SmART SeriesGREENVILLE — The Clemson University Center for Visual Arts (CVA) is hosting the SmART Series through January 2016 in the Village of West Greenville. The five-part series is aimed at bringing art and business expertise to the community at large. This interactive and engaging series explores how the arts and creative entrepreneurship intersect.

The SmART Series was created to provide unique resources to emerging artists, current college students, artistic business owners and aspiring creative minds. The series helps create artistic niches, find support systems and connect to the community of West Greenville. The location hosts, who are providing the venue space for the seminars, represent the diverse and expanding interests of the Greenville art community. Each unique mission of the various locations adds to the educational experiences that attendees will have at every event.

The CVA has secured an impressive lineup of speakers to fill the series. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from successful artists, business owners, art collectors, TV stars, journalists and community leaders. The SmART Series is an opportunity for community members to expand their minds and creative aspirations in Greenville.

The SmART Series schedule:

Oct. 1 – SmART Series: Seminar Two
“Entrepreneurial Women in Art and Design,” 6-8 p.m.
Artisan Traders, 1274 Pendleton St.

Nov. 12 – SmART Series: Seminar Three
“Arts and Community Engagement,” 6-8 p.m.
The Greenville Center for Creative Arts, 1274 Pendleton St.

Dec. 10 – SmART Series: Seminar Four
“Social Media: How to Drive Chatter About Your Work,” 6–8 p.m.
Midtown Artery, 1241 Pendleton St.

Jan. 14 – SmART Series: Seminar Five
“Art Collectors — Collecting and Collections: How Does that Work?” 6–8 p.m.
Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant and Music Venue, 1237 Pendleton St.

For more details about the SmART Series, visit The seminars are free to the public, however, space is limited. Attendees need to RSVP to to secure a spot. Attendees are asked to indicate which seminar(s) they will be attending.

The SmART Series is made possible by the generous support of the Community Foundation of Greenville.


Event Sponsors, Speakers and Moderators
Please visit all of our event hosts: The Printshop, Artisan Traders, The Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Midtown Artery and Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant and Music Venue.

Event speakers: Barb Blair (Knack, owner and author), Jeremy Cody (The Printshop owner), Yelena Crosston (Yelena Exclusive Atelier owner), Miller Gaffney (Miller Gaffney Art Advisory principal; star of OVATION TV’s “Art Breakers”), Stacy Huggins (REDUX Studios executive director), Paul Hyde (Greenville News arts writer), Jerry Jackson (Penland School of Arts and Crafts deputy director), Blair Knobel (TOWN Magazine, editor-in-chief), Joe Mazer (Clemson University Social Media Listening Center director; department of communications studies associate chair), Jen Moreau (Dapper Ink co-owner; The Makers Collective, community outreach director), Sam Ogden (HBO, set designer for “Vice Principals”), Sandy Rupp (Hampton III Gallery owner/director), Alexia Timberlake-Boyd (Greenville County Museum of Art collections manager), Lily Wikoff (Lily Pottery artist and designer) and Cathryn Zommer (Enough Pie executive director).

Volunteer moderators: Valerie Zimany (Clemson University art assistant professor), Diane Perpich (Clemson University Women’s Leadership director) and Greg Shelnutt (Clemson University department of art chair).