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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

CALL FOR Studio Art PRESENTERS: SECAC 2017, “Rapid Review: Graduate Studio Art Programs in Their Own Words and Images”

Seeking Presenters for SECAC 2017 Session, "Rapid Review: Graduate Studio Art Programs in Their Own Words and Images"


“Presentations about graduate studio art programs.  Conducted in rapid-fire, Pecha-Kucha style, this session invites currently enrolled graduate students, faculty, graduate coordinators, department chairs, and program directors to talk about their work and their programs.   In addition to the 'nuts & bolts' of credit hours, assistantships, emphasis areas, and facilities, what makes your program unique?  Is there an underlying philosophical ethos?  What’s essential that we know? In true Pecha-Kucha style we will go with the 20 images / 20 seconds each format.  You can decide exactly how to split your focus, but roughly plan on 14 of the 20 images to be about the program, and the remaining 6 of the 20 images to be about your work (and/or your peers’ works).  Selection will be made based upon presenting a diversity of geographic locations, types of programs (public and private), types of degree programs, and a breadth of presenters’ backgrounds (current graduate students, tenure-track faculty, and seasoned academic veterans).  Finally, given there will inevitably be a finite number of speakers to represent a wealth graduate studio art programs nationally; It is hoped that this will become a recurring session that will be offered for multiple years at many SECAC conferences.”

Please note:

Please understand that SECAC membership and payment of the conference registration fee are required of all presenters. Here is a link to join: JOIN.

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) looks forward to hosting "Microscopes and Megaphones," the 73rd annual SECAC Conference, October 25-28, 2017. Eleanor Fuchs, Associate Provost at CCAD, will serve as conference director. The Hilton Downtown Columbus will host attendees and all sessions; this official conference hotel is located in the south end of the Short North, Columbus’ arts district. Attendees may easily walk to the many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries this neighborhood has to offer. Those coming in from out of town are strongly advised to reserve their hotels well in advance of the conference to avoid competing with Ohio State University football fans. For reservations:

Thank you for your consideration! If you have questions, please contact me via email. 

Greg Shelnutt, Professor of Art & Chair
Art Department, 2-121 Lee Hall
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Clemson University, Clemson, SC  29634

Monday, March 20, 2017

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  Artwork by Julianna Brazill
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Clemson Art Students and Alumni in Juxtaprose Magazine, vol. 11

Look who's on the cover of Juxtaprose Magazine, vol. 11: En Iwamura, Clemson University MFA in Art (ceramics) alum and Archie Bray Foundation 2016–2017 MJD Fellow

En Iwamura describes his work as “two-dimensional clay doodling”. Incorporating layers of drawing, his hand-built ceramic sculptures draw inspiration from both American and Japanese historical and pop-cultural references along with his own life experiences. During his time as a long-term resident at the Bray, En is hoping to challenge himself to work on a larger scale and to strengthen his approach to glaze applications. Moreover, he is looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge with other artists.

En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan. He completed both his BFA and MFA in craft from Kanazawa College of Art and Craft in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2016, he received a second MFA at Clemson University in South Carolina. En has exhibited both nationally and internationally in New York City, Seattle, WA, Kansas City, MO, Durham, NC, Japan, Canada, China and more.
Also featured are:

Clemson University MFA in Art (drawing) candidate, Andrea Garland, is also featured with a poem by Carolyn Davis, "Two Cents"

Clemson University BFA in Art alum Kolton Miller with a short story, "Ecology of Escape" by Nick Triolo

Clemson University BFA in Art alum Rachel Rinker with a short story, "Hope," by Hilary Tiefer

JuxtaProse is an Idaho-based literary magazine that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from around the world. Previous contributors include National Book Award finalist and Pulitzer Prize nominees, over 20 contributors to the Best American Poetry series, nationally exhibiting Artists, and award winning writers from locales as varied as Scotland and Israel. Alongside these established voices, we make a concentrated effort to publish the work of emerging talents -- including previously unpublished writers, artists, and students. Each of our quarterly issues reaches a readership of over 5,000 and continues to grow. Literary editor John Fox' blog recently ranked JuxtaProse number 14 in a list of the best online literary magazines. Although JuxtaProse is primarily an online publication, we publish a print edition of our anniversary issue each spring.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES: Artists of the Upstate Juried Fine Arts Exhibition

The 2017 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition is open to artists 18+ living within a 35-mile radius of Greenville, SC. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three years. Artists of the Upstate is a local art exhibition presented by Artisphere and supported by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council. This juried exhibition seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by artists of Upstate South Carolina. Entries in all medium categories will be considered.

