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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ayako Abe-Miller, Clemson University MFA Art Alumna, in Fiber Fusion Exhibit in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Clemson Art Department Alumna, Ayako Abe-Miller (MFA in Art-sculpture, 2015), is one of ten artists selected to exhibit along with internationally known fiber artist, Pat Hickman, in FIBERFUSION, a group sculpture exhibition that opened Friday, Oct 2, 2015, at the West End Art Depot in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  

Las Cruces –  Internationally recognized fiber wartist Pat Hickman, along with ten other artists from around the country and Las Cruces, combine artistic forces for FIBERFUSION, a group sculpture exhibition openingFriday, October 2nd, 20156-9pm at the West End Art Depot. The artist’s reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. FIBERFUSION runs through October 30th.
Hickman’s use of hog casings as sculptural material inspired four of the ten artists last year at a sculpture workshop at Arrowmont, an internationally recognized arts and crafts school in Tennessee. She has collaborated with fellow metal artist and Arrowmont instructor, David Bacharach, on a sculpture included in this show.
Ayako Abe-Miller, Amber O’Harrow, Angelita Propes, and Hickman’s assistant, Deborah Moore, shared an artist vision. They were encouraged by Hickman to pursue a group show possibility in New Mexico where Moore is a member of the West End Art Depot Cooperative.
Throughout the past year, these four artists have continued to work together, to discuss new directions in fiber sculpture, share ideas and support each other. They invited other artists to join them in challenging the boundaries of sculptural fiber.
Works feature combinations of fiber with gut, clay, wire, yarn, string, and found objects.
West End Art Depot has a mission to create an alliance with people who hold a passion for the arts, and to advocate for and promote the artists of Las Cruces and the surrounding area through active outreach, education, and community service. We.AD is located at 401 North Mesilla Street in Las Cruces.
Gallery hours are 4 – 8 pm Friday, noon – 4 pm on Saturday, noon – 3 pm on Sunday and by appointment.
For more information or contact Chris Bardey at (575) 312-9892 or
West End Art Depot / We.AD
401 N Mesilla St / Las Cruces, NM / 88005

Friday, October 2, 2015

Be Arts Ready: Don't chance it - Get Prepared for Hurricane Joaquin!

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A hurricane does not need to be a direct hit to cause devastation. Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are expected to encounter extreme, historic, life-threatening, flash flooding from the coasts to well inland. The entire Atlantic region is also forecasted to receive heavy rains and winds - having devastating impacts in many of those areas.

We want to make certain our Member arts organizations in the threatened areas are aware and prepared.

Here are things to bear in mind and tips to prepare your arts organization for the severe weather coming over the next week:

1. Do you have a process in place to decide if any events you're hosting will go forward, get cancelled, or rescheduled?  Do all of your staff, crew, volunteers, and artists know what that process is and how it will be communicated?  How will you reach out to ticketholders and the public with that information? Here's an example of an Event Cancellation Policy.

2. Flooding and storm surge is always an issue during these weather systems.  Elevate or evacuate valuable artwork, equipment, props or costumes, and technology located in your facility. For more storm surge and flood safety tips visit The American Red Cross also has tips on preparing for Joaquin.

3. Make sure virtual and/or hard copies of your insurance and financial information are located in a cloud-based storage and/or offsite location, so you can access your accounts and policies at any time.  To learn more about flooding risk and protecting your property from flood damage visit 

4. Make sure your staff, board, and volunteer contact lists are up-to-date and accessible offsite. The contact lists should include a personal or alternate email address and phone number in case your organization's usual communication system is unavailable. 

5. Lastly, refer individual artists in your area to CERF+ and the Studio Protector, so artists know about the resources available to them in advance of the weather event.

As always, your individual safety and that of those around you comes first.  Listen for evacuation alerts in your area.  Tune into radio and social media channels to stay up to date with the status of the storm in your area.  NOAA's Hurricane Center will keep you posted.  Also download free emergency alerts to your mobile phone via American Red Cross, FEMA, or NOAA.

Stay safe!
Team ArtsReady

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

David Gerhard, Clemson University MFA in Art (Printmaking), Joins the Faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities

David Gerhard is a maker, artist, designer, and educator. He earned his MFA in Art (printmaking emphasis) from Clemson University and his BAs (with Distinction) in Studio Art and Communications Studies from Sonoma State University. Gerhard has taught in the Art Departments at Clemson University, Furman University, Anderson University, as well as the Printshop and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Gerhard is passionate about contemporary printmaking, new media art, graphic and web design, art theory and global art history. Providing creative work for diverse clients nationally, Gerhard's work has recently been exhibited as the Twin Peaks Stage at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, California. Gerhard also has three public artworks in Greenville, SC. His art is in the permanent collections of universities, museums and individuals internationally. 

