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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Clemson University's MONSTER DRAWING RALLY

November 14, 2015
1:00–4:00 p.m.

A live art making event like no other!
Come see Clemson students create and buy unique art hot off the drawing table!

Don’t miss the Lil’ Monsters Zone, where your child can create a masterpiece of their own!

All proceeds benefit the Fine Art Student Association’s annual trip.

In spring 2016, students are traveling to NYC in order to prepare for entry into the professional art world. Please support this 20+ year tradition for Clemson’s Fine Art students!

Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

Call for Entry: Valdosta National and Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery Reviewing for Solo and Small Groups Shows

The Valdosta National is South Georgia’s premier national all-media art competition. Hosted by the Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, 2016 will be the 28th year of the annual juried exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary art nation-wide.

To apply for the Valdosta National 2016 follow this link and complete:

Deadline: November 2, 2015, $1,500.00 in awards

Exhibition: January 19-February 5, 2016

Entry fee: $35 for 3 different artworks


Valdosta State University (VSU) Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery is reviewing solo and small group exhibition proposals for the 2016-2017 Season. The deadline is November 2, 2015. There is a $10 entry fee to cover administrative expenses. Artists 18+ are invited to apply, all media will be considered, artwork is insured while in the gallery; the gallery takes no sales commission. 

All proposals are reviewed through Call for Entry Please log on to to propose an exhibition for the 2016-17 Season.

November 2015 Behance Portfolio Review of South Carolina

November 2015 Behance Portfolio Review of South Carolina!
Our goal is to bring artists and creatives of South Carolina together in a casual environment for lively critiques and fun networking.  This is your opportunity to connect with other creatives from all across South Carolina to gain new perspectives and learn to grow as professionals.

These Reviews will provide a fun, comfortable, insightful, and educational environment for both established and aspiring professionals to meet and provide feedback for one another and build a network of support within the greater South Carolina arts community.
Please visit us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and important information!

Agenda for November 7

9:00-9:20 a.m. Check-In9:25 a.m. Welcome/Introduction to Keynote Speaker9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker10:00-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions11:30-1:00 p.m. Meet and Mingle/Drawing for Prizes1:00 p.m. Event Ends

The Graphics Source, LLC
2122 Platt Springs Road
West Columbia, SC 29169

Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Evelyn Wong A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Honors College, Evelyn received her BFA in Studio Arts. She has exhibited as a featured artist at the First Thursdays on Main series in Columbia, SC in 2009, 2012, and 2013.  Evelyn has shown her artwork as part of juried exhibitions, including Artfields, Carolina's Got Art!, the Juried Exhibitions Series of Chapel Hill, NC; and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's Annual Juried Exhibition in Augusta, GA.  She has also received various awards at the South Carolina State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, including 1st Place in Open Media in 2007 and Best of Show in 2010.  Recently, Evelyn was awarded 2nd Place in the 58th National Juried Art Show of the Maria V. Howard Center for the Arts in Rocky Mount, NC.

Final Week for Fired Earth, recent works by Mike Vatalaro, Clemson University Professor Emeritus, at Riverworks

Reception this Friday, October 30, 6-9pm
including a conversation with the artist at 7pm.

In his spacious new studio, surrounded by past works and recent experimentations, Mike Vatalaro is creating Fired Earth. After completing a long and successful career as an artist/teacher at Clemson University, Vatalaro now has the time and place to concentrate completely on his own clay. His bright Taylors Mill studio with its view of the woods may have helped inspire these terracotta reliefs. For a number of years Vatalaro made ceramic vessels; some functional, others not. All these vessels captured the graceful dance of clay on the wheel and all the forms were enhanced by his experience with the attributes of clay, glazes, and firing processes. Now that experience and his finely tuned aesthetics of form and color are ignited in Fired Earth. According to Vatalaro, "The terracotta slab-constructed wall reliefs in this exhibition, Fired Earth, reflect my concerns for our environment by suggesting a spectrum of forces from growth to destruction."

Vatalaro continues, "For 40 years my work has been informed by historical ceramics and environmental and landscape concerns."  These new reliefs are landscapes and honor the basic properties of clay as a support of landscapes. The reliefs also honor historical ceramics by reminding us that ancient ceramics began with slabs that were shaped and rolled and bent. Vatalaro shapes, rolls, and bends the terracotta without function in mind but with a sophisticated, contemporary appreciation of abstraction. He summarizes:  "In these pieces, I have utilized the abstract texture and gesture of clay to create symbolic landscapes which evoke the conditions of survival, adaptation, erosion, upheaval, and reclamation inherent in nature.

