CLEMSON — The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) at Clemson University has something for everyone this fall, from visiting artists to student exhibitions and seminars.

Supersystems by Kathleen Thum is on display now at CVA-Greenville.

Supersystems by Kathleen Thum is on display now at CVA-Greenville.

Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall, 323 Fernow St., Clemson

The Lee Gallery is the flagship exhibit space that provides the university and surrounding community with access to regional, national and international artists through a variety of exhibitions and special events. This gallery is recognized as a significant venue that helps stimulate conversations surrounding contemporary art.

Drifters Project by Pam Longobardi
Currently on display until Sept. 27
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

The Lee Gallery’s first art exhibit of the fall semester focuses on the importance of striking a sustainable balance between nature and the current global consumer culture with Pam Longobardi’s “Drifters Project.” Visitors to the gallery will experience various installations along with select paintings and drawings.

This body of artwork began after Longobardi encountered mountains of plastic being deposited by the ocean on remote islands in Hawaii. She utilizes discarded plastics to make installations that explore our global culture through plastics that have been transformed by the ocean then collected, documented and re-presented by the artist into the gallery context. As a result of her research she has removed thousands of pounds of material for re-examination.

Upstate 8: SC Women Fellowship Recipients Exhibit
Oct. 2-Nov. 8
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Exhibit Reception: Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.

On June 7, 1967, Gov. Robert E. McNair signed legislation that established the South Carolina Arts Commission. This historic moment signaled a new era of public support for the arts that has endured for 50 years. As part of a statewide 50th anniversary celebration organized by the S.C. Arts Commission and S.C Arts Foundation, the Lee Gallery presents Upstate 8.

The exhibition showcases the work of eight women artists from the Upstate who were beneficiaries of the support from competitive fellowships awarded by the S.C. Arts Commission. These eight women are leaders in the arts, mentors through their creative research and contributors to the thriving cultural climate that the state of South Carolina now enjoys. These eight women represent the success of McNair’s visionary leadership and exemplary stewardship of the S.C. Arts Commission over the last 50 years. This exhibit project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sensory Recollections MFA Thesis Art Exhibit
Nov. 6-10
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Artist Talks and Reception: Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m.

Sensory Recollections Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit examines the relationship between memory and object through the sculptural work of Dalia Delanuez, photographic work of Amber Eckersley and ceramic work of Lacy Miller. Emphasizing the tension between presence and absence as it relates to memories and objects, the exhibit considers ways in which memory is ever fluid and malleable.

Eidetic Reverie MFA Thesis Art Exhibit
Nov. 14-21
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Artist Talks and Reception: Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.

Converging in Eidetic Reverie, the work of Master of Fine Arts thesis students Carey Morton and Kymberly Day explores the visceral, cerebral, and emotional relationships of the subconscious mind. Inspired by the realm of myth and its parallels with personal growth and identity, commonplace materials merge with dreamlike imagery, evoking surreal conditions. The artists reflect on these relationships by examining memory, dreams and cultural tropes that define perceptions of reality.

Senior BFA Thesis Art Exhibit
Nov. 29-Dec. 8
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Exhibit Reception: Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.
Artist Talks: Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition showcases work by seniors in the studio disciplines of ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. The following artists are included in this year’s exhibition: Mary Baghdady, Casey Bunda, Marge Carnes, Anna Brown, Teisha Holloway, Mackie Seabrook, Barry Tucker and Brooks Watford.


There are several gallery and showcase spaces on and off campus maintained by CVA. These spaces provide the University and regional community with programming that examines contemporary issues, and underscores our academic programs, while serving the broader university mission.

A Sense of Place: Clemson
Drawings and Watercolors by James F. Barker
Currently on display until Oct. 11
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Dean’s Gallery, 108 Strode Tower

As an architecture student, alumnus, dean, president emeritus and now professor of architecture, James F. Barker gives a unique perspective. His exhibit captures a sense of community that portrays a richness, depth and love for the Clemson campus.

Ink Travels
Currently on display until Jan. 18, 2018
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Sikes Hall Showcase, ground floor

“Ink travels” refers to the constant challenge of keeping an active print shop clean.  In the context of this exhibition, the term also refers to the wide-reaching influence of professor Sydney A. Cross’s teaching and mentoring. Similar to how “ink travels” this exhibition showcases Cross’s legacy as an educator and illustrates the positive impact she has had on artists across the nation. The exhibition is a thoughtful tribute to the quality of Cross’s teaching and a reflection on the Clemson family in the visual arts.

