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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sam Wang, Clemson University Art Department Professor Emeritus, in "Light radiates in all directions" Exhibition at ECU's Gray Gallery

Image : Constructed : Constructed : Image
Light radiates in all directions
September 5 - October 11, 2014
Gallery Reception: Friday, September 5, 5:00 PM

Him-Heidi-KirkpatrickThe Wellington B. Gray Gallery of the East Carolina University School of Art and Design is proud to announce two photography exhibitions, Image : Constructed :: Constructed : Image and Light radiates in all directions. The opening reception for both shows is Friday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Constructed : Image in the main gallery of the Gray Gallery is curated by SoAD photography faculty member Angela Franks Wells. This national invitational photography exhibition features the work of twelve artists from eleven states and Canada. The artists in the show are Thomas Allen, Tracy Longley-Cook, KK DePaul, Amy Friend, Amy Theiss Giese, Dan Herrera, Aspen Hochhalter, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Louviere and Vanessa, Emma Powell, Liz Sales and Kris Sanford.

The RememberanceThe artists' work encompasses a wide range of photographic processes: cyanotype, gum bichromate, type C color prints, digital pigment prints, images on found objects and mixed media. In describing the exhibition, Flight by Emma PowellAngela Franks Wells said," Over 300 million photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day.We will take more than 380 billion pictures this year. Our society is consumed with the activity of taking pictures. As an artist and educator, I am deeply invested in the practice of making photographs, rather than taking them. The twelve artists in this exhibition exemplify the diverse nature of contemporary photographic practice. They make photographs; from creating the subject of the photograph to building the camera to making images without a camera; these artists are constructing the image. The image constructs conversation and challenges our ideas of what makes a photograph—well, a photograph. "

Light radiates in all directions is installed in the Special Collections Gallery at the back of the Gray Gallery. Curated by Tom Braswell, interim director of the Gray Gallery, the exhibition features the work of seven southeastern photographers who exhibited together previously in theEarth Eye by Crista Cammaroto Photon Rangers exhibition in 1999. The work of Crista Cammaroto, W. Cameron Dennis, Jessica Hines, Gil Leebrick, Jackie Leebrick, John Scarlata and Sam Wang represent varied aesthetic and technical approaches to the medium of photography. Curator Tom Braswell stated, "At the intersection of art and science and the interpenetration of physics and metaphysics the one light is revealed through each individual vision."

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.  Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  The gallery is closed for all University holidays.  Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible.  Parking for the reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336.

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico

Deadline in 4 weeks!

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 4 months). Write: for more info. 

COSTS: This is a free one-month residency. Your residency offers you a private, fully equipped live/work space, free wi-fi, weekly maid service, a food stipend of $1,000 pesos plus all utilities. You will only need to pay for your laundry, local transportation, entertainment and additional food. 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE September 28, 2014 through CAFÉ for the upcoming Winter residency (12/17/14 - 1/16/15). 

ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE:  The application fee for a one-month residency is $36. 

For more information about the program, write in either English or Spanish at and be sure to Like their Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal or follow them on Twitter @360XochiQuetzal

Friday, August 29, 2014

The New Art Center to announce 2015-2016 Curatorial Opportunity Program Opportunities

Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP)

The Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) accepts applications for group show proposals.

Next Deadline: Spring, 2015
The Curatorial Opportunity Program investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts.  It makes possible diverse curatorial visions in a non-profit and alternative exhibition space.

The COP enables first-time or established curators, including artist-curators, to explore experimental approaches in the presentation of contemporary art.  Curators of selected group exhibitions receive a $1,000 stipend and administrative, promotional and technical support.

To download a PDF of the 2014-2015 selections, click here.

The NAC has a 35-year tradition of using its Main Gallery for group exhibitions curated by an exhibiting artist or independent curator.  Since May 1991 we have continued this tradition through a public call for proposals.

