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Monday, August 26, 2013

Lee Gallery Director Denise Woodward-Detrich Featured in the September 2013 Issue of Ceramics Monthly

Check out page 22 of the September 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly:  A two-page spread features work on exhibit in the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2013.  Denise's Teabowl with Dragonflies, 3 inches, salt-fired porcelain with stoneware and black slip, is in the upper right-hand corner.

Denise Woodward-Detrich is the Director of the Rudolph E. Lee Gallery in the Art Department at Clemson University. Before joining Clemson University Ms. Woodward-Detrich served as a Master Instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and prior to that as exhibitions coordinator at Clemson University from 1996-2000. She received her MFA in Ceramics at the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has maintained an active exhibitions record having been invited to participate in seven national exhibitions in 2001. Ms. Detrich has given workshops in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and has been included in publications such as Wheel Thrown Pottery by Don Davis, Best of Pottery, published by Rockport Publishers and Studio Potter magazine.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Health and Safety Issues in the Arts Lecture at Clemson University

Special Presentation by

M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
Health and Safety Issues in the Arts
6:00 pm, Monday, September 2
Lee 2-111 (large Auditorium)
Clemson University
FREE and open to the public.

Author of
"A highly important work for any artist, craftsperson, or teacher in the arts. . . . This comprehensive guide is highly recommended for any artist's studio or art teacher's classroom and for all libraries that serve those in the arts and crafts." -- Library Journal

"A valuable guide to how to work safely and stay healthy. Author Monona Rossol is a nationally known expert in the field of art safety. In this guide, Rossol has condensed her expertise and translated it into language every artist should understand." -- Arts & Activities

"Appropriately written for the general reader, the book is also clearly organized and fairly well-referenced for ease of use. Highly recommended for individual artists, art teachers, and others with special interests in the arts." -- American Public Health Association

"Industrial hygienist Monona Rossol intends to inform artists who work daily with hazardous materials of the effects of various commonly used chemicals and toxins on themselves and the environment." -- American Theatre

"Intended as a resource for artists, craftspeople and teachers, this guide identifies hazardous materials and the problems they may cause, and suggests steps for safe handling and use." -- Ceramics Monthly

"No matter whether your focus is fine or graphic art, maintaining personal health as well as the health of the environment should be a top priority. We all work with toxic substances, and ACHS. . . details what these substances are and how we can reduce harmful exposure by making informed choices." -- The Artist's Magazine

"Should be on every artist's and craftworker's studio reference shelf." -- Crafts Report

"Studio owners and employers should read this book and review their studio practices. Employees should read this book to become aware of their work habits . . . . This is not a book to read for fun but it is essential reading, nevertheless." -- Stained Glass Quarterly

Monona Rossol is a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist. She was born into a theatrical family and worked as a professional entertainer from age 3 to 17. She enrolled in the University of Wisconsin where she earned: a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Math, an MS majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture, and an MFA with majors in Ceramics and Glassblowing and a minor in Music. While in school she worked as a chemist, taught and exhibited artwork, performed with University music and theater groups, and worked yearly in summer stock. After leaving school, she performed in musical and straight acting roles in Off and Off Off Broadway theaters and cabaret.
Currently, Monona is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She also is the Health and Safety Director for Local 829 of the United Scenic Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She has lectured and consulted in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico and Portugal. 
Monona was in Harvey Littleton's first college-level glassblowing courses. Her ceramics, sculpture and blown glass were exhibited in over 40 group shows and four solo shows. Her many awards include a purchase prize in the 23rd Ceramic National Competition of the Everson Museum of Art. She worked as a free-lance art conservation consultant/restorer working primarily with furniture, ceramics, and enamels. She is a voting member of the American Society of Testing and Materials sub-committee (ASTM D-4236) that sets toxicity labeling standards for art materials.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Kathleen Thum at Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH

Clemson University Assistant Professor of Art, Kathleen Thum, is exhibiting her drawings as a part of a three-person exhibition at  ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.  ROY G BIV Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery located in the historic Short North neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1989, ROY G BIV is known for presenting innovative contemporary art by emerging artists from around the world.

Also on exhibit are works by Jackie Brown and Garry Noland.  The exhibition will be on display from August 3, 2013 to August 31, 2013.


