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August 2011

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Offers Faculty Exhibition

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, will present the 2011 Clemson University Faculty Exhibition, on view in the Lee Gallery from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 1, from 6-8pm.

Participating in this year’s exhibit will be: Daniel Bare, Syd Cross, Dave Detrich, Lynette House, Christina Hung, Beth Lauritis, Joey Manson, Todd McDonald, Greg Shelnutt, Kathleen Thum, Denise W. Detrich, Anderson Wrangle, and Valerie Zimany.

Greg Shelnutt, Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art, College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities offered the following statement about this exhibition: “As artist-educators we have the privileged perspective that allows us to observe the creative process on a daily basis. We see the unfolding of ideas into forms and experiences as we nurture and challenge our students to manifest their dreams, their questions, and their beliefs into aesthetic experiences.”

“Yet, the acts of creation, interpretation and analysis we ourselves perform as artists and researchers are integral to supporting such transformations on the part of our students. Indeed, being an artist-educator necessitates that one not only teach, but regularly engage in one’s own creative and scholarly pursuits.”

“As the department’s new chair, I have had both the responsibility – and the pleasure – to review the curriculum vitae of this faculty, and it is a highly active and productive group. Since 2010 alone, these thirteen individuals have exhibited, published and presented in over 120 emerging and renowned venues ranging from Greenville, SC’s River Works Gallery to Observatory in Brooklyn to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Utah to CNN and the New York Times to the Mall Galleries in London, to Berlin’s Uferhallen, Studio Art Centers International in Florence, to Shanghai’s Duolun Modern Art Museum to Kanazawa College of Art in Japan (on a Fulbright) to name but a few.”

“This exhibition provides an opportunity to share a fraction of the department’s aesthetic and intellectual products in its newly remodeled Lee Gallery. In doing so, we will perhaps expose the dialectic between confidence and vulnerability that is so often part and parcel of the creative process. This willingness to do so is also our strength as we celebrate our accomplishments with our students, our colleagues, and the wider Clemson community.”

“Our hope is that viewers will allow themselves the gift of time to visit and contemplate the evidence of our labors not once, but numerous times. For while some works reveal themselves immediately, others do so slowly, challenging visitors to linger and to engage in the kinds of contemplative reflection that contemporary life seems to have less and less time for. If this is your first time in Lee Gallery, we welcome you, and if you are a long-time supporter, we welcome you back. In either case, we look forward to seeing you again.

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