Life in West Greenville

Life in West Greenville

GREENVILLE — The Clemson University art department’s “Sense of Place” exhibit that begins Friday at the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville is being curated by David Bram, the internationally recognized founder of Fraction Magazine.

The art department recently received a $5,000 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission allowing the Center for Visual Arts to put on the exhibit and bring Bram to Greenville.

There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday and the Artist and Curator Panel Discussion will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. Bram invited four photographers to visit the Village of West Greenville to observe, learn and interpret what they discovered through the lens of a camera. The photos are accompanied by audio recorded stories from neighbors in the community, which recently was rebranded to honor its mill village history.

“It is my sincerest hope that the results of this project will be a collection of works where the creative community, as well as the larger neighborhood, will share and connect with each other,” said Gene Ellenberg, current program coordinator for the CVA-Greenville. “The exhibit is designed to spark conversations and genuine interactions to empower the neighbors in the community by giving them a platform to tell their stories, as well as acknowledge their history.”

All professional art photographers invited to participate in this exhibit are located in the Southeast and have relevant experience creating a collection of works using environmental portraiture or storytelling. They 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.

The Sense of Place exhibit will be featured as special content in the July issue of Fraction Magazine, exposing the Village of West Greenville and CVA-Greenville to an international audience. Fraction Magazine is a monthly publication with an online venue dedicated to fine art and contemporary photography that has published more than 250 photographers’ portfolios.

The Sense of Place exhibit can be viewed from Friday through Aug. 30 at 1278 Pendleton St, Greenville. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The exhibit, panel discussion and reception is free and open to the public.

Several organizations and individuals are helping the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville provide required matching funds to the Arts Commission grant with local dollars and in-kind donations. Those who are supporting the grant project are Peter Helwing, Richard and Gwen Heusel, the Friends of the Center for Visual Arts and Clemson University, and financial support and vision from The Community Foundation of Greenville.


David Bram
David Bram has reviewed more than 800 portfolios from more than 20 national events, including the PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon; Fotofest in Houston; PhotoNOLA in New Orleans; Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Review LA in Los Angeles; and Review Santa Fe in New Mexico. He also served as reviewer for the internationally recognized Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011.

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.

The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville is a satellite of the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at the university. Though there is not a physical building for this center, the majority of the activities for the Center of Visual Arts are generated out of Lee Hall on the Clemson University campus. For more information, visit