CLEMSON — One man’s trash is another man’s … art? Members of Clemson University’s Students for Environmental Awareness think so, and they will showcase artwork made from recycled materials Friday, Oct. 16, at the Picture Green Art Exhibition at the Hendrix Student Center.

The exhibition, which will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features artwork made by Clemson students. Each piece will be made from recycled materials or will have a theme of sustainability. Juror Deborah Pagano, executive director of The Arts Center in Clemson, will judge the work and select the top three pieces for exhibit at a show at The Arts Center. Artists will have the option to sell their pieces at the show.

“We would like people to see the potential uses of what most people consider trash,” said Students for Environmental Awareness co-president Gabe Fair, a junior from Easley majoring in computer science. “In today’s society, nothing should be wasted. Everything has a second use.”

Project manager Julia Fielding, a senior psychology major from Arlington, Va., said she thinks the challenge of creating art out of trash will lead to some interesting pieces.

“You have a different set of limitations when reusing trash and recycled items, which can inspire creativity,” Fielding said.

Along with the exhibit, students from Clemson’s landscape architecture department will display their senior exit projects.

The day also will include a series of presentations about sustainability. Artist Jessica Drenk, an internationally recognized sculptor, will speak on “A Sculptor’s Approach to the Environment” in a session at 10 a.m.

Drenk’s work has been highly influenced by museums of natural history, paleontology, archaeology and history. In 2006, Drenk was awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Her work has been pictured in Sculpture Magazine and seen in shows at the International Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, the Albuquerque Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the International Book Fair of Contemporary Creative Books in Marseilles, France, and in galleries across the United States.

Other presentations from Clemson faculty and staff include:

  • “Innovative Container Housing” by planning and landscape architecture professor Pernille Christensen at 11 a.m.
  • “Dry-in Housing” by architecture professors Douglas Hecker and Martha Skinner at 11 a.m.
  • “Sustainability in the Built Environment” by civil engineering professor Leidy Klotz and university master planner Gerald Vander Mey at noon.
  • “20 Percent by 2020 Energy Initiative” by director of utility services Tony Putnam and director of resource efficiency and process improvement Brent Emerson at 1:30 p.m.
  • “Renewable: The Switch of a Century” by biosystems engineering professor Terry Walker at 2:30 p.m.
  • “Growing Sustainability” by marketing professor John Mittelstaedt at 3:15 p.m.
  • “Thinking About Sustainability: Current Trends” by environmental engineering and earth science professor Shelie Miller at 4:15 p.m.
  • “Creating a Sustainable Garden” by South Carolina Botanical Garden director of education Lisa Wagner at 5:30 p.m.

Students for Environmental Awareness will host a film series throughout the day. All films will be centered around some aspect of sustainability. They include “The Next Industrial Revolution,” “Blue Vinyl,” The End of Suburbia,” “The Story of Stuff,” “The Body of Burden,” “Ted” and “Affluenza.”

All events will be held at the Hendrix Student Center and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.clemsonSEA.org.

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