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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

David Gerhard, Clemson University MFA in Art (Printmaking), Joins the Faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities

David Gerhard is a maker, artist, designer, and educator. He earned his MFA in Art (printmaking emphasis) from Clemson University and his BAs (with Distinction) in Studio Art and Communications Studies from Sonoma State University. Gerhard has taught in the Art Departments at Clemson University, Furman University, Anderson University, as well as the Printshop and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Gerhard is passionate about contemporary printmaking, new media art, graphic and web design, art theory and global art history. Providing creative work for diverse clients nationally, Gerhard's work has recently been exhibited as the Twin Peaks Stage at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, California. Gerhard also has three public artworks in Greenville, SC. His art is in the permanent collections of universities, museums and individuals internationally. 

For more information about David and his art, please go to:

David will also present as a part of the panel, "Case Studies in Failure," chaired by Beauvais Lyons, at the 2016 SGC International Conference, F L U X : THE EDGE OF YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

This panel will consist of five short, ten-minute case studies, each of which will examine some aspect of failure and the creative process. As a craft tradition, printmaking is a medium that is often rule-based, with little tolerance for deviation. These formulas are both a strength and liability; they provide systems of production, but can lead the artist to become risk-adverse. Failure offers opportunities to gain insights into new processes and variations on traditional methods while also having the potential to lead to formal, technical and conceptual innovations. Failure also plays a role in evolutionary processes – and the capacity of an individual or organization to adapt through trial and error is central to their fitness. As a friend once told me, “You do not know how good a printer you are until something goes wrong.” This panel proposes to look at the question of failure as a meaningful aspect of a studio practice and the teaching of art. Papers by Leslie Mutchler, David Gerhard and Andy Rubin will look at the role of failure as an intrinsic aspect of the creative process. Erin Zona offers her experience in founding a school as a response to failed academic job searches, and Phyllis McGibbon will argue that risk of failure is one of the most valuable pedagogical aspects of the printmaking medium. The papers will be brief to allow for ample time for discussion.

For more information about the SCG International Portland Conference, please go to:

Brent Pafford, Clemson Art (Ceramics) MFA Alum, Finalist for 2015 Zanesville Prize

Finalist Page, 2015 Zanesville Prize

Artist: Brent Pafford
Title: Skillets
Year: 2013
Dimensions: height: 24 Inches, width: 24 Inches depth: 3 Inches

Artist's Statement: Skillets At the intersection between generations things are lost, items loose their potency in daily life; rarely are objects created, manufactured, or bought with intentions to spend a quality amount of time with them, care for them, and pass them along to younger generations. The work I create is also a reaction to the time in which it is being created.

$20,000 Best in Show!

$10,000 in Additional Prizes

The Muskingum County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Zanesville Museum of Art, the Ohio Arts Council, the Potters Council and the Artist Colony of Zanesville (ArtCOZ), is seeking entries in functional, sculptural, figurative and tile ceramics.

Garth Johnson — Juror/Presenter

Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum -- -- Tempe
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Photo of Julia 2012

Julia Galloway — Juror/Presenter

Professor & Director, School of Art, University of Montana -- -- Missoula
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Doug Jeck — Juror/Presenter

Associate Professor & Chair, School of Art, University of Washington -- -- Seattle

Heaps of Clemson University Involvement in the 5th Annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale at THE ARTS Center of Clemson, SC!

September 25 - September 26



September 25
September 26
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The ARTS Center of Clemson, South Carolina hosts the 5th annual 20×20 Invitational Clay Exhibit and Sale (20 artists create 20 pieces), Friday, September 25th, 6:00-9pm. A ticketed, Collector’s 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. The sale continues on Saturday, September 26th, 9am-5pm and is free and open to the public.

Members  $25.00/ticket
Non members $30.00/ticket  or  $50.00/2 tickets

Look for further information on Gala tickets, exhibiting artists, and associated events.

