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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Call for Artists: Aiken Center for the Arts


The Aiken Center for the Arts is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2014-2015

The Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA) in Aiken, South Carolina invites established and emerging artists and/or groups working in any media to apply to exhibit.

All artists wishing to exhibit must submit the ACA Artist Exhibition Application which requires at least 8-10 quality images as examples of work to be included in an exhibition, a biographical sketch, and a resume including a list of past exhibits, awards, collections. Artists are encouraged to exhibit a new body of work (exception: retrospectives). Proposals may be submitted at any time either by mail, email or in person.

These applications are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee, whose role is to work in cooperation with the Executive Director in proposing artists for exhibition, in reviewing applications for exhibition from artists and/or other interested parties, in selecting artists for exhibition, and in recommending policies and guidelines relevant to exhibitions.

The ACA Exhibition Committee reviews work on a regular basis. Please do not contact the ACA to inquire about the status of your submission. You will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Exhibitions are scheduled 6-18 months in advance. All Exhibition Committee selection decisions are final. Exhibitions are generally open for 4-5 weeks but that time may vary. Please note that the exhibiting artist or lender is responsible for the delivery of artwork or must arrange for, and cover, shipping costs. For more information and an application, please visit: www.AikenCenterfortheArts.org.

Elizabeth Williamson
Executive Director
Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens Street SW
Aiken, SC  29801
(803) 641-9094
Fax: (803) 641-2009
 
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Monday, May 19, 2014

On-going Exhibition Opportunity: Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC

Artists may submit work for consideration to the Upstairs Artspace by sending a bio, an artist statement, a CD containing several high-quality images of current work (produced within the past two years) and a $15.00 check to:

Exhibits Committee
Upstairs Artspace
P.O. Box 553
Tryon, NC 28782

Your work will be reviewed in a timely manner and returned to you if you include a SASE.

Hours:
Tues. - Sat., 11 to 5 p.m.

frontdesk@upstairsartspace.org  

The Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery in downtown Tryon, North Carolina. We exhibit two and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, and particularly, the Carolinas. We have a long standing reputation for art that is sometimes experimental, often avant-garde and always collectible. Our artists are usually established in their careers, but we also welcome the emerging artist whose work is impressive for being fresh, innovative and challenging.

The "Upstairs" was founded in 1978 in the upstairs bedroom of a local artist. Today we occupy a handsomely renovated building with over 3000 square feet of exhibition space in three separate galleries. The exhibitions change every two months and are typically developed around a theme. The exhibits are curated by experienced Board members and we have a strong schedule of programs designed to educate children and adults through tours, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, films and classes in local schools.

The Upstairs is supported by memberships, public and private donations, sales of art, grants and fund-raising events. The UA is supported by the Polk County Community Foundation.

As a Non-profit Organization we always appreciate your participation and contributions!

Owen Riley Jr.'s Photography at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC this August

Flag, Owen Riley
The Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery in downtown Tryon, North Carolina. We exhibit two and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, and particularly, the Carolinas. We have a long standing reputation for art that is sometimes experimental, often avant-garde and always collectible. Our artists are usually established in their careers, but we also welcome the emerging artist whose work is impressive for being fresh, innovative and challenging.

The "Upstairs" was founded in 1978 in the upstairs bedroom of a local artist. Today we occupy a handsomely renovated building with over 3000 square feet of exhibition space in three separate galleries. The exhibitions change every two months and are typically developed around a theme. The exhibits are curated by experienced Board members and we have a strong schedule of programs designed to educate children and adults through tours, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, films and classes in local schools.

The Upstairs is supported by memberships, public and private donations, sales of art, grants and fund-raising events. The UA is supported by the Polk County Community Foundation.

Upstairs Artspace Mission Statement:

The Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop an understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and craft forms through exhibits, programs and educational activities that enrich the cultural life of the region.

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir, NC


Mark your calendars now for the 29th Annual Sculpture Celebration - $11,000 in cash awards! - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014.

