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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Congrats to All of our Clemson University Art Department Faculty and Alumni Selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013!

for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013

            701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., announces that the jury panel for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 has selected from 123 submissions the following 25 artists for inclusion in the Biennial:
Aldwyth, Hilton Head
Jim Boden, Hartsville
Michaela Pilar Brown, Columbia
Jim Connell, Rock Hill
Jim Creal, Spartanburg
Jeanet Dreskin, Greenville
Barbara Duval, Charleston
Diana Farfan, Greenville
Jean Grosser, Hartsville
Donna Cooper Hurt, Charleston
Nina Kawar, Clemson
Susan Lenz, Columbia
Peter Lenzo, Columbia
Robert Lyon, Columbia
Doug McAbee, Laurens
Katy Mixon, Orangeburg
Dorothy Netherland, Charleston
Cliffton Peacock, Charleston
Mary Robinson, Columbia
Caroline Rust, Rock Hill
Sara Schneckloth, Columbia
Tom Stanley, Rock Hill
Todd Stewart, Liberty
David Yaghjian, Columbia
Valerie Zimany, Central

The two-part S.C. Biennial exhibition will take place September – December at 701 CCA. South Carolina artists were invited to submit materials and be considered for the Biennial. The jury panel consisted of David Furchgott of Washington, D.C., Cecelia “Ce” Scott of Charlotte, N.C., and Frank McCauley of Sumter, S.C.

Below are images of:
Jim Boden, Skeptical, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Michaela Pilar Brown,Cut You, 2011, archival pigment print, 40 x 40 in.
Donna Cooper Hurt, Gang Buster, 2012, archival pigmented digital print, 13 x 9 in.
Katie Mixon, Untitled(Installation), 2011, oil and pastel, dimensions variable
Valerie Zimany, Ban-dai (Ultraman), 2013, porcelain with original silkscreened and vintage overglaze decals, Kutani raised enamels, gold, 7.5 x 14.5 x 16 in.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wonderful Visit to Penland School of Crafts to Visit with Laken Bridges, CU MFA Candidate

 Laken Bridges in the Book Arts studio at Penland.

Last week, Art Department Marketing and Public Relations Director, Meredith Mims McTigue, and I drive north past Asheville, NC from Clemson, then turned onto 19 East and up the winding mountain roads to Penland.  Our mission: to visit with Laken Bridges, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate.

Laken was at Penland thanks for the vision of Penlands' donors and their on-going commitment to support the Higher Education Partner's Scholarship program.  These scholarships are provided in partnership with up to 30 colleges and universities who match Penland’s contribution of the cost of providing full scholarships for a two-week summer session at Penland. The college or university partner selects students, who must be first-time students at Penland to be eligible.

Laken was studying with University of Georgia Visiting Assistant Professor, Eileen Wallace, taking her "Books with Substance" class.  Wallace, the former co-director of Paper and Book Intensive and the curator for Masters: Book Arts for Lark Books, graciously accommodated our intrusion into her workshop.

In looking over Laken's prolific output, one could readily see books that fulfilled the course's mandate to create "one-of-a-kind or very-limited-edition artist’s books that display a cohesive integration of structure and content."

In-progress book by Laken Bridges.

All told, it was an very inspiring way to spend an afternoon, dining at The Pines, having conversation with intellectually engaged and creative people who understand the power of the hand, heart and mind to foster creativity. 

The Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.  For more information, go to:

Laken Bridges will be entering her second year as a graduate student with an emphasis in printmaking studying with Professor Sydney Cross.  To learn more about graduate studies in Art Clemson University  or to schedule a campus visit, email the Art Department graduate coordinator, David Detrich, at or call (864) 656-3890.

Friday, June 21, 2013


The POP-UP GALLERY located in Miami, FL at the center of the historical Wynwood Art District that opens directly onto NW 2nd Ave. Currently, we are conducting a CALL TO ARTSTS looking for individuals who would like to participate in upcoming SOLO and GROUP shows. This contemporary space is searching for ALL disciplines and styles and will review all submissions.

Interested persons should email name, website/ portfolio information, phone number and proper email to:

Danilo Gonzalez, Director

The Art Place Wynwood
2722 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl 33127

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,
April Saler

Danilo Gonzalez, began his first artist community in Paris, France during the 1990s.  Moving to the Dominican Republic, he then created The Art Space Gallery and established it as one of the most active and important art spaces in the DR for over ten years.  Gonzalez opened The Art Place in Burlington Vermont in 2004 and relocated it to Miami in 2007 to be part of the art movement initiated by Art Basel and a few entrepreneurs like Tony Goldman and artist and art dealers such as Fred Snitzer, Alejandra Von Hart among others.  This move allowed Gonzalez to become a critical part of the Wynwood Art District's transformation.

Today, Danilo Gonzalez has developed The Art Place Wynwood as a Contemporary Art Gallery and as an artist in residence program with artists Giles Neale, Alberto Haubold, David Tupper, Molly Bo, Emilio Adan Martinez.  The Art Place Wynwood has produced numerous projects including Two Expressionists, Miami Mix, Visual Dialogues, and Miami Salsa II.  Our artist portfolio includes high caliber artists such as Horst Kohlem, Carol Fryd, Sara Roitman, Deborah Gregg, Ada Balcacer, Debra Yates, and Lauren Fogg.  With the creation of the Project Room, Gonzalez has brought even more great talents such as Delia Solari, Marcela Garcia Bonini, and Maria Pflucker to the Wynwood Art District. The gallery has also participated in Arte Americas, Art Palm Beach, Chicago Art Fair, and the Naples Art Fair. Since The Art Place Wynwood arrived to Miami four years ago it has been heralded as one of the most active galleries in Wynwood.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2013 PhotoBook Awards for First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2013 PhotoBook Awards for First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. Entries will be accepted through September 13, 2013. Thirty shortlisted entries will be exhibited, and the award winners will be announced at Paris Photo, November 14–17, 2013.

The First PhotoBook Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first photobook is judged to be best of the year. The PhotoBook of the Year Prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year.

Past Winner: David Galjaard: On Concresco
Dutch photographer David Galjaard won the 2012 First PhotoBook Award for Concresco.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Congress Says It's Time to Support the Humanities!!!

Great short NPR piece, "Lax Education In Humanities, Social Sciences Spark Outcry," 

and The New York Times, "Humanities Committee Sounds an Alarm":

"A new national corps of 'master teachers' trained in the humanities and social sciences and increased support for research in 'endangered' liberal arts subjects are among the recommendations of a major report to be delivered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

"The report comes amid concern about low humanities enrollments and worries that the Obama administration’s emphasis on science education risks diminishing a huge source of the nation’s intellectual strength. Requested by a bipartisan group of legislators and scheduled to be distributed to every member of Congress, it is intended as a rallying cry against the entrenched idea that the humanities and social sciences are luxuries that employment-minded students can ill afford." 

Here is a link to the executive summary of the report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences:

Also, the full study may be found here:

"A general education is just as important today, and it is just as clear that it must include the humanities and the social sciences. The humanities—including the study of languages, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the arts—are disciplines of memory and imagination, telling us where we have been and helping us envision where we are going. The social sciences—including anthropology, archaeology, economics, political science, sociology, and psychology—are disciplines of behavioral, interpersonal, and organizational processes, employing empirical and scientific methods to reveal patterns in the lives of real people. "

Friday, June 7, 2013

CU BFA Candidate, Jena Heaton, Finishing Up Penland Workshop with Ellen Eisenman and Clarissa Sligh

Jena Heaton, Clemson University Art Department BFA Candidate in photography, has been at the Penland School of Crafts in the North Carolina Mountains since May 26 on a scholarship from Clemson University and the Center for Visual Arts studying with Ellen Eisenman and Clarissa Sligh.  The workshop, Photography, Community & the Social Self, has been about using photography in community, educational, and/or social projects. Participants have planed a new project or extended an existing one, using written and photographic exercises, critiques, and team collaborations on workshop projects to clarify the goals and vocabulary for their work. They have worked with ideas of individual and collective experience, voice, communication, values, structure, sequence, dilemmas, ethics, and evaluation.

Ellen Eisenman, here we stand, archival photographs, thread, 
shells, silver wire, 28 x 28 in. & Clarissa Sligh, Hope
beads, origami cranes made from pages of white 
supremacist books, 60 in. tall 

In a written statement, Eisenman said, "I’m interested in making a clear visual connection between manual laborers, art workers, and community workers. This work is rooted in the narrative tradition of documentary photography as well as the use of quilting in preserving family and community histories. I work with archival photographs, which I sew together with thread and fixe in place with nails, pins, or silver wire along with glass, stone, or metal beads. The tactile process of sifting through traces of memory, sewing together fragments, and combining images provides a framework for reflecting on the connections between our personal and social experiences."

Ellen Eisenman is a studio artist and community worker with exhibitions at: ArtScape (South Africa), Broome Street Gallery (NYC), Franklin University Gallery (OH), Calico Gallery (OH), Goddard Riverside Community Center (NYC), ArtScape (Cape Town, South Africa), Columbus Museum (OH). Clarissa Sligh is a studio artist who has taught at New York University, School of Visual Arts (NYC) and hs work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and the George Eastman House (NY).

For more information on Penland, go to:

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Shihmen Reservoir - Taiwan

106 gumtrees are partly enwrapped with shining red fabric to show the flame of the trees hidden in their crowns. Also the trees has a bandage on the trunk with traditional Taiwanese flowercloth. In this bandage a piece of the driftwood coming out of the reservoir. The roject was part of the International Driftwood Sculpture Festival 2005
Deadline: 30 of June, 2013 Five artists around the world will finally be selected to create their own artworks for 2013 International Outdoor Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. Each selected artist will cooperate with local residents, students, and volunteers to complete a natural creation associated with the theme of “Seed & Life”.
The artists could use simple but impressive techniques to make people close to natural creatures and wetland, experience the process of natural artwork making, acknowledge important value of environmental conservation, and even appreciate profound meaning of life significantly.

Timetable of 2013 International Outdoor Sculpture Festival

  • Deadline: 2013/Jun/30
  • Announcement of Final Selected Artists: 2013/Jul/10
  • Selected Artists’ Stay Period: 2013/Aug/29 (Arrive in Taiwan) - 2013/Sep/16 (Depart from Taiwan)
  • Festival Opening Press Conference: 2013/Sep/15
  • Sculpture Display Period: 2013/Sep/15 - 2013/Dec/31
The sculptures will be installed in different place in the park and the city. However the Material is any natural materials can be get from Natural Park directly, such as reed, stone, tree branch, soil, rice straw, bamboo, leaf, etc.

Restriction: Strictly prohibit making any damage on or into all walls. Please do not use materials that cause allergy easily such as pollen or fur.

Support for Each Selected Artist: NTD$ 60,000 (approximate USD 2,000/1.545eu) to covering every costs of the artwork, 18-day accommodation:From August 29, 2013 to September 16, 2013, each artist will stay in a single room with individual bathroom. For additional accompanists, extra supplements of bed and meal will be charged by the hotel accordingly.
A round-trip airfare of economic class for each selected foreign artist from the Country of the artist to Taiwan and one-way shuttle bus service from the Airport to the hotel on the arrival day.
The Festival aids, local volunteers and high school students will be assigned to each artist to make the creations.

Qualifications: Candidates who intend to submit their proposals should have some experiences in working with local residents, volunteers, or junior high school students. While working to complete their art works, the artists will be able to spark interest of the general public to participate in the process of such artistic creation.

Candidates should also be keen on the relationship between nature, human culture, and environment.
The selected artists are required to have basic English conversation skills and the ability to mingle with other artists, local residents, school teachers and students.

Guidelines and Directions:
The selected artists will be working outdoors in the designated areas
They are limited to use only natural or recycled materials that are environmentally friendly, ensuring that in the process of art creation, the environment will not be compromised.
Safety must be considered as priority all the time.
For detailed information on how to participate ( required documentation and contact address),
Enter in Competitions Details 
Presidente Bettino Francini
Via di Terranuova 11
52025 Montevarchi (Arezzo) ITALY

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Emily Elizabeth Korth of Newtown Named to Clemson University President's List

Emily Elizabeth Korth (BFA in Art, ceramics emphasis, 2013) of Newtown has been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the spring 2013 semester.  To be named to the President's List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

Ranked No. 25 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.