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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The National Portrait Gallery's juried competition is open to artists 18 and over to submit portraits created after Jan. 1, 2013, in any visual medium including painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, photography, textiles, performance and digital media. 

The winner will receive a cash award of $25,000 as well as the opportunity for a separate commission for the Portrait Gallery's collection.

Entries may be submitted online starting Aug. 1. The exhibition finalists will be presented in 2016. 

Dawoud Bey, photographer and video artist, Chicago
Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, National Portrait Gallery
Helen Molesworth, chief curator, MOCA, Los Angeles
Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture, National Portrait Gallery
Jerry Saltz, critic, New York Magazine
Kim Sajet, director, National Portrait Gallery
John Valadez, painter, muralist and photographer in Los Angeles

The competition is open to all professional artists age 18 and over who are living and working in the United States or its territories. Both emerging and midcareer artists are invited to participate. Each artist may enter one work depicting anyone—a friend, a stranger, a relative, a self-portrait, or a group—but each portrait must be the result of the artist's direct encounter with that person or persons. While the human form must be the focus of the work, artists are invited to figure out and interpret the concept of portraiture broadly; for example, an entry might not include a face. The work must have been completed after January 1, 2010.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash award of $25,000 and may have the opportunity for a separate commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Portrait Gallery's collection. The winning artist and the Portrait Gallery will collaborate to select the subject for the commissioned portrait. The second-prize winner will receive $7,500, and the third-prize winner will receive $5,000. Four additional artists may be commended for their work and will receive $1,000 each. All finalists' works will form a major exhibition which will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery from March 23, 2013 until February 23, 2014.

Dr Anton Hasell has a doctorate in bell making, running Australian Bell from Mia Mia, Victoria, Australia

    Anton Hasell makes iron bells in Mia Mia, Victoria, Australia,
    a rural escape which satisfies his love of silence.
  • JUNE 25, 2014 12:00AM

BELL making can take its toll.

Not least, says Anton Hasell, the logistics, labour and materials required in their production.

“This is my studio, crazy as it is,” he says from his bell foundry on a 12ha property at Mia Mia, north of Kyneton, with its jumbled machinery, metal, and objects d’art.

“This is a furnace for melting half a tonne of bronze.

“And here,” he says, lifting a 40kg solid bell “is the project I’m working on now.”

The 61-year-old sculptor has public works of art around Australia, including a bluestone police memorial on Melbourne’s St Kilda Rd, to a new light box installation at Epworth Hospital and a Eureka Stockade sculpture in Ballarat, with a fascination for laser cut printing.

But it is his bells — from great clangers to gentle tinklers — for which he is best known.

It’s through his bells — (he even has a doctorate on bells in public spaces) — that Anton has become renowned, not just for his complex vision of the role of bell art in the community, but also for his revolutionary methods, combining ancient, traditional arts with digital technology, which has even seen him invent a new bell.
Making music: Anton Hasell has a doctorate on bells in public spaces.
His best known creations are perhaps the Federation bells in Birrarung Marr. But, be sure that when you see a bell in a public space, it’s likely to be Anton’s.

As much as he enjoys hearing them clang, he says he doesn’t make bells to make music.

Rather, his interest lies in their history, their role as sacred objects in religion, and the science of bell curves.

“Bells are sculptures and always have been. Shapes and forms are what interest me,” says Anton, who was drawing and making art from childhood, later studying economics and then art, majoring in sculpture.

He says his role creating art for public spaces is to make it fun and interactive.

“I’m endlessly trying to reintroduce bells as a musical place of experience, to bring people together in playfulness and joy.”

Anton walks through his studio donging bells to elicit a sound. It was this science of sound that led him to invent the harmonic bell, which has one note, rather than two notes of the traditional European bell.

He says it was modern technology — applied to an ancient art — that gave him the skill to create the harmonic bell.

Once he’s created a 3D computer model of a bell, he creates laser cut moulds, then using traditional skills to melt ingots of silicon bronze (made from copper and glass) to model the bells.

While he’s largely focused on commissioned public art works, he also holds his own solo and joint exhibitions.

Anton grew up in Warrnambool and says connection with place is an important part of his work. He moved to Mia Mia in 1989, with his sculptor wife Georgina and two children, after working in rural retreats in Scotland and Italy.

“I now find cities full of noise. Being in the country has given me a love of silence.”

NOTE: For more information about Australian Bell, go to:

Ann Kaplan, Clemson University MFA Art Alumna, has Two Exhibits Opening in Downtown Manilla, Philippines

Pagduduy(d)an : : Holding the Space

De La Salle University / 

Saint Scholastica's College

Peace Studies Programs


Conversations & Confrontations

Philippines Women's University

School of Fine Arts & Design

4-25 August 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nina Kawar's "Dual Perceptions" Selected for Honorable Mention in Japanese Exhibition

Dual Perceptions, porcelain, 18 x 12 x 6 inches, Nina Kawar
Nina Kawar, MFA Candidate in the Art Department at Clemson University, has had her sculpture, Dual Perceptions, selected for an Honorable Mention in the 10th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan.  To be accepted into the exhibition, Nina's work had to pass three rounds of judging. 

Jurors for the Ceramic Arts Category were: Masayuki Kurokawa, Architect, Product Designer; Taku Satoh, Graphic Designer; Kanae, Tsukamoto, Design Director; Masahiro Karasawa, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Chief of Craft Section; Choi JaeHoon, Designer; and Rosanna Orlandi, Design Gallery Owner.

The exhibition runs from September 12- October 19th, 2014. This is an international competition which aims to promote the further development of ceramic industry and culture through international exchanges of ceramic designs and culture.  Outstanding works that suggest innovative ideas and explore the future of ceramics coming from all over Japan and the world will be displayed all together.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It Takes a Village at Riverworks Gallery

The Village is coming to the river. It takes a village is an exhibition of original 
works by eighteen artists who work in the Village of West Greenville. 

These artists have created works that specifically reflect their response to, or 
perspective of, The Village. The exhibition promises a glimpse of artists who 
are not necessarily collaborating, but because of time and close proximity, 
create in a community environment. That community can produce obvious 
influences of theme or more subtle influences of the unique light or colors 
of place. The diversity of media; jewelry, sculpture, and painting, mirrors the 
diversity of artists who work in The Village. It takes a village is a collaborative 
effort of Greenville Technical College's RIVERWORKS Gallery and Clemson 
University's Center for Visual Arts - Greenville to showcase the artists working 
in The Village of West Greenville. Clemson's CVA-Greenville initiated the call 
to the artists in The Village and RIVERWORKS agreed to provide a downtown 
Greenville venue. This pop-up exhibition is only on view for two and a half 
weeks. The gallery will be open for First Friday, August 1, from 6-9pm.

Reception: Thursday, July 31, 6-8pm

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the 
Visual and Performing Arts Department at Greenville Technical College. The 
gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River 
in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.    
For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Manager
Greenville Technical College
(864) 271-0679 or email

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.

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.

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

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.