Art

Tocaland

Tocaland, the house of Christopher Gadsden Jr. in Winnsboro, built in 1854. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey, Reproduction Number HABS SC,20-WINBO.V,1

Learn about art styles and folk art that have been popular in South Carolina.

Be sure to also check out the South Carolina Artists page for more about painters, folk artists, and other artists.

Charleston Renaissance (1915-1940)

The Charleston Renaissance was a cultural revival that celebrated the heritage of the city, led by artists, writers, musicians, and others. Check out the visual art that was created of Charleston and the coastal region during this time period.

Basketry

Sweetgrass baskets have been made in Charleston and along the coast for more than 300 years. Slaves from West Africa brought this art with them and have passed the tradition on from generation to generation.

Architecture

From Lowcountry plantations to one-story shotgun houses and the Carolina I-House, many architectural styles can be found in South Carolina.

  • Carolina House Types
    This presentation shows examples of lots of different architectural styles throughout South Carolina.
  • Shotgun Houses
    Learn about this unique house style found throughout the south.
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
    Explore one of South Carolina's oldest estates, established in 1672.
  • Old Farm Houses
    View examples of farms houses in Florence, Williamsburg, and Chesterfield Counties.
  • Pis‚é de Terre
    This style of building construction with clay was used in buildings near Sumter, SC.

Gardens

Like the range of architecture of South Carolina, the gardens of South Carolina can be whimsical or ornate, natural or exotic.

A Natural State

A Natural State

See how South Carolina artists express a love for nature by shaping, twisting, carving, and weaving materials collected from the landscape.