Art Department Embraced Large Crowds During Recent Annual Ceramic Event
The Annual Ceramic Bowl Sale held by the Clemson Ceramic Association student organization with the assistance of the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) saw one of the largest crowds to date. Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics, Valerie Zimany reported 500 ceramic pieces were created and approximately 450 sold during the sale.
The Clemson University ceramic events continue to be one of the most popular academically based sales embraced by the Clemson community members as well as Clemson alumni, students, staff, and faculty from all disciplines. As a result, proceeds from the sale will allow the Clemson Art Department to bring visiting artists to campus as well as aid undergraduate and graduate art students with travel costs to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference held March 19-22, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI. This conference typically attracts 6,000 attendees. Not only will Clemson art students be attending this conference, but they will be presenters during the topical discussion portion of the conference. The Clemson Art Department’s continued success in gaining recognition is reflected by Master of Fine Art candidate, Nina Kawar’s work being selected by a jury of nationally-renowned artists for inclusion in the NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition.
“Through the conference, students are exposed to contemporary ceramics exhibitions, lectures, and panels,” Zimany said referring to the importance of the conference launching and advancing art student careers, “They also make important contacts with peers from other institutions and network for post-graduation opportunities geared toward graduate programs, artist residencies, internships, and jobs.”
Zimany who is a recipient of The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad grant will be a featured presenter at the conference and will be giving a lecture on her research titled, “Porcelain Fever: Contemporary Artists and Kutani Now.”
The next ceramics sale will be held April 23, 2014 and will offer a broader selection of ceramics. The spring sale serves as a more accurate reflection of what students are creating and producing as a result of their studies.
Click here to view images from the recent sale.