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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Letter to Soon-to-Be Art School Graduates

Nadia 2From Jenifer Simon

Dear Soon-to-Be Art School Graduates,

You’re about to begin your career as artists.  At this defining moment of transition, I’d like to offer five pieces of advice that I wish someone had shared with me when I graduated art school.


1. Always pay yourself.

When working for others or creating a budget in a grant, you need to pay yourself. Your skills are not for free. Know what your work is worth, what your overhead costs are, what the market will bear, and do not short change yourself.


2. Don’t jump on the first studio you see.

Artists just starting out are often looking for studios with low rent and adequate space. With student debt, episodic income, and/or a desire to create in a robust artist community, it’s tempting to secure a space that’s cheap and not the model of OSHA compliance. Please, stay away from these places. Your health and safety are more important. Educate yourself on what to look for in a safe studio.


3. Start protecting your career now.

It’s critical to develop good studio and business practices early in your career. Make sure you have health insurance. If you are renting space, you need to look around your studio and ask yourself what you couldn’t afford to lose and make sure that you’ve got proper insurance to cover you if the worst happens. Start saving now, even if it’s just $20 a month.  Keep good records so you can document your work, sales, tools and customers.


4. Embrace change and uncertainty.

Whether you’re moving to a new location, starting a new job, or figuring out what your next steps will be, embrace the uncertainly and excitement that this time offers. It’s tempting to react to change and uncertainly as unwanted and anxiety-producing, but I encourage you to see change as opportunity. As studio potter Mark Shapiro said, “being an artist is a radical act.” It’s a choice that you commit to everyday in your actions and your practice, throughout your lifetime. Embrace change and uncertainly as part of this process.


5. Maintain your relationships and pay it forward.

Your teachers, mentors, classmates and colleagues have helped shaped who you are. Don’t forget them. Chances are you’re still going to need their advice, networks and friendship in the future. Let them know the impact they have had on you. Keep them updated on what you’re doing. In turn, pay it forward when you can. Offer to help others. That’s what the Artists Safety Net is all about.
Congratulations and welcome to the next chapter in your journey as an artist.

Jenifer Simon
Director of Programs + Communications
The Artist's Safety Net

Monday, April 17, 2017

Check out Clemson University's Art Department's BFA Senior Exhibition, "Two Cents"

Megan Hueble, Gray Grid, graphite on paper

Apr. 17–Apr. 26 • M–F, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • Lee Gallery
Reception: Apr. 21, 6-8 p.m. • Lee Gallery
Artist Talks: Apr. 21, 6:30–7 p.m. • Lee Gallery

Artists explore how humans relate to themselves, experience the world, and examine their history. Two Cents is an exhibit of works by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the disciplines of drawing, painting and photography.

Participating artists seek to gain perspicacity and spark conversations through their creative research in studio arts practice.  Participating students include Willie Coleman, III, Megan Hueble, Rhomy Oehrig, Madison Osborne, Rachel Mangan and Alix Rokop.

Cost: Free
Location: Lee Hall 

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Three Clemson University Art Majors Win Awards in the 5th Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition at The Spartanburg County Public Library

Comoedus Rocketus, ceramic, plywood, spray paint, 2016, Johnny Murphy
Three Clemson University Art majors - Regan Carson (BFA in Art, painting, 2016), Megan Huble (BFA in Art candidate, drawing), and Johnny Murphy (BFA in Art, ceramics, 2016) - have won awards in the 5th Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition at the Spartanburg Headquarters Library on Church Street.

The exhibition runs from March 10 - April 27, and contains works by following Clemson University Art Department BFA Candidates and Alumni:  Mary Michelle Baghdaddy, Casey Bunda, Regan Carson, Megan Huble, Lorelei Sanders.  It also features works by the following Clemson University Art Department faculty members: Kathleen Thum and Valerie Zimany.

The Abandoned, oil on panel, 2016, Regan Carson
The institutions participating are: Anderson University, Clemson University, Converse College, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, North Greenville University, Spartanburg Methodist College, and USC Upstate.

