GREENVILLE — Inspired by the sense of community that the Ink Travels exhibit fosters, the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts-Greenville wants to duplicate this experience in the Village of West Greenville by inviting community members to come together through the shared experience of making art.

The Printshop

The Printshop

Work made in the context of the community-driven workshops will be on display this Friday until Aug. 28 in the exhibition “West Greenville in Print.”

The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville partnered to create a series of printmaking workshops with Jeremy Cody of The Printshop, a printmaking studio located at 3 McBeth St. (in the Monaghan/Parker neighborhood) that exists to encourage artistic growth through community and education.

The June workshops were geared toward summer camp students at Legacy Charter School, the Center for Educational Equity, Mill Village Farms and other programs serving Greenville’s westside and another at adult residents and artists in west side neighborhoods.

Participants were asked to bring a photograph (contemporary or historical) of a place, memory, portrait, landscape, architectural structure, etc., that defines West Greenville. The photographs are half-toned, enabling the participants to draw in the photographs and use a combo press to make prints from the new image.

Since the exhibit is called “West Greenville in Print,” the Center for Visual Arts also will be integrating a literary component. Glenis Redmond, a poet and artist-in-residence at the Peace Center through their Peace Voices program, is hosting writing and poetry workshops with Clemson University English faculty member Kathleen Nalley.

The first workshop, at 9 a.m. July 15, will allow past or present west side residents and business owners or anyone who has experienced the village and its surrounding neighborhoods to write praise poems about the community.  Many of the poems will be recorded and turned into spoken word, which will play in the gallery space during First Fridays and exhibition viewing hours.

The “West Greenville in Print” exhibit is considered an extension of the Sense of Place exhibit in the summer of 2014 when photographers documented the people and places of West Greenville. The difference in these two exhibits is that the community members are the artists in charge of creating their own stories with through art.

The “West Greenville in Print” exhibition showcasing the neighborhood images and poems can be viewed from Friday, July 3) until Friday, Aug. 28) in the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville satellite facility in the Village of West Greenville, 1278 Pendleton St. The 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

The workshops and exhibit are free and open to the public because of donations from supporters and gifts given by Richard and Gwen Heusel and the Community Foundation of Greenville.

For more information regarding the exhibits at the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts – Greenville (CVA-G), contact Kara Blanken Soper at kblank2@clemson.edu.

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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 (CVA-G) is a satellite of the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, which 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.