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Monday, February 8, 2016

Call for Papers & Presenters: SECAC 2016

I'm chairing the Panel, "Shaky Ground, Scorched Earth, Falling Waters, and Rising Tides: Protecting and Sustaining Studio Practice and Arts Agencies in the Era of Catastrophe"

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council England, in The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society, echoes Richard Florida, asserting the arts are economic drivers that promote “social and economic goals through local regeneration, attracting tourists, developing talent and innovation, improving health and wellbeing, and contributing to the delivery of public services.” However, he goes one step further, arguing that the arts are “a strategic national resource” that deserves “a new language of cultural value.” 

While few artists would argue against Bazalgette’s valorization of the arts or his recommendations for a better nomenclature, few artists sufficiently work to protect one of the most essential elements in their creative lives: their studios. Taking the time to assess man-made or natural threats to their artistic production seems an overly maudlin exercise, and developing a strategic disaster plan feels more like a corporate chore than a creative act. However, by preparing and developing resilience strategies, artists and arts organizations can minimize the impact of disasters and strengthen their ability to recover with minimal outside assistance. 

This panel will explore arts readiness and seeks input from individual artists and arts organizations across the spectrum of planning, disaster response, and recovery. 

Session Chair: Greg Shelnutt, Clemson University. 




Call for Entries: SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition 2016

SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition is now available 

SECAC membership required after entry acceptance.

Deadline is April 1, 2016, midnight, EDT.

Entry fee: $35.

Location: Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University

Juror: Jenine Culligan, Director, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University

  • Submission deadline April 1, 2016 
  • Notification date May 15, 2016 
  • Delivery of accepted works August 18 - 22, 2016 
  • Exhibit to open September 1, 2016 
  • Members’ reception October 20, 2016 - 6:00-8:00PM 
  • Works returned by November 4, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016


JULY 21 - AUGUST 13, 2016


Entry Deadline: May 31


Open to artists who are or have been enrolled in an MFA program 
within the last three years in the United States. Eligible works include 
paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints, sculpture, photography, 
installations and computer-generated art. No video, film, or giclees.

Entry Fee: $35 for 1-3 works.  $5 for each additional work up to 
6 works maximum.  
Online entries only.

ABOUT THE JUROR LANCE ESPLUND - Art critic, The Wall Street Journal. 
Formerly: US art critic for Bloomberg News, chief art critic for The New York 
Sun and Modern Painters editorial board and New York correspondent. His 
essays have appeared in Art in America, Art & Antiques, Harper’s, The New 
Criterion, The New Republic, Disegno, The New York Observer, The 
Threepenny Review, The Weekly Standard and The Yale Review. Esplanade 
has taught at numerous universities: NYU, Parsons, The New School, KCAI, 
Queens College, Rider University, and The New York Studio School MFA 

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, New York 10001
646-336-8053 · 646-336-8054 (fax) 
Gallery Hours: 11 am-6 pm, Tuesday-Saturday

  • February 1 - Entries begin May 31 
  • Entry deadline June 21 
  • Notification emailed to artists July 12-16 
  • Shipped work must arrive July 18 
  • Hand delivery of work, 12 - 8 PM July 21 (Thursday) 
  • Reception, 6 - 8 PM August 13 
  • Show ends, pickup of hand-delivered work, 6 - 8 PM August 15 
  • Pickup of hand-delivered work, 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM August 15-19 
  • Return of shipped work via UPS or FedEx 

GALLERY SUMMER HOURS: Monday – Friday, 11 am - 6 pm

Thursday, February 4, 2016

STUDENTS GET READY: Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program include:

Recent graduates   Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.