The reception and awards ceremony is open to the public:

Saturday, April 22nd, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Awards at 8:00 pm

Headquarters Library, 151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Untitled, graphite on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2016, Megan Hueble
This event will include live music, hors d'oeuvres, and lots of student art. Join the Library in celebrating the hard work of local students and support the future artists of our

For more information call 864-285-9091 or email 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017


The internationally acclaimed American nonprofit center for craft education locate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina seeks recommendations and expressions of interest for the leadership role

Penland’s next Director has an unparalleled career opportunity to join a leading organization at the pinnacle of its historical success. S/he will step into a respected educational institution with a high reputation in the craft field, a strong and engaged Board, a healthy financial position inclusive of Endowment, Operating, Building and Equipment Reserve Funds, a world-class campus and facilities, and a committed staff eager to embark on Penland’s exciting next chapter under new leadership.

WNC Magazine characterized this opportunity effectively in its recent cover story, "Well Crafted: Penland’s Tradition of Innovation":

“While remaining true to its past, the world-renowned Penland School of Crafts never stops exploring the reaches of contemporary art… [it’s] an international melting pot of art and community [where] social media and digital technologies are as much a part of the picture as the
traditional materials of wood, glass, clay and metals… the Board is like a small army sustaining the “Penland heartbeat” [and] everyone who visits can agree there is a certain magic to the place.”

Penland’s Board of Trustees seeks a positive, inspirational leader with a clear vision for how Penland can build upon all its strengths and set the pace for contemporary art and craft as the School’s Centennial approaches in the year 2029. The vision should be inclusive of Penland’s staff, instructors, and community, who are such an important part of the School’s success. In fact, Penland stakeholders are integral to this search process, and finalists for this role will be invited to present publicly to them during final round interviewing on campus.

Penland’s next director could be either an emerging talent or a well-established cultural leader—but preferably someone who is recognized and respected in the art, craft, and/or education fields. S/he will need to demonstrate a professional background or applicable experience that is conducive to taking the reins of a multi-million dollar cultural enterprise with an excellent senior management team and a substantial real estate portfolio, with its associated physical plant demands. S/he will have experience energizing teams of high-performing people and leading others with positivity, a strategic mindset, and infectious enthusiasm.

In the arena of financial management, Penland’s annual funding is 51% earned, 36% contributed, and 13% from its endowment. Penland’s next director will need a demonstrated ability to craft high-level revenue plans and galvanize others to execute against the comprehensive marketing, art sales, and fundraising strategies needed to fuel the School’s annual operating needs. Penland has a seven-person marketing and development team—along with a gallery director and sales staff—to accomplish these goals. While fundraising and marketing experience will be highly regarded, they are only two facets of the holistic leadership skill set needed to succeed in this role.

Ultimately, Penland is about its people: they are the keys to its success, and have always been its most valuable resource. From the youngest student and the most junior groundskeeper, to the most acclaimed artists and generous philanthropists on the Board, all of Penland’s people look to its Director to be the personification of “Penland passion” and the Pied Piper of Penland’s continued journey.

Like Penland’s charismatic founder, Lucy Morgan, Penland’s next director needs to be someone who can inspire Penland’s people and the local community to lift the School to new heights through their shared efforts and group achievements.

Candidates with some or all of the following qualifications will be the most favorably reviewed within the competitive set of potential leaders for Penland:

• A university degree in a relevant discipline;

• Passion, integrity, subject matter expertise, and demonstrable personal engagement around Penland’s mission and the people it serves;

• Past professional experience operating successfully in a large, complex, multi-faceted cultural or educational organization;

• The ability to build and maintain positive personal relationships with the many staff and stakeholders whose support is critical to the School’s success;

• A positive, consensus-oriented leadership style, including strong verbal and written skills, emotional maturity, self-confidence, and a sense of humor;

• The ability to make decisions and lead others through ambiguity, setting clear goals and motivating teams to achieve substantive results in times of change;

• High personal credibility, trust, enthusiasm, and integrity;

• Previous exposure to major gifts fundraising and the enthusiasm to learn; and

• A willingness to travel, work on weekends, and live on or near campus.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation and benefits are competitive and will be negotiable based on experience. Health care, retirement, transitional housing, and travel benefits are among the components of the director’s compensation package.

How to Apply
Telephone calls are welcome and strongly encouraged before applications are made. Please contact Emma Dunch at (212) 877-0500 for a confidential discussion of your suitability for this role. To formally apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF document to
  1. A written expression of interest detailing your suitability for this role and articulating your broad vision for Penland’s future;
  2. A detailed professional resume;
  3. Your salary history; and
  4. Three (3) professional references, who will not be contacted without your approval.
All inquiries and materials will be confidential. All applications will be acknowledged. Please do not mail hard copies.

