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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Seeking Sculptors: Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC Outdoor Sculpture Sales Gallery

BLING BLING by Will Mueller from Valdese, NC

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir NC.   Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

To learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council call 828-754-2486 email or visit


Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina.  Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 81 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering.  While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows visitors to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

Tucker's Gallery gets its name from Lenoir's history books. The Tucker family settled in the area around 1797 and their barn was likely located on what is now Norwood Street, not far from the Caldwell Arts Council. Tucker's Barn was a voting precinct, a muster ground, a store and a place for "frolics" and celebrations. At least one large Fourth of July celebration included a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir. Tucker's Barn became a large meeting place for many gatherings and was so popular a fiddle tune was composed and written titled "Tucker's Barn."  Doc Watson eventually recorded this tune in 1964 on an album titled, "The Watson Family Tradition."

Will Mueller's Artist statement: The inspiration for this sculpture came from listening to the news on NPR each morning; stories about how China's currency has been devalued; how financial institutions in this country are under the gun for illegal, and immoral dealings; how the Fed can't make up its mind about raising or not raising the interest rate; how middle ­class people are having an increasingly hard time keeping their homes and food in their stomachs. So much these days is about­­­­­ $$MONEY$$ 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Carly Drew, Katelyn Chapman and Kolton Miller, All Clemson University Art Department Alumni, Exhibit in Drawn South at Riverworks

Scenic Route, Kolton Miller

Dates: October 23-December 11, 2016
Reception: Fri, Nov. 4, 6-9 pm
Hours: 1-6 pm, Thur-Sun

300 River Street, Ste. 202, Greenville, SC  

Carly Drew, Katelyn Chapman, and Kolton Miller are all Drawn South through their childhood immersion in and reverence for South Carolina's culture and landscape. Their images explore and narrate their home landscape with layers of media that present a "compression of history" according to Carly and "multiple perspectives" says Katelyn. Kolton may speak for all three when he says, "It is important that the work questions the time, place, and realness of your standard landscape, pushing something normally thought of as concrete into an unearthly event." While studying together at Clemson University, the three became friends and colleagues.

Carly builds bucolic Appalachian landscapes explaining, "My work examines our ever-changing relationships to place through the layers of personal history, industrial changes to the terrain, and the rich American landscape painting tradition. The reason drawing is my media of choice is that it parallels these layers by always holding evidence of decisions made during the working process and showing changes in the work that have taken place over time."

Katelyn comments "through drawing and painting mediums, I layer line and pigment to capture the authentic in-between moments of life in the American South; the moments before, the moments of, and moments after, in order to initiate the act of looking from all perspectives to discover ourselves in the truth of the world." Katelyn's painting "A Good Plenty" is a familiar detail of a "mess" of fish, an integral image of the rural South.

Kolton continues to utilize linear and geometric elements of drawing in his paintings and explains, "My paintings capture the past, present, and future through abstracted landscapes imbedded with psychological connections. Within my work I combine vectors between solidity and transparency through layering imagery and place."

Carly, Katelyn, and Kolton are Drawn South as artists and friends who continue to live in, work in, and interpret the South. Carly, a Greenville Technical College graduate, received her BFA from Converse College in 2011 and her MFA from Clemson University in 2013. She is an adjunct instructor at both Clemson and Greenville Tech and exhibits widely. Katelyn received her BFA from Clemson University in 2014 and is a MFA candidate at the University of Georgia. Kolton, also a Greenville Tech graduate and 2014 Clemson BFA alum, lives and paints in Charleston.

To learn more about these artists, please go to their web sites:
RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC. The Benson Campus Galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road in Taylors, SC.

For more information, call:

Fleming Markel, Director
(864) 271-0679 or email
or visit

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sam Wang, Clemson University Professor Emeritus of Photography, and Sandy King, Professor Emeritus of Languages, Represented Clemson University and the United States at the 1st International Seminar of Alternative Photography Education, Nanjing, China

Sam Wang, Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus, and Sandy King, Professor Emeritus of Languages, represented the United States and Clemson University at the October 22-23, 2016, 1st  International Seminar of Alternative Photography Education held at Nanjing University of the Arts (formerly the Nanjing Arts Institute), in the College of Digital Media, Nanjing, China. Other notable photographers included Australian photographer Ellie Young as well as photographer from across China.  The seminar also included manufacturers of art papers, UV exposure units, portfolio box makers, frame designers, and exhibition installation designers. 

