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Monday, June 13, 2016

Katy Burtler and Carly Drew, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alumnae, Featured in Women Under Pressure at Riverworks

The pressure of our time, exacerbated by pressures unique to women, are expressed and maybe dissipated by the pressure of the squeegee on a screen or the tension of the press on paper. Women Under Pressure: Converse Alumnae Printmakers is a union of individual life experiences with the unique processes of printmaking. Women Under Pressure was conceived and curated by Caren Stansell, a recent Converse printmaking graduate, as the culmination of her internship at Upstairs Art Space in Tryon, NC. All of the women included in the exhibit studied with Andrew Blanchard, Associate Professor of Studio Art at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Blanchard is an enthusiastic advocate of the printmaking medium and a mentor for his students. Speaking of Caren and this exhibition specifically, Andrew says, "With the interest of contemporary printmaking in the Upstate/Foothills region, as well as a large contingency of highly successful, recent peers, Caren fused together her love of promoting women artists along with the inky medium of her preference."

Women Under Pressure features works by Converse alumnae Jamie Bunney, Katy Butler (MFA 2013), Carly Drew (MFA 2013), Mandy Ferguson, Elena Hernandez-Rubio, sisters Hailey and Victoria Hodge, Rosetta Nesbitt, Jasmine Sanders, and Caren Stansell, as well as a work by Professor Andrew Blanchard. Riverworks is particularly pleased to host this exhibition because four of the featured artists, Jamie Bunney, Carly Drew, Mandy Ferguson, and Caren Stansell, are also Greenville Technical College graduates. Each woman, equipped with a solid foundation from the Department of Visual Arts, traveled the well-worn path from Greenville Tech to Converse College to complete their BFA.

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

Exhibition dates: June 15 - July 10. A public reception will be held on July 1, from 6-9 pm. Regular hours are 1-5 pm, Wed-Sun.

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