To learn more about Penland School of Crafts, please visit:

Telephone calls are welcome and encouraged, to: Emma E. Dunch, President, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creative World, Tel: +1-212-877-0500,

Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer. The School employs qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status or domestic partnership, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status; status of victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking; or any other characteristic protected by law, federal, state or local, rule or regulation.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Supporting Resilient Careers: NCECA 2017 Video Featuring Cornelia Carey, moderator, with Paul Sacaridiz, Christa Assad, & Heather Mae Erickson, Panelists

Supporting Resilient Careers: To prepare students for successful careers as studio artists, art schools are incorporating more professional practice into their curricula. This panel discussed what training is needed to build a resilient career as a studio artist and what is missing from current professional practice programs.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Apply: Electrify! 2017-2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are residing in the United States. Fifteen winning artists share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners exhibit their selected artwork in a year-long nationally touring exhibition, and attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC.
2017-2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

Art should excite our senses, awaken our curiosity, and electrify our very being. It has the ability to invigorate and empower the artist and viewer alike, but just as important, art can spark empathy and ignite understanding.

This year's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program's theme is Electrify!, and we're seeking artwork that is charged with ideas, that acts as a conduit for creative reflection on the past, explores the "now," and invokes a future full of possibility and inclusivity.

Deadline: May 3, 2017

For more information:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Building opens at the following times:
Mon - Sat at 10 a.m.
Sundays and Holidays at 12 Noon

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Photograph by Joanne Leah, featured in Issue 97
Fraction is very pleased to announce Fraction 97.

From the Assistant Editor

Leave your favorite spring idiom at home, we are charging out of March with some momentum! I'm very excited to present work from Tami Bahat, Joanne Leah, Brittany Marcoux, and Emma Powell and Kirsten Hoving. I was drawn to these portfolios for each artist's careful construction of the frame and her ability to create a focused body of work through staging and experimentation. As a unit, I find that these bodies of work compliment each other, and I appreciate the careful curation of tone and color that is at times explosive and at others restrained. We hope you enjoy them, along with Leo Hsu's review of Buzzing At The Sill by Peter van Agtmael. Please follow the artists and writers and share the work!

We are now accepting submissions for our 9th Anniversary Issue. If you're interested, please submit up to 3 images (800px wide, 72 dpi, sRGB, .jpg) directly to The subject line should be "9th Anniversary Issue submission" and please include your name and website in the email. Due to the number of submissions we can only respond to the artists that we will include. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to reviewing your images!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for exciting updates about the magazine, new features and additions to the shop, and upcoming projects for Fraction Editions. Take care and keep in touch!

Bree Lamb
Assistant Editor 




About Piccolo Spoleto:  The 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the Exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is Charleston artist Becca Barnet. The 2017 Juried Art Exhibition will be held May 26-June 11 at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, with an art delivery date of May 15. Entry Specifications/Eligible Works: Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2015 or 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions, the 2015 or 2016 MOJA Arts Festival, or at the City Gallery at any time, or work exhibited at the 2017 ArtFields or that will be entered into the 2017 North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

Artwork must be original and not copies of the work of others. Painted or enhanced photographs must be submitted in the Photography category. Photography: All types of fine art photography - from prints to digitally or manually altered images - are acceptable. All artwork must be framed or have a finished edge wrap and be gallery ready for hanging. No pieces will be accepted with saw-tooth hangers. City Gallery reserves the right to exclude work based on the way a piece is framed and mounted to ensure a cohesive look for the exhibition. We reserve the right to exhibit sculpture in alternate locations to accommodate work of varied size or scale. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from next year’s Exhibition. An Exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

 Submissions: Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:  (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Deadline: April 14, 2017
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Selections for the exhibition will be made by early May and you will be notified of your status by email.

For More Information: Please contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator at (843) 958-6484; or; or City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401; or visit

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vermont Studio Center Offers Relief for Displaced Artists and Writers:

The Banner of Peace, found throughout VSC's campus; Pax Cultura means "Peace through Culture."

As part of our unwavering commitment to creative sanctuary and international exchange, we are thrilled to announce an expansion of our Displaced Artists Fund residency program.

