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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Exhibition by Claudia Wilburn, Clemson University Art Department BFA Alumna, at Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery

Claudia Wilburn (BFA in Art, 2004, Clemson University)


Conway, SC

Please join the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery for their Summer I show featuring Claudia Wilburn. Claudia is an artist whose work is deeply rooted in memories of her upbringing in the south. Her densely layered images combine photography, drawing, painting, and text together to create texturally rich images embedded with the indelible marks that time and place leave on our lives.

Wilburn received her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in May of 2008 and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Drawing from Clemson University. Currently she is the Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.

She won recognition in being named Young Artist of the Year through the Columbia Museum of Art in the Fall of 2006 and an Award of Merit in the fifty second Annual Student Art Exhibition at McMaster Gallery at USC in March 2008. She has had three solo exhibitions and shown in over twenty group exhibitions. In September 2009 she had a solo exhibition and was a visiting artist at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida. She also had an exhibition in Brenau University’s Castelli Gallery in March of 2012.

Exhibition Dates: May 18th - June 19th

Gallery Summer Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8-5pm, Fri. 8-1pm

Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
133 West Chanticleer Drive
Conway, SC 29526

Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking at Appalachia - A Fresh Approach ExhibitIon at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Features Two Clemson Photographers

The Exhibition, Looking at Appalachia - A Fresh Approach, at the Spartanburg County Libraries, features two Clemson University photographers, Zane Logan (MFA, Art, photography emphasis, 2011) and Pat Owens (BFA candidate).  

Running from 16 May to 26 June, a public reception will be held on 21 May 2015 at 6:30-7:30 pm, Barrett Room, Headquarters Library, 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306. 

Looking at Appalachia 
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. A quick Google image search of “war on poverty” will yield several photographs of President Johnson on the porch of the Fletcher family home in Inez, Kentucky.

Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.

This project is now in its second year and is open to submissions from 1 January - 31 December each calendar year.

This project is designed and directed by Roger May.

The Southern Documentary Fund serves as their fiscal sponsor and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by a core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. You can support this project with a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

Rich Community: an Anthology of Appalachian Photographers Features Three Photographers from Clemson University's Art Department

Cover photograph © by Lisa Parker

Rich Community: an Anthology of Appalachian Photographers

To be released to the public on June 21, 2015: Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers. A collection of new, perviously unpublished 21st Century work by 82 southern Appalachian photographers. The book includes one or two photographs, a short biography, web or contact info, and an artist's statement from each of the participating photographers. Juried and edited by David Underwood. Includes a juror's introduction and a publisher's introduction; 106 pages; 90 original photographs; 8" x 10" softcover. Cover photograph © by Lisa Parker. Retail price will be $65.00; purchases can be made via a link to be found here on this web site after June 21, 2015.   Contributing photographers: check for an e-mail from Sapling Grove Press on April 27 or 28, for contributors' purchasing information.

Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers is a sampling of work by 82 contemporary image makers working in various modes of the photographic medium. Chosen in an open juried competition, this collection reveals extraordinary talent, diversity, and unique vision by many of the 21st Century artist/photographers working in the southern Appalachian region of America. Juried by David Underwood; text sections edited by Susan O'Dell Underwood and David Underwood.

Includes samples of photographs, biographical & contact information, and artists’ statements, by: Rob Amberg, Elle Olivia Andersen, David Andrews, Brittany Bazan, Doug Berryhill, Josh Birnbaum, Christa Bowden, Deborah Bryan, Leah Bullard, Ian Campbell, Rick Cary, Megan Chapman, R. Earl Cleveland, Bridget Conn, James Davis, Andy Drinnon, Nancy Ehlers [Clemson University MFA in Art, photography emphasis, 2008], Terry Eiler, Lisa Flanary, Diane Fox, Polly Gaillard, Hans Gindlesberger, Andrew Gresham, Barrett Hedges, Robert Heller, Lori Hepner, Christine Holtz & Lauren S. Zadikow, Diane Hopkins-Hughs, William Imhof, Trey Jolly, Lee Jones, Daniel Kaufmann, Gary Kirksey, Tony Lawson, Paul Lee, Tim Lewis, Lisa Lindamood, Jacob Long, Jeff Loope, Abby Malone, John May, Brian McDaniel, Olivia Mertz, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Elizabeth Minix, Elizabeth Moser, Pat Owens [Clemson University BFA Candidate], Lisa Parker, Stephen Pierson, David Pittenger, Julie Rae Powers, Julie Rabun, Josh Raftery, Sarah Reuning, Hannah Riffey, Dennis Sabo, Dennis Savage, George Scott, Michael Sherwin, Kim Sholly, Tyson Smith, Lynn Stanger, Sam Stapleton, David Stephenson, Ray Stratton, Joe Strickland, Robert Sulkin, Constance Thalken, Eric Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Bryan Tilghman, Carrie Tomberlin, Eric Tomberlin, Harumi Umi, David Underwood, Wendy Minor Viny, Joshua White, Chip Williams, Anderson Wrangle [Clemson University Associate Professor of Photography], Clayton Young, Lauren S. Zadikow & Christine Holtz, Matthew Ziff, and John Zirkle.

