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Monday, March 27, 2017

Hilary Siber, Clemson University MFA in Art, Mounts Solo Exhibition at the Jasper Arts Center

Hilary Siber, Cloud Explosion 2, oil on canvas, 9 x 9 feet

Krempp Gallery

Jasper Arts Center

Hilary Siber's oil paintings utilize landscape to visually grapple with the constitution of the medium as a means of representing the ineffable qualities of human experiences.

April 2 - 30, 2017

Reception for the is exhibit is April 6, 5 - 7 pm.

For more information, call the Jasper Community Arts Center at 812.482.3070 or visit

Hilary Siber, (Un)shakable, oil on panel, 30 x 18inches
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stephanie Raspett, Clemson University Art Department BFA Alum, Takes New Position at TL Hannah High School!

Starting in the fall of 2017, Stephanie Raspett will take a new position at TL Hanna High School, in Anderson, SC, teaching art.  In 2004 Stephanie received the Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Art from Clemson University - GO TIGERS!!! Then she exercised her creative talents by working at a local non-profit art center, the Belton Center for the Arts. After six years at the art center she decided to pursue her teaching certification and began teaching at Glenview Middle School in 2012. In 2016 she completed her studies and received the Master of Education degree from Anderson University.

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Greg Shelnutt, Clemson University Art Department Chair, to Exhibit in Steeped: The Art of Tea at 108|Contemporary, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Greg Shelnutt, Samovar, copper, 48 x 22 x 18 inches, 2016.

108|Contemporary, in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa, presents Steeped: The Art of Tea. This exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea as well as the way this distinctive drink has shaped our sense of personal, ethnic, and global identity. Some of the themes that this show aims to explore are memory, community, relationship building, reinforcement of social development, social status, culture, and ceremony.

April 7, 2017-May 21, 2017

The artists represented in this exhibition are as follows:

Mariah Addis
Sally Bachman
Erin Bolte
Angel Brame
Brice Brimer
Antonius Bui
Camila Cardona
Maree Cheatham
WongJung Choi
Hillarey Dees
Jaymes Dudding
Jan Eckardt Butler
Adrienne Eliades
Jimmy Fineman
Shiloh Gastello
Teresa Ghosey
Jeannine Glaves
Terri Higgs
Michael Kehs
Joanna Kidd
Joe Kissinger
Ariana Kolins
Tuba Koymen
Ann Laser
Ed Lee
Mellisa Lovingood
Gazelle Samizay
Barbara Shapiro
Gregory Shelnutt
Keith Smith

Generously supported by The Mervin Bovaird Foundation.

About the Curators
Anh-Thuy Nguyen is a multi-media artist, whose work spans from photography, video to performance and installation art. Nguyen continuously searches for ways to explore family of origins, identities differences and cultural conflicts, focusing on food and language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally including Texas Biennial (2011), Video Holica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria (2012), 2nd Montone International Biennial, Italy (2013), Arizona Biennial (2013) and Tulsa Biennial (2015). Nguyen is 2016-2017 public fellow at Oklahoma Center for Humanities, the University of Tulsa and an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK.

Janet Hasegawa has a doctorate in Psychology and was a pediatric psychologist on the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for several years before pursuing her interests in art after moving to Tulsa in 1991. She studied ceramics for four years with Tom Manhart at the University of Tulsa with a particular emphasis in Japanese ceramics and aesthetics. She continues to be interested in the interface between individual psychology, culture, and art within the community.

About the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
Each year, The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa draws on a single theme in order to generate a shared community conversation about the role the arts and humanities play in our personal, social, and civic lives. In 2016-17, the Center is exploring food. The manifold ways we grow, prepare, regulate, and share what we eat gives shape to identities both cultural and political, ethnic and national. Our kitchens are social sites where tradition mixes with innovation amid a now global flow of ingredients, tastes, and techniques. The language of food, furthermore, shapes the very ways we write and speak about ourselves: taste and hunger, consumption and starvation—such words borrow the rituals of the table to describe our pleasure, desire, and pain. Food, in short, is an essential element of the human condition and the Center will explore its human dimensions through a diverse array of programs including concerts, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, discussions, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and shared meals.

Mon-Tues closed / Wed-Sun 12-5
108 E. Brady St / Tulsa, OK 74103

Highly recommended workshop, "Artists U Intensive: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist," is coming to the Soulé Art Space in Florence, SC!

Attention Pee Dee artists! The Artists U Intensive: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist is coming to the Soulé Art Space in Florence May 26 and 27.

Artists are talented, hard-working people, so why are so many exhausted, broke, and overwhelmed? Artists U will present tools and approaches for building a balanced, sustainable artist life. Based on 10 years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders Andrew Simonet (Philadelphia), Michaela Pilar Brown (Columbia) and Rodney Lee Rogers (Charleston) will offer artists tools for reconnecting with deep values, building community, and managing time and money.

Dates and location:
  • Friday, May 26, 7 – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Soulé Art Space, 130 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501
  • How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
  • Who is it for? South Carolina artists.
  • Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
  • Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
  • How do I apply to participate? Find out more about Artists U and register here.
Any professional South Carolina artist may apply to attend (you do not have to live in Florence.) You will be notified once you are enrolled.

[Greg's note: I did this workshop last year in Greenville, brought several grad students, and it was so worth the time.  In retrospect: it would have been worth paying to attend, but this our SC Arts Commission at work!  Take advantage!  I can't recommend this workshop highly enough.  Andrew Simonet is inspiring and Artist's U is a wonderful organization. Also, the new Florence County Museum is well worth a visit. In short:  GO! GO! GO!]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

America the Creative.

by the South Carolina Arts Alliance
This past Tuesday, our executive director, GP McLeer, led a team of eleven advocates from across South Carolina to Washington DC to join over 700 arts supporters from around the country for National Arts Advocacy Day. The annual event, organized by Americans for the Arts, puts arts advocates in front of members of Congress to ensure that the arts have a voice on Capitol Hill and to support the support of the arts through public policy and funding.

The timing of the event could not have been more appropriate. On March 16, President Trump released a blueprint for his executive budget for FY2018, calling for the elimination of, among other cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). While the President’s proposal is just that, a proposal, the appropriation process in both the House and Senate is set to begin in the coming days and weeks – a marathon that will stretch far into the summer. Additionally, new legislation such as the CREATE Act, the funding and implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the burgeoning hot topic of tax reform (including charitable deductions), were all up for discussion during Hill visits by arts advocates this year.

For South Carolina, the message to our Congressional leaders was simple: The arts are valued in our communities, in our state, and should continue to be valued in our nation.

Communities of all sizes have been using the arts as a tool for economic development all across South Carolina. For the new hometown of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, Fountain Inn, the continuous public investment in the Younts Center for Performing Arts has been credited as the sole change agent in turning a once almost-vacant Main Street into an economic engine. In rural communities in the SC Promise Zone, like Denmark, SC, community leaders have been working with the South Carolina Arts Commission (funded in part by the NEA) to use the arts to tackle community needs ranging from artistic vibrancy, to health, to literacy. And in large cities such as Charleston, public support of the arts has helped propel the city to be named one of the top tourist destinations in the world year after year.

The state Legislature has for 50 years supported the role the arts play in South Carolina when it created the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) in 1967. Since then, with support from every corner of the political spectrum, our legislators have placed value in the arts by continuing to support the state’s only arts agency. The grants made by the agency in nearly every county in South Carolina help arts organizations and artists make our communities stronger, more vibrant, and more economically successful.

Education in the state benefits when the arts are integrated into the culture and programs of the school day. Through state funding for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project which helps schools and entire districts plan for the inclusion of the arts in their portfolio, or Read to Succeed Camps which last summer began integrating the arts to help improve reading retention, to grants made to individual teachers to support the purchase of arts materials for students, the arts play a major role in helping us achieve the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, made law last year by the Legislature and the Governor.

Statewide recruitment of business includes highlighting cultural amenities in a given city or region, helping us secure investments by Michelin, Volvo, and Boeing. In fact, the state of Texas lost the competition to have Boeing’s headquarters in the state to Chicago in the early 2000s because there were not enough cultural facilities near the sites the state looked at. Big companies need vibrant arts scenes to recruit and retain talent. And in South Carolina, we use that to our advantage.

The National Endowment for the Arts, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015, is currently funded at $148 million. Of all of the funding the NEA receives, 40% of it goes directly to regional and statewide agencies – in our area that includes the SC Arts Commission and South Arts (which covers 9 states). In South Carolina last year, over $1,000,000 in NEA grants made it to our state – at least one grant in every congressional district. $800,000 of that money went to the South Carolina Arts Commission. Those funds are matched by the state, plus some, and then used to support the work and grants of the agency as detailed above.