Thanks to a generous grant from the McComb Foundation, over the next three years, VSC will provide up to 20 fully funded 4- to 6-week residencies to artists and writers around the world who have been displaced by natural disaster, climate change, or political turmoil or threat*.

Artists and writers worldwide who have been displaced due to natural disaster may apply directly to VSC for a Displaced Artists Fund residency.

VSC was founded as and will always be a creative sanctuary for artists and writers. By providing a creative community of refuge in Vermont, these residencies can help restore normalcy to studio practice and ease the isolation that often accompanies displacement. If you need more information about this program or have questions about eligibility, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Kathy Black
​Program Director

*Due to the complexities of political asylum and situations of unrest, we will be working together with partner organizations well-versed in these areas to safely bring artists and writers living under political threat to the U.S. These partners will be responsible both for nominating eligible artists and writers and helping to facilitate their journeys to VSC.

APPLY: FREE 1-month residency at 360 XOCHI QUETZAL artist and writer's residency, Lake Chapala, Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is an artist and writer's residency located on  enchanting Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a Free 1-month residency from Dec 14, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018.

Winter applications are due July 30, 2017 thru CAFÉ

We also have a personal residency program for artists and writers who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 6 months) or who prefer other times of the year. For more information visit:

Visit our new website:
Join and Like our 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page 360XochiQuetzal   (lots of pictures!)
Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rachel Rinker, Clemson Art Department BFA Alum, in Two-Person Exhibit at Riverworks

Works by Rachel Rinker and Katie Fenske

April 2-May 7, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-9 pm

Katie Fenske and Rachel Rinker conjure up Absence in their photographs and paintings. Katie directly focuses on absence in her chilly photographs of homes' exteriors, often including empty lawn chairs or a discarded toy. Her photographs offer a view of her own sense of place here in Greenville. Her eerily atmospheric images offer straightforward narrations, defining absence as homes that are people containers devoid of people.

Rachel Rinker bases her paintings on photo sketches she makes at local gatherings of her family and friends. Her paintings are loosely executed as she frantically works to capture the warmth and comradery of these gatherings. Like Katie, Rachel concentrates primarily on the exterior of homes as the party is over. Her paintings include people, but the figures appear to be unraveling as they leave the close-knit event to disappear into their individual lives. The paintings narrate the process of absence as the viewer experiences friends and family dissolving, leaving only warm waves of memories.

Because Rachel sketches with photos, she and Katie share the point of view of the observer, standing in the driveway or yard of the homes. Katie's photographs conjure absence as a lonely, still moment. Rachel conjures absence as the process of leaving. Both present us with narrations to be completed through our own experiences with absence.

Katie is a young, self-taught artist with the mastery of experience. Rachel is a recent Clemson University BFA in Art graduate. Absence is their first professional gallery exhibition.

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.

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

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Monday, April 3, 2017

APPLY: Arrowmont Work Study & Assistantship Opportunities

Apply for work-study and assistantship opportunities! The Work-Study Program is an integral part of Arrowmont’s operations and provides an opportunity for people with limited financial resources to participate in classes. Students receive class tuition, housing and meals during their work-study commitment.

Short-term work-study positions are available in Kitchen, Registration, Supply Store, Housekeeping and Studio Assistant. Full Fall Assistantships are available in Supply Store, Gallery and Development.

Fall Sessions:
September 15 - October 15, 2017

October 12 - November 12, 2017

September 15 - November 12, 2017 

Apply now at Click here for more information.

Fall applications are due June 1, 2017. 

Contact Rebecca Buglio, program and studio manager, by email at or call 865-436-5860 x38 for questions.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dave Detrich, Clemson University Professor of Art, Listed as One of "10 South Carolina Artists You Need to Know" by Amuse Magazine

Dave Detrich, from the “Haute Carture“ series which merges imagery from the automobile and fashion industries.

10 South Carolina Artists You Need to Know

Meet the artists on the Deep South’s defiant new art scene

Written by Hannah Bhuiya

Amuse is a digital magazine and video channel published by i-D dedicated to dreaming bigger. It’s about time and money, how we make it and how we spend it: on products and experiences that put a smile on our face, and create memories and understandings of the world that keep us smiling for a lifetime. Ideally they do both.

