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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.

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