Archive for the ‘Clemson SC Visual Arts’ Category

Valerie Zimany Appointed as Interim Chairperson for the Department of Art at Clemson University in Clemson, SC

June 22, 2017

Valerie Zimany, Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics, has been appointed to serve as interim chairperson for the Department of Art at Clemson University as of May 16, 2017.


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Greg Shelnutt, who has served six years as department chair, has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, DE.

Zimany began her career at Clemson in 2010 as the Ceramics Area Coordinator and lead faculty in Ceramics. Zimany teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level Ceramics as well as leads the highly successful Clemson Community Supported Art Creative Inquiry team. She was awarded a 2015-2017 Creativity Professorship in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities. A two-time Fulbright Scholar and Japanese Government Scholar, she holds an Master of Fine Arts in Crafts/Ceramics from Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Ceramics and Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Department of Art at Clemson University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

The chair provides academic, artistic and administrative leadership and vision to the programs within the department. A national search for a new chair will commence in Fall 2017.

For questions, please contact Valerie Zimany by e-mail at (vzimany@clemson.edu).

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The 7th Annual Clemson Festival of Arts Takes Place in Clemson, SC – May 20, 2017

May 10, 2017

Many of the area’s best artists will present their work – including clay, painting, jewelry, fiber, glass, sculpture and more – at the 7th Annual Clemson Festival of Arts on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10am to 5pm.  A ‘Parade of Characters’ for all ages featuring princesses, superheroes and other popular costumes kicks off the event at 9:30am and is followed by art demonstrations, hands-on art projects, music and food throughout the day.

The Clemson Festival of Arts is unique in our area. Children, family and friends will enjoy an ‘art full’ Saturday that offers something for everyone.

In addition to the fine, handcrafted art for sale, everyone will enjoy the artist demonstrations and a visit to the outdoor ‘pop up’ gallery. This year’s Festival features the largest community artwork piece yet and everyone is invited to help create it – it’s an amazing, one-of-a kind work!

No child will be bored at the Kids Art Park! Creative, fun, hands-on projects available throughout the day include:
-a cardboard box maze to explore and decorate with graffiti
-teepees to decorate and enclose by yarnbombing
-a variety of devices to make and decorate bubbles
-a dress up stage and mini plays
-a woodworking area to hammer together individual creations
-hat making by transforming brown bags and scrap paper into crazy head gear
-a paint station offering three different painting techniques including pendulums, foam stamping and squirt bottles
-and, of course, the ever popular face painting

For adults who want to experience art in a ‘close up and personal’ way, the Art in Action tents offer projects throughout the day that are the perfect way to give it a try! Create a ‘make & take’ clay Angel or Pinwheel Christmas ornament, a mixed media piece under the guidance of Ellen Kochansky, a unique jewelry piece, or any of several painting projects.

Music abounds throughout the Festival with the sounds of Betsy Bish, Sam Winzenread & Accompanist, SEWA Drummers and Rob Seel.

Most everyone will work up an appetite, so the covered Food Court offers food and beverage selections from Friends of the Farm, The Arts Center’s Hot Dog Stand, Super Taco, Little Orbits and King of Pops.

Be sure not to miss this fun-filled Festival, which gets bigger and better with each passing year. The Festival is FREE and takes place in downtown Clemson at Catherine Smith Plaza, Jaycee Park and Edgewood Avenue.

Visit (www.explorearts.org) for Festival activity details and project and demonstration times.

Hopewell Plantation in Clemson, SC, Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

August 8, 2015

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Hopewell Plantation, adjacent to the Clemson University campus, in Clemson, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Rebecca Calhoun Pickens’ coverlet utilized a candlewick technique which traditionally uses an unbleached cotton thread on a piece of unbleached muslin. It gets its name from the nature of the soft spun cotton thread, which was braided then used to form the wick for candles. Motifs are created using a variety of traditional embroidery stitches as well as a tufted stitch. Subject matter is usually taken from nature. Most of the designs were simple and stitched on unbleached muslin fabric. After the embroidery was completed, the fabric would be washed in very hot water to shrink the fabric and cause the stitches to fluff up, which would hold the stitches in place and give the puckered look of what would become traditional candlewicking.

