College of Architecture, Art and Construction – Faculty Juncture – February 2024

February 26, 2024

ART – Lecturer John Cummings, Professor and Chair Valerie Zimany, and MFA students Ellen Griffin and Ethan McKellar had their respective ceramic tile artworks acquired by the Tile Council of North America for its collection at its headquarters in Clemson’s Innovation Campus and Technology Park in Anderson. The work was selected from the Tile Heritage Foundation’s TEXTiles exhibition, which Zimany recently juried, and was exhibited at No.3 Pottery in the historic mill community of Simpsonville, SC. The exhibition addressed the theme of South Carolina’s complex history of the textile industry.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, participated via teleconference in the 6th International Advisory Board Meeting of the Swiss Center for Health and Design in Nidau, Switzerland. The International Advisory Board is made up of experts in design, architecture, health and politics from around the world. During the event the group worked to further develop content, review research projects, and exchange ideas. Also, Joseph coauthored an article published in the Quality Management Journal titled, Separate Rooms for Patient Induction, Case Set-up and Breakdown: Innovative Operating Room Turnover Through Quality Management. The study concluded that the use of a separate induction room may have a positive effect on patient and staff safety. The induction room can also increase experiential quality for the patient and their family. Additionally, moving instrument breakdown processes out of the operating to a separate room for parallel processing can free up personnel for other end-of-case and room turnover activities, streamlining the process.

ART – MFA Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art Kathleen Thum is showcasing her solo exhibition, “Considering Carbon,” at Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Appalachian State University from Dec. 1, 2023 to May 4, 2024, funded by the CAAC Faculty Research Development Grant and CU SUCCEEDS Program 3 Project Completion Award. Also, Thum and BFA student in drawing, Sydnay Greene, are featured in “Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs” at the Bunzl Gallery located at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, N.C., from Jan. 20 to Apr. 27, 2024, celebrating the crucial role of teaching and mentoring in the development of student artists. Thum’s “Coal Dust” drawing was included in the 15th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina – Asheville, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19, 2024, while her work entitled “Blowdown Stack” was showcased in the “Paperworks” exhibition at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, O.H., from Jan. 26 to Feb. 23, 2024. Thum’s art fosters dialogue on environmental issues, aligning with broader efforts for meaningful change.

ART – Associate Professor Anderson Wrangle’s photograph ‘Enter Christmas’ is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the new Nancy and Rich Kinder modern and contemporary building, in the gallery of photography works from the collection.  ‘Enter Christmas’ is an 8×10 contact print (toned gelatin silver print) photographed in 2003.  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston holds one of the most significant photography collections in the world.

ART – Professor and Chair Valerie Zimany’s ceramic work is included in The Practice is the Point, on view in the William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND through March 16, 2024. The exhibition highlights the union of artistic and social practice, by exploring the ways artists create, listen, and react to the needs of their communities. Zimany contributed to the collaborative installation developed by Steve Hilton, Professor of Art at Midwestern State University, TX and Fellow of the Council of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).