CLEMSON — “Troubling Beauty” showcases original paintings and hand-cut paper collages on view at the Lee Gallery at the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts with an artist’s talk and closing reception Thursday, Feb. 8.

Yvette Cummings Oil on Canvas 48″ x 60″

Culling through scattered memories of the past and current experiences with her daughters, Yvette Cummings explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, femininity and transitions from childhood into self-awareness.

“Yvette’s work is provocative and dynamic, referencing human development in a world filled with paradoxes and complexities,” said Denise Woodward-Detrich, direcor of the gallery.

This body of work is perfect to showcase on a university campus as it poses important questions about society, social expectations and boundaries for all to ponder,” said Woodward-Detrich.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cummings now lives in Conway, where she teaches at Coastal Carolina University. She received a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, where she was the recipient of the Wolfstein Travel Fellowship to Spain. She taught as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina department of art and was named the Stephen J. Dalton Teacher of the Year from USC in 2011.

The artist talk and closing reception begins at 5:30 p.m. They are free and open the public. For more information, contact Lee Gallery Director Denise Woodward-Detrich at