The next event is planned for November 2017.

Serendipity and Bookstores: Thanks Lynda Barry

On my way home from the SECAC Conference in Roanoke, Virginia - great conference, too, by the way! - I took the longer way home to Clemson through Winston-Salem, and I stopped by Edward McKay Used Books & More, a favorite haunt.  I was hoping for some more of those unexpectedly cool CD boxed sets I've so often found there: Billy Bragg, ELO, Jamaican Ska, etc.

But being in one of those post-conference moods where one knows it's really important to go and consort with one's friends and colleagues, make professional connections, see some shows, hear inspiring lectures and panels, etc., yet at the same time the weight of what's not been done at home and work feels like a Sisyphean stone that's getting heavier by the minute.  I certainly wasn't in the mood to sift through the novels for a hidden gem...

So I quickly perused the art section and happened upon a copy of Lynda Barry's What it Is, her book on writing.  I grabbed it just because I've always been a fan of her character, Maryls, but I really didn't think much about the purchase until today.

What I discovered - a bit late to the game admittedly since the book was originally published in 2008 and has had seven printings! - was a wonderfully sincere, funny, melancholic, and, ultimately, hopeful and hugely encouraging book on the act of creating.  What should be required reading for all art teachers - well, any teacher, really - are her sections about her experiences drawing (pp. 75-80, pp. 100-105, pp. 111-122, and 123-136).

So, sometimes even when one is besieged by the boulders of time and responsibility beginning their seemingly inevitable downward roll, being open - even momentarily - to the potential for potential, can unlock new modes of understanding, thinking, seeing, and doing.

Thanks, Lynda Barry.

PS- Lynda Barry also has a wonderful tmblr blog, The Near-Sighted Monkey. Check it out:

PPS- Lynda Barry also has books on art and teaching such as Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, and Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book, plus Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything, about her life. I've ordered all three and can't wait!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

APPLY: Brandon Fellowships at the GCCA Greenville, SC, November 1 DEADLINE!

Naomi Nakazato was a 2015-2016 recipient of a Brandon Fellowship.

 Brandon Fellowship

The two founders of the Brandon Fellowship have a deeply felt motivation for initiating this opportunity for young artists. They consider themselves fortunate in being beneficiaries of The Rhodes Scholarship.  The Donors explain, "The Scholarship provided us with a great education and welcomed us into a community that challenged us to explore and reach farther than we could have otherwise. We made new friends from all walks of life, friendships which continue to broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives over thirty years later.” This is exactly what they hope the Brandon Fellowships will do for young artists in our community, that they will reap the benefits and share them with those around them, and with those who will come after them.

2015 was the Brandon Fellowship program's inaugural year; the launch coincided with the opening of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. The program supports the Center's mission to be inclusive and serve the whole community with exhibits from local and regional artists, high caliber art classes and workshops and onsite artists' studios.

The selection panel for the Brandon Fellowship will be composed of prominent artists and business leaders from the Greenville arts community, and advised by Dr. Leo Twiggs, Professor Emeritus at South Carolina State University and recipient of the Verner Award (Governor's Trophy) for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The Brandon Fellowship will provide university-style studio space at GCCA for a period of six months, renewable for one additional six-month period, along with a stipend for supplies and access to a number of classes taught at GCCA. The three main goals of the Brandon Fellowship are:
  • to support talented artists who may not otherwise have access to a formal art education;
  • to foster a sense of community;
  • to promote diversity at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts.
Criteria for eligibility
Criteria for eligibility may vary over time depending on the demographic make-up of the active artist community at GCCA. To fulfill the goal of promoting diversity, initially and for the foreseeable future, the basic criteria for selection are as follows:
  • Successful candidates will be highly talented, self-motivated artists with the discipline to work on their own. They will also be community-minded and eager to participate in group activities with other Brandon Fellows, such as museum and studio visits, lectures, and occasional volunteering activities in the schools and at GCCA.
  • Three fellowships will be offered to artists from targeted communities in Greenville County:  one artist from the African American Community, one artist from the Hispanic Community, and one Community-at-large artist.
  • Applicants must be resident of Greenville County.
  • At the time of application an applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least 5 years, and between 21 and 30 years of age.
  • Prior professional art training or post-secondary education is not required.
  • Selection will be made without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
Benefits of the Brandon Fellowship
  • A dedicated university style studio space at GCCA. Brandon Fellows must spend a minimum of 25 hours per week in the studio. (Studio access is available from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm, seven days a week.)
  • A $250 stipend for art supplies per six-month period;
  • Dedicated tutors, assigned based on stated interest and preferred medium, who will guide Brandon Fellows during their residency;
  • Access to 1 GCCA class per session plus access to any class that is not filled;
  • Support and mentorship from GCCA studio artists and exhibiting artists;
  • Participation in group exhibitions and community events;
  • Participation in alumni events.
* Please note that in 2017, as the program transitions to an academic year schedule, the Brandon Fellowship will be offered for an eight-month period, from January 1st until August 31st. Subsequently, it will be offered for a full year starting September 1st.

November 1st DEADLINE for SC Arts Commission Artist Fellowships

Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

New This Year
The fellowships application process is now an online submission through Submittable. No paper applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must:
  • be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the fellowship period;
  • be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible);
  • not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the award period;
  • be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.

There is a limit of three fellowships in an artist’s career and a period of ineligibility of 10 years after the first fellowship is awarded. Artists who received fellowships prior to the 2007-2008 fiscal year (July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008) are now eligible to apply.
Fellows may not receive any other S.C. Arts Commission grant awards during their fellowship year.
An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.

Deadline: November 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m.

FY (Fiscal Year) 2018 Award Categories
  • 1 award in Visual Arts
  • 1 award in Craft
  • 2 awards in Media:
  • Media: Production
  • Media: Screenwriting
Award Period: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Award: $5,000 per fellowship. There are no restrictions on the use of fellowship funds. Fellowship awards are considered taxable income in S.C.

Match: None

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship: call for applications

Mariam, Ghani, Like Water From a Stone: Vigdel #2, 2014. Digital C-print,
30 x 45 inches. Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE, New York. © Mariam Ghani.

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University

Applications deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63139

Teaching & exhibition opportunity—open to artists working in all media

The College & Graduate School of Art, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Art Museum invite applications for the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellowship. Two fellowships will be awarded—one from fall 2017–spring 2018, and a second from fall 2018–spring 2019.

Each fellowship is open to an emerging or mid-career artist working in any medium. Artist fellows travel to St. Louis twice during the academic year to work on their exhibition while in residence and teach for two months in the fall semester. The residencies typically take place for an eight-week period between mid-September and mid-November in the fall, and for a two-week period between early March and early April in the spring. In the fall, fellows conduct studio critiques primarily with graduate students and may also deliver guest lectures for the first-year graduate seminar. Teaching and advising averages eight hours per week. During their residency, artists prepare new work for their solo exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The fellow’s exhibition opens in the spring with a public lecture at the Museum.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is a unique collaboration in architecture, art, and design education, linking professional studio programs with a university art museum within the context of a nationally prominent research university. Washington University, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students to produce original creative work and to seek new knowledge and greater understanding in an ever-changing, multicultural world.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is the region’s major encyclopedic art museum with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Recent Freund Fellows exhibited in the Museum’s “Currents” series, which focuses on the work of contemporary artists, include Ellen Gallagher, Matthew Buckingham, Cameron Martin, Angelina Gualdoni, Sarah Oppenheimer, Claudia Schmacke, Bruce Yonemoto, Ian Monroe, Chelsea Knight, and Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock, Won Ju Lim, Mariam Ghani, and Andréa Stanislav.

Criteria for application
Fellows are required to have an MFA or equivalent, teaching experience, and a growing record of exhibitions and/or publications. Preference will be given to candidates possessing knowledge of contemporary art issues across disciplines.

Each fellow will receive compensation of 22,000 USD, which is inclusive of flights, car rental, lodging, food, and incidentals. Compensation will be paid through payroll, and taxes will be withheld from the payments. Foreign national awardees will be brought to the University on J-1 status, and taxes will be withheld subject to applicable tax treaties between the United States and their country of residence.

Application procedure
Applicants must apply online at Submission materials include a letter of application, resume, 10–20 examples of work, and three references.

Application deadline
Applications received by Friday, January 6, 2017, will be considered for an interview at the College Art Association (CAA) conference held in New York in February 2017. Reviews will continue until filled. Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Questions: Patricia Olynyk, Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.