Exhibition/Competition 
Saturday, September 6, 2014 

Set-Up and Blue Jeans Preview Party 
Friday, September 5, 2014 

Awards 
$3,000 Best in Show 
$2,000 First Place Award 
$1,500 Second Place Award 
$1,000 Third Place Award 
$500 Judge’s Awards (6 Awards) 
$500 Stevens Family - People’s 
Choice Award 

Location 
T. H. Broyhill Walking Park 
945 Lakewood Circle, Lenoir NC

Things You Should Know: Sculptors may enter three works of indoor or outdoor sculpture. No commission is taken in the event of sales. Please invite gallery curators, friends, family and potential buyers.

The event is held outdoors, rain or shine. Note: There is limited sheltered space; sculptors may bring canopy tent. Photographic portfolios are encouraged. Pedestals, if needed, as well as any installation tools/equipment and leveling aids are the sculptor’s responsibility.

All sculpture must remain on display in the park until 4:00 pm Saturday. Security guards patrol the park periodically from 7 pm Friday until 7 am Saturday. However, work installed in the park overnight is at the sculptor’s risk.

This event is a partnership between the Caldwell Arts Council, Tri-State Sculptors Association, Mountain Sculptors, the City of Lenoir, and the Lenoir Tourism Development Association.  If you are not currently on our email list to receive updates for Sculpture Celebration, call us at 828-754-2486 or email us at info@caldwellarts.com. 

Unloading / Loading Service: A crane will be available for unloading large sculptures on Friday and
loading on Saturday afternoon. This mechanical assistance will be available at no cost to the sculptors. The crane can lift 4,100 pounds at a 15’ reach, or 1,600 pounds at a 33’ reach. All large pieces using the crane must be installed on Friday from 10 am — 7 pm. Small trucks only (no large equipment) will be allowed in the park on Saturday morning. Check the appropriate space on the registration form and a time will be scheduled with the crane operator.

Juror: Randy Shull is an artist who works fluidly between a variety of mediums, including furniture design, spatial design, painting, and landscape design. He is highly acclaimed for his rich and sensual use of color and space. Awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in 1994, an NEA Southern Arts Federation grant in 1995, and a master residency at Oregon School of Arts & Crafts in Portland, Randy has also had four solo shows in New York in the past decade. His work is included in a number of important museum collections including The Brooklyn Museum; The High Museum in Atlanta; The Renwick Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Craft & Design in Charlotte; Racine Museum of Art; The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, and Museum of Art and Design in New York. Randy stays involved in the local community by serving on the board of the Asheville Art Museum. Randy maintains studios in Asheville, NC and Merida, Mexico.

In 2008 and 2009 Randy’s work was the subject of a twenty-year retrospective that opened on January 24th at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State, and traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design as well as The Bellview Art Museum and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Reviews of the exhibition can be found in the Raleigh News and Observer and the San Francisco Chronicle.

29th Annual Sculpture Celebration — Registration Form: 
http://www.caldwellarts.com/uploads/file/Prospectus%20for%202014%20Sculpture%20Celebration%20individual%20pages.pdf 

Registration Fees (register early for best savings):
[ ] Student registration ...................................................... $35
[ ] Pre-registration by July 1 .............................................. $50
[ ] Pre-registration July 2 — 31 ........................................ $60
[ ] Pre-registration August 1 — September 4 ................. $70
[ ] On-Site Registration September 5—6 ........................ $80

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"All the Rage: Fashion Provocations" Exhibition Features Work by Clemson University MFA Alumna

Polaroid Manipulation by Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon
RNG Gallery, 157 W. Broadway, will present “All the Rage: Fashion Provocations,” a joint exhibition of work by Eliška Mörsel Greenspoon (Clemson University MFA Alumna), Bonnie P. O’Connell and Eddith Buis through June 7.
Greenspoon was born in Chomutov, Czechoslovakia – now the Czech Republic – and has a bachelors’s of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, with graduate work at the Massachusetts College of Art and master’s of fine arts degree from Clemson University. Her work is photo-based and she began exploring a vision of integrating the photographic image with drawing as part of her MFA thesis.
After experimenting with various alternative photographic processes, she began to tear up old and new prints with abandon, no longer bound by a single layer of paper. With this new found liberating energy, she realized the torn element was a vital component in combination with a variety of mixed media.
O’Connell was raised in Central and Southern Wisconsin and has a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Wisconsin and an master’s degree from the University of Iowa. She currently is an associate professor of art and art history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Recent studio work combines the tactile, textural qualities of hand papermaking with the mechanics of binding to create both supportive structure and metaphorical meaning.
Buis taught art in junior high, high school and gifted classes for 24 years with the Omaha Public Schools, and 15 years as an adjunct instructor for Metropolitan Community College in drawing, design and sculpture. Buis also directed public art projects for Omaha, with J. Doe, five summers of Leahy Mall sculptures, the Lewis & Clark Icon Project and Bench Marks, as well as two bicycle advocacy projects.
Admission to the RNG Gallery is free. RNG Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays. RNG Gallery shares space with Dixie Quicks restaurant.
For more information about this exhibit or RNG Gallery, contact Robert N. Gilmer at (712) 256-4140 or email robertngilmer@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 26 DEADLINE: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Artist Program 2014

