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Monday, February 24, 2014

"Red, White and Black Make Blue and Orange" Guest Lecturer with Andrea Feeser

Monday, February 24 

1-100 Lee Hall Lee Hall 1, 323 Fernow St Clemson, SC 29634

6 p.m.
1-100 Lee Hall
Ever wonder why the color of the South Carolina state flag is blue?
Well, not blue exactly. Indigo.
A color somewhere between deep-sea cerulean and royal purple, indigo's rich and complex history began in the 18th century and played a central role in the development of South Carolina.
A plant that was made into a dye, indigo was grown in huge quantities all over the state. In 1775, more than a million pounds of indigo were exported from colonial South Carolina to England.
Andrea Feeser explains the importance of the crop and the color in her latest book "Red, White and Black Make Blue." Told from her researcher's point of view, the book explores how indigo became the most popular color of the 18th century. It colored the silks worn by the social elite as well as the rough woolen fabrics worn by the slaves who made it. Feeser pays special attention to the ways indigo shaped the relationships among white plantation owners and the black and native people they enslaved.
"I have always been interested in the history of place," said Feeser, who is an art history professor at Clemson University. Feeser previously taught at the University of Hawaii and moved to South Carolina 11 years ago.
The Revolutionary War ended South Carolina's indigo boom, as independence cost the colony its primary purchaser of blue dye. During the war, Colonel William Moultrie and members of his Second South Carolina Regiment defended Charleston against the British. They wore indigo uniforms with white crescents on their caps. Today that same pattern can be seen somewhere else: Flying atop the State House.

Editorial Reviews from 


“Locating indigo production in both a global economy and the history of enslavement in colonial South Carolina, this book gives us the first tangible explanation of why indigo was such an important crop. Feeser explains just what ‘blue’ meant in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world and does it so well that indigo production makes sense in a way it never has before.”—Mart A. Stewart, author of “What Nature Suffers to Groe”: Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680–1920

“The official state color of South Carolina is indigo. Why? Read Dr. Feeser’s book. To understand the rich complexities of modern South Carolina, one needs to recognize the multidimensional past illustrated by South Carolina’s indigo culture. The history is there along with the material culture, and entwining connections give life and voice to known and unknown characters within a compelling narrative.”—Randy L. Akers, executive director, The Humanities Council S.C.

"[T]he microhistories presented are compelling and effective in demonstrating that people of all races were transformed by the growing of indigo. Recommended for readers interested in South Carolina history and for specialists in material culture."—Nicholas Graham, Library Journal

About the Author

Andrea Feeser is an associate professor of art and architectural history at Clemson University. She is the author of Waikiki: A History of Forgetting & Remembering.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Clemson's Passport to the Arts Advanced Discount Ticket Sales through Friday, February 28, 2014!

Passport to the Arts: Friday, March 7, 2014

If you haven't bought your ticket for Passport to the Arts, get it today!  The Advanced Booking rate of $30.00 runs through Friday, February 28, 2014.  Tickets will be $40 starting on Saturday, March 1.

The annual Passport to the Arts continues to be an exciting and popular "Town and Gown" event. 
Join the Center for Visual Arts - Lee Gallery and The Arts Center of Clemson for an evening of fine art, entertainers, live music, drinks and exceptional food showcased at four different locations. 

Getting There Is Half The Fun! Grab your passport and let the
 Clemson Area Transit (CAT) bus take you on a visual arts tour of Clemson for a fun-filled evening. All buses feature entertainment, making your ride to each venue even more enjoyable. Our locations this year include The Arts Center, CAT bus facility, Lee Gallery and our 2014 location at Patrick Square.  

Get more information 

We are asking all travelers to indicate their start location choice. When booking your ticket, you can make the choice for you and your guests. 
Thank you for your part in making Clemson as an arts destination!
Tommye Hurst
The Arts Center

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Clemson University Art Department BFA Candidate, Colton Miller, a Part of the National Juried Print Exhibition at Artworks, Trenton, NJ

Kolton Miller, binary, 15" x 22", woodblock reduction and dry point print


"Since an early age I have been drawing, painting, and sculpting.  I’m currently finishing my BFA at Clemson University.  I have shown works in many galleries and museums, and really enjoy the expression of the viewers and how my voice can visually be heard.  I have grown as an artist from being strict and photo-like, to more gestural and decisive lines within paintings and drawings.  I truly enjoy expressing life, beauty and moments in time.

