GREENVILLE — The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University was recently awarded an over $7,000 Arts Education Project (AEP) grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) for creating an art exhibition collaborating with more than 300 students throughout the Upstate. The juried exhibition, “Out of the Park 2: Bases Loaded” features more than 144 artists who submitted over 400 works of student artwork is one of two exhibitions that SCAC has supported at Clemson in efforts to foster a thriving visual arts environment in the Greenville area.

Participating artists were charged to create Artist’s Trading Cards, which are miniature works of art about the same size as contemporary baseball trading cards. The CVA offered workshops and guidance to assist art students from the different schools develop original works of art.

The exhibit was unveiled at a reception at Fluor Field’s 500 Club sponsored by the Greenville Drive. The occasion marks the second Out of the Park event the baseball organization has hosted helping to bring together arts and athletics. This type of engagement is part of the Drive’s unique approach to community outreach, contributing to the cultural richness of the Upstate.

The first Out of the Park event highlighted the juried Sense of Place exhibit. The showcase was created by the first grant received by the CVA from SCAC. Art photographers were invited to create a collection of works using environmental portraiture or storytelling. The experience helped to convey and bring together a significant exhibit meant to honor its residents and surrounding community of the Village of West Greenville. Sense of Place is part of the CVA’s permanent art collection and will be on display in Sikes Hall later this summer.

The “Out of the Park 2: Bases Loaded” exhibit was juried and awards will be presented at a special reception held in the Center for Visual Arts – Lee Gallery at Clemson University at 6 p.m. today. Participating artists from the department of art at Clemson University, Daniel High School, the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville Senior High School, Legacy Charter School and the University of South Carolina Upstate, as well as family, friends and the public are encouraged to attend.

After the artists’ reception is held  the “Out of the Park 2: Bases Loaded” exhibit will spend some time on display at the CVA-Greenville’s new location on the fifth floor of Greenville ONE building thanks in part to the partnership with the Clemson MBA Program and additional on campus gallery and art showcased locations managed by the CVA.

This innovative art collaboration is part of the CVA’s commitment to support the institutions 2020 ClemsonForward strategic plan to provide educational activities that strengthen recruitment efforts for the Art Department in efforts to attract and retain outstanding students by “providing an exceptional educational experience grounded in engagement.”

Photos from the “Out of the Park 2: Bases Loaded” reception are posted online.

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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 Center for Visual Arts, click here.

The Center for Visual Arts
The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) at Clemson University is where students, visitors and scholars explore contemporary perspectives in art and culture through research, outreach programming and studio practice. With a mission to engage and render visible the creative process, the CVA is a dynamic intellectual and physical environment where art is created, exhibited and interpreted. It educates through academic research and practice with art at its core, drawing upon varied disciplines to examine critically cultural issues and artistic concerns.

The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville is a satellite gallery space located on the fifth floor of Greenville ONE building at One Main Street, Greenville, SC. The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at the university. Though there is not a physical building for this center, the majority of the activities for the Center of Visual Arts are generated out of Lee Hall on the Clemson University campus. For more information, visit clemson.edu/cva.

South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.