Neema Gallery artist Tyrone Geter receives the 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts

Tyrone Geter artwork

The S.C. Arts Commission has named Tyrone Geter as the 2019 recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts. This announcement comes weeks after Geter accepted an invitation to an artist residency at Yaddo, one of the top two artist residencies in the nation.

Henry Horowitz, Chairman of the S.C. Arts Commission said, “Each of the Verner Award recipients makes a tremendous contribution not just locally, but they are honored for broad impact on the state’s arts community and beyond. These are outstanding ambassadors for our state.”

This year’s awards will be presented May 1 in a morning ceremony at the USC Alumni Center in Columbia. Learn more about the awards and the ceremony online at

Tyrone Geter is represented by Neema Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina’s newest art gallery featuring original works of art by both established and standout emerging African-American artists who are from or who currently reside in South Carolina. Located at 3 Broad St., Ste. 100, and positioned at the start of Charleston’s Gallery Row.

Ironically, Neema Fine Art Gallery is located in the former home of Walkers, Evans and Cogswell, printers of lithograph copies of the Articles of Secession and Confederate money and bonds. It is rumored that the basement of 3 Broad was also part of the Underground Railroad. Gallery owner, Meisha Johnson says that “it is exciting to see Tyrone Geter receiving the recognition he so deserves as a groundbreaking artist, brilliant social reflector and dedicated bridge builder through his artistry. This year’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts could not have gone to a more deserving artist.”

For additional information, contact Meisha Johnson, Owner, Curator & Gallery Director at Neema Fine Art a Gallery at [email protected] and (843) 353-8079 . 


  1. Deta Galloway Pitts on June 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations Tyrone.You are also a wonderful father.familycperson and kind hearted friend.From my meeting you at Nap..and before you returned from Africa;I have sern a Work of yours that I did not love.And your presence ad acTeacher and Creator of great works have always been felt.Good News.Deta

  2. Deta Galloway Pitts on June 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm


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