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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Katelyn Chapman (BFA) and Carly Drew (MFA) Clemson University Art Department Alumnae in SCOPE Exhibition at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Katelyn Chapman, Fall of the Cotton Shed.
The purpose of SCOPE: the southern landscape is to exhibit the widest range of “landscape” works possible in VAE’s Main Gallery. The South is a hub of creativity and Raleigh has adopted a vision to become the Southern Capital for Arts and Culture. To do our part, VAE will exhibit works from artists across the regional south, or works created in or inspired by the southern landscape.

The juror for the exhibit is Daniel Fuller, curator of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center since 2014. Fuller served for four years as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.  Before starting at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in 2010, Fulller worked as senior program specialist with the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Prior to that, he was the assistant curator and curator of new media at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, N.Y.

The exhibit runs from June 3 to June 24, 2016, with an opening reception on June 3, from 6-10pm. VAE is a non-profit creativity incubator, gallery and artist hub. Each year VAE exhibits the work of more than 1,300 artists in 60+ exhibitions and hosts more learning experiences and social events to connect the creative com. VAE is also the force behind SPARKcon and the Ignite Creativity Summit.
Carly Drew, Redneck Madonna, paper mounted on panel, watercolor, graphite, acrylic. 18 x 18 in., 2015.
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Visual Art Exchange
Wednesday–Friday 11a-6p, Saturday 11a–4p 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gene Ellenberg, Clemson University BFA in Art Alum, in Making Muses Exhibition at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

A muse is a person or a personified force that acts as the source of creative inspiration for an artist. In an active form, to muse means to consider something thoughtfully and often inconclusively. The title Making Muses refers to the photographic subject but also to the ambiguous engagement between the photographer, sitter and audience of a photographic portrait.

One overwhelming strength of the Flash Powder photographers is their ability to capture raw emotion through a photographic portrait. This exhibition highlights images that speak to the depth of intensity that can be achieved between an artist and his or her muse. Featuring 27 Flash Powder photographers, this exhibition will be in Denver through the end of June, where it will then travel to Albuquerque, Atlanta and Delaware.

Order the exhibition catalog here.

Perfect-bound Softcover, 8x6 inches

54 pages / 31 images

Edition of 250

ISBN: 978-1-943948-07-9

Trade Edition: $15.00

Photographs by Leon Alesi, Liz Arenberg, Rachael Banks, Aaron Blum, Shawn Bush, Sean Carroll, Dustin Chambers, Matthew Conboy, Matthew Crowther, Gene Ellenberg (Clemson University BFA in Art-photography emphasis, 2012), Rod Fincannon, Steven Ford, Honey Lazar, Shannon Leith, Sara Macel, Andrew Miller, Sarah Moore, Nathan Pearce, Sarah Pfohl, Jake Reinhart, Kurt Simonson, Annick Sjobakken, Tristan Spinski, Charlotte Strode, Jordan Swartz, Julia Vandenoever, and Allison Welch.

Eugene "Gene" Ellenberg hails from South Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art from Clemson University working with photographer Anderson Wrangle.  Gene also served as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville in 2013.  He is currently based in Albuquerque, NM where he is a MFA candidate in photography at the University of New Mexico, where he also holds a graduate fellowship.  To see more of his work, please go to:

Clemson University’s Art Department Well Represented at the Penland School of Crafts for Summer 2016

Patrick Owens, Self-portrait in abandoned house, Tallassee, AL 2013
We are pleased to announce that several of the Art Department's continuing students and recent alumni will be at the Penland School of Crafts on various forms of assistantships or scholarships this summer.  The Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland's focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs.

In summer Session 1, May 29—June 10, Carey Morton (MFA in Art candidate, sculpture emphasis), is the recipient of the Clemson University Art Department and Center for Visual Arts Scholarship Award .  He is taking the Building the Fox Canoe with Bill Thomas.  As the course description informs: “Fox is a decked, double-paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters and lakes. Fox boasts two water-tight compartments for storage and flotation and a comfortable seatback and caned seat. She is 14-foot 7-inches long with a beam of 30 inches and a finished weight of just over 40 pounds. Each student will build a boat using CNC-cut parts and the stitch-and-glue method. We’ll have them ready to float at the end of the workshop (paint and varnish will be added at home). We’ll also build simple double paddles.”

