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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"State of the Art" Printmaking Publishing Opportunity

Leading printmaking journal Printmaking Today welcomes submissions from current students and recent graduate artists for a feature on new work in print to accompany the Autumn issue, with its focus on education. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and share your ideas and projects with the printmaking community and beyond. The successful submission will be awarded a one-page editorial feature in the magazine.

Eligibility: Current BA, MA and PhD students and those within 2 years of graduating (students do not have to come from a specialist printmaking course) {Greg's note: I am assuming BFA and MFA students, too!}

- Word doc. of 400 words describing one project using print, or a series of works exploring a particular process or idea. Collaborative projects are also welcome.
- 3 low-resolution jpeg images (no larger than 800 pixels in length or width)
- Brief CV
- Full contact details

Please email submissions to the editor, Email:
Only successful submissions will be acknowledged.

Deadline: 1 August 2016


Printmaking Today
Editor: Nancy Campbell

Cello Press Ltd Company Registered Office: 42 Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3HA, UK. Company Registered Number: 4058975

Figure Drawing Summer Intensive Exhibition in the Acorn Gallery at Clemson University

A dedicated group of students has spent the last 14 days of Minimester A in the Art Department at Clemson University diligently working on their figure drawing skills.  A majority of these students had little to no prior figure drawing experience. 

Come see their progress at the reception on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 6-7pm in the Acorn Gallery in Lee Hall's first floor, building 2. The course was taught by Clemson University Art Department MFA alumna, Carly Drew. 

Carly Drew holds an MFA in Arts from Clemson University, a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Converse College and a BA in Art History. Drew's work has been included in several group exhibitions, most recently in "The New South" at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, GA, "Ley Lines: Connecting Media, Process, Imagery & Process Across Contemporary Drawing" at Jacksonville State University and "I See A Pattern" at the Vendue in Charleston, SC. In 2015 she received a travel stipend from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the "Picturing the Americas" Exhibit and International SymposiumHer work received a Director's Award at the 2016 LaGrange Southeast Regional, the John Acorn Award for Studio Art from Clemson University and the Callie Stringer Rainey Award from the Anderson Arts Center. Drew resides near Tigerville, South Carolina and teaches design and drawing at Greenville Technical College.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Katelyn Chapman (BFA) and Carly Drew (MFA) Clemson University Art Department Alumnae in SCOPE Exhibition at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Katelyn Chapman, Fall of the Cotton Shed.
The purpose of SCOPE: the southern landscape is to exhibit the widest range of “landscape” works possible in VAE’s Main Gallery. The South is a hub of creativity and Raleigh has adopted a vision to become the Southern Capital for Arts and Culture. To do our part, VAE will exhibit works from artists across the regional south, or works created in or inspired by the southern landscape.

The juror for the exhibit is Daniel Fuller, curator of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center since 2014. Fuller served for four years as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.  Before starting at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in 2010, Fulller worked as senior program specialist with the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Prior to that, he was the assistant curator and curator of new media at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, N.Y.

The exhibit runs from June 3 to June 24, 2016, with an opening reception on June 3, from 6-10pm. VAE is a non-profit creativity incubator, gallery and artist hub. Each year VAE exhibits the work of more than 1,300 artists in 60+ exhibitions and hosts more learning experiences and social events to connect the creative com. VAE is also the force behind SPARKcon and the Ignite Creativity Summit.
Carly Drew, Redneck Madonna, paper mounted on panel, watercolor, graphite, acrylic. 18 x 18 in., 2015.
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Visual Art Exchange
Wednesday–Friday 11a-6p, Saturday 11a–4p 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gene Ellenberg, Clemson University BFA in Art Alum, in Making Muses Exhibition at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

A muse is a person or a personified force that acts as the source of creative inspiration for an artist. In an active form, to muse means to consider something thoughtfully and often inconclusively. The title Making Muses refers to the photographic subject but also to the ambiguous engagement between the photographer, sitter and audience of a photographic portrait.