1. diana farfan,  greenville, sc

2.darin gehrke,  greenville, sc
3. valerie zimany, central, sc
4. daniel bare,  central, sc
5. sue grier, leicester, nc6. frank vickery,rock hill, sc7. patti connor-greene, pineola, nc
8. marcia bugg, brasstown, nc
9. stan dubose, walhalla, sc

10. cindy hart, west union, sc
11. mike hart, west union, sc
12. rob gentry, pendleton, sc
13. mike vatalaro, greenville, sc
14. blake smith, greer, sc
15. bob chance, greenville, sc
16. denise woodward-dietrich
17. jeri burdick, eutawville,sc
18. lindsey elsey, clemson, sc
19. nathan goddard, greenville, sc

20. alberta pottery, greenville, sc

In addition to the above artists, these artists will be participating in Fired For Flowers:

en iwamura, central, sc

kristin schoonover, asheville, nc

jon arsenault, asheville, nc

brent roberts, mauldin, sc

katie tillman, townville,sc

val lowe, townville,sc

jared kaup, toccoa, ga

glenda guion, spartanburg, sc

chris troy, seneca, sc

george corontzes, clemson, sc

CALL for ENTRY: "UNSEEN GREENVILLE" Gallery at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

25 Draper Street Greenville, SC29611

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is calling for artists to participate in the themed art exhibition "Unseen Greenville".  Early in the month of June the Greenville News and sponsor PNC Bank invited the residents of Greenville County to begin a conversation about the parts of the city that are often unnoticed by many of us as we go about our busy lives.  The idea was to move forward "as one community in which everyone shares in the spectacular success that surrounds us in Greenville County".  How can Greenville address the needs of and make opportunities available to all people who live here?  Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a community art center whose mission is to be a place for all citizens  to learn about, participate in and enjoy the visual arts.  It is fitting that GCCA find ways for the arts to play a role in this dialog.

Artists are asked to consider the challenges and rewards of focusing on "Unseen Greenville" and interpret their ideas and insights in an art form to be exhibited at GCCA during the months of December and January.  Artists will be selected based on their creative interpretations of the theme and artistic merit of the artwork submitted.

Artists selected will exhibit their artworks from December 4, 2015, through January 29, 2016, with a reception on Friday, December 4, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 PM.  Juror and awards to be announced. 

To apply, please complete an "Unseen Greenville" Art Exhibition Application no later than the Deadline:  Friday, November 13, 2015.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Brent Pafford, Clemson University Art Department Alum, a Finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Contest

To Quote Brent: "Friends, Family, and Colleagues I have been selected as a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest. This opportunity will greatly increase my works visibility online as the contest continues to grow with voting starting on Monday September 21st, 2015. The contest winner is determined based on votes –meaning I need all the help I can get! I am honored to be a finalist along with other professionals in the ceramics field. Many of my competitors have a much broader audience base through social media platforms and in an attempt to broaden my reach I have put together important links, handles, and other information that will help spread the word! Please see and share the information below and happy voting!"
From Brent's Profile Page on the contest site:


Upon completion of my Master's of Fine Arts from Clemson University I relocated to New Orleans, L.A. I have begun making and selling utilitarian ceramic objects, while collaborating with other artists to create "Southern Intentions : Prints, Pots, & Provisions" and working on other personal projects. The ceramic process is involved, from beginning to end - it takes time, effort, and patience. My hand is involved from the making of the clay to the delivery of the final product. I use a porcelain clay body, throw and alter forms, and fire the final product in an oxidation atmosphere to 2300° f. My business is evolving through the local sales of work in brick and mortar venues, online sales, and implementation and completion of new projects that make dining an artisanal experience. Starting a business is born out of long talks with colleagues, envisioning creative ways to reinvent and better previous endeavors with the intent to share outcomes others.


I am currently planning construction of a personal studio while I work in a shared studio space. I plan to repurpose a vintage camper or step van into a mobile ceramics studio - my thought being if someone can turn a step van into a mobile restaurant, I can make a mobile studio. Ceramic artists in the 21st century are nomadic. We move often for professional development opportunities, teach workshops across the country, and travel from residency program to residency program. Upcycling a mobile vehicle into a studio will allow me to continue working as I move throughout the United States for opportunities that will advance my profession. I am in the long process of planning, budgeting, and acquiring resources to begin my studio endeavor. I plan to utilize crowdfunding platforms to reach my goals in addition to contributing funds myself.


