Legendary Rock Gods Find a Home at USC

The University of South Carolina School of Music Library is now able to Rock and Roll All Nite, thanks to a generous donation of KISS memorabilia.

This donation has provided opportunities for our students to have face-to-face conversations with icons like Doc, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer.

     – Jeremy Polley

The Downs Family of Charleston recently gifted a collection of 26 guitars, original artwork by guitarist Paul Stanley, costumes, signed photographs and other artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning band. 

I am excited to be celebrating 50 years of KISS with an exhibit of memorabilia that was generously donated to the USC School of Music Library,” said Director of the Koger Center for the Arts, Nate Terracio.  “I hope that the Koger Center is still as relevant in the world of music when we turn 50 as KISS is today.” 

The KISS collection will be on display from April 20 through May 15 at the Koger Center for the Arts. This exhibit showcases how KISS is the embodiment of a successful artist that created a brand people follow and believe in. KISS writes, records, promotes and markets their own music.

This is what the program was made for the students to succeed with the knowledge of real-world experiences.  While this exhibit allows students to network and connect, it is open to the public… and fans across the Midlands. Fans of KISS and rock and roll are encouraged to stop by and check out this limited time exhibit through the month of July 2nd!  

The collection is available for viewing during the Koger Center’s business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The addition of the collection greatly bolsters the Special Collections’ exhibits of 20th and 21st century pieces and adds to the Koger Center’s current selection of art exhibits as well.