Bill Thomas is a studio artist and small boat designer who has taught ar the WoodenBoat School (ME), Chewonki (ME), Lowell’s Boat Shop (MA), and as an online course instructor at Craftsy and Off Center Harbor.  He is a registered Maine Guide and leader of kayaking and sailing classes.

Also in Sumer Session I, Emily Tucker (BFA in Art alumna, drawing emphasis, 2016) will take the Nature Notes workshop in drawing and painting from Robert Johnson and Ken Moore.  Emily received the Windgate work-study scholarship.  As stated in the workshop description: “The workshop will be taught by a botanist and an artist whose work centers on the natural environment. We’ll cover a simple method of taking notes and sketching in the field using a portable kit that contains everything students will need. We’ll take field trips to beautiful natural areas to learn about the plants and ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians. Back in the studio we’ll study botanical specimens and produce small watercolor paintings from the sketches made during our excursions.”

Robert Johnson is a studio artist who has taught at Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), and Penland.  He has received a NEA/Southern Arts Federation grant and several North Carolina Arts Council fellowships and grants, and he is represented by Blue Spiral gallery (NC). Ken Moore is a botanist and the assistant director emeritus of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  He has taught at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, and Penland.
In summer Session 2, June 12-14, we have:

Patrick Owens (BFA in Art candidate, printmaking emphasis) received a work-study scholarship from Penland.  He will be taking the letterpress workshop "Kern, Baby, Kern" with Colin Frazer and Eleanor Annand.  According to the description, “Through the medium of letterpress printing, students in this workshop will build a visual awareness of typography. We’ll explore letterforms and their composition in space, how typography helps readers navigate text, the expressive qualities of type, and the history of typography and printing. Students will become familiar with hand-setting type, typesetting on the computer, polymer plate making, and machine-carving (CNC) type. We’ll get our hands dirty while making beautiful typographic prints.”

Eleanor Annand is the creative director at 7 Ton Design and Letterpress (NC); teaching: Asheville Bookworks (NC); Penland Core fellowship; exhibitions: Blue Spiral (NC), LIGHT Art+Design (NC). Colin Frazier is a designer at The Service Bureau (TX) and professor at Montana State University.  Hi work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Ogden Museum (New Orleans).

In summer session 4, July 10 - 22, 2016, Deighton Abrams (MFA candidate, Art, ceramics) will serve as a Studio Assistantship for the Clay with a Life of Its Own workshop taught by Esther Shimazu.  The description reads: “In this workshop we’ll make detailed expressive figures using standard pottery handbuilding techniques (pinch, coil, and slab). Working with stoneware, students will begin with a small maquette and then compose their figures from hollow clay body parts with individually modeled teeth, fingernails, and toenails. We’ll pay particular attention to heads, hands, and feet. For fun and contrast, we’ll use porcelain for eyes and teeth. Students will learn strong joinery techniques to allow for unique gestural expressions.”

Shimazu is a studio artist who has taught at: Anderson Ranch (CO), Santa Fe Clay, and Penland, with selected exhibitions at Kunstform Solothurn (Switzerland), Robyn Buntin Gallery (Honolulu), and the Craft Alliance (St. Louis).  She is represented by John Natsoulas Gallery (CA), and her work is in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Kutani Collection (Japan), and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Also in Sumer Session 4, Lexi Mathis (BFA in Art alumna, drawing emphasis, 2016) received a scholarship from the Clemson University Art Department to take Goedele Peeters Figure Drawing to Printmaking workshop.  This course description reads: “Each day of this intensive workshop will include several sessions of life drawing with a model, including full-body drawing, portraits, and anatomical studies. We’ll draw on paper with charcoal, watercolor, pastel, ink, bister, and other media. Then we’ll work in the print studio to translate these drawings into prints through drypoint, monotype, and linoleum cuts with relief stencil.”

