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Friday, May 29, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Flat Out Under Pressure, Greenville, SC

appliCation due: June 5, 2015
event: June 19 & 20, 2015 

What it is:
Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP) is the 24-hour artmaking juried event that results in the winning artists work being reproduced on one of the recycling bins in downtown Greenville, as a type of outdoor gallery. In addition to having their work featured on the bins, the selected artists will also receive other prizes, which include cash amounts up to $800 and a trip to Italy. The winning artists will be recognized and have their work professionally recreated on the front and back of the bins. The sponsors will have their printed logo or message on the sides of the bins. The artwork will reside on the bins for the 2016 calendar year.

hoW itll Work:
Interested artists, who live within a 15-mile radius of downtown Greenville, must complete and submit the accompanying application to MAC by Monday, June 5, 2015. The application requires a portfolio of work (see page 2) that will be juried. Accepted artists will then participate in the event from the morning of Friday, June 19, to the morning of Saturday, June 20, 2015. The submitted work will be juried Saturday afternoon and the winners announced at an awards reception, which will be held that evening. The artists whose work is selected will work with MAC to determine which of the artist’s work will be reproduced on the recycling bin. (It does not have to be the work produced during the 24-hour event.) 

the 24-hour art-making event:
On Friday, June 19, 2015, from 9:00–11:00am, accepted artists will check in at the Metropolitan Arts Council to register their unmarked surface(s). Artists may register up to 5 surface(s) but only One work per artist may be submitted for jurying. The work must measure no more than 48” x 48”. Volunteers will stamp the back of the blank surface verifying that no marks have been made on the surface. Artists will have 24 hours to work on their registered 2D surfaces. The next morning, Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 10:00–11:00am, event officials will be at MAC to accept the completed works. That afternoon, a professional juror will jury the work, and the winners will be announced that night at the reception. 

artWork Categories + submission requirements
The entries may be any type of 2D media: drawing, painting, print-making, mixed media, and relief sculpture. Computer-generated work and photography will not be considered. Completed works do not need to be framed although works framed or hanging-ready (with wire on the back) will be able to be hung in the lighted section of the gallery. Works on paper should be presented on a sturdy surface such as foam board or other hard surface, if not framed. Due to the 24-hour period, works not yet dry will be accepted.
portfolio submission*
Applicants must provide a portfolio of 5 works provided as digital images on a CD. The image file names should include artist’s last name followed by the title of the work: Sholly - Prettysunsets.jpg. A list of the files and the corresponding information about the work (title, medium, size) must be printed and submitted with the application. CDs will not be returned. Contact MAC for info if submitting slides. 

*Artists previously participating in Flat Out Under Pressure or Greenville Open Studios DO NOT need to provide a portfolio. If you are also applying for Open Studios for the 1st time, we can reference the portfolio submitted for Open Studios. Indicate such on the FOUP application.

the aWard Ceremony reCeption and exhibit:
The reception for the artists and sponsors will take place Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at MAC. That evening the award winning works will be announced during the reception. All submitted work will be on exhibit in the MAC Gallery until July 31, 2015. All artists are encouraged to be present at the reception and awards presentation. Due to the nature of the competition some paintings may still be wet and should be monitored closely so that the public does not touch the artwork. MAC will not be responsible for any damages.

the Juror
CArOlyn GrOSCh
Carolyn Grosch is the Assistant Curator at the Asheville Art Museum. She holds a Masters Degree in Art history and Museum Studies from Tufts University. her areas of specialization are contemporary art and collections care. Grosch has
been in the museum field for over ten years and has experience in education, collections management, and curating. Her research and exhibitions have centered on the intersections of contemporary art and pop culture as well as site-specific installation. Grosch grew up in the Chicago area and has also lived in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Prior to her position at the Asheville Art Museum, Grosch was the registrar and Assistant Curator at the lyman Allyn Art Museum in new london, Connecticut and worked as both an educator and registrar at the Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, Massachusetts.

appliCation Fee
The application fee is $24.00 and includes the registration of One surface. Additional surfaces—up to 4 more—can be registered and paid for before or on Friday, June 19, 2015, when the blank surfaces are brought to MAC for their registration. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
Note: only ONe final entry can be entered into the competition.

