Sand Shark Arts 2021

The Sea Islands Center Gallery at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is pleased to present Sand Shark Arts 2021, an exhibition featuring the senior capstone projects of students in the Department of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. The exhibition features a diverse collection of physical and digital works, including paintings, photography, graphic design, 3D models, and more.


Ellie Rose: Wild & Untamed

The Sea Islands Center Gallery at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is pleased to present a virtual exhibition featuring the work of Ellie Rose. Rose’s work explores ideas of escapism and fantasy as a means to create imaginary worlds. Rose is from Buffalo Junction, Virginia, a small rural community in southeast Virginia. Nature, wildlife, and magic have always inspired Ellie and she carries these influences into every work she creates. As a continuation of her thesis research, Ellie primarily focuses on creating her ideal fantasy world full of creatures and people to negate the traumas of a human existence. Using her artwork as a therapeutic process, Ellie finds peace and happiness in the creation of her fantastical utopias and the characters that inhabit them.

"I often find myself in the studio escaping from traditional societal norms. Since I was very small, solitude has brought me great peace and allowed my imagination to blossom. Now my mind is often my favorite place to go. I was raised heavily on fiction and before too long, I was a professional at living inside fantasy worlds. The intention of my work is to draw in my audience, to steal your attention like a mermaid steals a sailor's disbelieving heart and soul. I invite you to be intimate with each piece – asking you to examine this real-life fantasy and ask what you can take away from this experience with me and my work. Here I am waiting for you, in transcendence, floating the line between reality and imagination."