"Artists that influence me are Jenny Saville, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Georgia O’Keeffe.  I respect the decisions these artist made when coming to color, tonality and conception."  

Juried Print Exhibition

Artworks First Annual 
Juried Print Exhibition
March 1-29, 2014

Juror: Phyllis E. Wright
Phyllis received her BFA at Carnegie-Mellon University and her MFA from The George Washington University where she was a graduate fellow. Upon graduation she became an Assistant Professor of Art teaching Printmaking, Design and Mixed Media for a decade. While living in Maryland she was one of the original members of Maryland Print-makers, a not for profit educational corporation established to encourage the making and collecting of fine art prints. As President she coordinated the 1993 Southern Graphics Council Conference. Ms Wright has also been a preparator of art for various museums and galleries. Since 2007 she has taught middle and upper school art at Stuart County Day School where she is also the gallery director. Phyllis loves to travel for inspiration to near and far off places.  She is an active artist whose work is shown and collected worldwide.

Artworks | 19 Everett Alley | Trenton, NJ 08611 | Phone: 609-394-9436 |
Gallery Hours (during exhibits)- Wed - Friday 11-6, Sat 11-4

Clemson University Art Department's Center for Visual Arts-Greenville Receives 2014 One Time Project (OTP) Grant

The project, “Under Construction”, has been funded for the full amount of the request: $5,000, the maximum amount for awards in this category).  The project will bring Tom Rankin, Director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, to work with CVA-G Program Coordinator, Gene Ellenberg, to curate an exhibition, conduct workshops and a lecture series. 

We will post more information about the project as it continues to develop!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Clemson University Art Department MFA, Winston A. Wingo, to Give a Presentation on Concepts and Intergration of Art, Science and Technology in Art and Education

Winston A Wingo
STEAM Topic:  

A Presentation on Concepts and Intergration 
of Art, Science and Technology 
in Art and Education. 

February 25, 2014
3:30-4:30 pm
G022 Lehotsky Hall

Winston A. Wingo was born and educated in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He earned a B.A. in Art Education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC in 1976, and a M.F.A. in Art (sculpture emphasis) from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 1980.  Wingo completed post graduate studies at the Institute Statue D' Arte in Lucca, Italy, The Luigi Tammasi Foundry and the Artistic Mariani Foundary in Pietrassanta, Italy. A painter, sculptor and art educator, Wingo has taught at numerous colleges and universities throughout South Carolina incliding: Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina Upstate, and Converse College in Spartanburg. He enjoys the classroom and currently teaches at Carver Middle School in Spartanburg. Recent exhibitions  include: the  South  Carolina Biennial  Exhibition, 701 Contemporary Art  Center in  Columbia; Sandor  Teszler  Galleryat Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC; Abstract  Art in South Carolina 1949—2011at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia; and a solo exhibition at  Mason Murer Fine Art  Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Wingo has exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and France. He currently exhibits and is represented by the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York and the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Wingo has completed numerous public and private commissions. His public commissions include: a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. for the City of Spartanburg, "Harmony"; a bronze cast for the Group 100 in Spartanburg, " The Technocrat"; a bronze cast located at the South Carolina Governor's School For Fine Arts, " Stop the Violence"; a welded stainless steel sculpture, located at the University of South Carolina Upstate, "The Block"; a relief bronze for the North Carolina Arts Council, " Back of the College"; a bronze bas relief for Wofford College, " Broadax"; and a welded steel and bronze sculpture for Wofford College. Wingo maintains a studio in Spartanburg and mentors young artists.

I often feel like a scientist in a laboratory, observing organic and biomorphic forms as they are being developed and transformed into unique morphological structures. In the creative process, the artist, like the scientist must explore a variety of materials , technology, methods and visual language when developing works of art. Some examples of this process are my use of the lost wax bronze casting methods and unique hand and tool modeling techniques. My intent is to creatively reproduce what occurs naturally in nature.