Ireland Regnier, Clemson University Professor Emeritus of Painting, Mounts Solo Exhibition at Clemson City Hall

Tuesday, May 19th: Artists Reception with Ireland Regnier

Clemson City Hall
1250 Tiger Blvd., Clemson, SC

5:00-7:00 pm

This special exhibit of his work will be in the Clemson City Hall throughout the summer.  Ireland Regnier is a professor emeritus in the Art Department at Clemson University. He taught painting until his retirement in 1988. Regnier served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, where he was a machine gunner and awarded the Bronze Star.

Regnier's work stands apart from the romantic, awe-inspiring projections of traditional landscapes. "Regnier finds the beauty not in the grandiose, but the simplicity of light and sky, of being struck by the little spots in everyday life. His landscapes speak to a greater perspective on painting and on life," according to Lee Gallery Director Denise Woodward-Detrich.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

York County South Carolina Artist, Clyde Eugene Merritt, Dies at 78

Clyde Eugene Merritt at Watkins Grill, Photo: Courtesy of Mario Del Curto
York County Artist Dies

York County artist Clyde Eugene Merritt died peacefully Saturday morning, May 16, 2015.   Born November 30, 1936, his early childhood was spent in Columbia, S.C.   Most of his adolescent and adult life Merritt lived in Fort Mill and Rock Hill, eventually on Confederate Avenue and later at Pilgrim’s Inn as one of its first residents.  In his declining years he moved to Yorktowne Village, now Agape Senior, an assisted living facility in York, S.C.   Though he worked a number of jobs during his life from bag boy to shoe shine man to janitor in a local movie theatre, Merritt is best remembered for sitting at “his” table at Watkins Grill in downtown Rock Hill where for nearly ten years he created thousands of drawings.  He was a kind and loving man, embraced by those who knew him for his remarkable memory and keen wit.

Gene Merritt
Get around car, 1998
pointball pen on paper
27,9 x 35,3 cm
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Merritt’s drawings were included in collections and exhibitions throughout the world from London to Tokyo to Paris to Lausanne.  In the U.S. he was included in the collections of Duke University’s Nasher Museum, the Museum of York County, and the South Carolina State Museum.  His drawings represented a rare singular, original vision and spoke to the connection between hand and eye, between mind and pen, between heart and paper.  Merritt’s work was recently featured in the UNC Press publication The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 23, Folk Art.  There is also a photo essay about him in Mario Del Curto’s publication The Outlanders featuring artists from around the globe.  Regardless, since the 2001 death of one of his major advocates, Swiss curator and writer Geneviève Roulin, little has been seen of Merritt’s work.

Since his drawing was there for everyone to see from the first carefully conceived line to the last, his work was very accessible.  Sharing with others was part of his creative process. As drawings were completed, he gave them away or sold them for spare change. This was his business and he was a self-acknowledged “hard working man.”  Between the years of 1992-2012 his drawings were identified by a progression of signatures or “autographs” including Gene’s Art to Gene’s Art Inc. to Gene’s Art Museums Inc.   The drawings served as his business cards.  Merritt’s drawings employed subjects we all knew from popular culture including movie and TV stars, country music artists, politicians and people that he cared about. And he cared about people.

With his passing it is important to note that many of us really did not know this quiet man who once walked daily from his Confederate Avenue home to regular stops along the way where he visited other hard working, everyday people. Stops included the barber shop, the dry cleaners, the loan company, Hardees, the car dealership, Scuba Adventures, the pawn shop, the arts council, and, of course Watkins Grill.  Later he would find hard working people at Pilgrims Inn, Yorktowne Village and Agape.  It was these folks who realized, who knew, and who loved his special genius, just as he loved them.  And yes, Gene would walk every day and would bring a small smile to anyone still willing to smile. So thank you Clyde Eugene Merritt.  We love you; your hard work is done.

