February 19, 2020

FMU Annual Student Art Competition

Adrian Rhodes: Blood and Honey

March 9 – April 17, 2020

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: 11:00am-6:00pm

Friday: 11:00am-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact Us

Photo of C. Critcher

Colleen Appleton Critcher

Gallery Coordinator

Office: University Center 104
Phone: 843-661-4637

University Place

142 North Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506