The Clemson CyberInstitute:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Adrienne Lichliter, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate, Exhibited in The Contemporary Print, Austin, TX

Page from exhibition catalog featuring Adrienne's Puppy Love,
wood lithography and relief on mulberry, 17" x 26"
PrintAustin was held from January 15 to February 15, 2014. This inaugural print extravaganza was a month-long event celebrating the art of original printmaking, educating the public about the traditions of printmaking as well as showcasing the innovations of the contemporary approach.
The Contemporary Print was a juried survey of the traditions and the innovations of contemporary printmaking happening in Texas today in conjunction with PrintAustin 2014.  Featuring Sabra Booth, Veronica Ceci, Jesus De La Rosa, Catherine Dudley, Lari Gibbons, Padaric Kolander, Adrienne Lichliter, Ryan O’Malley, Elvia Perrin, Ricardo Ruiz and more.
Francesca Consagra
Katherine Brimberry
Jeffery Dell
Francesca Consagra is the Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings and European Paintings at The Blanton Museum of Art, Katherine Brimberry is the co-founder and owner of Flatbed Press and Senior Master Printer, and Jeffery Dell is an artist and Professor of Studio Art and Head of Printmaking at Texas State University-San Marcos. Combined, our team of jurors have curated and organized over 200 exhibitions and authored a wide range of critical and art historical articles, exhibition catalogs, reviews, and books.  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 35th National Biennial conference of FATE, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground"

Indianapolis will be the epicenter for the 35th National Biennial conference of FATE, hosted by Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, March 25 – 28, 2015.  The theme, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground,” invites an examination of how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape.

Influences from both inside and outside the studio drive the development of a foundations curriculum.  We are interested in hearing proposals from a broad spectrum of studio artists and academics who have an interest in foundation studies.  How are foundation faculty and programs breaking new ground in their teaching practices?  What innovative teaching models and possibilities are forming as we educate the artists and designers of the future?  How has experimentation with coursework shaken up old ideas about how we educate the artists and designers of the future? 

Proposals are welcome from all who contribute to the foundation experience, including studio and academic areas such as art history and other liberal arts.   Lab technicians, librarians, AP teachers, graduate teaching assistants and other arts professionals who contribute to the foundation experience are also encouraged to make proposals.  Topics are not limited to curriculum development and innovations in studio teaching in regards to this broad-based theme.  We are interested in the ideas that contribute to the ongoing dialogue of innovative teaching practices.

Applicants may submit up to two session proposals, but only one will be selected.  If your proposal is selected, you will be responsible for organizing and managing your session. This includes selecting presenters – either through personal invitation or through our general call for paper abstracts – gathering copy and information about your session for the conference program, and managing your session at the conference so that it stays on track and on time. Each session runs 90 minutes in length, which can accommodate three or four presenters, and allows for an introduction and question and answer period. Approximately 100 sessions will run over the course of the three-day conference.    

All session proposals should be submitted at

Current cv’s are required and may be submitted as a link on the proposal form or emailed as a .pdf to with “yourname_cv” on the subject line.

Session proposals must be submitted by midnight, March 17, 2014

Greg Skaggs
Vice President for Communication

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clemson University Department of Art Biennial Faculty Exhibition

Todd McDonald, oil on canvas
February 19
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs February 21–March 26
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall
Sydney A. Cross, David Detrich, Christina Nguyen Hung, Joey Manson, Todd McDonald, Greg Shelnutt, Kathleen Thum, Denise Woodward-Detrich, Anderson Wrangle, and Valerie Zimany
RECEPTION: February 21
6:30–8 p.m.
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and ICI announce the 2014 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean

Application deadline: April 1, 2014
The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and ICI are pleased to announce an open call for curators: The 2014 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. In its third edition, this travel award will support a contemporary art curator based anywhere in the world to travel to Central America and the Caribbean to conduct research about art and cultural activities in the region. Intending to generate new collaborations with artists, curators, museums, and cultural centers in the area, this award will cover curatorial residencies, studio visits, and/or archival research. 
The CPPC Travel Award will support a curator to visit either one or multiple locations in Central America and the Caribbean, and will prioritize first encounters, allowing curators that have not traveled to the region to make connections and develop networks. The travel period can be anywhere between three weeks and three months, and take place between May and November 2014. The grant will cover costs of up to $10,000. Funds can be requested to visit one or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama; and, in the Caribbean: The Antilles, The Bahamas, Colombia (Caribbean region), and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply. Applications from established and emerging curators (3+ years professional experience) will be considered.
To be considered a candidate for the 2013 Travel Grant, a full proposal must contain the following:
•  A letter of approximately 1,500 words (3 pages) describing the proposal for curatorial research for which funds are being requested. This should include a short summary on the reasons why the research is important and why it should happen now, as well as the names of any artists, curators, collections, archives, or institutions with which the applicant hopes to spend time.
•  A travel itinerary or plan for the residency program with proposed dates of travel (one page)
•  A budget covering all travel research costs including any per diem, fees, and translation expenses (one page)
•  A Curriculum Vitae (abridged to no more than 3 pages)
Format: The required documents should be sent by email to withCisneros Travel Award in the subject line. No printed versions should be sent via post. The letter, travel itinerary, budget, and CV should be page-numbered and sent as one single PDF.
Language: Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish.
A jury of professionals who live in, or have extensive knowledge of the region will select the successful applicant.
Grantees are expected to make their own travel arrangements, including securing Visas, if needed. If not fluent in local languages, grantees must allocate funds for a translator. On completion of travel a report of approximately 1,500 words on the outcomes of research is required, together with a budget outlining how the money was spent. Awardees are also expected to submit photographs and a research report on activities in the region that will contribute to the online Journal resource on ICI’s website.
For further information or questions, contact

The inaugural CPPC Travel Award was granted in 2012 to Pablo Leon de la Barra, who conducted research trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico with the aim to reread seminal historical moments in the region that have acquired new relevance in the current political and economical reality. The 2013 Award recipient, Remco de Blaaij, set out to research women activist practices in the countries of Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Suriname.

About the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) works to increase understanding and awareness of Latin America’s contributions to the history of art and ideas, and to support innovation, education, creativity, and research in the field of Latin American art. Through grants and partnerships, the CPPC also supports the professional development of Latin American artists, curators, and scholars. Recent initiatives include, among others, a sponsorship to create a Curatorial Fellowship at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany; a partnership with Hunter College (New York) to create the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor of Latin American Art; and an alliance with the Bard Graduate Center (New York) to organize the Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World.

Creative Time: Amanda Weil Lecture Open Call

Creative Time seeks an extraordinary member of our community to present their work on stage at our first international Summit! Apply for the Amanda Weil Lecture here!

Each year, the Creative Time Summit explores the many ways in which artists are tackling the world’s most challenging social and political issues. Innovative artists, activists, writers, and curators take the Summit stage to present bold new strategies for social change to a global audience. Since its inception six years ago, the Summit has seen hundreds of luminaries–from famed philosopher Slavoj Žižek, to legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, artist Rick Lowe, and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, to name only a few–present their unflinching visions to thousands live in the theatre and online.

Named in honor of artist and ever-supportive former Creative Time Board Chair (2006–2013) Amanda Weil, The Amanda Weil Lecture provides an opportunity for the winning artist to discuss work that demonstrates a genuine commitment to community and social change.

While all artists whose practice engages timely public issues will be considered, preference will be given this year to those who explore issues of nationalism, xenophobia, or immigration rights.

If selected to present at the Summit, Creative Time will pay you a speakers fee and will cover travel expenses and accommodations in Stockholm. Apply for the Amanda Weil Lecture!

Applications are due on Friday, February 28, by 6pm EST, and the winner will be announced in spring 2014.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 Southern Miss Outdoor Sculpture Competition

‘Midsummer’ by Hanna Jurban in front of the
Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.
he University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Arts and Letters is proud to announce a Call for Entries for the Second Southern Miss Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The University of Southern Mississippi main campus is in beautiful Hattiesburg, Mississippi about 60 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

The competition seeks 5 stunning outdoor sculptures to be exhibited on campus for an 18 month duration. Installation will be in the first week of September 2014 and will be de-installed in March of 2016.

