Submission Deadline: October 14, 2016

Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition
Adaptable: Facing the Future
February 15 – March 15, 2017
Lee Gallery, Clemson University

Its not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

Since the beginning of our time on earth we have responded to the impact of change in every aspect of our human experience. In the ever-expanding social, technological, biological and digital era, change is taking place at unprecedented speeds while the world is becoming a much smaller place.  We are compelled to adapt, process and transform our understandings and perspectives on a daily basis. What we knew yesterday has mutated into a different context today, which will ultimately inform how we think about tomorrow.

This exhibition is an investigation of change and how we as individuals and as a culture process the world around us.  The forces of change are present in all facets of our lives and can be found on a universal scale down to the smallest of microbes. How has climate change transformed our ideas about consumption?  How has genetic engineering changed how we understand identity or food safety?  How do we adapt ourselves to answer questions and meet new challenges?

The aim of the exhibit is to present an exploration into the nature of change and the responses it elicits through a wide variety of contexts.   The exhibition will explores the range of our adaptability to our ever evolving and changing environments.

Sydney A. Cross, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts: Northern Arizona University in 1977 and her Masters of Fine Arts: Arizona State University in 1980. She taught at Clemson University for 33 years and retired in 2015.  She held the office of Vice President and then President of the Southern Graphics Council (1996-2000), the largest printmaking society in North America. She has also been awarded residencies at Frans Masareel Graphic Center in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Virginia Center of Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, VA. She has given presentations at the Print Odyssey Conference in Cortona Italy in 2001, and at the 2003 National Association for Humanities Conference in Austin, Texas. As an artist she has participated in several important portfolio exchanges, including Suite X, Printer’s Almanac, Tempe Suite, and Images 2010 and Drawn to Stone, a celebration of Two Hundred Years of Lithography.  Her work can be found in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

All U.S. artists at least 18 years old may submit original prints and drawings in any medium except photography. Works must not have been previously exhibited at the Lee Gallery.

Completed entries must be submitted to CAFÉ by Friday, October 14, 2016, MST

First prize — $500.00
Second prize — $300.00
Third prize — $100.00

Entry Fee
The fee is $30 for up to three entries. The entry fee is nonrefundable.

Each artist may submit up to three images using Café ( No artwork may exceed 40” in any dimension, including frame or installation requirements. Please label each file with the artist’s last name, entry number and artwork title. For example: “Smith, # 1, Place.”

Accepted Works:
  • All work must be framed under plexiglass and must be wired for hanging.
  • The gallery reserves the right to reject works from the exhibition, including works that are           deemed unstable or unable to be properly installed or potentially dangerous.
  • Accepted work that differs significantly from the submitted image will be disqualified.
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.
  • Upon acceptance artists agrees to supply gallery with a bio, statement about the work, web address, and an optional 2” x 2” x 300dpi headshot.  Other support materials will be accepted.
Accepted works should be sent to Clemson Print and Drawing Exhibition, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, 1-101 Lee Hall, 323 Fernow Street, Clemson, SC 29634-0510. All accepted entries must be shipped in well-labeled reusable containers. Artists are responsible for shipping expenses to and from the exhibition. All work must arrive accompanied with a return shipping label using Fed Ex or UPS. Stamps or other forms of shipping payment will not be accepted. Any work arriving without a prepaid label will not be returned until a label is supplied.  After 60 days artwork any artwork remaining in the gallery storage will be dealt with at the discretion of the Lee Gallery.

Reproduction Rights
Clemson University reserves the right to use digital images of accepted works in the exhibition catalog, as well as for publicity purposes.

All works will be for sale unless otherwise noted on the entry application. Lee Gallery takes a 30% for all sales. Return shipping labels will be destroyed if works are sold.

Exhibition Timeline
October 14, 2016                   Submission of Images to Café
November 21, 2016               Artist Notification
January 18, 2017                   Deadline for arrival of accepted works
February 15, 2017                 Exhibit opens at Lee Gallery
February 17, 2017                 Juror’s lecture, 6:00pm
Awards presentation, 7:00pm
March 15, 2017                      Exhibit closes
April 3, 2017                          Return of work to artists begins

For More Information, Contact:
Denise Woodward-Detrich
Director, Lee Gallery