Mike Vatalaro began his academic career at Clemson University in 1976 teaching ceramics. He later was head of the Ceramic Department, then Graduate Coordinator, and eventually Chair of the Department of Art. To name a few, his ceramics are in the collections of the Greenville County Museum, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, and Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan. He has exhibited and lectured widely. He now lives in Greenville, SC.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Visual Arts Department at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC.

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Manager                   
RIVERWORKS Gallery                         
(864) 271-0679 or email                             
or visit 

Two Calls for Entry from the Slocumb Galleries: 31st Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition and Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined Worlds

31st Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition
Please submit to PN 31 via slideroom:

The 31st Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition, organized by the Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University, serves as platform for diverse and innovative contemporary art practice that surveys various media, perspectives and styles from all over the country since 1985.

This year's juror is Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Massachusetts. The event is open to all 2D and 3D categories of artistic practice, and video art. There is NO theme for this year, Juror will jury and curate the PN 31 exhibition from the selected submissions.

Deadline for submission of entries is on December 17, 2015.

The PN 31 exhibition is from February 8 to March 4, 2016, at the Slocumb Galleries, with Juror's Lecture and Awarding Reception on February 18, Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. This highly anticipated  annual exhibition has contributed to the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art in the East Tennessee region and surrounding states of Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina. It provides the academic and local communities access and opportunity to view engaging examples of contemporary art in the United States. Up to $1,000 in cash prize with $500 for Best of Show, and exhibit opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the United States. Current students and employees of ETSU are not eligible to apply. Entry fee is $36.00 for three works.

MEDIA AND SIZE: Up to 3 entries per applicant. Eligible media: 2D, 3D, and video. Work using materials hazardous to the health and safety of the public will be disqualified. Work must not exceed 5 ft. in any direction. 2D work must be ready for hanging. Plexiglass is preferred for framed work. If necessary, work should include detailed instructions for installation. Video art should not exceed 30 minutes running time. All accepted video art will be played collectively on a loop during the exhibition unless accompanied by a viewing device from the artist. Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented or if it is not installation ready
 Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined Worlds

Please submit to ‘Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined Worlds' via Slideroom:

The Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined Worlds national juried exhibition is a celebration of aliens, monsters, robots and creatures of all kinds that reside within the imaginations of the artist’s mind. The artist’s works can be created from any genre, time or place and all mediums are welcome. Three-dimensional and two-dimensional work are encouraged. All art work must be original works of the artists. The works will be selected by co-curators Marty Henley and Kevin Reaves.

The exhibition is from January 13 to February 5, 2016, at the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University located at Johnson City, Tennessee.

Deadline for submission is December 9, 2015.

Artists notification is December 14 to 18, 2015. Open to all artists residing in the United States, 18 years and above. All works must not exceed 5 ft. in any direction, no year limitation. Entry fee is $20.00 for three works. All accepted works must be received by January 8, 2016.

About the Curators:

Marty Henley has a B.S. in Computer Animation and Design, a M.A. in art with a concentration in sculpture, and is a Professional Illustrator and Game Designer. He has a fascination with organic and inorganic textures and masses, their combinations in the creation of imaginary artistic creatures, and the emotional and psychological connections the viewers have with these creations. Marty is currently an Adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University, were he teaches 2D design, 3D design, and Color Theory.

Kevin C. Reaves has a B.F.A and an M.F.A. with a concentration in Jewelry and Metals. He is a traditional sculptor, metalsmith, digital modeler and an avid game and toy designer.  Kevin is inspired by retro science fiction, Japanese monster movies, toys, games and 80’s pop culture. His designs have a strong geometric aesthetic and they often deal with social issues and human conditions that primarily focus on Western civilization.

For inquiries, email Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay at or call/text 423.483.3179. We apologize for multiple emails, please let us know so we can update our database. Thank you and we look forward to your submission!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Updates from Clemson's Solar Decathlon and Shameless Promotion of Clemson Ceramics' Contributions

Clemson's Solar D entry, Indigo Pine
Monday, October 12

Greetings from the Clemson Solar Decathlon team!

We are currently on day 14 of the competition, and the Indigo Pine solar house is in full swing. We successfully completed the construction of our 1,000 SF home in nine short days and were the only team to do so without the assistance of pre-built house modules. We also are of the few, if not only, homes to built by only students and faculty without the help of contractors. Teeming with innovation above and beyond the competition requirements, the Indigo Pine team is proud to share our ideas with the public, averaging around 1,000 visitors to the home per day.