Inspiration is everywhere, all the time. It can be a bit overwhelming. My phone is full of photos, from bugs I saw hiking to graffiti in the restroom of my favorite dive. Forms, ideas, objects, and life bloom from what we absorb in our daily lives. It is an important part of my practice to document these things and revisit them when necessary.


Brent Pafford Ceramics is at a crucial moment in its development as a small business. I am dedicated to continue creating handmade utilitarian objects, counterbalancing contemporary societies disposable attitude. This opportunity would allow me to focus on my studio, devoting more time to making.


Be aware of your surroundings.


I am learning how to harness social media and utilize it to grow my business. Instagram is a great platform for sharing snip-its of life, inspirational images, and making connections with other individuals with similar interests. Social media is the future of marketing and growing small business - as this landscape develops and changes I hope to harness the energy and use it to my advantage!


I was raised on a farm in South Carolina, in a large family that instilled in me values and traits that are inherent in the work I create. Objects that are "American Made" are imbued with similar values: quality, worth, and labor; to name a few. American made objects are made by individuals with care, purpose, and intent. American makers, craftspersons, and artists dedicate their lives to the work they take pride in creating. Utilitarian ceramics are incomplete until they are in the domestic spaces of a customer, collector, appreciator, and most important of all - a user.

Again, Brent's American Made Profile link: 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Kathleen Thum, Clemson University Art Department Drawing Faculty Member, in Winthrop University Exhibition

Accumulation, Kathleen Thum


Including Jon Lewis, Lifestraw®, Thomas Marcusson, Timm Kekeritz and Frank Rausch of Raureif, Lauren Rosenthal, Kathleen Thum, Kay Westhues and the Animation Workshop

September 21 - November 13, 2015

Rutledge Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, September 25, 6:30 -  8 pm

In conjunction with the upcoming Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability Conference, the exhibition Man + Land + Water creates a visual dialog examining global water issues to raise awareness about the earth's fragility, water's preciousness and how our human role impacts this precarious situation. The exhibition brings together national and international artists and designers exploring the current global condition and creative solutions to issues of access and sustainability through video, drawing, interactive media, printmaking, industrial and graphic design.

Winthrop University Galleries
Winthrop University
126 McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
Information: 803/323-2493 or

Friday, September 18, 2015

Clemson University Art Department Artist's Talk, September 21: Holly Hanessian, Touch in Real Time

Artist Talk:  September, 21, 2015 at 6pm, Room 1-100

Reception with the artist to follow

Exhibition information:  Touch in Real Time
August 17 – September 24

The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) - Lee Gallery at Clemson University presents “Touch in Real Time,” an exhibition of ceramic work by artist and educator, Holly Hanessian on view Aug. 17 – Sept. 24. The artist will give a lecture on Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 1-100, with a reception to follow in the Lee Gallery at 7:30 p.m., 1-101 Lee Hall. The exhibit, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Touch is an intimate and universal experience. It instantly communicates in a simple and direct method while transcending the barriers of language. “Touch in Real Time” explores the power of touch at the crossroads of art, emotion and neuroscience. This exhibit interweaves the popular educational movement, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by revealing how the science and arts are connected to each other.

Hanessian starts from the repetitive act of pressing wet clay between the hands of two individuals and explores the intimate, physiological and transformative experience of a handshake.

“My artwork responds to cultural shifts examining genetic markers and traits, the daily consumption of pharmaceuticals and adaptive behaviors on our DNA,” she said.

Working alongside Greg Siegle, Ph.D and his lab of behavioral neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, P.A. Hanessian collected and examined data retrieved from brain scans using EEG and MRI. The goal of the research project was to measure the level of the bonding hormone, Oxytocin while participants were engaged in a 15 – 20 second handshake, the time it takes oxytocin to be released in the body. The exhibition showcases over 1,500 fired porcelain handshakes, a participatory station, graphs and research data from the project in an exhibition that examines a common, but often overlooked experience handshakes.

