Mayo Mac Boggs Exhibit Features Five Monumental Outdoor Sculptures Across Campus

September 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm


Spartanburg, S.C. – In celebration of his 40-year teaching career and contributions to the visual arts community in Spartanburg, Converse College, University of South Carolina Upstate and Wofford College are collaborating to showcase the work of Mayo Mac Boggs, Professor of Art at Converse College.

The exhibition, 2010-2011: A Retrospective Exhibition for Mayo Mac Boggs, will be held on all three campuses. Well-known for his abstract paintings, steel sculptures, bronze work, computer graphics and architectural designs, Boggs will display more than 100 pieces of art on each campus.

USC Upstate will display five monumental, welded-steel outdoor sculptures, each weighing as much as 6oo pounds, from September 30, 2010 to May 30, 2011 across the campus grounds. Three works will be located next to the Library and two in the Rotary International Peace Park near the entrance of campus just off I-585.

A “walk and talk” discussion with Boggs will take place Sunday, October 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Guests should convene at the Library at 2:15 p.m. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Boggs began his love affair with metal when he was a child. “Growing up near the railroad tracks of Ashland, Kentucky, I would pick up pieces of scrap metal that had fallen from the box cars, fill my wheel barrel with about fifty pounds of scrap and take it to a nearby business that was going to buy the scrap anyway from the train. They’d give me a quarter, and I’d go to the movies. We were very poor, and when you’re poor you’ll find every way you can to make a few pennies. But I was, perhaps subconsciously at the time, fascinated by the shapes of the scrap pieces.”

Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Boggs’ great-grandfather was a blacksmith; both grandfathers and his father were welders and steelworkers. In 1969, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. In 1970, he earned a MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1970, he has taught undergraduate and graduate art courses at Converse.

During his career, Bogg’s work has been featured in the presidential libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His work is also displayed internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations. Boggs was invited to present his September 11th World Trade Center memorial, The Halo Project, at the fourth edition of the exhibition “International Biennial of Contemporary Art” in Italy. In addition, he has received many sculpture commissions for private residences, one of which is the home of the author Lillian Jackson Braun.  

In 1981, the City of Spartanburg commissioned Boggs to produce a bronze medallion to commemorate the city’s sesquicentennial. In 1991, he was named Honorary Artist of Spartanburg by proclamation of the Mayor of Spartanburg. In 2000, the Mayor proclaimed April 29 as “Mayo Mac Boggs Day.” Boggs frequently exhibits his work and serves as a guest speaker for lecture-demonstrations. He has been the subject of many radio and TV shows, the most recent being Educational Television’s “Impressions.”