One overwhelming strength of the Flash Powder photographers is their ability to capture raw emotion through a photographic portrait. This exhibition highlights images that speak to the depth of intensity that can be achieved between an artist and his or her muse. Featuring 27 Flash Powder photographers, this exhibition will be in Denver through the end of June, where it will then travel to Albuquerque, Atlanta and Delaware.

Order the exhibition catalog here.

Perfect-bound Softcover, 8x6 inches

54 pages / 31 images

Edition of 250

ISBN: 978-1-943948-07-9

Trade Edition: $15.00

Photographs by Leon Alesi, Liz Arenberg, Rachael Banks, Aaron Blum, Shawn Bush, Sean Carroll, Dustin Chambers, Matthew Conboy, Matthew Crowther, Gene Ellenberg (Clemson University BFA in Art-photography emphasis, 2012), Rod Fincannon, Steven Ford, Honey Lazar, Shannon Leith, Sara Macel, Andrew Miller, Sarah Moore, Nathan Pearce, Sarah Pfohl, Jake Reinhart, Kurt Simonson, Annick Sjobakken, Tristan Spinski, Charlotte Strode, Jordan Swartz, Julia Vandenoever, and Allison Welch.

Eugene "Gene" Ellenberg hails from South Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art from Clemson University working with photographer Anderson Wrangle.  Gene also served as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville in 2013.  He is currently based in Albuquerque, NM where he is a MFA candidate in photography at the University of New Mexico, where he also holds a graduate fellowship.  To see more of his work, please go to:

Clemson University’s Art Department Well Represented at the Penland School of Crafts for Summer 2016

Patrick Owens, Self-portrait in abandoned house, Tallassee, AL 2013
We are pleased to announce that several of the Art Department's continuing students and recent alumni will be at the Penland School of Crafts on various forms of assistantships or scholarships this summer.  The Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland's focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs.

In summer Session 1, May 29—June 10, Carey Morton (MFA in Art candidate, sculpture emphasis), is the recipient of the Clemson University Art Department and Center for Visual Arts Scholarship Award .  He is taking the Building the Fox Canoe with Bill Thomas.  As the course description informs: “Fox is a decked, double-paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters and lakes. Fox boasts two water-tight compartments for storage and flotation and a comfortable seatback and caned seat. She is 14-foot 7-inches long with a beam of 30 inches and a finished weight of just over 40 pounds. Each student will build a boat using CNC-cut parts and the stitch-and-glue method. We’ll have them ready to float at the end of the workshop (paint and varnish will be added at home). We’ll also build simple double paddles.”

Bill Thomas is a studio artist and small boat designer who has taught ar the WoodenBoat School (ME), Chewonki (ME), Lowell’s Boat Shop (MA), and as an online course instructor at Craftsy and Off Center Harbor.  He is a registered Maine Guide and leader of kayaking and sailing classes.

Also in Sumer Session I, Emily Tucker (BFA in Art alumna, drawing emphasis, 2016) will take the Nature Notes workshop in drawing and painting from Robert Johnson and Ken Moore.  Emily received the Windgate work-study scholarship.  As stated in the workshop description: “The workshop will be taught by a botanist and an artist whose work centers on the natural environment. We’ll cover a simple method of taking notes and sketching in the field using a portable kit that contains everything students will need. We’ll take field trips to beautiful natural areas to learn about the plants and ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians. Back in the studio we’ll study botanical specimens and produce small watercolor paintings from the sketches made during our excursions.”

Robert Johnson is a studio artist who has taught at Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), and Penland.  He has received a NEA/Southern Arts Federation grant and several North Carolina Arts Council fellowships and grants, and he is represented by Blue Spiral gallery (NC). Ken Moore is a botanist and the assistant director emeritus of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  He has taught at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, and Penland.
In summer Session 2, June 12-14, we have:

Patrick Owens (BFA in Art candidate, printmaking emphasis) received a work-study scholarship from Penland.  He will be taking the letterpress workshop "Kern, Baby, Kern" with Colin Frazer and Eleanor Annand.  According to the description, “Through the medium of letterpress printing, students in this workshop will build a visual awareness of typography. We’ll explore letterforms and their composition in space, how typography helps readers navigate text, the expressive qualities of type, and the history of typography and printing. Students will become familiar with hand-setting type, typesetting on the computer, polymer plate making, and machine-carving (CNC) type. We’ll get our hands dirty while making beautiful typographic prints.”