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
STUDIO ARTIST PROGRAM, 2014
STUDIO ARTIST PROGRAM, APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 26

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) is pleased to request applications
for 4 studio spaces in our Studio Artist Program, available with start dates
from June 15 to August 1, 2014. They range from 224 to 755 sq ft, and
range from $150 to $475 per month. We will be selecting the artists for
all 5 studios at once and notify those chosen by June 1, 2014.

Studios include parking and utilities (water, electricity, HVAC, Wi-Fi), and are
available for a 1-year lease with a possible 1-year option to renew up to 2 times,
based on institutional review of program/facility needs. Maximum studio durations
are 3 years total.

Emerging, mid-career, and established artists residing in the metro Atlanta
area are invited to apply. The selection is made by a panel of ACAC board
members, staff, and representatives from the Atlanta arts community.
Selection criteria include a thoughtful and dedicated body of creative work
in any media and professional activity (including exhibitions, public art,
lectures, participation in symposia, curatorial work, critical reviews, etc.).
Membership to ACAC is not a requirement to apply.

Include your name and complete contact info, on every page, in
your application: 

Name
Address
City, State, Zip
Best phone number to reach you
E-mail

Answer ALL of the following questions on a separate page
(two pages max) and include in application: 

1. Describe your current work and direction.
2. Why would you like a studio at ACAC?
3. What do you hope to gain from being part of the Studio Artist
Program?
4. In what ways are you involved in the Atlanta (or other) arts and
culture scene?

Supporting Materials to include in application:
  1. Up to (but no more than) 6 images that best represent your 
  2. current work, with files meeting these criteria:
    • File format: JPG
    • Resolution: 72 dpi
    • File size: 1000 pixels on largest side
    • File label: Number_Lastname_Firstname (example: 1_Smith_John)
  3. Image list, by number, including:
    • Title
    • Date
    • Media
    • Dimensions (height x length x width)
  4. Current Résumé or CV
  5. Video artists should send no more than one video clip, not to 
  6. exceed 3 minutes in length and up to 5 image stills, with a 
  7. corresponding image/video list (as indicated above). Video 
  8. must be submitted as a link to vimeo or other link online.

E-mail all info and materials to 
info@thecontemporary.org, with
the subject line “STUDIO ARTIST PROGRAM APPLICATION, 2014”


No hard copies and no phone calls please. 

DEADLINE for submissions is 5:00pm, Monday May 26, 2014. Recipients will be notified by June 1st.

Incomplete applications or applications sent via hardcopy
WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kolton Miller, Clemson University BFA Candidate, Accepted into 10th Annual Rites of Passage Exhibit at Manifest Gallery

Pellucid by Kolton Miller


Cincinnati, Ohio

May 30-June 27, 2014. The jury process for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 12 works by 10 artists from ten different colleges to be displayed in their Main Gallery. Manifest received 303 entries from 130 artists for this project! So it should be clear that the works were extremely competitive. There are two 2013 graduates and eight seniors included in the exhibit. A list of the represented institutions and artists is provided below. 

