Arts Beat

Sanford Greene Memorializes 3-Year-Old Fan in Marvel Comics’ Illustration

Also: USC Professor Releases Art App to Educators
By Amanda Ladymon
Saturday, August 30, 2014 |

Columbia comics artist Sanford Greene created art for Marvel Comics’ Uncanny Avengers series featuring 3-year-old Jacoby Latta, who died earlier this summer when he was struck by a tree branch during a church picnic at Irmo Community Park.

The boy was a fan of Marvel Comics, WLTX reports.

“He would pretend to be Captain America, he would wear Captain America outfits, everything was Captain America,” his sister Jasmine told the station.

Latta’s father reached out to his church community for aid. Greene heard of the family’s story and wanted to help; he contributed artwork for the 27th issue of the Uncanny Avengers series that features a drawing of Jacoby Latta along with Captain America, the Hulk and more.

Greene has created work for DC Comics, Marvel, and many others along with teaching graphic design courses at Benedict College in Columbia.

USC Professor Creates Free Art App for Educators
USC Art Education Professor Karen Heid, in conjunction with the Columbia Museum of Art, released a free app to educators. Heid, the creative director of Handheld Art, worked with the Columbia Museum of Art and through various grant funds, to create a free app for use by k-12 art educators to create, access and organize lesson plans that coincide with art collections. The app directs users to ideas to use in the classroom or for any art educational need. Art educators can also submit their ideas.

“The website is designed to help teachers and students of different disciplines to find a way to work together for teaching and learning,” Heid says. “My work centers on the use of enduring ideas [which are] very large themes that are based in human experience. Enduring Ideas stand the test of time, based in human experience and cross all disciplines. Check them out to see what they are all about.”

The app is being tested in the field with local teachers. Heid is hopeful for continued funding to expand on more aspects of this project.

Artist Talk with Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong at Columbia College
The Goodall Gallery will host an artist talk on Sept. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Columbia College campus. The Big Paint exhibition features collaborative paintings by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong. The massive mixed media paintings stem from a project the two artists began in 2013 at Vista Studios. The goal was to work large and work together, pushing the boundaries of space and abstraction. This exhibition will run through Oct. 13. For more information, visit

SC State Fair Artist Competition
The deadline to enter the State Fair’s annual juried art competition for free is Sept. 1, but an additional extended deadline is available for a $25 fee Sept. 2-6. Click here for full entry information.

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