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Creative Inquiry


Creative Inquiry is an initiative at Clemson University that engages students at the Undergraduate level in applied research.

Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers.

Topics are boundless. Students often find themselves presenting their work at national conferences, fielding questions from professionals. This invaluable experience produces exceptional graduates. Our Creative Inquiry participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems as a team and hone their communication and presentation skills.

What does it take? Commitment and curiosity. You'll need the desire to be creative, to work with a group of peers for several semesters and to be mentored by a faculty member or advanced graduate student. Course credit is given.

Currently the Art Department offers four creative inquiry options open to all majors

Atelier InSite

Atelier InSite is a project that implements public artwork on the Clemson University Campus. It capitalizes on a cross-disciplinary and inclusive approach that is predominantly student driven. The goal 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.

Decipher cover Atelier InSite’s first public art project was chosen for the cover of the Clemson University magazine, Decipher as well as has been featured in several other publications.

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Public Art Project Photos

Public Art Projects


Clemson Curates

Faculty teach experiential-learning courses through a partnership with the CVA, allowing students to gain practical knowledge of how arguments are constructed, how visual arts exhibits are developed and how various social media platforms are utilized for marketing and communication. Students learn to consider the arts from a variety of perspectives and fields, providing them with a comprehensive view of exhibit development and applied learning. Learn more


Community Supported Art (CSArt)

CSArt endeavor was created to support local art, artists, and collectors and to create a unique shopping experience.

The Clemson CSArt program, begun in 2014, is unique because it has been started by college students and has been funded by the Clemson University Creative Inquiry program so that the CSArt team is able to further explore and research new, innovative ways to run the program. Interested consumers and collectors will purchase a share and in return, receive one share of locally-produced artwork at our seasonal pickup event.

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CSArt Photos

CSArt Photos.


Contemporary Art in Practice

Contemporary Art in Practice students spend time researching and evaluating exhibit presentation strategies while seeing some incredible art in New York City. This trip is part of a Creative Inquiry-Clemson course, a part of Clemson's commitment to student engagement and undergraduate research. This opportunity for engagement is what set the Clemson experience apart from other institutions.

Art Students in NYC

Clemson's senior ART 473 class viewed firsthand encompassing mediums and time periods from artists known all over the world. Read More.

Sample NYC Trip Schedule

Thursday, February 21 @ 11:00 a.m.
Arrive at hotel, lunch around Union Square and MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) location 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 

Thursday, February 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
New Museum location 235 Bowery, New York, NY followed by dinner

Friday, February 22 @ 9:00 a.m.
Metropolitan Museum of Art location 1000 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

Friday, February 22 @ 2:00 p.m.
Guggenheim Museum location 1071 Fifth Ave, New York, NY & Whitney Museum of Art location 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

Saturday, February 23 @ 10:00 a.m. 
Art galleries in the Chelsea District

Sunday, February 24 @ 10:00 a.m.
Leave NYC for Tiger Town