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Friday, March 30, 2012

CU Professor Emeritus, Sam Wang, wins the Individual 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board announces the 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

This year’s recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, Columbia
Individual Artist, Robert Ariail, Camden
Individual, Sam Wang, Clemson

Arts in Education, R. Scot Hockman, Columbia
Business/Foundation, The Self Family Foundation, Greenwood
Organization, The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, with special recognition for Mark Sloan, Charleston

"It’s one of the highlights of our year at the South Carolina Arts Commission when we recognize these outstanding members of our statewide community for their contributions to the arts,” said S.C. Arts Commission Board Chairman Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes. “Our arts community is broad, deep and diverse, and this year’s lineup of honorees is a wonderful illustration of that. We salute and thank them for being standard-bearers for the arts.”

Sam Wang was born in Beijing, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. He came to the US after high school and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. After receiving an MFA in photography with a minor in painting from the University of Iowa, he joined the faculty at the School of Architecture at Clemson University in 1966. He taught graduate and undergraduate photography and “art with computer” and helped initiate the MFA-DPA program that prepared students for the animation industry. He retired from Clemson in 2006 as an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art.

Sam's art included many photographic techniques and processes, including photo-silkscreen, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, pinhole and “zoneplate”, and digital imaging. In addition to Clemson, he has taught workshops in photography and digital imaging at Penland School of Crafts, University of Oregon, Notre Dame University, Appalachian Environmental Arts Center, Nanjing Arts Institute, among others. His work is in the collection of numerous museums and educational institutions nationally.

The 2012 Verner Awards are sponsored by Colonial Life. Awards will be presented at a Statehouse ceremony tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 3. The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 2. The gala is a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit

Seeking Exceptional Art Majors for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Staff Positions

Visual Art students wishing to apply should check out their Fine Arts Camp.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a non-profit summer school of the arts serving more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high and high school students each season. Now entering our 47th season of operation, Blue Lake offers more than 200 staff positions to motivated college students.

We are currently in the process of hiring staff for our 2012 season (June 17 – August 19) and are searching for enthusiastic and talented college students to fill positions. We are in need of exceptional art majors.

Members of Blue Lake’s counseling staff who serve as art assistants have the opportunity to assist faculty in the art department, supervise art students during classes, and work with and learn from professional faculty. There are also teaching positions with our elementary students available for those who qualify. Working at Blue Lake offers college students incredible experience in leadership and working with youth!

We would appreciate your help with passing the word to students at Clemson University about Blue Lake and the positions we offer to college artists. More information is available at:, or 1-800-221-3796. Thank you for your assistance.


Heidi Stansell
Camp Director

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
300 E. Crystal Lake Rd.
Twin Lake, MI 49457
Phone 231-894-1966
Toll Free 800-221-3796
Fax 231-893-5120

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CU BFA (2011, sculpture) Sidney Church to attend Penn State's MFA Art Program

Sidney Church, CU BFA (2011, Sculpture emphasis), has been accepted by several MFA graduate programs and has recently chosen to attend Penn State for Fall 2012. He was heavily recruited by the studio art faculty at Penn State, they flew him up for a visit and made him a strong assistantship offer.

We are very proud!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Reception for Reaction / Action Graduate Student Exhibition, Friday, March 30

The artists of Reaction/Action will be featured in a reception as part of the Passport to the Arts event this Friday, March 30 from 6 to 10 pm.

Reaction/Action is a collection of photography, paintings, drawing, sculpture and prints by Clemson MFA visual art students. It will be on view in the Lee Gallery until April 13.

The Passport to the Arts is organized by the Center for Visual Arts and the Arts Center. Attendees at the Passport event will be shuttled between four different art venues in the area courtesy of CAT. Each venue will feature different types of art, food, beverages and entertainment. More information on Passport can be found at the event website,

Sunday, March 25, 2012

ChalkFest 2012! April 4!