For more information about David and his art, please go to:

David will also present as a part of the panel, "Case Studies in Failure," chaired by Beauvais Lyons, at the 2016 SGC International Conference, F L U X : THE EDGE OF YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

This panel will consist of five short, ten-minute case studies, each of which will examine some aspect of failure and the creative process. As a craft tradition, printmaking is a medium that is often rule-based, with little tolerance for deviation. These formulas are both a strength and liability; they provide systems of production, but can lead the artist to become risk-adverse. Failure offers opportunities to gain insights into new processes and variations on traditional methods while also having the potential to lead to formal, technical and conceptual innovations. Failure also plays a role in evolutionary processes – and the capacity of an individual or organization to adapt through trial and error is central to their fitness. As a friend once told me, “You do not know how good a printer you are until something goes wrong.” This panel proposes to look at the question of failure as a meaningful aspect of a studio practice and the teaching of art. Papers by Leslie Mutchler, David Gerhard and Andy Rubin will look at the role of failure as an intrinsic aspect of the creative process. Erin Zona offers her experience in founding a school as a response to failed academic job searches, and Phyllis McGibbon will argue that risk of failure is one of the most valuable pedagogical aspects of the printmaking medium. The papers will be brief to allow for ample time for discussion.

For more information about the SCG International Portland Conference, please go to:

Brent Pafford, Clemson Art (Ceramics) MFA Alum, Finalist for 2015 Zanesville Prize

Finalist Page, 2015 Zanesville Prize

Artist: Brent Pafford
Title: Skillets
Year: 2013
Dimensions: height: 24 Inches, width: 24 Inches depth: 3 Inches

Artist's Statement: Skillets At the intersection between generations things are lost, items loose their potency in daily life; rarely are objects created, manufactured, or bought with intentions to spend a quality amount of time with them, care for them, and pass them along to younger generations. The work I create is also a reaction to the time in which it is being created.

$20,000 Best in Show!

$10,000 in Additional Prizes

The Muskingum County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Zanesville Museum of Art, the Ohio Arts Council, the Potters Council and the Artist Colony of Zanesville (ArtCOZ), is seeking entries in functional, sculptural, figurative and tile ceramics.

Garth Johnson — Juror/Presenter

Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum -- -- Tempe
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Photo of Julia 2012

Julia Galloway — Juror/Presenter

Professor & Director, School of Art, University of Montana -- -- Missoula
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Doug Jeck — Juror/Presenter

Associate Professor & Chair, School of Art, University of Washington -- -- Seattle

Heaps of Clemson University Involvement in the 5th Annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale at THE ARTS Center of Clemson, SC!

September 25 - September 26



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The ARTS Center of Clemson, South Carolina hosts the 5th annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale (20 artists create 20 pieces), Friday, September 25th, 6:00-9pm. A ticketed, Collector’s Preview Gala event including: an opportunity to mingle with the 20×20 artists, food, drinks, music, and, including first selection of over 400 ceramic works created by some of North and South Carolina’s finest ceramic artists. The sale continues on Saturday, September 26th, 9am-5pm and is free and open to the public.

Members  $25.00/ticket
Non members $30.00/ticket  or  $50.00/2 tickets

Look for further information on Gala tickets, exhibiting artists, and associated events.

1. diana farfan,  greenville, sc

2.darin gehrke,  greenville, sc
3. valerie zimany, central, sc
4. daniel bare,  central, sc
5. sue grier, leicester, nc6. frank vickery,rock hill, sc7. patti connor-greene, pineola, nc
8. marcia bugg, brasstown, nc
9. stan dubose, walhalla, sc

10. cindy hart, west union, sc
11. mike hart, west union, sc
12. rob gentry, pendleton, sc
13. mike vatalaro, greenville, sc
14. blake smith, greer, sc
15. bob chance, greenville, sc
16. denise woodward-dietrich
17. jeri burdick, eutawville,sc
18. lindsey elsey, clemson, sc
19. nathan goddard, greenville, sc

20. alberta pottery, greenville, sc

In addition to the above artists, these artists will be participating in Fired For Flowers:

en iwamura, central, sc

kristin schoonover, asheville, nc

jon arsenault, asheville, nc

brent roberts, mauldin, sc

katie tillman, townville,sc

val lowe, townville,sc

jared kaup, toccoa, ga

glenda guion, spartanburg, sc

chris troy, seneca, sc

george corontzes, clemson, sc

CALL for ENTRY: "UNSEEN GREENVILLE" Gallery at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

