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January Issue 2011

Clemson University & The Arts Center in Clemson, SC, Features Exhibitions of Works from State Arts Collection

The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations Part II, an exhibition of nearly 52 pieces of original art produced by notable South Carolina artists, will be on view throughout the City of Clemson, SC, beginning Jan. 10 and continuing through Feb. 16, 2011. The free exhibition can be seen at three locations: The Arts Center in downtown Clemson, Clemson University's Lee Gallery, and Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the month-long exhibition, a free public reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10am-2pm, at all three venues. The Clemson Area Transit (CAT) will provide transportation to drive patrons to each exhibition location.

"The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage," said exhibition curator Eleanor Heartney.

Contemporary Conversations Part II is composed of work by 47 artists. "The exhibition includes everything from hard-edge geometric abstractions to surrealist tinged landscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory," added Heartney, an independent cultural critic, author, and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress. Heartney has also written for major cultural publications, including Sculpture magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times and many others.

The art is drawn from the South Carolina Arts Commission's State Art Collection, a comprehensive public collection of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the commission, the State Art Collection includes nearly 500 works in a variety of media and styles produced by almost 300 artists.

The exhibition features by Tarleton Blackwell, Phillip Mullen, Gunar Strazdins, Edwin Lewandowski, and others. Upstate artists included in the exhibition are David Detrich, Sydney Cross, Cecile Martin, Robert Silance, and Carl Blair.

Exhibition curator Eleanor Heartney will discuss her recently published survey of contemporary art, which examines the complex diversities of work being produced today. Her presentation "Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits, and Other Acts of Art" is at 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Lee Hall, room 111. The discussion is free to the public. Following her presentation, all three venues will be open for extended viewing 6-7:30pm.

For further info check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Denise Woodward-Detrich, Director, Lee Gallery by calling 864/656-3899 or e-mail to (woodwaw@clemson.edu).


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