Hanessian takes this common gesture and drills down to the elemental experience of the act. “Touch in Real Time” provides a fresh perspective and a re-affirmation on the importance of touch. The exhibition reminds viewers about the physical transformation our bodies undergo when we insert touch back into our daily experience.

The Center for Visual Arts-Lee Gallery at Clemson University will be open for this exhibit 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays (excluding university holidays). It is located in 1-101 Lee Hall, 323 Fernow St. For more information, contact Denise Woodward-Detrich at

The workshop, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public because of donations from supporters and our Friends of the Center for Visual Arts.

About Holly Hanessian

Hanessian received her MFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and is currently is a professor of art and the area head of the ceramics program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.  A child of two Armenian parents, she creates work that explores the crossroads of our DNA and the environment which is influenced by our daily experiences.

SEEKING Submissions: 100 West, Corsicana, TX, Artist's Residencies

100 West grants artists and writers residencies to create work in this historic building repurposed for studio space. Large scale, light filled rooms are provided alongside complete living accommodations and wood shop access to produce work in two or three dimension, installation, or writing.  This residency experience is enriched by artist-made furniture and antiques in a building virtually unaltered since 1898.  Original mill work, light fixtures, painted doors and walls now cracked and worn remain amid three years of preservation work, and effectively contrast contemporary modes of art making.  100W maintains a close connection with Dallas art culture less than an hour away from downtown Corsicana, where faded vestiges of the nineteenth century oil boom make it quintessentially Texas.
100W is pleased to offer the application below for artists and writers seeking both funded and non-funded studio residencies.  Two fully funded, 6-week residencies are available for one artist and one writer between January and May 2016 is available with a $25 application fee.  This application will be reviewed for multiple upcoming opportunities, including group exhibitions, and 100W Catalogue contributors.  
Artists choosing to cover their residency costs themselves (outlined below) may apply at anytime, but are encouraged to submit before December 1, 2015 to secure their preferred time of residency in 2016.


Two fully-funded, 6-week residencies are available to one selected artist and one selected writer for a time of their choosing between January 1 - May 31, 2016.  If you choose to apply for this residency, you must also submit the $25 application fee requested below. Selected Artist announced November 8.

Selected Artist receives the following package:

- 2400 square foot private Encampment Studio on 3rd Floor
- 500 square foot private bedroom
- Furnished with 100W Artist-made easel, chair and bed
- Access to First Floor Woodshop
- Concluding Gallery exhibition with patron dinner
- Photograph documentation by WELD photographer
- Published feature in annual 100W Catalogue
- Dallas and Corsicana press release
- Option to extend residency stay at Artist's expense


100W accepts applications for non-funded studios throughout the year on a rolling basis, but encourages applicants to submit by December 1, 2015 to secure their preferred residency time in 2016 if accepted.  No application fee is required.  Applicants are notified within two weeks following their submission.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


The Marshall University School of Art & Design of the College of Arts and Media invites artists in all disciplines to submit original works of art in any media and addressing any theme, created within the past three years. This year’s submissions will be juried by Geoffrey Fleming, the Director of the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV. Accepted works will be displayed in Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery located in downtown Huntington, WV. The Juror will select one individual to receive the Juror’s Choice Award. The winner of this award will receive a minimum $200 cash prize. 

Note, works previously displayed in Marshall University’s art galleries will not be considered.

Geoffrey Fleming is the newly appointed Executive Director at the Huntington Museum of Art. Prior to this post, Fleming served as the Director of the Southold Historical Society, Inc., in Southold, NY. Fleming received his Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, and his Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of nearly two dozen books and catalogs on American History and Art, including the award winning publications Charles Henry Miller, N.A.: Painter of Long Island and A World Unto itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York.

A $10 non-refundable entry fee per work submitted is due with completed entry materials. The number of entries is unlimited. A majority of the fees collected are allocated to support student programs in the School of Art & Design.