Tom Stanley, Chair

Winthrop University
Department of Fine Arts
303 McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer Art Camp 2015 at The Arts Center of Clemson

This summer there are a variety of arts activities for aspiring young artists at The Arts Center of Clemson.  Their popular Summer Art Camp gives children opportunities to explore, create and exhibit at The Arts Center. 

They are offering 6 weeks of creativity and imagination: June 15-19, June 22-27, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24 and July 27-31
A full day of 2 classes is $220.00 per week.  Members of The Arts Center receive a 10% discount.  Click below to log in and check your membership status.  Join or renew first so the discount will apply when you register for classes.

Tuition is $110 per half-day class.
Preschool: Ages 4-5  Tuition is $95 per week
                   Ages 2-3  Tuition is $45 per week 

Members*: Log in to save 10%.

The Art Department at Clemson University is proud to note that the Clemson Art Family is well presented amongst the faculty!  REGISTER HERE

ages 10+
Daniel Bare
Students will be inspired by the rich history of ceramics as a gateway to learning about their own imagination.  Students will produce functional wares while learning to use the pottery wheel.

Lindsey Elsey
Learn the art of ceramic beading and jewelry making using clay.  Ideas about adornment and learning to apply basic hand building skills to make their wearable are.

Discover the wonderful world of sculpting soft clay into creative zoomorphic animals.  Students will learn hand-building basics of pinching and coiling to make their projects and explore their imaginations.

Lindsey Elsey
Use the pottery wheel to explore the ancient traditions of tea bowls and tea culture using the pottery wheel.  Students will produce tea ware such as Japanese yunomi tea bowls!

Lindsey Elsey

Students will learn the art of hand-building tiles from slabs using the slab roller!  We will use additive  and subtractive techniques to create fun imaginative stories and pattern tiles.  Students will produce single and multiple tiles for the wall and for use in the kitchen!

ages 10+ SELF PORTRAITURE Rebecca Beaird
We will be looking at self-portraiture in a new fun, mixed-media approach.  Come explore line and color!

Rebecca Bearid
Get spinning clay using the pottery wheel and make your first pots.  All aspects of using the pottery wheel will be practiced and used.  Students will create functional pieces such as cups and bowls!  No experience needed.

Daniel Bare
Get spinning clay using the pottery wheel and make your first pots while learning about physical forces of gravity on the soft materials of clay.  All aspects of using the pottery wheel will be practiced and used.  Students will create functional pieces such as cups and bowls! No experience needed.

Rebecca Bearid
Students will use nature and the garden as a springboard into their imagination.  Students will create a collective pole as well as individual garden sculptures!  All hand building techniques will be explored to produce their sculptures.

Daniel Bare
Plates and platter, platters and plates, Oh MY!  Student will use coil and slab building techniques to create fancy plates and platters for the dinner table!  Hand building techniques will be explored to produce their functional dishes.

Lindsey Elsey
Welcome to the clay SPIN ZONE!  All aspects of using the pottery wheel will be practiced and used to create functional pieces such as cups and bowls!  This ZONE will explore intermediate level works.  Some experience on the pottery wheel welcomed but first time potters are welcomed, too.

Rebecca Beaird
Wire is an exciting medium that is flexible with many possibilities.  The class will be using the wire to create sculptures with movement, dynamic composition and a variety of weights.

Daniel Bare
Design and create your very own pull ceramic pull toy.  Ceramic toys date as far back as the Egyptians!  Students learn more exciting details about ceramic history while using hand building methods such as coil and slab building to explore their imagination.

Rebecca Beaird
We will be working with a variety of materials from letters to collage to create a whimsical sign.  Come learn about combining a variety of elements to create a personalized piece of art.

Lindsey Elsey
Welcome to the clay SPIN ZONE 2! All aspects of using the pottery wheel will be practiced and used to create functional pieces such as cups and bowls!  This ZONE will explore intermediate and advanced level works.  Some experience on the pottery wheel is welcomed, however first time potters are welcomed to join the SPIN ZONE!

Rebecca Beaird
Let’s step back in time and design our own Egyptian sarcophagi and masks.  We will put on the hats of the pharaoh’s highest designers and use color, symbols, and jewels to create masterpieces that will make history.