A non-refundable fee of $25 enables each artist to enter up to two works. Please submit one digital image per work to be juried.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Four cash prizes will be distributed including; Best in Show ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), 3rd Place ($500), and a Merit Award ($250).

* The 2017 Artists of the Upstate Best In Show award winner will be invited to exhibit work as the Featured Guest Artist at The Art Cellar during the Artisphere 2018 festival.

Denise Woodward-Detrich, Director of the Lee Gallery in the Department of Art at Clemson University, will be the Juror for the 2017 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition.

Denise Woodward-Detrich is the Director of the Lee Gallery in the Department of Art at Clemson University. Before joining Clemson University as the director Ms. Woodward-Detrich served as a Master Instructor at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities teaching design, ceramics and professionals practice courses.   She received her MFA in Ceramics at the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her BFA from Wichita State University.  She has maintained an active exhibitions record having been invited to participate in many national exhibitions.  Ms. Woodward-Detrich has given workshops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida and has been included in publications such as Wheel Thrown Pottery by Don Davis, Best of Pottery, published by Rockport Publishers and Studio Potter magazine.

CERF+ Supporting Resilient Careers Panel at NCECA 2017!

Join CERF+ executive director Cornelia Carey for a panel discussion with Christa Assad, Heather Mae Erickson and Paul Sacaridiz about training needs for building a resilient career as a studio artist and what is missing from current professional practice programs.  

Supporting Resilient Careers Panel
Friday, March 23, 2017 3:00-4:30pm
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Every Artist Needs a Safety Net

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We envision a future where working artists thrive and have a safety net of resources and support to protect and sustain their livelihood, studio and art.

CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985.  CERF+ has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide.

CERF+ is readiness, relief and resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

Alicia Peterson and Parker Barfield, Clemson University BFA in Art Alums, Open Exhibition at Redux, Charleston, SC

L: Alisha Peterson, Coverings, Ink and gouache, 17” x 14”,  2016 
R: Parker Barfield, Fuzzy Feeling, Oil on canvas, 31” x 31”, 2016

The natural world has always been a place where we go to contemplate existence or to question meaning and purpose. We find escape, reprieve and pleasure while experiencing nature. There is a fleeting, romantic quality about being outside, a feeling that draws you in to something larger, more complex, and more profound than you can understand, and yet current anthropogenic influence on the global ecosystem reminds us of the precarious relationship we have with our planets’ environmental condition. Artists Parker Barfield [Clemson University BFA in Art, 2016] and Alisha Peterson [Clemson University BFA in Art, 2016] are interested in how contemplating landscapes, plants, natural objects and natural histories prompt changes in consciousness and ultimately how these changes can usher in ecological, psychological, and spiritual actions or insight of positive consequence. Often utilizing unexpected shifts in scale, repetitive and nuanced mark making, vibrant color palettes, and layered drawing installations, Barfield and Peterson create dream-like, fantastical, and challenging visions of some of the most interesting components of the South Carolina environment.

In both representational and abstract works, Barfield employs a cast of ordinary rocks, sticks, and mosses gathered from Upstate South Carolina to represent a dialectical understanding of existence, where one is constantly caught between familiar and mystifying experience. He then, suggests that meditating on or opening yourself to listening to the natural elements can be a means of navigating from the everyday towards transcendent psychological or spiritual states. In some work he uses realism to create surreal or distorted views of these objects, while in other work he allows the objects texture, color, or shape to overrun his psyche, and intuition and abstraction direct composition and construct incorporeal spaces. Additionally, he explores the tension between high and low art by implementing cartoon outlines, blocky shapes, and keyed-up color. Contemporary and historical artists Peter Doig, Philip Guston, Odillon Redon, Paul Gauguin, and ancient Chinese painters of the Tang and Song Dynasties influence this work, as well as tenets of spiritual worldviews including Zen and Buddhism and traditional indigenous spiritualties.

Alisha Peterson uses layered drawings to focus on the relationship between the ubiquitous kudzu and the rare Oconee Bell. These two plants have special relevance to South Carolina, defining the landscape both now and in the past. Influenced by classic botanical illustration and art nouveau aesthetic, the work calls attention to and comments on potentially overlooked aspects of the world that we live in. Various methods of mark making and deliberate manipulation of scale serve to draw the viewer in. Delicate renderings both monumentalize and challenge the viewer’s perception of these plants. Altering scale promotes consciousness of the natural world, and encourages the viewer to question flora’s place in their daily life. Referencing the intersection of a plant’s history with our own reveals life outside- yet intertwined with- our own.