10 INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED:

Ball State University
Clarke University
Clemson University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Michigan University
Northern Kentucky University
Ohio University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wyoming

10 ARTISTS INCLUDED:

Autumn Bussen
2013 Graduate, Ball State University

Kayla Carlson
Senior, Clarke University

Mary Claus
Senior, Ohio University

Alexandra Dietz
Senior, Eastern Michigan University

Tyler Griese
Senior, Northern Kentucky University

Jamey Hart
Senior, Cleveland Institute of Art

Chancelor Havlik
Senior, University of Wyoming

Shannon Lee
2013 Graduate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kolton Miller
Senior
Clemson University

Cassie Shaver

Senior, Eastern Kentucky University

http://www.manifestgallery.org/


gallery hours: 
tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm 
(or by special appointment for groups)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kathleen Thum, Clemson University Assistant Professor of Art, Featured in TOWN Magazine's Second Glance, May 2014

Pipe Dreams

Kathleen Thum's drawings explore the likenesses 
between man, earth, and infrastructure


Crisscrossed scaffolding, pipelines, and pathways dominate Kathleen Thum's work -- infrastructural elements at once arterial, lifegiving, and suffocatingly dense. Thum compresses the terrestrial landscape with man-made elements to capture the "ongoing shift of power between mankind and the earth."  In exploring this complex relationship, the earth is as much integrated with these man-made systems as it is disturbed by them.  Thum's drawings will be displayed as part of the Clemson Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, which features works of 10 other faculty members in various media, including sculpture, digital media, and printmaking.  -Casey Lovegrove

The Clemson Department of Art Faculty Exhibition is on display through May 31 at Clemson's Center for Visual Arts--Greenville, located at 1278 Pendleton Street in the Village of West Greenville.  The gallery is open Tues-Sat, 10:30 am--5:30 pm.  Hours will be extended to 9pm on First Fridays.

Great Article, "Visual Language", by Kathleen Nalley in the May 2014 Issue of Greenville's TOWN Magazine

Visual Language

Center for Visual Arts–Greenville opens real-world opportunities for students

by Kathleen Nalley

Clemson University’s latest addition to Greenville started with a question: how can the university design a place that merges the interests of students, faculty, and alumni with those of emerging and acclaimed artists, and contribute to the fabric of the surrounding community? The answer was the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts–Greenville (CVA-G), an art gallery/student laboratory/project space located in the Village, where students, faculty, and alumni participate with art historians, artists, critics, and curators. The facility was made possible by a gift from Richard and Gwen Heusel. 

The CVA-G is a satellite of the CVA at Clemson University, which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities. While plans for a future campus facility are underway, a facility like the CVA-G opens a world of new possibilities for students. “Art students typically exhibit on campus,” explains Greg Shelnutt, art department chair at Clemson. “Here, they are participating in a thriving urban environment with community members and professional artists, which allows them to push their art beyond the university setting.” 

For the community, the CVA-G is one important piece of the whole. Explains Shelnutt, “A place like this can be part of a larger dialogue. It can be an incubator of ideas as well as an expression of a community’s identity.”

The CVA-G collaborates with local schools such as Legacy Charter (for which they received a $5,000 SC Arts Commission grant) and Upstate businesses and organizations to create an immersive creative environment for the community. The center also hosts the monthly West Greenville Business Association meetings and participates in First Friday. Additionally, they’re partnering with other Upstate arts organizations in an effort to better shape a community-wide arts initiative. 

“I’m currently working with Fleming Markel to curate an exhibit ‘It Takes a Village,’” says Gene Ellenberg, CVA-G program coordinator and artist. “We’ve challenged neighborhood artists to create new works that inform a context of being here in the Village.” The pair will exhibit the works in the summer at Riverworks Gallery at Arts Crossing in downtown Greenville.
Bob Morris, president of the Community Foundation of Greenville, an organization that invested $100,000 into the CVA-G, thinks Clemson’s presence in the Village to be an important part of the neighborhood’s revitalization. “There’s an important sense of momentum here in the Village, and Clemson brings a grasp on a comprehensive, long-term vision. We feel like the CVA-G is poised to impact our local economy and the community as a whole.”

Adds Ellenberg, “The traditional thinking is that you have to go elsewhere to experience a contemporary arts culture: day trips to see indie films in Atlanta or works at the High Museum. Greenville has certainly embraced the arts, but more recently I’ve noticed more critical and progressive movements. The works produced in our own community, brought together within the right context, and those international artists exhibiting locally, are, indeed, relevant and dynamic. The CVA-G is helping to bring that experience here, and that’s very exciting.”

For more information, go to blogs.clemson.edu/cvagreenville or visit CVA-G at 1278 Pendleton Street, Greenville.