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Pickens’s used flowers, insects, and pine trees in her coverlet which were all native South Carolina plants.  It is a variation of the vase or basket of flowers design popular in the late 1700’s. Pickens was the sister of US Senator John Ewing Calhoun, Sr., aunt of Vice-President John C. Calhoun and wife of Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens.

General and Mrs. Pickens had a dozen children, including a lieutenant governor and governor; six daughters who married into prominent families; and three children who died young. Their home, Hopewell Plantation, was built about 1785, and is representative of a rural house, common in the late 18th and early 19th century in the South Carolina backcountry. Beginning as a small log structure, it was substantially enlarged by General Pickens and was his plantation home for about 20 years.

The home’s historic significance rests on the national stature of General Pickens who is remembered for his significant contributions as a Revolutionary War General and later as a Native-American negotiator. His decades of negotiations with the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Chickamauga Nations were monumental in peaceful treaties and cohabitation with Native Americans.  Hopewell is where General Pickens negotiated the Treaties of Hopewell with the Cherokees in 1785 and the Choctaws and Chickasaws in 1786.  These treaties still today provide civil liberties to First Peoples.

For more information and pictures, click on (www.uhqt.org).

Clemson Community Supported Art in Clemson, SC, Opens Sale of Shares – Sept. 1, 2014

August 24, 2014

The Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) program, in Clemson, SC, will make available 25 art shares for the public to purchase Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Members will benefit from receiving an exclusive selection of functional ceramic artwork created by advanced undergraduate and graduate ceramics students. This Fall’s share was juried by Harriet Green, Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina State Arts Commission.

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Clemson’s CSArt program is a new spin on the “Community Supported Agriculture” model, and members will pick up fresh, hand-crafted artwork at special seasonal events.  The demand by consumers for a unique buying experience as well as the desire for goods with a feeling of authenticity is sweeping the nation. Through handmade items, consumers seek a deeper connection to what they purchase, and actively support their local community and economy. The new CSArt program fills this need by offering a special edition of six functional ceramic bowls and cups while creating a personal and exclusive shopping experience.

The initiative was born out of a Creative Inquiry team led by Valerie Zimany, Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics. The objective is to research CSArt programs that have popped up in galleries, arts centers, and artist studios, and apply the model to create a viable, sustaining plan for fundraising for the arts at Clemson. Through experiential learning, the team – which includes Art, Marketing, and Psychology majors – is developing all aspects of program itself, as well as original strategies for publicity and marketing, which can be utilized in an array of professional career goals. Proceeds from the shares support student travel to participate and present at nationally recognized educational conferences, as well as other professional activities furthering student research and collaborations.

A special pick-up event party is planned for CSArt shareholder members to meet the young artists and receive their Fall shares on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Shareholders will also have the opportunity to preview and purchase additional ceramic pieces from the popular Annual Ceramic Bowl Sale which will be open to the public the following day, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, noon – 5pm.

To learn more about CSArt and to become an exclusive shareholder member, please visit (www.clemson-csa.org). With only 25 shares available for purchase, the community is encouraged to purchase shares the day of online opening via the website on Sept. 1 or soon after this date.

For further info contact Valerie Zimany, Ceramics Professor by visiting (www.clemson-csa.org/contact-us.html) or
(www.clemson-csa.org).

Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, will Host the State of the Arts Luncheon on Friday, May 16, 2014

April 30, 2014

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The Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, will host the State of the Arts Luncheon on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11:30am. This year’s event will be held at Clemson’s City Hall Community Room for the first time. Speakers representing the state, city and university will present programs on relative arts and culture issues and initiatives.

Featured this year will be Harriett Green from the South Carolina Arts Commission, Jennifer Folz the City Planner for the city of Clemson, and students, Brittany Lamont and Stephen Farrow representing Clemson University. Green will present an update on the cultural district legislation and the percent for art initiatives on the state and federal levels. Folz will speak on the cultural aspects of the city of Clemson’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan, and Lamont and Farrow will present a program on the University’s Center for Visual Arts Atelier in Site program.

The third annual Abernathy Art Award will be presented to a recipient that has made a significant impact on the arts in our area.

Tickets are $15.00 for members of The Arts Center and $20.00 for the general public. Lunch will be catered by Friends Farm.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at The Arts Center website (www.explorearts.org) or by calling 864/633-5051.

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Celebrates Addition of NC Artist to its Craft + Design Collection

April 8, 2014

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The Mint Museum’s internationally-renowned Craft + Design Collection is celebrating the acquisition of a work that further cements the museum’s reputation as a leader in the fields of craft and design.

Hoss Haley’s “White Ripple” (2013) was acquired with the help of a grant from the Windgate Foundation, and is currently on view on Level 3 in the Craft + Design galleries of Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC. Haley is a self-taught artist who grew up on a farm in Kansas, where he learned machining and steel fabrication at an early age. He later studied blacksmithing in Texas and New Mexico, including an apprenticeship under the renowned metalwork artist Tom Joyce. Today, he is a highly respected teacher of his craft, having taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and elsewhere.

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Hoss Haley’s “White Ripple”

To create “White Ripple”, Haley used washing machines from his local scrap yard. He developed a way of stripping the metal from these large appliances, and custom designed a press die to form a sine wave pattern in the individual plates. White Ripple is an ode to these bright glistening surfaces of enameled steel with their embossed circular patterns, evocative of gentle ripples in water.

White Ripple is a significant work that belongs in a major museum where it will be preserved, exhibited, and interpreted for a large and diverse audience,” said Annie Carlano, the Mint’s senior curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion. “This work greatly enhances the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary metalwork. Moreover, it underscores the institution’s deep commitment to regional and North Carolina craft.”

The public is invited to contemplate “White Ripple” along with other selected works from the Mint’s permanent collection this Saturday, Apr. 12, as part of the international “Slow Art Day” movement. The global, all-volunteer event invites the public to engage in slow contemplation of works of art at local museums and galleries – five works of art for at least 10 minutes each – followed by informal discussions of the works with friends. Over 200 museums and galleries around the world are participating, including the Harvey B. Gantt Center of African-American Arts + Culture, the Mint’s neighbor in the Levine Center for the Arts. The Mint will provide handouts at both Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph this Saturday suggesting works of art to contemplate – free after museum admission. More information available at (slowartday.com) and (mintmuseum.org/happenings).

A significant acquisition, “White Ripple” is part of the Mint’s Collections Initiative. Last fall, the museum announced the launch of the three-year Collections Initiative with the help of Bank of America, which donated a monumental canvas by California artist Sam Francis to the museum. The painting, “Untitled (Seafirst)” 1979, at approximately 19 feet tall by 38 feet wide, is one of the largest by size in the Mint’s collection and is one of the first works seen by visitors to the atrium of Mint Museum Uptown. Many other significant acquisitions have arrived or are in the process of arriving at the museum as a result of the Initiative, and more announcements will follow soon.

For further information on the Mint’s Collections Initiative and how to get involved, contact Leigh Dyer by e-mail at (leigh.dyer@mintmuseum.org) or call 704/337-2009.

Get Your Passport to the Arts in Clemson, SC – Mar. 7, 2014

March 4, 2014

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The Clemson University Center (CVA) for Visual Arts – Lee Gallery and The Arts Center of Clemson will host the popular and unique celebration of the arts with the signature “Town and Gown” event Passport to the Arts 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 7, 2014.

Tickets are available for $30 at (www.clemsonpassport.org) until Saturday. After that, the price goes to $40. The ticket price includes transportation, food, drink and entertainment.

This year marks the fourth collaboration between the Clemson University CVA–Lee Gallery and The Arts Center of Clemson to provide participants with a tour of fine art, entertainers, live music, drinks and food showcased at four different locations.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) offers transportation for the Passport to the Arts tour. All buses feature entertainment, making the ride to each venue a destination in itself.

The event locations include the Center for Visual Arts–Lee Gallery on the Clemson campus, The Arts Center, CAT and the 2014 location The Charles K. Cheezem OLLI Education Center in Patrick Square.

Attendees will be viewing several art works being debuted for the first time in the four gallery venues, including an oil portrait of former Mayor Larry Abernathy on display at the CAT facility. Additional highlights from this year’s event will be catering provided by Rick Erwin of Clemson at the Patrick Square venue. The restaurant in Patrick Square’s Town Center is the first venture for Rick Erwin in the Clemson market. Restaurant construction completion is scheduled for fall 2014.

Passport to the Arts would like to thank this year’s sponsors: Blue Ridge Electric Coop, Carolina Real Estate, Merrill Lynch-Willis Candela Group, Morris Business Solutions, Oconee Medical Center, Signarama in Anderson, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s and Tom Winkopp for providing needed support for the arts in the Clemson community.

For more information about Passport to the Arts, visit (www.clemsonpassport.org) or the Facebook fan page (facebook.com/PassportToTheArtsInClemson). To learn more about the visual arts in the area, contact Clemson University Center for Visual Arts-Lee Gallery Director Denise Wooward-Detrich, e-mail to (visualarts@clemson.edu) or visit (www.clemson.edu/cva) or contact Arts Center of Clemson Director Tommye Hurst, by e-mail at (tommye.hurst@explorearts.org) and visit (www.explorearts.org).

City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for Visual Arts for the 2014 MOJA Arts Festival – Deadline Jan. 21, 2014

January 14, 2014

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Established in 1983, the MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Program Committee in Charleston, SC. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures, specifically in the local context of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more.

MOJA’s mission is to impart heritage, insight and energy through this community celebration of African-American and Caribbean cultures.

Download the application for visual arts at this link (http://www.charlestonarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-MOJA-Call-for-Visual-Artists.pdf).

Application Deadline: January 21, 2014

Mail all application materials in one package to:
MOJA 2014 Applications
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29401

If you have any questions please contact Romaine Heyward, MOJA Program Coordinator, at 843/724-7308 or e-mail to (HeywardR@charleston-sc.gov).

The Art Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, is Calling for Entries for “Art in the Garden” – Deadline Mar. 1, 2014

January 3, 2014

Gardens are an art form by themselves, from their colorful palettes to their performance with nature as well as their detailed landscapes. “Art in the Garden” is a thematic exhibition based on the different qualities that gardens exude including beauty, relationship to nature and the landscape, as well as meaning. We invite artists to submit 1 or 2 works that explore an individual connection to a garden. All media welcome; small to large-scale installations, indoor and outdoor works accepted.

The exhibition will be held from Mar. 15-Apr. 21, 2014, at The Art Center of Clemson’s Gallery and Sculpture Garden, located at 212 Butler Street, Clemson, SC.

For more info visit (www.explorearts.org).

The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC, celebrates the Unveiling of an Outdoor Quilt Block, Part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail – Aug. 13, 2013

July 29, 2013

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The ARTS Center of Clemson, in Clemson, SC, is hosting the unveiling celebration of an outdoor quilt block that is part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Please come and join us in the unveiling celebration that will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, from 6:30-9pm. The outdoor quilt square, inspired by a textile quilt square done by Anna Willis, shows an African village. It is a complex work, with people, animals, and huts. The outdoor quilt square is painted on an 8 foot x 8 foot wooden panel. It was painted, in detail, by members of the Clemson Artist Guild and the men and women who are full time volunteers with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail organization. The outdoor quilt square will be a permanent fixture on The ARTS Center building.

Our unveiling celebration is open to all members of our community. Anna Willis will be at The ARTS Center for the unveiling, with many of her quilts on display, to meet and talk with everyone. The original textile quilt will also be on display. Martha File, Chair of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail will provide an overview of the American Barn Trail Movement and the Upstate of South Carolina’s participation.

The ARTS Center in Clemson provides exceptional arts education and makes fine art exciting and accessible to our community.

For more information about the unveiling celebration, please contact The ARTS Center in Clemson by calling 864/633-5051 or e-mail at (tommye.hurst@explorearts.org).