Exhibition on view: March 14 - April 1, 2017

Charleston, SC 

About Redux
Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux) is a nonprofit organization committed to  fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. Redux offers free year round art exhibitions, artist and curator lecture series, and film screenings, while educating art patrons of all ages through fine art classes and workshops, community outreach, and internship opportunities. Redux is instrumental in presenting new artists to our community through our artist-in-residency program, and our many artist and music performances. In addition, Redux remains a bustling center for contemporary art with 16 private artist studios, and the only community printmaking and darkroom facilities in the lowcountry.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Call for Summer Camp Teachers

The Mennello Museum is now hiring two Professional Teaching Artists to teach two sessions of our June “An Artful Summer: Camp at the Museum” summer camp programs. Apply today to lead Elementary, Middle and High School students on an exploration of art inside and outside of The Mennello Museum.

Create your own curriculum, in guidance with our educator, to inspire your students to make unique, one-of-a-kind art projects that will culminate in a student art display on the final day of camp inside the museum!

Please submit your (1) cover letter, (2) application, (3) session date preference, and (4) a curriculum proposal to Katherine Navarro at by March 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Teacher compensation: $450/week (Tuesday-Friday)

900 East Princton Street
Orlando, FL 32832


Monday, March 13, 2017

5th Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition - Opening Reception, April 22 - Features Clemson University Art Department Alumni, Faculty, and Students

Comoedus Rocketus, ceramic, plywood, spray paint, 2016, Johnny Murphy
Stop by the Headquarters Library from March 10 - April 27 to view student artwork on display during The Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ 5th Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition. 

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

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

The reception and awards ceremony that is open to the public will be held on 

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

Headquarters Library, 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Help, digital photograph, 2016, Lorelei Sanders
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 864.285.9091or email

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - May 5

Reception: Saturday, April 9th • 7:00pm - 9:00pm • Awards: 8:00pm
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$500 Sculpture Scholarship! April 30 DEADLINE!

TSS Memorial Sculpture Scholarships

Tri-State Sculptors Education Association, Inc., is pleased to offer a minimum of two awards bi-annually of no less than $500 each to two sculpture students, students whose work demonstrates a focus or concentration in sculpture, (typically given to one undergraduate and one graduate student) who are attending any accredited art school, community college, college or university.

The purpose of the TSS Scholarship Program is to support and highlight the achievements of student sculptors as well as encourage membership by emerging sculptors. In addition to the cash award, scholarship recipients also receive a one year free membership in Tri-State Sculptors, a waiver of the conference fee for the annual conference, and a travel allowance to facilitate attending the conference to accept the award and give a presentation about their body of work.

Scholarship submissions must be postmarked by April 30th of each year.

Send Scholarship Submissions to:
TSS Educational Outreach and Scholarship Committee Chair
Austin Sheppard
Department of Art
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372


Combative Disposition Exhibition by Willie Coleman, III, Clemson University BFA in Art Candidate

Monday, March 13 – Friday March 17
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Artist Talk and Reception 6 p.m., Wednesday March 15
Acorn Gallery

Combative Disposition provides an outlook into the world of comics, animation, and other forms of graphic storytelling. The exhibition highlights the cyclical journey of such works from conception to creation to consumption. Willie Coleman III work draws from the spirit of action-adventure stories, specifically shōnen battle manga. At the same time, it reflects the journey of the artist himself and comments on the ever going debate between “high art” and “low art”.

This solo exhibit is under the direction of the Department of Art’s drawing faculty, Kathleen Thum.

Artist Bio
Art and adventure have always been a part of Willie Coleman III’s life. Coleman was born and primarily raised in Cleveland Ohio, but has lived in South Carolina for the last eleven years. There he attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where he reignited his love of graphic storytelling. He now seeks to tell stories of exciting adventures through his art in the fields of comics and animation.  Coleman is currently pursuing a BFA degree at Clemson University with a focus in drawing.

Cost: FREE
Location: Acorn Gallery
Lee Hall II
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

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Friday, March 10, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: October 19-22, 2017, 39th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference, Spartanburg, SC


Converse College looks forward to welcoming members to Spartanburg, SC, October 19-22, 2017 for the 39th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference. Registration details will be coming soon.

Call for Conference Proposals:
Do you have an idea for a lecture, demonstration or hands-on workshop to be presented at the conference? We invite members to submit proposals here.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards,  gallery relations, etc.