Biography: Originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, David Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. His teachers included Ken Fergerson, Dale Eldred, Jim Leedy, Tony Hepburn and Wanye Higby. He has exhibited his sculptural works nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally. Outside of the field of art he has consulted with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) through the Government of Jamaica and was involved in several architectural collaborations with architect Robert Miller, namely with Nexus Press in Atlanta, Georgia and The Child Welfare Institute also in Atlanta. Before his academic appointment at Clemson University he served on the faculties at Wichita State University in Kansas and at Alfred University. David is presently a Professor of Fine Art and head of the Sculpture area in the Department of Art at Clemson University where he has been teaching since 1992. 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: artKudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibiiton

Deadline: All images and entry fees must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by June 30, 2017.

Eligibility: The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world, 18 years of age or older. Publishers, galleries, agents, and collectors may not submit artwork on behalf of artists. Drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, wood, glass, ceramics, fiber art and mixed media are eligible. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art (clothing or jewelry). All works submitted must be original in design and concept. Artwork must not be copied, in part or wholly, from any published or copyrighted work. Compositions from published photographs not taken by the artist or images derived from other artists' work are not considered original and are not eligible. Work previously shown in an Art Kudos exhibition is ineligible. Please do not submit images which would be inappropriate for general audiences.

Awards Judge for 2017: Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Georgia.

Awards: Exemplary works will be displayed in a year-long online exhibition at Cash awards totaling $4,500 will be distributed as follows: Best of Show - $1,200; Second Place - $1,000; Third Place - $750; Founder's Award of Distinction - $500; (3) Merit Awards - $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions - $100 each.

Sales/Commissions: No commissions are taken for sales generated via the exhibition, and works submitted do not have to be available for sale. Sales will be encouraged, however, and artists will have the option to display their contact information beside their images.

Submission Guidelines: Artists must submit a completed entry form and pay a non-refundable entry fee of $35 US dollars (check, money order, or PayPal) to submit 3 images. For sculptural or three-dimensional pieces, artists may submit 2 views of each work (for a total of 6 images).

Image size, format and resolution: Horizontal images should have a width of 1000 pixels or more, and vertical images should have a height of 850 pixels or more. Images must be in a .tif or .jpg format and in RGB color mode (not CMYK). A resolution of 72 dpi is all that is necessary (images should not be greater than 300 dpi). Do not submit slide shows, Flash files, PowerPoint, etc. Do not add borders, watermarks, or text.

File size limitation: Save your images with as little compression as possible (i.e. choose the best quality) while maintaining a file size less than 1 MB (or 1000KB) for each image.

File name: File names are limited to 15 characters and cannot have spaces, punctuation marks, or non-English characters. (Do not include characters such as ?!@.'#$%^&*()_+ as part of the file name.)

Acceptable file name: MarysBlueCoat.jpg Not acceptable: Mary's Blue.Rain Coat.jpg

Acceptance/Notification: A list of the artists accepted into the exhibition will be posted here on August 1st. Award winners will be announced with the opening on August 15th. Due to the nature of competition, some artists will NOT be selected for inclusion in the exhibition. By submitting your works for consideration, you acknowledge that there are NO guarantees of acceptance.

We reserve the right to use accepted images for inclusion in the online exhibition and for the purpose of publicity.

Checklist for Artists:

1. Submit a completed entry form
2. Submit images of your work
3. Send $35 entry fee (non-refundable)

Questions? Contact us at

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Syd Cross, Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus, Awarded SGCI Ameritus Award and Solo Exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum of Art

This year Kennesaw State University and the City of Atlanta is proud to host the annual SGC International Conference. As part of the conference, the organization awards an exceptional professor of printmaking for their exceptional service to the field. This year, Sydney A. Cross of Clemson University will be honored. As part of her presentation we are delighted to showcase a selection of her most recent prints in the Henriquez Atrium.

Sydney A. Cross, taught printmaking and art at Clemson University from 1981-2015 where she was awarded the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art. Always professionally active, 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 given numerous panel presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums including the Southeastern College Art Association in Richmond, VA in 1999, Print Odyssey conference in Cortona Italy in 2001, and the 2003 National Association for Humanities Conference in Austin, Texas. As an artist she has participated in several important portfolio exchanges, including Drawn from the McClung Museum, Suite X, Printer’s Almanac, Tempe Suite, Images 2010, and Drawn to Stone, a celebration of Two Hundred Years of Lithography.