exhibit at maC
The Flat Out Under Pressure exhibit, featuring each of the submitted works, will be on display at the Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery through July 31, 2015.

questions? For more information, contact Kim Sholly at MAC: 864-467-3132 or at

US Digital Art & Journalism Teacher, Owen Riley (Clemson MFA in Art 2010), Receives Inaugural Jones Endowment Faculty Award

Owen Riley (center), Clemson University MFA in Art (photography) 2010

Students are quick to recognize—and respect—excellence in their teachers, and although Owen Riley has been teaching only three years at CCES, members of the Honor and Student Councils chose him as the inaugural recipient of the Jones Endowment Faculty Award.

This singular recognition was presented at the Underclassmen Awards Chapel on Wednesday, May 20, by Honor Council Chair Jiten Parbhoo ’15 and Student Council Secretary/Treasurer Caroline Vermillion ’15.

The award was established in memory of two outstanding CCES teachers, Catherine Wing Jones and her daughter, Ellen Jones Donkle (CCES Class of 1974). One or both were part of the faculty continuously for 35 years, from 1966 through 2001, with Cathy Jones teaching history for 27 years, and Ellen Donkle teaching PE and coaching for 20 years. The award will be given each year by members of the CCES Student Council and Honor Council to recognize “an individual who demonstrates genuine commitment to his or her subject or area of responsibility. The recipient must also be someone known for personal devotion to students, defined as ‘going the extra mile’ for them.” Recipients receive a monetary award.

Jiten and Caroline called Owen to the lectern to receive his award (and enthusiastic applause) with these words:

Upon joining the CCES community in 2012, this teacher immediately began to establish meaningful relationships and work diligently to share his wealth of knowledge with students of all grade levels. His personal interest in each student with whom he works distinguishes him and defines him as an exceptional teacher. Passionate about his work, as well as his students, he continually inspires students to produce their best work. Teaching a variety of classes, his critiques are always positive and helpful, pushing students to reach the full potential that he recognizes in them, even when they do not see that potential in themselves. It’s no wonder that students continue to take his classes, year after year. One of his students says, “he gives us his best, inspiring us to give the same back to him.” Another mentioned his encouragement of students through critique in a positive way. “Even if I took a terrible picture, he still managed to find something good to say about it and teach me to how to make it better.”

Outside of the classroom, this teacher continues to show dedication to helping students with projects, regardless of whether or not they have taken one of his classes. He is incredibly experienced in his field, and constantly inspires students to cultivate their talents in both photography and journalism. With his guidance, students have earned numerous awards for their photographs. Under his careful leadership, the journalism program has flourished and grown since his arrival. Perhaps most admirably, in addition to teaching, encouraging, editing and helping students with an array of tasks, he is a full time father. The same love and passion that we see in him for his career, we are lucky enough to see every day in his relationship with his family.

Congratulations, Mr. Riley! If you wish to send him a personal note of congratulations, please email Mr. Riley at

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CUE announces two Open Calls for Artists and Curators


Deadline: June 30, 2015. 11:59pm (EST)

CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking Curatorial Project and Solo Exhibition proposals for the 2016 exhibition season. CUE’s Open Calls provide one deserving curator and one emerging artist the necessary resources to realize an innovative project/exhibition at CUE's storefront location in 2016.
A panel of established curators will select the winners of both Open Calls and serve as mentors to the finalists throughout the exhibition planning process. CUE provides institutional guidance, a stipend, shipping budget, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue featuring an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Young Art Critic Mentoring Program.
CUE is pleased to announce the launch of a new artist selection process consisting of a nomination and open call hybrid, with three types of opportunities for artists. This includes four Nominated Solo Exhibitions, one Solo Exhibition Open Call, and one Curatorial Project Open Call. Through the exhibition program, CUE aims to present new and exceptionally strong work by under-recognized and emerging artists based in the United States, and is committed to exhibiting work of all media, genres, and styles from artists of all ages.
The inaugural Solo Exhibition Open Call provides one emerging or under-recognized artist the necessary time and resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2016. The selected artist will receive valuable mentor support from one established curator on the selection panel including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition, in addition to a $5,000 stipend and travel allowance, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Young Art Critic Mentoring Program.

