Faculty Artists Display their work at Biennial Exhibition

February 19, 2014

Art Professor, Todd McDonald's painting entitled "Prop Interval"


The Clemson University Department of Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition opens with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lee Gallery.

The exhibit showcases recent creative research by faculty examining the human condition through a range of media, including ceramics, drawing, digital media, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Greg Shelnutt, art department chairman, describes their roles as “artist-educators” as “developing new ways of seeing, new ways of understanding and, ultimately, new ways of being.”

Art professor Todd McDonald’s painting titled “Prop Interval”

Many of the works are being debuted for the first time at the Lee Gallery.

Participating artists include Sydney A. Cross, printmaking; David Detrich, sculpture; Carly Drew, drawing; Christina Hung, digital media; Joey Manson, sculpture; Todd McDonald, painting; Greg Shelnutt, sculpture; Kathleen Thum, drawing; Denise Woodward-Detrich, functional ceramics; Anderson Wrangle, photography; and Valerie Zimany, ceramic sculpture.

One of the most important elements of a visual arts exhibition is hearing the artists discuss their intellectual pursuits and inspirations motivating their creative research. The first artist talk will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, with Cross, McDonald and Wrangle. The second talk will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, with Dave Detrich, Shelnutt and Thum.

The exhibit runs until March 26. Lee Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information about the exhibit contact Lee Gallery director Denise Woodward-Detrich at

The opening reception and artists’ talks are free to the public because of donations given to the Center for Visual Arts.


The art galleries and exhibits at Clemson University
There are several galleries on and off campus maintained by the Center for Visual Arts that provide the university and surrounding community with access to regional, national and international artists through a wide range of exhibitions and special events that examine contemporary issues underscoring academic programs while serving the broader mission of the institution. The galleries are recognized as significant venues that feature regional and national artists throughout their programming.

The galleries also showcase artwork of undergraduate and graduate visual art students enrolled in the department of art academic program. Students are required to present a final thesis of their creative research in a professional exhibition format as part of their degree fulfillment. Students also deliver public presentations about the content, inspiration and historical context of their work during their exhibitions in the Lee Gallery.

Galleries, special exhibits, artwork and/or showcases can be found on the main campus in the flagship gallery, Lee Gallery in Lee Hall I, as well as the Acorn Gallery in Lee Hall II; College of Architecture Arts and Humanities Dean’s Gallery in Strode Tower; Sikes Hall; Emery A. Gunnin Library in Lee Hall II; the Brooks Center for Performing Arts; and off-campus at the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville in the Village of West Greenville; the Charles K. Cheezem OLLI Education Center in Patrick Square; and the Madren Center at the Conference Center and Inn.