This call is open to international artists/teams 18 years of age and older.
Work must be available for the entire exhibition period (September 2014 – March 2016).
Work previously exhibited on campus is not eligible.
Selected Artists will receive a $2000 honorarium. All travel costs for delivery and pick up of the artwork, or costs incurred by the artist for their own personal travel/accommodations are the responsibility of the artist. Special installation hardware other than standard concrete anchor bolt(s) are the responsibility of the artist.
If the artist is available to talk to students the evening or day after installation we would provide a small stipend ($100) and cover a night’s accommodations. Please indicate this when applying, the committee will pick one artist from those willing to speak.
Artists will be responsible for providing an artist statement for inclusion into a catalog.

Complete applications must be received by 5:00 pm on March 7, 2014. All applications will be electronic. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No materials will be returned.   

The artworks will be installed on one of five concrete pads located throughout the USM Hattiesburg campus. The selection committee will decide the final location of the selected works.
All pads are ground level; unless a base is incorporated into the design and construction of a piece all works are bolted at ground level.
Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition only. 

Work may be of any media, but must be impervious to the elements and require no maintenance. Safety, the use of non-hazardous materials, and durability are essential considerations.
Works requiring electricity/water or other utilities will not be considered.
Work must be suitable for display in a public setting and can withstand adverse weather conditions that include high winds and lots of rain/humidity.
Work should be appropriate for an active pedestrian environment.  
Work must be able to be secured using anchor bolts.
Work must be available for installation September 8 – 12, 2014. Proposals for unbuilt work will not be accepted.  
Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
USM personnel will provide a fork lift and other installation services but the artist will be required to direct complicated installations and provide any specialized hardware needed for installation.
Only work made in the past 5 years will be considered for the exhibition.
PROJECT TIMELINE Application Deadline: March 7, 2014 Finalists Notified: June, 2014 Contracts Completed: July, 2014 Installation: September 8 - 12, 2014 Opening Reception and Campus Walk About: September 25, 2014 De-installation: March, 2016  SELECTION PROCESS The artist selection panel will include representatives from the campus community including representatives from the College or Arts and letters, the Department of Art and Design and the student body. Works will first be assessed for durability and structural integrity. Those works accepted will go on to the selection committee. We will use a blind review process, so please make sure identifying information is not imbedded in the image(s) you send.  APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Each artist or artist team may submit up to three works of art for consideration (however, only one work per artist or team will be selected). Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Friday, March 7, 2014. 
There is no application fee. 
Please put USM Sculpture Competition in the subject line of any emails. 

The following materials will be required:

Short two-page résumé, .doc, .docx or .pdf, only. Please include contact information.
Digital Images. Images of up to three woks (made within the last 5 years- original completion date). Please send a maximum of three images of any one work. Please label the images lastnameA.jpg, lastnameB.jpg. For example torresA.jpg, torresB.jpg, etc. Images should be 300 dpi at about 4x6 inches.
Slide key- please send a document or pdf file that lists all the information about the works as it correspond to the slide images. Make sure you include, titles, dates, materials, size of individual piece or overall size of works if it is a multi-part installation. Please include any pertinent information about the installation process or special installation requirements. The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to reject any work that arrives for installation and differs significantly from application images or has installation requirements different than originally defined.
Email application materials to Electronic submission only. You will need to send multiple emails if you have more than one work. Please put “Sculpture Competition” in the subject line of all emails.

For questions contact Jen Torres at, or call 601-266-6032, email is preferred. Do not send submissions to this email address.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Somewhere in the South


In conjunction with our annual exhibit “Somewhere in the South, ” RJG has opened up five spots in the show for new and established photographers in the Southern region who we believe deserve recognition.

Submissions will be reviewed by Rebekah Jacob and gallery assistant Grace Chapin. Selected winners will have the opportunity to exhibit 2 photographs as part of “Somewhere in the South” 2014 and will be featured on the RJG website. The competition focuses on photography and video (ONLY) that captures diverse and culturally relevant material to the American South. Photographers must live and work in the South (East of the Mississippi River and South of the Mason Dixon).

-Submission dates: January 15-March 5, 2014 (at midnight)

-Submission fees: $45 USD via credit card (excluding American Express) or check.

-Submit material via cd rom; if material is to be returned, provide return shipping labels and postage. NO DROP INS! 

-Submit 10-20 images in jpeg format (only) approximately 72 dpi and 600 pixels wide.

-Each image should be labeled with your last number then numbered. For example: Jane Smith01.jpeg, JaneSmith02.jpeg, etc.

-Include a document (word or pdf) with an artist statement, bio, website link (if applicable) and your address (only Southern states accepted)

-Send all material to: 

Rebekah Jacob Gallery
502 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) program in Visual Arts

Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Program Fall

Program dates: September 15, 2014 - October 24, 2014
Application deadline: March 5, 2014
The Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) program in Visual Arts provides time and space for individuals and groups to create new works, research innovative ideas, and experiment with different techniques and modes of production.
Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24-hours a day, as well as use of Visual Arts facilities including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Access to these facilities is subject to additional fees.
Residency length can vary within the prescribed program dates. All residencies must begin on a Monday and last for a minimum of 12 days. Applications for residencies outside of the program dates may be accepted at the discretion of the director of Visual Arts.
Please note that on-campus accommodations and requests for specific room types are subject to availability.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Clemson University Art Department Valentine's Day Card Sale

Wednesday, February 12 at 11:00am to 4:00pm → more dates through February 14, 2014

Clemson University Union Loggia and Hendrix Student Center Atrium
Valentine's Day Card Sale

February 12 and 13
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Union Loggia

February 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hendrix Student Center Atrium

Put art into your heart by purchasing one of a kind handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards created by art students in the printmaking program in the Art Department at Clemson University. Come and select your expression of love from hundreds of cards. Proceeds from the sale support student attendance at national conferences and other professional activities.

For more information, please contact Sydney Cross,, or 864-656-3893.
View a printmaking demonstration:


The Crusade Engagement Grant offers $10,000 to a photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative idea for increasing the artist's audience and collector base.

This unrestricted grant is created both to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea. We are looking for projects that focus on creating demand for photography and provide a concrete plan to create one-to-one connections between the photographer, the viewer, and the audience.

This is not about making work or exhibiting work - this is about finding an audience and engaging them. So apply! Because $10,000 is a nice chunk of change for being creative.

Click here for the Grant Guidelines

Click here for the Grant Application

Applications must be submitted online and include a $20 application fee. There is no limit to the number of project ideas an individual can submit, however each project must be submitted in a separate application. The deadline to apply is April 1.


The Crusade Engagement Grant supports photographers to develop and implement an innovative and effective way to connect audiences to their work. We are looking for projects that focus on creating demand for photography and provide a concrete plan to create one-to-one connections between the photographer, the viewer, and the audience.

We believe that there is an elaborate and well-funded support system available today on the “supply” side of the art industry – grants, workshops, MFA programs, photo reviews – but not enough effort or support on the “demand” side. We are looking for the most creative and original ideas to create and foster demand for fine art photography. We are looking to break new ground here, and believe that artists themselves are best positioned to conduct these experiments.  That is why the grant size is substantial.

We are interested in well-developed projects that:

  • Create an aesthetic experience – one that actively involves the viewer’s senses, emotion, and intellect
  • Provide opportunities for interacting with the photographer and/or the images 
  • Lower the perceptual barriers to participation with art (inexperience with and lack of knowledge about art, intimidating situations or environments, perception that art is not accessible, etc.) 
  • Clearly identify the target audience (not “the general public”) for a body or type of work and how the project will specifically aim to reach that audience
We are not interested in projects that:
  • Seek funding to create or complete a body of work
  • Seek funding to mount an exhibition (unless the exhibition has unique features designed to attract and engage new audiences)
  • Seek funding to participate in a class or workshop
  • Seek funding for book production

Any single photographer, project organizer, or group of photographers 18 years or older is eligible to apply.  There is no limit to the number of project ideas an individual can submit, however each project must be submitted in a separate application.


The goal of offering a grant of this size is to motivate a large volume of photographers to think about their work, their target audience, and how to best engage them.  In the initial application, photographers/project organizers must submit a description (500 words or less) of their project idea and a $20 application fee.

Five to ten finalists (chosen by the Executive and Assistant Directors of Crusade for Art and approved by the Board of Directors) will be invited to submit a full application.  The full application will require applicants to include a detailed project description, timeline, budget, projected audience reach, and expected impact of the program.  There is no additional application fee for finalist applications.