Syd Cross, Ink Travels
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. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to solo exhibitions, she has had work included in the 25th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL., Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Kenosha, WI, “Hand Pulled Prints III”, Stonemetal Press, San Antonio, TX, “Mixed Media” at the Slidell Cultural Center in Louisiana, Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, and the Irene Leach Memorial Exhibition, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA.

Sydney Cross, Professor Emeritus SGC International Retrospective
Zuckerman Museum of Art
January 27 – May 7, 2017 

Tue. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm 

Kennesaw State University
492 Prillaman Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144 

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Geo Sipp, Clemson University MFA in Art Alum, Receives Excellence in Art Administration Award at SGCI, Atlanta

Geo Sipp lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he is the Director of the School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University. His work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections and his work is represented by Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City and the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York. He is a past recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

His current work is primarily intended for inclusion in a graphic novel entitled Wolves in the City, which has the French-Algerian War as its subject. Geo Sipp’s drawings, paintings and prints reflect our experiences as consumers of the media; images are created as responses to social and political situations. The work is intended to reevaluate the ubiquitous visual narrative to which we’ve become conditioned. In addition to his artwork, Geo’s research and scholarship on sequential art have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications and resulted in international speaking engagements.

Sipp was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Clemson University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. He worked as an illustrator in New York, having his work published by many of the leading newspapers, magazines and book publishers in the United States and abroad.

SGCI’s conference is the largest print organization in North America. Its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking. Artists from all 50 states attend the conference. Regular international attendees come from Canada, South and Central America, and Europe. While organizing a conference is a lot of work, there are significant professional benefits to the host institution, its faculty and students.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Hilary Siber, Clemson University MFA in Art, Mounts Solo Exhibition at the Jasper Arts Center

Hilary Siber, Cloud Explosion 2, oil on canvas, 9 x 9 feet

Krempp Gallery

Jasper Arts Center

Hilary Siber's oil paintings utilize landscape to visually grapple with the constitution of the medium as a means of representing the ineffable qualities of human experiences.

April 2 - 30, 2017

Reception for the is exhibit is April 6, 5 - 7 pm.

For more information, call the Jasper Community Arts Center at 812.482.3070 or visit

Hilary Siber, (Un)shakable, oil on panel, 30 x 18inches
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stephanie Raspett, Clemson University Art Department BFA Alum, Takes New Position at TL Hannah High School!

Starting in the fall of 2017, Stephanie Raspett will take a new position at TL Hanna High School, in Anderson, SC, teaching art.  In 2004 Stephanie received the Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Art from Clemson University - GO TIGERS!!! Then she exercised her creative talents by working at a local non-profit art center, the Belton Center for the Arts. After six years at the art center she decided to pursue her teaching certification and began teaching at Glenview Middle School in 2012. In 2016 she completed her studies and received the Master of Education degree from Anderson University.

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Greg Shelnutt, Clemson University Art Department Chair, to Exhibit in Steeped: The Art of Tea at 108|Contemporary, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Greg Shelnutt, Samovar, copper, 48 x 22 x 18 inches, 2016.

108|Contemporary, in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa, presents Steeped: The Art of Tea. This exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea as well as the way this distinctive drink has shaped our sense of personal, ethnic, and global identity. Some of the themes that this show aims to explore are memory, community, relationship building, reinforcement of social development, social status, culture, and ceremony.

April 7, 2017-May 21, 2017

The artists represented in this exhibition are as follows:

Mariah Addis
Sally Bachman
Erin Bolte
Angel Brame
Brice Brimer
Antonius Bui
Camila Cardona
Maree Cheatham
WongJung Choi
Hillarey Dees
Jaymes Dudding
Jan Eckardt Butler
Adrienne Eliades
Jimmy Fineman
Shiloh Gastello
Teresa Ghosey
Jeannine Glaves
Terri Higgs
Michael Kehs
Joanna Kidd
Joe Kissinger
Ariana Kolins
Tuba Koymen
Ann Laser
Ed Lee
Mellisa Lovingood
Gazelle Samizay
Barbara Shapiro
Gregory Shelnutt
Keith Smith

Generously supported by The Mervin Bovaird Foundation.