Clemson Ceramics' dinnerware in the Solar D!
How to keep up:

1. The Solar Decathlon website has a daily “Solar Decathlon minute” video with competition updates as well as a running scoreboard of the team standings. (Clemson is currently in fifth place!)
2. Our Facebook page, has hundreds of construction photos and videos. 
3. You can also go to YouTube to see a 2 minute time lapse of the 9-day construction period.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Printmakers’ Walk and Talk at Pickens County Museum of Art Features Several Clemson University MFA Art Alumni

Exhibitors from Shifting Plates II to discuss their work and the world of printmaking
Saturday October 10 at the Pickens County Museum 

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will host a Walk and Talk with 5 of the artists the exhibition, Shifting Plates II that features sixteen of South Carolina’s finest printmakers. Join us at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, as Jim Campbell, Steven Chapp, Katya Cohen, Marty Epp-Carter, and David Gerhard Discuss and field questions on a range of printmaking media and techniques as well as their own journeys in art-making.

A Greenville, SC native, Jim Campbell received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. Jim has created illustrations for clients like South Carolina Wildlife Magazine and designed album covers for bands such as the Marshall Tucker Band, before becoming a visual arts teacher for thirty-two years at the Fine Arts Center, a public school for the literary, performing and visual arts in Greenville, South Carolina. His paintings and prints are in public and private collections in the southeast.

Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, and San Jose, CA, Steven Chapp now calls Dacusville SC his home. He received his undergraduate degree at Appalachian State University and an MFA at Clemson University (Art-printmaking, 1984) . Steven is widely exhibited and he has been an active participant in numerous local and national print exchanges. He is now retired after twenty-nine years in the field of art education and spends his time making art in his Black Dog Press studios.

Born and raised in Brazil, Katya Cohen came to America to study and she received degrees in economics, philosophy and art. In 1998 Katya moved to South Carolina where she has taught printmaking, drawing, and courses about contemporary art at a variety of institutions. These include the Greenville Museum School, University of Georgia, Clemson University, Anderson University, twelve years at the Governor School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Most recently she has been instructing the Senior Seminar at Furman University.

Born in the Lincoln, NE, Marty Epp-Carter has traveled extensively and lived in Boston, MA for twenty-five years before relocating to Greenville, SC. A lifelong learner, she has degrees from Boston University, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Clemson University (MFA-Art, printmaking, 2009). She is currently full-time faculty in the visual arts department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she teaches printmaking, drawing, and contemporary art theory.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, David Gerhard moved to his current home in Greenville in 2011 where he received a MFA in Visual Arts with a printmaking emphasis from Clemson University. He has taught seven printmaking sections at Clemson University, and currently teaches drawing, design, and fine art courses at Anderson University. David was selected as one of 12 printmakers to assist teaching printmaking at the University of South Dakota for Frogman’s printmaking workshop in 2013. His work has been exhibited and collected regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Shifting Plates II, the second print exhibition directed by Steven Chapp of Black Dog Press and Studio, is a two part print exhibition consisting of 32 original prints by sixteen South Carolina printmakers. The exhibition will be on view through November 12, 2015.

This program is part of the museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. Shifting Plates II is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council with funds received from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s hosting of this exhibition is made possible with sponsorships from South State Bank, Pickens Savings & Loan and Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County visit Pickens County is an equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Columbia Museum of Art Recovery Fund

Following the devastating floods in Columbia, South Carolina, many of you have reached out to us about all of us and the status of the Columbia Museum of Art. As a home for priceless works of art from around the world, the CMA knows protecting our collection is a top priority. The museum’s tireless staff has worked 24/7 to ensure the safety of the building and the art by keeping proper temperature and humidity controls throughout our facility on Main Street.

Despite this careful attention, the CMA has sustained exterior damage due to heavy rains and has been without both water and electricity at points throughout the last several days. Leaks and systems failures continue to threaten the structural integrity of the museum and will require immediate investment. Today is the first day we've been open to the public since the rains began affecting the area on Sunday, October 4, and staff is assessing the situation on a daily basis to open when we can guarantee the safety of our visitors and the art.

As a cultural and educational institution at the heart of our community, the CMA relies on the support of our members, advocates, and the public. Please consider a contribution of any size to help ensure the CMA remains a safe and secure place for the museum’s invaluable collection so we can continue to welcome our community, visitors, and students of all ages. Thank you!
Donate Now
or call 803-343-2198

CERF+, South Carolina Flooding Response

North Charleston, SC - October 2015. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
CERF+ would like to make sure that any professional artist working in a craft discipline seriously affected by the disaster is aware of the emergency relief assistance available from CERF+.
If, as an artist, you have suffered loss, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of artists in the disaster areas, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information.

