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MFA/BFA Exhibitions

At the end of each semester MFA and BFA students enrolled in the Department of Art academic program prepare a professional exhibition in the Lee Gallery of their creative work fulfilling a component of their degree requirement. MFA and BFA exhibits showcase the culmination of the students’ creative research and offers insights and perspectives into the creative processes through public presentations for the campus and community. 

Exhibition are open to students, staff and faculty of Clemson University.

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MFA Thesis Exhibit "Intimate Distortions"

by Carolyn Kerecman and Katherine Van Drie

March 1 – 11, 2021, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F / Virtual Artist Zoom Presentations Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.

The works of Carolyn Kerecman and Katherine Van Drie utilize various means of distortion to explore complex moments of interconnectivity between humans and their environments.

In Kerecman’s paintings, lush other worlds are formed from land once familiar. Operating as echoes of past experiences, these worlds are in a constant state of flux, seeking to find meaning and reconciliation within the vast intricacies between place and the self.

Unearthing links between the natural world and the artificial, Van Drie’s sculptures address surreal synthetic locations that explore the outrageous beauty of nature alongside the human psychological need for attraction, intimacy, and companionship.

 

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MFA Thesis Exhibit "The Self Outside"

by Ashley Felder and Lori Brook Johnson

March 22 – April 1, 2021, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F / Virtual Artist Zoom Presentations Thursday, March 25, 5:30 p.m.

The works of Katherine Van Drie and Carolyn Kerecman utilize various means of distortion to explore complex moments of interconnectivity between humans and their environments.

In Kerecman’s paintings, lush other worlds are formed from land once familiar. Operating as echoes of past experiences, these worlds are in a constant state of flux, seeking to find meaning and reconciliation within the vast intricacies between place and the self.

Unearthing links between the natural world and the artificial, Van Drie’s sculptures address surreal synthetic locations that explore the outrageous beauty of nature alongside the human psychological need for attraction, intimacy, and companionship.  

 

Painting of a man resting on a couch.

MFA Thesis Exhibit "Reconsidered Home" by Ashley Waller

October 26 – November 5, 2020  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

Now, more than ever, people are spending greater amounts of time at home. Ashley Waller’s paintings consider how the home space ought to operate as a comfortable haven, especially during instances such as the ongoing pandemic, but often falls short of this expectation. Through a primarily autobiographical lens, Reconsidered Home unmakes positive stereotypes surrounding the domestic as a place of familiarity, stability, escape, and connection while contemplating the state and definition of the contemporary home and family unit.

 

MFA Thesis Exhibit - "New Ruins" by Jordan Fowler

October 26 – November 5, 2020  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

“New Ruins” MFA Thesis Exhibit by Jordan Fowler is an experiment in the collision of agencies and aesthetics in physical and digital growth and decay. This body of work emphasizes a post-humanities perspective of a failed future, taking the form of interconnected physical and digital artifacts. This research is explored from a combination of both analytical research-based investigations and science fictionesque narratives. The ambition of this experiment is to stumble upon novel interactions across the threshold that separates physical and digital spaces, an in-between space that is of growing importance as the agency of digital systems advance.