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Friday, May 31, 2013

CU Art Department Alumna Update: Shanon Irvin is Teaching at the Painted Pot, Brooklyn, NY

Shannon Irvin

Shannon Irvin  was born and raised in South Carolina where she
attended Clemson University and received a BFA in Ceramics in 
2012. She began her teaching career in Maine, where she taught
children’s ceramics before moving to Manhattan. Shannon’s work
is largely sculptural. She uses both thrown and hand built forms to
create interactive interpretations of the built environment and the
urban landscape around her. Much of her inspiration comes from
childhood memories, cultural trends, and architecture. Today, she
is living her dream of teaching and making work in NYC. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Many Clemson University Affiliated Artists in The Arts Center of Greenwood's Festival of Flowers Exhibition


Festival of Flowers 
2013 Juried Art Show: The Artists
 David Armistead, Winning Isn't Everything & Structured Chaos
Susan M. Buchanan, Mourning View
Ron Buttler, A Rainy Sunset in Edgefield
Marsiella Catanoso, Corset Vase & Green Vase
June 'Sam' Compton, Just Out of Reach & New Beginnings
Sydney Cross, Maneaters & Bos Taurus
Tom Dimond, Book II Shield & Six
Carly Drew, Will and Testament & Old Tom Turkey
Haley Floyd, Untitled 2D & Untitled 3D
Tim Floyd, Matthew & Mom's Peach Ice Cream
Ellen Bess Gable, Pit-Fried
Jim Gleason, The Train Home
Denise L. Greer, Turnabout & Elephant Walk
Jennifer Kirk Hamilton, Ideas & Talking to Squirrels
Jon Holloway, Moonlight Boneyard & Grand Canyon Waterfall
Deborah Tidwell Holtzcheiter, Tulip Tango
Melissa Humphries, Guard-In & We Are Closer When We Are Far Apart
Barbara Jackson, Carnival Limoux
Nina Kawar, Order I & Order II
Robert Kelley, Remember
Joshua Kelly, Sake Set
Christine Lagrone, The Lion Roars
Connie Lippert, After #18088 & Wakulla (Red Line Series)
Zane Logan, Untitled (Landscape 3) & Untitled (Landscape 4)
Hamed Mahmoodi, Reflecting Absence
James Manning, Raw Stoneware Vase
Doug McAbee, The One With the Chimney & The One With the Flat Tire
Wanda Meade, Ask Newton...Ask Aurora...Ask Blacksburg
Rosemary Moore, Spring Bouquet
Bruce Nellsmith, Into Buckhead & Rail Into Buckhead
Brent Pafford, Still Life & Pitcher
Alyssa Reiser, Drifting
Adrian Rhodes, Detritus & Birds and Bees
Ray Richards, Covergent Arches & Hatteras Light
Paula Riddle, City Unraveled II & Earth-toned Collage
Jo Carol Mitchell-Rodgers, Oh Glory
Jack Rookard, Wrapping Up History
Miranda Mims Sawyer, Expectations: Proof & Result & Ladylike
Lyndi Simms, Color Field & The River
Lee Sipe, Vessel No. 357 & Vessel No. 368
Elizabeth Snipes, Converse & Present Tense
Denny Stevenson, Teir
Andrew Strickland, Spare
Hal Taylor, Radiolaria
Denise Waldrep, Sandy Hook Unveiled & My Girl
Kimberly Wix, Earth Day 2815
Barbara Yon, Simple Solutions & Sojourn 
Adam Michael Young, Chapstick

Start Date:     6/3/2013
End Date:     7/13/2013
Location:     The Arts Center, 120 Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646, Reception Hall
The South Carolina Festival of Flowers Juried Art Show will be in display June 3rd-July 13th, 2013 in the Arts Center Main Gallery.
Contact:     Jennifer A. Smith
Phone:     (864) 953-2462

CU Alumna, Sierra Kramer, A Meandering Thought Exhibit at The Arts Center of Greenwood, SC through May 31, 2013

A Meandering Thought, a duo exhibition by Sharon Linnehan and Sierra Kramer (Clemson University BFA in Art, sculpture emphasis, May 2013) will be on display at The Arts Center of Greenwood beginning May 8th and will remain on display until the end of the month. The exhibition will feature the two-dimensional works of Sharon Linnehan, a printmaker and arts educator at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina whose works primarily consist of highly saturated, color-infused, non-objective monotypes, etchings, serigraphs, screen-prints and a few pencil works on paper. The three-dimensional works of emerging artist Sierra Kramer from Columbia, South Carolina are comprised of colorful, translucent materials which are crafted and used to create large installations. These works appear to ‘meander’ through a space in an almost invasive, but infectious way, generating a sense of vivacity.

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30-7:00 pm
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available
Contact: Jennifer Smith
Phone: (864) 388-7800

Great Article About CU MFA Candidate "David Gerhard demonstrates his smartphone art at Artisphere"

David Gerhard demonstrates his smartphone art at Artisphere

In the world of traditional printmaking, ruled by heavy presses and large studios, printmaker and Clemson graduate student David Gerhard is creating his work in the smallest of studios: an iPhone.
Since 2009, Gerhard has been using his smartphone as a studio, creating work with up to 20 image applications. "There are so many things you can do because there are so many apps out there," he said.

He first started manipulating the images on his phone while working as a graphic designer and smartphone application reviewer in California. Gerhard primarily works directly on his phone and also uses a stylus to "get my hand in there even more."

"A lot of the process with the iPhone art for me is learning what the app does and learning a way to subvert that," he said.

One recent piece used a 3-D, interactive panorama app to create "We Sit Separately Together" on a commuter train. Using an app designed to produce one complete photo, he forced it to generate a fragmented image.

The moveable piece, exhibited on an iPhone in a gallery and online, illustrates how "in that moment I felt instantly connected with everybody through this association and also completely separated," he said. "That mode of presentation also presents that separation and connection at the same time."
Using the smartphone initially afforded him time, Gerhard said. "I worked 50-plus hours a week and didn't have time to go to my art studio. So I made my lunch break and any other break I had my art time."

A long piece on the phone could take two to three hours; however, a large studio piece could take up to 50 hours, he said. The nature of working on his phone has also connected him to other people.
"I can make the art on the go, but also it's a networking device so I can actually connect with people who are also doing that," he said. Gerhard has created pieces about people he's contacted through Instagram or Twitter, using their submitted photos.

This weekend, Gerhard is showcasing his technique alongside several other Clemson University printmakers at Artisphere, Greenville's annual downtown art festival.

One challenge is demonstrating a digital medium outdoors during the day, so he's creating a series of posters of the process rather than projecting images on a monitor or screen. Afterwards, he plans to post them online as part of a smartphone art tutorial.

Gerhard says smartphone art is something anyone with a phone can do, as is Gerhard's other demonstration on Kitchen Printmaking. Traditional printmaking uses a large press, mineral spirits and sometimes toxic chemicals, he said, but he plans to show how aspiring printmakers can use water-based relief inks, wood carvings and the back of a wooden spoon (with the user as the press) to make prints at home or a smaller space.

The demonstration includes "a little bit of tradition and my take on it – a little bit of freedom with how I use the technique," he said. This freedom results in unique monoprints, he said.
Gerhard's demonstrations are two of 17 on the Do It Yourself Stage, part of the annual festival that features 120 jury-selected artists on Artists Row, showcasing painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, prints and more.

Artisphere will also feature live performances from musicians, including blues from The Mobros, jazz from the Wade Baker Trio and Americana from local favorite Noah Guthrie. Other live performances include dance, theatre and art in action from Brian Olsen along with demonstrations of metalworking, glassblowing and woodworking. Kidsphere offers the young ones a chance to experiment with fine art and craft techniques.

The festival officially kicks off at noon on Friday, May 10, with opening ceremonies at the intersection of Broad and Main streets.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CU Art Alumna, Gracie Lathrop, Joins the Team at The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC

Gracie Lathrop and husband Reed graduated from Clemson on May 10, 2013.
Tommye M. Hurst, Executive Director, is delighted to announce that Gracie Lathrop (CU BFA, Art, sculpture emphasis, 2013) will be joining the staff of The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC.
"I am sure her experience and knowledge gained at Clemson will be a great asset to ARTS in Clemson!" said Hurst. Lathrop will be working with the Artists Guild Director as a staff liaison, helping to schedule, curate, and organize the ARTS Center's exhibit programs.  Hurst added that Lathrop will "jump in as we all do to make this a great community arts center."

The ARTS Center
212 Butler Street
Clemson, SC 29631

For more information on Gracie, go to: or

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Clemson University MFA Candidate Laken Bridges at Artisphere 2013!

Laken Bridges, left, a graduate student at Clemson University, teaches Davy Kitch, 11, right, the art of printmaking during the final day of the art festival, Artisphere, on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Photo by: Heidi Heilbrunn. Courtesy of

Thursday, May 9, 2013

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Out of the Box, juried outdoor sculpture competition

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama is now accepting submissions for Out of the Box, a juried outdoor sculpture competition.

The yearlong exhibition, on view October 4, 2013-October 2, 2014, will be judged by Drs. Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, and prizes will be awarded to 10 finalists. This call for sculpture is open to all artists, age 18 and above, until July 6, 2013.

The link below is to a PDF version of the prospectus and submission form. It can also be found on our website at under the third available link: "Out of the Box Prospectus and Submission Form."


Jessica Hughes
Curatorial Assistant
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn University
901 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama  36849