Direct Assistance to Artists Working in Craft Disciplines
CERF+’s programs include:
  • Grants up to $5,000;
  • No-interest loans up to $8,500;
  • Booth fee waivers at craft shows;
  • Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers;
  • Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources
For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please visit the Emergency Relief section of our website or contact us at:

PO Box 838
Montpelier, VT 05601
ph: (802) 229-2306
fx: (802) 223-6484

Studio Protector: Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Information for Artists
The CERF+ Studio Protector website has extensive information and resources designed to help artists and those helping them in the disaster recovery effort, as well as disaster planning resources.
South Carolina flood related recovery resources:
Stay in Touch with CERF+
We rely on people like you to let us know when an artist has been affected by a disaster. Help us help artists in need by staying in touch with CERF+. Join our mailing list to receive these notices and other CERF+ information aimed at safeguarding and sustaining the careers of craft artists and providing emergency resources that benefit all artists.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ayako Abe-Miller, Clemson University MFA Art Alumna, in Fiber Fusion Exhibit in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Clemson Art Department Alumna, Ayako Abe-Miller (MFA in Art-sculpture, 2015), is one of ten artists selected to exhibit along with internationally known fiber artist, Pat Hickman, in FIBERFUSION, a group sculpture exhibition that opened Friday, Oct 2, 2015, at the West End Art Depot in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  

Las Cruces –  Internationally recognized fiber wartist Pat Hickman, along with ten other artists from around the country and Las Cruces, combine artistic forces for FIBERFUSION, a group sculpture exhibition openingFriday, October 2nd, 20156-9pm at the West End Art Depot. The artist’s reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. FIBERFUSION runs through October 30th.
Hickman’s use of hog casings as sculptural material inspired four of the ten artists last year at a sculpture workshop at Arrowmont, an internationally recognized arts and crafts school in Tennessee. She has collaborated with fellow metal artist and Arrowmont instructor, David Bacharach, on a sculpture included in this show.
Ayako Abe-Miller, Amber O’Harrow, Angelita Propes, and Hickman’s assistant, Deborah Moore, shared an artist vision. They were encouraged by Hickman to pursue a group show possibility in New Mexico where Moore is a member of the West End Art Depot Cooperative.
Throughout the past year, these four artists have continued to work together, to discuss new directions in fiber sculpture, share ideas and support each other. They invited other artists to join them in challenging the boundaries of sculptural fiber.
Works feature combinations of fiber with gut, clay, wire, yarn, string, and found objects.
West End Art Depot has a mission to create an alliance with people who hold a passion for the arts, and to advocate for and promote the artists of Las Cruces and the surrounding area through active outreach, education, and community service. We.AD is located at 401 North Mesilla Street in Las Cruces.
Gallery hours are 4 – 8 pm Friday, noon – 4 pm on Saturday, noon – 3 pm on Sunday and by appointment.
For more information or contact Chris Bardey at (575) 312-9892 or
West End Art Depot / We.AD
401 N Mesilla St / Las Cruces, NM / 88005

Friday, October 2, 2015

Be Arts Ready: Don't chance it - Get Prepared for Hurricane Joaquin!

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A hurricane does not need to be a direct hit to cause devastation. Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are expected to encounter extreme, historic, life-threatening, flash flooding from the coasts to well inland. The entire Atlantic region is also forecasted to receive heavy rains and winds - having devastating impacts in many of those areas.

We want to make certain our Member arts organizations in the threatened areas are aware and prepared.

Here are things to bear in mind and tips to prepare your arts organization for the severe weather coming over the next week:

1. Do you have a process in place to decide if any events you're hosting will go forward, get cancelled, or rescheduled?  Do all of your staff, crew, volunteers, and artists know what that process is and how it will be communicated?  How will you reach out to ticketholders and the public with that information? Here's an example of an Event Cancellation Policy.

2. Flooding and storm surge is always an issue during these weather systems.  Elevate or evacuate valuable artwork, equipment, props or costumes, and technology located in your facility. For more storm surge and flood safety tips visit The American Red Cross also has tips on preparing for Joaquin.

3. Make sure virtual and/or hard copies of your insurance and financial information are located in a cloud-based storage and/or offsite location, so you can access your accounts and policies at any time.  To learn more about flooding risk and protecting your property from flood damage visit 

4. Make sure your staff, board, and volunteer contact lists are up-to-date and accessible offsite. The contact lists should include a personal or alternate email address and phone number in case your organization's usual communication system is unavailable. 

5. Lastly, refer individual artists in your area to CERF+ and the Studio Protector, so artists know about the resources available to them in advance of the weather event.

As always, your individual safety and that of those around you comes first.  Listen for evacuation alerts in your area.  Tune into radio and social media channels to stay up to date with the status of the storm in your area.  NOAA's Hurricane Center will keep you posted.  Also download free emergency alerts to your mobile phone via American Red Cross, FEMA, or NOAA.

Stay safe!
Team ArtsReady