Nancy Corbin is 'Coming Home' with Dent Gallery Exhibit

Nancy Corbin is Coming Home to Spartanburg Day School with her latest gallery exhibit.

For nearly three decades, Corbin served as an art teacher at SDS and retired in 2018 as the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center Coordinator. 

"I thought of this very space as my second home," Corbin said. "I feel at ease here and very appreciative of the opportunity to return to show and tell what I have been doing since moving on."

Her "Coming Home" exhibit, on display in the Dent Gallery through Oct. 14, brings together two collections: Home Poems and In the House. Always the art teacher, Corbin explained that both collections were chosen to be enjoyed but also to be instructive for students.

"The creative process can be mysterious," she said, pointing out sketches and smaller works on paper. "Showing some of the nuts and bolts of the painting practice is intended to be helpful to young artists... Viewers can make connections between words, thumbnail sketches, and framed paintings."

Corbin studied visual art, arts education, and arts administration at the University of Cincinnati (BFA), University of South Carolina (MA), New York University (Certificate of Arts Administration), Banff School for Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Hemlock Studio, Arrowmont School for Art and Craft, Wild Acres Retreat, The Creativity Workshop, and Converse College. Spartanburg Day School's permanent collection is named in her honor, and she is a recipient of the school's esteemed Larrabee Endowed Chair. SDS's future Valerie M. Barnet Theatre will house the Nancy Corbin lobby and gallery.

Sam Mitchell, who serves as the current coordinator of the Dent Fine Arts Center, Dent Endowed Chair and Upper School art teacher, called the opportunity to exhibit the works of a mentor, colleague, and friend a true "honor." 

"'Coming Home' is just that," Mitchell said. "She is coming home to the school she taught at for 27 years and to the Mildred Harrison Dent Building that she christened in 2000."

Since leaving SDS, Corbin is active in the local arts community and spends time in her studio preparing for upcoming exhibits.

"I really hope that whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or parent, you’ll find something in 'Coming Home' that speaks to you," she said.

An exhibit reception and gallery talk is planned for Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.