Kathleen Thum's Artist Statement:

My drawings and paintings are based on various human physiological and psychological systems, which I depict through rendering abstract networks of forms, shapes, lines, marks and color. Like our internal anatomy, the structures in my works are linear, flowing, clustered, open, dense, intertwined, interpreting gravity, weight and tensions. The drawings and paintings evolve intuitively as I use color and layering to playfully create new imagery based on the fascinating and humorous inter-workings of our body functions and emotions. I often look at medical illustrations and diagrams, industrial factories and landscapes, and building systems to spark my imagination for marks and forms to use in my drawings and paintings. I observe and am fascinated with heating and cooling systems: plumbing pipes, ducts and valves in buildings and construction. These external networks performing similar functions as in our interior bodies. My interests lie in capturing the shifting of scale and function between exterior, macro, man-made formations and interior, micro, biomorphic configurations.

Kathleen Thum

Jackie Brown's Artist Statement

My work stems from an interest in biological flux and each work evolves through a series of expanding installations that aim to suggest limitless potential for growth and transformation. Through the use of viscous porous surfaces I attempt to provide a sense that the work is alive and there is intentionally a strong element of science fiction. It is often ambiguous as to whether the forms are benign or toxic and I aim to suggest mutation, as if biochemical processes are cross-wiring and melding into new and uncertain growths.
Jackie Brown
The most recent work, Brain Fruit, is based on neural networks, synaptic exchange, and the elastic potential of the mind. The green rods and orange linear elements serve as active pathways, implying circuitry and the continual pulsing of inputs and outputs. Crafting the pieces has become critical and I invest countless hours into perfecting each surface because I aim to create an illusion, a fictive world, and it is essential that the forms are believable. I think of each installation as a frozen moment in the life of the work and I hope to convey a feverish sense of immediacy and vitality, as if time has been temporarily suspended, allowing the viewer to move freely through a living, growing system.

Gary Noland's Artist Statement

In the early 2000s I made works formed, stacked and layered using the visual system of International Morse Code. The dots and dashes form the message but the message is incoherent without the spaces between the dots and dashes. This suggests, if we extend that way of thinking, that the human world’s coherence is dashed without the context of the non-human world. Similarly, numerical* majorities (whites) loose their definition without the inclusion of non-whites. One cannot tell the A, B and C apart if there is no space between. Therefore the majority and minority must be equal if they require each other for definition.**
Gary Noland
The new work is made from accumulated, stacked, layered and collaged forms. As pieces are compared to each other or as comparisons are made within each piece one sees various levels of finish.

I am very interested in conversations about what is a correct level of finish in each work and the body of work as a whole. Levels of finish suggest either an adherence to what other people think should happen or what I think should happen. It boils down to these questions:  What is Better? Who’s It Better To? and Who Are You to Decide?

I am using adhesive tapes, tape on paper, other tape. I build up layers and stacks of material. It has been a fundamental occupation of mine for as long as I can remember. I am re-inventing new forms that descend from dry-stone walls and baseball card towers I built as a kid in our rural home.  Finally I think of my grandmothers’ rag rugs and quilts fashioned from scraps of old cloth. They wouldn’t have called themselves artists but they did what artists do:  transforming material and experience into new identities.

Located in the Short North Arts District of Columbus OH for 20 years, ROY G BIV is the longest running gallery in the neighborhood. The gallery is located on the corner of Starr and High.

997 North High Street
Columbus Ohio 43201


3-6 WED to FRI
1-5 SAT

Monday, August 5, 2013

Clemson University Represents at KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2013!

Both Denise Woodward-Detrich, Director of the Lee Gallery in the Clemson University Art Department, and David Hill (CU MFA, Art, 2010), have teabowls in the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2013.

 David Hill "#2" ^6 stoneware ^6 oxidation fired 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5”

Denise Woodward-Detrich "Teabowl with Dragonflies' Porcelain, stoneware and black slip Salt fired 3 x 3 x 3” 

The juror for the show was Doug Jeppesen, a partiticpant in every one of the previous KC Clay Guild Teabowl Nationals.  He has also been an award winner.  Mr. Jeppesen will present a day-long workshop the Saturday after the exhibit opening on August 24, (10-4pm)  For details contact Susan Speck: (subject line: Jeppesen workshop)

Doug Jeppesen is an Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Jeppesen earned a BFA in Art and a BA in Art History from the University of Tulsa and his MFA from Northen Illinois University. Jeppesen's work has appeared in numerous national exhibitions including Feats of Clay, Strictly Functional and the Wichita National. In 2006, he was a presenter at the International Wood Fire Conference and he worked extensively with Laguna Clay Company to develop Wood Fired B-Mix WC-899.

For more images and information about Doug:

The complete list of 2013 artists is as follows: Michael Ashley, Marian Baker, John Baymore, Bo Bedilion, John Benn, Grant Boulanger, Mike Bowen, Angel Brame, Man-Ho (Billy) Cho, Mark Chuck, Benjamin Cirgin, Paula Cosentino, Kevin Crowe, Clay Cunningham, Carolanne Currier, Tara Dawley, Anthony Delaney, Brice Dyer, Keith Ekstam, Ann Fremgen, Yoshi Fujii, Julie Harbers, David Harris, Chad Hartwig, David Hill, Gary Hootman, Mitch Iberg, Steve Kelly, Adam Knoche, Melody Knowles, Paul McCoy, Andrew McGarva, Dian Magie, Matt Mitros, Maria Morales, Anthony Pearson, Natasha Poppe, Charles Price, Kyle Johns, Shikha Joshi, John Reinking, Eric Rempe,Chris Singewald, Margie Skaggs, Conifer Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Chris Sneed, Andrew Snyder, Scott Steder, Carolyn Summers, David Swensen, Judy Thompson, Alex Thullen, Simon Van der Ven, Jeff Voorhees, BJ Watson, Deb Williamson, Scott Williamson, Denise Woodward-Detrich, and Tripti Yoganathan. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Clemson University Associate Professor of Art, Christina Hung, is currently featured on Creative Capitol's On Our Radar.

 Shattered, from the series, Crushed, Burned and Shattered, 2012
Panorama micrograph of a Gardenia petal and broken microscope slide.

Emerging Fields
New Genres

Christina Hung

Creative Capital's On Our Radar is a searchable database featuring more than 300 projects that advanced to the second or third round in last year's highly competitive Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts grant round. Although projects in On Our Radar were not ultimately funded, they still feel that these are projects to watch, and they invite the public to explore them. The site will be online until September 30, 2013.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding,
counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital
principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable

In this project, panoramic photomicrographs of biological specimens that have been deliberately damaged during the imaging process are presented at trade shows organized around visualization technology research and development. The goal is to draw this audience into a discussion of imaging technology that is informed by feminist scholarship, and critical art practices.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Clemson Center for Visual Arts to open Greenville location

Published: August 2, 2013

CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Center for Visual Arts will have a presence in the new Village of West Greenville, located along Pendleton Street in downtown Greenville.

The CVA-Greenville will allow for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni to have hands-on experiences in developing, curating, installing and exhibiting art. The center will engage local, regional, national and international artists and will give Upstate residents an opportunity to both see and “do” art.

“Our presence in Greenville was a natural evolution because we’re already there in so many ways,” said the university’s art department chair, Greg Shelnutt. “The first person to graduate with an M.F.A from our department, Jeanet Dreskin, lives in Greenville and is a very active member of the community. We have a number of other alumni with studios in Greenville, and we have alumni on the faculty at several public and private schools in the area. Clemson is already present in that community, so I see this center as a natural outgrowth of that. It’s a homecoming, to a certain degree.”

Shelnutt said the center is a mutually beneficial partnership for Clemson and Greenville.

“This is a chance to become a part of the fabric of the community. Artists want to give back; we want to share what we do. Artists want to expand upon the cultural heritage of a community, using art to tell the stories of life in that community, ” he said. “We get so much out of our interaction with the public, and this will give our students a chance to jumpstart their art careers.”

Greenville Vice Mayor Pro Tem Lillian Flemming said, “By expanding its Greenville presence to include a visual arts center in the Village of West Greenville, Clemson University is not only complimenting the already vibrant West Greenville area as an arts destination, but also creating a unique opportunity to build connections between the school and local businesses, the creative community and the surrounding neighborhoods. We look forward to having Clemson as a community partner and to the positive impact that the visual arts center will have on this area’s continued rebirth.”

The center’s first exhibit, featuring works from Clemson alumni, will open Thursday, Sept. 5. The exhibit, “Sourcing New Mentors: Clemson Art Alumni Educating the Upstate” will feature artists who are working as educators in the Upstate. During the exhibit, some of the participating artists will further develop works on display to showcase the creative process.

Once the heart of the local textile industry, West Greenville has reinvented itself as an art destination. The Village of West Greenville is home to more than 30 artisans – including potters, sculptors, photographers and painters – as well as local businesses and restaurants.

The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville is a satellite of the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at the university. Though there is not a physical building for this center, the majority of the activities for the Center of Visual Arts are generated out of Lee Hall on the Clemson University campus.