CLEMSON — The Clemson Visual Arts (CVA) at Clemson University is set to host an outstanding season of events this fall. From visiting artists to student exhibitions and seminars, the CVA calendar has unique and transformative experiences for all.

Artwork by Sculpture Faculty, Dave Detrich


The Lee Gallery is our flagship exhibit space that provides the university and surrounding community with access to regional, national and international artists through a variety of exhibitions and special events. This gallery is recognized as a significant venue that helps stimulate conversations surrounding contemporary art.

Natural History / Critical Condition

Aug. 30-Sept. 24 • Lee Gallery

M-Th, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Natural History/Critical Condition is a visual compendium of cautionary reflection. The 23 artists included in the portfolio, present a reflection on the natural environment that unveils a growing list of environmental concerns facing humanity. The exhibition points to disruptions in our environment such as ocean acidification, global warming, decline of critical food chain species, melting glaciers, animal extinctions, plastic detritus, and deforestation. Natural History/Critical Condition questions our capacity and willingness to see the changes taking place around us and muses on our ability to reconcile the destruction humanity is causing around the globe. It encourages the viewer to take action before conditions progress beyond our ability to make meaningful change.

Participating artists include: Lynne Allen, Dale Clifford – MFA ’89, Ashley Colangelo, Carmon Colangelo, Sydney A. Cross – Art Faculty in Printmaking Emeritus, Georgia Deal, Margaret Denk-Leigh – MFA ’99, Bill Fisher, Diane Fox, Adele Henderson, Patricia Thomas-Hunsinger, Anita Jung, Cima Katz, Kumi Korf, Robert Lazuka, Pamula Longobardi, Angela Oates ’94, Dennis O’Neil, Cynthia Osborne, Andy Rubin, Joe Sanders, Aaron Wilson and Anderson Wrangle – Art Faculty in Photography. The portfolio exchange was organized by Sydney A. Cross with funding from the Department of Art and the Clemson Advancement Foundation.

Artists Teaching : Teaching Artists

Sept. 28–Nov. 7  • Lee Gallery

M–Th, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Artist Talks:

M, Oct. 15, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

T, Oct. 16, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Th, Oct. 25, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Reception: F, Sept. 28, 6–8 p.m.

The Department of Art Faculty Exhibition “Artists Teaching : Teaching Artists” highlights artwork by Clemson University’s artist-educators. In each iteration, it symbolically connects our distinctive faculty research and experiences, which investigate complementary elements of place, media, technology, and visual language. We hold common ground in both our verdant upstate South Carolina location and our collaborative teaching values for all undergraduate and graduate students within our degree programs. For us this is an opportunity to share our most current creative research with our students, our fellow university colleagues, and the greater community. Our work represents multiplicity in communication, visual modes of practice, and systems of materiality. As artists, we voice a broad range of perspectives, and are willing to take risks to establish meaningful dialogue on contemporary art making in the 21st century.

The Department of Art’s award-winning faculty welcomes this occasion to exhibit at our flagship Lee Gallery on Clemson University’s main campus. We are grateful to our supporters from across the university and state who helped make this exhibition possible – forward-looking friends who inspire a legacy of creativity, and value the arts as cultural capital which generates thoughtful discourse in response to the opportunities and challenges of our present day.

Resources from the University over a faculty member’s career provides a unique autonomy for experimental, creative research that is unhindered and profound. Our location within a comprehensive, public university also fosters collaboration with other disciplines. Such relationships allow us as well as our students to locate important professional connections, as well as new sites of artistic inquiry.

As faculty, we value our role in guiding the next generation of Clemson artists, thinkers, and makers. This exhibition “Artists Teaching : Teaching Artists” provides a glimpse into the active practice of our studio art faculty. We invite your dialogue as a valuable component to build a community of critical inquiry for our programs and students.



There are several gallery and showcase spaces on and off campus maintained by CVA. These spaces provide the University and regional community with programming that examines contemporary issues, and underscores our academic programs, while serving the broader university mission.

Near and Far: Recent Watercolors by James F. Barker, FAIA

Sept. 3 -Nov. 30, 2018 • Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Artist Talk and Reception: Sept. 11, 5:30–7pm

Near and Far: Recent watercolors by James F. Barker, FAIA juxtaposes three bodies of work exploring landscapes, architecture, and light.  The exhibition includes a few of his signature campus works alongside seascapes to never before seen sketchbook pages from a recent trip to New Zealand.  By comparing the three bodies of work visitors will witness the creative process through the various ways in which the artist uses watercolor to represents these different landscapes.

NextUp Invitational 3

Sept. 10 – Jan. 21, 2019  • CAAH Dean’s Gallery

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Award Ceremony: Oct. 2, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

NextUp Invitational 3 is an exhibition of work selected by the Clemson Curates Creative Inquiry team showcasing twenty three “up and coming” undergraduate art students enrolled in the Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts program.  On view are works selected from over 230 submissions to the Foundations Review, which took place during the spring semester including drawings, painting and ceramics.  Participating artists include: Joseph Alewine, Rachel Bader, Marilyn Baughan, Carrie Bull, Jiawei Deng, Katherine Eaves, Daniella Espinoza, David Gordon, Ethan Hajas, Meghan Hammel, Hannah Horowitz, Cassidy Mulligan, Tiffany Oliver, Emmy Packer, Hannah Rivers, Holly Rizer, Aislinn Rosier, Anthony Santucci-Curci, Ansleigh Sapp, Susan Sorohan, Nicole Stoudemire, Savannah  Wood, Madeline Watkins.