About the Curators
Anh-Thuy Nguyen is a multi-media artist, whose work spans from photography, video to performance and installation art. Nguyen continuously searches for ways to explore family of origins, identities differences and cultural conflicts, focusing on food and language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally including Texas Biennial (2011), Video Holica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria (2012), 2nd Montone International Biennial, Italy (2013), Arizona Biennial (2013) and Tulsa Biennial (2015). Nguyen is 2016-2017 public fellow at Oklahoma Center for Humanities, the University of Tulsa and an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK.

Janet Hasegawa has a doctorate in Psychology and was a pediatric psychologist on the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for several years before pursuing her interests in art after moving to Tulsa in 1991. She studied ceramics for four years with Tom Manhart at the University of Tulsa with a particular emphasis in Japanese ceramics and aesthetics. She continues to be interested in the interface between individual psychology, culture, and art within the community.

About the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
Each year, The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa draws on a single theme in order to generate a shared community conversation about the role the arts and humanities play in our personal, social, and civic lives. In 2016-17, the Center is exploring food. The manifold ways we grow, prepare, regulate, and share what we eat gives shape to identities both cultural and political, ethnic and national. Our kitchens are social sites where tradition mixes with innovation amid a now global flow of ingredients, tastes, and techniques. The language of food, furthermore, shapes the very ways we write and speak about ourselves: taste and hunger, consumption and starvation—such words borrow the rituals of the table to describe our pleasure, desire, and pain. Food, in short, is an essential element of the human condition and the Center will explore its human dimensions through a diverse array of programs including concerts, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, discussions, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and shared meals.

Mon-Tues closed / Wed-Sun 12-5
108 E. Brady St / Tulsa, OK 74103

Highly recommended workshop, "Artists U Intensive: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist," is coming to the Soulé Art Space in Florence, SC!

Attention Pee Dee artists! The Artists U Intensive: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist is coming to the Soulé Art Space in Florence May 26 and 27.

Artists are talented, hard-working people, so why are so many exhausted, broke, and overwhelmed? Artists U will present tools and approaches for building a balanced, sustainable artist life. Based on 10 years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders Andrew Simonet (Philadelphia), Michaela Pilar Brown (Columbia) and Rodney Lee Rogers (Charleston) will offer artists tools for reconnecting with deep values, building community, and managing time and money.

Dates and location:
  • Friday, May 26, 7 – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Soulé Art Space, 130 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501
  • How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
  • Who is it for? South Carolina artists.
  • Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
  • Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
  • How do I apply to participate? Find out more about Artists U and register here.
Any professional South Carolina artist may apply to attend (you do not have to live in Florence.) You will be notified once you are enrolled.

[Greg's note: I did this workshop last year in Greenville, brought several grad students, and it was so worth the time.  In retrospect: it would have been worth paying to attend, but this our SC Arts Commission at work!  Take advantage!  I can't recommend this workshop highly enough.  Andrew Simonet is inspiring and Artist's U is a wonderful organization. Also, the new Florence County Museum is well worth a visit. In short:  GO! GO! GO!]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

America the Creative.

by the South Carolina Arts Alliance
This past Tuesday, our executive director, GP McLeer, led a team of eleven advocates from across South Carolina to Washington DC to join over 700 arts supporters from around the country for National Arts Advocacy Day. The annual event, organized by Americans for the Arts, puts arts advocates in front of members of Congress to ensure that the arts have a voice on Capitol Hill and to support the support of the arts through public policy and funding.

The timing of the event could not have been more appropriate. On March 16, President Trump released a blueprint for his executive budget for FY2018, calling for the elimination of, among other cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). While the President’s proposal is just that, a proposal, the appropriation process in both the House and Senate is set to begin in the coming days and weeks – a marathon that will stretch far into the summer. Additionally, new legislation such as the CREATE Act, the funding and implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the burgeoning hot topic of tax reform (including charitable deductions), were all up for discussion during Hill visits by arts advocates this year.

For South Carolina, the message to our Congressional leaders was simple: The arts are valued in our communities, in our state, and should continue to be valued in our nation.

Communities of all sizes have been using the arts as a tool for economic development all across South Carolina. For the new hometown of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, Fountain Inn, the continuous public investment in the Younts Center for Performing Arts has been credited as the sole change agent in turning a once almost-vacant Main Street into an economic engine. In rural communities in the SC Promise Zone, like Denmark, SC, community leaders have been working with the South Carolina Arts Commission (funded in part by the NEA) to use the arts to tackle community needs ranging from artistic vibrancy, to health, to literacy. And in large cities such as Charleston, public support of the arts has helped propel the city to be named one of the top tourist destinations in the world year after year.

