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Jeanet S. Dreskin

Jeanet S. Dreskin

Jeanet S. Dreskin

When Jeanet Stecker Dreskin and her late husband Arthur settled in Greenville, S.C. in 1950 to raise their family, she wasn’t thinking about going back to school. She had her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University and a certificate in Medical Art from John Hopkins University. She had also studied at the NY Art Students League. Then the offer came — to become Clemson’s first Master of Fine Arts student. She accepted, she excelled, and she set the bar high for all who have followed in her footsteps.

Dreskin’s paintings are included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art and nearly two dozen other museum and permanent collections. Her medical drawings, paintings and other illustrations have been reproduced widely in journals, textbooks and other volumes, including Encyclopedia Britannica, and the National Journal of Surgery. Among her solo exhibitions are shows at the Columbia Museum of Art, S.C.; the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Ga.; and in 2014, a career retrospective in the Lee Gallery.

Jeanet Dreskin has taught at the Greenville Museum School of Art, at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and as adjunct professor for the University of South Carolina.

In 1984, she was President of South Carolina Watermedia Society, and in 1973, she was President of the Guild of South Carolina Artists. She was an officer of Southern Graphics Council and served on the board for many years. She has also served on the South Carolina Arts Commission Advisory Board.

Dreskin has won numerous awards for her artwork, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2004. The Verner Award is the highest arts award of the State of South Carolina.