A selection committee made up of three photographic industry leaders will select the grant award recipient based on the proposed project’s creativity, originality, and probability for success as well as the applicant’s credibility and references.  The three members of the selection committee are:
  • Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker
  • Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director at Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director at Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Request For Qualifications (RFQ): Lee Hall III Facility at Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Project Title: Implementation of Site-Specific Public Art for the Lee Hall III Facility at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 

Project Budget: $60,000 for the design, fabrication, engineering and installation of an exterior public artwork.

RFQ Deadline: Received by March 3rd, 2014. No exceptions. 

Application procedures are available at

Atelier InSite, the team responsible for the administration of site-specific public art on the Clemson University campus, is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the Lee Hall III Facility. An outdoor site has been identified and we are encouraging qualified artist(s)/artist teams from all disciplines and approaches to apply. Atelier InSite seeks professionally qualified artist(s)/artist teams to submit an RFQ for consideration and potential selection. Selected artist(s)/artist teams will demonstrate an ability and interest in engaging in site-specific public art. 

To obtain more specific information about the project Download the RFQ.

Visit AtelierInSite to learn more about public art at Clemson University

Your creativity can save a life! Win $1000 for your design.

Participate NOW through March 6, 2014.

February 6, 2014 marked the official launch of the Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge, a nationwide contest that uses public art and design to raise awareness about Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
  • AEDs are devices that shock the heart back to life during cardiac arrest.
  • They are easy to apply and anyone can use them.
  • Unfortunately, AEDs are sometimes hard to find.
The Challenge aims to make AEDs more visible and memorable so more people will use them in an emergency. We need your help!

Participate by:

Where can you get AED training?
The American Heart Association offers CPR and AED training through training centers. To locate a training center near you, call your nearest AHA office or 1-888-CPRLINE. You may also visit Type in your ZIP code where requested on the home page to access information on training sites near you.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nina Kawar, Clemson University MFA Candidate, Designs Award Trophies for the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Innovative Spirit Awards

The Thursday night gala was the inaugural event in what will become an annual celebration honoring two alumni every year who exemplify the spirit of creativity and innovation in their chosen fields and demonstrate ongoing dedication to the advancement of Clemson University. The recipients were selected from a pool of nominees by an independent panel of judges.
The gala served as the grand opening of Clemson’s Greenville ONE facility and featured a keynote address by President James P. Clements. While congratulating the honorees, Clements spoke of the importance of innovation in helping Clemson reach its goals of becoming a top-20 university and challenged everyone in the audience to keep moving Clemson forward.
President James P. Clements presents the Innovative Spirit Award to Joe Erwin.

Erwin is the president and co-founder of Erwin Penland, which represents national and regional clients, including Verizon Wireless, Denny’s, Michelin, Lockheed Martin and General Motors.
Erwin began his career at Greenville’s Leslie Advertising and soon was recruited to join DMB&B in New York, where he worked on the Corning Glass Works and Quincy’s Family Steakhouse accounts.
In 1986, Erwin and his wife, Gretchen, also a marketing professional, returned to Greenville to purchase Penland Advertising. Together they opened Erwin Penland with one account, two employees and a big goal:  extraordinary work coupled with extraordinary customer service.
In 2012, they made an investment in the future of marketing by making a gift to Clemson University to establish the Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communications.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson in 1984 and also holds a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina.
In 2000, Smith co-founded and was CEO and chairman of Advectis Inc., the exclusive provider of BlitzDocs, which is the most widely used solutions for electronic document collaboration in the mortgage industry.
Xerox acquired Advectis in 2007, with Smith staying on for four years to serve as vice president and general manager of Xerox Mortgage Services.
President James P. Clements presents the
Innovative Spirit Award to Greg Smith.
In 2011, Smith formed Blue Vista Ventures LLC, where he is president. Blue Vista advises and invests in early-stage technology companies.
Smith is a member of numerous professional and advisory boards. He and his wife, Carol, whom he met at Clemson, are actively involved in philanthropic efforts supporting several ministries domestically and around the world.
The award trophies were designed and handmade by Nina Kawar, a Midwest native with a Palestinian heritage who is pursing a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at Clemson.
For more information about the Innovative Spirit Awards or to nominate a Clemson alumnus for next year’s award,