The state Legislature has for 50 years supported the role the arts play in South Carolina when it created the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) in 1967. Since then, with support from every corner of the political spectrum, our legislators have placed value in the arts by continuing to support the state’s only arts agency. The grants made by the agency in nearly every county in South Carolina help arts organizations and artists make our communities stronger, more vibrant, and more economically successful.

Education in the state benefits when the arts are integrated into the culture and programs of the school day. Through state funding for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project which helps schools and entire districts plan for the inclusion of the arts in their portfolio, or Read to Succeed Camps which last summer began integrating the arts to help improve reading retention, to grants made to individual teachers to support the purchase of arts materials for students, the arts play a major role in helping us achieve the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, made law last year by the Legislature and the Governor.

Statewide recruitment of business includes highlighting cultural amenities in a given city or region, helping us secure investments by Michelin, Volvo, and Boeing. In fact, the state of Texas lost the competition to have Boeing’s headquarters in the state to Chicago in the early 2000s because there were not enough cultural facilities near the sites the state looked at. Big companies need vibrant arts scenes to recruit and retain talent. And in South Carolina, we use that to our advantage.

The National Endowment for the Arts, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015, is currently funded at $148 million. Of all of the funding the NEA receives, 40% of it goes directly to regional and statewide agencies – in our area that includes the SC Arts Commission and South Arts (which covers 9 states). In South Carolina last year, over $1,000,000 in NEA grants made it to our state – at least one grant in every congressional district. $800,000 of that money went to the South Carolina Arts Commission. Those funds are matched by the state, plus some, and then used to support the work and grants of the agency as detailed above.

Funding for the NEA represents just 0.004% of the federal budget. And yet, that small investment yields a 9:1 return of private dollars used to match the grants across the country. The NEA’s original charter legislation stated that one of the agency’s purposes was to stimulate private sector investment – it’s doing its job remarkably well. Over the years, the argument has attempted to be made that with such a small % of the federal budget, why can’t “we” just encourage private philanthropy to fund the arts and cut government funding altogether? That view point has a major flaw – it assumes that private philanthropy is available all over America. Private philanthropy is geographically skewed, with only 5.5% of all private foundation funding reaches rural parts of America. In South Carolina, there is simply not a philanthropic infrastructure in place to support the arts in some of the most rural communities. NEA funding reaches every single congressional district in the country, and help reach over 16,000 communities across the country. Public funding is necessary to ensure Americans have access to quality arts experiences, regardless of where they live.

In addition to the role the NEA directly plays in supporting the arts in America, at the end of the day, a governmental budget, and really any budget, is a statement of values. In America, our economy, our jobs, and our military are perhaps the three highest values we look to invest in. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the leading authority on analyzing the country’s economic well-being, maintains an arts and culture satellite account to measure the impact of the sector on the US economy. The latest results are in, and the arts and culture sector has an impact of $730 billion on the US economy, representing 4.2% of US GDP – a higher impact than Transportation and Construction, among other sectors – supporting 4.8 million jobs around the country.

For our returning and wounded veterans, the NEA has supported grants across the country to support programs that use the arts in therapy, provide better access to arts experiences for veterans and their families, and more. The NEA partners with the Department of Defense on Creative Forces to use the arts for rehabilitation services, and with Blue Star Museums to offer free admission to hundreds of museums across the country to veterans, active military, and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

When it comes to jobs, the economy, and our military, investing in the arts are a major part of the equation.

The arts are a fiber that runs throughout our nation’s economy and well-being. They raise achievement in our education system, make our communities more vibrant, treat our military, and strengthen our economy…and all of this for only 0.004% of the federal budget.

Special thanks to the entire South Carolina Team!
Valerie Morris | Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston
Susie Surkamer | Executive Director, South Arts
Dr. Stephanie Milling | Head of Dance Education, Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, USC
Scott Shanklin-Peterson | Chair, Engaging Creative Minds
Mary Ellen Millhouse | Charleston Advocate
Al Weinrich | Charleston Advocate
Megan Barbee |  USC Dance Education Major
Christine Smith | USC Dance Education Major
Leigh Ann Davis | USC Dance Education Major
Allie Anderson | USC Dance Education Major
GP McLeer | Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Alliance