Peeters is a Professor at the Municipal Art School Kontich and Berchem in Belgium, and has also taught at the Hochschule Kunst & Design in Switzerland),the  Cultural Center Tripoli in Libya), and the University of Michigan.  Prof. Peeters exhibitions include the International Print Center (NYC), International Print Triennial (Poland), and Gallery Pinsart (Belgium).

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call to Artist to Take the North American Clay Challenge

General Gomez Gallery together with ClayArts Studio is pleased to announce the inaugural North American Clay Challenge!

Join us this fall in celebrating visionary artists from around the world as part of this unique Exposition.

Online applications are NOW OPEN.
Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016.

This year’s competition will be judged by Susannah Israel, the only American artist to win the New Zealand Fletcher Challenge.

  • More than $25,000 in cash prizes and awards.
  • Workshops
  • Throw-a-Thon
  • Street Fair
  • Grand Finale Beer & Brats Fete (local beer, food, music and commemorative beer stein)
Please notify me!
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Dates to Remember

April 1, 2016: Submission Open 
June 15: Submission Deadline 
July 11:  Notification of acceptance 
July 20: Results Announce 
August 15: Deadline to receive artwork 
Sept. 1 - Oct. 2: Exhibition Dates
NACC Staff
808 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603

Marty Epp-Carter, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alumna, Selected to Exhibit in On the Road at the Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville, SC

Seneca, Marty Epp-Carter

Selections Have Been Made

On the Road

Summer is coming, the time of year we traditionally hit the road to explore, discover, and relax- alone, with friends and family. We asked you to share your inner Kerouac or Griswald escapes and show us your road experiences.
Doug Beasley has made his selections for On the Road. Thirty five images from submittals from North and South America and Europe were selected from the following photographers:

Michael Armstrong, Nancy Bundy, Chriss Clark, Margherita Crocco, Ricardo de Vicq de Cumptich, John Deamond, Francois Dolmetsch,
Marty Epp-Carter [CU MFA-Art, printmaking emphasis, 2009], John Francis, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Amanda Harner, Ralph Hessenpflug, Barbara Hillerman, Marcia Mahoney, Pete McCutchen, Emmanuel Monzon, Lea Murphy, Cindy Murray, Lee Musgrave, Duncan Oja, Kathryn Oliver, Christine Pearl, Conrad Pressma, John Puffer, Michael Ramsey, Jerry Ranch, Ruth Raveh, Stefynie Rosenfeld, Wilford Scott and Kathleen Taylor.

Thank you Doug for your selections and to all those whom submitted.

Click here for a slide show of the selections

On the Road opens June 3 and will run 
until July 30


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

The Spartanburg County Public Libraries are sponsoring the 4th Annual Juried Exhibition that will be on display from August 10th – October 19th. The competition is open to all artists, 18 and over, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Anderson County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC), Union County (SC), Pickens County (SC), York County (SC), Oconee County (SC), Rutherford County (NC), Polk County (NC), and Henderson County (NC).

Michael Manes will serve as juror for this year's exhibition. Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $2,600.00 will be presented in this year's exhibition. Entries may be submitted digitally through our online submission form that will open April 12th and continue through June 1st. There will be a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Headquarters Library. Live music and hors d'oeuvres will be provided during the reception.

Please download the PDF file of the prospectus for full details on eligibility and submitting artwork or visit the PROSPECTUS webpage.

