fall-for-the-visual-artsCLEMSON — Clemson University visual art students and invited renowned artists will be on full display this fall in the Clemson University Center for Visual Art’s (CVA) gallery spaces.

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

Currently on display

Solastalgia – MFA thesis exhibit

On display 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday until Nov. 11 in Lee Gallery
Reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Lee Gallery (artist talk 6:30 p.m.)

Through the sculptural work of ceramist Deighton Abrams and photographs by Haley Floyd, “Solastalgia” explores the physical, psychological and emotional relationship between the environment and human identity. Connected to the concepts of solace and desolation, solastalgia is used by environmental philosophers to describe the human distress associated with environmental sickness regarding home. Both artists reflect on this relationship through their personal experiences of home.

Foundations – Department of art student exhibit

On display 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Dec. 15 at the Center for Visual Arts–Greenville, 1 N. Main St., 5th Floor, Greenville

Foundations features those students who have completed their Foundation Studio Courses in the art department at Clemson University.

This exhibit will highlight their creative efforts in the CVA–Greenville on Main Street. The showcase is a review of their progress and an opportunity for the department to share the work of our students with local audiences. This exhibit lays the groundwork for their next three years of study.

Connections and Conversations – Department of art student juried exhibit

On display 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until Jan. 25, 2017, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Deans Gallery, 101 Strode Tower

Juried by Greenville Museum collections manager Alexia Timberlake Boyd this exhibition showcases the creative work of graduate and undergraduate students through a variety of media explorations. The exhibition explores a range of approaches the idea connections and conversations taking place in contemporary culture.

Sense of Place

On display 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until March 15, 2017,  Sikes Hall ground floor

This exhibition examines the people, places and the cultural life of West Greenville in a project organized by the Center for Visual Arts- Greenville. Artists invited to participate in the project demonstrate relevant experience in creating a collection of works using environmental portraiture or storytelling. The goal of the project was to build community, convey and bring together a significant exhibit meant to honor West Greenville residents and surrounding community. The artists selected to participate in the project and exhibit are Dawn Roe of Asheville, North Carolina, and Winter Park, Florida; Dustin Chambers of Atlanta; Kathleen Robbins of Columbia; and Leon Alesi of Asheville and Austin, Texas. Works in this exhibition are not for sale as they are part of the CVA art collection.

Upcoming Events

Ceramic Bowl Sale

Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 16 in the hallway in front of the Lee Gallery, Lee Hall

A selection of bowls and other functional works by ceramics undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty are available in a variety of price points. The Clemson Ceramics Association’s homemade soup will be served for free with the purchase of a bowl between noon and 1 p.m. with the sale continuing until 5 p.m. The annual Spring Ceramic Sale will be held April 26, 2017.

Tangible Imperceptions

BFA senior exhibit

Nov. 21–Dec. 2, M–Th, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday Nov. 21-Dec. 2, Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall
Reception 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Lee Gallery (artist talks 6:30–7 p.m. Lee Gallery)

Artists look at the world and the time we live in with dissecting eyes. They question what is seen and explore the unseen. They seek to materialize their thoughts, feelings, experiences and interactions with the intent of making commentary and sharing the human experience. In this exhibition, they are making the intangible tangible.

Participating artists include: Regan Carson, Hannah Cartee, Jennifer Clevenger, Johnny Murphy, Lorelei Sanders and Rebekah Warren.


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.