  • Complete entries must be submitted digitally, postmarked, or hand delivered by Monday, November 2, 2015 
  • Notification by email of accepted works: Friday, November 13, 2015 
  • Accepted artwork must be shipped in time to arrive at the Visual Arts Center the week of December 14 -18, 2015 
  • Hand-Delivery of accepted artworks to the Visual Arts Center: December 14 – 18, 2015 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 4-6pm 
  • Exhibition dates: January 11 - February 12, 2016 
  • Pick up work from Visual Arts Center: February 14-17, 2016 •
  • Returned, shipped artworks will be postmarked by February 24, 2016 

All visual media using any combination of materials are welcome. Digital media and video works are limited to 15 minutes in duration. All dimensional works must be able to fit through an 8ft x 8ft doorframe.

Option #1: Submit images on a CD or USB drive with the following information typed in a Word document and included as a file on the disc: artist’s name, phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address. On the same document and following this information, number and list the individual images submitted with the following additional information: title of work, “detail” when applicable, media, dimensions, insurance value and sale price (if not for sale, please mark “NFS”). CD’s and USB drives will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included.

Option #2: Submit images and image list in the format described in Option #1, digitally through Dropbox. Enter the following address into your web browser.
Follow prompts to “choose file” and download images and the image list document. Individual images should not exceed 5MB. If using this option, entry fees must still be in check or money order form and mailed separately to the Visual Arts Center. Please make sure the name of the submitting artist appears on the check or money order.

Image files must meet the following criteria: 
Files should be in high quality JPEG format, no smaller than 1920 pixels in any direction and 72ppi/dpi (standard web resolution). Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of the image is the top of the artwork) and should not include artist’s name or other descriptive text within the image itself, nor contain borders, frames, or margins except as part of the actual work. Video work should be submitted in QuickTime compatible format.

Image labeling: Please name digital image files according to the following specifications.

  • The number of the digital file should correspond directly to the number assigned to the image on the accompanying image list. 
  • Digital filenames should be created in the following format. Artist’s last name (underscore) first name (underscore) entry number. Include the word “detail” after the entry number if the image is a detail image. For example: Jones_Mike_1.jpeg or Jones_Mike_1detail.jpeg

Incomplete entries will not be considered. A complete entry consists of the following.

____ CD or USB drive of images and Word document with artist and image information
____Images and image list files uploaded digitally to Dropbox
____US check or money order in the amount of:
$10 X ____(#) of works entered = ________
made payable to Marshall University School of Art & Design

Hand deliver or mail payment and entry materials (if not submitted electronically) to:

Marshall University School of Art and Design
Visual Arts Center 9
27 Third St
Huntington, WV 25701
Attn: 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition

The artist is responsible for all costs related to shipping and insurance of artwork while in transit to and from the gallery. Artwork should be shipped in a substantial, reusable container and include a pre-paid return shipping label. Marshall University will not be responsible for loss or damage to artworks during shipping. Please address shipped works to:

Marshall University School of Art & Design
Visual Arts Center, Attn: 5thNJE
 927 Third Avenue
Huntington, WV. 25701

Hand delivery of work is strongly encouraged. Works may be dropped off and picked up Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 am - 4 pm to the Visual Arts Center located at 927 Third Ave, Huntington, WV. 25701

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) will exercise every possible care in the safekeeping of loans in its possession, but its liability to lenders is limited. Artists whose work is accepted will be sent an Art Loan Agreement form that outlines any liability assigned to Marshall University. This form must be signed and returned to the Gallery Director by all participating artists before the exhibition starting date.