Sept. 17 – Jan. 28, 2019 • Sikes Hall Showcase, Ground Floor

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Portrayed is an exhibition examining the ties between self-portrait and self-awareness.  Curator Hannah Gardner ’17 invited Clemson University artists to create a self-portrait and choose one work to describe themselves.  Artworks within the exhibition have the image created by the artists and the word to describe themselves layered upon each other to represent both the inside and outside of the person simultaneously.  Participating Artists include: Mariana Aubad, Peter Barry, Hannah Cupp, Anna Davis, Lauren Davis, Zeez Egers, Nicole Embree, Katie  Francis, Amanda Hazell, Caroline Herring, Clair  Hicks, Geneva Hutchinson, Katherine Kesey, Kara Lerchenfeld, Connor  Makris, Wilson Marshall, Mary Jo May, Cassidy Mulligan, Amanda Musick, Holly  Rizer, Zoë Rogers, Hannah Sexton, Taylor Staaf, Michala Stewart, Anna Sullivan, Annamarie Williams,  and Peden Wright.

Ink Travels 

Currently on display until • CAAH Dean’s Gallery

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Ink travels” refers to the constant challenge of keeping an active print shop clean. In the context of this exhibition, the term also refers to the wide-reaching influence of Professor Sydney A. Cross’s teaching and mentoring.

Similar to how “ink travels,” this exhibition showcases Cross’s legacy as an educator and illustrates the positive impact she has had on artists across the nation. The exhibition is a thoughtful tribute to the quality of Cross’s teaching and a reflection on the Clemson Family in the Visual Arts.

Again, Then Again 

Currently on display until Sept. 12 • Sikes Hall Visual Arts Showcase

M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Curator’s discussion and closing reception – Sept. 12, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A Clemson Curates – Clemson University Creative Inquiry Project

This exhibit showcases recent creative research by Clemson Visual Arts alumni and current BFA and MFA students, examining the human condition through a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Many of the works included in the exhibition are the newest and hottest pieces created by current MFA and BFA students as well as Clemson Visual Arts alumni. Works in the exhibition explore the echoes of self in relation to others, self-defined through technology, self-manifested through objects, and self-found in the places we inhabit.

Through the Lens  

Currently on display until May 30, 2019 • CVA-Greenville Gallery, 5th Floor, ONE Building
M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This exhibit is a collection of photography by three Clemson University MFA Alumni artists living and working in the Upstate. Participating artists are Amber Eckersley ‘17, Haley Floyd ‘16 and Zane Logan ’12.

Born and raised in Conway, SC,  Eckersley’s work explores themes of memory and residue, utilizing various mediums including photography, scanning, video, and audio. Eckersley received her MFA in photography from Clemson University in 2017 and her BA in History from Coastal Carolina University in 2014. She is currently an adjunct instructor of photography at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC and at Lander University in Greenwood, SC.

Floyd has shown in numerous regional juried art exhibitions in the southeast, including the SPE Southeast Exhibition juried by Byron Wolfe as well as several local group and solo exhibitions. She received the Penland Award to attend a workshop with renowned photographer Nicholas Kahn through a special scholarship given by the Art Department at Clemson University. Floyd received her MFA in photography from Clemson University in 2016 where she held positions as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Teacher of Record. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at Lander University in her hometown of Greenwood, SC.

Logan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in both solo and group shows, including at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Riverworks Gallery, the Redux Contemporary Art Center, and the PhotoPlace Gallery, amongst others. He is currently the Southeast chapter chair for the Society for Photographic Education, and lives in Inman, South Carolina. Logan was born in Pickens, SC. He earned his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. In 2009, while employed as an adjunct instructor of photography, he began his graduate studies. He received his MFA in photography from Clemson University in 2012. He is a faculty member at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.


Annual Ceramic Studio Bowl Sale

Lee Gallery Hallway

Nov. 15, Noon-5 p.m.

This popular annual sale is a fundraiser that supports student travel to the upcoming National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference as well as other professional activities that help further student research and collaboration. A selection of bowls and other functional works by ceramics undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will be available in a variety of price points. The Clemson Ceramics Association’s homemade soup will be served free with the purchase of a bowl between noon and 1 p.m.


About Clemson Visual Arts

The importance of the arts at Clemson University goes back to Thomas Green Clemson’s vision for a “high seminary of learning.” As an accomplished painter, an avid art collector, and an arts advocate, Clemson understood the importance of art to our nation and the world. Clemson University continues to carry out his vision by incorporating art throughout its facilities. Visitors are encouraged to engage with Clemson Visual Arts (CVA) by experiencing the exhibitions in the many gallery and showcase spaces, by viewing the public art found all over campus, and by attending special events. For more information and to access the full calendar of events, please visit

Exhibitions, artist talks and receptions are free to the public thanks in part to the generous support given to the Clemson Visual Arts. To belong to the Friends of Clemson Visual Arts, visit