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Charlotte Talks: SC Artist Leo Twiggs Uses His Canvas To Explore South's Race Struggles

Chris Miller / WFAE

Leo Twiggs, one of the leading contemporary art figures in South Carolina, has spent decades painting what he sees as the contradictions of the South: hospitality and gentility on one hand, and racism and segregation on the other.

The Mint Museum

Twiggs received wide acclaim for a series of paintings inspired by the slayings of 9 worshipers at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church. When the paintings, "Requiem for Mother Emanuel," were shown in Charlotte in the weeks after the Keith Lamont Scott protests, some exhibit-goers were in tears.

One recurring feature in Twiggs' work is the Confederate flag, which Twiggs says embodies the South's contradictions.

"In our state, I think the flag is something that many black people would like to forget, and many white people would love to remember," Twiggs said in 2014.

The Mint Museum is hosting Twiggs for a conversation on art and race, and he sits down with guest host Sarah Delia.


Sarah Delia, reporter, WFAE (@SarahWFAE)


Leo Twiggs, artist, professor emeritus, South Carolina State University

Rubie Britt-Height, director of community relations, Mint Museum


"Art Can Lead to Conversation: A Chat with Leo Twiggs & Friends," Mint Museum Uptown, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16

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A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.