All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not, under any circumstances, be permitted to add or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.

For questions regarding application requirements, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and check out our list of tips for crafting a strong proposal. For additional information, please contact Shona Masarin-Hurst, Programs Manager:

CUE solo exhibition opportunities are for artists who:
  • Have not had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery in ten years
  • Do not have current, consistent commercial representation in the United States
  • Are not currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Have a demonstrated, consistent studio practice for three or more years
  • Can be of any nationality, but must currently reside in the United States
  • The exhibition program is open to artists working in any discipline
  • Extra consideration will be given to artists who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector
  • CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity
  • Resume and Narrative bio 
  • Artist statement – up to 500 words
  • Exhibition proposal that outlines both the background and plan for the exhibition, and the relationship of the support materials to your proposal – up to 1000 words
  • A completed Budget Worksheet form (download here)
  • Detailed work sample list
  •  Work samples:
    • Up to 10 images. Images must be submitted as JPEGs, with filenames formatted as such: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg.  Images should be optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each.
    • And/or 2-4 short video/audio excerpts for video and time-based work Video samples may be .mov or .mp4 with filenames formatted as above. All video/audio excerpts must not exceed 4 minutes each and be accompanied by a link to the full piece online (vimeo is preferred), to be included in the work sample list.
To view a floor plan of the gallery, click here.

CUE Art Foundation is a dynamic visual arts center dedicated to creating essential career and educational opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages. Through exhibitions, arts education, and public programs, CUE provides artists and audiences with sustaining and meaningful experiences and resources.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"People" a Solo Exhibit by Virginia Yearick, Clemson University Art Department Alumna, at Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

A Collection of photography, prints and paintings by Virginia Yearick (BFA, Art, Clemson University, 2014).

Art & Light Gallery, located in the Village of West Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina is home to over 15 Greenville area artists

Reception: Friday, June 5, at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Art & Light 
16 Aiken Street
Greenville, SC  29611

Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC 
Gallery Owner, Teresa Roche [above], is a Greenville Native who studied Dance Arts at Columbia College. She has always had a natural affinity and love of art, beauty and creativity. Teresa opened Art & Light in 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in marketing, production and presentation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Exhibition by Claudia Wilburn, Clemson University Art Department BFA Alumna, at Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery

Claudia Wilburn (BFA in Art, 2004, Clemson University)


Conway, SC

Please join the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery for their Summer I show featuring Claudia Wilburn. Claudia is an artist whose work is deeply rooted in memories of her upbringing in the south. Her densely layered images combine photography, drawing, painting, and text together to create texturally rich images embedded with the indelible marks that time and place leave on our lives.

Wilburn received her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in May of 2008 and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Drawing from Clemson University. Currently she is the Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.

She won recognition in being named Young Artist of the Year through the Columbia Museum of Art in the Fall of 2006 and an Award of Merit in the fifty second Annual Student Art Exhibition at McMaster Gallery at USC in March 2008. She has had three solo exhibitions and shown in over twenty group exhibitions. In September 2009 she had a solo exhibition and was a visiting artist at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida. She also had an exhibition in Brenau University’s Castelli Gallery in March of 2012.

Exhibition Dates: May 18th - June 19th

Gallery Summer Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8-5pm, Fri. 8-1pm

Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
133 West Chanticleer Drive
Conway, SC 29526

Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking at Appalachia - A Fresh Approach ExhibitIon at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Features Two Clemson Photographers

The Exhibition, Looking at Appalachia - A Fresh Approach, at the Spartanburg County Libraries, features two Clemson University photographers, Zane Logan (MFA, Art, photography emphasis, 2011) and Pat Owens (BFA candidate).  

Running from 16 May to 26 June, a public reception will be held on 21 May 2015 at 6:30-7:30 pm, Barrett Room, Headquarters Library, 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306. 

Looking at Appalachia 
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. A quick Google image search of “war on poverty” will yield several photographs of President Johnson on the porch of the Fletcher family home in Inez, Kentucky.

Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.

This project is now in its second year and is open to submissions from 1 January - 31 December each calendar year.

