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What is CSArt?

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors and to create a unique shopping experience.

The Clemson CSArt program, begun in 2014, is modeled after the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and in Minnesota. Clemson CSArt is unique, however, in that 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.

How CSArt works:

Five to six pieces representing five to six student artists are chosen through a juried process. Each selected artist will create 25 of their selected limited-edition piece as their contribution to the 25 shares. Each of the 25 available-to-purchase shares include five to six pieces from each of the artists. Interested consumers may purchase a share on our website in order to become a shareholder. Shareholders may pick up their shares at our seasonal pickup event or through other arrangements.

Benefits of the CSArt program include:

For Artists:

  • Receive support for the creation of new work
  • Establish relationships with local collectors and patrons
  • Participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution!

For CSArt Shareholders:

  • Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value!
  • Develop relationships with the local artists and art community
  • Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines
  • Support local artist’s careers and a vibrant community

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