Upsodown installation view, Curatorial Opportunity Program exhibition
Photo by Peter Vanderwarker
More information on the Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP):
  • Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) Archives found here

The New Art Center in Newton

New Art Center in Newton

61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 964-3424
(617) 630-0081 (fax)

Monday, August 25, 2014

María José "Majo" Gutierrez, Clemson University BFA Candidate, a Part of EL TRESome Performance in Downtown Greenville, SC

A Mexican performance Poet, A Peruvian printmaker, an American emotional expressionist artist, and a Mexican surrealist painter come together to create art at Downtown Alive in Greenville this Thursday, August 28th at 6:00 pm.  Palmetto Luna Arts will host its unique initiative EL TRESome at Downtown Alive Greenville at NOMA Square, 220 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

El TRESome is a creative challenge, a unique art experience involving three artists getting together for ninety minutes to create three different perspectives of a common theme. During this challenge, the artists gather to choose a common theme, provide their input about the topic and then create an art piece in the allotted time. Materials can be presented separately or as a collective production.

“We are spicing up Greenville’s Downtown Alive!” said Diana Farfan, Member of the Board of Directors of Palmetto Luna Arts “We have selected 4 very talented artist and are bringing lots of Latino feeling and flavor to this event. If you want to experience great art produced at the speed of light, you have to be there!”

Participating artist for this EL TREsome include: Vera Gomez, Mexican, Performance Poet; María José "Majo" Gutierrez, Peruvian, printmaker (BFA in Art candidate, Clemson University); Laura Lesslo, surrealist and abstract painter; and Adam Schrimmer, American, emotional expressionist artist.

Downtown Greenville comes alive every Thursday evening with an outdoor street party featuring live musical entertainment with varied sounds including rock, blues, funk and cover bands. Main Street serves as the perfect backdrop to this free event series where people can unwind by meeting up with friends, making new acquaintances and networking.

Palmetto Luna Arts mission is to is to foster an understanding of the Hispanic/Latino culture by promoting artistic creation and providing opportunities for cultural expression for the community in South Carolina. EL TRESome at Riverbanks Garden is part of Palmetto Luna’s Latino Arts in Motion initiative and has the support of the SC Arts Commission, and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. To learn more, please visit: or

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Call for Exhibition Proposals: Wright Art Center at Delta State University

The Wright Art Center at Delta State University is pleased to accept exhibition proposals from individual artists, collaborative groups and curators. Works in any media by artists at any stage in their career will be considered, with preference given to emerging and mid-career artists whose work presents a novel and thought-provoking approach to making and thinking about art. Proposals will be evaluated on artistic merit, conceptual integrity, and accordance with our mission.

The Wright Art Center’s Mission is to enrich the educational mission of the university, serve as a cultural resource for the community at large, and promote the understanding of and extend the audience for contemporary art. The Wright Art Center’s gallery forms the core of the art department and is used daily by students and visitors.

The exhibition space encompasses two connected gallery spaces totaling 1780 sq. ft. The gallery space includes convenient access to AC power, wi-fi and variable lighting. Exhibit duration is normally four to five weeks, with 3-6 days available for installation prior to the opening. Artists are expected to present a public lecture on their work and to meet with students in a visiting artist capacity. Small stipends are typically available for these exhibits.

 Submissions must include:

• A written proposal with description of the work to be presented. For proposals for group exhibitions, discuss the theme and goal of the exhibition, and include a list of all participating artists. For installation work, indicate clearly how the space(s) will be used.

• An artist's resume or vita, an artist statement, images of the work to be shown or 10-15 images of representative work, an initial budget, equipment and technical requirements, if applicable, installation time, and times available.

• Catalogues and/or reviews of recent exhibitions may also be submitted. Work samples may be submitted on CD / DVD or via email in .jpg (JPEG), .mov (QuickTime), or .pdf, (Acrobat) formats. All digital materials must be readable on both Mac and PC. Put email submissions in a .zip file entitled “Exhibition-Proposal-your first and last name.” Email submissions are limited to 25 MB.

The Gallery Committee reviews all exhibition proposals. The committee meets twice a year to select artists for the following year’s exhibition season, we are currently planning the program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Submissions will be kept on file for future consideration. If you wish your material to be returned please provide SASE.

