Clemson visual arts celebrates its many connections to Artisphere

May 19, 2017

2017 Art Department Artisphere

The Art Department at Clemson University celebrated many ties to one the largest and most well respected art festivals, Artisphere held in Greenville, SC last weekend. These numerous connections help shape the contemporary art conversation in the Upstate and beyond SC.

Here’s a few quick fun facts:
-The Art Department was invited to demonstrate a selection of our department’s six studio areas for the sixth year in a row;

-Printmaking faculty, Todd Anderson’s invite to jury over 1,300 hopefuls for Artist Row marks the sixth year a Clemson art faculty was selected for this honor;

-Ceramics faculty, Daniel Bare was selected as an Emerging Artist this year;

-Lee Gallery Director, Denise Woodward-Detrich was selected to jury both the Greenville County High School and the Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibitions;

-Jason and Erin Hall art alumni and past winners of the Mayor’s Award were featured artists on Artist Row;

-Former Art Department Chair and art faculty emeritus, John Acorn’s commissioned sculpture that marked the 10th anniversary of Artisphere is prominently displayed overlooking Falls Park as does his other public art sculpture located at the top of main street in NOMA Square;

-MFA students, Carey Morton and Caren Stansell as well as MFA alumna, Mary Epp-Carter were demonstrating art making techniques on Art Demo Row;

-CAAH Dean, Rick Goodstein served on the Artisphere Board of Directors.

In addition, the Art Department was proud to see so many of our thriving art students, faculty and alumni artists recognized in the Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition. This exhibit was located above Larkin’s Restaurant and next to the Peace Center in downtown Greenville. Featured artist included art faculty, Valerie Zimany and art faculty emeritus Tom Dimond; Art student, Mary Baghdady; Art alumni – Eric Benjamin, Terri Bright, Steven Chapp, Jason Hall, Zane Logan, Gretta McCall, Lindsay McPhail, Jo Carol Mitchell.

The institution feels a sense of pride with executive director of Artisphere, Kerry Murphy being a Clemson alumna as well.

View Clemson Art Department at Artisphere YouTube video.

View Clemson Art Department at Artisphere flickr album.

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