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Call for Visual Art Student Submissions


“Tempos: Muse and Motion”

February 19, 2014 – March 14, 2014

Call for Art Submissions


Wassily Kandinsky, Compositions, 1911


Call for Submission

This is a collaborative exercise showcasing the creativity of students in the visual arts and performing arts. The artwork should reflect your interpretation of tempo or speed. In order to be considered for selection, you are strongly encouraged to choose a corresponding musical term from the provided list of tempo markings for inclusion in the description, but not necessarily the title, of the work.  The exhibit will be based on a progression of tempos ranging from slow to fast.

Musical interpretation and theatrical movement response will be performed prior to 2 Brooks Center events in March during the open exhibit.

Writing students will be invited to compose a written response to the exhibit and the performance.  Selections may be included in the program or for display near the artwork.


Artists are invited to enter two-dimensional artwork including original paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and mixed media.  Collaborative work is acceptable.  Multiple works may be grouped together to fill a larger space.  Each artist may submit up to 4 works if, when framed and grouped together, the maximum dimensions are not greater than 96” in height and 48” wide.

There is no entry fee.

Entry Deadline – Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:00 pm


Artists must be enrolled in the Clemson University Visual Arts program.

Deadline Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Jury Details

Juried from actual works. Works do not need to be framed to be part of the jury process.  Accepted works need to be professionally framed with D-rings on the back for installation.  Works submitted with wire will have d-rings added to the back of the work for installation purposes. To be considered, all entries should be brought to the office of Denise Woodward-Detrich in 101B Lee Hall by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 4th.


Jury Notification – December 10

Notification of acceptance will be posted on the Lee Gallery downstairs office wall.

Pick up of Juried works – December 11-13

Works can be picked up from the jury process at the Lee Gallery office from 9am – 4pm.


All works will be for sale unless otherwise noted on the entry application.  A 30% commission will be collected by the Center for Visual Arts upon sale of work, to be put towards future collaborative exhibits.

Reproduction Rights

Clemson University reserves the right to use digital images of accepted works in the exhibition catalog, as well as for publicity purposes.


Exhibition Timeline

December 4, 2013                  Entry deadline

December 10, 2013                Notification of jury selection

December 11-13, 2013           Pick up work for framing

January 27, 2014                    Delivery of framed works

February 11, 2014                  Exhibit install

March 11, 2014                       Artist reception & musical/theatrical movement response

March 13, 2014                       Musical/theatrical movement response

March 14, 2014                       Exhibit closes

March 26, 2014                       Return of work to artists



Words of Inspiration

Corresponding title tempo markings from slow to fast:

Larghissimo – very, very slow

Grave – slow and solemn

Lento – slowly

Largo – broadly

Adagio – slow and stately (literally, “at ease”)

Andante moderato – a bit slower than andante

Andante – at a walking pace

Andantino – slightly faster than andante (although in some cases it can be taken to mean slightly slower than andante)

Marcia moderato – moderately, in the manner of a march

Moderato – moderately

Allegretto – moderately fast

Allegro – fast, quickly and bright; cheerful

Vivace – lively and fast

Vivacissimo – very fast and lively

Presto – extremely fast

Prestissimo – even faster than Presto


You may couple one of these additional qualifiers with a term from above:

A piacere – discretion with regard to tempo and rhythm; literally “at pleasure”

assai – very much, as in allegro assai, quite fast

ben – well, as in ben marcato (well marked or accented)

con brio – with vigor and spirit

con fuoco – with fire

con moto – with motion

deciso – decidedly, decisively

funebre – in the manner of a funeral march

appena – almost none, as in appena forte (almost not at all loud)

misterioso – mysterious

molto – much, very, as in molto allegro (very quick) or molto adagio (very slow)

non troppo – not too much, e.g. allegro non troppo non tanto – not so much

più – more, as in più allegro (more quickly); used as a relative indication when the tempo changes

poco – slightly, little, as in Poco adagio

polacca – generic name for Polish dances, usually the polonaise, as in tempo di polacca;

quasi – almost, nearly, as if (such as Più allegro quasi presto, “faster, as if presto”)

senza interruzione – without interruption or pause

senza tempo or senza misura – without strict measure

sostenuto – sustained, prolonged


A note about the Kandinsky Painting:


An interesting story indicating Kandinsky’s intellectual examination in the creation of his works revolves around this composition. He became exhausted during the months of studying he went through in preparation for this painting, and decided to go for a walk. His assistant at the time, Gabrielle Munter, who was tidying up the studio in the artist’s absence, inadvertently turned the canvas on its side. Upon Kandinsky’s return, he saw the canvas, fell to his knees and began weeping at the beauty of the painting. His newly found perspective on the piece would change his artistic vision and direction for the rest of his life.


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