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Student art exhibitions on display throughout campus


Patrons viewing the Portrayed exhibition
Patrons viewing the Portrayed exhibition

CLEMSON — The work of Clemson University visual art students will be on full display this fall in several of the Clemson Visual Art’s (CVA) gallery spaces.

The second half of the semester features a calendar full of student exhibitions, including the artwork of talented undergraduate students currently on display through the Portrayed and NextUp Invitational III. Art students in the Creative Inquiry group called “Clemson Curates” reviewed all of the submissions and selected the final artworks included in these exhibits.

Both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduating students present a comprehensive show of work prior to graduation. These exhibits are a special time for visual arts students, allowing them to reflect on the transformational experience Clemson has provided and choose pieces that best personify the student’s creative achievements.

BFA senior exhibits and MFA thesis exhibits showcase the culmination of year-long research endeavors. Visual Arts students go through a series of critiques aimed at helping build a body of work of the students’ choosing.

Student art on display.
Student art on display.

NextUp Invitational III
Currently on display until Jan. 21, 2019
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CAAH Dean’s Gallery, 108 Strode Tower

NextUp Invitational III 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 and Madeline Watkins.

Currently on display until Jan. 28, 2019
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sikes Hall Showcase, ground floor

Portrayed is an exhibition examining the ties between self-portrait and self-awareness. Curator Hannah Gardner (’17) invited artists to create a self-portrait and choose one work to describe themselves. Artworks in 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.

Collective kəlCHər – MFA Thesis Exhibit #1
Nov. 12–16
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Artist Talks and Reception: Friday, Nov. 16, 6–8 p.m.
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

The key role of culture is the shaping of values and attitudes of people. Culture is also seen as a moderating factor in the conduct of people, their relationships with others, their disposition to life and their perception of issues and stereotypes. Collective kəlCHər examines why people act as they do based on the influences of their social and cultural group memberships. The Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition explores these concepts through the ceramic work of Ashan Pridgon, printmaking by Caren Stansell and paintings by Dustin Massey.

Terra Flux – MFA Thesis Exhibit #2
Nov. 26–30
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Artist Talks and Reception: Friday, Nov. 30, 6–8 p.m.
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

The Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit Terra Flux investigates the relationship between people and the natural environment. Humanity’s role in shaping the world around us is foregrounded through the deconstructed landscapes of photographer Amanda Musick, through the hybrid biomorphic industrial forms of ceramicist Conor Alwood, and through the barren forests of printmaker Mandy Ferguson.

Together, these works ask viewers to consider their position in our ever-changing surroundings.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibit
Dec. 5–12
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Artist Talks and Reception: Friday, Dec. 7, 6–8 p.m.
Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibit showcases work by seniors in the studio disciplines of ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Artists include Beth Ayers, Shelby Compton, Hannah Cupp, Taylor DeYoung, Jacob Lehman, Connor Makris, Amiee McShane, Sydney Smith, Anna Sullivan and Peden Wright.

The public is invited to meet the next generation of artists on display by attending the artist talks and receptions. For more information about these exhibits, contact Lee Gallery Director Denise Woodward-Detrich at


Clemson Visual Arts at Clemson University
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 the 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 Center for Visual Arts. To belong to the Friends of the Clemson Visual Arts, visit

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