CLEMSON — “Artists Teaching: Teaching Artists,” a new exhibition highlighting artwork by the faculty of the department of art at Clemson University, will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Each iteration symbolically connects the distinctive faculty research and experiences, investigating complementary elements of place, media, technology and visual language. The faculty hold common ground in both the verdant upstate South Carolina location and the collaborative teaching values for all undergraduate and graduate students within the degree programs. This exhibition is an opportunity to share the most current creative research with students, fellow university colleagues and the greater community. The work represents multiplicity in communication, visual modes of practice and systems of materiality. As artists, art faculty voice a broad range of perspectives and are willing to take risks to establish meaningful dialogue on contemporary art-making in the 21st century.

The Department of Art’s award-winning faculty welcomes this occasion to exhibit at the flagship Lee Gallery on Clemson University’s main campus. The Clemson Visual Arts are grateful to the supporters from across the University and state who helped make this exhibition possible — forward-looking friends who inspire a legacy of creativity and value the arts as cultural capital which generates thoughtful discourse in response to the opportunities and challenges of our present day.

Resources from the University over a faculty member’s career provide a unique autonomy for experimental, creative research that is unhindered and profound. The location within a comprehensive, public university also fosters collaboration with other disciplines. Such relationships allow these teaching artists, as well as the art students, to locate important professional connections and new sites of artistic inquiry.

The participating artists include: sculptural ceramicist Deighton Abrams, printmaker Todd Anderson, sculptural ceramicist Daniel Bare, painter Mark Brosseau, sculptor David Detrich, digital media artist David Donar, graphic designer David Gerhard, sculptor Joey Manson, painter Todd McDonald, digital media artist Christina Nguyen Hung, functional ceramicist Denise Woodward-Detrich, photographer Anderson Wrangle, drawing specialist Kathleen Thum and sculptural ceramicist Valerie Zimany.

Guests are invited to interact with the exhibiting artists and hear about the work during the artist talk at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

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Clemson Visual Arts
The importance of the arts at Clemson University goes back to Thomas Green Clemson’s vision for a “high seminary of learning.” As an accomplished painter, an avid art collector, and an arts advocate, Clemson understood the importance of art to our nation and the world. Clemson University continues to carry out his vision by incorporating art throughout its facilities. Visitors are encouraged to engage with Clemson Visual Arts (CVA) by experiencing the exhibitions in the many gallery and showcase spaces, by viewing the public art found all over campus, and by attending special events. For more information and to access the full calendar of events, please visit clemson.edu/cva#clemsonarts.

Exhibitions, artist talks and receptions are free to the public thanks in part to the generous support given to the Clemson Visual Arts. To belong to the Friends of Clemson Visual Arts, visit cualumni.clemson.edu/give/cva.