A Word from Dean Richard Goodstein – December 2016

November 30, 2016

The Clemson Players' production of Almost, Maine.

The Clemson Players’ production of Almost, Maine. Photo by Wylder Cooper.

Dear Friends,

Creativity is one of the core values of our college — woven into every program, bearing fruit in countless ways. In November, the creativity of our students and faculty was on full display in notable ways.

First, the Clemson Players production of John Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine was brilliant. The acting, lighting, sound and sets were all excellent — all the work of our undergraduate students. Kudos to the entire cast and crew and a special thanks to Professor Shannon Robert, who directed the play. You can track the Clemson Players’ and their spring productions here.

Earlier in the month, I met with the college’s Creativity Professors for a discussion about their ongoing research. Each year, through a competitive application process, the college awards Creativity Professorship grants to members of the faculty who are actively engaged in research and integrating that research into their teaching. The breadth of scholarship among this year’s group is fascinating and inspiring — ranging from multi-disciplinary 3-D printing on clay to designs for a new university equine center to the redevelopment of the Greenville News site in downtown Greenville. I look forward to the spring, when once again we’ll see a group presentation of their research and its impacts on their teaching.

As I sit here in my office writing this, I am surrounded by a variety of fine art created by BFA and MFA students in our visual arts programs. Prints, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings and mixed media — all of high quality, and provoking various interpretations of the world. The exhibition in the dean’s office (108 Strode Tower) is on display through the end of the semester; so if you haven’t seen it, and are on campus, please stop by. You can keep up with our visual arts students and all exhibitions in the Lee Gallery and other venues here.

Finally, in this season of thanksgiving (and giving), I want to thank you for your ongoing support of the vision and strategic goals of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and encourage you to continue that support by making a gift to the college before the year’s end. Your investment will help grant opportunities and transform lives. For more information, please contact Donna Ruter, senior director of development, or visit here for an quick, one-step, targeted donation form.

With best wishes to all for a happy holiday season,