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The UNITY Project

It's all coming together! The UNITY Project-over 150 individual collages-are unveiled to the public in TFAC's Gallery I. Explore the free exhibit and celebrate the artists and what "UNITY" means for our community.

UNITY Project 2
UNITY Project 1

Unity Project

TFAC Exhibits Chair and Unity Committee member Julia Calhoun led a team of volunteers for the installation on Thursday, May 4, of the Unity Project exhibit at Tryon Fine Arts Center. 150 one-foot square panels were arranged in a quilt pattern by Calhoun, Frances McCain, Tim Brannon, Mike Rigney, Wim Woody and Ned Dick.  The Unity Project held collage sessions all over Polk County and in Landrum.

The Exhibits Committee of Tryon Fine Arts Center is embarking on a new community art project under the leadership of John Wilkins and with the financial support of Polk County Community Foundation. Entitled the UNITY project, this special collaboration will have three major parts – visual arts, music and spoken word.

The first in this series is a visual arts project designed to engage the foothills community in a conversation about unity through the creation of artworks that capture both individual and collective visions of unity. This art project will provide opportunities for local amateur and professional artists to work together, as well as opportunities to directly involve and engage students, adults, and senior citizens in an art project. 


Working together, local professional artists will create a work of art that will express a combined vision of unity on three 4’ x 8’ panels. Local artists will volunteer their time and talent to develop the unity theme and execute a cohesive project. The final product will be displayed at TFAC for 30 days to be viewed at receptions and discussions before being put on tour to selected locations in our foothills.

Work session dates: March 31-April 20. Sessions closed.


Local arts professionals will lead community members, from students to adults to seniors, in a series of mixed-media/collage workshops. At the workshops, community members will be provided a small canvas, basic art supplies and guidance on how to express and execute their individual visions of unity using personal collage materials. The resulting individual artworks will be hung together and displayed at TFAC, with an opening reception on Sunday, May 7 at 3pm. After the exhibit, artists may take their panels home.

Raleigh-based professional artist Eric McRay will be on hand March 31st-April 1st to lead important workshops to begin the project. McRay will lead a teaching workshop designed for local arts professionals who are willing to serve as workshop session leaders, facilitating the mixed-media/collage workshops noted above. McRay will also lead several hands-on workshops for community members from students to seniors.

Work session dates:

  • March 31, Landrum School- Closed
  • March 31, Saluda School- Closed
  • March 31, 4:30pm, TFAC
  • April 1, 10am, ICC
  • April 1, 2pm, Unity in the Community participants
  • April 6, Polk School- Closed
  • April 8, 10am, Landrum Library
  • April 11, The Meeting Place- Closed
  • April 11, Roseland Community
  • April 22, 10am, TFAC-Register
  • April 29, 11am, Isothermal Community College- Open session, no registration required
  • May 7, 3pm, TFAC- Opening Reception. See The UNITY Project on display.
  • June 17, 1pm, TFAC-Exhibit comes down (Artists may collect their panels)