Supersystems by Kathleen Thum
Currently on display until June 4, 2018
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday
CVA-Greenville, ONE Building, 5th Floor, 1 North Main St.

The drawings and paintings in this exhibition are a hybrid of various human physiological systems, which are depicted through abstract networks of forms, shapes, lines, marks and color. Like our internal anatomy, the structures in these works are layered, linear, flowing, clustered, open, dense and intertwined. Referencing medical illustrations, industrial systems and topographical maps, Kathleen Thum playfully creates her own imagery to portray the fascinating inter-workings of our bodies.

Discovering The Clemson Story Through Art and Design Exhibit
Sept. 5-Dec. 8
1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Brooks Center Lobby Showcase

A 25-year collaboration between sculptors/designers T.J. Dixon & James Nelson and landscape architects Gerald Vander Mey & Barry Anderson from Clemson University Planning and Design. The exhibit showcases various design projects across campus, including Memorial Park, the Military Heritage Plaza and recently completed Spirit Point at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts.

Next Up 2017 Invitational Exhibit
Oct. 18-Jan. 23, 2018
Exhibit Reception: Oct. 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Dean’s Gallery, 108 Strode Tower

The Next Up 2017 Invitational is an exhibition of work selected by the Clemson Curates Creative Inquiry team, which invited 17 undergraduate art students to showcase their work. On view are 23 works selected from more than 170 submissions to the Foundations Review, which took place spring 2017.


An increasingly popular way for the public to engage with the CVA is through ceramics studio sales and the artist lectures that occur each semester. This fall, the annual Ceramic Bowl Sale will provide a selection of bowls and other functional works by ceramics undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. In addition, art enthusiasts are encouraged to learn from some of the most influential and innovative artists by partaking in free artist lectures.

Artist Talk by Yu Kai Lin
Thursday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
1-100 Lee Hall

Yu-Kai Lin has worked with curators, developers, architects and designers to collect art. He has collaborated with teams to curate exhibitions and build collections to organizations such as The High Museum of Art, Whole Foods Market, Coca-Cola, W Hotels, Emory University, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Turner Broadcasting System, WXIA-TV/NBC, BET Network, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and Troutman Sanders, as well as private collectors. Lin was selected by Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of its 40 Under 40.

Yu-Kai Lin has maintained an active role in the Atlanta arts community. Lin graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Art in music: piano performance. He was honored Emory University’s Alumni of the Year and was featured in The Atlantan’s Arts and Power issue. 

Recent Work by Tom Lauerman
Monday, Nov. 6-Friday, Nov. 10
Artist Talk: Monday, Nov. 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
1-100 Lee Hall

Tom Lauerman works within the overlap of sculpture, craft and design. His objects, drawings and installations explore the emotional capacities of constructed spaces as a visual, tactile and visceral experience. In the studio, Lauerman seeks to synthesize digital fabrication strategies and traditional craft techniques. He is a professor in ceramics and sculpture at Pennsylvania State University. His teachings instill in students the importance of being makers and creating designs that will support a wide range of STEAM-related occupations in the 21st century.

Annual Ceramic Studio Bowl Sale
Nov. 15, Noon-5 p.m.
Lee Gallery hallway

This popular annual sale is a fundraiser that supports student travel to the upcoming National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference as well as other professional activities that help further student research and collaboration. A selection of bowls and other functional works by ceramics undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will be available in a variety of price points. The Clemson Ceramics Association’s homemade soup will be served free with the purchase of a bowl between noon and 1 p.m.


The goal of Atelier InSite is to create a new paradigm for the administration of public art on university campuses. The word atelier is derived from the French word meaning “workshop” or “studio.” Atelier describes the atmosphere and attitude toward the installation and development of public art on campus. There are multiple works of public art across Clemson University’s campus.

Illuminated Chroma Wind Trees
Now on view at Core Campus

This Public Art sculpture by Koryn Rolstad serves as a centerpiece in Clemson’s new Core Campus, a mixed-use housing and dining facility. The Clemson community is encouraged to enjoy this new public art outside and within the Core Campus building.


Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University
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 the Center for 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

Exhibitions, artist talks and receptions are free to the public thanks in part to the generous support given to the Center for Visual Arts. To belong to the Friends of the Center for Visual Arts, visit