Center for Visual Arts

Visiting Artists/Guest Lecturers/Artists Talks

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Guest lectures encourage students to explore how visual representation in all its complex forms exists as a mode of inquiry. The CVA offers a robust slate of guest lectures given by regional, national and internationally recognized leaders in the field of visual arts. Planned alongside the lectures are a variety of activities designed to provide students the opportunity to further engage with the lecturer. These activities include class visits, workshops, panel discussions, public presentations and exhibitions. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students also have opportunities to participate in individual studio visits and critiques with the guest lecturers.

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Previous Visiting Artists / Guest Lectures

October 18 

“Southern Roots + Global Reach” Symposium

This daylong symposium features a keynote lecture by Alexander Tzonis andLiane Lefaivre, Ph.D., on “The Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization.”

Lee Hall, 2-111 Auditorium


Mary Beebe Picture

September 24 

Guest Lecture: “The Stuart Collection: Making Art Happen on Campus” by Mary Beebe

6 –7 p.m.

1-100 Lee Hall

Danny Saulnier Exhibit        Danny Saulnier

September 16 

Guest Lecture: “Paintings: Night After Night” by Dana Saulnier

5:30–6:30 p.m.


6:30–7:30 p.m.

1-100 Lee Hall


Activist Vision

September 9 

Gallery Talk for Danny Lyon: “Activist Vision” Exhibit by Gene Ellenberg

5:30–6 p.m.


6–7:00 p.m.

2-G26 Acorn Gallery


April 8 – 12

Acorn Gallery

Suzanne Bellamy is an Australian artist, writer and Woolf scholar, and Director of Mongarlowe Studio Workshops. She exhibits internationally in text/image fusions using multimedia, print and painting. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Sydney on Woolf, Modernism and Australian Literature.

Monday, April 8 - Artist Lecture, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Room 100

Artist Reception 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Acorn Gallery

Jianming Zhong, Department of Photography, Nanjing University of the Arts, China
Monday, April 1, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Room 1-100 Lee Hall

Economic reforms in China in the past decades have brought fundamental changes and comprehensive modernization to the Chinese culture and society. The profession of photography as well as popular interests in it is of no exception. In a recent regional photography competition, 180,000 photographs were submitted for an exhibition of 800 pieces. This speaks for the intense interest in photography among the Chinese today. Each photograph could offer thousands of words of rich stories. In this context, our distinguished guest speaker, Professor Jianming Zhong, will deliver a talk that covers the background behind such interests and its significance in the nation’s future.

IIan Berryan Berry, Juror and Visiting Lecturer
Monday, February 18, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Affinity Atlas: Art and teaching and the early history of museums
Room 1-100, Lee Hall
Monday, February 18, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Exhibition Reception & Awards Presentation
Lee Gallery

The 2013 Clemson National Print and Drawing Juror Ian Berry will present recent art and exhibition projects that reveal a vibrant and vital contemporary art scene. Ian Berry is Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. He received his B.A. in Art History from the University at Albany and his M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Bradlee Shanks Isand Brandlee Shanks
Monday, February 25, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
100 Lee Hall

Bradlee Shanks, Associate Professor in Printmaking, creates figural and landscape narratives, and complex allegorical representations of contemporary life. His figures may be extremely realistic or strangely drawn and distorted - in many cases seemingly trapped within the confines of their surrounding environments. The surfaces and colors of his work are notable for their subtle nuances and vibrancy.

Shanks is a recognized leader in the area of digitally mediated printmaking. His goal is to use the technology to foment artistic improvisation, maintaining its transparency within the interpretation of the final work. Shanks manipulates representation and context, constructing a highly-detailed reality, creating implicit analogies for human experience. His photographic and digital process yields an artful, intricate design and expert craftsmanship.

Shanks has exhibited in over 150 national and international group exhibitions including the 2007 Wrexham Print International, Boston Printmakers 2007 North American Print Biennial, 31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, 2006 Colorprint USA, and Print Arts Northwest Currents 2006. Solo exhibitions include such venues as: the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Georgia, University of Alaska, and Tampa area galleries.