For more information regarding this event contact Miranda Mims Sawyer at 864.285.9091 or

Dates To Remember:
  • Call for Artists: April 12th - June 1st
  • Artists Notified: June 17th
  • Drop off Dates: August 1st - 5th; 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Exhibition Dates: August 10th - October 19th
  • Reception: August 27th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Michael Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Spiral 1 represents work by exceptional Southern artists in a light-filled gallery spanning three floors. This spacious setting allows the gallery to offer considerable diversity and an extensive exhibition schedule, curating over 20 shows annually. As the Assistant Director, Michael has a number of responsibilities from art consulting and sales for both a residential and commercial clientele, curating, programming and installing exhibitions, and the overseeing of web and social media maintenance.  
Michael not only has an integral role at the gallery but is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community. Michael is currently the Vice President of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association (ADGA)/Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD). He is also passionate about American Craft Week, Handmade in America, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, and all national non profits located in Asheville, where he takes an active role as a volunteer and consultant. He believes American Craft enriches our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. It contributes to our economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our nation’s history. Michael holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.  


SECAC Fellowships: $5,000. Apply by August 1, 2016!

Fellowship Amount
$5000.00 to be awarded to an individual artist or to a group of artists working together on a specific project.

Any member of SECAC may apply; all group applications require membership for all in the group. Memberships must be current at the time of review. The cost of individual membership is $70.00. Apply for membership online and pay by check or by MasterCard/Visa/Discover. Previous grant recipients must wait five years before re-applying.

Responsibility of Grantee
No restrictions are made by SECAC on how the fellowship funds are expended. SECAC requests that the fellows provide documentation of the project or work produced during the fellowship period (one year from receipt of fellowship money). Documentation may take the form of an exhibition at the subsequent annual SECAC conference‚ a catalogue or other publication form‚ an exhibition of the work exhibited at another institution during the fellowship period‚ a presentation or other proposed and accepted form of documentation. There is no fee for application for the fellowship.

Responsibility of SECAC
The full amount of the fellowship will be paid to the fellow (or group of artists working jointly) when the fellow agrees to accept the award and the conditions of the award. The host institution of the subsequent SECAC conference agrees to attempt to accommodate any exhibition/installation proposed by the fellow.

Application Requirements

 Simply email Scott Betz at notifying him you wish to submit a proposal. This email deadline is August 1. He will respond by email by August 7 with an invitation for you to share your proposal in a private Dropbox folder. You will then have until August 14 to add your PDF to the folder (sample response letter with guidelines below).

 Dear SECAC member,

 Thanks for starting the submission process for the 2016 SECAC Artist Fellowship.

 You have until August 14 to add your information PDF to the folder connected to this email. I will confirm your submission within the week. You will need to be a current member to participate. Non-members will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

 Below are the guidelines. Incomplete or late submissions cannot be accepted.

 Application Requirements
  • Digital entries only.
    • A 2-3 page CV of the applicant artist or of each artist in a group application including all contact info. (email, mailing address, phone number, etc.).
    • Submit one pdf file that contains:
    • 10 images, sampled at 72 ppi, high quality (maximum) setting. Include artist name, title, media, dimensions, date at the bottom of each image.
    • Video files should be included in the PDF as clickable web link(s). Multiple videos are acceptable. Up to 10 minutes of total video footage will be reviewed.
    • Entries must be submitted as one PDF document via response to this email into your folder in dropbox
    • Title your PDF exactly as such:
    • FirstnameLastname_ProjectTitle.pdf
  • A project proposal, limited to one page in length. Clearly describe the work and the intentions for the fellowship funds.
Example: ScottBetz_RustAndSatin.pdf

 About Dropbox:
  •  All new Dropbox accounts and downloads, including the desktop and mobile apps, are totally free.
  •  Dropbox Basic accounts start with 2 GB of free space.
Notifications of request to create a Dropbox account for the selection process from member to Betz must be submitted via Gmail by August 1, 2016 at midnight EDT and Member submits all final PDFs materials to Dropbox by August 14, 2016 at midnight EDT. August 1 is your first deadline for consideration- not August 14.

A committee composed of SECAC members and/or host conference faculty selects the Artists Fellowship recipient at the annual SECAC meeting. The award winner is recognized at the meeting and all applicants are notified of the committee's decision within 60 days of the end of the meeting.

Questions? Contact: