CLEMSON — Clemson University visual arts students will be on full display this spring in the Clemson University Center for Visual Art’s (CVA) gallery spaces.

The second half of the semester features a calendar full of student exhibitions. Both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduating students present a comprehensive show of artwork weeks prior to graduation. These exhibits are a special time for visual art students, allowing them to reflect on the transformational experience Clemson has provided and choose pieces that best personify their creative achievements.

BFA senior exhibits and MFA thesis exhibits showcase the culmination of year-long research endeavors. Visual Arts students go through a series of critiques aimed at helping build a body of work of the students’ choosing. The public is invited to join the conversation by attending the artist talks, followed by the artists’ receptions.

MFA Thesis Exhibit – Statera: A Place Between

Art students share their thoughts at artists’ talks.

  • Through April 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Lee Gallery
  • Artist talks and reception, March 30, 6–8 p.m.

Master of Fine Arts thesis students Susan Vander Kooi and Carey Morton will present an exhibition illustrating the importance of interconnected relationships between people, landscape and the natural world. Throughout history, there has been a deep human connection to the Earth and recognition of our position in space that contemporary culture may be forgetting. This work acknowledges the tangible and intangible attributes of human dependence on and relationship with the land, nature and visceral experience. Utilizing sculpture, the artists blur boundaries, explore the need for balance and challenge viewer perception.


BFA Senior Exhibit #1 – Take Shape

  • April 9–13, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Lee Gallery
  • Artist talks and reception –  April 13, 6–8 p.m.

Take Shape will feature works by Mariana Aubad, Leah Brazell, McKenize Fletcher, Hannah Gardner, Amanda Hazell, Kara Lerchenfeld, Cody Miller and Anna Rice.

BFA Senior Exhibit #2 – Existence

  • April 18–25, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Lee Gallery
  • Artist talks and reception – F, Apr. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Existence will feature works by Lainee Craft, Caroline Herring, Mary Jo May, Zoe Rogers, Michala Stewart, Heather Suttles and Samantha Trivinia.

Next Up Invitational Exhibit

Additional student artwork currently on display until Apr. 19 is the Next Up Invitational Exhibit, Sikes Hall Showcase, ground floor.

Wrapping up the end of spring semester will be the Spring Ceramics Studio Sale and the Community Support Art (CSArt) Share Pick Up, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25 outside of the Lee Gallery, along with the Foundation Review, April 27. Students who have completed their Foundation studio courses in the art department will showcase their creative efforts in the Lee Gallery. The showcase is a review of student progress and an opportunity for the department to share the work of these art students with a local audience. The opening reception will be 6-8 p.m.


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.