Eleanor Annand is the creative director at 7 Ton Design and Letterpress (NC); teaching: Asheville Bookworks (NC); Penland Core fellowship; exhibitions: Blue Spiral (NC), LIGHT Art+Design (NC). Colin Frazier is a designer at The Service Bureau (TX) and professor at Montana State University.  Hi work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Ogden Museum (New Orleans).

In summer session 4, July 10 - 22, 2016, Deighton Abrams (MFA candidate, Art, ceramics) will serve as a Studio Assistantship for the Clay with a Life of Its Own workshop taught by Esther Shimazu.  The description reads: “In this workshop we’ll make detailed expressive figures using standard pottery handbuilding techniques (pinch, coil, and slab). Working with stoneware, students will begin with a small maquette and then compose their figures from hollow clay body parts with individually modeled teeth, fingernails, and toenails. We’ll pay particular attention to heads, hands, and feet. For fun and contrast, we’ll use porcelain for eyes and teeth. Students will learn strong joinery techniques to allow for unique gestural expressions.”

Shimazu is a studio artist who has taught at: Anderson Ranch (CO), Santa Fe Clay, and Penland, with selected exhibitions at Kunstform Solothurn (Switzerland), Robyn Buntin Gallery (Honolulu), and the Craft Alliance (St. Louis).  She is represented by John Natsoulas Gallery (CA), and her work is in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Kutani Collection (Japan), and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Also in Sumer Session 4, Lexi Mathis (BFA in Art alumna, drawing emphasis, 2016) received a scholarship from the Clemson University Art Department to take Goedele Peeters Figure Drawing to Printmaking workshop.  This course description reads: “Each day of this intensive workshop will include several sessions of life drawing with a model, including full-body drawing, portraits, and anatomical studies. We’ll draw on paper with charcoal, watercolor, pastel, ink, bister, and other media. Then we’ll work in the print studio to translate these drawings into prints through drypoint, monotype, and linoleum cuts with relief stencil.”

Peeters is a Professor at the Municipal Art School Kontich and Berchem in Belgium, and has also taught at the Hochschule Kunst & Design in Switzerland),the  Cultural Center Tripoli in Libya), and the University of Michigan.  Prof. Peeters exhibitions include the International Print Center (NYC), International Print Triennial (Poland), and Gallery Pinsart (Belgium).

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call to Artist to Take the North American Clay Challenge

General Gomez Gallery together with ClayArts Studio is pleased to announce the inaugural North American Clay Challenge!

Join us this fall in celebrating visionary artists from around the world as part of this unique Exposition.

Online applications are NOW OPEN.
Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016.

This year’s competition will be judged by Susannah Israel, the only American artist to win the New Zealand Fletcher Challenge.

  • More than $25,000 in cash prizes and awards.
  • Workshops
  • Throw-a-Thon
  • Street Fair
  • Grand Finale Beer & Brats Fete (local beer, food, music and commemorative beer stein)
Please notify me!
Click Here to receive Challenge updates.

Dates to Remember

April 1, 2016: Submission Open 
June 15: Submission Deadline 
July 11:  Notification of acceptance 
July 20: Results Announce 
August 15: Deadline to receive artwork 
Sept. 1 - Oct. 2: Exhibition Dates
NACC Staff
808 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603

Marty Epp-Carter, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alumna, Selected to Exhibit in On the Road at the Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville, SC

Seneca, Marty Epp-Carter

Selections Have Been Made

On the Road

Summer is coming, the time of year we traditionally hit the road to explore, discover, and relax- alone, with friends and family. We asked you to share your inner Kerouac or Griswald escapes and show us your road experiences.
Doug Beasley has made his selections for On the Road. Thirty five images from submittals from North and South America and Europe were selected from the following photographers:

