A Word from Dean Richard Goodstein – October 2017

October 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

With cooler temperatures in the forecast and the fall semester well underway, it’s a great time to be on campus. Our students and faculty are into the day-to-day routine of the school year and it’s always exciting to experience the energy on campus after a relatively quiet summer.

Koryn Rolstad's sculpture Illuminated Chroma Wind Trees

Koryn Rolstad’s “Illuminated Chroma Wind Trees” came to Core Campus through the Atelier InSite public art program.

The past month has been filled with extraordinary good news, including our Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs both being named in the top 20 of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” by DesignIntelligence. We received word of a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Drones and the Design of Public Outdoor Spaces” with Hala Nassar, professor of Landscape Architecture, as a principal investigator and Robert Hewitt as co-principal investigator. The grant is a collaborative research project with Duke University. We also received a generous grant in support of our new Master of Resilient Urban Design program based in Charleston, with a public announcement coming soon. Finally, we were honored to host Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor last month as the first sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice to visit Clemson. The visit was made possible through the leadership of the Humanities Advancement Board and Vernon Burton, professor of history.

Walking around campus over the past week, I was struck by the beauty that our public art projects bring to Clemson. From the new artwork by Koryn Rolstad at the Core Campus to Linda Howard’s sculpture at the Fluor Daniel Building, the public art projects demonstrate Clemson’s commitment to enhancing the student experience through the arts.

Clemson’s public art program, Atelier InSite, was developed to allow students real-life, problem-based learning experiences that reflect Thomas Green Clemson’s passion for “The Beautiful Arts – the magic bonds which unite all ages and nations (1859).” Led by faculty members David Detrich, Joey Manson and Denise Woodward-Detrich, Atelier InSite is a Creative Inquiry program with 10-12 students each semester from majors across campus.  Installation of the next project will begin soon in Lee III, with upcoming work focused on the Reeves Football Operations Center and the new College of Business building.  For more information and to see the installed projects, please see Atelier InSite’s Art on Campus website.

I hope to see many of you at Homecoming and Go Tigers!