For questions or additional information, please contact Gallery Director, Megan Schultz at

Friday, September 11, 2015

Recent and Upcoming Exhibits by David Detrich, Clemson University Art Department Professor of Art

David Detreich, KYOTO
Professor David Detrich will be exhibiting his sculptural work KYOTO at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch Gallery for the Indoor Pro: Mid-South Sculpture AllianceSculpture Exhibition that runs from August 24 – September 18, 2015

Welch School Galleries hours:
M-F, 10am until 6pm; closed weekends and University holidays.
10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The juror for is chief curator for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Joseph Antenucci Becherer. The exhibit is part of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Conference, hosted by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. The opening reception is on Friday, September 18, 4:00 -5:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

David Detrich, Constellation: Booth, Hyde, Peterson & Vallens”
Prof. Detrich also exhibited his work Constellation: Booth, Hyde, Peterson & Vallens” at the Charles Adams Studio Project / 5&JGallery in Lubbock, TX. Alberto Careaga & Chad Plunket curated the exhibition entitled Grayscale. This exhibition was created with the intent of showcasing contemporary works from a diverse group of artists that are all produced in different intensities of black and white. This exhibition includes works that vary in medium, style, and content, but share the use of and showcase the range of gray scale. 

The exhibition ran from August 7 – 27, 2015

602 Avenue J

Lubbock, TX  79401

Ann Pegelow Kaplan, Clemson University MFA Art Department Alumna, Joins Faculty at Appalachian State University

In August of 2015, Ann Pegelow Kaplan  joined the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies at Appalachian State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She will also serve as an as Artist in Residence for Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary college at ASU.

Kaplan is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist who teaches and researches across the written and visual.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ethnography and oral history, visual art, digital humanities, new media, and cultural and art theory.  Prior to joining Appalachian State as Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence in Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, she was Assistant Professor of Art at Elon University, Visiting Assistant Professor at Philippines Women's University in Manila, and Teaching Fellow at Clemson University.  In 2015, she presented at THAT Camp, College Art Conference, conducted a solo exhibition of her work at De La Salle University, curated [RE]Gen New Media Festival, and was Visiting Artist for the Philippines Arts Congress. Ann holds an MFA in Photography and Digital Media from Clemson University, an MA in Ethnography/Folklore (American Studies) from UNC Chapel Hill, and a BA in Anthropology from University of Mary Washington.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shifting Ground: Exhibition at Brooks Center Showcases Clemson Alumna, Hilary Siber

When A Body Breaks by Hilary Siber, oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches

by Thomas Hudgins

Hilary Siber HeadshotThe seeds of Hilary Siber’s love for art and landscape were planted early. As a child in Ohio, Siber remembers drawing trees and solving jigsaw puzzles. Flash-forward several years, and she found herself exercising those same artistic muscles pursuing a degree in architectural design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. “I was fortunate enough to work in the design field for several years after graduation,” Siber said, “but visual problem solving soon became a puzzle that pulled me toward creating fine art. I am forever challenged by the visual mode of communication. It seems to elude language while simultaneously creating a new one.” She enrolled in Clemson’s Master of Fine Arts program in the art department. There, she “began to understand that creating paintings is two-fold: I am putting a puzzle together while presenting one to my viewers.”
Those artistic puzzles will be on display with her new exhibition, Shifting Ground,presented by the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts in the lobby of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts this fall, from Tuesday, September 8, through Friday, December 4.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Americas 2016: Paperworks at Minot State University

Works in any medium, on or of paper, traditional or experimental, including photographs, qualify. All works must be original and not measure over 60 inches in any direction. Work must be ready to exhibit, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in an Americas 2000 exhibition. It is preferred that two-dimensional work be framed and protected by clear acrylic glazing.

Cash and Purchase Awards: five Merit Awards and one Best of Show
Best of Show earns a solo exhibition in 2017 and an invitation to the Best of the Best exhibit

A maximum of five entries are allowed per artist. Submit electronic images, a non-refundable entry fee payable in US dollars, and the completed entry form to Americas 2016: Paperworks. Entry will not be accepted without the proper fee.