He has served as a panelist and demonstrator at numerous national and international printmaking conferences. Shanks work is in collections including: The Fogg Museum in Boston, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

Shanks received a BFA from the University of South Dakota (Magna cum laude) and his MFA from Arizona State University in 1986 and since then has taught at USF

Mario Marzan
Monday, February 4, 2013
Lecture 5:30 - 6:30 pm in 100 Lee Hall & Reception 6:30 - 7:30 pm in Acorn Gallery

Mario Marzan's work explores the shifting, changing and constantly evolving negotiation of geographical spaces in relation to individual and cultural identities and histories. From depictions of vast geographic locations to the intimate rooms of a house under construction, his work maps transient spaces as fluid sites of exchange. His work has been exhibited nationally, including New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. His work has achieved numerous awards including a NALAC National Fund for the Arts Award and North Carolina Emerging Artist Grant. He received his MFA at Carnegie Mellon and BFA from Bowling Green State University. Marzan was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is currently and Assistant Professor of Art at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adam Jacono
Thursday, March 1, 2012 6 - 7 pm
100 Lee Hall

Adam Jacono is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Cecil College in Maryland, and he served as a 2010-11 curatorial intern for the VASA photographic project with A.D. Coleman. He holds an MFA from East Carolina University Jacono’s artwork examines the relationship of advertising, consumerism and mass media to American culture. His artistic practice combines alternative and traditional photographic processes to reference history in combination with digital photography, video, web, performance and printmaking. Jacono’s work is technically multidimensional and utilizes multiple modes of production, allowing concept to shape the end product. Through image-based media, he invites viewers to examine their own perceptions of culture, art and identity.

Bill Brouillard
Thursday, March 8, 2012 5:30pm
100 Lee Hall

The Department of Art is pleased to host Bill Brouillard as a Visiting Artist for the 2012 Spring Clemson Anagama firing. Bill is a professor in the Ceramics Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he has taught since 1980, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009. He earned his MFA in Ceramic Art from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1976. Currently, his collections are represented by more than 15 institutions, including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Detroit Museum of Art, The University of Southern Illinois, Tokyo National Museum, and Lerner Tower at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Brouillard has held residency positions at Watershed, Archie Bray, and Penland; in 2003 he completed a 3-month McKnight Residency at Northern Clay Center.

In his recent series "Remonstrations from the Iconic Rustbelt," Brouillard creates unique, ceramic vessels and large scale platters which tell critical stories of the industrial age. Brouillard incorporates the tin-glaze tradition of Majolica work that began in the Middle East and traveled through Italy and Spain to England and the Netherlands -- replacing traditional/ historical repeated patterns with machine age imagery.

Hylla Willis, subRosa Art Collective
October 24, 2012 6:00 PM
Co-sponsorted by Women's studies and the Rutland Center for Ethics

Terri Bright, Furman University
October 26, 2012 5:30 PM 

Mark Dion, “An Explication of Recent Endeavors”
January 26. 2011

Mark Dion’s work examines the subjectivity of representation that shapes our understanding of history, archaeology & the natural environment by appropriating strategies of taxonomy and scientific methods of collecting and exhibiting objects. Dion’s work has been represented in major museums worldwide.

Pradip Malde “Effacement: some thoughts on inquiry and expression”
January 31, 2011

Malde considers the relationship between the conceptual framework around creative work and so-called self-expression. Malde graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980 works as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Sewanee, Tennessee.

Eleanor Heartney, “Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits, & Other Acts of Art”
February 3, 2011

Eleanor Heartney discusses her recently published survey of contemporary art which examines the extreme pluralism of the contemporary art world. Heartney is contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress and other contemporary publications.

Christa Donner, “Gut Reaction”
February 1, 2011

Donner uses drawing, zines, installation and social engagement to examine the human body and our relationships to it through sensation and imagination. Her work has been exhibited both nationally & internationally.

Lynne Allen, “Hook, Line, and Sinker”
February 22, 2011

Through notions of collecting, Allen re-contextualizes found objects and tells untold stories in order to alert the viewer to invisible dangers presented not only in history, but also in life today. Allen is director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. She has been featured in over 100 exhibitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art & Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Richard Pell
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture

Richard Pell works at the intersections of science, engineering, and culture. he founded the Center for PostNatural History, and outreach center dedicated to the collection and exposition of genetically engineered life forms. The center has been awarded the Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Creative Capital fellowship, and a Smithsonian research fellowship. Pell is in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon 

Jacinda Russell and Nancy Douthey
Friday, October 8, 2020
Visiting Artist Lecture: In Search of the Center 

Janet Williams
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture: Touch, Texts, & Typographies 

Janet Williams 
Thursday, March 11, 2010 
Visiting Artist Lecture: Process, Print, Mold, Memory 

Williams discussed her attraction to process as the determining factor in her approach to ceramics, her use of print and mold-making as a way of embedding content / memory into the ceramic surface and the role of fire in “fixing” particular stages of the process.

Kathy Triplett 
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture 

Art Werger 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture