Community Supported Art CLEMSON — The Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) program has launched a new initiative that allows the community to connect with Clemson art students while engaging in a unique art-shopping experience.

The program puts a new spin on “Community Supported Agriculture,” which provides fresh produce for customers who buy a “share” of a local farmer’s produce. Clemson’s CSArt program aims to create the same market for fresh, handcrafted artwork.

For one share, a customer will receive six different pieces made by Clemson art students. This year, all artwork will be focused on functional ceramics and will be juried by Harriett Green, the visual arts director of the South Carolina State Arts Commission. CSArt plans to sell a total of 25 shares this year for $120 per share.

The initiative began with a Creative Inquiry team that researched the strategies and success of CSArt programs in other galleries, art studios and art centers. Proceeds from the shares will allow these students to continue research and to present Clemson’s CSArt program at national conferences.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, shareholdeCSArt Valerie Zimany Videors can meet the artists and pick up shares at the CSArt “pick-up party” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ceramic Art Studio located in Lee Hall II, Room 2-G36 (323 Fernow St.). The pick-up party will also allow shareholders to preview and purchase additional ceramic pieces from the Annual Ceramic Bowl Sale, which is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

To learn more about CSArt and become an exclusive shareholder member, please visit www.clemson-csa.org or follow the simple how to purchase a share online directions.