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Richland Library Art

The Gallery at Main

various paintings of birds in a cartoon style hanging on gallery walls
Burd Brains by Marius "Zoo" Valdes, on exhibit August 11–October 13, 2017.
Valdes' latest exhibit showcases more than 40 new pieces, in the form of ink and digital drawings, plus several paintings in preparation for an upcoming children's book project. Valdes plans to create and self-publish the new title in Fall 2017, which stars an introverted character, named Burd, who is having a bad day and looking for a quiet place to relax.

"Birds come in a wonderful variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, which have inspired me to draw my own cast of imaginative, feathered friends."
—Marius Valdes


Wendell Cullbreath (aka THE Dubber)
September - December 2017

In the tradition of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, THE Dubber confronts the world with only his words and a guitar. The self- taught singer/songwriter continues to reinvent himself by infusing musical styles for over 30 years. America's Rock, Jazz and Funk, flavored by the international sounds of Reggae, Armenian Music and Afro Beat, is the complex stew that helps him express his blues and complete such a distinctive sound.

Since 2005, the Washington DC born / South Carolina based artist has been trailblazing around the world with an honest and intimate stage show. His sophisticated one man band guitar style and universal message of Oneness, keeps THE Dubber booked year round. Always a crowd favorite, he has played prestigious events and venues such as South by Southwest Music Conference, Mid-Atlantic Music Conference and the South Carolina State Museum.

Wendell will be providing weekly song writing workshops for adults, music-related programming for all ages, talking with customers during open office hours and more. He will be preparing for and planning a musical Showcase as his end-of-the-term "exhibition", which will be an event not to be missed. Stay tuned!

Weekly Office Hours*:
Tuesdays: 10 a.m.- Noon

Weekly Songwriting Workshops:
Thursdays 6 - 8 p.m.

*Hours are subject to changes.
*Studio is located on the Second Level at Richland Library Main

By Appointment:
803.315.6950 or

The Artist-in-Residence Program aims to connect the community with local working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to the community in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange. Past Artists-in-Residence include:

  • Marius Valdes, October 2016 - June 2017

Public Art

For each library, 1% of the construction budget is going toward public art. Inspired by our brand promises, we’re encouraging artists to serve the public good and nurture communities. One Columbia for Arts and History is helping us build your library by coordinating the selection of new pieces of public art for all of our renovations. Read more about Richland Library's public art on

Application Forms

Exhibits are typically scheduled eighteen months in advance. Priority will be given to library sponsored exhibits and displays relating to literature, or those that highlight the works of local artists or community-centered art projects. All forms of visual art are welcome.