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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Morgan Cole, Clemson University Art Department Alumna, a Part of the Redux Studio Program

Morgan Cole

Redux is home to Charleston’s most creative artists. Each artist at Redux concentrates on developing a personal artistic vision. Redux’s exhibitions and related programs serve as a resource where studio artists are regularly exposed to visiting artists, artist lectures, and most importantly the ideas of their neighbors.

The Redux Studio Program offers emerging and mid-career artists full access to professional artist studios. Individuals work in a productive atmosphere alongside other visual artists. The combined 7,200 sq. ft. space is equipped with 16 individual artist studios. The studios range from 75 – 240 square feet, and studio rent is priced per square foot. Redux is home to Charleston’s only public darkroom and print shop.  http://reduxstudios.org/studios/private-studio-space/


Born in California, but now happily settled on the east coast, Morgan Cole graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Clemson University in 2013.  While at Clemson she studied painting and business management.  With an executive retail management internship at Nordstrom and a visual display internship at Anthropologie, Morgan finds inspiration in fashion; specifically textures, patterns, and layers, which are evident in her work.  The formal qualities of paint are important to her style and can be seen in her range of paintings whether they are colorful abstracts, futuristic fantasies, low country landscapes, or flower collages.

Morgan also works as a Gallery Assistant at Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC. http://www.cecilbyrnegallery.com

Redux Contemporary Art Center
ATTN: Stacy Huggins
136 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403 

Redux is always looking to grow and expand its community, because they know that all great artists learn from other great artists. They are happy to give tours of the space, with an appointment. To learn more about how you may join their community of artists, please call 843.722.0697 or email stacy@reduxstudios.org.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Intertwined, Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art


Entries are now being accepted for Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art.  Artists are invited to submit up to two works utilizing any textile- or fiber-based techniques to Intertwined, a survey of the best contemporary fiber art in the Southeast.  The exhibition will showcase a wide range of content, material, and techniques with common threads of craftsmanship and passion.

Open to all artists working in one or more fiber techniques and living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

Awards:  Best of Show = $1,000 plus three Honorable Mention awards = $200 each.

The exhibition will be held at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Atlanta GA from January 13 through March 21, 2015.

Please visit CaFE for additional information and to enter.  Entries will be accepted through October 31, 2014.

Residency Opportunity: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City


The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.

Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year,  March 1 for the following July through December; or September 1 for the following January through June.
 $35 application fee.

See website for complete information, guidelines and the online application portal:


The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the  Arts
801 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
402-874-9600

The next deadline for applications is September 1, 2014. 

Current Residents
The following artists, writers, and composers are scheduled to join us in the second half of 2014:

Morgan Craig (Visual Artist, Philadelphia, PA), 
Filippo Santoro (Composer, Madison, WI), Kateri Kosek (Writer, Hopewell Jct., NY), Beth Livensperger(Visual Artist, Ridgewood, NY), Dena Afrasiabi (Writer, Austin, TX), Katya Grokhovsky (Visual Artist, Brooklyn, NY), Stephen Lewis (Composer, La Jolla, CA), Stephanie Carpenter (Writer, Hancock, MI), Heidi Naylor (Writer, Boise, ID), Marshall Elliott (Visual Artist, Oakland, CA), Travis Alford (Composer, West Newton, MA), Ariana Nash (Writer, Wilmington, NC), Rose Nestler (Visual Artist, Brooklyn, NY), Judith Torrea (Writer, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico), Elysha Chang (Writer, Brooklyn, NY), Ashley Ryba (Visual Artist, Lincoln, NE), Daniel Fishback (Interdisciplinary Artist, Brooklyn, NY), Sophie Barbasch (Visual Artist, New York, NY), Lily Hamrick (Writer, Berkeley, CA), Liz Heller (Visual Artist, Madison, WI), Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Writer, Allentown, PA),David Samuel Stern (Visual, Brooklyn, NY), Diane Christianson (Visual Artist, Chicago, IL), Geoff Watkinson (Writer, Norfolk, VA), Juliet Jacobson (Visual Artist, Brooklyn, NY), David Meischen (Writer, Austin, TX), Thomas Kotcheff(Composer, Beverly Hills, CA), Eunice Choi (Visual Artist, South Korea), Mi-Hee Nahm (Visual Artist, Liberty Hill, TX), Claire Stanford (Writer, Minneapolis, MN), Jessamine Chan (Writer, Brooklyn, NY), Adam Zahller (Composer, Lincoln, NE),Jennifer Bockelman (Visual Artist, Seward, NE)

Past Residents
Since 2001, the residency has hosted more than 500 creative individuals, a varied combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Each has found privacy in which to create along with ample opportunities to interact with fellow artists in a friendly community located in the rolling bluff country of southeastern Nebraska.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Clemson University's "Sense of Place: Picturing West Greenville, South Carolina" Exhibit at the CVA-Greencille Featured in a Group Show Article in the July Issue of Fraction Magazine

Installation view of Sense of Place:
Picturing West Greenville, South Carolina
Clemson University’s Art Department has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission allowing the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University to bring the internationally and nationally recognized editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, David Bram to curate the Sense of Place exhibition that will be on display, June 13 - August 30 in its satellite facility, the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville. 
Bram invited four photographers to visit The Village of West Greenville to observe, learn and interpret what they discover through an artistic trained eye using the lens of a camera. “It is my sincerest hope that the results of this project will be a collection of works where the creative community as well as the existing neighborhood will share and connect with each other” expresses current program coordinator for the CVA-Greenville, Eugene Ellenberg. “The exhibit will be designed to spark conversations and genuine interactions which will empower the neighborhood while acknowledging their history.” 
Art photographers invited to participate in this exhibit have a relevant body of work and strong photography portfolios that will help convey and bring together a relevant exhibit meant to honor its residents and surrounding community. The artists selected to participate in the execution of this exhibit are Leon Alesi, Dustin Chambers, Dawn Roe and Kathleen Robbins.

Photo by Dustin Chambers
Curatorial Statement:
In 1935, a photography program was added to the Information Division of the Farm Security Agency (FSA) to visually document the living and working conditions of farmers. The agency hired 12 photographers to travel around the United States, meeting and photographing its citizens. Many of these images were published in newspapers and magazines of the day. The idea was to show America to Americans, but it has also served as a historical document of a time and place. Nearly 80 years later, we have a record not only of the geographical appearance of the Great Plains, but the faces of those who lived there as well. 
In 2008, I was involved in a large-scale project featuring Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I was part of a group of photographers asked to document the town, and the resulting images were included in a book and show entitled, “Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe”.  The largest state-owned museum, The Palace of the Governors, now owns the entire collection of photographs. 
When I was approached this spring with the opportunity to curate a show of photographs taken in a small section of Greenville, South Carolina, I was reminded of my previous experience in Santa Fe as well as the FSA photography project. I have never been to Greenville, though I was made aware of the rapid change and growth in the area: new restaurants, coffee shops, art spaces, and loft apartments. 
With this in mind, my impulse was to put together a group of photographs that would provide a snapshot of Greenville today and could withstand the passing of time.  This collection would create a historic document for the town and its people through the exhibit, “A Sense of Place.”
I selected four photographers for their unique eye and ability to demonstrate the theme of community. Each was given very loose instructions; they could photograph whatever they wanted in the method of their preference as long as they stayed within a certain geographic area. Having previously worked with each photographer either as an advisor or as editor of Fraction Magazine, I trusted their vision and craft would present Greenville in all its beauty and distinctiveness. 
Dustin Chambers was the first to arrive in Greenville and dove right into the culture.  The resulting portrait work is honest and engaging. Kathleen Robbins spent a day with a youth boxing club, encapsulating their spirit and brazenness in her portraits. Leon Alessi spent time walking around and interacting with people.  His quiet portraits show aspects of both new and old Greenville.  Dawn Roe took a different approach and worked solely with the architecture and landscape. Her diptychs reflect her unique photographic style while integrating landmarks of Greenville.
Perhaps the most unexpected element of this show is how strongly three of the four selected artists gravitated towards the people of Greenville.  This was a pleasant surprise; their faces reflect the past and the future.  This collection is meant to do just that: connect our remembrance of the past to hope for the future in a glimpse of the present.  “A Sense of Place” creates a snapshot of history that we hope will be of interest for generations to come.
-- David Bram, July 2014

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Anderson Wrangle, Clemson University Art Department Associate Professor of Photography, Included in Aperture's Summer Open 2014

orange smoke/dogwood, 2006, 
from the exhibition forest interrupted
(c) Anderson Wrangle
Aperture Summer Open
July 17–August 14, 2014

Aperture Summer Open
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Opening Reception: Thursday, July 17, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
103 prints. 33 series of photographs. The work of 97 photographers. Selected from 860 submissions by Chris Boot, Aperture’s Executive Director, the Aperture Summer Open reflects the current state of photography now.

Read about Chris Boot’s selections for the Summer Open on the Aperture blog.

Photographers included in the exhibition are:


Tanya Ahmed / Nathan Anderson / John Armstrong / Matthew Arnold / Marc Erwin Babej / Zeren Badar / Winona Barton-Ballentine / Anna Beeke / Tara Bogart / Clarissa Bonet / Joan Lobis Brown / Antoine Bruy / Luc Busquin / Michael Butler / Christopher Capozziello / Teresa Christiansen / Juan Cobo / Sebastian Collett / Elizabeth Keegin Colley / Martin Constable / Victoria Crayhon / Francis Crisafio / Ciara Crocker / Brita d’Agostino / Supranav Dash / Frances F. Denny / Matthew Dols / Judith Ebenstein / Melissa Eder / Geoffrey Ellis / Tealia Ellis-Ritter / Gregg Evans / Nicholas Fedak II / Erwan Fichou / Fabrice Fouillet / Jill Frank / Julia Fullerton-Batten / Beth Galton / Jenna Garrett / John Gellings / Claudia Gonzalez / Maury Gortemiller / George Grubb / Jamil Hellu / Anja Hitzenberger / Qiren Hu / Kathryn Hurni / Mahtab Hussain / Florence Iff / Tiina Itkonen / Michael Joseph / Ervin A. Johnson / Ryota Kajita / Siri Kaur / Lindsay Keys / Katrin Koenning / Katrin Korfmann / Natalie Krick / Daniel Kukla / Chris Law / Nataly Levich / Amiko Li / Yijun Liao / Joseph Michael Lopez / David Lykes Keenan / Manjari Sharma / Anna-Maija Mattila-Litvak / David Mitchell / Lydia Panas / Pamela Pecchio / Alexis Pike / Mackenzie Reynolds / Sarah Rhodes / Ricky Adam / Claire Rosen / Nenad Saljic / Anastasia Samoylova / Jo Metson Scott / Chen Shen / Alix Smith / Jan Staller / Ken Stec / Mark Steigleman / Cody Swanson / Hiro Tanaka / Ryan Thayer / Ian Tong / Alex Tsocanos / Jason Vaughn / Sabine Von Breunig / Graeme Williams / David Wolf / Anderson Wrangle / Keith Yahrling / Wenxin Zhang

summer open
July 8th, 2014
Preview: Aperture Summer Open Exhibition

I am honored to have had the opportunity to select work for Aperture Foundation’s first Summer Open exhibition.

We’ve initiated the Summer Open project as a way to show a wider group of photographers on our walls, and to build and enhance our membership program. As our first open submission exhibition, we had simply no idea what to expect. We are thrilled that 860 photographers presented work—all of whom submitted photographs of a universally high standard. The work of ninety-six photographers was selected for exhibition. In addition to the single images by each photographer selected for display on the wall, the full series (ten images each) of thirty-three artists were selected for digital projection.
As well as choosing the “best” of the work submitted (of course, flavored by my own taste—the “best” could never be an objective criteria), the aim of this project was also to take the temperature of contemporary photographic practice. Here, the breadth of approaches wasn’t necessarily as wide as I imagined it might be—few photojournalists submitted work, for instance. Perhaps that’s not so surprising; the submissions were “very Aperture,” with most work reflecting a clear relationship to the photography that we are publishing. In this respect, the resulting exhibition reflects a particular bandwidth of contemporary practice, rather than the complete spectrum of the medium. In the end, this helps the exhibition make a clear statement about what concerns serious photographers today, in the range between art and documentary practice.

