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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 CVA engages the public through a variety of means and venues:

  • Exhibitions in the Lee and Acorn Galleries on the Clemson University campus and in the satellite facility, CVA-Greenville, as well as and other exhibition spaces both on and off the campus;
  • Workshops and lectures by visiting artists and critics; and
  • Collaborative partnerships with other campus and non-profit partners such as:
  • Clemson Area Transit and the ARTS Center in Clemson to host Passport to the Arts, a gathering that celebrates the arts in Clemson at multiple venues in the city;
  • South Carolina Arts Commission to host The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations, a traveling exhibition including 118 pieces of artwork from the South Carolina Arts Commission's 448-piece State Art Collection.

Please learn more about belonging to the Friends of the Center for Visual Arts.

The CVA serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at Clemson University. Although there is not a physical building for this center as of yet the majority of activities for the CVA are generated out of the Lee Hall building located on the main campus of Clemson University.