Entry Fee: ......2 entries/$25; Additional Entries: $5 each.
(Enclose a $20 annual membership fee, and you may enter at the NAC Art
Friends membership rate. Members’ rate: 2 entries/$15; Additional Entries:
$2 each)

Deadline (postmark) for submitting entries..... 11-2-15
Notification of accepted works...............................12-15-15
Receipt of accepted works begins.................................12-15-15
Deadline for receipt of works................................ 1-4-16
Exhibition dates............... 1-12-16 to 2-19-16
Return shipping.............. 3-1-16

Entries will be judged from high resolution electronic images. Electronic
files must be in jpg format, minimum of 300 dpi at approximately 8”x10”.
Submit files on a CD or DVD. Label the disk with the artist’s name and
address. Name electronic files as follows:
A _ titleofwork.jpg
B _ titleofwork.jpg
C _ titleofwork.jpg

Please double-check your entry disk. Abbreviate as needed on the electronic
file name, but be sure the entry form has complete information. Disks will not be returned.

Karen Kunc is the Willa Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where
she has served on the faculty since 1983. As a working artist and educator, Kunc maintains a
rigorous schedule of exhibits, workshops, and residencies throughout the US and abroad. Among Kunc’s many awards are two Fulbright Fellowships to Finland and a Fulbright Specialist grant to Dhaka, Bangladesh; two Mid America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships;
and the Southern Graphics Council Printmaker Emeritus Award. In 2014 Kunc opened
Constellation Studios ( as a creative destination for
print, paper and book arts in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Americas 2016: Paperworks
Northwest Art Center
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, North Dakota 58707


Dalia Delanuez, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate in Sculpture, Wins "Margaret Millspaugh Memorial Scholarship" from Tri State Sculptors

Adodi Sanctuary, by Dalia Delanuez, pine needles, paper, steel, 33"x81"x33", 2015

Dalia Delanuez has won the "Margaret Millspaugh Memorial Scholarship" from Tri State Sculptors. This is a special scholarship sponsored by Dan Millspaugh, professor emeritus of sculpture, UNC-Ashville, in memory of his beloved wife, Margaret.   Dalia received a B.F.A. in Art from Converse College and is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in Art with an emphasis in sculpture at Clemson University. 

In addition to a $500 cash award, Ms Delanuez will receive a one-year membership in Tri State Sculptors membership, along with a waiver of the conference fee for 2015. 

Artist's Statement:


People come together the same way birds come together with the purpose
of finding a place of shelter where they feel safe and protected in a secure
habitat. Examples of these habitats can be the human body, homes,
churches, forests, or any special place, that we can identify as a
“Sanctuary”. I build human-sized nests in representation of these special
dwellings, which are the places people, like birds, can be at peace.
Birds build amazing structures with disposable materials, transforming
them into fluid architectonical forms. I build my structures following their
similar rhythm; where something was considered useless trash and
discarded, as an artist, I can assemble these pieces and transform them
into sculptures. The majority of the work I create are an abstraction of
movement and color I perceive from these sources of inspiration.
The above connections help me to choose the supplies I need to create
works of art. I use scrap wood, scrap metal mesh, and stainless steel
fragments. I also collect all kind of organic and recyclable debris to mimic
how a bird collects and builds its nest. While I use a variety of materials
and processes in each project, my concept is consistent between
sanctuaries, birds, and the transformation of objects with hidden potential.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards,  gallery relations, etc.

Each spring there is a more informal conference when members can get together to share ideas and socialize. Other events and exhibitions are organized each year as the need or opportunity arises  Members also stay connected and informed through a quarterly newsletter.

Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location. Annual membership dues are due on January 1 of each year.

Their 37th Annual Tri State Sculptors Conference will take place October 1-4 at UNC-Wilmington in North Carolina.  For more information on the conference, please go to:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Clemson University's smART Series Begins with Penland's Deputy Director Jerry Jackson!

The smART Series is an interactive and engaging five seminar series that explores how the arts and creative entrepreneurship intersect. For more information, visit


Competitive Applications: Artist Residencies 
and Other Opportunities

Jerry Jackson 
Penland School of Crafts, Deputy Director
Thursday, September 10
6:00-8:00 pm
Reception to follow.

The Printshop, 3 McBeth Street
Greenville, SC 29611

Moderator: Valerie Zimany, Clemson University, Art
Assistant Professor

This event is free and open to the public.  However, space is limited, so please RSVP to

About our Speaker:Jackson joined the Penland School of Crafts in July 2007 as the school’s deputy director. Prior to his tenure at Penland, he served as the chief curator and director of the Rocky Mount Arts Center at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount. Jackson brings extensive expertise in exhibition, collection, and archive practices to the position.