Some very clear themes emerged, or tropes, which I have turned into a structure for the exhibition: the Forest as Idyll, which seems to be a major thread of what interests photographers; Flowers, a longstanding photographic subject, now being reinvented with a contemporary edge; Ice and Wallpaper, among others; and there’s a section called Reading Faces that features various approaches to portraiture (where I borrowed the section title from a series by featured photographer, Qiren Hu). Some may find my “tagging” of photographs this way overly playful. I certainly could have divided the work in other ways: lots of submissions deal with LGBT and gender issues; many play with photographic spatiality—flatness, and depth; much of the documentary work warns against being taken literally, alerting viewers to read pictures as myth, or fantasy, rather than reality. Each of these could have merited their own sections. I hope the outcome gives some focus to the patterns and preoccupations at work in contemporary photography, and my tagging system is in keeping with the playfulness of much of the work featured.

Photography has become such a sophisticated medium. We all know now how to read influences. Viewers will detect the inspiration of many other photographers who have forged distinct paths in contemporary photography—Alec Soth, Daniel Gordon, and Robert Polidori, to name three particularly visible figures (each of whose practices can of course be traced to figures before them). In this respect, the work selected provides a commentary on the concerns, concepts, and stylistic approaches that define this moment in the medium’s story. Most of the work submitted is highly sophisticated, and self-aware. Compared to a few years ago, it’s clear that the volume of sophisticated work being produced has grown phenomenally—something that speaks in particular to the advances in photographic education. The level of sophistication among the submissions also caused me look in the other direction. I found myself seeking, and in some cases choosing, moments of what I perceive to be photographic innocence—pictures made, apparently, without self-consciousness, driven by more basic visual or compulsive instincts. Innocence is becoming a rare, and desirable, commodity in a medium now characterized by such sophistication.

The work submitted for the exhibition left me with one overwhelming impression that caught me by surprise: that serious photography today, for all its self-awareness and sophistication, is characterized above all by a sense of joy. Serious photography used to be, well, serious—about itself, its place in the world, its social and aesthetic agendas. When did it free itself of these constraints and become so playful? Even the work engaged with complex personal or social issues seems marked by an evident sense of playfulness and pleasure—the creative pleasure of making photographs, delight in the particular characteristics of the medium, and the pure joy of visual articulation. The work on show suggests that photography is at ease with itself in a new way, and its place in the world: full of pleasure, and enjoying every advantage of its freedom.

—Chris Boot
Executive Director

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sense of Place Exhibit Artist and Curator Panel Discussion, July 15


Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm 

Center for Visual Arts - Greenville 1278 Pendleton, Greenville, SC 29611

Picturing Life in West Greenville
Exhibit Duration: June 13 – August 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Artist and Curator Panel Discussion: Tuesday, July 15, 7 - 8 p.m.
Clemson University’s Art Department was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission allowing the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University to bring the internationally and nationally recognized editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, David Bram to curate the ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition that will be on display, June 13 – August 30 in its satellite facility, the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville. Opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. and the Artist and Curator Panel Discussion is Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Bram invited four photographers to visit the Village of West Greenville to observe, learn and interpret what they discover through an artistic trained eye using the lens of a camera accompanied by audio recorded stories given by the neighbors in the community. This neighborhood was recently rebranded to honor its mill village history.
“It is my sincerest hope that the results of this project will be a collection of works where the creative community as well as the larger neighborhood will share and connect with each other” expresses current program coordinator for the CVA-Greenville, Gene Ellenberg. “The exhibit is designed to spark conversations and genuine interactions to empower the neighbors in the community by giving them a platform to tell their stories as well as acknowledge their history.”
All professional art photographers invited to participate in this exhibit are located in the southeast and have relevant experience creating a collection of works using environmental portraiture or storytelling. This type of experience will help convey and bring together a significant exhibit meant to honor its residents and surrounding community. The artists selected to participate in the implementation of this exhibit are Dawn Roe residing in Asheville, NC and Winter Park, FL; Dustin Chambers residing in Atlanta, GA; Kathleen Robbins residing in Columbia, SC; and Leon Alesi residing in Asheville, NC and Austin, TX.
The Sense of Place exhibit will be featured as special content in the July issue of Fraction Magazine gaining the Village of West Greenville and the CVA-Greenville exposure to an international audience. Fraction Magazine is a monthly publication with an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography that has published over 250 photographer’s portfolios. Fraction editor, Bram, was recently named as one of the 101 Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow on Twitter according to the website Feature Shoot.
Several organizations and individuals are helping the Center for Visual Arts—Greenville to fulfill its requirement of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars and in-kind donations. Those who are supporting the grant project are Peter Helwing, Richard and Gwen Heusel, the Friends of the Center for Visual Arts and Clemson University as well as significant financial support and vision given to the CVA-Greenville by The Community Foundation of Greenville. Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the Center for Visual Arts—Greenville by visiting the location in The Village of West Greenville at 1278 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC 29611 and by visiting clemson.edu/cva/cva-greenville.
The Sense of Place exhibition can be viewed from Friday, June 13 until Saturday, Aug. 30 in the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville satellite facility located in the Village of West Greenville. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. and the Artist and Curator Panel Discussion is Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. The exhibit, panel, and reception is free and open to the public.
About the Curator
David Bram has reviewed more than 800 portfolios from over 20 national events including the prominent: PhotoLucida based in Portland, OR; Fotofest based in Houston, TX; PhotoNOLA based in New Orleans, LA; Atlanta Celebrates Photography based in Atlanta, GA; Review LA based in Los Angeles, CA; and Review Santa Fe based in Santa Fe, NM. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010, Santa Fe, NM and also served as a juror for the past four years to select the top 50 emerging art photographers for PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass.  In addition, he served as reviewer for the internationally recognized Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, Bram was the recipient of Photography’s Rising Star Award given by Griffin Museum Winchester, MA.
About The Center for Visual Arts
The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) at Clemson University is where students, visitors and scholars explore contemporary perspectives in art and culture through research, outreach programming and studio practice. With a mission to engage and render visible the creative process, the CVA is a dynamic intellectual and physical environment where art is created, exhibited and interpreted. It educates through academic research and practice with art at its core, drawing upon varied disciplines to examine critically cultural issues and artistic concerns.
The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville is a satellite of the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at the university. Though there is not a physical building for this center, the majority of the activities for the Center of Visual Arts are generated out of Lee Hall on the Clemson University campus. For more information, visit clemson.edu/cva.
About South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.
Read article on the Clemson Visual Arts Blog

Kamilah Campbell and Jackson Zorn, Clemson University Art Department BFA Alumni, to Offer New Classes at Brazosport College’s Department of Art This Fall


Jackson Zorn, left, will be teaching Computer Graphic Design, while Jackson Zorn will be instructing a Beginning Sculpture course.
Brazosport College’s Department of Art is offering two new classes this coming fall semester geared toward those with creative minds.The new courses — Computer Graphic Design and Beginning Sculpture I — are perfect for students seeking to enhance their artistic minds and abilities, as well as getting experience in creative, art-related fields.

The Computer Graphic Design class, taught by BC instructor Jackson Zorn (BFA, Art, Clemson University, 2009), will emphasize design and artistic conception, while providing students the important elements of graphic design, such as color theory, mechanical drawing and typography. The course also will utilize the most up-to-date Adobe digital tools, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

No experience with Adobe products is required to take the course.

“We will be taking the tools you have that creates art, such as photography, drawing or painting, and pushing them further to create artistic graphic design,” Zorn said. “It won’t just be creating art and it won’t just be creating advertisements. It will be combining all of these in order to create a stronger, visual image.”

In Sculpture I, BC instructor Kamilah Campbell (BFA, Art, Clemson University, 2010) will assist students in focusing on the development of an idea from concept to completion through the use of traditional and non-traditional three-dimensional materials.

By the end of the semester, students will understand the variety of forms sculpture can take, including conceptual art, performance art, found-object integration and installation art.

“I will encourage students to embrace the experimental approach to their forms in order to bridge the gap between traditional antecedents and contemporary possibilities,” Campbell said. “You don’t need to have experience to join the class, but you’ll have plenty of experience once you’ve completed it.”
Full art scholarships are also available for eligible students. Call 979.230.3224 for scholarship information.

Campbell and Zorn are both BC instructors of Art and have earned Masters of Fine Arts from Notre Dame University, as well as Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University.

For more information about the Computer Graphics Design class, e-mail jackson.zorn@brazosport.edu. To learn more about Beginning Sculpting I, contact kamilah.campbell@brazosport.edu.
Brazosport College registration is ongoing. Visit www.brazosport.edu/register for registration information.

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