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MFA 50th Anniversary

MFA 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you for celebrating the 50th MFA Anniversary of the Clemson MFA Program with us. Please consider sharing your artwork with us so that we may display it under the Alumni Works of Art.
As Good as Gold: 50 Years of the MFA at Clemson
Clemson MFA Program 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition 
Part I
September 6 – October 31, 2023
M - Th, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception – Friday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m.
Lee Gallery

Part II
September 6 – October 31, 2023
M - F, 1 - 5 p.m.
Reception – Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Brooks Center for Performing Arts - Lobby Area
Part III
January 26 – March 8, 2024
M - Th, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception – Friday, Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.
Lee Gallery
MFA Alumni, MFA Student, Art Faculty, Former Art Faculty and Art Faculty Emeritus
Lunch with Meet & Greet - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Casual lunch/meet & greet in Room 2-129 Lee Hall
Breakout groups after lunch starting approximately 1:30 p.m.
MFA Alumni
Current MFA Students will host you for studio visits and Q&A discussion.
Emeritus Art Faculty
Art Department Chair, Valerie Zimany will host you to hear news and discuss department activities.
Afterwards, free time for rest before the reception and/or or visiting studios & favorite spots on campus on your own.  
"As Good As Gold" Part III Reception
The reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. with brief introductions by guest speakers and alumni sharing a few thoughts about their works. 
Lee Hall & Lee Gallery, 323 Fernow Street, Lee Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634 
Department of Art Contact Info
864-656-3881 (Main office) or (email).
  • Clemson’s MFA program celebrates 50 years Article

    Clemson’s MFA program celebrates 50 years

    Clemson University’s Master of Fine Arts program is celebrating a half-century of art and learning with a three-part exhibition featuring a wide variety of art from its graduates and receptions featuring reflections from notable alumni and supporters of the MFA program.

    “Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of our MFA program in visual arts fills me with immense pride and excitement,” said Kathleen Thum, associate professor and MFA graduate program coordinator. “This milestone allows us to honor and witness the incredible successes of our alumni, achieved over five decades, while also looking forward to the promising future ahead.”

    The MFA program was created in 1970 with a single student in the Department of Visual Studies, the predecessor to the Department of Art. Fifty years later, it boasts more than 250 graduates. READ MORE

  • View Exhibition and Reception Photos


    Thank you for joining us for our events and receptions commemorating the five decades of the MFA Program.

    Click here to view 2024 Spring event photos.

    Click here for 2023 Fall event photos.

College of MFA 50th Reception

MFA 50th Anniversary Collage

Contact Us

Denise Detrich

Denise Detrich

Lee Gallery Director

Questions? Contact Lee Gallery Director, Denise Woodward-Detrich

Contact Info
Department of Art
Department of Art | 2-121 Lee Hall, Clemson, SC 29634