FASA (the Fine Arts Student Association) and CLEMSONLiVE are bringing the first Clemson chalk competition to campus on April 4th! Each registered team and participant will be assigned a 4x4 space of sidewalk outside of Vickery Hall in Bryan Mall to design and decorate with chalk. Register to participate or stop by to see some great talent! For details, contact Becca Beaird at

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Roger Lee, CU Art MFA (Ceramics, 2007), had his work in the 2012 Artist Invitational at the Conley Gallery, California State University Fresno

2012 Artist Invitational

January 17 – February 10, 2012

Image by Hadieh Shafie

KETAB: Scroll Series by Hadieh Shafie

Four artists’ exhibit works that imply an obsessive or repetitive process at the Conley Art Gallery in the Department of Art and Design at California State University, Fresno. The artists represented in the exhibition work in the mediums of digital media and photography (Kirkman Amyx), painting (Richard Bruland), ceramics (Roger Lee) and scrolled paper (Hadieh Shafie).

Art Professor Nick Potter, who helped organize the exhibition, said that “we were interested in bringing together a diverse group of artists who spend hours and hours working in a repetitive manner to create astoundingly interesting work.” Potter continues “a thread that combines the works of all these artists is the interweaving of concepts of time, repetition and obsessive art practices into the finished works.”

Image by Kirkman Amyx

Photographer Kirkman Amyx is a digital media artist based in San Francisco. His recent work explores the use of photography as a data visualization tool which can allow for the seeing of patterns, structure, and meaning through image repetition. Through the use of image repetition, “Basic Cable” is a visualization that explores media over-saturation and the abundance of specialty programming. By capturing nearly 500,000 images, 7200 images per week and per channel, a unique visual representation is created of all 69 channels found on Comcast’s Basic Cable broadcasting.

Painter Richard Bruland has set himself the task of using only traditional methods and materials to produce paintings that - even in this modern world of sensory overload, can hold their own and draw people in. His work looks laborious and yet the forms he creates have an abstract quality. Born in Peru and now living in Los Angeles, Bruland is interested in making paintings that refer to landscape in a non-specific way. They are not about ‘that’ mountain or ‘this’ tree – instead they suggest the effects of nature and the real world.

Los Angeles situated ceramic artist Roger Lee explores the sensual relationship between the object and the body. He investigates forms that address the intimacy of form, scale, surface, gesture, and the human interaction. Through the repetition of folds and bulbous objects, Lee builds a relationship between the viewer and his or her body.

In creating her time-consuming paper scroll ‘paintings’, the Iranian born artist Hadieh Shafie marks the significance of process, repetition and time. In her KETAB: Scroll Series individual strips of paper have been marked with hand-written and printed Farsi (Persian language) text. Each strip is then tightly rolled to create a core, around which successive strips are added. During the repetitive process of adding paper strips to create individual rolls, text and symbols are sometimes revealed and often hidden within the concentric rings of the finished object. The time it takes to make each work can vary and the time spent in writing and rolling the strips of paper is an important part of the artistic process and a performative aspect of the making of this work.

CU Art Department Asst. Prof. of Art, Anderson Wrangle, has a solo show at Skydive Art Space in Houston, TX.

SKYDIVE is pleased to announce a hand’s width, a solo exhibition by Anderson Wrangle as part of the 2012 Fotofest Biennial. In a hand’s width, Wrangle’s new photographs create a wave, an interruption in our own expectations. Wrangle states about his recent work, “Weight, tension, and balance play a large part in these photographs. Work, the direct connection between the mind, the hand and the object, is a significant metaphor.”

Additionally, Wrangle will exhibit documentation of his sixteen-mile journey of a section of Buffalo Bayou in a canoe that he himself built. These pieces further address Wrangle’s explorations into being within – and the rendering of – the landscape.

Wrangle received a 2010 Clemson University Research Grant for his photographic survey of the Savannah River Watershed, and he was a finalist for the 2011 Clarence John Laughlin Award. He has exhibited at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, FotoFest, Lawndale Art Center, and Rudolph Projects/Artscan Gallery.

The show runs from March 24 to April 28, 2012. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Planning a Trip to NYC to Visit Museums and Galleries? WOTBA!

Then check out: Walking Off the Big Apple

From an offMETRO web site review: "At first glance, Walking Off The Big Apple seems like a diary of one woman’s strolls on and off Manhattan. WOTBA, as Teri Tynes refers to it, is a curated account of her New York experiences on foot. But a closer look reveals her work is less about the walking and more about the vast history of our city, not to mention her knack for writing passionately about art, architecture and nearly everything that makes us love this place. A quick visit to her five-year-old, Webby-honored site will have you lacing up your shoes to hit the pavement."

The website is fully mobilized for on-the-go adventures. Just search for "Walking Off the Big Apple" on your phone's browser, and find the simplified mobile version of the posts and pages. The maps are embedded for easy navigation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LACDA 2012 International Juried Competition

Jurors: Nancy Meyer, LACMA Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, L.A. County Museum of Art; and Rex Bruce, LACDA Director and Senior Curator, L.A. Center for Digital Art.

Complete information and registration:

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
102 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone: (323) 646-9427
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12-5pm

Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

Multiple entries are permitted. Additional registration fee required for each entry. Each registration allows three image submissions.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $1500-$2000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24x36 inches $150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group shows. Second place winners will be scheduled into group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Many entrants from past competitions have already been included in our exhibits.

The artists reception will be in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk which is attended by up to 20,000 gallery goers.

Deadline for Entries: March 26, 2012

Winners Announced: April 2, 2012
Exhibit Dates: April 12-May 5, 2012
Artist's Reception: April 12, 7-9pm

Registration fee is $30US.

Online registration only.

Gallery Information: Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, supporting local, international, emerging and established artists. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, and produce editions of wide format archival prints.

Clemson University FASA Trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

NOTE: Open only to Clemson University
Fine Art Student Association members!

Trip To Bentonville, Arkansas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Thorncrown Chapel

April 6th through 8th

FREE to CU FASA members (except for food)!

Sign up by contacting your FASA reps via [] email by Friday, March 17

The Museum, founded in 2005 by Alice Walton who chairs the board of directors, takes its name from nearby Crystal Spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds will house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall.

Crystal Bridges is building its permanent collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as important gifts from private collectors such as Alice Walton and others. The collection features American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times and will be on view to the public year-round.

The Museum also will display a changing array of special exhibitions featuring art from museums and collections throughout the region, the nation, and abroad.

For more information:

Artist Book Grant: National Museum of Women in the Arts

Guidelines & Application for Submitting Proposals
for the
Artist Book Grant

The objective of the Library Fellows program is to encourage and promote the creation of artists’ books and to support NMWA’s Library and Research Center and book art programs.

Amount of Grant
The Library Fellows program provides up to $12,000 biennially for the production of an artist book in an edition of 125. An additional $1,000 is provided for the artist to create 500 copies of a promotional brochure for the book, as well as $1,000 for the artist to travel to the Library Fellows’ annual meeting to present her book upon completion.

Proposals must be postmarked on or before June 30, biennially. No exceptions. The next deadline is June 30, 2012.

The artist who is responsible for the overall creation, design and realization of the book must be a woman. Technical assistance in developing the book edition by both women and men is acceptable. Collaborative projects between two or more women artists are allowed.

Only new books will be considered. Previously published books or books that are versions of books previously published or planned for publication will not be considered.

For more information, contact:

Library Fellows Program
Library and Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

2012/2013 CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

April 25 deadlines:
  • Somewhere Else
  • Utopia/Dystopia
As part of our ongoing commitment to promote challenging, innovative practices in the visual arts, UICA is seeking exhibition proposals for work that addresses contemporary issues and concerns, and/or work that pushes traditional boundaries in its treatment of materials or subject.

The work being considered for this call will be displayed in UICA’s new home, a LEED-certified mixed-use building on the corner of Grand Rapids’ busiest intersection. A variety of exhibition opportunities are available ranging from traditional galleries, site-responsive locations, areas for large suspended work, and a dedicated sound/video gallery.

To Apply
2012/2013 Call for Proposals (PDF)

Mail-in applications cannot be accepted. Visit for exhibition descriptions and to fill out an entry application and post images. Entry fee - $35 per application.

$10 of each entry fee is paid to for processing. The balance is invested in artists honoraria.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616 454 7000

Founded in 1977, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center and a dynamic, multidisciplinary laboratory for the advancement of the art of our time. The mission of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is to stimulate transformative human experiences fueled by extraordinary creative activity.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Clemson WRITING fellows PROGRAM


The Calhoun Honors College, the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, and the Writing Center are pleased to announce a pilot program in Clemson’s award-winning Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. We seek applications for the inaugural class of Clemson Writing Fellows, who will enroll in a Creative Inquiry course on the theory and practice of peer tutoring while simultaneously working as peer tutors in writing-intensive honors seminars and in the Honors Center in Holmes Hall.

Writing Fellows are much more than peer tutors: they are critical thinkers, engaged learners, and campus leaders. At schools such as Brown, Harvard, Michigan, Penn, Swarthmore, and Wisconsin, Writing Fellows programs enable undergraduate peer tutors to provide much needed instructional support for faculty and students and also to assume significant roles in the development of Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives.


Faculty who request Writing Fellows will assign two major writing assignments a month in advance of the due date. Students will submit drafts of the assignments two weeks before the due date. Writing Fellows will read the drafts, provide extensive written feedback, and finally meet individually with students to discuss strategies for revision.

In addition, Writing Fellows will schedule two hours a week for drop-in appointments in the Honors Center. More than correcting grammatical errors or fixing punctuation, Writing Fellows are taught to focus on higher order concerns pertaining to argument, audience, organization, and evidence.


Successful applicants will enroll in a one-credit Creative Inquiry course in Fall 2012 that will train students to recognize the components of successful writing and to communicate strategies for revision. In addition, Writing Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for each semester they serve as peer tutors, working approximately 100 hours. Successful Writing Fellows will be invited to continue in the program both by conducting undergraduate research pertaining to writing instruction and by continuing to serve as peer tutors.


We seek applications from Clemson’s best and brightest for this exciting program. Clemson undergraduates from all majors who have at least a 3.4 GPR and at least two semesters remaining on campus are encouraged to apply. Students need not have any prior tutoring experience nor be a member of the Calhoun Honors College to apply. We will teach smart, dedicated students how to become effective peer tutors, and in the process the Writing Fellows will become more accomplished and effective writers themselves!


By March 28, submit (in either digital or hard copy) a cover letter describing your interest in the program and any academic qualifications or relevant experience (including but not limited to work as a tutor, mentor, or counselor), a resume with the contact information for 1-2 faculty references, and a sample of academic writing to Angie Justice (, 601 Strode Tower). Select applicants will be invited to interview. We anticipate inviting at least four and as many as ten Writing Fellows to join the inaugural class.


Interested students are welcome to direct questions to William Lasser (, Director of the Calhoun Honors College; Michael LeMahieu (, Director of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication; or Scot Barnett (, Director of the Writing Center.

Announcing the Traditional Islamic Arts Program in Jordan, Summer 2012

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World is pleased to announce a distinctive opportunity for students to study Traditional Islamic Arts in Amman, Jordan during the summer.

As you may know, AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. With AMIDEAST's 60-year presence in the region, education abroad students benefit from AMIDEAST's long-term experience, strong local connections, and deep understanding of local culture.

This 3-week summer course, offered in cooperation with the Institute for Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture in Amman, introduces students to the study of traditional Islamic art. This three credit course focuses on production of traditional Islamic art forms in calligraphy, illumination, wood, gypsum plaster carving, zillij tile mosaics and miniature painting. Students will spend approximately 25 hours per week in class and applied work.
  • In addition to academics, students also benefit from the opportunity to live with a Jordanian family (most speak English)
  • In-country orientation on arrival
  • In-country excursion to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Baptism site and the Dead Sea
Arabic Language Extension: In addition to the 3-week Traditional Islamic Arts course, students are able to continue their experience in Jordan by participating in the 4-week Intensive Arabic Summer Session in Amman following the end of the Arts program.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants:
  • Are enrolled at an accredited college or university and have completed one year of post-secondary study
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); however, applications will be considered holistically
  • Are physically and emotionally prepared to spend the summer abroad
  • Are willing to adapt to a new, potentially challenging environment
Summer 2012 Applications Due: April 15, 2012

Please note that because applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, the program may be filled prior to the extended application deadline. Interested students are therefore encouraged to apply and submit all supporting documents as soon as possible. To apply, visit our online application.

For more information on the Traditional Islamic Arts program, please visit our Education Abroad Website. Or to talk with a representative from AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs, please email us at

Best Regards,

Cara K. Lane
Program Officer | Education Abroad Programs
America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)
1730 M Street, NW | Suite 1100 | Washington, DC | 20036
Phone: (202) 787-1895|Fax: (202) 776-7014 |

IPAX Internships @ Sony Pictures Imageworks

There is a new policy for the IPAX Internship Program!

Effective immediately, they have released new guidelines and a new application pdf available for download (see link below). Be sure to check it out. If you have already applied for this year, there is no need to fill out a new application.

The internship program is designed to benefit you if you’re striving for a specific artistic goal or to give you more ideas and help orient you if you’re still figuring out what you want to do as an artistic or technical person. Currently they are emphasizing their eight week summer program that runs from mid-June through mid-August.

The summer program gives you an opportunity to work with fellow interns while being mentored by seasoned Imageworks’ artists. During your time, you will work with others and concurrently building your own artistic or technical skills. For the first few weeks of the internship you will go through the same training courses a newly hired artist is put through. We encourage you to keep an open mind to all the possible career choices on the shot pipeline by providing various speakers, events, and opportunities for you to experience.

Applications are due APRIL 1, 2012.

Link to PDF.

IPAX Internships
Sony Pictures Imageworks
9050 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232 USA

Friday, March 9, 2012

CU Art Department BFA Candidate, Kaitlin Iulo, will be a 2012 Teach for America Corp Member

The Department of Art is proud to announce that B.F.A. candidate, Kaitlin Iulo, has been accepted into the Teach For America 2012 corps! As her acceptance letter stated, her acceptance into Teach For America reflects her "outstanding accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to expanding educational opportunity for children in low-income communities."

Kaitlin's tentative assignment is teaching science in Eastern North Carolina. She also plans to pursue a Master's in Education at East Carolina University.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 55th National Juried Art Show

Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre
Rocky Mount, NC

Deadline for entries: March 30, 2012.

Dates: June 2 to September 23, 2012.

Awards: $3300 in Awards. Best In Show becomes part of the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection.

Eligible works: all fine arts media 2-D, 3-D.

Juror: Dan Early, Creative Director Artsee Magazine.

Open: US artists 18 years of age and older. Enter up to 4 works for $25 entry fee.


Contact: Catherine Lloyd, Curator (252) 972-1163.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, located in downtown Rocky Mount, is one of the premier cultural facilities on the eastern seaboard. Occupying the combined former sites of the Imperial Tobacco company and old Braswell Memorial Library in downtown Rocky Mount, the complex houses an Arts Center, Children's Museum & Science Center, and community performing arts theatre. The 135,000 square foot facility involved the historic restoration and renovation of the old buildings which had been dormant for more than 50 years. Completion of the project spanned two years and resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that preserves the historic aspects of the original buildings.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SC Arts Commission Quarterly Project Support for Artists Grants

Purpose: This category is designed to support specific arts activities that promote individual artist's professional development or career advancement. Projects that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences are also encouraged. Quarterly project grants are awarded to help pay actual project costs; ordinary living expenses during the project cannot be supported with SCAC funds.
The Arts Commission will not review or fund quarterly project grant applications from a resident of a county that has a subgranting arts council. In such counties, applicants must apply to the subgranting agency for quarterly project grants, rather than to the Arts Commission. (Call your local arts council or your SC Arts Commission Discipline Coordinator to determine the appropriate funding source.)
Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:
  1. Be a practicing artist in dance, literature, media, music, theatre or visual arts;
  2. Be a legal resident of the US and SC with a permanent residence in the state for 6 months prior to the application date and throughout the grant period;
  3. Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application;
  4. Not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the grant period.

Funding Eligibility: Up to $1,000 per award.
Match: 1:2 (applicant:SC Arts Commission). 100% of the applicant's match must be cash. No in-kind or creative time is allowed as part of applicant's match

Deadlines & Grant Periods
  • May 15 for projects beginning after July 1 and ending before June 1
  • August 15 for projects beginning after October 1 and ending before June 1
  • November 15 for projects beginning after January 1 and ending before June 1
  • February 15 for projects beginning after April 1 and ending before June 1

Applicants may apply at any deadline for a proposed project, but cannot apply for a project that has already begun.