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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Art of Winston Wingo, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alum, at Arthur Rose Museum, Clafin University

Winston A. Wingo, an alum of Clemson University's Master of Fine Arts program (Art-sculpture, 1980), is the featured artist for an exhibit celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Clafin University President, Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Tisdale.  The exhibition runs from October 2-November 23, 2014. 

The Arthur Rose Museum is located on the campus of Claflin University in Orangeburg, 400 Magnolia St. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of limited on-campus parking, guests are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment for a tour of the museum, (803) 535-5324.

Arthur Rose Museum of Art
Claflin University, founded in 1869, is the oldest historically black university in South Carolina. Support for the institution in the early days came primarily from Methodists in the New England and Middle Atlantic states. Mrs. Priscilla E. Lee Bennett, gave funds to erect the first separate library building at Claflin. She asked that the building bear her maiden name, Lee, and that the name inscribed on a terra cotta tablet next to the front porch; another tablet bears the date 1898.
The architect was a Claflin graduate who had returned to teach. He was William Wilson Cooke, the son of a prominent Reconstructionist in Greenville, SC. While teaching at Claflin, Cooke drew plans for the Lee Library in the current Victorian style and supervised its execution by his students in 1898. Students even fired the bricks in kilns dug on the campus. Except for the loss of the original metal tile roof, little has changed on the exterior save the expansion of a rear window into a doorway. A change mandated by fire codes. A walk around the building reveals interesting architectural details in the ornate trim work, chimneys and urn grills. After the library relocated to another part of the campus, this building housed the art department for many years with Professor Arthur Rose as Chairman. Later, the art department moved to Layman Hall.

After the board of trustees decided to convert the old Lee building into a museum, an effort progressed to restore much of the original appearance of the interior of the building. Removing the carpet revealed the beautiful hardwood floors. The pressed metal ceiling is visible in near perfect condition. We welcome you to what has now become the Arthur Rose Museum.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

David Garhard, Clemson University Art Department Alum, Commissioned to Install Largest Woodcut Print in South Carolina at the Center for Educational Equity (CEE) / Greenville Boxing Club

Artist's working sketch for CEE woodcut, David Gerhard
David Gerhard (Clemson University MFA, Art-printmaking emphasis, 2013), Greenville based art professor, is making the largest woodcut print in South Carolina at the Center for Educational Equity (CEE) building at 1191 Pendleton Street in the Village of West Greenville. This groundbreaking 14 by 14 foot woodcut relief print uses images inspired from the history of the neighborhood combined with drawings showing the goal of CEE's students: using personal discipline learned through boxing to succeed academically and beyond.

On November 8th the first portion of the woodcut mural will be printed outside with a steamroller at a free public event at the CEE. You can help make the mural and will have first-hand experience seeing this historic method of printmaking on a large scale. CEE is crowdfunding on ( to raise the remaining support to offer free workshops in art and design for their students and to complete the final public art piece.

Artist's installation mock-up for CEE woodcut, David Gerhard
This public artwork has been partially funded by the City of Greenville, and has been approved by the Arts in Public Places Commission. Additional funding in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which receives funding from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC, Michelin North America, Inc., DEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. The project has received additional donations of ink by Gamblin, tools provided by Woodcraft and The Printshop, additional support provided by Furman University, and vinyl donated by 360 Digital Media.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sculptures by Clemson University Professor of Art David Detrich at Lipscomb Gallery at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Installation View of David Detrich's Sculpture Exhibition at the SCGSAH
The show will be up through Saturday, November 1- the Gallery will be part of SCGSAH Open Doors!- with an artist's talk free and open to the public at 4:30 p.m. on October 23.

Artist's Statement:

From Hegel’s Theory of the Dialectic to evening TV sitcoms I have always been a sucker for irony and paradox. I identify most with a definition I found in one of my old dictionaries of the term “artist” as being a trickster that employs slight of hand. My work involves manipulating recognizable and familiar elements of geometric form, language/text, "art about art" and the socio-political in an open dialogue of opposition. I feel my work is most successful when it poses a question rather than presenting an editorial on a subject. I also contend that “style and consistency” are antithetical to the creative process. I am very curious about the potential of art making that can exist by recognizing a seemingly incongruous palette of concepts and contexts. The end accumulation may appear to be disparate but hopefully this approach has the capacity to represent a broader sense of who I am and how I reflect upon our current condition.

Installation View of David Detrich's Sculpture Exhibition at the SCGSAH
My current project involves coring through art periodicals with the intent to obscure the distinctions between the fashion industry and the art world. The periodical ArtForum is a "container" of such dichotomies. I've constructed a tool that cores through the magazine rendering an indiscriminate sampling of its contents. By reconfiguring (displacing) the "samples" I develop new meaning through image intersections. The art/fashion paradigm is thus blurred. I propose that these constructions, which currently serve as models, become billboards or digital projections that adorn the facades of high-end fashion industry retail outlets.