Mail submissions to:

Wright Art Center
c/o Dr. Michaela Merryday
Delta State University
Box D-2
Cleveland, MS 38733

Email submissions to:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Many Clemson University Art Department Alumni, Faculty, and Students in 2014 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale

Denise Woodward-Detrich

The ARTS Center of Clemson, South Carolina hosts the 

4th annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale 

(20 artists create 20 pieces) 

Friday, September 12th, 6-9pm. 

Daniel Bare
A ticketed, Preview Gala event including: an opportunity to mingle with the 20×20 artists, food, drinks, music, and, including first selection of over 400 ceramic works created by some of North and South Carolina’s finest ceramic artists.

Brent Pafford
The sale continues on Saturday, September 13th, 10am-6pm and is free and open to the public.

Sue Grier
20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale artists are invited to participate in the Any Way You Wanna Shake It: An Artful Investigation of Salt and Pepper Sets.

Mike Vatalaro
Tickets available for purchase at the ARTS Center office, online or by contacting The ARTS Center at (864) 633-5051.  Tickets are $30.00 each or 2 for $50.00. Purchase Now

The Arts Center 

212 Butler Street 

Clemson, SC 29631

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM
Fridays 10AM - 2PM

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Marty Epp-Carter, Clemson University MFA Alumna, Juror for Rock Hill's 25th Annual Juried Competition

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC


EXHIBITION | August 1 - September 14, 2014
FREE, PUBLIC RECEPTION | Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 6 PM

The 25th Annual Juried Competition features 39 works by 26 artists selected out of 142 entries from 25 cities in 5 states from across the United States. Awards will be announced at a free, public reception on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Juror: Marty Epp-Carter
Marty Epp-Carter currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and portfolio preparation theory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Previously, she served as an adjunct lecturer in the art departments at Anderson University and Clemson University. Epp-Carter relocated to South Carolina in 2006 from Boston, Massachusetts where she taught at the DeCordova and Danforth Museums. She holds a B.S. in Visual Communication from Boston University, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University.

In addition to teaching, Epp-Carter maintains a studio that serves as her workshop where she creates her own works of art. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her works are held in private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the DeCordova Museum (MA), Emory & Henry College (VA), the Permobil Foundation (Sweden), and Galerie d’Art Contemporain (France).!locations/c24zz

121 East Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
Located in the newly renovated downtown area, the Center for the Arts is housed in two restored 100-year old buildings.

The Center houses the offices of the Arts Council of York County, the Dalton Gallery, the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom and private artist studios. The Dalton Gallery features 7-8 exhibitions each year by local, regional, national and international artists.

The Center for the Arts offers space for workshops, receptions, meetings and small performances.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Call for Entries - THE 2014 FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT - Socially and Politically Engaged Art - Multi National Juried Exhibit

Intermational Deadline: September 3, 2014 - The Fl3tcher Exhibit' is an annual multi-national juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art. Socially and politically engaged art has been integral in creative expression since the beginning of visual arts. This exhibition explores the current trends and trajectory in this field and these collective creative works hopefully serve as an avenue or agent for societal transformation and exposure of social and political points of view. The goal is to recognize and advance this endeavor by providing a venue for the exhibition of socially and politically engaged art. Furthermore, the exhibit’s proceeds after expenses will fund the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an art and design student.

The Fl3tcher Exhibit' is open to all artists and designers 18 years of age and older residing in the United States or any other country as long as entry fee is paid in U.S. dollars. All work must be original. Any work previously accepted to The Fl3tcher Exhibit' will be disqualified.

The theme of The Fl3tcher Exhibit' is focused on work with strong social and political content. Work entered in the exhibit should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns. Diverse media and approach to the theme are encouraged.

Reece Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Elliot Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Earls has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. Mr. Earls work as a designer, performer and artist is represented in major collections including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum and The Miami Art Museum. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach. As a performance artist Mr. Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group.

Mr. Earls has preformed globally including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Masion des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. Mr. Earls work as an artist has been exhibited widely including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.

