Robert M. Hicklin, Jr. is this nation’s leading dealer in fine art relating to the American South. Since 1972, Hicklin has represented preeminent paintings of Southern interest, including The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson by E. B. D. Julio and important works by artists such as Elliott Daingerfield, Gilbert Gaul, Martin Johnson Heade, Hermann Herzog, Joseph Rusling Meeker, Thomas Satterwhite Noble, and William Aiken Walker. His clients include the country’s most renowned cultural institutions, as well as hundreds of corporate and private collectors across the
In 1998, Hicklin opened the Charleston Renaissance Gallery, a store-front venue offering discerning connoisseurs premier Southern masterworks, including nineteenth and twentieth century oils; works on paper and sculpture; and the art of the Charleston Renaissance. Restored to period perfection, the elegant nineteenth century gallery—located at 103 Church Street in the heart of downtown Charleston—was awarded the 1999 Carolopolis Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston in recognition of its outstanding rehabilitation.
Saraland Press, the gallery’s publishing arm, has issued a series of lavishly illustrated, large-format art books. The Charleston Renaissance details the artistic legacy of the painters, printmakers, and photographers who spearheaded a twentieth century cultural renewal in the South's "ancient, beautiful city." Other Saraland Press publications include: The Sunny South: The Life and Art of William Aiken Walker; Look Away: Reality and Sentiment in Southern Art; and The Last Meeting’s Lost Cause. Exhibitions related to each of these volumes have been mounted in major museums across the South. Calm in the Shadow of the Palmetto and Magnolia: Southern Art from the Charleston Renaissance Gallery was released in 2003, in celebration of the gallery's thirtieth anniversary.