Funding for the NEA represents just 0.004% of the federal budget. And yet, that small investment yields a 9:1 return of private dollars used to match the grants across the country. The NEA’s original charter legislation stated that one of the agency’s purposes was to stimulate private sector investment – it’s doing its job remarkably well. Over the years, the argument has attempted to be made that with such a small % of the federal budget, why can’t “we” just encourage private philanthropy to fund the arts and cut government funding altogether? That view point has a major flaw – it assumes that private philanthropy is available all over America. Private philanthropy is geographically skewed, with only 5.5% of all private foundation funding reaches rural parts of America. In South Carolina, there is simply not a philanthropic infrastructure in place to support the arts in some of the most rural communities. NEA funding reaches every single congressional district in the country, and help reach over 16,000 communities across the country. Public funding is necessary to ensure Americans have access to quality arts experiences, regardless of where they live.

In addition to the role the NEA directly plays in supporting the arts in America, at the end of the day, a governmental budget, and really any budget, is a statement of values. In America, our economy, our jobs, and our military are perhaps the three highest values we look to invest in. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the leading authority on analyzing the country’s economic well-being, maintains an arts and culture satellite account to measure the impact of the sector on the US economy. The latest results are in, and the arts and culture sector has an impact of $730 billion on the US economy, representing 4.2% of US GDP – a higher impact than Transportation and Construction, among other sectors – supporting 4.8 million jobs around the country.

For our returning and wounded veterans, the NEA has supported grants across the country to support programs that use the arts in therapy, provide better access to arts experiences for veterans and their families, and more. The NEA partners with the Department of Defense on Creative Forces to use the arts for rehabilitation services, and with Blue Star Museums to offer free admission to hundreds of museums across the country to veterans, active military, and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

When it comes to jobs, the economy, and our military, investing in the arts are a major part of the equation.

The arts are a fiber that runs throughout our nation’s economy and well-being. They raise achievement in our education system, make our communities more vibrant, treat our military, and strengthen our economy…and all of this for only 0.004% of the federal budget.

Special thanks to the entire South Carolina Team!
Valerie Morris | Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston
Susie Surkamer | Executive Director, South Arts
Dr. Stephanie Milling | Head of Dance Education, Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, USC
Scott Shanklin-Peterson | Chair, Engaging Creative Minds
Mary Ellen Millhouse | Charleston Advocate
Al Weinrich | Charleston Advocate
Megan Barbee |  USC Dance Education Major
Christine Smith | USC Dance Education Major
Leigh Ann Davis | USC Dance Education Major
Allie Anderson | USC Dance Education Major
GP McLeer | Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Alliance

CALL FOR Studio Art PRESENTERS: SECAC 2017, “Rapid Review: Graduate Studio Art Programs in Their Own Words and Images”

Seeking Presenters for SECAC 2017 Session, "Rapid Review: Graduate Studio Art Programs in Their Own Words and Images"


“Presentations about graduate studio art programs.  Conducted in rapid-fire, Pecha-Kucha style, this session invites currently enrolled graduate students, faculty, graduate coordinators, department chairs, and program directors to talk about their work and their programs.   In addition to the 'nuts & bolts' of credit hours, assistantships, emphasis areas, and facilities, what makes your program unique?  Is there an underlying philosophical ethos?  What’s essential that we know? In true Pecha-Kucha style we will go with the 20 images / 20 seconds each format.  You can decide exactly how to split your focus, but roughly plan on 14 of the 20 images to be about the program, and the remaining 6 of the 20 images to be about your work (and/or your peers’ works).  Selection will be made based upon presenting a diversity of geographic locations, types of programs (public and private), types of degree programs, and a breadth of presenters’ backgrounds (current graduate students, tenure-track faculty, and seasoned academic veterans).  Finally, given there will inevitably be a finite number of speakers to represent a wealth graduate studio art programs nationally; It is hoped that this will become a recurring session that will be offered for multiple years at many SECAC conferences.”

Please note:

Please understand that SECAC membership and payment of the conference registration fee are required of all presenters. Here is a link to join: JOIN.

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) looks forward to hosting "Microscopes and Megaphones," the 73rd annual SECAC Conference, October 25-28, 2017. Eleanor Fuchs, Associate Provost at CCAD, will serve as conference director. The Hilton Downtown Columbus will host attendees and all sessions; this official conference hotel is located in the south end of the Short North, Columbus’ arts district. Attendees may easily walk to the many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries this neighborhood has to offer. Those coming in from out of town are strongly advised to reserve their hotels well in advance of the conference to avoid competing with Ohio State University football fans. For reservations:

Thank you for your consideration! If you have questions, please contact me via email. 

Greg Shelnutt, Professor of Art & Chair
Art Department, 2-121 Lee Hall
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Clemson University, Clemson, SC  29634

Monday, March 20, 2017

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  Artwork by Julianna Brazill
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