Best of Show $ 300.00
Two (2) Awards of Excellence $ 100.00 each
Appalachian Artist Award (TBA)
Other awards (TBA)

All 2D, 3D and video art are eligible. Due to space and logistical considerations, large-scale and complicated installation is not encouraged. Work using materials that are hazardous to the health and safety of the public will be disqualified. Work must not exceed 6 ft. in any direction and preferably weigh under 30 lbs. All 2D work must be ready for hanging. Acrylic glaze is required for framed work, please do not submit work framed with glass. All 3D work must have stable base and installation instructions.

2014 FEES
A non-refundable fee of $30.00 is required for submission of up to three entries; Artists may submit additional entries in excess of 3 for an additional $7.00 per artwork/title. Cashier’s checks, money orders, and personal checks are acceptable. Entries will not be considered until payment is verified.

The Fl3tcher Exhibit': Social & Politically Engaged Art multi-national juried exhibit accepts ONLY digital images on a CD.

Download complete .pdf Prospectus and Application, or contact FL3TCHER.exhibit@GMAIL.COM

The Fl3tcher Exhibit
P.O. Box 954
Johnson City, TN 37605

Notification of accepted entries will be sent via email and postal service if SASE is submitted starting September 26, 2014. The Juror’s decision is final.

All shipping expenses to and from the exhibit are the artist’s responsibility.

Accepted entries will be insured ONLY during installation and exhibition at the Reece Museum. The artist is responsible for all insurance during transit and for shipping costs. All purchases of art work will be between artist and buyer and no commissions taken.

The FL3TCH3R Exhibit aspires to honor Fletcher H. Dyer's legacy by providing a venue for artists to exhibit artworks that continue the dialogue.

Fletcher Hancock Dyer, age 22, was lost too soon in a motorcycle accident in Johnson City, TN on November 5, 2009. Fletcher was a senior in the Department of Art and Design at East TN State University pursuing a concentration in Graphic Design under a Bachelor of Fine Arts program. As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher created works that addressed social and political issues thus exposing injustices through visual means.

Call for Entries: 4th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Competition Exhibition

The Fine Arts Gallery at Armstrong State University is proud to announce its 4th Annual Armstrong National 2–D Competition Exhibition presented by the Art, Music, and Theatre department. The show will feature 2-D artwork including, but not limited to, drawing, graphics, painting, textiles, printmaking, and photography.

Juror: Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art at Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Application Deadline: Online submissions must be received before midnight November 3, 2014.

Exhibition Dates:
January 12-23, 2015

How to Enter: For eligibility, submission guidelines, and detailed information about the show, please visit:

Contact: Email questions about the show to:

Armstrong State University

Armstrong State University
Department of Art, Music & Theatre
Fine Arts Hall, Room 125
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419

CALL FOR ENTRY: 2015 – 2018 SGCI Traveling Prints and Drawings Exhibition

Eligibility: Original 2-dimensional prints and drawings by any member of SGC International in good standing, completed since 2012.  Size of works must fit into one of the following frame sizes (16 x 20, 20 x 25 or 28 x 36 inches). These restrictions are in place to minimize shipment costs for exhibition hosts.  Works selected for the exhibition will premiere at the SGC International Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee in March 2015 and will then travel through the United States for three years. New memberships are welcome.

Juror: Ruth Weisberg.

Ruth Weisberg is Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the USC Roski School, is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. Weisberg has had over 80 one-person and 190 group exhibitions and is author of the influential 1986  Tamarind Papers essay “The Syntax of the Print.” Her work is in sixty major Museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Biblioteque Nationale of France, Paris; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome; Detroit Institute of Arts; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Norwegian National Museum, Oslo; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery, Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy.

Entry Procedures: A non-refundable entry fee of $35 for up to three entries. It must be noted on application as to which frame sizes the work will fit (16 x 20, 20 x 25 or 28 x 36 inches). Note: typically an appropriate frame size allows for a space of 2-4 inches on each of the print for matting.

All entries are to be completed online through the CaFÉ website: 

Submissions are accepted through Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (midnight, Mountain Standard Time).