This project is designed and directed by Roger May.

The Southern Documentary Fund serves as their fiscal sponsor and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by a core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. You can support this project with a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

Rich Community: an Anthology of Appalachian Photographers Features Three Photographers from Clemson University's Art Department

Cover photograph © by Lisa Parker

Rich Community: an Anthology of Appalachian Photographers

To be released to the public on June 21, 2015: Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers. A collection of new, perviously unpublished 21st Century work by 82 southern Appalachian photographers. The book includes one or two photographs, a short biography, web or contact info, and an artist's statement from each of the participating photographers. Juried and edited by David Underwood. Includes a juror's introduction and a publisher's introduction; 106 pages; 90 original photographs; 8" x 10" softcover. Cover photograph © by Lisa Parker. Retail price will be $65.00; purchases can be made via a link to be found here on this web site after June 21, 2015.   Contributing photographers: check for an e-mail from Sapling Grove Press on April 27 or 28, for contributors' purchasing information.

Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers is a sampling of work by 82 contemporary image makers working in various modes of the photographic medium. Chosen in an open juried competition, this collection reveals extraordinary talent, diversity, and unique vision by many of the 21st Century artist/photographers working in the southern Appalachian region of America. Juried by David Underwood; text sections edited by Susan O'Dell Underwood and David Underwood.

Includes samples of photographs, biographical & contact information, and artists’ statements, by: Rob Amberg, Elle Olivia Andersen, David Andrews, Brittany Bazan, Doug Berryhill, Josh Birnbaum, Christa Bowden, Deborah Bryan, Leah Bullard, Ian Campbell, Rick Cary, Megan Chapman, R. Earl Cleveland, Bridget Conn, James Davis, Andy Drinnon, Nancy Ehlers [Clemson University MFA in Art, photography emphasis, 2008], Terry Eiler, Lisa Flanary, Diane Fox, Polly Gaillard, Hans Gindlesberger, Andrew Gresham, Barrett Hedges, Robert Heller, Lori Hepner, Christine Holtz & Lauren S. Zadikow, Diane Hopkins-Hughs, William Imhof, Trey Jolly, Lee Jones, Daniel Kaufmann, Gary Kirksey, Tony Lawson, Paul Lee, Tim Lewis, Lisa Lindamood, Jacob Long, Jeff Loope, Abby Malone, John May, Brian McDaniel, Olivia Mertz, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Elizabeth Minix, Elizabeth Moser, Pat Owens [Clemson University BFA Candidate], Lisa Parker, Stephen Pierson, David Pittenger, Julie Rae Powers, Julie Rabun, Josh Raftery, Sarah Reuning, Hannah Riffey, Dennis Sabo, Dennis Savage, George Scott, Michael Sherwin, Kim Sholly, Tyson Smith, Lynn Stanger, Sam Stapleton, David Stephenson, Ray Stratton, Joe Strickland, Robert Sulkin, Constance Thalken, Eric Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Bryan Tilghman, Carrie Tomberlin, Eric Tomberlin, Harumi Umi, David Underwood, Wendy Minor Viny, Joshua White, Chip Williams, Anderson Wrangle [Clemson University Associate Professor of Photography], Clayton Young, Lauren S. Zadikow & Christine Holtz, Matthew Ziff, and John Zirkle.

Ireland Regnier, Clemson University Professor Emeritus of Painting, Mounts Solo Exhibition at Clemson City Hall

Tuesday, May 19th: Artists Reception with Ireland Regnier

Clemson City Hall
1250 Tiger Blvd., Clemson, SC

5:00-7:00 pm

This special exhibit of his work will be in the Clemson City Hall throughout the summer.  Ireland Regnier is a professor emeritus in the Art Department at Clemson University. He taught painting until his retirement in 1988. Regnier served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, where he was a machine gunner and awarded the Bronze Star.

Regnier's work stands apart from the romantic, awe-inspiring projections of traditional landscapes. "Regnier finds the beauty not in the grandiose, but the simplicity of light and sky, of being struck by the little spots in everyday life. His landscapes speak to a greater perspective on painting and on life," according to Lee Gallery Director Denise Woodward-Detrich.

This exhibition is brought to you by: