Valentine’s Day is coming up, and so are CSArt Shares! Spring 2020 CSArt shares go on sale this Friday, February 14th. Starting Friday morning at 8:00am, you may go to the “Purchase a Share” link at the top of the tab bar on the Clemson CSArt website to reserve your share! Each share contains works made by these beautiful student artists shown above! Special thanks to our talented artists, and our juror, Elizabeth Goddard; Executive Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum. You can check out our journey on Instagram and our blog as Clemson student artists design and create the exceptional pieces for this season! With love in the air, we look forward to sharing our love for student-produced art through these shares!
Clemson CSArt 2020
Communication and Visual Arts
Clemson University 2020
Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) is seeking Clemson student artists for the 2020 Spring Share!
After launching the inaugural share package in fall 2014, Clemson Community Supported Art is getting ready for its 6th year & 8th "share" of local art sponsorship and distribution. Visual Arts majors and minors are eligible to apply to the open call jury process, which closes on December 10, 2020. A link to frequently asked questions is available at http://www.clemson-csa.org/faq.html.
The juror for Spring 2020 is Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum since 2013 and former curator of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. In the spring Elizabeth will visit us, and hold a seminar-like Q&A lunch meeting with all share artists and my CSArt CI Team students.
Application Due Date – DECEMBER 10, 2019 @ 5pm by email (email@example.com)
Artists are encouraged to submit up to 2 proposed designs to be reviewed by the juror. Proposals must be emailed as JPEG files (LastName_FirstName_Title_1) with a caption list including the following information:
-Accompanying notes / explanation (if any needed)
Please ensure that the quality of the images is at a high standard. Images should be saved at 300ppi and no larger than 2000 pixels in any direction.
Selected artists will be notified after January 1, 2020. Commission for selected works will be provided upon delivery, after quality inspection of items. Each artist will be asked to submit 2 additional pieces for Clemson CSA(rt) to use for promotion efforts.
We are excited for another great season and look forward to seeing your submissions!
We wanted to provide an update to let everyone know how we wrapped up last season and how we are preparing for our next season!
We had a great turnout for the pick-up at the Spring Sale, and we would like to say thank you to everyone who came! The team members and artists enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and talk with the shareholders as they picked up their share and got to see the artwork for the first time.
The team also had the opportunity to meet with our juror Wim Roefs, owner of if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, and Board Chair at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. He discussed his decisions for the art works that were selected, shared his experiences as a gallery owner, and provided valuable advice to the team members relating to pursuing careers in the art world. We appreciate his taking the time to come to Clemson to meet with us!
And now, we are beginning preparations for our next season of CSArt! This semester, we will focus on organizing materials for the next season, selecting a juror, and of course, sending out a call for artists. We are excited to see what kind of work our students will produce for this next share!
We are looking forward to another great season, and we hope you are too!
CSArt team member Fall 2019
As a Senior BFA candidate for Visual Arts in Ceramics and a member of the Spring CSArt Team, I was able to travel with other ceramics students and faculty to represent our program at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Minneapolis at the end of March.
At the conference I had the chance to represent Clemson and our community share program in the exhibition hall. When I wasn't working the CSArt table, I had the chance to attend different lectures. I am passionate about clay and art as therapy and was fortunate enough to attend two lectures regarding these topics.
The first lecture I attended about therapy was a talk by Cynthia O'Brien who spoke about her work with people in Long Term Care. Cynthia works with men and women who live at Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa, Canada. This long term care facility has begun to incorporate art and a clay practice into the lives of the residents. What stood out most to me about this lecture was the relationships that Cynthia had built and maintained with each individual resident. She was personally close to each of them and art is what brought them together. Not only did practicing art lead to new relationships for these residents but it improved their quality of life by giving them something to be proud of.
The second lecture I attended was regarding art with the Deaf and Blind. Elizabeth Cohen participated in a pilot program of ceramics at the Perkins School for the Blind. This program allowed deafblind students ages 7-22 to work with clay and realize their potential in a meaningful way. This program was interesting as there are only a very small percentage of people who are deaf and blind in the world. Additionally it was compelling to learn about how Elizabeth interacted with the students through interpreters and other methods. One of the main things I learned from this lecture is a lot of the interactions are based on intuition and what seems right for each individual student in the moment.
With both of these lectures I learned so much about art therapy and how great an impact it can have on someone's life. Access to art for the mentally or physically handicapped, the young or the elderly can improve and change lives for the better. I believe in this even more so since this conference and I hope to pursue a career in Art therapy in which I can bring healing to people in search of peace.
Spring 2019 CSArt Artist Coordinator
Last month, a group CSArt team members and ceramic students travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to attend NCECA! This was my first time attending NCECA, so I was very excited for the new experience and inspirations to come. With this being my last semester as an undergraduate student, I wanted to use this trip to better prepare for graduate school, learn about summer workshop opportunities, and find inspiration to further improve my own work. I was lucky enough to do all three!
At NCECA, I attended several lectures ranging from the history of tea and teapots to preparing for graduate school. I also had the joy of representing Clemson University at our booth, telling other students about our art department and my participation in CSArt both as a selected artist and CI member.
The lectures that I attended where extremely insightful, and I tried to visit a wide range of lecture topics so I could take in as much information as possible. My favorite lecture that I attended was “Pots VS. MFA”, a panel led by John Neely, Margaret Bohls, and John Balistreri. This panel discussed the difficulty of breaking the norm of focusing on sculptural work as a master’s student, and how one can continue to be a potter while in school. They gave great advice for new graduate students, being extremely encouraging and supportive of our passion for being potters. After attending this lecture, I feel more prepared for what graduate school has in store for me. Another lecture that I found particularly interesting was the History of Tea and Teapots, led by Jim Connell. As a South Carolina native, Jim included several facts about our area in relation to tea production that I did not know about. He was very enthusiastic, making the lecture light-hearted and inspiring.
After talking to several different residency and workshop programs, I have decided that I would like to apply for a summer residency or workshop. The deadlines are steadily approaching, but I was able to learn a lot of great information at the booths, and now I know which programs would work best for me and my vision as an artist.
Overall, I am so beyond thankful that I was able to make the trip to NCECA this year. I was able to meet the faculty and students at San Diego State University (the school I am attending in the fall), view (and purchase) some amazing artwork, learn about the many opportunities I have as a ceramic artist, prepare for the next steps after graduation, find inspiration through art and lectures, and represent Clemson University all along the way. I now have so many ideas of what to work on and create next, and I cannot wait to bring these ideas to life in the next few months. I am so very thankful for Clemson CI for making this trip happen; I now feel more inspired and prepared for the next step in my life.
Clemson CSArt Spring 2019 Sales
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to represent Clemson in Minneapolis for the NCECA (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) conference. We had a table set up in the resource hall of the conference center along with other schools, art centers, and organizations, and we had the chance to talk with people about the art program and opportunities offered at Clemson. It was a great way to spread the word about Creative Inquiry and what we are doing in CSArt!
When I was not at our table in the resource hall, I was able to learn about opportunities post-graduation such as graduate programs and residencies all over the country and abroad. It was a great way to start networking and learning what was out there. I also got to attend lectures and demonstrations by respected artists. I attended lectures that covered a broad range of topics such as glaze testing results, business advice, and some history of ceramics. My favorite lecture was The History of Tea and the Teapot where Jim Connell gave a quick overview of the history of tea in China and how it spread globally and still impacts cultures today. The demonstrations that I attended were mostly decorative demos where I learned new ways to approach glazing and surface design in my own work. After the conference hall closed, we got to experience the culture and see more of the city by going to different galleries and shows that were held all throughout Minneapolis.
NCECA was a great way to learn more about ceramics and network with other schools and programs around the country! I really enjoyed getting to meet so many other people passionate about ceramics and talking about my experiences at Clemson in the art department and as a member of the CSArt team. Thank you to CI for sponsoring us and giving us this opportunity to further our development as artists!
Clemson CSArt 2019 Web Design
BFA Visual Arts '20
The CSArt team has busy the past couple of weeks! Two weeks ago team member Savannah and share artists Marilyn and Katie traveled to Minneapolis with the Ceramics Department for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. While in Minneapolis we shared our project with potters and artists from around the country! We met with students and faculty from different universities to promote our program. Not only did we get to tell them about our community art share but we were able to hear about what was happening in other ceramic programs. As an extra bonus we were able to see a lot of great artwork, hear from several speakers, and see some demonstrations from visiting artists! Many thanks to the Clemson University Creative Inquiry Program for funding our trip, we are already excited for next year!
Spring 2019 CSArt shares go on sale this Friday! We at CSArt are excited to announce the first day of share sales, starting Friday morning at 8:00am! To reserve your share, follow the "Purchase a Share" link along the top ribbon on this website. Special thanks to our talented artists, and our juror, Wim Roefs; owner of if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, and Board Chair at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. Follow our journey on Instagram and this blog as Clemson student artists design and create the exceptional pieces for this season!
Clemson CSArt 2019 Communications and Marketing
BFA Visual Arts Clemson '22