USC Upstate’s Chancellor Exhibits Photography Collection

April 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

The photography collection of Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate, will be on display in the Humanities & Performing Arts Center lobby from April 6 to 27. The exhibit, which is titled A Collection of Chancellor Tom Moore’s Photography, features 17 works highlighting the people and sights of Tong Li, Shanghai and Beijing, China, as well as sweeping landscapes of the American West, including Colorado and Montana, taken between July 2009 and May 2011. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dr. Moore’s career in higher education, which spans 30 years, is quite distinguished across the state of South Carolina. Yet he has maintained his passion for photography on a more personal, unassuming level. A scientist by education and intellect, Dr. Moore uses photography as an outlet to explore his artistic and creative abilities.

An accomplished amateur photographer, Dr. Moore has a keen eye for composition and lighting. He fills each frame with the subject at hand, creating a heightened visual interest. Shooting from various angles, he makes the best use of perspective in a way that is very eye-pleasing. The lines in his photographs add creative interest and draw attention to his subject matter. The end result is the ability to transcribe a multisensory experience (scents, wind, textures, etc.) into a visual medium.

“My camera is a companion when I travel, and having it with me helps me ‘see’ surroundings that are new and different. The possibility of taking a photograph makes me look at the ‘big picture’ and pieces of that picture that might make interesting photos. The pieces are what I shoot. A most interesting aspect of photography for me is how the isolated piece (the photograph) of the ‘big picture’ (the context) stands alone and speaks for itself in the finished printed product,” said Moore.

This exhibit coincides with a campus-wide celebration in preparation for the Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Moore, which will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. The Investiture Celebration honors Dr. Moore as the University celebrates his installation as USC Upstate’s third chancellor in its 45-year history.

For additional information about the exhibit, contact Tammy Whaley at (864) 503-5210 or