Master's and doctoral candidates   Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields   Competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Competitive applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will not have recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

Creative & Performing Arts Fields of Study

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Design & Crafts
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Drawing, Illustration, & Sequential Art
  • Filmmaking
  • Installation Art
  • Music
  • Painting/Printmaking
  • Performance Art
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • World Music

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Call to Artists: Artists Touched by Carl. R. Blair

Deadline February 8, 2016

NO Entry Fee

The Metropolitan Arts Council is organizing Artists Touched by Carl. R. Blair, a juried exhibit of work by artists who at some point have had the artwork they produce or the life they lead as an artist influenced or inspired by Carl R. Blair, longtime artist and arts educator in Greenville.

The exhibit is open to both 2D and 3D artists.

Artists are asked to provide a short statement about that influence and inspiration as part of their exhibit application. The statement, to be no longer than 100 words, will be compiled in an exhibit catalogue as well as potentially incorporated into the design of the exhibit. The required statement will not play a role in the jurying of the participating artists but can be considered a “tribute opportunity.”

A tri-fold brochure can be downloaded here:  PROSPECTUS

Entry form must be returned to MAC in person or by mail by Monday, February 8th. Digital images can be provided on CD or by email. Written statements must be provided digitally. Deadline applies to image and statement submissions as well.

Carl R. Blair is one of Greenville’s most accomplished and respected visual artists, co-founder of Greenville’s oldest and still functioning gallery, Hampton II Gallery, and a retired arts professor,
spending his career at Bob Jones University and the Art School at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Carl has inspired and influenced generations of students and local artists through his talent and inexhaustable creation of work as well as through his commitment to arts education.
16 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29601
MAC Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Carolina Art Crush: Miranda Pfeiffer


Note: Miranda Pfeiffer was a Visiting Artist in the 

Art Department at Clemson University in 2014.  

That lecture is available on her web site.

NOTE: This interview was originally published on HappeningCLT.  HappeningsCLT provides the creative community with information about the rich and diverse visual art scene in Charlotte and surrounding areas.  Their goal is to both highlight and serve as a resource for artists, art professionals, art makers, & art enthusiasts. Find them at: & @happeningsCLT

In 2016, it can be refreshing to experience the work of someone who relies on age-old methods of creating art. You’ll find that respite in the pencil drawings of Charlotte native Miranda Pfeiffer. Now living in Los Angeles, Pfeiffer creates pencil on paper drawings whose high level of detail points to long, meditative hours of markmaking in a studio. Although she lets most drawings stand on their own, she also enjoys animation and gif-making and has recently delved into applying her work to fabric. The images are portraits of mundane objects but they have a slightly dark mood; rocks are pocked with hundreds of tiny dark holes, a hand has six fingers, or a foot is joined by creeping, crawling ants.  Your opportunity to see the work in person comes with her afternoon lecture (1 p.m.) and evening opening (5 -7 p.m.) at CPCC Ross Gallery on Thursday, January 28.

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Miranda Pfeiffer, Drawing of a Crumpled Breughel, 2015. Graphite on Rives BFK, 36 x 36 inches.
HappeningsCLT: Describe yourself in three words.

Miranda Pfeiffer: Secretly antisocial potato.

HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?

MP: For as long as I can remember–probably since the age of 3 or 4– I’ve called myself an artist. Strangely though, it took me a very long time to realize not being an artist was even an option. When I graduated from art school at 21, I was broke and nervous about my future. That’s when I remember it finally hitting me, my career is a choice. Sometimes it’s a hard choice, but it’s very worth it to spend my life paying attention to life’s oddities. I wouldn’t want to ‘be’ anything else, unless it was an astronaut.

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Miranda Pfeiffer, Facing My Foot, 2015. Graphite on Rives BFK, 36 x 36 inches.

HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?

MP: Too too many things to list! Pieter Bruegel the Elder is and always has been a huge influence on me. The drawings of Vija Celmins first showed me what I wished my drawings looked like. In my animations, I often reference films like Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring by Ki-duk Kim.
More directly, I’ve collaborated a ton with curator and artist, Max Guy. Though we mostly work in different mediums, I trust his opinions a lot. I think I’ve been lucky to have such a smart person in my life. Perhaps friendships like his have been even more valuable to me than having art-idols like the above. Max wrote the catalog essay for Rock Line.

HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work.

MP: Rock Line is a series of drawings and animations. They’re laboriously rendered with a very thin mechanical pencil, requiring me to move slowly over the surface of the objects I draw. Though not quite the same as photorealism (I don’t draw from photographs unless I’m drawing the actual paper the photograph is printed on) I try and include as much detail as possible. While working–I always learn something new and unexpected about the objects I’m in communion with. Despite what I usually think something looks like before I begin, the subjects ‘push back,’ so that a foot may surprisingly mirror materials like rock and stone. Similarly, the time I spend drawing is time I tend to diminish my own self-awareness. In today’s world of technological milieu, how often do we carefully look at our surroundings? How often do we read without first assuming a personal bias? The drawings record my own subjectivity, and hopefully describe ambiguity in our physical world.

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Miranda Pfeiffer, Rock Covered by a Shadow, 2015. Graphite on Rives BFK, 24 x 24 inches.

HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas right now?

MP: When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to attend UNCSA’s arts boarding school in Winston Salem. It’s an incredible resource for the Carolinas. Like me and so many others, UNSCA has and continues to develop the minds of young creatives. In terms of this question, I think the experience isn’t solely what its artists make now, but what its alumni will become. The school forever changed my life and I couldn’t be more grateful that North Carolina had such a unique program. It’s incredibly uncommon and I wish for the sake of the rest of the country that it wasn’t. Everyone knows arts-funding can be very tight. What UNCSA does with such young artists and such a tight budget has always amazed me. I strongly suggest visiting the program and taking in a concert, performance, film series or art show.

HCLT: What is your number one art piece/place/event in this area?

MP: The Mint Museum is my favorite art-space in Charlotte. In particular, they have some really beautiful Mesoamerican artifacts. The aesthetic sensibilities of these objects can really surprise a viewer, and they often explain fantastic myths or historical events from that period. My favorite Mayan artifacts often describe the illusive night sky, and sometimes point to other iterations of our world. (The Mayan’s believed that time was cyclical.)

Miranda Pfeiffer, Wood, 2015. Animated Gif.
HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?

MP: The Portable Hannah Arendt Edited by Peter Baehr, and South, The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton. (See below)

HCLT: Best meal in the Charlotte area?

MP: When I’m in town I always go to Lupie’s and order veggie chili, cornbread and sweet tea.

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Miranda Pfeiffer, Explosion, 2015. Print on heavy linen, dimensions vary.

HCLT: Where can we see your work?

MP: At CPCC’s Ross Gallery! My show, Rock Line, is currently on display with an opening Thursday, January 28th from 5 – 7PM. I promise to not be a secretly antisocial potato! The show includes recent graphite drawings, animations and textile designs. I’ll be giving a talk that same day,January 28th at 1 pm in Tate Hall at CPCC.

HCLT: What is up next?

MP: Currently, I’m working on an animated short that describe’s, Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton’s rescue in 1916. The film is about him returning from a wild and bleak landscape of antarctica and realizing that the civilized world he was longing has mutated into the violent battlegrounds of World War 1. It’s a real departure for me since I’m working in color, trying very hard to depict the almost otherworldly pink skies of Antarctica. [Warning!] This clip is a bit gorey, but I sometimes post little in-progress snippets like this on my Instagram. I hope to have the whole animation completed by June 2016.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

APPLY for 2016 Artist's Residencies at Elsewhere: A Living Museum, Greensboro, NC

Elsewhere--your favorite living museum, residency and creative laboratory set inside a former thrift store--is accepting applications from artists and researchers working across all media, fields and disciplines for 2016/17 residencies, special fellowships and internships. Make sure you tell and forward this email to all your friends! 

Applications are due February 13, 2016 by 11:59pm EST. For questions please email