Michael Armstrong, Nancy Bundy, Chriss Clark, Margherita Crocco, Ricardo de Vicq de Cumptich, John Deamond, Francois Dolmetsch,
Marty Epp-Carter [CU MFA-Art, printmaking emphasis, 2009], John Francis, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Amanda Harner, Ralph Hessenpflug, Barbara Hillerman, Marcia Mahoney, Pete McCutchen, Emmanuel Monzon, Lea Murphy, Cindy Murray, Lee Musgrave, Duncan Oja, Kathryn Oliver, Christine Pearl, Conrad Pressma, John Puffer, Michael Ramsey, Jerry Ranch, Ruth Raveh, Stefynie Rosenfeld, Wilford Scott and Kathleen Taylor.

Thank you Doug for your selections and to all those whom submitted.

Click here for a slide show of the selections

On the Road opens June 3 and will run 
until July 30


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

The Spartanburg County Public Libraries are sponsoring the 4th Annual Juried Exhibition that will be on display from August 10th – October 19th. The competition is open to all artists, 18 and over, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Anderson County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC), Union County (SC), Pickens County (SC), York County (SC), Oconee County (SC), Rutherford County (NC), Polk County (NC), and Henderson County (NC).

Michael Manes will serve as juror for this year's exhibition. Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $2,600.00 will be presented in this year's exhibition. Entries may be submitted digitally through our online submission form that will open April 12th and continue through June 1st. There will be a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Headquarters Library. Live music and hors d'oeuvres will be provided during the reception.

Please download the PDF file of the prospectus for full details on eligibility and submitting artwork or visit the PROSPECTUS webpage.

For more information regarding this event contact Miranda Mims Sawyer at 864.285.9091 or

Dates To Remember:
  • Call for Artists: April 12th - June 1st
  • Artists Notified: June 17th
  • Drop off Dates: August 1st - 5th; 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Exhibition Dates: August 10th - October 19th
  • Reception: August 27th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Michael Manes is the Assistant Gallery Director at Blue Spiral 1, a fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Spiral 1 represents work by exceptional Southern artists in a light-filled gallery spanning three floors. This spacious setting allows the gallery to offer considerable diversity and an extensive exhibition schedule, curating over 20 shows annually. As the Assistant Director, Michael has a number of responsibilities from art consulting and sales for both a residential and commercial clientele, curating, programming and installing exhibitions, and the overseeing of web and social media maintenance.  
Michael not only has an integral role at the gallery but is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community. Michael is currently the Vice President of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association (ADGA)/Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD). He is also passionate about American Craft Week, Handmade in America, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, and all national non profits located in Asheville, where he takes an active role as a volunteer and consultant. He believes American Craft enriches our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. It contributes to our economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our nation’s history. Michael holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.  


SECAC Fellowships: $5,000. Apply by August 1, 2016!

Fellowship Amount
$5000.00 to be awarded to an individual artist or to a group of artists working together on a specific project.

Any member of SECAC may apply; all group applications require membership for all in the group. Memberships must be current at the time of review. The cost of individual membership is $70.00. Apply for membership online and pay by check or by MasterCard/Visa/Discover. Previous grant recipients must wait five years before re-applying.

Responsibility of Grantee
No restrictions are made by SECAC on how the fellowship funds are expended. SECAC requests that the fellows provide documentation of the project or work produced during the fellowship period (one year from receipt of fellowship money). Documentation may take the form of an exhibition at the subsequent annual SECAC conference‚ a catalogue or other publication form‚ an exhibition of the work exhibited at another institution during the fellowship period‚ a presentation or other proposed and accepted form of documentation. There is no fee for application for the fellowship.

Responsibility of SECAC
The full amount of the fellowship will be paid to the fellow (or group of artists working jointly) when the fellow agrees to accept the award and the conditions of the award. The host institution of the subsequent SECAC conference agrees to attempt to accommodate any exhibition/installation proposed by the fellow.

Application Requirements

 Simply email Scott Betz at notifying him you wish to submit a proposal. This email deadline is August 1. He will respond by email by August 7 with an invitation for you to share your proposal in a private Dropbox folder. You will then have until August 14 to add your PDF to the folder (sample response letter with guidelines below).