For more information on the 2015 SGCI Confrence in Knoxville, TN, March 18-21, 2015, 
please go to:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clemson University Art Department Alumni in "Shift and Collide: Drawings from Near and Far" Exhibit in Lee Gallery

Center for Visual Arts - Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall, 323 Fernow Street, Clemson, SC

August 11-September 4, M-TH

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

This showcase celebrates the bringing together of four artists focus in drawing who met at Clemson University and are now dispersed geographically throughout the U.S. as careers develop and expand.

While each artist has pursued a singular direction of thought and have not worked in close proximity to each other for many years, there are relationships to be found in this showcase. The drawings in this exhibition demonstrate a deep awareness of and relation to the natural, biological world. The works display drawing approaches that veer from highly sensitized systems of recording to open aggression. Transmitted are explorations of distance and proximity, the contemporary landscape, formation of matter, and systems of belief. Artists employ drawing to investigate and recompose their subjects.

Former Clemson art professor, Heidi Jensen invited three of her former students John Allen, Bethany Flagg Pipkin and Jackson Zorn to present drawings in this exhibit. These now alumni received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in visual art with concentrations in drawing from Clemson University and all recently received Master of Fine Arts degrees from programs located in Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Brent Pafford, Clemson University MFA candidate (ceramics), Wins Award in The Eleventh Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition

As was previously posted in this blog (June 1, 2014), Brent Pafford was accepted into The Eleventh Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, which runs from July 18 through August 31, 2014.
Brent Pafford, Clemson University
Skillets, Porcelain, 24" x 24" x 3", 2014, $400
We are pleased to announce that Brent has won Second Place!  Congratulations Brent!  Go Clemson University Ceramics!

Over the past ten years, this exhibition has awarded $15,000 to 30 emerging artists. It has showcased the work of over 150 recent MFA graduates, the majority of whom have participated in additional exhibitions at The Clay Studio. Fourteen participants have gone on to become Clay Studio Resident Artists, two as Shapiro Fellows. This exhibition serves to identify the best emerging ceramic artists as well as to provide support and affirmation to artists just beginning their journey.

Brent Pafford, Clemson University
Colander Set, Porcelain, 10" x 10" x 8", 2014, $400

Participating Artists:

Normandy Alden, Robert Boryk, Danny Crump, Jennifer Degges, Christina Erives, Bech Evans, Jared Gelormino, Forrest Sincoff Gard, Andrew Hoeppner, Nayoung Jeong, Lauren Karle, Robert Kolhouse, Malia Landis, Roberto Lugo, Shalya Marsh, Sarah McNutt, Brooks Oliver, Brent Pafford, Sarah Kate Roberts, Cheyenne Rudolph, Sarah Tancred, Adriel Tong, Bill Wilkey, Shiyuan Xu

To see the entire exhibition, go to:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ayako Abe Miller, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate, to Exhibit in Fiber Fever at The Foundry Art Centre

Spiral Memory, Ayako Abe Miller
This exhibition highlights the use of fiber arts as media and process towards artistic expression. Dyeing, stitching, surface design, weaving, embroidery, quilting, batik, felting, basketry, textile manipulation, soft sculpture, and other mixed media artworks utilizing fibers as their primary material are just some of the many ways that artwork falls under the broad umbrella of “Fiber Arts”. Traditional and contemporary techniques and materials are welcome, as well as any themes the artist explores through fiber arts. Works may be two- or three-dimensional and must be original artworks conceived of and made by the artist. Pieces may be mixed-media, but must be primarily fiber; no photography or videos will be exhibited.  

August 8 - September 19, 2014
Galleries I & II

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 8, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm
FREE & Open to the Public
Gallery Talk: 5:30-6pm

Juror: MARK NEWPORT is an artist & educator living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Newport’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including solo exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center, and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. His work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Arizona State University Art Museum, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance. Newport’s work will be exhibited in the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis this April 2014. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 & his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.