Historical preservation was also a key component of Jackson’s previous experience. The Imperial Centre development was a six-year rehabilitation project that included a complex of historical structures that ultimately became a 145,000 square-foot facility.

Jackson currently serves on the boards of the Mitchell County United Way and the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce. Past board appointments include Pocosin Arts, the North Carolina Museum Council, Eastern North Carolina Visual Arts Consortium, Very Special Arts, and the Professional Arts Councils of Eastern North Carolina. He received his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in studio art from East Carolina University.

About our Moderator: 
Valerie Zimany is an Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics, at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Valerie Zimany received her BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.  After completing her MFA studies at Kanazawa College of Art as a Fulbright Fellow and Japanese Government Scholar, Valerie spent three years on a city-sponsored residency at the Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in Kanazawa, Japan.  She was recently awarded a second Fulbright grant by the U.S. Department of Education for her proposal Porcelain Fever: Contemporary Kutani Practitioners and Processes, and returned to Kanazawa as a guest researcher at the Institute of Art and Design, Kanazawa College of Art in Summer and Fall 2011.

Valerie’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues such as the 9th International Ceramic Competition Mino, the 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, the 701cca Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC, and more.  Her works are in multiple public and private collections.  Valerie was named an American Craft Council Searchlight Artist for 2007, a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist for 2008, and a Niche Award Finalist in 2011.  Besides exhibiting, Valerie’s work can be seen in the Lark Books 500 Ceramic Sculptures and 500 Prints on Clay, and is the subject of “Valerie Zimany: Recasting The Japanese Tradition,” a full feature article in the November 2008 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Also acting as an independent curator, Valerie has organized concurrent exhibitions for the National Council on Education for the ceramic arts including:  Method:Multiple and Episodic, Clustered, and Migrating  (NCECA 2011), To Wander Out of Place: Artists and Asia (NCECA 2012), and Valerie Zimany: Porcelain Fever (NCECA 2013).  Internationally, she recently directed the exhibition Porcelain Fever: Contemporary Artists and Kutani Now in cooperation with the non-profit art space ArtGummi, Kanazawa City Hall, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan.

About our Venue: 
The Printshop is a printmaking studio dedicated to providing the necessary tools to foster artistic growth through community and education.  The Printshop boasts 4,000 sq. ft. of studio space, with equipment and facilities for etching, letterpress, silkscreen, lithography, relief, bookmaking, and more.  They offer classes, membership and open studio days for local artists.

For more information, please visit:

Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate En Iwamura to Exhibit as a Part of the 61st Annual Juried Exhibition, Durham, NC

Abnormal Growth (ceramic, cone 06)  by En Iwamura

61st Annual Juried Exhibition
SunTrust Gallery
Durham, NC
September 4th-October 17th, 2015

There will be two public receptions during Third Friday Durham:
  • Friday, September 18, 2015 5-7 pm
    Friday, Octoer 16, 2015 5-7 pm

For a complete listing of the artists and their works please click HERE.

About our juror:

Alice Gray Stcomplete listing ofcites serves as Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels, North America’s first multi-venue museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century. Prior to joining 21c in 2012, Stites was director of artwithoutwalls, a non-profit, non-collecting public arts organization, and from 1995-2006 was adjunct curator oftemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Stites has lectured at universities and conferences, including Art Basel Conversations, Leaders in Software and Art, TEDx Stockholm, Moving Image Spotlight, PULSE Perspectives, the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. She has served as a juror for ArtPrize 2013 and PULSE Prize 2014. She is responsible for cultivating the longtime partnership between 21c and Creative Capital, an organization that supports emerging artists. She has been active on advisory boards at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design and at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Stites graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

21c Museum Hotels, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, just opened their latest location in downtown Durham at the corner of Main and Corcoran. The Museum is free and open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year and is an exciting and vibrant new addition to the Durham art community.