 Dear SECAC member,

 Thanks for starting the submission process for the 2016 SECAC Artist Fellowship.

 You have until August 14 to add your information PDF to the folder connected to this email. I will confirm your submission within the week. You will need to be a current member to participate. Non-members will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

 Below are the guidelines. Incomplete or late submissions cannot be accepted.

 Application Requirements
  • Digital entries only.
    • A 2-3 page CV of the applicant artist or of each artist in a group application including all contact info. (email, mailing address, phone number, etc.).
    • Submit one pdf file that contains:
    • 10 images, sampled at 72 ppi, high quality (maximum) setting. Include artist name, title, media, dimensions, date at the bottom of each image.
    • Video files should be included in the PDF as clickable web link(s). Multiple videos are acceptable. Up to 10 minutes of total video footage will be reviewed.
    • Entries must be submitted as one PDF document via response to this email into your folder in dropbox
    • Title your PDF exactly as such:
    • FirstnameLastname_ProjectTitle.pdf
  • A project proposal, limited to one page in length. Clearly describe the work and the intentions for the fellowship funds.
Example: ScottBetz_RustAndSatin.pdf

 About Dropbox:
  •  All new Dropbox accounts and downloads, including the desktop and mobile apps, are totally free.
  •  Dropbox Basic accounts start with 2 GB of free space.
Notifications of request to create a Dropbox account for the selection process from member to Betz must be submitted via Gmail by August 1, 2016 at midnight EDT and Member submits all final PDFs materials to Dropbox by August 14, 2016 at midnight EDT. August 1 is your first deadline for consideration- not August 14.

A committee composed of SECAC members and/or host conference faculty selects the Artists Fellowship recipient at the annual SECAC meeting. The award winner is recognized at the meeting and all applicants are notified of the committee's decision within 60 days of the end of the meeting.

Questions? Contact:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

En Iwamura Receives Prestigious MJD Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation

En Iwamura, Clemson University MFA Art Department Alum (ceramics, 2016)  has been selected as the recipient of the 2016–2017 MJD Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation. This is a year-long, funded fellowship gives artists the opportunity to focus their attention toward producing a significant body of work during the residency.  An exhibition of Iwamura's results will be held at the Archie Bray Foundation near the completion of the year as the MJD Fellow.
En Iwamura, Beginning of Power, ceramic, 2016
Past Fellowship Recipients

The Bray’s fellowship program was started in 1999 by a generous donation made by Robert and Suzanne Taunt. Robert Taunt’s idea was to “provide much-needed financial support to an individual of exceptional talent and potential, it also would encourage the spirit of fellowship in its most generous sense among the resident community.”

The Bray has had the honor and privilege to award the following fellowships—Taunt, Myhre, Lincoln, Lilian, Matsutani, MJD, Speyer, Windgate, Lillstreet Art Center, Anonymous, Etchart-Satre fellowships—made possible by Robert and Suzanne Taunt, Eric Myhre, Joan and David Lincoln, Osamu and Grace Matsutani, Mary Jane Davidson, Tim Speyer, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Lillstreet Art Center, Paulette Etchart and Jon Satre and anonymous donors.

The Archie Bray Foundation was the first artist residency program in the United States devoted solely to ceramics. For over sixty years the Bray has brought together artists with diverse backgrounds and approaches to the medium, creating an environment conducive to artistic exchange and individual expression.

Each fellowship awards $5,000 and a one-year residency at the Foundation to artists of exceptional accomplishment and promise. Beneficiaries are expected to embrace the Bray experience of community and exchange, and have the opportunity to focus their attention towards producing and exhibiting a significant body of work. 

About Archie Bray
The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be "a place to make available for all who are seriously interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work." Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray is located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
2915 Country Club Avenue
Helena, MT 59602

Jacqueline Kuntz, Clemson University BFA in Art Alumna, Received the Master of Arts Degree in New Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 with Her Masters' Degree in Front of the SAIC Lions
Jacqueline "Jac" D. Kuntz received the Master of Arts (MA) in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) on May 17, 2016.   Kuntz received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art from Clemson University in 2013.

