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“A Brush with Deception” - Christian Thee, Artist


Friday - February 14, 2014


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About This Show

Joining Dr. Edgar today are Columbia artist Christian Thee and Mana Hewitt, artist and McMaster Gallery Director at USC's Department of Art, who will talk about Thee's art. Thee is recognized as one of the premiere practitioners of trompe l’oeil ("fool the eye") art. He is also a magician and professional stage designer.

Christian’s career in theater began in Columbia as a set designer for the Town Theater while he pursued his undergraduate education at the University of South Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in stage design from Columbia University, which allowed him to study with renowned scenic designer Lestor Polakov. He went on to create sets for more than 30 shows on and off Broadway.

 He has created trompe l'oeil murals in public spaces, in homes, and in the Kenan Chapel of Columbia's Trinity Cathedral. In 2004, he won the South Carolina “Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for Outstanding Individual Artist,” which is considered the highest honor for an individual artist in the state.


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