25 Draper Street Greenville, SC29611

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is calling for artists to participate in the themed art exhibition "Unseen Greenville".  Early in the month of June the Greenville News and sponsor PNC Bank invited the residents of Greenville County to begin a conversation about the parts of the city that are often unnoticed by many of us as we go about our busy lives.  The idea was to move forward "as one community in which everyone shares in the spectacular success that surrounds us in Greenville County".  How can Greenville address the needs of and make opportunities available to all people who live here?  Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a community art center whose mission is to be a place for all citizens  to learn about, participate in and enjoy the visual arts.  It is fitting that GCCA find ways for the arts to play a role in this dialog.

Artists are asked to consider the challenges and rewards of focusing on "Unseen Greenville" and interpret their ideas and insights in an art form to be exhibited at GCCA during the months of December and January.  Artists will be selected based on their creative interpretations of the theme and artistic merit of the artwork submitted.

Artists selected will exhibit their artworks from December 4, 2015, through January 29, 2016, with a reception on Friday, December 4, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 PM.  Juror and awards to be announced. 

To apply, please complete an "Unseen Greenville" Art Exhibition Application no later than the Deadline:  Friday, November 13, 2015.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Brent Pafford, Clemson University Art Department Alum, a Finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Contest

To Quote Brent: "Friends, Family, and Colleagues I have been selected as a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest. This opportunity will greatly increase my works visibility online as the contest continues to grow with voting starting on Monday September 21st, 2015. The contest winner is determined based on votes –meaning I need all the help I can get! I am honored to be a finalist along with other professionals in the ceramics field. Many of my competitors have a much broader audience base through social media platforms and in an attempt to broaden my reach I have put together important links, handles, and other information that will help spread the word! Please see and share the information below and happy voting!"
From Brent's Profile Page on the contest site:


Upon completion of my Master's of Fine Arts from Clemson University I relocated to New Orleans, L.A. I have begun making and selling utilitarian ceramic objects, while collaborating with other artists to create "Southern Intentions : Prints, Pots, & Provisions" and working on other personal projects. The ceramic process is involved, from beginning to end - it takes time, effort, and patience. My hand is involved from the making of the clay to the delivery of the final product. I use a porcelain clay body, throw and alter forms, and fire the final product in an oxidation atmosphere to 2300° f. My business is evolving through the local sales of work in brick and mortar venues, online sales, and implementation and completion of new projects that make dining an artisanal experience. Starting a business is born out of long talks with colleagues, envisioning creative ways to reinvent and better previous endeavors with the intent to share outcomes others.


I am currently planning construction of a personal studio while I work in a shared studio space. I plan to repurpose a vintage camper or step van into a mobile ceramics studio - my thought being if someone can turn a step van into a mobile restaurant, I can make a mobile studio. Ceramic artists in the 21st century are nomadic. We move often for professional development opportunities, teach workshops across the country, and travel from residency program to residency program. Upcycling a mobile vehicle into a studio will allow me to continue working as I move throughout the United States for opportunities that will advance my profession. I am in the long process of planning, budgeting, and acquiring resources to begin my studio endeavor. I plan to utilize crowdfunding platforms to reach my goals in addition to contributing funds myself.


Inspiration is everywhere, all the time. It can be a bit overwhelming. My phone is full of photos, from bugs I saw hiking to graffiti in the restroom of my favorite dive. Forms, ideas, objects, and life bloom from what we absorb in our daily lives. It is an important part of my practice to document these things and revisit them when necessary.


Brent Pafford Ceramics is at a crucial moment in its development as a small business. I am dedicated to continue creating handmade utilitarian objects, counterbalancing contemporary societies disposable attitude. This opportunity would allow me to focus on my studio, devoting more time to making.


Be aware of your surroundings.


I am learning how to harness social media and utilize it to grow my business. Instagram is a great platform for sharing snip-its of life, inspirational images, and making connections with other individuals with similar interests. Social media is the future of marketing and growing small business - as this landscape develops and changes I hope to harness the energy and use it to my advantage!


I was raised on a farm in South Carolina, in a large family that instilled in me values and traits that are inherent in the work I create. Objects that are "American Made" are imbued with similar values: quality, worth, and labor; to name a few. American made objects are made by individuals with care, purpose, and intent. American makers, craftspersons, and artists dedicate their lives to the work they take pride in creating. Utilitarian ceramics are incomplete until they are in the domestic spaces of a customer, collector, appreciator, and most important of all - a user.

Again, Brent's American Made Profile link: