The Rensing Center Residency
Zoë Rogers, a Clemson University BFA in Art candidate, will begin an internship during Winter semester 2017 at the Rensing Center, a creative residency in rural, upper Pickens County, South Carolina.
Zoë’s work at the Rensing Center will consist of some of the following challenges:
- Assuring that the work-exchange hours of the residents are properly recorded
- Setting up facebook and Mail Chimp marketing (announcements) of upcoming events and programs
- Managing the database of contacts both in a spreadsheet and in Gmail
Planning and Organizing Art Shows, Events and Programs:
- Curating, updating and managing an art exhibit for Pickens County by hanging new pieces, creating publicity, and organizing a reception to raise awareness
- Organizing the “Mother Tree” art show around themes of woodworking (to celebrate a large tree that was central to the Rensing Center grounds until its demise in 2015).
- Assist resident Catherine Cross-Tsintzos with her Art and Agriculture project
- Organize any of the many programs we have on our wish list
The Rensing Center is a 501(c)3 organization that offers creative residency programs to both national and international candidates in the form of modest accommodation and studio space that is not equipment-based. This residency was organized for those who need some time away to work, and to gain both focus and perspective on an existing project, or one they discover. The Rensing center offers three residency sessions per year (of 3-month durations), and takes in approximately 20 new residents annually.
The second aspect of the Rensing Center’s work is what they offer to the local community. These offerings build bridges between Pickens County and creative, thoughtful minds on the national and world stage. With this goal, the Rensing library is open and available to the community, and serves as a center for monthly events that blend a creative process with inward consideration. In addition, the Rensing Center hosts delicious, pot-luck suppers every Sunday evening where local connections and visiting residents enjoy each other’s company. All of these activities give the local community and visiting residents access to each other in an environment of convivial, mutual listening and learning.
Funded by grants, fees, and donations, the Rensing Center developed from the property of Evelyn Kochansky and her daughter, Ellen Kochansky, a highly respected, and award-winning textile artist. The Center is set in the tranquility of the foothills of the Blue Ridge, located adjacent to a goat pasture and a wooded ravine (which is graced by a waterfall accessible by trail).
1165 Mile Creek Road
Pickens, SC 29671