The New Arts Journalism program as SAIC is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and experiences to write about the arts for diverse audiences.Located in a vibrant school of contemporary art and design, the MA in New Arts Journalism program provides full engagement with the theory and practice of journalism as well as the opportunity to work closely with artists, art historians, cultural theorists, and art critics connected to a major American museum.

Kuntz also took part in the New Arts Journalism 2016 Symposium

Saturday, May 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Sector 2337 Gallery, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Introduction by Caroline Picard, followed by thesis presentations from Ana Sekler, Hanna Larson, Amie Soudien, and Jac Kuntz. Guest Speaker: Jessica Hopper.

Rensing Center, Pickens, SC, Healing Conversations: REMEMBER, May 29, 6pm

The fifth in a series of monthly potluck suppers to be held the last Sunday of the month on the theme of healing, both personal and community.

We will gather on the last Sunday of each month to listen, learn, ponder a theme, and share ideas and supper.  Readings will be encouraged; make suggestions or explore the Rensing Center’s library.  We will explore patterns as we know them and as we could heal them, in a context of creativity and spirituality.  We hope to gather a diverse group of participants and listen to each other’s ideas with respect.

This month's supper in the series will be centered around the theme REMEMBER. The supper will be facilitated by Pam Mack,  Professor of History of Technology and Science at Clemson University.

It is said that memories are stored in neurons throughout the brain.  Nothing is lost, but we are selective in how we retrieve and link these thoughts. How do our sentiments alter our recollection of history?

Sunday, May 29th, 2o16 at 6 pm
Rensing Center Library
1165 Mile Creek Rd, Pickens, SC 29671
Bring food or drink to share.

Seating limited, RSVP to or 864.380.1267 by May 28th.


Our mailing address is:
The Rensing Center
1165 Mile Creek Road
Pickens, SC 29671

15th Annual ArtBomb Spring Show Features Clemson Art Alumni & Friends!

SATURDAY 05.21.2016 
ArtBomb Studios
1320 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC 29611

Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers [MFA, Art 1987]
David Slone 
Alexia Timberlake [MFA, Art 1991]
Susan Young [BFA, Art 2005]

Monday, May 16, 2016

NEW! The Ignite Creativity Fellowship and Lighter Fluid Prizes!

This year we are putting our marketing budget in the hands of the people who will put it to best use: our attendees! We’re skipping the fancy magazine ads and paid website banners so we can give that money directly to creative people with ideas for ways to make the community awesome! That’s $2000 dollars for artists!


1. The Ignite Creativity Fellowship- $1000

We want to fund a project with major community impact! Do you have a project in mind (or in process) that uses creativity/art/music/dance/theater to address a need or problem in the community? Tell us about it!
  • This opportunity is open to any creative person working in any medium anywhere.
  • You must be present to win. We want your energy and excitement at the Ignite Creativity Summit on June 3 + 4 in Raleigh NC! Once you have registered for the summit you will receive a link and application code with which to apply.
  • Your idea must have a community benefit. Preferably a very creative one.
  • We want to show off the amazing winner at this year’s summit. If you are selected to receive this fellowship we will ask you to speak for 5-10 minutes about it at this year’s Ignite Summit.
  • This is a fellowship, not a grant. This means that we are looking to invest in your vision. We do not expect you to account your spending or submit a budget.
  • Give us a shout out! Please mention this fellowship in any printed materials pertaining to your project. (“This project was funded through Visual Art Exchange’s Ignite Creativity Fellowship.”)
Once you have registered for the summit you will be sent a code and link with which to apply for the fellowship. Make sure you indicate your interest in the awards when you register. (There’s a question about it.) You will need to submit the following by May 23:
  • A specific and clear project/vision statement describing: the community need/issue you are addressing, your creative solution to that need, your plan for realizing your vision (including partners, location, etc), and  how this fellowship will empower you to make a difference in your community.
  • Five jpegs of your current or recent work (or you can refer us to your website).
  • Three to five images illustrating the kind of project you are proposing. This can include drawings, renderings, vision boards, etc. (Images that are not your own MUST be credited in the caption.)
  • An image inventory sheet that tells us about the jpegs you are sending. Make sure to include titles, dates, dimensions, medium, and any descriptive notes you feel the jury should see.

2. Lighter Fluid Prizes- $250 (x 4 winners)

Pitch your idea/project at Ignite (in five minutes or less) and if the crowd loves it we’ll give you $250 to get it started! It’s the fastest fundraising around!
  • This opportunity is open to any creative person working in any medium anywhere.
  • You must be present to win. We want your energy and excitement at the Ignite Creativity Summit on June 3 + 4 in Raleigh NC! Once you have registered for the summit you will receive a link and code with which to apply for a slot by May 23.
  • If awarded a slot to pitch for a prize, you must be prepared to do so on June 4 at 11am at the Ignite summit.
  • Your idea must have a community benefit. Preferably a very creative one.
  • This is a prize, not a grant. This means that we are looking to invest in your vision! We do not expect you to account your spending or submit a budget.
  • Give us a shout out! Please mention this prize in any printed materials pertaining to your project. (“This project was funded through Visual Art Exchange’s Ignite Creativity Fellowship.”)
Once you have registered for the summit you will be sent a code and link with which to apply to pitch your idea. There are ten slots available, and slots will be given to the ten most promising, out-of-the-box ideas. Make sure you indicate your interest in the awards when you register for the summit. (There’s a question about it.) Once you have your slot confirmed, how you proceed is up to you! If you want to just stand up and talk about your plan, great! If you’d like to project 3-5 images, great!
Some guidelines + tips:
  • Have fun! Fun presentations and ideas are by far the most memorable. The more memorable, the more votes you’ll get!
  • To have images:  you must submit your images with your application. The jpegs will be shown in alphabetical order so make sure you name them accordingly and with your name (example: SMITH_01.jpg).

The Ignite Creativity Summit, the crown jewel of VAE’s year-round Ignite educational programming,  inspires and excites creative people to think BIG.
Through Ignite, VAE is rethinking and retooling professional education for creative makers. Online search engines have changed the way people learn. With information just seconds away, the job of educating artists is no longer about providing data, but about teaching artists how to apply data to build stronger careers and communities. Ignite offers a new interactive learning structure to fit the times, providing creative entrepreneurs with learning experiences that can’t be googled.
The 2016 summit theme is HOME: How can communities be improved by their artists, and how can artists be improved by their communities?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sarah West (nee Butler), Clemson University MFA Alumna, Mounts Solo Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Sarah West, darkprint, oil on canvas, 48"x38"x2", 2015
Vanishing Point

District of Columbia Arts Center
June 3 - July 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 7-9pm
Artist's Talk & Closing Reception, Sunday, July 10, 4pm

This series combines references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts. It suggests the spiritual undercurrents within digital technology through its potential for enlightenment, transcendence, and evocation of the infinite. Emphasizing painting as a portal, the works point out our desire to be transported by visual means.

Play and discovery are important components of the execution of the paintings and the viewer’s experience. West positions the viewer as an explorer and navigator to roam through various spaces that coexist within a single composition and addresses the potential for fluidity between the material and the virtual.  Sarah received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art with an emphasis in painting from Clemson University in 2012.


The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) serves the Washington , DC area by presenting high-caliber, challenging works, encouraging professionalism among artists, and by providing a forum for education and cultural exchange. DCAC was founded in 1989 as an alternative arts center for local artists in response to eroding support for local artists. Since then, their 800 square foot gallery and 50 seat black box theater have been a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts; receiving local, national, and international attention for it's programming. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, astorytellers, sculptors, and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner and as far as other continents.

They gallery promotes emerging and under-recognized artists by exhibiting their work and aims to inspire fresh approaches to artistic development by showing work that other galleries might shun. Gallery applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. Their theater encourages work at all levels, of all types, and is open to all forms of presentation. One night shows, readings, screenings, concerts, and long running plays are all welcome. Theater applications are accepted year-round. Their Sparkplug artists' collective and Curatorial Initiative programs have individual application processes. All of our programs are open to all; DCAC does not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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