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Bill Scott | Where I Long to Be

January 4 – April 2, 2022

the work:

American artist Bill Scott (b. 1956) of Philadelphia, PA, is an abstract painter and printmaker, whose compositions – while inspired by nature – evoke imagined spaces into which one might enter in order to temporarily escape reality. Scott’s color, paint application and composition yields exquisite imagery that ignites the senses. His work compels viewers to delve into his utopian settings, which are fully realized by the sensory experience more so than by literal representation of reality. Jennifer Samet, who interviewed Scott in 2016, attests, “They feel like experiences multiplied, rather than synthesized.” It is this kind of emotional and contemplative interaction with Scott’s paintings and etchings that leaves the work lingering in viewers’ minds.

Where I Long to Be is a retrospective exhibition including paintings, works on paper and etchings from 1980 through 2021. Each work is accompanied by a brief autobiographical statement by Scott that speaks to the essence of the artist’s motivation, inspiration for or interpretation of the work.

Important influences for Scott were painters Jane Piper (American, 1916 – 1991) and Joan Mitchell (American, 1925 – 1992), both of whom he spent time working with as a young artist. His work has been exhibited widely at museums including the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University (Roanoke, VA), List Gallery at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) and the University of Delaware (Newark, DE). Scott’s work can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art (Utica, NY) and Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Scott is represented by Hollis Taggart, New York.

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Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.