Lipscomb Gallery
SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities
15 University St 
Greenville, SC 29601

Lindsey Elsey, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate, Exhibits in Mudfire's "Mugs for Jugs 2014"

Lindsey Elsey, Wood Fired Mug, 3.5''x4.75''x3.75''

Mugs for Jugs 2014

October 18 - November 18, 2014

October brings one of our most favorite events - Mugs for Jugs 2014! This shows offers our annual collaboration with artist friends to raise money to help fight breast cancer and it's effects on breast cancer survivors. We are partnering this year with Young Survival Coalition.
The exhibit and benefit sale will begin online at 12:00 Noon EST on October 18, 2014. We will have a reception in the gallery from 5pm - 8pm. Also, special this year - for our local visitors we'll donate 10% of any mug sold from gallery stock.
Artwork will post to the show pages in preview mode in advance of the show on October 11, 2014 so you can get a sneak peek.
Lindsey Elsey, Clemson University Art Department MFA candidate has two works in the exhibition, a wood fired mug and a soda fired mug.  We are pleased to report that Lindsey's work has already sold! Sales have been brisk, but there are many other works available for a good cause:
Lindsey Elsey, Soda Fired Mug, 3.5''x4.75''x4''

MudFire Cleyworks
175 Laredo Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
phone: 404-377-8033

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drawing: Automatic Engine Exhibit at Clemson University's Lee Gallery

October 20–30, M-TH
9 a.m. –4:30 p.m.
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

Intense, absorbing, and demanding are the mental and physical precursors to understanding the context of how works in this exhibition were created. Automatic Engine is the outcome of an intensive drawing workshop for students enrolled in the Clemson University Department of Art and Architecture programs under the direction of guest artist, Clive King.

Through the workshop experience students learned that drawing isn’t an end in itself but is a process in which to open up and allows students to consider options, directions, and media connections that might not have been apparent before. The drawing experience became an engine that drove students to create works moving between drawings, paintings, collages, and even 3-d constructions.

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series “Bodies in Process.”

Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France.

Ten residential fellowships for emerging artists and doctoral scholars

Each summer the Terra Foundation offers ten residential fellowships for emerging artists and doctoral scholars in the history of American art and visual culture at its properties in Giverny, France. The Terra Summer Residency (TSR) offers opportunities to pursue individual work within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. During this 9-week period, fellows interact regularly with invited senior advisors and guest lecturers, who direct weekly seminars and hold individual meetings. Private visits to exhibitions and attendance of special conferences are also proposed. In addition to the fellowship stipend, fellows are provided with on-site lodging, working facilities and lunches for the duration of the residency. At the end of the program, fellows share the work that was accomplished during the residency and the artists present their work in the open studios. The program encourages fellows to make lifelong connections and become part of the international alumni community of Terra fellows.

For more information about these fellowships, as well as invited senior advisor and guest lecturer positions, please email


Applications are due January 15, 2015; awards will be announced in April 2015.

Eligibility & Application Information

Candidates worldwide can apply. Applicants must be either:

  • A visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past five years. Download the artist fellowship application form.
  • A doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture prior to 1980 within the United States or in the context of international artistic exchange. Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their doctoral research and writing. Download the predoctoral scholar fellowship application form.
Applicants must be nominated by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may nominate a maximum of two students each year. (See the application form for full nomination and application procedures.)

Qualifications and Selection

Applications for the Terra Summer Residency will be evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s intellectual and creative excellence, scholarly accomplishments, and ability to contribute in a collegial and interdisciplinary community. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English; knowledge of French is desirable but not required.

Information about Funding

Terra Summer Residency fellows receive:

  • A $5,000 stipend (artists receive an additional $300 for the purchase of materials);
  • A travel contribution (up to $250 for individuals traveling from Europe; up to $1,000 for individuals traveling from outside Europe); and
  • Lodging in the Terra Foundation residences and daily lunches.
Learn More

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Call for Proposals: 71st annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), October 21-24, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA

SECAC 2015
Call for Session Proposals

Deadline, January 1, 2015, midnight, EST

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is proud to host the 71st annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC 2015), to be held October 21-24 at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh. The 2015 theme, CONFLUENCE, aligns the geographic confluence of the city’s three rivers with the conceptual confluence and fluidity of borders related to art, architecture, design, education, and pedagogy today. This is the first time in SECAC history the annual conference will be held north of the Mason-Dixon Line.  Pittsburgh is rich in history and art, being the birthplace of such notable artists as Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Session proposals are encouraged to take advantage of the city’s important architectural history, heritage in steel and glass production, the proximity to diverse museums and cultural institutions, and the possibility for hands-on studio activities, walking tours, and collection visits.  We expect several hundred attendees from around the nation representing a wide range of arts disciplines, multiple opportunities for inspiring discourse, national exposure for research, and great networking opportunities with friends, peers and higher education leaders.

The Wyndham Grand is a freshly remodeled hotel near the historic point in downtown Pittsburgh. The Fort Pitt Museum is located directly across the street from the hotel.  Within a few blocks of the hotel members can experience an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, theaters and splendid architecture. Thursday night will feature keynote speaker, Terence E. Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and recent author of Contemporary Art: World Currents which explores the international nature of the contemporary art scene. The SECAC 2015 Juried Exhibition will be held at the Future Tenant Gallery that is within walking distance of the conference hotel in the Cultural District.

Affiliated societies are guaranteed a session but must propose a session also before the deadline.

Here is a direct link to the proposal form: 2015 Call for Session Proposals. Send your CV directly to the conference chair Kurt Pitluga at