Passport SquareCLEMSON — Clemson University and the city of Clemson will host the popular and unique celebration of the arts with the signature town-gown event “Passport to the Arts” 6-9:30 p.m. March 4.

Now, in its sixth year, the always sold out Passport to the Arts continues to be an exciting and popular “Town and Gown” event. Join the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) – Lee Gallery and the Arts Center of Clemson as they host an evening full of art, entertainers, live music, drinks and exceptional food showcased at four different locations.

This year, City and University leaders have embraced this comprehensive event to highlight the incredible local talent housed in the small college town of Clemson, S.C. Currently ranked no. 1 in the nation for “Town Gown Relations” by the Princeton Review, Clemson has supported this event that is truly an exceptional evening showcasing the beauty of this nationally renowned relationship.

Attendees receive a “Passport” at an announced starting location, and stamp their books at several venues as they travel through Clemson on provided transportation. There will be an opportunity to view more than 200 works of art by more than 80 artists. Many of the pieces are on sale and being debuted for the first time in the four gallery venues. Additional highlights from this year’s event will be catering provided by Rick Erwin of Clemson at the Patrick Square Town Center venue.

2016 Passport to the Arts1At each new venue, a new batch of local food, music, art, and creativity will be on display. During Passport to the Arts, entertainment is at every turn — even on the shuttle; local musicians greet participants with their talents as you travel through Clemson. This innovative combination of art and entertainment has made Passport to the Arts the “Town and Gown” event of the year.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) offers transportation for the Passport to the Arts tour. All shuttles feature entertainment, making the ride to each venue a destination in itself. The locations this year include The Arts Center of Clemson, the Clemson Area Transit facility, the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) – Lee Gallery at Clemson University and Charles K. Cheezem Education Center, home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the Patrick Square Town Center.

Passport the Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with United Methodist Church’s College Ministry, Clemson Wesley. Students of this ministry are offering childcare for children of parents attending the Clemson Passport to the Arts from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Rates are $20 per child with a cap at $50 per family. Contact Abby Barnett at for more details. Funds received for this service will help support spring break missions trips to the Island of Eleuthera and Miami, Fl.

Only a few tickets for Passport to the Arts are $40 at The ticket price includes transportation, food, drink and entertainment. This event anticipates another sold out event this year so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

For more information contact CVA Marketing and Public Relations Director, Meredith Mims McTigue,


Event partners and sponsors

The following businesses Passport to the Arts2and individual sponsors made this event possible:

Carolina Real Estate, Charles K. Cheezem Education Center, Clemson Area Transit, Clemson Downs, Clemson Home, Clemson University, Clements Electrical, Inc., Edward Jones-Lee Woods and Jim Hill of Clemson, Greg Shelnutt and Family, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Patrick Square, PrintSmart, Rick Erwin’s of Clemson, Tom Winkopp Realtor/Developer, LLC, United Methodist Church’s College Ministry, Wells Fargo, The Willis Candela Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC., Wendys.