Gathering Shards of Luminescence, Ayako Abe Miller
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Ayako Abe-Miller, Andrea Alonge, Heidi Field-Alvarez, Scott Andresen, Diana Baumbach, Joni Van BockelCaroline ByrneLindsay CashewsPeter Clouse, Braxton CongroveFei DisbrowJ. Casey DoyleJennifer DrinkwaterEmily Dunlap, Nathan Emanuel, Suzy Farren, Jenne GilesLouise Halsey, Candace Hicks, Ruby Horansky, Amy KeeferNichola KinchNancy KoenigsbergKelly Kozma, Susan Lenz, Debra Lewis, Elaine Longtemps, Gabrielle Pescador, Diane Ramos, Michael Rhode, Priscilla Roggenkamp & Keith McMahon, Deann Rubin, Ariel Ruvinsky, Kathryn ShriverLauren SinnerLauren Turk, Clare Verstegen, Irene Walker

Artist's Statement: Spiral Memory
I frequently wonder about the ethereal nature of old memories.  During our lifetimes, we collect a tremendous amount of memories and information which is stored in our brains.  New memories pile up, so that the old memories are buried deep inside the labyrinth of our brain until someone or something awakens them.  It is like the memories and feeling that come flooding back when you stumble across a long-forgotten but favorite piece of clothing. I am interested in reviving an individual’s forgotten memory, and so I created a transformative sculpture that embodies people’s memories.  After tying knots in hundreds of pieces of used clothing, I placed them in a large spiral pathway like a sacred labyrinth, so people can follow the path as if making a pilgrimage. As my media, I chose used clothes to represent fragments of individual memory, because used clothing holds an individual’s residue.  I collected them from my friends from this area, Clemson University’s faculty and students, and local donation centers in order to create a sculpture that connects to this locality. The use of fabric also emphasizes its importance in South Carolina, once home to a former thriving textile industry that has shifted to foreign countries. We can see the evidence of this former prosperity in the many abandoned textile buildings in this area. Therefore, the fabric of clothes implies a memory in South Carolina. Handling these used clothes became an almost ritualistic action as if I were purifying or baptizing individual memories.    I formed a large-scale spiral pathway to emphasize the movement of a pilgrimage.  Sorting the used clothes by color, I created an atmosphere of changing seasons or passing time as a backdrop to this memory pilgrimage.
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301

Lindsey Elsey, Clemson University Ceramics MFA Candidate, Exhibiting in Studio Apprentices: From the 2012-2013 Working Artist Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Exhibition Dates: July 12 - September 13, 2014. 

This exhibition features works by the Studio Apprentices who worked with the 2012/2013 Working Artist Project recipients Jiha Moon, Katherine Taylor, and Shara Hughes. Featuring works by:

Callie Durham
Austin Eddy
Lindsey Elsey
Grace Kim
Asia Matos
Hannah Tarr 

About the Working Artist Project:
Working Artist Project (WAP) is an awards program to support established visual artists of merit who reside in the metropolitan Atlanta area. This initiative provides an unparalleled level of support for individual artists, expands the Museum’s mission, and promotes Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work, and thrive. As with past years, a guest juror will select three visual artists to receive the Award. Representing our city’s best and brightest; these artists will be supported with an exhibition, promotion, a studio assistant, and a major stipend to create work over the course of the year. This program is supported in large by a grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Lindsey's Artist Statement

I am exploring ephemeral qualities of celebration.  In our lives, certain moments are set aside from the ordinairy: they are special occasions that we spend much time anticipating and preparing for, but they do not last.  In an elegant tea party, one consumes not only crust-less sandwiches and fragile confections, but time as well.  After a celebration is over, one may retain memories, or even pictures and recordings, but the experience as a whole, unbroken unit cannot be repeated.

We often try to go back and relive these experiences over an over in our minds, but is it a satisfying endeavor?  The disposable solo cup is the form I build upon to explore the possible varieties of retention of special occasions, wherein our perception of time is heightened beyond existence mired in the mundane and everyday.  Perhaps once a celebration is over, the incident is meant to be utterly crushed, discarded; a testament to the decadence of a wholly unique experience.  Perhaps we guild the experience in nostalgia- piecing synaptic relations together until the memory is more beautiful than the actual event- a technique embodied in the Japanese practice of kintsugi.  Do we hold on so tight that it seems to us it was never broken?  Do we acknowledge the holes and gaps, or do we construct something entirely new?

For more information about Lindsey and her work, go to:

For more information about Clemson University Ceramics, go to: