Guest Artist Todd Drake to Lecture, Exhibit Works at The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery

March 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

Step into the latest exhibit “Double Vision: Perspectives from Palestine” at USC Upstate’s Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, which opens March 3-28.

Guest artist Todd Drake provides an intimate look at life in Palestine. The exhibit is a culmination of Drake’s work with Palestinian school children, high school and university students, as well as photojournalists during a two-week trip to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Abu Dei, Mount Gerzeim, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and Nablus.

The exhibit, which displays both student works alongside Drake’s photography and art, provides both an inward and outward perspective of life in Palestine. While Drake’s work documents the pain and the struggles of everyday life, he encouraged students to focus on themselves and what it’s like to be a young person living in this place and at this time. The result is powerful.

Drake will present a lecture at 6 p.m. March 6 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. To reserve a ticket, USC Upstate Performing Arts Center Box Office at or (864) 503-5695

About the artist

Drake is graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a master’s of fine arts degree in painting from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, numerous Fulbright-Hayes and Department of Education Grants.

 Drake has exhibited across the United States and internationally, including exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in college venues including Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, in museums such as the Heart Mountain Interpretative Center (site of Japanese American Internment during WWII), Mathers Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art ( SECCA.) 

For more information on the exhibit at the Harley Gallery, contact Michael Dickins, gallery manager, at (864) 503-5848 or